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Reflections from the Global Cleantech Summit in Beijing by Magnus Agerström

A few weeks ago Cleantech Scandinavia went to Beijing to take part in Global Cleantech Summit, an event that we are strategic partners to.

The first reflection is that there certainly is a big need for cleantech in the China. The second reflection is that there seems to be the intent to solve the problems. Another reflection from the Summit is that Chinese leaders are becoming more and more passionate about solving this problem and that the urge to be able to see a clear, blue sky and to drink clean water is becoming pressing on a personal level.

We have been very active in China for the past three years. Our ambition is to build a China Cleantech Bridge to facilitate increased cleantech business to and from China. So far, we understand the potential, but also some of the challenges.

The first reflection is that there certainly is a big need for cleantech in the China. The second reflection is that there seems to be the intent to solve the problems. Another reflection from the Summit is that Chinese leaders are becoming more and more passionate about solving this problem and that the urge to be able to see a clear, blue sky and to drink clean water is becoming pressing on a personal level.

Next step for Cleantech Scandinavia is to establish a partnership with a China Cleantech Accelerator that will provide fast and easy access to the China market for Nordic cleantech companies. Stay tuned!

To read the full article visit the following link.

Moving Forward - Case: Customer Finance Models

We're starting a series called "Moving Forward", focused on emphasizing Nordic and Baltic cleantech entrepreneurs that are successful. We want to convey how they have reached their current position for others to learn from. Every edition will address a specific case starting with customer finance models.

The first in the series is Norwegian Aqualyng, a desalination company started in 1996. We've talked to Christian Wee, Managing Director and Global Business Development Director.

Aqualyng’s prime idea since the beginning has been their proprietary energy recovery devise, which basically recycles up to 98.5 % of all the energy in the brine, which is the waste water from the process. This reduces the energy consumption for desalination with more than 50%.

However the key story behind Aqualyng's success is their shift from selling equipment to selling water. "We knew we had the most energy efficient solution on the market, but when you sell equipment then most clients, in the end, are only really concerned with the cost of the equipment." Their new sales strategy is “we will sell you the water and we guarantee that we will sell you the water the cheapest possible."

To learn more about Aqualyng's way forward, read the full interview here.

Nordic Cleantech Venture Capital Guide - Attract Investment

We are marketing a new tool that will help cleantech entrepreneurs attract investments. The tool consists of three features all designed to evaluate and improve the company in order to enhance chances to attract investments. It’s easy, for more details regarding the features read here or visit the webpage to get your access. In no time, you will take one big step closer to securing an investment for your cleantech company.

 

Dealflow Report 2013 shows come-back for investments in Nordic cleantech

The annual Dealflow Report has just been released to our members, showing a positive development for all the curves in 2013. The highest number of deals since 2007 was reported and the inflow of capital increased by 20 % compared to 2012. The increase is derived almost entirely from private investements whereas the level of public funding remained roughly the same.

Nordic Cleantech Open, top 25

We are very proud to present the top 25 Nordic Cleantech start-ups. This third edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open competition saw a record breaking 107 cleantech companies applying. An international jury of more than 50 influential representatives from multinational companies and venture capital has been involved in selecting this year’s top 25. 

Download the top 25 report here and read all about the chosen companies, the jury and three interviews with previous winners of the competition. You can also find the press release here,  and the swedish version here.
 

Nordic Camp at Trolleholm Castle

This was the third time we held the Nordic Camp at Trolleholm Castle. Every time it has been special and great in its own way but we still think this was the best camp so far. There were more investors, more industrials, better program, better weather and more and better Nordic Cleantech Open top 25 companies. The video does not fully describe the weekend but gives a few snap shots of some of the things that went down.


 

A discussion on China's new policy

On November 12 between 08.30 - 12.00 our partners and new members Deloitte are holding a seminar in Stockholm that will give a comprehensive overview of China's new policies regarding deregulation and anti-corruption reforms. A special focus is on how Swedish (or European) companies are going to be affected by them. Magnus Agerström, Managing Director of Cleantech Scandinavia will have a word about China's clentech market. Read more in Events »
 

Members' meeting and NCO companies in London

15 and 16 October were eventful days for Cleantech Scandinavia. Having partnered with Ecosummit London we participated in this great event and held a parallel members-only meeting on the topic of Enablers of Cleantech Venturing. There was a great turnout of members as well as specially invited venture and institutional investors, and we had an interesting discussion about the current situation with cleantech VC investments, fundriasing for VC funds and the outlook for the future. In addition to the meeting, three early applicants to Nordic Cleantech Open presented at the Ecosummit main session on October 16: Aguasol and Resen Energy from Denmark and Graphene Batteries from Norway. Watch the video featuring company presentations and the breath taking Ecosummit venue - The Crystal.

