ECO12 Berlin Sponsors
Our 3rd conference Ecosummit Berlin 2012 was held on 22-23 March 2012 at the Radialsystem and was supported by 23 sponsors that are profiled below. We are very grateful for their support and cooperation.
ECO12 Berlin Platinum Award Sponsor
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.
ECO12 Berlin Platinum Sponsor
centrotherm photovoltaics AG is the world’s leading technology and equipment provider for the photovoltaics sector. With more than 30 years of experience and an extensive, proven technology platform on almost all levels of the photovoltaic value chain, the company sees itself as a pioneer in the industry. Our strengths include the development of new technologies and innovations and their implementation in modern production systems and efficient processes. Our product and services portfolio starts at the early stage of producing silicon as a raw material. It also covers the planning and development of silicon factories, engineering and key production equipment. Furthermore, we equip leading solar companies as well as new market entrants with turnkey production lines and key equipment. We guarantee our customers key performance parameters, such as production capacity and on-time delivery. We currently employ about 1,900 staff members at our German sites in Blaubeuren, Constance, Dresden, Burghausen and Abensberg and at our international service and sales subsidiaries in Asia, Europe, and the USA.
ECO12 Berlin Gold Sponsors
Taylor Wessing is a leading International law firm with a single-minded approach: to help our clients succeed. What makes us different is our forward thinking approach to serving clients. We think creatively about business issues and are constantly looking for new and better ways to add value with truly innovative solutions that help to grow our clients’ businesses. By keeping close to our clients we can proactively identify better ways to help them achieve their ambitions. Today’s world is undergoing fundamental change and that creates the need for intelligent solutions. Our aim is to be at the forefront of developing those solutions by serving clients in the sectors that we believe are the industries of tomorrow. We are very clear on the issues and opportunities throughout the value chain and advise the full range of industry participants, from the early-stage cleantech investor to full commercialisation of technologies, to the development and financing of renewable energy projects.
SNCF, Orange, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Total have joined forces to create Ecomobilité Ventures, Europe’s first investment structure led by a group of industrial companies and dedicated to sustainable mobility. A total of €30M will be used to invest in innovative young companies. For SNCF, Orange, PSA Peugeot Citroen and Total, the objective is to contribute to the emergence of a new mobility ecosystem that transcends traditional industry boundaries. The creation of new forms of sustainable mobility – driven by fast-changing practices and technologies – requires a synergistic mix of knowledge and skills. Combining the innovation capacity of vibrant young companies with the experience and expertise of Ecomobilité Ventures’ industrial partners will foster the development of new, sustainable solutions. Ecomobilité Ventures will acquire minority interests in European companies in the startup or development stage and will support them over the long term. The segments targeted are sustainable mobility products, services and technologies and mobility-related clean technologies. The fund will invest in young companies offering solutions to the various issues in these areas. They will have to demonstrate their ability to be profitable on a stand-alone basis by leveraging a solid business model, as well as their potential to become leaders in their market segments.
Gimv is a European investment company with over three decades experience in private equity and venture capital. Gimv is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels. Gimv currently manages around €1.8 billion (including third party funds) of investments in 85 portfolio companies, which jointly realise a turnover of more than €6 billion and employ over 28.000 professionals. As a recognized market leader in selected investment platforms, Gimv identifies entrepreneurial and innovative companies with high-growth potential and supports them in their transformation into market leaders. Gimv’s four investment platforms are: Consumer 2020, Health & Care, Smart Industries and Sustainable Cities. Each of these platforms works with a skilled and dedicated team across Gimv’s home markets of the Benelux, France and Germany and can count on an extended international network of experts.
Green Technology Staffing recruits cleantech specialists for the Green Economy. For planet saving companies. Companies in green technology development. In sustainable power generation and sustainable power storage. In low emission mobility. In efficient raw material processing. In water supply technology. Green Technology Staffing enthuses creative masterminds and visionary makers in this industry and for this industry. Identifies talent, willing to contribute actively in designing our environment. Committing themselves to work on it. Designing intelligent solutions for tomorrow. With passion, creativity and emphasis. Aware of the difference between “a work place” and “a mission.”
