Cleantech Forum Europe 2017

Featured Speakers

Ana Trbovic

Co-Founder & Foundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation

Vincent Champain

General Manager, GE Digital Foundry Europe

Gina Chung

Head of Trend Research, DHL

Tom van Aken

CEO, Avantium


Who You'll Meet

Who will you meet? Drawn from more than 25 countries, at the core of the event are the following three groups:

  • Leading Entrepreneurial Companies – leading innovation companies, from across the breadth of the sustainability theme – and from across Europe and beyond – will be at the Forum, looking to connect to corporates, industrial partners, and investors.
  • Leading Industrial Multinational Corporations – regulars like Air Liquide, BP, E.ON, GE, Iberdrola, IKEA, Saint-Gobain, Solvay, and TOTAL – keen to connect to disruptive innovation – will be present, alongside some fresh faces (in 2015, those included Eneco, Michelin, and Statoil).
  • Leading Financial Investors – Aster Capital, Capricorn Venture Partners, Demeter Partners, Emerald Technology Ventures, Environmental Technologies Fund, and Idinvest Partners are examples of the pan-European financial investors we tend to see every year.

…with leading advisers, economic development agencies, government representatives, and professional service firms completing the attendee list.

Check out a sampling of who typically attends Cleantech Form Europe, and our agenda from the 2016 Forum to get a feel for the event.

What You'll Experience

This annual event offers a comprehensive, three-day program that provides exclusive opportunities to learn, network, and get deals done. First time at a Cleantech Forum? Learn more about it here.

Now in its 13th year, Cleantech Forum Europe continues to be the place to create connections, to connect the dots across multiple industrial sectors being disrupted by information, bio and clean technology innovations, and to enjoy the annual Forum Awards dinner, the gathering of the leading upstarts, investors and incumbent corporations in ever more glamorous settings!

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2017 Agenda

  • Early Signs of the Next 100 Years: Charting the great, smart industrial transition

    • Much of today’s industrial landscape would look familiar to a 1967 industrial executive.

      Equipment has modernized, designs and reliability have improved, but how we power, make, move and do things –on the physical face of it, at least – have not radically changed. Fossil fuels still form over 75% of the global energy mix, EVs represent less than 1% of new sales of passenger vehicles, and GE remains the general industrial behemoth of the world and only surviving company of the Dow Jones 30.

      Yet, changes are clearly underway and momentum is increasing – with potential to dramatically accelerate in the 2020s – as we continue the transition from a 20th century global industrial order to a 21st century one.

      The single biggest change our 1967 executive would be amazed by would surely be the power and ubiquity of information and communication technologies. Finland’s Nokia, albeit ultimately the victim of the power of creative destruction, was a key player in the rise of mobile telephony, within the wider rise of the Internet and all things “smart” from the 1990s onwards.

      2017 is a special year for Finland, its 100th anniversary as an independent nation. In deference to the host of our 2017 Cleantech Forum Europe, this year’s theme is Early Signs of the Next 100 Years: Charting the great, smart industrial transition.

      Through plenaries, parallel tracks, and our small and informal interactive side sessions, we will go in search of all things smart (assessing how we power, make and move things), and identify the building blocks and enablers of the next 100 years. While no serious attempt can be made to imagine the full 100 years ahead, we are all interested in how the first 1-2 decades may pan out on that transitional journey towards a total and quite radical shake-up of the 1967 industrial landscape.

      P.S. Why 1967?  It was Finland’s 50th anniversary, but it was also the year that three independently-operating, albeit jointly-owned, companies came together to form Nokia Corporation to focus on four markets: paper, electronics, rubber, and cable.

  • TUESDAY, May 16, 2017

    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

      Registration Area  

      Early Registration

      Early check-in to Cleantech Forum Europe for exhibitors and those attending tours or pre-meetings.

    • 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

      Cleantech Tour of Helsinki

      For the 9th year running, Cleantech Forum Europe is seeking to offer a pre-Forum opportunity for 20-30 people to see some of the cleantech sights of our host city/area. We are working on a program with local partners and will announce this as soon as we can. Pre-registering for the tour will be necessary (as places will be limited). This can be achieved within the registration form.

      Please direct questions to

    • 2:30 PM - 4:45 PM

      Invite Only

      The Ongoing Evolution of the Investment Landscape in Europe (Investors Only)

      Over the past 10 years, there have been varying degrees of success in commercializing “cleantech” companies. But yet the market drivers and industry pivot points within clean energy, industry 4.0, and sustainable resource use are making a more compelling thesis for investing over the next 10 years.  While the digital revolution is now playing an increasingly key part within our landscape, many of the companies within our theme are more industrial, more capital intense and require longer time lines. And as the energy, industry and resource innovation themes become ever more mainstream, this is requiring investors themselves to evolve in terms of who they partner and co-invest with and how they structure their own set-ups and investment vehicles.


