ECO17 Berlin Sponsors
Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups, investors and corporates in Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm, London and Paris. We promote startups, support co-investing and facilitate open innovation and corporate venturing. We focus on smart green cities, energy, mobility, buildings, IoT, AI, robotics and blockchain to foster the energy transition and low-carbon economy. Our conferences are physical marketplaces enabling personal meetings and long-term relationships in a relaxed and productive atmosphere. Ecosummit Berlin 2017 took place on 9-10 May 2017 at Radialsystem, Holzmarktstrasse 33, 10243 Berlin, Germany. ECO17 Berlin was supported by 30 sponsors from 11 countries and 95 speakers including 61 startups went on stage, among them a few contestants that may become smart green unicorns soon.
ECO17 Berlin Gold Sponsors
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: innogy SE is one of the leading European energy companies. With its three business areas of Renewables, Grid & Infrastructure as well as Retail, it addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. The focus of innogy SE’s activities is on offering existing and potential customers innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life. The key markets are Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and several countries in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. In renewable power generation, the company is also active in other regions, e.g. Spain and Italy. The new subsidiary of RWE AG started operations on 1 April 2016. On 29 June 2016, the name of the European stock company was announced: innogy. The new name is expected to take formal effect as of September 2016, at which time the company as well as its products and services will be gradually rebranded. Until then, the subsidiary will continue under the name innogy SE. Based on the combined financial statements for 2015, the company would have a revenue of around €46 billion and an EBITDA of €4.5 billion. The company is expected to employ around 40,000 out of a total of around 60,000 employees of the RWE Group once the restructuring process has been completed.
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 corporate VC: Envision Energy’s mission is to solve the challenges for a sustainable future of mankind. Envision is seen as the global leader in energy internet. Envision Energy will strive to become a world-leading smart company in the renewable energy industry by taking challenges, attracting talent and focusing on innovation. Envision is a top 3 wind turbine maker and one of the largest offshore wind turbine suppliers in China, with established global technology innovation centers in Denmark, US, Germany and other countries. In 2015, Envision’s disruptive superconductive generator EcoSwing received funding of over 100 million Chinese Yuan from EU’s Horizon 2020 project. This is also the largest financial funding Chinese enterprises have received in EU. In 2016, Envision Energy was selected by Fortune as the only energy company in the recent “China’s Top 50 Business Pioneers”. Envision’s smart energy management platforms Wind OS and Apollo OS are currently managing over 60 Gigawatts renewable energy assets globally, including North America’s largest independent renewable energy operator Pattern Energy, North America’s largest Electrical power company Duke Energy, as well as the world’s leading renewable developer China Longyuan Power. Envision’s proprietary world-leading energy internet operating system EnOS is orchestrating and managing the complex future energy system, covering Wind, Solar, Charging, Energy Efficiency and other applications. Centering around EnOS, Envision is building up a global ecosystem by strategically investing in the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network operator ChargePoint, the world’s leading smart grid big data provider AutoGrid, Europe’s leading energy storage service provider Sonnen and acquiring BazeField, the second largest renewable energy assets management software company in Europe.
ECO17 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.
ECO17 Berlin Silver 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.
Vattenfall is a leading European utility and follows a clear strategy towards renewable generation to reduce its carbon footprint considerably. Vattenfall operates more than 1.000 wind turbines with a capacity of around 2.000 MW in Sweden, Denmark, UK, the Netherlands and Germany. It plans to double its renewable capacity by 2020 and is investing more than 5 billion Euros in additional wind and solar generation.
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 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.
Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 174.000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2015, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater service, produced 63 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 42.9 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25 billion ($30.3 billion) in 2015. U-Start: A new startup accelerator in Berlin – Veolia Germany launches a program called U-Start in order to initiate long-term cooperation with young startups at an early stage of their development. The focus lies on startups with sustainable services in the fields of water, energy and waste services.
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.
Statoil Energy Ventures is one of the world’s largest corporate venture funds dedicated to investing in attractive and ambitious growth companies in renewable energy. The fund was established in February 2016 as part of Statoil’s business within New Energy Solutions, reflecting the company’s aspirations to gradually complement its oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy and low-carbon solutions. Statoil Energy Ventures has got $200M in total investment capital, invests ¢1-20M per company over a period of 4-7 years. The portfolio includes United Wind, ChargePoint, Convergent and Oxford PV.
Swisscom Energy Solutions AG was founded in September 2012. The company combines a unique mix of energy and IT/communication know-how to develop solutions under the brand of tiko for the international energy industry. As a first step the company has built up an industrial grade platform to enable different kinds of energy solutions like Virtual Power Plants, Smart Home, Micro Grid, customer engagement and data insights to provide value for utilities, device suppliers and end customers. There are implementations running in Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria and the company is continuously growing building up the biggest real-time Smart Grid in Europe. With the energy management award of the EUW2016 the company has proven its ability to develop highly customer valued functionalities.
Smart green accelerator & VC: 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. 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 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: IP Group is a leading intellectual property commercialisation company which focuses on evolving great ideas, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. The Group has pioneered a unique approach to developing these ideas and the resulting businesses by providing access to business building expertise, capital (through its 100%-owned FCA-authorised subsidiary IP Capital), networks, recruitment and business support. IP Group has a strong track record of success and its portfolio comprises holdings in approximately 100 early-stage to mature businesses across four main sectors – Biotech, Cleantech, Healthcare and Technology. The Company is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the code IPO.
Impact VC: 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: 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.