ECO12 Berlin Silver Sponsors
Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Munich, the climate protection consultancy has associated companies in the USA, Japan, Austria, Greece and Armenia. ClimatePartner delivers individual climate protection solutions for more than 1,000 customers from all over the world, mainly consisting of large and medium-sized companies. This climate protection consultancy is certified by the technical inspection authority (TÜV) as a provider of IT system solutions for carbon calculation and offsetting. ClimatePartner works closely with environmental organizations and is a member in various international committees.
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests risk capital in young, high-potential technology companies that convert promising research results into business success. The seed finance provided aims to enable start-ups to take their R&D project through to the creation of a prototype, a proof of concept or to market launch. Investors in this public/private partnership are the German Federal Ministry of Economic and Technology, the KfW Banking Group as well as the six industrial groups of BASF, Deutsche Telekom, Siemens, Robert Bosch, Daimler and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gründerfonds has a fund volume of about 272 million Euros. Services: Hands-on management and a wide network of public or private investors, business angels, experts and established corporations.
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 95% 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 28 million customers in France. The Group generated consolidated sales of €65.2 billion in 2010, 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.
Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, is helping the energy industry modernize the electrical grid from generation to distribution to consumption – with highly secure, reliable and scalable communications solutions. Cisco Connected Grid solutions include:
- Transmission and Substation solutions that reduce service disruptions for consumers and lower operating expenses for utilities.
- Grid Security solutions that address physical and cyber security compliance needs for critical infrastructure.
- Building Energy Management solutions that enable facility operators to monitor, report, and control energy use.
- Enterprise and Grid Operation solutions that enable scalable and secure data collection and storage solutions for analytics and management systems.
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.
Smart Green Startup: Advanced Plasma Power is a leading technology company for waste to energy plants able to treat a wide range of feedstocks including municipal solid waste and commercial and industrial waste, using its patented Gasplasma technology. The Gasplasma process solves the issues of recycling and landfill diversion in a single facility where it converts mixed waste into high value outputs whilst achieving highly efficient recovery of renewable electricity and heat. The process is clean, modular and scalable. As sister companies, Tetronics and APP are experts in the use of plasma; a clean, controllable, omnivorous technology that they have been supplying since 1964 with over 80 references globally.
Smart Green Startup: WeSustain’s software suite is the first comprehensive, web-based solution for enterprise sustainability management. It integrates existing isolated applications as well as backend systems and provides a central authority for the sustainability set-up and the related reporting. The solution comprises modules for the areas of governance, stakeholder management, operations, reporting as well as collaboration and communication. The open-ended platform concept makes it possible for software providers to offer complementary solutions as part of our partner ecosystem.
Smart Green Startup: Sefaira was founded in 2009 with a mission to promote more sustainable buildings by helping the building industry design, build, operate, maintain and transform all facets of the built environment. We do this by providing the industry with the world’s leading green building web-applications. Sefaira’s cloud-based technology offers an integrated approach to sustainable design analysis, knowledge management, and decision support. Sefaira enables green building professionals to analyze and compare green building strategies for new build and retrofit projects. By providing sophisticated analysis via an intuitive web-interface, Sefaira helps users define, quantify and compare the energy, water, carbon and financial benefits of relevant design strategies. Thus users can effectively balance the investment between various building strategies, maximize capital efficiency, minimize energy and water use and create high performing green building designs at low cost. From Sefaira’s offices in London and New York, we have supported projects across the US, Europe through the Middle East and in Asia.
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 finance 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: 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 existing revenues (€2M), promising growth prospects, negotiates first customer projects and has a large market potential in Europe, Asia and Middle-East.