      In partnership with Finland’s Cleantech Venture Day, CTG will build a provocative, interactive and fun session around these key questions.


      This will be an invite only afternoon session, for investors only. If you wish to be included, please inquire through

    • 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

      Registration Area  

      Registration: Official Opening of the Forum

    • 5:15 PM - 6:00 PM

      Welcome to Helsinki, Finland!

      In the opening session we will be provided with an introduction to Finnish cleantech, key players and the innovation ecosystem, that has had Finland place 2nd (in the last edition of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index, produced by CTG & WWF) and 5th in the Global Innovation Index.

      We will also meet and hear from the 2017 Climate Solver award winners, from across the Nordic region.

      • Stefan Henningsson
        Senior Adviser Climate, Energy & Innovation, WWF
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM


      Opening Night Networking Reception

      All our guests are invited to attend this special networking reception.

      Co-hosted by: Fortum

  • WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017

    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

      Breakfast at Hotels (or Home)

    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

      Registration Area  

      Registration & Welcome

    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

      Charting the Future: The start of the next industrial century

      On the occasion of Finland’s 100th anniversary CTG will provide a “lay of the land” presentation, providing some insights and viewpoints from our work to chart the future and connect the globe. These will be centered on key trends, people and companies to pay attention to.

      Additional guest speakers will be announced shortly


      • Richard Youngman
        CEO, Cleantech Group
    • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

      Networking Break

      After the first networking break, we will break into our two main tracks running concurrently over the next 2 days:

      • The All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track will focus on smart mobility (the movement of people in cities), the movement of things (via the logistics and shipping industries), smart industry, smart energy and other examples of the fast-emerging “smarter” 21st century industrial landscape that we should all be paying attention to.
      • The Building Blocks and Enablers Track will showcase some of the innovations and technologies that could make for a materially different 21st century industrial order. Subjects of focus in this track will vary from biotechnology, chemistry, and materials set to forge this new order, to the finance and business model innovations. Cutting-edge technologies starting to permeate the industrial landscape will also be featured.


      The two tracks will be complemented by an additional side-track – the Interaction Track. This track will offer our guests the opportunity (in rooms fit for 10-30 people) to dive into more specific or niche topics, and/or to spend more time with certain speakers in Q&A/discussion format. This will allow our delegates to experience more interactive and discussion-based session time in a more intimate group setting.

    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track


      Out with the old, in with the new – Smart waste management solutions

      Enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), our world is in the midst of an industrial transformation. We have seen the rapid emergence of smart TVs, smart homes, and smart energy, and such transformation is beginning to take shape in the antiquated waste management industry. Shifting from a traditional make-use-dispose linear economy, waste management plays a key role in enabling a circular economy. Join this session to find out how the waste management industry is becoming smarter in reducing our global footprint.


      • Timo Taalas
        CEO, Zenrobotics
      • Gary Lewis
        CEO, Pendula Resource Management
      • Johan Engström
        Co-Founder & Director - Product Management, Enevo
    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

      Blockchain: Diving into use cases in energy, industry and supply chain

      Blockchain has been a major area of interest for the energy sector in the past couple of years. With growing traction, the distributed ledger technology could power the future of energy, transportation and industry. But for all its hype, blockchain is still a nascent technology, and finding financial backing for energy use cases has not been easy. With top start-ups and industry experts, we will try to understand which use cases are most advanced, financeable and scalable – and which ones need maturing.


      • Moderator: Jules Besnainou
        Director of Product Development, Cleantech Group
      • Hugh Halford
      • Joanna Hubbard
        COO & Co-Founder, Electron
      • Stefan Grosjean
        CEO, Smappee
    • 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

      CEO Roundtable Lunch

      CTG and Chubb are holding a small, invitation-only roundtable for 10-12 CEOs during lunch.

      Request an invite through

    • 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

      Networking Lunch

      Enjoy the lunch break and come visit some of the exhibitors in our networking areas.

      Hosted by: Chubb Group of Insurance Companies

    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track



      Entrepreneurs Showcase: All Things "Smart"

      We will select a range of entrepreneurial companies to fit the “All Things Smart” theme of this track.

