Event Journal: Nordic Cleantech Open 2019

John Williams

27 May 2019

On 22 May, 10 innovative seed-stage cleantech start-ups presented at the Nordic Cleantech Open (NCO) finals in Stockholm with the event being moderated by Andreas Stubelius from the Swedish Energy Agency.

After an intense and very tight final in the spotlight, the final ranking of the 8th Edition of NCO was:

  1. SurfCleaner, which took first place with its unparalleled solution to eliminate and separate pollutants from water surfaces.
  2. Moving Floor, which provides automatic cleaning for livestock through a system of self-cleaning floors.
  3. Einride, with its transportation as a service solution based on all-electric, autonomous vehicles, or ”T-pods”.

Christina Lundbäck, founder & CMO, received the award from Ibrahim Baylan, the Swedish Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation.

This year Food & Agritech dominated the top 25, with eight solutions in this field. Other areas such as new materials, mobility, waste, energy and water were also present on this year’s list.

The solutions never cease to amaze us, and we are excited to see them play their part in the sustainable transition that our societies are currently going through.

One thing that is clear is that Nordic and Baltic cleantech innovation is here to stay, as every year we find more and more start-ups working in the sector. Magnus Agerstörm, **Cleantech Scandavia **

Based on the critical criteria of innovation, market potential and team spirit, the NCO helps early-stage clean technology companies develop their businesses.

It was a pleasure to hear the finalists pitch and to see the interest from investors and industry stakeholders. With my personal interests in mobility and AI, I was rooting for Einride. That said, all the finalists impressed me and made for a very enjoyable afternoon. Dr Neil Williams, tilix.energy

The latest edition had a record number of applicants. All 116 are bringing solutions to a myriad of environmental problems. The finals include those 10 which the judging panel thinks are the most promising.

This annual competition has been running for almost 10 years. It is open to cleantech entrepreneurs from the Nordic and Baltic regions. The top 25 applicants are presented to an international jury of investors and industry players. The process puts the start-ups in the spotlight, with the goal of supporting and accelerating their transition into the global market.

Interested? The application process opens again in September 2019. Visit https://www.nordiccleantechopen.com/ for more information.