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 !

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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.

European Cleantech Challenge 2011 : profiles of last year’s finalists

The European Cleantech Challenge is part of Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, a comprehensive program aimed at start-ups looking for concrete business development and fund raising opportunities. Every few months, a rigorous selection and training process leads the best start-ups to high-profile, technology-specific events called Arena Meetings, where they can pitch to international top investors and corporations in Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, London, San Francisco and New York.

This week, we would like to report the profile of the 10 start-ups that have been selected by Intesa’s expert judging panel in the 2011 edition to take part in this year’s International Investor Roadshow (series of Arena meetings). Today, we will focus on 8 start-ups who were identified as the best CleanTech startups among 30 participants in the European Cleantech Challenge 2011.

For more information about any of these startups please contact Intesa Sanpaolo or send us an email at carole.nguyen@skipso.com

A+ SUN SYSTEMS

Founded in 2010 in Italy, A+ Sun Systems designs, produces and commercializes innovative high-quality mounting systems for photovoltaic plants on roof tops and grounds. Their solution, a tensile structure to support photovoltaic panels, is capable of being safely anchored to any type of roof, including round shapes, those not robust enough for the weight of ballast or not suitable to be drilled. The company has developed an extremely light, money-saving, quick to mount on any roof and high-quality tensile structure to support solar modules.

Whether in the office, factory or at the installation site, the A+ Sun Systems team enthusiastically creates and applies innovative technical solutions to better serve their clients and make their photovoltaic installations more competitive.

GENPORT

Founded in 2009, Genport is headquartered in Italy and in the US.
Genport is the Italian progressive spin-off of Politecnico di Milano, developer and manufacturer of an advanced, lightweight technology for portable power generation and storage in medical, defense, emergency, telecommunication and industrial applications.

GENPORT combines Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) and Ion Lithium technologies, in order to provide advance power solution to any off-grid external equipment up to 1000 Watt, with superior performance, reliability and satisfy such requirements as long life, design flexibility, high energy density, compact configuration, high cycling, high rate discharge, reducing to zero both noise and emissions and operating in extreme environmental conditions.

QUALISTEO

Based in France and founded in 2010, Qualisteo is an eco-innovative start-up company taking an active role in the electricity «smart grid» endeavour. Qualisteo is the first spin-off of the Econoving Industrial Chair. Its mission is to help electricity consumers take ownership and control of their consumption patterns, thereby managing and reducing their ecological footprint.
Qualisteo has engineered an innovative and patented solution, the Lynx Wattseeker, which makes it possible to measure and tell apart, predict and control power consumption of multiple devices from a single measurement point, in real-time. Qualisteo products and services enable cost efficient, non-intrusive and meaningful measurement of electricity flows by usage and efficiency, in any building.

PONTOON POWER

Established in 2010, Pontoon Power is a Norwegian company. The company’s primary purpose is to develop electric power production based on offshore wave power by means of their patent pending wave power converter, the Pontoon Power Converter (PPC) for operation in open ocean.

The 15-20MW Pontoon Power Converter is a floating wave energy converter based on working pontoons, hydraulic pumping cylinders, hydroelectric turbine and generator mounted on a patent pending ballasting and load-bearing structure, with slack moorings suitable for a wide range of water depths and many offshore locations.

In October 2011, the company was ranked as the “Best Cleantech Start-Up 2011” at the first Arena meeting that took place in Milan, Italy.

UNDERGROUND POWER

Established in Italy in 2011, Underground Power ‘s mission is to become a leader in production of energy harvesting devices based on linear motion. Their main objective is to develop and market their patented, innovative product LYBRA which is an energy harvesting device similar to a flat speedbump that recovers the energy wasted by vehicles brakes in decelerating lanes, reduces the speed and produces electric energy.

Underground Power offers a solution to traffic problems, providing a product that reduces vehicles’ speed by converting into electricity the kinetic energy wasted by brakes, achieving both road safety and traffic CO2 compensation.

