Newsletter 6/2016

Newsletter | June 2016
Newsletter | June 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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Special offer from our strategy partner – Chamber of Commerce and Industry Vienna
Innovation 2 Company

A project of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with Venionaire Capital. The initiative 'Innovation to Company' will bring startups and established businesses together. To facilitate this, the Vienna chamber of commerce and industry, will function as enabler to offer their members an opportunity for structured innovation search and new joint business with startups.

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Mercur 2016:

The Vienna Innovation Award 2016. Submit your innovative project until July 8th 2016.

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Extension of the cooperation with one of our partners
We are happy about the extension of our partnership with VIENNA INSURANCE GROUP AG Wiener Versicherung Gruppe (VIG) for 2016.

The Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is the principal shareholder of the Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) and supports the latter in all cultural and social matters. Great importance is attached to cross-border cultural exchange which creates room and freedom for cultural development. Within the framework of co-operations and initiatives, special emphasis is placed on supporting the activities of socially active organisations, in particular in Central and East European countries in which the Vienna Insurance Group is operating. In addition, the Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein deals with strategic principles of the group.

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Success Story of a SEA participant from 2015
Eco Wave Power Ltd – Tel Aviv, Israel

The Future is here: Europe’s first grid connected wave energy array

The Gibraltarian Project was officially 'switched-on' by the Chief Minister of Gibraltar, Hon. Fabian R Picardo and by the Minister of Health, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Dr. John Cortes. Gibraltar Electric Authority (Gibraltar's National Electric Company) is the purchaser of the entire Project's power.
The Project is the first grid connected Eco Wave Power plant and the only wave power plant anywhere in Europe, operating multiple wave units, under Commercial PPA terms. Eco Wave Power's technology has been under development since 2011, and since then the company tested its technology in Ukraine and installed a pilot plant in Jaffa Port. Moreover, the Company received Pioneering Technology status from the Chief Scientist of the Energy Ministry in Israel Dr. Bracha Halaf.

Charles H. Collinson, Director of European Programmes that co-funded the power plant in Gibraltar, said that: "on behalf of the EU commission and the EU program Secretariat in Gibraltar, I wish every success to Eco Wave Power. May it expand and produce a lot more renewable energy and I hope we are able to collaborate in future expansion of this project"

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Success Story: one of the SEA-Endorsers
Matthew Olaide Adetunji

Founder of EFBI (Food Banking and Investment e-Systems) and currently working for 'The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation' (CTA) in the field of Value Chain Finance

'The best way everyone can participate in Sustainable Entrepreneurship is through our communication and commitment-to-action.'

Matthew works currently in the area of digital financial inclusion. Specifically, related to smallholder farmers in Africa, Caribbean and Pacific regions; ensuring smallholder farmers are participating in inclusive agribusiness models, having dynamic access to affordable and economically efficient financing and other innovative resources in their production.

It is estimated that over 2 Billion of adult’s population in the world now are without bank account and lack access to efficient credit facilities. Most of these people are said to be poor, located in dispersed remote settlements. They can be effectively reached via digital technologies. Having access to inclusive digital credit facilities means a lot to their economic development and efficient trade flow and participation in agribusinesses.

Currently he is co-writing a book on 'Inclusive agricultural value chain financing' looking into emerging techniques to finance agricultural development and simultaneously integrating smallholder farmers into agricultural trade flow and the wholesale of financing. In the long term, his work stands for sustainable development; promoting 'No hunger' and 'No poverty'.

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Event tip – SEA as Supporting Partner
3rd International Conference - CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance

When: 1-3 August, 2016
Where: Cologne, Germany

Following two successful events in London, UK and Nanjing, China, it is now time to announce the 3rd International CSR, Sustainability, Ethics and Governance Conference! This year in Cologne, Germany from the 1st to 3rd of August organised by CBS (Cologne Business School). The international event will focus on 'Sustainable Management as a New Business Paradigm' and feature a wide-array of topics within this scope.

Do not miss the opportunity to present your work to like-minded business leaders, government policy makers, non-government and community-based organizations, researchers and students from around the world!

Awards are available as well as publishing opportunities in the renowned Springer series: CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance, the Journal of Corporate Social Responsibility published by Springer.

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Recommended reading list
Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

by Bill McKibben (2011)

Twenty years ago, with The End of Nature, Bill McKibben offered one of the earliest warnings about global warming. Those warnings went mostly unheeded; now, he insists, we need to acknowledge that we've waited too long, and that massive change is not only unavoidable but already under way. Our old familiar globe is suddenly melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways that no human has ever seen. We've created, in very short order, a new planet, still recognizable but fundamentally different. We may as well call it Eaarth.

That new planet is filled with new binds and traps. A changing world costs large sums to defend—think of the money that went to repair New Orleans, or the trillions it will take to transform our energy systems. But the endless economic growth that could underwrite such largesse depends on the stable planet we've managed to damage and degrade. We can't rely on old habits any longer.

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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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