Cleantech Challenge 2014 – Italian Chapter

For the third year running, MIP has been selected as the Business School given the privilege of organising the prestigious ‘Italian Chapter’ of the 2014 Clean Tech Challenge, a competition intended for MBA and EMBA students focusing on the creation and design of Clean, Green technologies.
The CleanTech Challenge is an international competition primarily based in London and jointly hosted by the London Business School and the University College London Business. Participatory members of this programme include the INSEAD in France and the Vlerick Business School in Belgium, with MIP acting as the representative in Italy.
The first deadline for the submission of ideas to the competition is the 16th of February. Further information on the programme is available at https://www.cleantechchallengeitaly.com
Winners of the competition will receive a prize of €5,000 and will take part in the Global Final of the competition in London, where the eventual winners will be awarded £10,000 in prize money.

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The European Cleantech Challenge 2013

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SkipsoLabs, in cooperation with Intesa Sanpaolo, is pleased to invite you to apply for the 2013 edition of the European Cleantech Challenge, a unique fund raising and business development opportunity for start-ups active in cleantech.

The challenge is part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, an end-to-end acceleration platform that combines training, services, access to international investors and media coverage. The initiative, launched in 2009 by one of Italy’s leading banks, has developed a strong track record: 31 international editions in 5 countries, matching over 190 start-ups and growing companies to over 2.800 financial and industrial investors and corporations, a significant number of these have successfully closed their financing round.

Participating start-ups will go through a training and selection process made available at no charge by key industry players and qualified coaches. The most promising teams will have a chance to pitch their project to a wide audience of financial and corporate investors, significantly improving their fund raising and business development reach.

The program, whose initial phases will revolve around Milan, Italy, is structured as follows:

  • October 12 – 13 – Boot Camp Weekend (Milan): admitted start-ups will receive two full days of training delivered by Silicon Valley investors Maverick Angels.
  • October 14 – 28 – Remote coaching: each start-up will have a chance to schedule one-to-one skype sessions with our coaches, to strengthen its business plan and improve investor communication
  • October 28 – Deal Line-Ups (Milan): the trained start-ups will pitch to a panel of experts (industry players, investors and researchers), who will provide structured feedback and select the finalists, which will move forward with the program
  • November 12 –Investor Arena Meeting (Milan): on one of the two days (depending on technology) the start-ups selected at the Deal Line Up will have 10 minutes to pitch their project to an audience of investors, corporations and players of the innovation ecosystem
  • The best among the finalist start-ups will be given an opportunity to embark in an International Roadshow covering UKGermany,France and the US to reach more investor audiences and maximize their chances of success.

There is no cost to join and submission deadline is September 15th!

Register here : http://www.europeancleantechchallenge.com/en/registration

Free Autodesk Software for Israeli Cleantech Startups

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Autodesk, the leader in design, visualization and simulation software, created a special offer for the most promising Clean Tech startups in Israel and providing them access to the Autodesk Digital Prototyping software to support their product development and marketing goals.

We are working with Autodesk to offer selected Cleantech startups an outstanding opportunity, through the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, to receive full commercial Autodesk software licenses, valued at up to $150,000. With these powerful tools you can more thoroughly explore and test your ideas, substantially reduce potentially costly design errors, and more clearly communicate your concepts prior to physical creation. With Autodesk 3D design software for Digital Prototyping, you can get your ideas to the world, and to market, faster.

For futher information, please read the following file: Clean Tech Software

For further information, please, contact me at valentina.migliore@skipso.com

European Cleantech Challenge’s International Investor Roadshow : Who Are The Investors ?

         Many thanks to all of those who have taken their time to submit their entry ! We have received some great submissions so far and it will surely be a tough task for the judging panel to select a shortlist. Let us remind you that, if you haven’t done so already, the NEW submission deadline is next Sunday, August 26th at midnight GMT.

Today, we would like to give you some details about the International Investor Roadshow. For those of you who have already registered and/or submitted ideas, you might be wondering : Who am I going to meet in this International Roadshow ? Who are these “top investors” I will get the chance to pitch to in Arena Meetings ?

         Well, here are some names of Venture Capital firms and Business Angels who participated in last year’s editions of the European Cleantech Challenge.  We hope this non-exhaustive list will reassure those who have registered to the challenge and will encourage those who haven’t done it yet !

European Cleantech Challenge : What happened to previous participants ?

Are you still hesitating on whether you should participate in the European Cleantech Challenge or not ? Sure, meeting business angels and VCs in an International Roadshow sounds like a great idea. However, is it worth the travel time and cost spent for all these Arena Meetings? Well, let’s take a look at what happened to Agroils Technology, a renewable energy company who participated in the Cleantech Challenge. Last March, we were glad to report that the Italian start-up, based in Florence, Italy had raised about $1.5 Million (€1.1 M) in the venture financing round. The investment was provided by X-Capital S.p.A. ($1.2 M/ €0.9 M) and Italian Angels ($0.27 M / €0.2 M) – Source: Biofuels International, Italy.

