Newsletter May 2020

Christina Marchand

Powering through 2020 : While no doubt you have gone through some challenging times these last months, the energy and environment sectors have still been moving forward. We have news to share that might help support your continued efforts. Check out the details in this newsletter!


Support and Visibility for Startups:
Masterclass on Positive Leadership for Startups - Register by June 1
Innovation Exhibit at the Swiss Green Economy Symposium - Apply by June 7
Kickstart Innovation Journey- Apply by 8 June

Ecosystem activities:
New release: Swiss Energy Startup Map
2020 Energy Startup Day at the Powertage - save the date: 1 December
New release: How well do you know the national Cleantech support programs?
Startup survey- last call to add your opinon


Masterclass on Positive Leadership for Startups
Particularly in times of great uncertainty and change, everyday management in start-ups can become a human test of strength. But usually we have more leeway than we realize. A fascinating key lies in Positive Psychology, the science of successful living and working. Based on key findings from psychology, behavioural economics and brain research, former McKinsey consultant Dr. Kerstin Humberg and ZHAW Professor Adrian W. Müller show which factors influence our inner strength and how we can train it in times of corona. In addition to the opportunity to reflect on personal drivers of happiness and success, this Pionieers 'n' Legends Masterclass provides numerous techniques and tips in the form of "Life Hacks" for more optimism and resilience in everyday leadership.

3 free online classes (04.06. / 23.06. / 03.07.2020) are available to entrepreneurs. Space is limited. Find out more to register by June 1.

Innovation Exhibition at the Swiss Green Economy Symposium
Gain fresh ideas, new customers and partnerships with a stand in the innovation exhibition at the most comprehensive platform for business and sustainability in Switzerland. Present your organization and discuss your products and services with around 1000 top-class decision-makers, implementers and innovators from the key stakeholder groups of business (60%), politics & administration, science and NGOs at the Swiss Green Economy Symposium on 1.9.2020 in Winterthur. Thanks to broad support, you have the opportunity to apply for a discounted stand in the innovation exhibition at a price of CHF 500 to CHF 750 (regular price CHF 1,850).

Find the Factsheet (with funding options and price list) and registration form on the exhibition-website. Apply by June 7th for a spot!

Kickstart Innovation Journey
Innovating in the field of Smart City & Technology? Apply now for KICKSTART 2020!

In partnership with AXA, Swisscom, Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund, Die Mobiliar, Holcim Schweiz / Suisse / Svizzera, Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE, Stadt Zürich, Energie 360° AG, CSEM, Panter AG, Empa and other partners, KICKSTART aims to build innovative pilot projects with later-stage startups and scaleups offering their solutions in Smart City & Technology area.

Collaboration opportunities within Smart City & Technology focus area:

- Sustainable Buildings and Neighbourhoods
- Smart Energy and Sustainability
- Future Mobility
- Connectivity & Digital City Services
- City Services
- Data Platforms

Check it out and apply by June 8!

New release: Swiss Energy Startup Map
The 2020 Swiss Energy Startup Map, a joint project of the ZHAW Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Swisspower, shows around 250 companies from the energy sector. The map shows active companies in the fields of energy production, energy supply, energy consumption, energy efficiency, transport & building management, as well as electricity grids and storage.

Find out more and search the companies in the Database section!

Energy Startup Day at the Powertage
We are happy to announce a collaboration with Powertage for this year's Energy Startup Day! Held on 1 December 2020 in Zurich during the Powertage, Energy Startup Day will connect ground-breaking Swiss startups to incumbent companies and public institutions to foster relationships and collaboration in the sectors of energy, cleantech, mobility and smart buildings. The two events can be visited by all participants and hopefully create more synergies for collaboration.
More information to follow about applying to be part of the Energy Startup Day startup showcase. In the meantime, updates will appear on our website.

Due to COVID-19, the Powertage event was shifted to 1-3 December which has allowed for startups to again apply for a spot in the 3-day Powertage startup xplor village. Apply starting June 15 until July 31 at to be presented for public voting in August. Note that startups accepted to the Powertage will automatically be part of Energy Startup Day as well.

New release: Article on national Cleantech support programs
Public support programs are very diversified in Switzerland. They are divided between national and regional programs and it is sometimes difficult to navigate through this complex ecosystem for startups which markets are national or often international. In this article we provide links to overviews of financial supports available for Switzerland, as well as a detailed assessment of 5 key programs that support projects in the field of energy and environment in Switzerland:
- Pilot and Demonstration programme - SFOE
- Environmental technology promotion - FOEN
- REPIC program
- Technology Fund
- Innovation projects from Innosuisse

Read the article on our website.

Last chance to add your voice: Innovation Monitor startup survey
If you are a Swiss energy or environment startup (and are receiving this newsletter), there is a good chance that you received an invitation to our survey in the last weeks. Please take a moment to answer the questions and add your thoughts to what are the critical needs of energy and environment startups right now.

Powered by Christina, Devon and Yves
The Innovation Monitor team from ZHAW and eqlosion

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