Overview

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.

Agenda

Industry Hubs for the Future: Decentralized, Decarbonized and Digitalized

Over more than 15 years, Cleantech Group (CTG) has been charting the future of industries, with a focus on how sustainable innovation companies will shape such futures.

Cleantech Forums, run by CTG since 2002 in San Francisco and since 2005 in Europe, have showcased both the trends to watch out for and the innovation and the entrepreneurs that illustrate these, and have connected countless international partnerships and cross-border investment deals along the way.

Innovation on show at these Forums is all-pervasive, and looks well beyond enabling technology: business models, who works with who, the latest on the finance and investment scene, as well as the brightest rising start-ups and growth-stage entrepreneurial companies.

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Why Antwerp?

This year’s European Cleantech Forum will be held in Antwerp (Belgium), home to Europe’s largest chemical hub and the world’s most tightly concentrated petrochemical hub, and home to Europe’s second largest port and a key continental logistics hub.

As such, the Forum in Antwerp will provide us unique angles from which to enhance and enrich our views on how Industry will develop in the 21st century and to learn from the experiences of SMEs and large corporations established in this region.

  • Learn from leading innovative thinking in action. Having researched and developed numerous groundbreaking ideas to make products and processes more sustainable, these companies have successfully transformed many of these concepts into off-the-shelf products and services. And in doing so, they have set in motion a process to further decentralize and decarbonize the entire industry hub.
  • Explore opportunities and identify partnerships to accelerate your global growth plans and to lock in competitive advantage. Pioneering regions such as Antwerp are learning arenas for building the industry of the future, and thrive on cooperation and interaction with other regions. The 2018 Forum, therefore, presents an excellent opportunity to explore new partnerships that impact the competitive advantage of your company or your region. We will illustrate the power of international innovation partnerships via case studies of some tie-ups between some of our Global Cleantech 100 companies and large, well-established multi-national companies in the region.

What to expect from the 2018 Forum’s program?

The 2018 European Cleantech Forum is being built around the idea of what it means and takes to make industries and industrial hubs more decentralized, decarbonized, and digitally-enabled.

Across our keynotes, panels, company pitches, and interactive workshops, we will be exploring many angles on this central idea. Here is some of what you should expect:

  • Leveraging the real-life experiences and knowledge available in the Antwerp chemical hub to underpin 21st century industrial transformations, you should expect a significant focus on novel concepts regarding renewable feedstock, sustainable chemistry, and chemicals-as-a-service. Processes to bring materials into a never-ending loop are but one example of contributing to decarbonization of the industry and the so called circular economy. New concepts such as chemical leasing and Carbon to Value (C2V) exemplify the potential for the industry.
  • What better place to examine the future of logistics, and innovations impacting the movement of goods, than in Antwerp?

Beyond these, this is our European Forum and so attendees should also expect our forum to provide what it always does, irrespective of each year’s location. Join us for:

  • An annual check-in on the future of the power industry, and some of the latest goings-on there, as the worlds of electricity & transportation converge
  • Significant focus on Industry 4.0 and examples of the intersect of digital technologies with industry, and manufacturing – 3D printing, AI and Blockchain are all likely to feature
  • Some new subjects, in tune with our times – for example, expect some focus on the crossovers with Health & Ageing
  • The latest on the finance and investment scene – the trends, the new players, the new models and latest thinking
  • The showcasing of some of the brightest rising star-up and growth-stage entrepreneurial companies, both locally and from across Europe and beyond

There will be more to come as we build out the agenda over the next two months (February-March). Stay tuned! Meantime, we invite you nominate speakers via our speaker nomination form.

May 14, 2018

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  • Early Registration

    Early check-in to Cleantech Forum Europe for exhibitors and those attending tours or pre-meetings.

  • Pre-Forum Cleantech Tours

    As was the case for the last 10 years, Cleantech Forum Europe will offer you pre-Forum opportunities for a limited number of people (approx 50-60) to visit some of the cleantech sights of our host city/area. The precise program we are working on with local partners, and we will announce these as soon as we can. The likely tours offered will comprise one starting at about 11 AM and one at 1:30 PM.

    Pre-registering for the tours will be necessary (as places will be limited). This can be achieved within the registration form. Please direct questions to forums@cleantech.com

  • Invite Only Investor Event

    Following the success of the investor roundtables of 2017 in Helsinki, CTG will offer once again an invite only afternoon program for investors only. The full program will be developed in February/March; one item the agenda will include is an update from the European Investment Fund (EIF), arguably Europe’s most important LP, on how it views the sustainable and industrial innovation funds landscape today and what investment theses it will and will not support.

    This will be an invite-only afternoon session for investors only. If you wish to be included, please inquire through forums@cleantech.com

  • Registration & Opening of the Forum
  • Welcome to our 14th Cleantech Forum, Europe!

    In the opening evening session we will provide you with an introduction to the industrial, innovation and venturing landscape of our host region, to provide you context for the next two days and to provide some ideas of players to meet, companies to hear present, etc.

  • Welcome Reception

    Co-Hosted by: Indaver

May 15, 2018

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  • Registration & Welcome
  • Industry Hubs for the Future: Decentralized, Decarbonized and Digitalized

    In the opening morning plenary, CTG will provide its perspective on the lay of the land and key trends to pay attention to, with a particular focus on the evolution of specific industries towards their next generation versions. ENGIE will provide their perspectives on the future of power generation and mobility, and their interlinked futures. We will also likely introduce you to a few new “fresh faces” (corporates and investors debuting at the Forum).