Agroils Technologies focuses on innovative processes enabling the production of superior quality biofuels, animal feed and molecules of pharmaceutical interest from no-food Jatropha energy crop. The Italian company intends to use the proceeds from the financing to develop its technology to produce biofuel, protein biomass for animal feed and Jatropha. Their solution has already helped many Jatropha farmers to optimize their production in Senegal, Nigeria and Dominican Republic.

This is only one of many success stories of start-ups that have successfully closed their funding round following the program. Give yourself a chance to succeed as well : www.europeancleantechchallenge.com ! Please note that registration and submission deadline is August 24th.

The European Cleantech Challenge 2012 is Live!

Intesa Sanpaolo is pleased to invite you to apply for the 2012 edition of the Cleantech Start-Up Initiative, a unique fund raising and business development opportunity for high-tech start-ups.

This program is part of the Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, an end-to-end acceleration platform that combines training, services, access to international investors and media coverage. The initiative, launched in 2009 by one of Italy’s leading banks, has developed a strong track record: 41 investment forums in 5 countries, matching over 270 start-ups and growing companies with over 3.500 investors and corporate players.

Selected start-ups will go through a training and selection phase made available at no charge by key industry players and qualified coaches. The most promising teams will have a chance to pitch their project to a wide audience of financial and corporate investors, significantly improving their fund raising and business development reach.

The program, whose initial phases will revolve around Milan, Italy, is structured as follows:

  • Sep 15-16 – Boot Camp Weekend (Milan): admitted start-ups will receive two full days of training delivered by Silicon Valley investors Maverick Angels, to strengthen their business plan and improve investor communication
  • Sep 17-27 – Remote coaching: each start-up will have a chance to schedule one-to-one skype sessions with our coaches, to discuss pitch details and receive customized pointers
  • Sep 28 – Deal Line-Up (Milan): the trained start-ups will pitch to a panel of experts (industry players, investors and researchers), who will provide structured feedback and select the finalists, which will move forward with the program
  • Oct 2 – Investor Arena Meeting (Milan): the start-ups selected at the Deal Line-Up will have 10 minutes to pitch their project to an audience of investors, corporations and players of the innovation ecosystem
  • Over the course of 2013, the best among finalist start-ups will be given an opportunity to embark in an International Roadshowcovering UKGermany and France, to reach more investor audiences and maximize their chances of success.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, August 24th 2012 . If you are interested, you can submit a Business Plan and/or Executive Summary of your project.

Participation to the program is free of charge (travel and accommodation expenses not included). More information can be found on by clicking on the two links above.

Many thanks and best regards,

The European Cleantech Challenge Team

A Model for Sustainable Design?

Erwin Burth, Autodesk business development manager for clean technology, discusses the advantages of digital prototyping for realising advancements in the clean tech sector – and helping businesses bring creative visions to life in order to secure vital investment

Clean tech is a bold and burgeoning field. From alternative fuels, to energy efficiency, water treatment, transportation, innovators in the sector are seeking to transform our current infrastructure into one that addresses basic human needs – our need for light and heat, our need for water, our need for shelter, and so on – more intelligently, in a manner that conserves resources, reduces pollution and respects resource limits.

Technology has an important role to play in realising the radical new design needed to achieve these testing ambitions. For this reason, many clean tech companies are not just taking an existing technology and improving on it, but rather developing an entirely new type of technology altogether – a process which, by necessity, requires extensive trial and error.

Here digital prototyping can confer vital advantage – both in achieving faster iterations and achieving crucial cost savings. Using conceptual design, engineering, and manufacturing teams now have the ability to virtually explore a complete product before it is manufactured. In facilitating this, digital prototyping makes the whole product design and development process both streamlined and efficient.

Digital prototyping also reduces the inherent risk in the design process, helping to ensure that clean tech companies make their mistakes on the computer desktop – where the cost is low – and not in the factory or the marketplace. An engineer can try out many design iterations to test if a digital prototype works – at a much lower cost with fewer materials – and have confidence that the physical prototype will perform properly.

To date, digital prototyping has been used across a range of clean tech industries and for a vast spectrum of purposes. In the tidal sector, for example, one firm employed 3D mechanical design software to test the energy transmission mechanism in a device that utilised using oscillating horizontal hydrofoils in place of more traditional rotating blades. In this instance, placing the hydrofoils into a 3D model and running a simulation enabled the engineers to rapidly optimise the design.

Another company seeking to increase production and improve efficiency in its pilot ‘carbon negative’ cement plant used 3D software to digitally design and visualise the performance of the plant’s planned automated control systems under simulated real-world conditions – all before the systems were physically built and installed.

In the automotive sector, a firm developing a fuel-efficient, two-passenger hybrid vehicle built from widely available materials used digital prototyping to create realistic 3D renderings of the car, making them better able to pitch its idea to investors and show them a photorealistic depiction of what the car will look like – without the need to build a prototype.

In this way, as well as accelerating innovation and reducing costs, digital prototyping can, crucially, help clean tech companies to communicate their vision to potential prospects, strategic partners and investors – something which is critical to the success of most clean tech companies.

As the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words – particularly when building and communicating something that has never been built before. While the concept of a ‘mobile biodiesel refinery’ would understandably be tough for any potential investor to comprehend – the idea becomes infinitely more digestible when brought to life with an animated 3D rendering of the refinery generated from a digital model.


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