VOLTALINK

Founded in 2011, Voltalink develops and commercializes innovative solutions for solar panels Metering, Automation and Supervision (“MAS systems”). The Italian company’s objective is to develop, produce and commercialize a family of electronic products and information technology services to remotely monitor and safely manage each single panel in real time inside a photovoltaic installation to assure the highest energy productivity and reduce maintenance costs and safety risks.

BLACK SILICON SOLAR

Founded in 2011 in Sweden, this company is an expert in the photovoltaic sector. Their mission : finding innovative ways to improve the absorption of light in silicon solar cells at a reduced cost. They have developed next generation anti-reflective coatings for solar cell that drastically increase the amount of light a solar cell can absorb (up to 15% more efficient than existing techniques). Their patent pending technology has already received multiples cleantech awards and has been identified as one of the most promising cleantech innovations of 2011.

CLEAN POWER TECH

Established in 2011 in Italy, Clean Power Tech has developed a patented low-emission diesel engine that allows substantial reduction in production, maintaining high-engine efficiency. Their innovative solution focuses on a new combustion strategy able to couple intrinsically low soot and NOx emissions resulting in a substantial cut in environmental pollution while keeping high-efficiency and power density.

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

Intesa Sanpaolo continues its partnership with Skipso

The 3rd of April two start-ups, Qualisteo and Pontoon Power, finalists of the European Cleantech Challenge 2011 / Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative, will attend Intesa’s International roadshow in Paris. At this event 5 start-ups and 2 growing companies will present in front of mainly French business angels, venture capitalists and corporates.

Qualisteo, is an eco-innovative French start-up company taking an active role in the electricity «smart grid» endeavour; they are the first spin-off of the Econoving industrial Chair. Their mission is to help electricity consumers take ownership and control of their consumption patterns, thereby managing and reducing their ecological footprint.

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Pontoon Power, is a Norwegian company, established in 2010. The company’s primary purpose is to develop electric power production based on offshore wave power by means of our patent pending wave power converter, the Pontoon Power Converter (PPC).

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You can find more information about the event here and If you wish to participate, please send an email tostartup.paris@intesasanpaolo.com.

Stay tuned for news about the 2012 edition of the European Cleantech Challenge!


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10 Finalists of the Intesa Sanpoalo European Cleantech Challenge

The European Cleantech Challenge is part of Intesa Sanpaolo Start-Up Initiative a comprehensive program aimed at start-ups looking for concrete business opportunities. Every few months, a rigorous selection and training process leads the best start-ups to high-profile, technology-specific events called Arena Meetings, where they can pitch to international investors and corporations.

Skipso has partnered with Intesa providing the platform and support to manage this year’s European Cleantech Challenge. We would like to report here the profiles of the 10 startups that have been selected by Intesa’s expert judging panel to take part in this year’s International investor Arena that will see these companies pitch to top investors in Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Boston and San Francisco.

For more information about any of these startups please contact Intesa Sanpaolo or send us an email at info@skipso.com

A+ Sun Systems

A+ Sun Systems is focused on design, production and commercialization of innovative high quality mounting systems for photovoltaic plants. Its mission is to create and apply effective and innovative technical solutions to photovoltaic systems to reach “grid parity”. A+ Sun Systems pillars are innovation and quality. Whether in the office, factory or at the installation site, our team enthusiastically creates and applies innovative technical solutions to better serve you and make your photovoltaic installations more competitive.

Genport

GENPORT is the Italian progressive spin-off of Politecnico di Milano, developer and manufacturer of an advanced, lightweight technology for portable power generation and storage in medical, defense, emergency, telecommunication and industrial applications.

GENPORT combines Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC) and Ion Lithium technologies, in order to provide advance power solution to any off-grid external equipment up to 1000 Watt, with superior performance, reliability and satisfy such requirements as long life, design flexibility, high energy density, compact configuration, high cycling, high rate discharge, reducing to zero both noise and emissions and operating in extreme environmental conditions.