Inspiralia are a New Product Development company, experts in selecting and preparing companies to win funding from Horizon 2020 and particularly the SME Instrument. Founded in 2005 we operate throughout Europe and the US searching the most innovative startups and SMEs pursuing New Product Development activities and International Commercialization. At Inspiralia we are over 100 people combining consultancy and R&D skills to give an added value to your innovations and to take them to commercial stage. We have already achieved over 300 H2020 projects for our clients and most of the companies at the Ecosummit have the potential to win an SME Instrument of 2.5M€. Would you like to be one of the winners? If you are and SME or startup, with and innovative technology looking for funding to finalize your developments and create real products, please book a meeting with us and we will validate your idea.
DWR eco is one of Germany’s leading agencies for strategic communications, political positioning and the development of new business areas in the cleantech sector. For the mobility and the building sector, the energy and resource management industry, the sharing economy and for start-ups, the agency has a broad and synergetic range of services: public relations, public affairs and business development. At DWR eco you meet business practitioners, who know the industries and the relevant target groups firsthand and have an excellent international network. With an interdisciplinary team of business economists and engineers, lawyers and political scientists, communications and social media experts in Berlin and Brussels, DWR eco is close to the political scene and in touch with the latest trends.
Life Size 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.
Smart green startup: Sonnen is a leading manufacturer of intelligent lithium storage systems. As a pioneer in the rapidly growing solar energy storage market, the company has extensive experience with battery storage technologies and renewable energy. The company has already sold more than 15.000 storage systems in Europe, now has over 100 qualified employees and is actively entering the US market. Sonnen has enjoyed strong growth since its establishment in 2010 and is backed by eCAPITAL, SET Ventures, Munich Venture Partners, Inven Capital, GE Ventures and Envision Energy. Sonnen offers fully integrated storage solutions with a user-friendly energy manager that allows users to individually control their storage system, to track their energy use, optimize the solar self-consumption and avoid peak demand charges.
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 is backed by Electranova Capital, Total and Inven Capital.
Smart green startup: REstore is a leading energy technology company, focused on automated demand side management. The company offers demand response programs to commercial and industrial consumers and delivers cloud-based demand side management software to utilities. REstore recently won the Association for Decentralised Energy Award 2016, the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Award and has been mentioned in the Top-Three of Europe’s leading demand response aggregators by Bloomberg. REstore is the leader in the fast-growing European Primary Reserve/Frequency control market, and operates in all ancillary services and capacity markets in France, UK, Germany and Benelux. Recently REstore has opened a satellite office in San Francisco to explore the US market. The company’s proprietary platform FlexPond™ is used by more than 125 of Europe’s largest industrial energy consumers, and a series of utility clients, including 5 out of Europe’s top-50 largest utilities and grid operators. Besides services to participate in demand response programs, REstore also launches FlexTreo™, a 360° DSM-solution for energy managers at commercial and industrial consumers.
Smart green startup: GreenPocket is a specialist for smart meter and smart home software that empowers people to use energy in the most comfortable and responsible way. Based on a flexible, modular and scalable high performance platform, GreenPocket’s software applications transform complex energy data into a wide range of consumer-oriented benefits for energy control and home automation. With more than 95 successful projects for over 45 national and international utilities and service providers, GreenPocket is one of the leading software companies in the global smart energy market. Founded in 2009, GreenPocket is a privately held company headquartered in Cologne, Germany.
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.
Smart Green Startup: Adaptive City Mobility (ACM) is a cooperative project, carried out in the framework of the ICT for electric mobility programme funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The project sets out with the goal of making electric mobility competitive, resource efficient, and environmentally-friendly and, in 2015, was chosen by the Federal Government to be its flagship project. From 2017, ACM will be testing its three technological innovations in practice – the vehicle, the battery replacement system, and the ICT network. The site of the field test will be the German federal state capital of Munich. Staying true to its motto of “less is more”, ACM does not follow the pathways established by the automotive industry. The CITY eTAXI plays in the lightweight class of vehicles (L7e) and targets the new market of urban and electrically powered lightweight vehicles emerging around the world in the niche between passenger cars and two-wheelers. ACM must in no way be limited to the development of a new vehicle concept. The CITY eTAXI is a lot more than just that – it is an elementary component of a completely new system solution in the field of electric mobility. Within this system, the vehicles with their manually operable battery replacement systems, the battery replacement stations, fleet operators, energy providers, and end users form a standalone emobility network interlinked by means of modern information and communication technologies which facilitate emission-free mobility through the integration of renewable energies.
ECO17 Berlin Bronze Sponsors
Smart green VC: Munich Venture Partners (MVP) is one of Europe`s leading Cleantech Venture Capital specialists located in Munich, Germany. Founded in 2005 and cooperating in a long tradition as preferred partner with Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization), MVP focusses on growth investments in the technology sectors sustainable environmental and energy technologies, green ICT, energy efficiency, agriculture and food, mobility, and sustainable materials. The investment portfolio spans all over Europe, including selected international businesses. MVP is a partner in the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme led by the European Commission. Munich Venture Partners is convinced that the combination of exceptional entrepreneurs with innovative technologies is the key to a bright future of our society.
Alexa Capital delivers leading capital solutions across the energy, energy infrastructure and technology sectors. Our professionals have unique energy market sector insights built up over three decades of working across Europe, North America and Asia in energy, technology & communications investment banking, fund management and private equity. We can leverage global relationships across the corporate landscape, the investment community and government policymakers.
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.