      • Markku Makkonen
        CEO & Co-Founder, Fourdeg
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

      Making Electronics Ever More Flexible and Efficient: The Metals and Material Building Blocks

      One of the great innovation successes of the last 30 years has been how far innovation has driven electronics and sensors. The reduction in costs, improvement in processing power and storage have enabled the consumer-centric Internet age and is now enabling IoT and its growing pervasiveness across all industrials sectors.

      This session will examine the present and future electronics industry from the perspectives of the metals and the materials which form the building blocks of today and tomorrow’s yet more efficient, flexible and powerful electronics. We will start with a talk on the power of the platinum group metals (PGMs), touching on some of their impact across a number of industrial use cases, but with particular focus on the electronics world.

      The other speakers, CEO’s of upcoming young companies, will then be invited to build on this scene-setting and context to provide viewpoints on how their innovations will impact the next wave of electronics, for the consumer, in the vehicle and other situations.

      Co-Hosted by: Anglo American Platinum

      • Kevin Eggers
        Principal, Market Development, Anglo American Platinum
      • Juha Kokkonen
        CEO, Canatu
      • Jussi Harvela
        CEO, TactoTek
      • Dr. Thomas Gädda
        Director, PiBond
    • 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

      Transition Break

    • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track


      Smart Energy – The digitalization and virtualization of the power grid

      Cheaper, thinner, and lighter sensors have enabled digital connection of a broad range of power grid assets. Fortum is one utility who has piloted a virtual power plant, optimizing operations across residential and SME consumers along with generation and distribution assets. Join us to hear about lessons learned by the utility, and perspectives from smart grid market participants as we explore how virtual power plants are a critical enabler of the smarter, cleaner power grid of the future.

    • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

      Entrepreneurs Showcase: Enabling Industry 4.0

      We will select a range of entrepreneurial companies and business models to fit the “Building Block s and Enablers” theme of this track.

      Nominate yourself online or be in touch with as soon as possible, but certainly before March 16th.

    • 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

      Networking Break

    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

      Blockchain Meets Energy (part deux) – The Energy Web Foundation

      After diving into specific blockchain use cases during the day, we will take stock of the stakeholders (corporates, start-ups and investors) that are taking the plunge, and testing deployments and pilots. With Dr. Ana Trbovic, from the newly formed Energy Web Foundation, we will hear about the opportunities and pitfalls of the consortium approach, and how the Foundation plans to navigate those.

      • Dr. Ana Trbovic
        Co-Founder & Foundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30PM

      Free Time

    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

      The 13th Annual Cleantech Forum Europe Reception, Dinner & Awards

      Join us for the 13th Cleantech Forum Europe Dinner & Awards – as ever, a special evening in a special location. This year, we will be taking a short boat trip to Klippan Island, with views of the Helsinki harbor and skyline. We will eat at Restaurant Saaristo, known as Helsinki’s “balcony to the sea”. There will be drinks on arrival from 7:30pm, followed by an 8:00pm seated dinner – as well as the presentation of the 2017 European Cleantech Awards.

      There are a maximum of 250 seats available, reserved on a first come, first served basis through the Forum’s online registration system.

  • THURSDAY, May 18, 2017

    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

      Breakfast at Hotels (or Home)

    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

      Registration Area 

      Registration & Welcome

    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

      Nurturing the Next Generation of Breakthroughs: Do we have the right set of tools, from the right set of players?

      For ideas to go from concept to commercialization can take a long time for energy and industrial innovations, especially breakthrough and disruptive ones – and a lot of capital.  With the benefit of a number of years of trying many approaches, this multi-disciplinary panel will consider what has been learned about what works and what does not, and the implications for the 2020’s. What new approaches are emerging – in the financial world, in the open innovation strategies of corporations, and in the accelerator and incubator community?

      Co-hosted by: InnoEnergy

      • Moderator: Elena Bou
        Innovation Director, InnoEnergy
    • 10:00 AM - 10:20 AM

      Meet the First European Global Cleantech 100 Hall of Fame Inductee

      In January 2017, we made our first inductions into the Global Cleantech 100 Hall of Fame – companies who have appeared on the GCT100 seven times. To retain broad support among the market players so consistently through the roller coaster last few years for sustainable innovation is an achievement worth calling out and celebrating.

      In the last part of the morning’s plenary, we get to not only catch up with the Avantium story to date, but also hear how the CEO imagines the bio-material industry developing, with what consequences for whom, as the 21st century industrial revolution plays out.