  • Networking Break
  • Glimpses of Tomorrow's Future In Action Today: Flemish Flavor, Global Implications

    With your energy levels at their highest, this first programmatic block consists of a series of single-company, single speaker workshops, profiling some of the leading innovative thinking in action today in the Flemish region. You have the chance to join 4 of the 8 hosts over this 90 minute period, to maximize your opportunity to get glimpses into the future and to learn from people in action today.

    The format is designed to maximize the people the hosts might connect to, as they have two dedicated time-slots each. And as AV and powerpoint free  the formats are intended to be conversational, informal and interactive.

  • Chemistry as a Service
    Chemistry as a Service

    Two case studies, one from De Neef Chemical Processsing (DNCP) and one from Derbigum, will open our minds to the benefits of wholly new ways to approach business models in the world of chemicals – solvents as a service and roofing materials as a service.

  • Next Gen Industry in Action Today
    Next Gen Industry in Action Today

    Two case studies, one from Finindus (in combination with Arcelor Mittal) and one from Exypnos, will share their experiences of the convergence of Industry 4.0 and cleantech.

  • Circular Economy
    Circular Economy in Action Today

    Two case studies, one from Indaver and one from Inopsys, will tell us about their circular business models.

  • Green Chemistry
    Bringing you Green Chemistry Today

    Two case studies, one from Harsonic and one from Oleon, will talk to us about the “natural” in their approach to chemical problems.

  • Networking Lunch
  • Sustainable Chemistry
    Sustainable Chemistry Track

    In this mini-track, we will look at two hot subjects, and conclude with an innovation showcase of relevant companies. One will likely be about synthetics.

    Track schedule to be released in February/March.

  • Next Generation Industry
    Innovations for Next Generation Industry Track: Digital technologies for smart remediation of our planet

    Co-Hosted by: DEME Group

    In this mini-track we will look at two examples of where ICT technologies are intersecting with industry, be it industry in general or a specific industry.

  • Interaction Track
    Interaction Track

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects, more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often more niche, subjects.The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-40 people), with no AV or powerpoints. You are here to talk to each other!

    Track schedule to be released in February/March.

  • Transition Break
  • Sustainable Chemistry
    Sustainable Chemistry Track

    In this mini-track, we will look at two hot subjects, and conclude with an innovation showcase of relevant companies. One will likely be about synthetics.

    Track schedule to be released in February/March.

  • Next Generation Industry
    Innovations for Next Generation Industry Track

    Co-Hosted by: GE Ventures

    Track schedule to be released in February/March.

  • Interaction Track
    Interaction Track

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects, more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often more niche, subjects.The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-40 people), with no AV or powerpoints. You are here to talk to each other!

    Track schedule to be released in February/March.

  • Networking Break
  • Chemistry as a Service
    Chemistry as a Service: Innovation Showcase

    The day will end in this mini-track with the opportunity for a few European companies to present their solutions. In this track’s showcase there will be a bias towards, materials, chemicals and industrial biotech companies.

  • Next Generation Industry
    Innovations for Next Generation Industry Track: Innovation Showcase

    The day will end in this mini-track with the opportunity for a few European companies to present their solutions. In this track the companies will be enablers of Industry 4.0, the intersect of digital technologies and industries on their path towards re-inventing themselves for the 21st century.

  • Closing Plenary: European Global Cleantech 100 Award Winners

    In the closing plenary of the day, we get the chance to hear from the two European companies who were not only one of the 30 in the 2018 Global Cleantech 100, but also won awards – one, the highest ranked European company in the list, the other the highest-ranked early-stage company globally in the 2018 list.

  • The 14th Annual Cleantech Forum Europe Reception, Dinner & Awards

    Join us for the 14th Cleantech Forum Europe Dinner & Awards – as ever, a special evening in a special location. There will be drinks on arrival from 7:30pm, followed by an 8:00pm seated dinner – as well as the presentation of the 2018 European Cleantech Awards.

May 16, 2018

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  • Registration & Welcome Breakfast
  • The Finance Landscape: An Annual Temperature Test

    It has become a bit of a tradition over the last three years that we open the last day with a look at the financing landcape and how that continues to evolve, with a focus on new models, new players, and new sources of financing for sustainable innovation companies.

    Co-Hosted by: InnoEnergy

  • Transition Break
  • Logistics & Mobility
    Logistics & Mobility Track

    The opening session of this morning’s track will focus on the market dynamics around logistics, the movement of goods, and what innovations are on the rise and why.

  • Energy & Power
    Innovations for Next Generation Energy & Power Track

    The opening session of this morning’s track will focus on cutting edge technologies like AI, Blockchain and 5G, and their prospective role in transforming aspects of the energy and power industries.

  • Interaction Track
    Interaction Track

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects, more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often more niche, subjects.The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-40 people), with no AV or powerpoints. You are here to talk to each other!

    Track schedule to be released in February/March.

     

  • Networking Break
  • Logistics & Mobility
    Logistics & Mobility Track: Innovation Showcase

    The morning will end with the opportunity for a few European companies to present their solutions.

  • Energy & Power
    Innovations for Next Generation Energy & Power Track: Innovation Showcase

    The morning will end with the opportunity for a few relevant European companies to present their solutions.

  • Interaction Track
    Interaction Track

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects, more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often more niche, subjects.The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-40 people), with no AV or powerpoints. You are here to talk to each other!

    Track schedule to be released in February/March

  • Networking Lunch
  • Logistics & Mobility
    Logistics & Mobility Track

    Track schedule to be released in February/March

  • Energy & Power
    Innovations for Next Generation Energy & Power Track

    Track schedule to be released in February/March

  • Transition Break
  • The Closing Session
  • Closing Words
  • Closing Reception

Venue/Travel

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.

Speakers

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.

Sponsors

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.

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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
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Media

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

Volunteering

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.

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