ECO12 Düsseldorf Sponsors
Our 4th conference Ecosummit Düsseldorf 2012 was held on 14-15 November 2012 at the Langen Foundation and was supported by 16 sponsors that are profiled below. We are very grateful for their support and cooperation.
ECO12 Duesseldorf Platinum Sponsors
NRW.BANK Equity Investments, the investment arm of the state development bank of North Rhine-Westphalia, is an investment unit specializing in direct and fund of fund investments. Within direct investments, it is focused on small and medium sized companies. The unit prefers to invest in seed, startup, early, mid and later stage ventures, buy-outs and spin-offs. It seeks to provide private equity and venture capital financing to enterprises that focus on established industry sectors and companies active in IT, software and media technologies as well as in life sciences and cleantech. NRW.BANK Equity Investments is based in Duesseldorf, Germany.
ECO12 Duesseldorf Gold Sponsors
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 onsolidated 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.
Evonik is one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of our strategy, which is supported by our owners, RAG-Stiftung (74.99 percent) and funds managed by CVC Capital Partners (25.01 percent). Our specialty chemicals activities focus on high-growth megatrends – especially health, nutrition, resource efficiency, and globalization – and our goal is to enter attractive future-oriented markets. In 2011, Evonik’s roughly 33.000 employees generated sales of €14.5 billion and an operating result (EBITDA) of €2.8 billion. More than 70 percent of sales are generated outside Germany, providing convincing evidence that our business is global.
LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of €8.8 billion in 2011 and currently around 16.900 employees in 31 countries. Listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the company is represented at 48 production sites worldwide and operates in all important global markets. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of plastics, rubber, intermediates and specialty chemicals. In addition, it supports its customers in developing and implementing made-to-measure system solutions. In these areas, LANXESS has core expertise in the form of chemical and application-related know-how, flexible asset management and customer proximity. LANXESS is treading the path that is inherent in its name: Combined from the French verb “lancer” meaning to thrust forward and the English noun “success”, LANXESS represents the determined will to achieve and the readiness to embrace continual change. In all its activities, LANXESS subscribes to the principle of sustainability: We consider environmental compatibility and social responsibility to be of equal importance.
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.
ECO12 Duesseldorf Silver Sponsors
CODE_n is an international initiative for digital pioneers, innovators and ground-breaking startups. Initiated in 2011 by GFT Technologies, the goal of this network is to support outstanding business talents and their exceptional business ideas, provide them with a platform for dialog, and therefore stimulate innovation in the field. CODE_n stands for “Code of the New,“ the DNA of innovation. The initiative is sponsored by Ernst & Young and Deutsche Messe. In 2013, CODE_n will grant the CODE_n Award for the second time, this year under the motto “Smart Solutions for Global Challenges” with a focus on IT-based concepts for sustainable energy supply and usage. Last year, more than 400 participants from 42 countries applied.
Fraunhofer Venture acts as a partner of founders, startup companies, Fraunhofer institutes and investors. By offering access to Fraunhofer technologies, infrastructure and know-how with more than 5.200 patent classes, it provides young companies with the opportunity of a faster and better establishment of their products on the markets. The portfolio offered by Fraunhofer Venture includes comprehensive support and consulting services, from the idea to corporate foundation, covering the areas of technology, financing, foundation and participation management.
Icos Capital is a professional venture and growth capital investment firm with combined experience of over 50 years of investing over 100 million euros in over 40 European technology companies. Icos Capital differentiates itself as an operational Venture Capital firm after having directed numerous success stories, with over 75 years of hands on experience and 12 exits through M&A and IPOs. Icos Capital has strategic partnerships with major corporations that see value in being at the forefront of the development and dissemination of cleantech innovations, both for capital gains and to substantiate strategic and corporate social responsibility objectives. These strategic alliances provide Icos Capital with preferred access to the corporations’ extensive global networks and considerable knowledge base.
Ecomobilité Ventures, Europe’s first private equity fund dedicated to innovation in sustainable mobility, was created by French national railway operator SNCF, mobile telephone operator Orange and energy company Total. Ecomobilité Ventures recently invested a total of €5 million to acquire equity interests in three European ecomobility startups: Move About, EZ‐Wheel and Ouicar. The key to ensuring the success of sustainable mobility lies in stepped up innovation and more extensive cooperation between startups and large corporations. Ecomobilité Ventures intends to provide long‐term support for this fast growing industry. Backed by €25 million in capital, the corporate partnership is focusing its investments on four priority areas: transportation services, innovative information technology, connected vehicles and mobility products, and intelligent infrastructure. The three fledgling companies selected contribute to fostering the emergence of new modes of transportation and mobility solutions, each in its own sector.
Germany Trade & Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The company helps create and secure extra employment opportunities, strengthening Germany as a business location. With more than 50 offices in Germany and abroad and its network of partners throughout the world, Germany Trade & Invest supports German companies setting up in foreign markets, promotes Germany as a business location and assists foreign companies setting up in Germany.
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.
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.
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: 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.
Osborne Clarke as every law firm has legal expertise at its heart. What makes a difference is how that expertise is applied. Osborne Clarke’s clients benefit from the way the firm combines its top-class legal expertise with an international perspective and in-depth sector knowledge to provide focused, relevant and practical advice to clients in a number of businesses sectors. The firm’s lawyers are dedicated to helping clients achieve their business objectives. From the UK’s first wind farm to the largest European energy projects, the team has years of in-depth experience in the energy sector. Clients include utilities, funders, developers, suppliers and cleantech and renewable energy companies. Our development programme results in lawyers who really understand the sectors in which their clients operate and encourages the development of bespoke sector-focused products and services.
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