GENPORT brings the strong expertise and mutual beneficial partnerships of a value chain which includes companies and academic institutions. Our corporate partners are: Politecnico di Milano, Elemaster Group, Genbee, Petrone Group, SAATI Group.

Pontoon Power

Pontoon Power AS is a Norwegian company, established in 2010. The company’s primary purpose is to develop electric power production based on offshore wave power by means of our patent pending wave power converter, the Pontoon Power Converter (PPC).

Qualisteo

Qualisteo is an eco-innovative start-up company taking an active role in the electricity «smart grid» endeavour.

Its mission is to help electricity consumers take ownership and control of their consumption patterns, thereby managing and reducing their ecological footprint.

Qualisteo has engineered an innovative and patented solution, which makes it possible to measure and tell apart power consumption of multiple devices from a single measurement point. Qualisteo products and services enable cost efficient, non-intrusive and meaningful measurement of electricity flows by usage and efficiency, in any building.

Underground Power

UP’s mission is to become the leader in production of energy harvesting devices based on linear motion. UP aims to develop and market its patented, innovative LYBRA. LYBRA is an energy harvesting device similar to a flat speed bump that recovers energy wasted by vehicle brakes in decelerating lanes, reduces the speed and produces electric energy.

Voltalink

Voltalink develops and commercializes innovative telecontrol solutions for photovoltaic systems

Our solutions have been designed to achieve the highest communication reliability while keeping high system scalability to address either small photovoltaic installations or big photovoltaic farms.

Voltalink products are “plug & play” to assure easy installation procedures and allow our customers  to remotely monitor their photovoltaic systems through easy and secure web access.

Windesign

Windesign is an innovative micro wind generator system.

Black Silicon Solar

Black Silicon Solar has developed a technology for improving the absorption of light in silicon solar cells. Its unique technology increases the efficiency of solar cells in a cost-efficient way, making solar cells significantly cheaper.

Clean Power Tech

Clean Power Tech has developed a patented low-emission diesel engine that allows substantial reduction in production, maintaining high-engine efficiency.

EnerCloud

EnerCloud is a cloud-based decision support system for energy efficiency: data collection from the field, sophisticated analysis and simple presentation.

 

 

The 10 startups were also awarded €100,000 worth of Autodesk Digital Prototyping software. Autodesk was in fact a sponsor of this year’s European Cleantech Challenge.

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports early-stage clean technology companies by providing design and engineering software that accelerates their development of solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.


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European Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2011 – Live Now!

by Carlo Soresina (Co-founder, Skipso)

I would like to draw your attention to the European Nanochallenge and Polymerchallenge 2011 – an international business plan competition aimed at identifying and supporting the best, most innovative nanotechnology and polymers startups around the world.

The competition is organised by Intesa Sanpaolo (Italy’s largest bank), Veneto Nanotech (the Italian Cluster of Nanotechnology) and IMAST (the Campania-based Technological District on Polymeric and Composite materials).

Skipso Solutions is the technology platform supporting this great initiative.

 

Each challenge offers the chance to win a 300,000 cash and services award.In addition, for all the shortlisted startups there is the opportunity to take part in a unique end-to-end program that will include the following:
  • Access to an international Investor Roadshow covering European and worldwide locations such as Milan, London, Frankfurt, Paris, New York, San Francisco
  • Widespread media coverage
  • Mentoring services
  • Access to a wide network of partners (business incubators, software corporations, science parks, business coaches) providing key services and resources

The competition is free to join and entries can be submitted by registering on the challenge website. More information on eligibility, selection criteria and submission guidelines are available on the site.

Please note that the deadline for registration is September 23rd  and for submission, September 26th 2011.

I would be most grateful if you could forward this to anyone you think might be interested in participating.

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