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The summit will take place on November 20-21 in Rotterdam and will unite 36 selected emerging companies, 20 nominated growth stage companies, 70 high profile international investors and 50 delegates. Apply now to present your company.

Call for Applications for 2014 Cleantech Summit 2014: Deadline September 15

Geneva, Brussels & Rotterdam, July 8th, 2014 – Tech Tour and the International Venture Club announced today that the 2014 Cleantech Summit will be held in Rotterdam on November 20-21, 2014.

The summit will take place on November 20-21 in Rotterdam and will unite 36 selected emerging companies, 20 nominated growth stage companies, 70 high profile international investors and 50 delegates. The CTS Rotterdam will also host a networking dinner on November 20 with 150+ invited guests, representing the ”who’s who” in technology and venture capital in the Cleantech sector. For more information, please see

Fred van Beuningen, Managing Director Rotterdam Partners:    
“We are honoured to be working with the Tech Tour to host the 2014 Cleantech Summit. Cleantech is considered a focus area for Rotterdam. Rotterdam has great potential because of its industrial customer base. Our region contains a critical mass of relevant companies in the port and industrial complex, as well as world leading knowledge institutions and an entrepreneurial spirit.“

Investment Highlights in Cleantech
While European investment in Cleantech from traditional pureplay and generalist VC’s is trending downward in recent years these types of investors will still contribute significant investment. There are however two categories of investors that are on the rise. *Investment in Cleantech by Corporates rose to 19% in 2012, up 5% on the previous year. The second category of investors showing growth is the long tail of ‘Other’ Cleantech investors, which aggregates many types, including public sector investors, institutional finance (that are not Venture Capital or Private Equity fund managers), regional development finance and private wealth sources. In terms of sectors that are out in front in terms of investment the top runners are Energy Efficiency, Water and wastewater, recycling & waste and advanced materials.

  • Ref. European Cleantech Fundraising 2013-14: Investors have their own chasm to cross, Cleantech Group

Company Registration – why should you register?

  • No charge to apply
  • No charge for selected companies to attend the event and present – selection is merit only based
  • Companies are selected by an expert selection committee, according to their potential market impact
  • Selected companies will present to a group of 100+ global investment professionals, advisors and corporates.

Applicants can register for the Summit at this web link:

As part of the process applicants must submit a corporate presentation together with the registration form.

The deadline for applications is September 15.

Selection Criteria
Applicants will be assessed on the uniqueness of their technology, the strength of their business model, vision, and capability to execute on the business plan and the quality and track record of their management. Submissions will be reviewed by the selection committee, which is comprised of senior business leaders from various backgrounds including venture capital, technology, research and economic promotion.

Rewards for Finalists
The selected 20 finalists will each have an opportunity to present their business plans to senior partners, vice presidents and CEOs from the global venture capital and technology industry, as well as service providers and academics. In addition, they will benefit from networking opportunities, local and international media exposure and potential opportunities to secure funding.

Companies that have presented in previous Summits have either been acquired or raised significant funding. Some notable examples include:
o    Xeros                 USD$43.3M     IPO
o    Novaled             USD$347M    Acquired by Samsung
o    GLO                 USD$30M    Funding
o    greenTEG             USD$54M    Funding
o    KiWi Power             USD$35.2M    Funding
o    Enecsys             USD$41M    Funding
o             USD$36.8M    Funding
o    Topell Energy             USD$16.3M    Funding
o    Heliatek             USD$27M    Funding
o    Azzurro Semiconductors     USD$19.6M    Funding
o    Power PLUS Communications USD$15M    Funding
o    Torqeedo             USD$14.2M    Funding

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About the Tech Tour
The Tech Tour was founded in Geneva in 1998 in response to the growing interest in emerging technology companies in various European regions. The Tech Tour is an independent, not-for-profit organization composed of key contributors to the high technology industry. The organization recognizes that continued prosperity in Europe lies in its ability to transform today's innovative projects into tomorrow's global technology leaders.

About the International Venture Club
The International Venture Club was founded in 2011 as the collaborative platform of leading venture investors promoting successful international investments. Its objectives are to 1) share better practices, 2) build co-investor trust and relations, 3) foster new funding and investment opportunities through joint actions and PR, 4) grow promising companies with corporate partners and co-investors and 5) keep a smart window and support to emerging innovative companies.

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