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Amsterdam Circular Challenge - Award Event

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM (CEST)

Amsterdam Circular Challenge - Award Event

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We are excited to welcome you to the Amsterdam Circular Challenge - Award Event.


As the closing event of the Amsterdam Circular Challenge, six start-ups will pitch for a jury of experts and directors of Clean Capital. The jury will select and award the three start-ups that have the best solution for one of the circular challenges in Amsterdam. 


Program details: 

14:30 - 15:00 Open doors & registration 

15:00 - 15:10 Opening & interview with directors of Clean Capital: 

  • Jeroen de Swart, director AEB Amsterdam
  • Roelof Kruize, director Waternet
  • Koen Overtoom, director Port of Amsterdam

15:10 - 15:30 Keynote speech by Pieter van Os, Reversed Concepts

15:30 - 16:00 Startups' pitches 

16:00 - 16:20 Keynote speech by Marieke van Nood, AEB Amsterdam

16:20 - 16:30 Break

16:30 - 17:15 Parallel Workshops per Theme Challenge

17:15 - 17:30 Award Ceremony with the jury members: 

  • Jacqueline Cramer, professor Sustainable Innovation at Utrecht University, member of the Amsterdam Economic Board
  • Jeroen de Swart, director AEB Amsterdam
  • Roelof Kruize, director Waternet
  • Koen Overtoom, director Port of Amsterdam
  • Tom Bakkum, director Climate KIC The Netherlands

17:30 - 18:30 Networking & drinks 


About the Amsterdam Circular Challenge: 

Amsterdam is an urban mine for start-ups in the circular economy. There are plenty of opportunities to turn materials, emissions and data into valuable business. Clean Capital is looking for those bright innovative ideas or solutions that meet the challenges of Amsterdam:

Challenge 1 – Biomass Feedstock
The port of Amsterdam is a hub for urban & inter regional waste streams. We are looking for innovative technologies and processes that turn biomass residues & waste into valuable feedstock. With a business model that can be economical in less than 5 years. 

Challenge 2 – CO2 Feedstock

Amsterdam provides carbon dioxide, available from waste incineration & water treatment, at 99,9% purity. We’re interested in technologies that can harvest and convert this to be used for products & industrial processes, or upgrade its purity for potential users. Combinations with hydrogen gas or other fuels are welcome. 

Challenge 3 – Digital Solutions
Industry & society are increasingly data-driven. We’re looking for startups that make use of data, connectivity and smart algorithms as a basis for circular economy products, -services & -infrastructure. By mining existing data from the city operators and big data sources or by implementing sensors, machine learning or artificial intelligence. 


The three winners of the challenge will gain priority access to materials, data sources, mentorship & funding to winning teams. Clean Capital is providing flexible co-working space for 3 months, which allows 2 members of the startup team to align with experts, business representatives or authorities. Startups will receive mentorship from the Clean Capital network during that period and will get free samples of feedstock materials or data-sources to validate their technology; as well as priority access afterwards to implement and scale their business in Amsterdam once proven. Mentors will assist in building regional partnerships and provide access to relevant investors & funding sources.


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Moezelhavenweg 9
1043 AM Amsterdam

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM (CEST)

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Clean Capital

Clean Capital is the partnership between AEB Amsterdam (waste, energy and raw materials company), Waternet (drinking water and purification) and the Port of Amsterdam NV (development and management of the Amsterdam harbour).


Clean Capital focuses on the development of innovative and sustainable projects in the area of energy transition, biobased materials and the circular economy. The three partners are located in the Amsterdam area and reinforce each other with regard to turning innovative ideas into economically viable projects. Clean Capital started up in December 2013. Sustainability is high on society’s agenda. Fossil fuels and raw materials are becoming scarce. All three partners have sustainable energy and raw materials as part of their long-term strategy. In this area, they wish to develop individual innovative, sustainable and economically viable projects.

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