Now in its 14th year, Cleantech Forum Europe 2018 will once again be a unique and special occasion as Antwerp becomes the 13th different city to host this innovation event – mark your calendars for May 14-16, 2018!

This annual gathering of the European innovation community offers a wide-ranging, three-day program along with exclusive opportunities to network, learn, and get deals done. Since 2002, Cleantech Group has brought together clean technology’s most influential leaders – corporate executives, start-up and growth company CEOs, investors, government agencies, and other players – from across all areas of resource innovation, from the major industrial verticals, and from across the globe.

What You’ll Experience

Our Cleantech Forums give you a glimpse of the future, get you out of your everyday silos, provide a different perspective, and help you find innovations of relevance to you that are in adjacent or altogether different industrial and technology areas. We convene the game-changers from multiple sectors all in one place for three days, from 25+ countries, and from over 100 cities worldwide. Our 16-year history of Cleantech Forums speaks to the importance of our events in getting deals done (or started), and the feedback we receive from attendees each year highlights the unique opportunities found at our Forums.

Haven’t experienced a Cleantech Forum? Learn more about it here.

Who Attends

You can expect to meet high-level corporate and investor representatives, entrepreneurs and disruptive start-ups, and other innovation leaders from 25+ countries, 5 continents, and from across many different sectors and industries.

Attendee numbers are consistently in the 375-425 range. Each is motivated to see today’s ‘state of the art’ in sustainable innovation and to gain insights on tomorrow.

Entrepreneurs: The start-ups and innovators on the front lines of sustainable innovation.

Corporates: Representatives from today’s leading corporate open innovation and venturing programs – those funding, incubating and partnering with innovation for strategic as well as financial return.

Financial Investors: Representatives from leading financial firms – venture and growth capital firms, along with some angels and family offices looking to make a sustainable impact and financial return.

Innovation Leaders: The ecosystem is completed with the presence of public sector officials and programs specialized in helping cleantech and resource innovation, and by lawyers and bankers, thinkers and innovation visionaries.

Check out a sampling of who typically attends our Forum here.


The agenda and theme for the 2018 event will be released at a later date, but you can expect a mix of keynotes, panels, company pitches, and an interaction track, much like attendees experienced in our 2017 Cleantech Forum Europe.

You should expect diversity of topics to help meet the variety of interests our attendees have. By way of illustration, on the one hand, expect a strong focus on the ongoing digitalization of industry and new looks at the latest in areas such as smart cities, next generation mobility and the utility of the future. On the other hand, expect a track on sustainable chemistry – Antwerp being home to Europe’s largest chemical cluster.

Meantime, we invite you to suggest topics and nominate speakers via our speaker nomination form.


Here’s our guide for planning your trip to Antwerp:

Forum Venue – the Forum will be held at Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp

14th Annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony – the Dinner will be held at the New Palace of Justice (max 250 seats available)

Hotel Accommodations – guidance on our special rate hotel at the Hyllit Hotel

How to Get to the Venue – some tips for transportation upon your arrival into Antwerp

Forum Venue

The new Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp combines the best of two worlds. State-of-the-art facilities and technology are integrated in the breathtaking façade of the rooms that have been there for decades.

An international magnet with unique assets, this wonderful location is truly a stunning development, created with sustainable materials and designed to be highly energy efficient.

FMCCA is part of the world’s best kept 19th century zoo, and is located right next to a modern international transport connection housed in 19th century marble splendour.

Koningin Astridplein 20-26 | B-2018 Antwerp | Belgium

14th Annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

The 14th annual Cleantech Forum Europe Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will take place at the New Palace of Justice.

The New Palace of Justice/Antwerp Courthouse, nicknamed “the Butterfly Palace,” is a building in the south of Antwerp, near the Bolivarplaats. It was designed by the British modernist architect Richard Rogers, who is also the creative brain behind famous buildings as the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the Millennium Dome (London). The Palace of Justice in Antwerp is commonly considered to be one of Belgium’s 21st century architectural highlights.

Hotel Accommodations

Hyllit Hotel:

We have a hotel block rate with the Hyllit Hotel, which is a 5-minute walk from the main Forum venue.

Hotel room options include:

  • Single room at € 152,00 per room per night, including breakfast (excluding city tax at € 2,39 per person per night)
  • Double room at € 172,00 per room per night, including breakfast (excluding city tax at € 2,39 per person per night)

Available booking dates are the nights of May 13-May 16, 2018 (please note that there are a limited number of rooms available for the dates of May 13 and May 16). All bookings include VAT, in-room wifi, and breakfast.

