Newsletter 12/2015

Newsletter | December 2015
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Dear Reader,

With the Paris Climate Change Conference a year ends, which could initiate a new era at the same time. The Paris agreement is a triumph for the people, the planet and the will to fight together for a future worth living.

For the first time, each State of this world has pledged to limit the emissions, to strengthen the resilience and to combat climate change on both domestic- and foreign policy level. All have recognized that global challenges can only be solved by working together.

My hope for the future is that this declaration of understanding is followed by the appropriate actions and brings awareness to all decision makers in all areas. My thanks goes out to all partners and participants of the SEA 2015, we will continue working with full forces, to repair our planet and society rather than to destroy it, in the upcoming year.

In this sense I wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Some awarded projects of the SEA 2015
Winner in the category “Climate, the Environment & Energy” - Smartflower (Austria)

The smartflower makes use of solar energy in the most efficient way and facilitates the installation and operation of the system. Depending on the region, it generates between 3,400 and 6,200 kWh a year, which entirely covers the average electricity consumption of a household in Central Europe (approx. 4,000 kWh). The smartflower does not require project planning, construction and installation support by 3rd parties; it is set and ready to operate in less than one hour, just plug & play. This way, smartflower enables any individual, corporation and public institution to generate 100% green energy without any restrictions and pitfalls.

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Winner in the category “Development & Services” - Vula Mobile (South Africa)

Vula Mobile gives any level of health worker a medical 'Specialist in the Pocket'. It started with an ophthalmology telemedicine smartphone app and the app is now being expanded for other specialties. Measurable Effects: Increased access to specialist knowledge and skills. Better referral systems. Better health outcomes including more operations for curable blindness.

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Winner in the category “Integration & Social Issues” - Waste Works (Austria)

Waste Works builds on a, as of today, rarely used technology that allows to reconvert plastic into fuel oil. The company wants to bring this technology to developing and emerging countries to tackle the plastic waste problem, create new income opportunities and raise peoples’ awareness for ecological issues.

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Our new cooperation partner
We warmly welcome our new cooperation partner who supports our initiative to create a better, sustainable future.
Wirtschaftskammer Wien - WKW

The Vienna Economic Chamber (WKW) represents the interests of Viennese companies. As strong voice of the entrepreneurs, the Chamber of Commerce is committed for a future-oriented and business friendly policy. The Chamber of Commerce is a modern service provider and provides quick and competent advice, on topics like labour law, taxes, innovation management and energy and environmental issues. With their know-how, they support Austrian companies and with their educational facilities like WIFI they help to strengthen the competitiveness of the domestic economy.

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Funding 2016
Current information from the EU funding landscape EURO STARS 2:

On November 15th 2015 the 5th tender of EUROSTARS 2 has started…

Eurostars is a transnational, joint promotion program of several EUREKA2 member countries and the European Union and the funding is offered specifically for close to the market driven research & development (R&D) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with a high growth potential. Eurostars is open for all topics (“bottom-up”).

It helps R&D driving SME's to create new economic activities through R&D results and launch products, processes or services more rapidly on international markets than in the past. Eurostars contributes to strengthen the global competitiveness of European companies by international R&D cooperations.

Filing and payment are made nationally. Expected deadline: 18.02.2016 / budget estimate for 2016: 3.5 million euros.

For advice and detailed information our experts from Veigl + Veigl are to your service

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Event tip
World Future Energy Summit 2016

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) is the world’s most influential event dedicated to advancing future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology. It’s where government leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, investors and thousands of visitors come together to experience the latest developments in future energy. For the world’s energy innovators and suppliers, it’s a must-attend opportunity to network, launch, discover and build valuable new partnerships.

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Recommended reading list
Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution

Edited by Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, and L. Hunter Lovins (1999). The authors sketch out an economic model that values natural capital (energy, water, and topsoil) as well as manmade capital and recognizes the interdependence between the two. They urge companies to increase the productivity of natural resources, to redesign industry to operate on biological models, to shift from selling goods to providing services, and to reinvest in natural capital. Many themes picked up by later books had an early outing here.

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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!

Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award (SEA)
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