ECO15 Berlin Sponsors and Partners
Ecosummit is Europe’s leading smart green innovation conference for startups, VCs and corporates. Since 2010, we organised 8 conferences in Berlin (5), London (2) and Düsseldorf (1) with over 1.600 participants and 240 startup pitches. Ecosummit Berlin 2015 takes place on 19-20 May 2015 at the Radialsystem.
The Ecosummit pitch for sponsors and partners (PDF) explains the available sponsorship and partnership packages. Benefits for VCs include dealflow generation, portfolio promotion, co-investor networking and fund marketing. We recommend a long-term Ecosummit subscription for 2 events or more to enjoy special discounts. All sponsors are invited to the exclusive Ecosummit sponsor dinner on Monday evening before the conference (ECO15 Berlin: 18 May 2015, 19:00). Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring or partnering. Past Ecosummit sponsors: ECO14 London, ECO14 Berlin, ECO13 London, ECO13 Berlin, ECO12 Düsseldorf and ECO12 Berlin.
ECO15 Berlin Partners
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.
Smart green accelerator: Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) designated in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Climate-KIC drives innovation in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation through its European network of private, public and academic partners. Climate change presents not only a formidable societal challenge; it also offers huge business opportunities. Our vision is to lead the world toward low-carbon prosperity, create an emerging climate change innovation space, and to capitalise on public-private synergies to induce innovation. Through our education, entrepreneurship and innovation activities, we create opportunities for innovators to address climate change and create the world’s next economy.
ECO15 Berlin Gold Sponsors
Smart green corporate VC: Under its Cleaner & Better Energy strategy, E.ON’s drive to retail distributed and novel energy technologies and business models will be supported by venture capital activities for strategic partnerships. They are designed to find the next big energy propositions that will improve E.ON’s offer to its millions of customers around Europe via its global and regional businesses. The best new businesses will be selected for collaboration and commercialization opportunities and equity investments. The investments will focus on strategic technologies and business models that enable E.ON’s desire to lead the move to distributed, renewable and disruptive energy propositions. Customers can be offered the best energy choices for their needs. And new technology companies benefit from early scale while E.ON accesses cutting edge innovations and participates in the value created.
Smart green corporate VC: The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the European energy market, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe. In France, it has mainly nuclear and hydraulic production facilities where 85.1% of the electricity output is CO2-free. EDF’s transmission and distribution subsidiaries in France operate 1.285.000 km of low and medium voltage overhead and underground electricity lines and around 100.000 km of high and very high voltage networks. The Group is involved in supplying energy and services to approximately 39.1 million customers around the world. The Group generated consolidated sales of €75.6 billion in 2013, of which 44.5% was achieved outside of France. EDF is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
Smart green corporate VC: With a workforce of around 20.000 employees, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG supplies electricity, gas, water and energy-related products and services to 5.5 million customers. Given our origins, and as a company which is majority owned by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and Oberschwäbische Elektrizitätswerke, a municipal special-purpose association, our connections to Baden-Württemberg are particularly strong. We want to be the first point of contact for our customers – households, industry and municipalities – in all matters affecting energy. We will achieve this aspiration on the basis of our experience and innovation strength, combined with listening and dialogue. Close to the customer we are creating new growth opportunities with new products and local solutions for a sustainable supply of energy and enhanced energy efficiency. We will forge ahead with the expansion of renewable energies, first and foremost wind and hydropower, while securing the supply of energy through our cutting-edge conventional power plants. Our grid subsidiaries are setting in place the preconditions for integrating an increasing volume of renewable energies and smart energy systems into the grid.
Germany Trade & Invest combines the in-depth analysis of foreign markets with the extensive knowledge of Germany’s key industries and its investment and technology landscape. Supported by a network of 60 experts abroad and benefitting from close cooperation with the Worldwide Network of German Chambers of Commerce (AHKs), the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany supports international trade with comprehensive, consistent and industry-specific market information. Utilizing the combination of wide-ranging global expertise and an internationally competitive consulting and service profile for foreign investors, Germany Trade & Invest secures and creates jobs in Germany. The organization places a special focus on the economic development promotion of the new federal states (Eastern Germany) and Berlin. All inquiries relating to Germany as a business and investment location are treated confidentially. All investment services are available at no charge. Germany Trade & Invest supports ECO15 Berlin and ECO15 London.
ECO15 Berlin Silver Sponsors
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. Statkraft supports ECO15 Berlin and ECO15 London.
