ECO16 Amsterdam Sponsors and Partners
Ecosummit is Europe’s leading smart green innovation and impact conference for startups, investors and corporates in Berlin, Amsterdam and London. Ecosummit Amsterdam 2016 took place on 7 July 2016 at Rockstart and was supported by 12 sponsors and partners profiled below.
ECO16 Amsterdam Partners
Smart green accelerator: Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator is a 180-days intensive startup accelerator program designed to help early stage smart energy companies go to market faster. These 10 startups joined the 2016 Program and are receiving all the support they need to realize their ambitions and make new ideas come to life in the complex energy industry. The program offers support from over 75 experienced mentors, opens up new networks and connects the startups to investors. The startups originate from 10 different countries and are developing new, sustainable ways to generate, share, and utilize energy. The Rockstart Smart Energy Demo Day takes place on 6 July 2016, just before ECO16 Amsterdam on 7 July 2016.
THE DREAM OF FLYING IS MET. TIME FOR A NEW DREAM. The opening of BER Airport in the south-east of Berlin will mark the beginning of a new era for the city‘s former Airport Tegel. Tegel Airport will soon be closed. The fascination remains: a research and industrial park arises – for the city of the future. Founders, students, investors, industrialists and scientists jointly develop the cities of tomorrow. In Berlin TXL urban technologies are designed, produced and exported. And they will be used not only here, but in all cities around the globe. The long-term planning is completed: the master plan is officially adopted and the corresponding development plans are already in the process. At the heart of Berlin, the Urban Tech Republic is formed. No city in the world is better suited than the creative metropolis. And within this city there is no better site for this than: Berlin TXL.
ECO16 Amsterdam Silver Sponsors
Smart green corporate VC: Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. Visit the website for further information on Shell’s approach to meeting the world’s demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. Shell Technology Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”). With major offices in Europe and the USA, STV invests in technology companies to enhance the development of new technologies that have the potential to create substantial deployment value in Shell. Continuing Shell’s tradition in venture capital since 1998, STV’s investment focus includes oil & gas, renewable energy technologies, water and IT. STV co-invests with other corporate investors, venture capital funds and angels and will invest in both early stage and late stage (growth capital) companies.
Smart green corporate VC: Sustainable energy for everyone. That is what drives Eneco’s endeavours. We are a leading Dutch utility, focused on sustainable, smart energy solutions. We provide for the daily energy needs of over 2.2 million private and business customers through trading, supply and generation, but increasingly by offering smart, decentralized solutions in area’s such as smart home, solar & storage, smart charging etc. Instead of defending old business models, we aim to lead the transition towards more decentralized, sustainable and cooperative energy systems. Eneco Innovation & Ventures is our business unit dedicated to developing new products and services together with business partners and startups. We collaborate with, and invest in, innovative businesses in order to jointly innovate and create commercial success for new smart energy services. We seek technologies and business models that can accelerate our development of sustainable, decentralized, smart energy services. In turn, we can offer scaling opportunities, knowledge and access to markets as well as capital investments as part of our venturing portfolio.
Smart green VC: Since 2007 Amsterdam-based SET Ventures has invested in European technology companies that impact the future of energy and the energy sector. We have focussed broadly on innovative energy generation, energy distribution and storage and energy efficiency. Our investment priority is for those ventures that develop software-based services, with or without hardware components, which we define as smart energy solutions.
Smart green corporate VC: INVEN CAPITAL is a €180M corporate VC fund established by the major European energy utility CEZ to invest in the new energy sector. INVEN CAPITAL seeks investments into small to middle-market innovative cleantech companies from Europe. We target late-stage startups with a business model proven by sales and significant growth potential. We focus on creating long-term value through an active partnership with the management of our portfolio companies. In our approach we actively support strategies for organic and/or acquisition growth. We can provide unique benefits to our portfolio companies and co-investors through (a) in-depth energy sector expertise, (b) utilization of CEZ Group’s client base and (c) technological synergies related to the asset base of our investor. Our investment team represents a balanced mix of skills from the energy sector, structured finance and investment banking. INVEN CAPITAL was founded in 2014 and is based in Prague.
Smart green corporate VC: Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, gas-fired power and district heating and is a global player in energy market operations. Statkraft has 3.600 employees in more than 20 countries. We are managing 1.000s of renewable energy assets with more than 10.000 MW capacity for our clients, integrating their production into the European power market. Statkraft wants to invest into startups in order to create growth options and to drive new capabilities. We are committed to play an active role in the energy market transformation, have an attractive portfolio for applying innovation and maintain a pioneering spirit. This makes us a great partner for startups on the frontier of the energy market‘s paradigm shift. We are aiming to invest in Europe, targeting €1-5M per deal in Series A and later.
The DOEN Foundation believes that a green, socially-inclusive and creative society is possible. DOEN promotes people and enterprises that take the lead in the field of sustainable, cultural and social innovation with revenues of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the Friends Lottery and the BankGiro Lottery. People with the courage to take risks in order to put their often pioneering ideas into practice and so inspire others. DOEN offers these people financial support and brings them together to connect them.
Smart green VC: Managing multiple funds and a crowdfunding platform, StartGreen Capital offers flexible financing to help both entrepreneurs and investors realize their sustainable ambitions. With our sector and investment expertise as well as our network, we accelerate the development of innovative companies as well as renewable energy projects. Our offering goes beyond the provision of capital. After the transaction, StartGreen will be a hands-on partner that is equally committed to achieving financial and social success. Oneplanetcrowd is the biggest sustainable and social crowdfunding platform of Europe. Since its inception in 2012, Oneplanetcrowd has grown to a platform that has more than 17.000 active investors, the crowd, and helped 115 projects raising more than 7 million Euros in start and seed capital. Oneplanetcrowd is active in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and will soon expand its borders.
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Sprout is the leading network for fast growing, innovative entrepreneurs. Sprout helps entrepreneurs grow their companies so that they can execute their vision. For eleven years Sprout has been the leading brand for people in Holland who know that they can change the world.
Life Size Media is a communications consultancy working exlusively in cleantech and sustainable innovation. We provide fully integrated campaigns that combine public relations with design, marketing, digital and film to achieve our client’s commercial objectives. We believe that a good story can change the world, and we only tell those stories for companies that we genuinely want to see succeed. Our mission is to help breakthrough technologies realise their potential to help build a better future.
Xing Events is the only provider who combines event management software and business network. With the help of Xing Events, organizers have sold and accounted for 7 million tickets worldwide for more than 180.000 professional events. The event management software for online event registration & ticketing allows participants a swift and secure purchase of tickets and guarantees for a smooth entry to the event. Years of event experience as well as a specialized international support team for organizers and participants make Xing Events a reliable partner for business events. As part of XING AG, the social network for professional contacts, Xing Events connects more than 14 million potential participants with suitable events.