Track 5: Cleantech industry – Investability – Business opportunities

Coordinator: Carine Van Hove

General introduction

For SMEs that develop and commercialise innovative clean technologies, survival or growth most often implies the right balance, rhythm and timing between finding Strategic Business Partners and finding Investments. On top of that, internationalisation, crossing borders, entering emerging markets, … often prove to be be key for a sound business case.

On the occasion of BSDS 2015, Flanders Cleantech Association (FCA) organises a Track on Cleantech Industry and its Investability.

There are two parts:


Part One – Monday, October 19th

Pitch & Debate Lounge
How investable are innovative Cleantech SMEs?

How investable are innovative Cleantech SMEs? How can they improve their investability? What’s the view of Venture Capitalists, Corporates, Corporate Venture Funds, Banks, Regional Investment Promotion offices, Technology scouting platforms? What’s the added value when regions explicitely team-up and build strong ecosystems. Do their SMEs attract the attention of investors more easily?

We choose for an inspiring format for this session: a number of loungesets will stimulate interaction between investors, SMEs, corporates, banks, and last but not least … the audience i.e. you!  Come and join us at this Pitch & Debate Lounge!

Topics and Speakers on:

  • KEYNOTE introduction – “Cleantech investability - an aggregated view on 35 innovative SMEs that assessed and improved their business model for investability”
    • Peter Adriaens, PhD PE BCEEM, Professor Environmental Engineering, Entrepreneurship & Finance (Ross School of Business).
  • Debate in the Pitch & Debate Lounge

Moderated by

  • Christian Häuselmann, swisscleantech, Co-Founder & Global Cleantech Cluster Association GCCA, Co-Founder
  • Veerle Fincken, VOM vzw - Belgische Vereniging voor Oppervlaktetechnieken van Materialen, Program Manager
  • Peter Verboven, Smart Grids Flanders, General Manager
  • Pitching & Debating are:
    • Agfa Graphics
      • Peter Verschave, Director Corporate SH&E and Product Regulatory Affairs & Director Safety Health & Environment and Product Regulatory Agfa Graphics
    • Bekaert Venturing
      • Nuno Carvalho, Manager Bekaert Venturing
    • BMI-Belgische Maatschappij voor Internationale Investering
      • Philippe Hermans, co-CEO
    • Capital-E
      • Sofie Baeten, Managing Partner
    • Capricorn Venture Partners
      • Ludwig Goris, Investment Manager - Cleantech Investment Practice
    • CD2E - Northern France
      • Christian Traisnel, Carlos Pereira, International Relations Manager
    • Clean Tech Delta
      • Fred van Beuningen, Executive Director
    • Effizienz-Agentur NRW
      • Henning H. Sittel, International Relations
    • ENGIE
      • Eric Vincent, Deputy Director Corporate Venture Capital
    • Flanders Investment & Trade
      • John Verzeele, Director Inward Investment
    • GreenWin
      • Marc Noel, Expert GreenWin
    • Janssen Pharmaceutica Beerse Belgium
      • Wim Aelterman, Head Technology & Engineering API Small Molecule Development
    • SET Ventures
      • René Savelsberg, Managing Director and CEO
    • Umicore
      • Jan Tytgat, Senior Manager EU Government Affairs

  • SMEs
    • Advanced Shipbuilding, René Timmerman, Owner
    • AMW Industry, Luc Belis, Owner
    • Buhl-PaperForm GmbH, Irena Stotz, Commercial Manager
    • ECAR, Thierry Deflandre, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director 
    • Enervalis – Stefan Lodeweyckx, CEO
    • Europem, Marcel Goemans, Managing Director
    • Harsonic, Mieke Genebet-Harteel, CEO
    • Millibeter, Johan Jacobs, Founder
    • Process Design Center, Hans Keuken, CEO
    • Turbulent, Jasper Verreydt, Co Founder
    • Xant, Alex De Broe, CEO
    • VITO Membrane Technology, Chris Dotrement, Unit Manager
  • Interaction with the audience


Part Two – Tuesday, October 20th

B2B Meet & Match
at the
Business Opportunities Shopping Mall

Would you like to 

  • Meet 10 potential business partners in a row?
  • Get in touch with potential buyers of your product or service?
  • Find a manufacturing partner for your product abroad?
  • Kick-off the first contacts in your search for licencees for your innovative technology?
  • Look for a Joint Venture partner and meet them for the first time in Brussels?
  • Talk to a venture capitalist?
  • Find out what key success factors a corporate or corporate venture fund manager takes into account when considering the innovation you’re offering?
  • Or, will a bank lend you money for your next growth step

Complete your B2B Meet & Match profile  as soon as possible and meet potential business partners and investors in one-to-one meetings at the Business Opportunities Shopping Mall on October 20th at BSDS 2015. Each one-to-one meeting takes 30 minutes.

The number of available meeting slots is restricted so register now HERE.