Apply now for GIIF 2018!

The 4th Green Innovation and Investment Forum will take place on 20th and 21st February 2018 in Stuttgart with the focus on “Smart Green Industry”. The application for startups is now open http://green-inno-forum.eu/#apply-attend

The Forum is the only industry-oriented event, looking for smart business ideas and innovative concepts from the Green Technology sector. Trendsetting solutions from areas such as Environmental Engineering, Green IT, Resource and Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid, Material Efficiency or Smart Production are eligible for submission.

If your solution is convincing, you will get the opportunity to present your business idea to investors and market actors in a six-minute pitch. In the generous matching breaks, there will be time for talks with decision makers, experts and investors.

Are you a founder or start-up currently looking for financing and support? Apply now and find your partners for (start-up) financing, development or licensing of your technologies or business ideas in Stuttgart!

Owners Teams of the shortlisted ideas will be entitle to attend the exclusive and personalised Green Training Day (on 20th February 2018). Investors, VCs, and SMEs will be invited to the Pitching Day on 21st February 2018 to award the winners of GIIF 2018.

The event is free of charge for start-ups, researchers and founders.

Interested startups and companies can apply till the 31st October 2017 here http://green-inno-forum.eu/#apply-attend


Green Summer School 2017

Till the 13th August 2017 young talents and entrepreneurs with a focus on sustainable business models have the possibility to apply for the Green Summer School at Lake Constance in Germany. If you have already accomplished the first steps in finding a solution to a given problem and you are motivated to improve your sustainable product or service in order to go to market, then apply!
During the five-day workshop in September 2017 participants will be working intensively on the validation of their business model. Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to receive professional feedback from coaches and experts within the sector of green and eco innovation. They will focus on topics like revenue model, finance, marketing and sales as well as intellectual property rights. At the end of the Green Summer School, every participant will have a clear understanding of how revenues can be generated successfully, which promotion channels are the most important for the target group and how they can protect their property rights.
On the last days, participants will pitch their ideas to a jury of experts. The best teams will be awarded with the participation to the Green Innovation and Investment Forum in Stuttgart!
The Green Summer School takes place from 11 to 15 September 2017 on the campus of the University of Applied Sciences Constance. The event is part of the EcoInn Project implemented within the Danube Transnational Programme and co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF and IPA contribution)! Applications of startup teams and individual entrepreneurs or talents from all over Europe are appreciated and may be submitted here until 13th August 2017.

  • Eco-Innovation & Eco-Design Principles
  • Lego Serious Play
  • Digital Marketing Strategy & Growth Hacking
  • Intellectual Property Right
  • Funding Strategies & Sales Workshop
  • Green Business Model Validation

For possible inquiries please contact Simona Pede from bwcon, .

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Date: 11th September 2017 – 15th September 2017
Duration: Five days
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Place: University of Applied Sciences Constance (HTWG)
Fee: free admission



Green Alley Award 2017

The Green Alley Award is Europe’s first start-up competition focused on the circular economy.

In association with our core partners Landbell, Seedmatch, ERP Finland, Bethnal Green Ventures, H2 Compliance and R2PI, Green Alley is looking for great green ideas, new services, products and technologies that can turn waste into a resource. In return, we offer strategic support, networking opportunities and expertise in entering the circular economy across Europe.

You can sign up for this event using the link below:

Sign Up Now!


* Circular Economy start-ups and eco-entrepreneurs

* Products, services, technologies or awareness campaigns to help avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle or transform waste

* Ideas that reinvent the management of resources

* Ideas that reduce the impact of chemicals or utilizes safer alternatives



* Online at www.green-alley-award.com with the start-up profile and the pitch deck according to our application guidelines

* Application end: 25th July, 0:00 CET



* Prize package worth up to 30,000 EUR

* Access to a network of circular economy experts & entrepreneurs

* Strategic support to advance the start-ups business model


Venue: Green Alley Investment GmbH Oudenarder Str. 16 13347 Berlin


World’s first incubator for flowers and plants founded in the Netherlands

Let it Grow to launch open innovation call for entrepreneurs and creatives with green, innovative concepts


Let it Grow is an ambitious, internationally oriented innovation platform within the floricultural sector. It has been funded by Royal FloraHolland, the world’s largest auction for flowers and plants. Its aim is to facilitate entrepreneurs who positively influence urban areas with flowers and/or plants and to guide them in their growth. A key element of the platform is Let it Grow Lab, the world’s first incubator dedicated to flowers and plants. Application starts May 10 at letitgrow.org/apply.

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Innovative start-up sector
“The floricultural sector is one of the few places where the start-up scene isn’t flourishing yet”, says Silke Tijkotte (28) founder of Let it Grow. “So there are a great many opportunities for entrepreneurs. Young urban consumers have a sustainable and conscious lifestyle. Let it Grow thinks that plants and flowers are a natural fit here. As a response, Let it Grow is uniting the floricultural world and the (start-up) world to seize the opportunities that arise as a result.”

Open innovation call
On May 10, Let it Grow is launching a global, open innovation call for entrepreneurs and creatives. They can apply with specific concepts that improve urban living with flowers and plants. The open innovation call’s theme is health & wellbeing. Silke: “The goal is to start a social movement out of the Netherlands with innovations that make cities and their inhabitants healthier and happier with flowers and plants.”

Let it Grow Lab
A skilled jury will select the initiatives that are going to be supported and coached in the green and colourful Let it Grow Lab in Amsterdam. From October, they will participate in a bespoke incubation programme that will last for five months. Let it Grow, together with Royal FloraHolland, will open up its international network and expertise. To realize their concepts, €100,000 in funding is available to the teams. The application deadline is September 10, 2016.

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Note to editors
Let it Grow receives initial funding from Royal FloraHolland, the world’s largest auction for flowers and plants.


Retrieved from: Let It Grow International