      • Tom van Aken
        CEO, Avantium
    • 10:20 AM - 10:50 AM

      Networking Break

    • 10:50 AM - 11:50 AM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track

      At the Cutting Edge: The Smart Logistics Case

      In the past year, our Cutting Edge practice has built coverage on areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented reality, blockchain and more. While each of these technologies have their own ecosystems and drivers, they shared one key characteristic: major Logistics players are partnering and investing in all those areas. Indeed, the Logistics industry has shown an impressive track-record as a testbed for cutting edge innovation. With process efficiency as the key driver of success, it has been receptive to technologies other industries judge too early. To better understand this phenomenon, we will convene top start-ups and corporates bringing cutting-edge tech to warehouses, freight, delivery and more.

      • Niko Polvinen
        Business Development Officer, Conexbird
      • Gina Chung
        Head of Trend Research, DHL
      • Aki Jumppanen
        CEO, HUB logistics
    • 10:50 AM - 11:50 AM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

      Cultivating a Successful Bioeconomy, Starting with Biomass

      Finland’s extensive forestry natural resource has fostered the nation to become one of the world’s leading bioenergy producers. From forest management to power plant development, many factors contribute to the overall success of a biomass-powered energy portfolio. What lessons and best practices can other countries adopt from Finland’s success in developing a bioeconomy? Join our session to learn how Finland has leveraged its natural resources to create a sustainable energy system.

      • Alex Michine
        CEO, MetGen
      • Jussi Rasinmaki
        CEO, Simosol
    • 11:50 AM - 11:55 AM

      Transition Break

    • 11:55 AM - 12:55 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track


      Smart Mobility – How cities are approaching integration of autonomous vehicles

      With the rise of autonomous vehicle technology and major auto manufacturers publicly committing to developing autonomous models, the question now associated with autonomous vehicles for personal transportation is when, not if. The city of Helsinki has joined an international effort leading the charge with regard to cities integrating vehicle autonomy, and representatives from the city will be sharing their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities afforded by autonomy. We will also hear from experts from across sectors which mobility intersects and how autonomy will impact and drive evolution in processes across urban operations.

      • Harri Santamala
        Project Director, Smarter Mobility, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
    • 11:55 AM - 12:55 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track


      Money can grow on trees - Combining Finland’s biomass supply with Western Europe’s chemical hub

      Forests cover 75 percent of Finland’s land area. In fact, for every Finn there is around 42,000 square meter of forest. So it is no surprise that Finland is a leader in the production of bioenergy which accounts for 20% of Finland’s primary energy consumption. This has created an interesting synergy with the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr Area (ARRRA) chemical “mega-cluster” who collectively account for 40% of chemical production in the European Union. This synergy is generating exciting business and innovation opportunities within the circular economy field. Come and join this session to learn how Finland and Western Europe’s chemical cluster are partnering together to produce high value bio-based chemicals that end up in a wide variety of products including cosmetics, flame retardants and textiles.

      • Ludo Diels
        Flanders Co-coordinator, BIG-C
    • 12:55 PM - 2:00 PM

      Networking Lunch

    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track


      Building Green: Wood Alternatives

      With 5% to 7% of global emissions coming from cement manufacturing alone, construction is a dirty business. While more carbon-efficient building and constructions processes using cement and steel are reaching commercialization, an alternative is gaining traction – building with timber. With engineered woods enabling higher construction, some timber-based skyscraper projects are popping up, such as the much-publicized Tratoppen in Stockholm. With the help of architects, wood engineers and builders, we will try to identify the opportunities, challenges and key players in the space.

    • 3:00 PM - 3:05 PM

      Transition Break

    • 3:05 PM - 4:05 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track

      Ocean-going Innovation: Modernizing the Trillion Dollar Shipping Industry

      Disruption is happening across supply chains, and the same is true whether the transport is by land, rail, air, or sea. As we head to Helsinki, home to one of the world’s largest shipping organisations, with a rich sea-faring heritage, we will look to the future of software solutions that are modernizing the often paper-based and complicated web of international shipping. As we see a triple threat of long ship-building lead times, a dramatic slow-down in global demand, and once again rising oil prices, we look at solutions that aim to improve the current stock of ships to meet increasingly strict efficiency standards, maritime carbon regulations, and costs for freight shipping.

      • Tero Hottinen
        Director, Digital Ventures, Wärtsilä
      • Toni Rannikko
        Director, Corporate Strategy and M&A, Cargotec
      • Karno Tenovuo
        SVP Ship Intelligence - Marine Digital & Systems, Rolls Royce
    • 4:05 PM - 4:10 PM

      Closing Words

    • 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

      Closing Reception

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