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 !


Skipso Partners with Autodesk to offer free software to selected Cleantech startups

We are really excited to announce that we have recently partnered with Autodesk, the leader in design, visualization and simulation software to create a special offer for the most promising Cleantech startups in our Skipso network.


Skipso and Autodesk have agreed to Quantity 2 of Autodesk’s Product Design Suite Ultimate 2013 to selected Cleantech startups from our network. Each commercial licence is valued at £10,000 and there is a £42 transaction fee to complete the process.

Here is a link to a brief 3 minute video that explains the program:

If interested please contact me at for more information.

Carlo Soresina

Co-Founder – Skipso

Skipso Partners with Autodesk!

by Carlo Soresina (Skipso Co-Founder)

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we are announcing today our partnership with Autodesk, a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. As most of you will know, Autodesk has been extremely active over the last few years in supporting early-stage Cleantech companies by providing its design and engineering software that accelerates their development of solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

I was lucky enough to attend The Cleantech Open launch party in San Francisco a few weeks ago which was held at the Autodesk Gallery (Autodesk is the global sponsor of Cleantech Open). If you haven’t done so already and want to have a better idea of some of Autodesk products and applications, I would highly recommend visiting the gallery. It is truly amazing!

So what is this partnership about?

With its unique ‘Cluster of Clusters’ approach, Skipso is fast establishing itself as the main player that aggregates, on a global scale, Cleantech startups and entrepreneurs. It provides them with a state-of-the-art platform to find the resources they need to go to market faster and grow their business: capital, partners, people and expertise. This ecosystem is extremely relevant for Autodesk as it provides the company with an additional channel to reach out to the most exciting Cleantech startups who can benefit from Autodesk solutions for Digital Prototyping. Interested companies in Europe, North America and Japan are invited to apply for the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program which provides up to 120,000 Euro worth of software for only 50 Euro.

Over the coming weeks, in order to promote this great initiative, Skipso will provide some practical examples of Cleantech companies that have used (and are using) the Autodesk software to develop their groundbreaking products.

About Autodesk

A world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software, Autodesk enables customer innovation by delivering the broadest product portfolio for the digital design, visualization, and simulation of real-world project performance. The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports early-stage clean technology companies with design and engineering software they can use to accelerate their development of solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

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