Event Journal: Nordic Cleantech Open 2019

John Williams

27 May 2019

Ten innovative seed stage cleantech start-ups presented at Nordic Cleantech Open Finals, in Stockholm on May 22nd 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 were:

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

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

This year, Food & Agritech dominated the Top 25, with eight solutions directed towards it. 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 - the Nordic Cleantech Open 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 one hundred and sixteen are bringing solutions to a myriad of environmental problems. The finals include those ten which the judging panel think are the most promising.

This annual competition has been running for almost ten years. It is open to cleantech entrepreneurs from the Nordic and Baltic regions. The top twenty five 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.