Ecosummit London from Nordic Cleantech Open on Vimeo.

 

Professor Lars Samuelson to the Hall of Fame

 
Professor Lars Samuelson, director of the Nanometer Structure Consortium, was inducted to Cleantech Scandinavia Hall of Fame at an award ceremony at the Cleantech Venture Day in Malmö. He is the first Swede and researcher added to the distinguished group. This award is a tribute to his achievements but also the crucial importance of his and others business - driven researchers in cleantech growth.
 

 

Success at Cleantech Venture Day in Malmö

Thank you everyone who contributed to Cleantech Venture Day in Malmö! It was a pleasure seeing all of you - over 60 cleantech companies from the Nordics and Estonia, and over 55 investors! We had great fun and are especially grateful to our friends and partners from Cleantech Lahti. It will not be long till next event though, Corporate Venture Day will take place in Finland, Lahti already on November 20! See pictures from both days »

 

Tomologic - Winner of the Nordic Cleantech Open 2012!

 
Swedish Tomologic won the title of the best Nordic cleantech start - up of 2012 at the NCO finals in Finland last week. The event's audience of over 100 investors, industrials and entrepreneurs voted and helped deciding the winner. Finnish Ultranat came in second place, and the third place was shared by Danish Black Silicon Solar and Finnish MetGen. 
 
Tomologic is a Stockholm based company that offers a scalable online optimization service for sheet metal cutting. The process reduces scrap from raw material in this energy intensive industry up to 50%. It was clearly a combination of Tomologics smart technology and go-to-market strategy that swinged, which earned them the number one spot.

 

What's in store for industrial capital in the Nordics?

The latest additions to Cleantech Scandinavia network, Evonik Corporate Venturing and Volvo Technology Transfer, inspired us to analyse the current market situation from the point of view of an industrial VC. We believe that industrials have a much bigger role to play as cleantech investors and potentially LPs, and that it will benefit both their core businesses as well as accelerate commercialising clean technologies, an area where funding is most needed. Read and share your ideas for the next CTS Industry Group Meeting due this fall!
 

Markku Koivisto is the next Hall of Fame nominee!

markku_koivisto_webMarkku Koivisto, Director of UPM ProFi was awarded The Scandinavian Cleantech Hall of Fame nomination during the Cleantech Venture Day in Lahti, Finland, on November 4th. He joins two people that are already in there, Lassi Noponen and Alf Bjørseth.
UPM ProFi is a business unit of UPM, one of the biggest wood product companies in the world, that manufactures a wood plastic composite material utilising the waste streams from the existing production. The material has superior qualities and can also be used for substituting tropical hardwood.
The official motivation for the award is: For changing the way a big company does business by turning waste and CO2 emissions into a business opportunity. The rapid growth of the UPM ProFi business unit shows by example that a cleantech business area inside a company can achieve superior results even in hard times. Read more in the Hall of Fame!

 

Alf Bjørseth in the Hall of Fame!

alfbjrseth_award_resAlf Bjørseth, founder of Norwegian companies REC and Scatec, was inducted to Cleantech Scandinavia’s Hall of Fame during Cleantech Capital Day in Oslo on June 3rd.
Mr. Bjørseth created one of the most successful solar energy companies in the world, and continues to inspire Nordic entrepreneurs. The company went from idea to a stock listing of 50 billion NOK in little over ten years providing the Nordic region with a clear-cut success story of cleantech growth along the way. Alf moved on to manage Scatec, a cleantech venture capital/incubator focusing on renewable energy and environmentally friendly materials.

Check out the Hall of Fame!

 

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About Cleantech Scandinavia

Cleantech Scandinavia is a membership network of investors and affiliated cleantech professionals designed to:

  • Provide cleantech knowledge, contacts and investment opportunities
  • Be a coordinating voice to promote the Nordic cleantech sector
  • Drive cleantech innovation and growth in the Nordic countries

In addition to our network activities, we also offer consultancy services on an individual assignment basis. Read more about it and  download our fact sheet .