Together with 250 top-class guests out of economy, science, politics and society the most outstanding projects have been awarded on November 17th at the SEA-Gala. Of course the main focus lies on those inspiring entrepreneurs and pioneers, who create a livable future with their visions.
The gala was opened by a thrilling keynote speech from Jim Walker, Co-Founder of the Climate Group and Executive Director of Climate Mobilization Fund and followed by a captivating moderated interview of Wilhelm Molterer, Managing Director European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and Marc Fähndrich, Representative of the European Commission.
It was also a great pleasure to welcome Mavis Tingying Wang the founder of Heaven-Gaia and first big cooperation partner of the SEA from Asia as well as a huge business delegation of China.
The guests have been led through this wonderful evening by Manuela Raidl and Stuart Freeman, while enjoying a multi-course gala menu and the breathtaking voices of Beau Dermott, a young talented singer of „Britain’s Got Talent“ and “Chorus Juventus”, Wiener Sängerknaben ORG. As an additional show act of the evening the legend Fashion and Jewellery Show from „Heaven-Gaia” completed the programme.
“SEA Best Project 2016” and winner in the Category “Plastic & Recycling”
Full Cycle Bioplastics (USA)
Full Cycle Bioplastics - turns organic waste into a fully biodegradable and recyclable plastic. This Circle to Circle Project, creates an massive impact in the Plastic-industry. Full Cycle’s process is more robust and lower cost than any preceding technologies. Full Cycle addresses two major global environmental problems, growing volumes of plastic and organic waste, via the conversion of organic waste into fully biodegradable and compostable plastic.
Leaf republic –inspired by the Asian leaf plates, Leaf republic created a lid made from bioplastic or recycled plastic and a three-layer natural bowl made of leaves. The Leaf plate is water proofed and creates a sustainable alternative for plastic cutlery and plates, as well as several possibilities to innovate the packaging and paper industry.
The EU-InnovatE Award was given by Prof. Dr. Frank-Martin Belz, head of the EU-InnovatE Team. The EU-InnovatE project leverages EUR 4.7M from the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research to investigate the creative, innovate and entrepreneurial roles of users involved in developing sustainable and novel products, services and systems ("Sustainable Lifestyles 2.0").
Smart Floating Farms- floating low cost solar powered self-sustaining farm systems that provide food to urban areas and can be installed on any spacious water surface and provides vegetables and fish without using massive amounts of power or water.
Wilhelm Molterer (EIB - Director of the European Fund for Strategic Investment) and Marc Fähndrich (European Commission) explained possibilities how sustainable entrepreneurs can get attractive financing from the #investEU Initiative.
This Investment plan of the European Commission (EC) aims at growth and quality jobs within the EU. It is a joint initiative with the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF). In particular, projects being innovative and promising but also risky could benefit. One key element of #investEU is "additionality". Hence, ideas facing problems to be financed by traditional patterns could now be realised.
By providing risk guarantees, Enterprises can invest in innovative, sustainable and future-oriented projects. Operations approved under the Investment Plan for Europe now represent a total financing volume of EUR 27.5 billion. They are located in 27 Member States and are expected to trigger total investment of around EUR 154 billion. (15 November 2016). These were mainly reaching out in the areas of SMEs, Energy, Digital as well as Research and Development.
The EIF has approved 234 SME financing agreements. Close to 377,000 SMEs and Midcaps are expected to benefit.
Given its success, President Juncker has proposed to
doubling #investEU, in terms of duration and financial capacity, providing the necessary certainty to promoters and allowing for it to be continued in the future.
extend the initial three-year period (2015-2018) with a target of EUR 315 billion.
focus on financing more cross-border and sustainable projects, linking #investEU to the ambitious targets from COP21 climate deal.
A Sustainable Food Future 2016
When: December 5-6, 2016 Where: London, United Kingdom
International agreements, increasing urbanization and climate change are putting pressure on the global food system.
The annual Chatham House food conference will address the specific challenges that need to be overcome to improve sustainability and food security, deliver carbon reductions in the food system, and the role of policy, industry and civil society in achieving these goals.
Making Sustainability Work: Best Practices in Managing and Measuring Corporate Social, Environmental and Economic Impacts
by Marc J. Epstein (2008)
In recent years, corporations of all sizes and orientations have become more sensitive to social issues and stakeholder concerns, and they are collectively striving to become better corporate citizens (in some cases, urged on by shareholder pressure or government regulations). The best practices in corporate sustainability are no longer the exclusive domain of companies like Ben & Jerry's or Body Shop as they were a decade ago; now, large, multi-national companies like G.E. and Wal-Mart are leading the way with significant financial and organizational commitments to social and environmental issues. To help managers and academics keep their eye on the ever-moving target of sustainability, award-winning author and academic Marc Epstein's provides an authoritative and comprehensive guide to implementing corporate sustainability initiatives and to measuring both their social and financial impacts.
You could be the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year 2016!
Following the SEA's impressive result in 2016, we are again looking for new sustainable projects and innovative companies. If you want to be a part of this new movement, we look forward to receiving your submission.
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We look forward to seeing you there!