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: Entelios is Germany’s first Demand Response Aggregator, pooling electrical loads of commercial and industrial energy users. Entelios builds and operates a virtual power system. This way, Entelios markets the aggregated flexibility of power users’ loads to grid operators and utilities and reacts to price signals on the power exchange. Demand Response is one of the main levers needed to execute on the German energy turnaround (Energiewende), as it is the cheapest, fastest and greenest alternative, e.g. even in comparison with pump hydro storage systems. Entelios was founded 2010 and has begun to accumulate “megawatts under management” in cooperation with a large German utility. Our objective is to control 150 MW of industrial loads at the end of 2012. The founders and management team are serial entrepreneurs with deep experience in software and Internet, energy and telecommunication markets. They transfer a proven business model from the U.S. to Germany, while adapting it to the local environment. In Germany, about 9 GW of flexibility is immediately waiting to be utilized by industrial and commercial energy users. While building a sophisticated real-time Network Operations Center (NOC) using state-of-the art technology, Entelios is working with all relevant players in the regulated energy market: the regulatory agency (BNetzA), the transmission system operators, distribution system operators, large utilities and industrial energy users.
Smart Green Startup: Rockethome is one of the most innovative providers of smart home and energy management systems in Europe. With its advanced software-as-a-service solutions Rockethome helps utilities, telecoms, hardware manufacturers, security providers and other service providers convince their customers of modern smart home services (e.g. security, lighting, heating, air condition, healthcare, energy feed-in and storage, electric vehicles). Rockethome offers a unique user engagement platform for the interpretation, visualization and control of Smart Home and Smart Metering applications. Due to the highly intuitive and added-value applications customers can analyze and visualize their energy consumption as well as control rooms and devices (online, mobile, in-home). It further integrates the monitoring of local solar power or CHP systems and the charging infrastructure of electric vehicles. Rockethome’s unique Behavioral Automation System offers a self-learning solution that adapts automatically to the users’ habits and preferences.
Allocate is an international consulting company with a strong focus on Top Management Consulting and Executive Search. We maximize your return on allocation by merging smart strategies with integrated resource allocation. During our consulting projects we build one team with the client in which our senior experts are supported by best-in-class partners. Our unique strategy-driven management philosophy encompasses the 4 essential resource allocation and optimization challenges that are the fundamental corporate value levers: allocation and management of capital resources, capacity resources, human resources and energy and material resources.
Smart Green Startup: E-volution came into existence when several electric vehicle enthusiasts noticed that there was nothing between purchasing an electric car such as Tesla or purchasing an electric bike. Driven to answer this question, several brainstorming sessions led to the formation of E-volution Elektromobilitätskonzepte GmbH in 2009 in Austria. E-volution is the first worldwide producer of a premium e-Quad called JetFlyer. As a result of the modularity concept developed by the company, the vehicle can be easily adapted for a wide range of different purposes. Depending on the application, adaptations to the corporate design as well as modifications to the vehicle can be made and accessories such as mail boxes, golf bags etc. can be added. The JetFlyer vehicle is the first of its class in the market place and counts with several patented ideas. The unique design has been developed for green consumers who do not want to give up on comfort and still drive an electric vehicle. The product is efficient, modern, green and attractive. Through our customized design, we provide our customers with a sense of uniqueness. We also offer tailor-made solutions to clients looking for unmatched corporate identity. E-volution’s main target customers are companies in the distribution business like the Austrian or Swiss Post Services, the Police Department in Abu Dhabi, Hotels, Golfresorts, Airports and private individuals among others.
LGM Interactive (LGMi) is a Berlin-based consultancy specializing in digital and interactive solutions for organizations, companies and governments in the fields of CSR, renewable energy, social change, and environmental awareness. We use our vast experience and knowledge in the fields of experience design, usability, content production, marketing, gaming and social media to make sustainability engaging and inspiring. Our solutions range from websites, media (films, videos, articles …), microsites, social media campaigns and online games that showcase a company or organization’s green and social efforts. Too many sustainable efforts remain hidden or are poorly displayed on the net. We think this is a wasted opportunity to create value AND positive change for the world.
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