To reserve a hotel in our room block, please fill out this reservation form and email it directly to the hotel (instructions are within the form). 

Hyllit Hotel
De Keyserlei 28-30
2018 Antwerp, Belgium
Tel. +32 3 202 68 00

Travel to the Venue

By Train:

The Flanders Meeting and Convention Center Antwerp is conveniently located next to the central train station (Antwerpen Centraal). All information on train timetables and fares can be found on the NMBS website (Belgian Rail).

By Air:

Antwerp airport is located only fifteen minutes outside the city center, and offers direct flights to and from London. Visitors flying to Brussels International Airport can take a direct train connection to Antwerp Central Station (Antwerpen Centraal).

By tram or bus:

Over twenty tram and bus routes stop within 250 meters from the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp.

Please see the FMCCA website for more information on traveling to and from the venue.


Nominate a speaker for Cleantech Forum Europe!

Deadline is March 1, 2018, but places will be allocated on a rolling basis so the earlier, the better for sending in your nominations.


Our Forums gather the industry’s most important corporates, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and thought leaders. Join our featured sponsors of Cleantech Forum Europe and engage in our global cleantech innovation community.

Are you interested in sponsoring the Forum? Contact us today to learn more about our sponsorship packages.

Limited Time Offer: Register by November 30th and pay only $995 + VAT!
Best Rate:
Dec 1 - Dec 31
Winter Rate:
Jan 1 - Jan 31
February Rate:
Feb 1 - Feb 28
March Rate:
Mar 1 - Mar 31
Easter Rate:
Apr 1 - Apr 30
Full Rate:
May 1 - May 13
On-Site Rate:
May 14 - May 16
*All registration fees are subject to an additional 21% VAT*

The Forum Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all keynotes, general sessions, and (non-invite-only) breakout sessions and workshops
  • Access to all general (non-invite-only) breakfasts, lunches, networking breaks, and receptions
  • Access to the networking area and exhibitor space

100% Satisfaction Guarantee to Cleantech Forum “First-Timers”

Cleantech Group has run Forums since 2002 with many annual returnees. As a statement of confidence – and as a commitment to newcomers’ satisfaction, who are least familiar with the event – we will gladly refund your registration fee if you are dissatisfied with the value you received from participating in your first Forum.

Available Discounts

Discounts are available to the following individuals. Please note that only one discount type/code can be applied against the standard rates published above. Cleantech Group reserves the right to reject any registrations where a double-discount is deemed to have been applied.

  • CTG Subscribers: The CTG subscriber rate – $300 off the registration fee – is available to paying subscribers of CTG. You must register with the email address you use to log into i3. If you have any issues with your subscriber discount, please email us at forums@cleantech.com
    • You can find more information about our services and subscription offerings here.
  • i3 Start-Up Users: If you have an active start-up profile on i3, you will have access to an exclusive start-up rate. TO RECEIVE THIS RATE, YOU MUST LOG INTO i3 AND REGISTER VIA THE FORUM OPPORTUNITY. [COMING SOON]
  • Government/Non-Profit Representatives: We offer a tiered discount rate for government employees and non-profit representatives. For more information, or to receive this rate, please email us at forums@cleantech.com with the name of your organization and verification of your government or non-profit status.
  • Groups of 3+: If your organization or company would like to bring 3 or more attendees, we offer special group rates. For groups of 3, we offer a 15% discount; for groups of 4, we offer a 20% discount; and for groups of 5+, we offer a 25% discount. Please contact us for more information.
  • Students: We do not offer a student rate to the Forum. Instead, we encourage students to apply to be a Forum volunteer to get access to unique networking and learning opportunities.


Media registration is by invitation only. For a media pass, please contact us.


Are you in business school or a graduate program? Apply to volunteer at Cleantech Forum Europe, and get access to unique networking and learning opportunities.

Please note that this opportunity is open to those still in school, with occasional exceptions made for recent graduates.

Terms & Conditions

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  • Invoice Policy:
    • If an invoice is requested, an additional $300 will be added to the registration fee. Payment will be required by no later than the Event Date. If payment is not received before then, Cleantech Group reserves the right to cancel the registration without notice. Payment may be made by check, credit card or bank transfer.
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  • Cancellation Policy:
    • Up to 12 weeks before the event date, a 20% cancellation fee will be applicable
    • Up to 8 weeks before the event date, a 30% cancellation fee will be applicable
    • Up to 4 weeks before the event date, a 50% cancellation fee will be applicable
    • Less than 4 weeks before the event date, the full fee will be applicable
    • No Show, the full fee will be applicable

If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to contact us at forums@cleantech.com.