Newsletter 5/2016

Newsletter | May 2016
Newsletter | May 2016
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SUBMIT NOW - Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award 2016

With the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award 2016, we are searching for people and companies who are shaping the world of today and tomorrow with their innovative, sustainable and profitable ideas and projects. We are happy to announce that in addition to the awards and the prize money of 10,000 euros our submitters have the chance to find an investor or get public funding.

Innovative and sustainable entrepreneurs can use the free short submission. Submissions for this year are being accepted until August 31st.

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Extension of the cooperation with one of our partners
We are very happy about the extension of our partnership with the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV) for 2016.

The organisation of the IV relies on both voluntary officials and full-time employees. Members of the Federation of Austrian Industries are served by nine independent, regional organisations, the federal organisation and an office located in Brussels. As a lobby, the IV aims to strengthen industry and secure employment. It represents the concerns of its members both in Austria and on the wider European stage. Austrian industry is pioneering in European integration. The Federation of Austrian Industries is therefore strongly oriented towards the agenda of the European Union. It is a member of the Confederation of European Business and social partners, BUSINESSEUROPE.

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Success Story of a SEA participant from 2015

Google has ploughed millions of dollars into creating what it believes is the future of electronics: Modularity. Through Project “Ara”, the tech giant has set out on a mission to transform the most ubiquitous of modern day technologies and create the world's first modular smartphone. Unfortunately for them, a small Dutch start-up has beaten them to the punch.

© Fairphone, Licence Creative Commons,
Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement to fairer electronics. By making a phone, they are opening up the supply chain and creating new relationships between people and their products. They are making a positive impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first. Together with their community, they’re changing the way products are made.

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A Swiss innovation suitable for every Nespresso coffee machine made from medical stainless steel. The capsule is a high precision quality design and lasts a lifetime. It can be filled with every coffee powder, of course even with Fair Trade coffee. Compared to the one-way capsules of Nespresso up to 500 EUR a year and a lot of waste can be saved.

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© MyCoffeestar
The sustainability portal Utopia has tested four different systems, all of them compatible with Nespresso machines and listed ups and downs. The refillable capsule from the swiss company Mycoffeestar has won, as the capsules are built particularly robust and long-lasting.

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SEA Participant 2015 - Investment Opportunity
Industry Sector:
Development Stage:
Early Stage

The company pursues a sustainable business model (Corporate Sustainability) and offers insurance to sustainable oriented private- and business clients. For the development of the company and the coverage fund capital of 7.5 million euros is searched. A known German insurer had been found as anchor investor with the same amount.

For advice and detailed information our experts are to your service – please contact
Funding 2016
Current information from the EU funding landscape

Action 1.1.2 of Intelligent Development Operational Program - Fast Track

Aim: Support innovative research and development projects which are part of National Smart Specialization

Beneficiaries: All companies (without the participation of consortia)

    Key Success Factors:
  • industrial and scientific-industrial consortia cannot join to the project
  • Cooperation and/or subcontracting with scientific centers having expertise in project subject
  • acquisition of intangible assets
    Eligible Costs:
  • own R&D personal and R&D direct costs
  • subcontracting (not more than 50% of the total eligible costs)
  • general costs (up to 17% of eligible costs excluding subcontracting)
Form and intensity of funding - max. 15 or 20 million euros depending on the type of research and development works:

    1. Non-refundable grant for large companies:
  • Industrial research 50%
  • Development works 25%

  • 2. Non-refundable grant for SMEs:
  • Industrial research 80%
  • Development works 60%

Time frame: Call for proposals 2016 is planned to be opened in Q4 for large companies, Q2 and Q3 for SME. For advice and detailed information our experts are to your service – please contact
Event tip
Environmental Leader 2016 Conference

When: June 21-23, 2016
Where: Denver, Colorado

Be a Leader. An impressive and growing list of organizations are advancing their environmental, sustainability and energy programs by attending the interactive ground breaking event: Environmental Leader 2016 Conference June 21-23, in Denver, Colorado.

The Environmental Leader 2016 Conference is all about current and emerging real-world challenges and the practical tools and solutions to help you meet them. You will take away ready-to-go solutions that are tangible, replicable, measurable and transferable.

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Recommended reading list
The most Outstanding Business Reference Source announced by RUSA’s Business Reference and Service Section (BRASS)

Dictionary of Corporate Social Responsibility - CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance

Editors by Idowu, S.O., Capaldi, N., Fifka, M., Zu, L., Schmidpeter, R. (Eds.) (2015)

This book is a concise and authoritative reference work and dictionary in the field of corporate social responsibility, sustainability, business ethics and corporate governance. It provides reliable definitions to more than 600 terms and concepts for researchers and professionals alike. By its definitions the dictionary helps users to understand the meanings of commonly used terms in CSR, and the roles and functions of CSR-related international organizations. Furthermore, it helps to identify keynotes on international guidelines, codes and principles relevant to CSR. The role of CSR in the business world has developed from a fig leaf marketing front into an important and indispensable aspect of corporate behaviour over the past years. Sustainable strategies are valued, desired and deployed more and more by relevant players in business, politics, and societies all over the world. Both research and corporate practice therefore see CSR as a guiding principle for business success.

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Thanks to our partners:
You could be the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year 2016!

Following the SEA's impressive result in 2015, 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.

Please visit our website or Facebook page.
We look forward to seeing you there!

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