The unique Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations, and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers, by providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate their groundbreaking ideas through the creation of digital models and prototypes. The program offers participants software licenses valued at up to €120.000 for just €50. With digital prototypes, clean tech innovators can explore and communicate ideas, test multiple concepts, and accelerate improvements, while supporting the reduction of potentially costly errors. Used by millions of engineers, architects, and design professionals worldwide, Autodesk software helps empower Clean Tech Partners to create a better, more sustainable world. For more information visit www.autodesk.co.uk/cleantech or www.autodesk.de/cleantech. Autodesk supports ECO15 Berlin and ECO15 London.
Smart green VC: Aster Capital is a multi-corporate venture firm with Schneider Electric, Alstom, Solvay as well as the European Investment Fund EIF as main LPs in our second EUR 107 million fund ASTER II which we launched in 2010. We have a 10-year track record as early-to-growth-stage investors in technologies and services that find application mainly in the energy industry but also in industrial applications, buildings and mobility. We will invest between EUR 0.5 to 8 million per portfolio company and normally co-invest with other VC firms or take the lead. Our special value proposition is our access to our corporate sponsors. Post investment, we dedicate much time to create business opportunities for our portfolio companies through our personal contact networks not least at Schneider Electric, Alstom and Solvay where most of us have held senior positions prior to joining Aster Capital.
Smart green VC: VNT is a Finnish-German venture capital management company with three funds and €157M assets under management. VNT is operating in Europe and focusing on clean technologies. More specifically, the investment focus is on renewable and distributed power generation and energy efficiency technologies, especially in power electronic applications. Of particular interest are innovations in wind, solar, wave power and biomass – as well as energy efficiency solutions as electrical drive trains to industry, heavy mobile work machines and solid-state lighting. A wide industrial business experience, an active management and fair play are the characteristics of VNT. The VNT team assists in all business aspects, in particular in optimizing business models, marketing, operations and management tasks, establishing supply chains and sales networks.
Smart green VC: Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the business development bank of Berlin. With a wide product spectrum it is active in the areas of business as well as housing and real estate promotion. IBB supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin with subsidies, loan products and equity stakes developing targeted solutions for its clients. In doing so it works in close cooperation with all local commercial banks. IBB takes a central role in economic development by financing small and medium-sized enterprises. Its particular focus lies on innovative companies that are active in the following key sectors in Berlin: health economy, information and communication technology, media and creative industry, transport, mobility and logistics, energy technology and optical technology. A further focus is the support of founders and startups with targeted advice as well as a full range of funding products customised to the respective need of each client.
Smart green accelerator & VC: KIC InnoEnergy is the European company dedicated to promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in the sustainable energy field by bringing together academics, businesses and research institutes. To support entrepreneurs and startups in sustainable energy we are an active pre-seed/seed investor. Our goal is to make a positive impact on sustainable energy in Europe. We do this by creating future game changers with a different mind-set, and bringing innovative products, services and successful companies to life. We provide acceleration services to startups by supporting entrepreneurs with their business ideas, strengthening their business models, building expert teams, and providing access to finance. We already have a share in more than 50 ventures. KIC InnoEnergy is one of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) fostered by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are a commercial company with 27 shareholders that include top ranking industries, research centres and universities, all of which are key players in the energy field. More than 150 additional partners contribute to our activities to form a first class and dynamic network that is always open to new entrants and furthers our pursuit of excellence. Although we are profit-oriented, we have a “not for dividend” financial strategy, reinvesting any profits we generate back into our activities. With our headquarters in the Netherlands, we develop our activities across a network of offices located in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Sweden.
Smart green accelerator: We support 10 startups for 180 days, backed by 60+ mentors in one of Europe’s leading startup hubs: Amsterdam. Since 2012, Rockstart Accelerator has accelerated forty startups over 4 programs focused in the web and mobile and smart energy industry. In 2014, we successfully ran our first program focused on helping smart energy startups. The Rockstart Accelerator Smart Energy program helps startups create, develop and market their innovative products better, faster and more successfully, helping them navigate the challenging and difficult early stages of starting up.
Smart green accelerator: The Swedish Energy Agency works for a smarter energy use, which involves among other things to channel practically all Swedish state funds that go into energy research. The Business Development and Commercialisation department is focused on making business from this research by bringing together researchers and business developers, contractors, customers and capital. This department also provides their own funding to cases with technical uniqueness, high energy relevance as well as a strong team behind the concept.
