ECO18 Paris Sponsors
Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups, investors and corporates in energy, mobility and cities. Our conferences are physical marketplaces enabling business development, co-investing, open innovation and corporate venturing. We also advise startups on optimising their Series A/B/C and raise our first €20M seed fund. Since 2010, we organised 18 international conferences in Berlin (8), Paris (1), London (5), Amsterdam (2), Stockholm (1) and Düsseldorf (1) with 3.300 participants and 700 startup pitches. Ecosummit Paris 2018 took place on 6 March 2018 at Bpifrance Le Hub and was supported by 10 sponsors profiled below.
ECO18 Paris Platinum Sponsors
Bpifrance is France’s leading public investment bank that offers financing, investment and investment banking services for innovative projects. Bpifrance Le Hub is the connection platform between the traditional economy and the best of French innovation. Bpifrance Le Hub is your tech deal maker and evangelises, creates key partnerships and multiplies the opportunities to accelerate innovation and growth.
ECO18 Paris Gold Sponsors
Smart green corporate VC: ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 153,090 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20). ENGIE also allocated an investment fund of €115 million dedicated to innovative startups and an investment fund of €50 million committed to energy access.
ECO18 Paris 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: With more than €8 billion under management, Idinvest Partners is a leading pan-European private equity firm focused on the mid-market segment. Idinvest Partners has developed several complementary areas of expertise including investments in innovative European start-ups in the digital, healthcare and Smart City sectors. In this last sector, Idinvest Partners’ Smart Cities practice boasts 20 years of cumulative experience in both energy and digital technology companies. The goal is to capture the exciting growth opportunities in smart city, smart energy and new mobility which are driven by the rapid adoption of data-driven services and digitalized solutions. Idinvest Partners also specialises in the areas of mid-market direct lending (unitranche, senior loans and junior financing), primary and secondary investments in unlisted European companies, and private equity consulting. Founded under the name AGF Private Equity in 1997, Idinvest Partners was formerly part of Allianz until 2010 when it became an independent firm.
Smart green VC: Aster is a venture capital company managing €500 million through multiple funds raised with major corporations and institutional players. A specialist in digital transformation and new industrial models, Aster funds growing companies in energy, mobility and industry. Using its “Business Hub” approach, the team works with entrepreneurs, enabling them to access corporate investor networks and markets at the global level. Aster operates in all the main innovation hubs, with offices in Paris, San Francisco and Tel Aviv, and draws on partner funds in China and Africa. ConnectBlue (acquired by u-blox in 2014), Solairedirect (acquired by Engie in 2015), Tronics (acquired by Epcos in 2016) or Digital Lumens (acquired by Osram in 2017) are some of its success stories.
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 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.
ECO18 Paris Bronze Sponsors
Paris Region Enterprises is the agency in charge of promoting the Paris Region to attract international companies and support them in setting up providing a full range of tailored services, including a dedicated business advisor who enables international investors to assess their target markets and understand the business regulations, meet with key players and establish relationships with potential clients and partners, benefit from public support programs, launch their businesses by choosing the best legal structure, setting up their offices, recruiting the right staff and opening bank accounts and guide them through the various steps of relocating to and setting up in the Paris Region. Paris Region Entreprises is supported by the Ile-de-France Regional Council. It is an active member of the “Enterprise Europe Network”.
Nesting is a French-German consulting and innovation agency, active in Paris and Berlin. We offer combined services for cross border business development and investments. Nesting is also specialized in the field of utilities and smart city businesses. Together with strategic partners, Nesting aims at founding in 2018 a European CityTech innovation platform to ensure the capacity of future European champions. The CityTech investment fund project is focused on energy transition, circular economy and urban mobility. Investing in small and medium sized companies in continental Europe, this private and public equity fund with strong French-German ties also supports new technologies and services developed by startups through seed capital.