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Newsletter | September 2017
Newsletter | September 2017
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SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED until 30th of October 2017
Innovative and sustainable entrepreneurs can use the free short submission on our website. Submissions for this year are being accepted until 30th of October!

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With the initiative FEMtech the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) supports women in research and technology and promotes equal opportunities in industrial and non-university-research, at universities of applied sciences and in focus areas of research and technology. Women should be specifically supported for this purpose and the framework conditions in industrial and extra-faculty research should be changed in such a way as to equally correspond to the needs of both women and men. By increasing the share of women and by improving their professional position in these facilities, FEMtech strives to render a contribution towards the increased realization of female innovative potential and more equal opportunities for women and men in society.

FEMtech supports activities designed to raise awareness and enhance the visibility of women in research and technology. Activities include FEMtech's database of female experts or FEMtech's female expert of the month.

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SEA Partner Greiner Group presents innovations in Frankfurt and Istanbul
In October 2017, Greiner Packaging will present at two international trade fairs: While the focus at the CPhl in Frankfurt from October 24 to 26 will be on offerings in the health care sector, cardboard-plastic combinations will be front and center at Eurasia Packaging in Istanbul from October 25 to 28.

Since May 2016, the German Greiner Packaging site in Rastatt has been on line as a center of competence for the health care industry. The site has been specifically oriented toward this discerning market through personnel, organizational, and technological changes, ensuring that the high demands of the health care customers can be optimally met. The plastics experts will provide evidence for this at CPhl in Frankfurt: Hall 4.2, Booth J40

Eurasia Packaging: Emphasis on cardboard-plastic combinations

In contrast to that, packaging solutions for the food sector will be shown at Eurasia Packaging in Istanbul. In August, Greiner Packaging increased its shares in the Istanbul-based companies Teknik Plastik Greiner Ambalaj from the previous 51 percent to 100 percent. The complete takeover of the Turkish dairy product packaging company continues the plastic experts’ involvement in the Middle East and in Northern Africa.

Since acquiring the majority stake in 2015, Greiner Packaging has been consistently investing in modernizing the site infrastructure and machinery, while significantly expanding the technology and product portfolio as well. The emphasis is now on cardboard plastic packaging, which has been catching people’s attention on store shelves in Europe for decades under the name K3®. This will now be produced in Turkey for the Turkish market for the first time by late 2017 and will also be front and center at the fair. K3® combines high-quality packaging with appealing marketing communication and environmental protection. Its innovative, patented tear-off system makes it easy to separate the cardboard wrap and plastic cap or container in K3® packaging and recycle them. Less plastic in the packaging means reduced CO2 emissions, while retaining the stability of the container through the cardboard wrap. The cardboard surface offers consumers a pleasant feel, and can moreover be attractively printed on and decorated. Marketing messages can be integrated into the design of the wrap on the interior as well as exterior, and punched windows or special embossed printing can likewise be added, depending on customer requirements. Greiner Packaging at Eurasia Packaging: Hall 07, Booth 721A

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News of Full Cycle Bioplastics – SEA Awardee in 2016
Closed Loop Foundation discovered Full Cycle Bioplastics in the OpenIDEO Challenge to reduce food waste and awarded them $50,000 to scale their efforts.

The Challenge

At OpenIDEO, we believe that collaboration fosters innovation. When faced with the world’s most pressing challenges, we’ve been awed by the power of working together rather than in silos. And our aspiration to use open innovation and design to create solutions to address food waste proved no different. Over the course of 3 months, over 20,000 individuals from over 100 countries around the world engaged in the OpenIDEO Challenge.

The Top Ideas

Through this process, some amazing ideas were generated, including a Zero Waste grocery store in New York and a pop-up art experience in Vienna. More than 450 ideas were submitted from around the world, from new community-driven food waste solutions to jumpstarts for existing, impactful startups. All of the participants then engaged in an essential part of the human-centered design process: iterative feedback, sharing thousands of comments on ideas, sparking conversations and offering new ways to improve solutions.

‘Through the Challenge, we received valuable feedback on a scale we never thought possible; talking simultaneously with local farmers in Tanzania and large food brands in California. These unique connections have led to new opportunities for our business’, Ross Polk from Full Cycle Bioplastics. During the Challenge, OpenIDEO teamed with a network of over 80 food waste industry leaders who brought immense collective expertise and support along the journey. These experts were valuable in helping select the 12 Top Ideas. These ideas demonstrated a wide variety of innovative and collaborative approaches to reducing food waste and the greatest validity and potential impact to help address the issue. As Top Ideas, each received ongoing support, visibility and first access to OpenIDEO’s ongoing food waste innovation community.

Our partner Closed Loop Foundation discovered Full Cycle Bioplastics through the Challenge, and awarded them $50,000 to scale their efforts. The Full Cycle Bioplastics team used that funding to purchase their first centrifuge, allowing them to scale up their lab testing capacity efforts by 40x and get closer to converting food waste into a fully compostable bioplastic.

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Our new cooperation partner
We warmly welcome our new cooperation partner who supports our initiative to create a better, sustainable future.
‘At M3TRIX we think of ourselves as “guides” - leading the way towards “Sustainable Business Transformation.” After an analysis of your individual framework conditions and potential, we mobilize and empower executives and employees with strategies for effective implementation. With a holistic approach, we accompany your organization along the entire transformation process to becoming a truly sustainable company’ so Patrick Bungard Managing Partner.

M3TRIX uses state-of-the-art innovation from current research to develop and scale pioneering approaches in a practical setting and thus pairing academic excellence with future-oriented management know-how. They combine the latest findings from sustainability and CSR discourse with established business management tools - providing the clients with a fruitful relationship that guarantees well-founded support in the establishment and management of progressive business sustainability.

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Event tip
Zero Emission Cities

When: November 06, 2017
Where: Vienna, Austria

The international energy and environmental symposium "Zero Emission Cities" was developed in 2010 on the initiative of the specialist group of Wiener Ingenieurbüros. It is carried out together with the Industrial Division. The two offices of the Vienna Economic Chamber are supported by the City of Vienna through their Smart City Agency, which is located at TINA Vienna GmbH. The aim is to bring together all stakeholders to promote innovative urban technologies. Every year, there is a generic theme for which international experts hold key notes, state-of-the-art smart city concepts, scientific projects and insights, as well as political approaches are also presented. The program is rounded off by panel discussions on current, controversial topics as well as the best practices of the sponsors. The conference languages are German and English. With free admission there are about 400 to 500 guests annually in the festival hall of the Viennese town hall. The audience consists mainly of representatives from business, science and politics.

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Recommended reading list
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

by Ashlee Vance (2017):

New York Times and International Bestseller - Named One of the Best Books of the Year by The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Audible and Amazon In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs--a real-life Tony Stark--and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new "makers."

Elon Musk spotlights the technology and vision of Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, who sold one of his Internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius's life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits.

Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary, visionary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy. Thorough and insightful, Elon Musk brings to life a technology industry that is rapidly and dramatically changing by examining the life of one of its most powerful and influential titans.

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You could be the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year 2017!

Following the SEA's impressive result in 2017, we are again looking for new sustainable projects and innovative companies. If you want to be a part of this new movement, we look forward to receiving your submission.

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