Smart green startup: Sonnenbatterie is a German pioneer in the rapidly growing storage market. As a medium-sized enterprise it develops and produces intelligent lithium storage systems committed to highest quality “made in Germany” and highest safety standards, e.g. has been certified by TÜV since 2011. The battery systems are exclusively manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Allgäu/Southern Bavaria, where it is also subjected to thorough quality control. Since the beginning in 2008, Sonnenbatterie consistently invests in research and development. The Sonnenbatterie offers solutions which are much more than only storage and includes many additional benefits like active energy management, smart metering and virtual power plant integration. Different system sizes are offered, optimally customized to the requirements of residential homes, agricultural farms and commercial firms. Sonnenbatterie was introduced to the German and Austrian markets in January 2011 as one of the first proven and transportable intelligent lithium storage systems. Sonnenbatterie experiences strong growth, has over 65 qualified employees and is backed by eCapital.
Smart green startup: Sunfire sees itself as a leading provider of Power-to-Fuel and Power-to-Gas technology. To this end, the company develops and produces the key components high-temperature electrolysis (SOEC) and high-temperature fuel cells (SOFC) and the corresponding fuel plant engineering. The Sunfire process uses intermittent renewable electricity, water and CO2 from various sources to produce high-quality, synthetic fuel and gas. These can power cars, trucks, aircraft, generators, and heat residential and commercial buildings, without changes to current engine technology or distribution infrastructure. The company employs a staff of 38 highly educated and experienced people, has a best-in-class test facility, an R&D fuel plant and a modern manufacturing hall in Dresden. Sunfire has revenues of over €10M and is backed by Electranova Capital, Total and Bilfinger.
Smart green startup: Grundgrün is an independent utility and power trading house, which was established end of 2010. Our objective is to push forward the transition towards a renewable energy dominated energy system. We own direct marketing rights of currently 2.7 GW of renewable energy production, sourced from wind, solar, biomass, biogas and geothermal energy plants. Grundgrün delivers essential asset optimisation services, risk management and wholesale market access to its clients. These capabilities enable us to help new players in the energy market, realise the full value of their asset portfolio. By delivering energy to end consumers since February 2014, Grundgrün is closing the gap between production and consumption of renewable energy by offering energy storage solutions and supporting the development of decentralised energy distribution. Our innovative business model will soon enable us and our market partners to operate along the whole length of the energy value chain from renewable energy production to distribution to end customers.
Smart green startup: Ubitricity was founded in Berlin in 2008 to develop new services for households with electric vehicles. We are now one of the few independent energy providers in Germany who deliver renewable electricity to households. In the future, ubitricity will offer its customers who drive EVs the possibility to charge up everywhere (e.g. at work) in total security and confidence, and with one single, simple bill to pay. Customers will receive the benefits of a new infrastructure concept – delivery, metering and billing services for green electricity. In 2010, ubitricity was able to win Earlybird, one of Europe’s most successful venture capital investors, for a Series A financing round. ubitricity’s Mobile Metering concept makes a comprehensive charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV) affordable. The metering and communications technology necessary for recharging a vehicle is mobilized. It is installed in the EV or inside the charging cable rather than inside every single charging point. As a result, charging points can be reduced to lean and affordable ubitricity system sockets that can easily be installed anywhere users need them, and allow for truly unlimited mobility.
Smart green startup: GreenPocket provides pioneering software for smart metering and smart home. Combining the best of the Internet with the new world of smart energy, we enable utilities to significantly increase the energy efficiency of private households, businesses and municipalities. Founded in 2009, GreenPocket has quickly become a European player in the Smart Energy market. Next to several major European utilities, we have already signed up 30 renowned German utilities, such as Vattenfall Germany and the municipal utilities in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Cologne, Bremen and Bonn. Since the company’s foundation, we have launched over 50 energy application projects. Today, we are proud to say that we are Germany’s leading software provider for consumer-oriented smart metering and smart home software.
Smart green startup: yetu was founded 2010 in Berlin – based on the strong belief that the internet will entirely change and enrich the way people live at home. yetu is the world’s first smart home platform that connects everything in a household independent of standards and operating systems, and provides a complete software ecosystem for web-based smart home applications. yetu works consistently across screens, achieves incomparable data security by encrypting data with a hardware-based key – and on top is built entirely on open source. Today, yetu is a team of 36 people from 14 different nations.
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.