International Bootcamps: Frankfurt & Lisbon

A common theme throughout the Bootcamps is the importance of knowledge and creation through collaborative work and you will be introduced to representatives from international global companies.


Get connected – in Frankfurt

5. – 6. October 2017

Frankfurt is the heart of Europe’s financial community and a hub spot of chemical industry. With its strong regional ecosystem Frankfurt offers access to international business and with Provadis Hochschule you receive access to the leading chemical and bio-technical industries. The Bootcamp in Frankfurt is dedicated to create a pan-European start-up community, unfold synergies between the RIS startups and create a joint spirit. You will learn how to get your product and market ready and expand your business internationally.
For further Information on the Bootcamp in Frankfurt please contact: alexandra.koch@provadis-hochschule.de

Europe meets in Frankfurt – Get started where the business is

Around 60 start-ups from nine different European countries were selected to join the competitive Climate-KIC EIT Accelerator Programme in June 2017. The programme encompasses a joint curriculum for all participants with a focus on sustainable business modelling. Further, it consists out of individual business coaching for the startups, a mix of national and international bootcamps and financial support. All nine countries are working together to strengthen the international market for cleantech solutions. The programme is funded by the European Union as part of its Regional Implementation Scheme.

Two months into the programme, the startups came on invitation of Provadis School of International Management and Technology to Frankfurt to connect and work with each other during the Bootcamp. On 5th and 6th October 2017, startups from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia learned more about sustainable business modelling and expanding their business to Germany, a market which many of the startups are targeting.

“It’s great to see this community of ambitious European cleantech startups coming together in Frankfurt”, said Hannes Utikal, lead of the Center for industry and sustainability at Provadis Hochschule, in his opening speech. “Once again, the industrial park Höchst, demonstrates that it is not only a place with great economic history, but as well a hotspot for future business”.

The first day was all connecting the teams and creating a cleantech startup community. Open Innovation specialist Andy Zynga, founder and former CEO of Nine Sigma and a future lecturer at Provadis Hochschule, set the scene with an inspiring keynote on why openness and cooperation are key also to startups. In small breakout groups, the startups explored synergies amongst their companies. After a tour through Höchst’s impressive Industrial Park, a table captain dinner in the magnificent Peter Behrens Building, a masterpiece of 20th century industrial architecture, helped connect the European entrepreneurs with relevant experts. The startups had the opportunity to ask questions to table captains relevant to their industries, including the Head of Innovation at Deutsche Bahn or the Co-Head of the Frankfurt School – UNEP Collaboration Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance.

On the second day Annika Förster from the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany German Trade & Invest was grilled by the teams with many questions about how to go about expanding into the German market. The teams then focused on sustainable business modelling for the rest of the day. “In this programme, startups not only focus on their financial results. They have to make sure that they have a positive triple bottom line – taking the economic, ecological and social dimension of their activities into account. The triple bottom line is the core of this programme”, underlines Wolfgang Rams, who was responsible for the curriculum and the content of the bootcamp.

The startups will meet again shortly in Portugal where they will come together for the programme’s second international bootcamp in the beginning of November. Hosted by BGI (Building Global Innovators), a deep technology accelerator, they will focus on getting investment-ready and conquering clients.

A matchmaking site has been set up to present all participating teams and connect them to investors and further interested parties. The event will hopefully bring them closer to follow into the footsteps of previous years’ programme participants, including for example Sympower from Estonia who have recently raised one million Euros from angel investors and investment fund Enfuro Ventures.

Get scaled – in Lisbon

10. – 12. November 2017

BGI (Building Global Innovators), a world class, deep technology MIT Portugal accelerator, which raised over 111 million euros, considered top 20 in Europe (by Fundacity) and top 100 in the world (by Hottopics) is hosting, for the first time, a Climate-KIC international bootcamp. This bootcamp will focus on how to make a cleantech business grow, understand where are the opportunities and threats in the industry, together with renowned experts. Furthermore, WebSummit, the largest tech conference in the World, will take place in Lisbon right before the bootcamp, so follow “The Guardian’s” advise, and enjoy the “next tech capital”.
For further Information on the Bootcamp in Lisbon please contact: sofia.fernandes@bgi.pt

Building Global Innovators IUL MIT Portugal is happy to announce the EIT Climate KIC International Bootcamp, from the 10th to the 12th of November in Idanha-a-Nova.

Right after the world’s biggest tech conference – Web Summit, BGI will bring together investors, corporates, startups, entrepreneurs and political stakeholders together and take them on a unique adventure to Idanha. During these 3 days, startups will learn more about sustainable business modeling, how to scale up and will get to discuss a range of topics related to Cleantech.

Portugal is on the rise and so is Idanha, an unexpected place for a tech event, which is hosting a pioneer program in Portugal – i-Danha Food Lab, that is bringing together state of the art sustainable technologies working in Food.

It all starts in Lisbon. The first day is all about connecting the teams and mentors, and creating a CleanTech community. The 63 startups will demo for up to 2 minuts, followed by a Captain lunch that will connect entrepreneurs with relevant experts. The startups will have the opportunity to ask questions to table captains of different industries.

Following the Captain lunch, the plan is to leave Lisbon on the 10th of November at 15h30 on a historical train, alongside the beautiful Tagus River, deep forests and mountains heading to Idanha Municipality. The train will have the Theme “Dream Green…Or Go Home”. During this trip you will be able to network (i-danha Food Lab start-ups will also join), and try biological Idanha gastronomy, all in an enthusiastic environment animated by the biggest musical event in Portugal, Boom festival, and actors that will show you more wonders about Portugal! We will have with us the Portuguse Secretary of State of Education, at a warm reception in an historical cathedral, where you will learn the History behind this amazing place.

On the second day, Idanha-a-Nova Mayor – Armindo Jacinto will open the event with a Welcome note, followed by a session concerning Sustainable Land Use, with Catherine Polz – Innovation Director at Climate KIC. Then, startups will have the opportunity to understand how to be sustainable in the XXI Century with Tristram Stuart, an author and activist working closely with National Geographic, and get close with the sustainable entrepreneurial ecosystem with Alex Fisher, CEO and Founder of Saturn Biopinics, and Bob Shatten, President at Tera Cool.

During the afternoon, we will have parallel sessions. The startups will have the opportunity to attend workshops according to their needs, with experts from their specific areas for instance Wim Focquet (Academic Director Master in Talent Development and Human Resources at IE School of Human Sciences and Technology), Linda Plano (Principal at Plano&Simple), Rick Pizzoli (Founder and CEO of Sales Force Europe) amongst many others, or round table discussions regarding the topics future trends for sustainable technologies and the digitalization of AgriTech, to name a few. To close the day, the entrepreneurs will be able to explore solutions to their problems at the session “taking action to solve startup challenges” powered by WBCSD.

On the 12th the startups will discuss the best sustainable practices in 2017 and will get the opportunity to Demo. Listening to these pitches and closing the event we will have Portugal’s Ministry of Environment Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes, that will join us for the final lunch.

Together with Climate KIC, Idanha Municipality, Environment Ministry of Portugal, EIT Food KIC and Ellen MacArthur Foundation will also support the event. You can find the agenda in detail and register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eit-climate-kic-ris-international-bootcamp-tickets-37091362263