Newsletter 10/2016

Newsletter | October 2016
Newsletter | October 2016
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Invest in the best projects of the SEA 2016
SEA – Pitch Event:
On November 16th 2016 the best 15 submissions from 120 countries will present their projects in Vienna, in front of our jury and potential investors. If you are interested in a ticket for this unique event, please contact us

SEA – Gala Event:
On November 17th 2016 the SEA Gala Event takes place for the fifth time in a row in Vienna. This year we are happy to welcome the top submitters 2016 and high-class guests from economy, science and media in the Vienna ‘Börsensäle‘. Our guests can expect an exciting evening filled with interesting projects, companies, speakers and show acts.

Short Introduction of the SEA Gala 2016:
  • Gala Dinner
  • Keynote Speeches:
        Jim Walker – Co-Founder of The Climate Group
        Ms Mavis Wang – Heaven-Gaia
  • Moderated Interview on stage
        Wilhelm Molterer – Managing Director European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)
        Jörg Wojahn – Representative of the European Commission
  • Announcement of the winners of the SEA 2016
         Best Project, EU-InnovatE Award, Special Categories
  • Show Acts:
        Beau Dermott – Britain’s Got Talent 2016
        Chorus Juventus – Wiener Sängerknaben ORG
        Heaven-Gaia Legend Fashion and Jewellery Show

Cooperation partner
We warmly welcome our new cooperation partner who supports our initiative to create a better, sustainable future:
‚Europe must invest strongly in its youth, in its jobseekers, in its start-ups. In that, competitiveness and sustainability closely go together.’ – Jean-Claude Juncker
#investEU is the Investment plan of the European Commission, aiming at growth and quality jobs within the EU. It is a joint initiative with the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fond. By providing risk guarantees, Enterprises can invest in innovative, sustainable and future-oriented projects. So far, investments have been triggered amounting to 138.3 billion EUR (state of play 12 October 2016). We are a partner for the SE-Award in order to make the plan and the financing possibilities widely known to an audience of high-profile businessmen and multipliers.
Success-Story of a SEA participant from 2014
Ubitricity – Winner of the SEA 2014 category ‘Mobility & Technological Innovations’ provides smarter access network with future-proof solutions for electronic mobility. The Munich based start-up is winner of several other awards and part of the global 100 clean tech start-ups finished A-round funding with more than 10m Euro. In the year 2016, Ubitricity introduced their new product, ‘White-Label Mobile Power Solutions for municipal utility’, after a successful pilot phase in the German city Iserlohn. The new product line lead to several new contracts with municipal facilities around Germany. The start-up Ubitricity transformed into one of the leading companies on the e-mobility and infrastructure market.

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Funding 2016
The European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund offer financing instruments and consulting services, to ease the access to financial resources for companies in the research and development area. With the ‘InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators’ programme over 24 billion Euro are available for research and innovation. According to calculations of these institutions 48 billion Euro should be mobilized for research purposes.

The financing programme included several possibilities, from loans given to SMEs with the surety of intermediaries to direct loans to support companies linked with Research and Development projects in EU nations and countries associated to the Horizon 2020 – the European Research programme in the period from 2014 – 2020.

In total the ‘InnovFin- EU Finance for Innovators’ programme is separated into 4 subsections:
  • Financing of innovation for major projects (loans between 7.5 to 300 million Euro directly given from European Investment Bank)
  • Financing for the growth of medium sized companies (up to 3000 employees, priority and subordinated loans or sureties between 7.5 and 25 million Euro)
  • Surety for medium sized companies (up to 3000 employees, sureties or conditional loans between 7.5 and 25 million Euro)
  • Surety for SMEs (up to 499 employees, sureties or counter guarantees for loans between 7.5 and 25 million Euro)
Find detailed information on the website of the European Investment Bank and the EU Commission. For advice and detailed information our experts are to your service –
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Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT)
Austrian start-ups generate ideas, that might change our lives. But often the protection of these ideas fall by the wayside in the hectic of the founding process. Hence to this the temporary patent application PRIO, the FFG-Funding-Funding Patent Cheque and the ultrafast trademark registration of Fast Track are saving the intellectual property of start-ups.

The new safety package of the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) and the Austrian Patent Office (ÖPA) for founders supports innovative young entrepreneurs. The safety of technological inventions, trademarks and design are indispensable during the founding process – if there is no safety, the company runs in danger to lose their existence.

Within only a few weeks, start-ups receive their own safety package including their own trademark, and a patent cheque worth of 10.000€ from the Austrian Research Promotion Agency ( FFG). With this patent consultancy, national and international patent costs and the patent attorney can be paid for, as well as the possibility to provisionally register an not yet formulated technical idea.

This customized support with the patent cheques are available just within a few clicks under: Here start-ups get competent advise, if their innovation is patentable. Additional Bonus: 80 % of the costs (up to 10.000€) are covered by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG).

With PRIO, the provisional registration of the Austrian Patent Office (starting 17.10.2016) start-ups gain time and safety. PRIO early on secures the ‘birthday’ of the applicants innovation – with this the ‘date of origin’ can be proven at any time.

Trademark protection is as important as patent safety. With Fast Track, the new online-trademark registration from the Austrian Patent Office a registered trademark will be received.
Event tip
Sustainable Innovation Forum 2016

When: November 14 - 15, 2016
Where: Four Seasons Marrakesch, Morocco

Be a part of the largest business-focused event being held during the annual Conference of Parties (COP), taking place on 15-16 November in Marrakech, Morocco.

Building on year-round work from Climate Action and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Sustainable Innovation Forum will bring together participants from business, Government, finance, the UN, NGOs and civil society to create an unparalleled opportunity to bolster business innovation and bring scale to the emerging green economy.

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Recommended reading list
Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know® 1st Edition

by Joseph Romm (2015)

Climate change will have a bigger impact on humanity than the Internet has had. The last decade's spate of superstorms, wildfires, heat waves, and droughts has accelerated the public discourse on this topic and lent credence to climatologist Lonnie Thomson's 2010 statement that climate change "represents a clear and present danger to civilization." In June 2015, the Pope declared that action on climate change is a moral issue.

This book offers the most up-to-date examination of climate change's foundational science, its implications for our future, and the core clean energy solutions. Alongside detailed but highly accessible descriptions of what is causing climate change, this entry in the What Everyone Needs to Know series answers questions about the practical implications of this growing force on our world.

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Thanks to our partners:
You could be the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year 2016!

Following the SEA's impressive result in 2015, 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.

Please visit our website or Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award (SEA)
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