Newsletter 8/2017

Newsletter | August 2017
Newsletter | August 2017
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Countdown - Submission is closing on 30 September 2017
Until 30 September 2017 all interested innovative and sustainable entrepreneurs can use the free short submission on our website. We are happy to announce that in addition to the awards and the prize money of EUR 10,000 our submitters have the chance to find an investor or get public funding. The best projects of the past can be found on our website >>> Read more

>>> Submit your project

What does participating in the SEA achieve for the submitters?

PRICE MONEY: The Best Project is awarded the jury prize of EUR 10,000. The best submissions are presented once a year as part of the grand SEA Event and also included in our communication activities around the SEA.

INVESTOR: The SEA Event starts with a pitching session in the afternoon. The 15 finalists of 2017 get the chance to present their idea/projects/company in front of our jury and potential investors. Also the celebration party in the evening is a good chance to get in touch with potential investors. We also have a big network of investors and with your consent we will also support suitable projects in searching for investors.

CONSULTING: We can provide specific consulting to help you with issues and questions especially from public funding.
Our new SEA jury members
We warmly welcome our new SEA jury members for the SEA 2017:

Stefan Grafenhorst
Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Manager
Greiner Group

´Innovations do not come out of the blue. They are the result of persistent work, people thinking out of the box and making an effort to choose the path less travelled. I think society as a whole needs to encourage and support those people wherever possible. The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award is one important way of supporting new ideas that will make this world a better place´.

Alexandra Adler
CSR Expert Group Speaker of WKO´s UBIT section Vienna

´As CSR-expert and consultant I am always interested in best practices and new ideas. Joining the jury means a chance to engage for projects which I believe to be of relevant social and/or ecological value - by helping them to gain money and publicity´!

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SEA Partners
News of our Scientific Partner - CASM at Cologne Business School

Our world yearns for sustainable entrepreneurship and the opportunities which flow from social entrepreneurship or eco-entrepreneurship as it is sometimes known. According to Schaltegger sustainable entrepreneurs are the twenty-first-century innovators ‘who are opportunity oriented and aim to generate new products, services, production processes, techniques and organizational modes which substantially reduce social and environment impacts whilst simultaneously improving drastically man’s quality of life’. The Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at Cologne Business School supports sustainable entrepreneurs in bringing forth sustainable innovation that deal with social, environmental and economic issues of the 21st century.

Established in August 2016 under the lead of Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter and Patrick Bungard, CASM addresses the issues of corporate social responsibility, international economics and business ethics, sustainability, sustainable entrepreneurship and social innovation through research and teaching; bringing together scholars from various academic disciplines as well as business and political leaders in order to enhance knowledge transfer.

The research area „Sustainable Management” at CBS is an overarching domain that is firmly established in the guiding principles of CBS and its research structure. Thus, CASM carries out a wide spectrum of projects that range from the training and further education of responsible managers to advisory services for football league soccer teams and DAX companies as well as pitches for sustainable business ideas.

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News of Ecovative Design – SEA Awardee in 2014
Ecovative Design has been awarded a contract valued at up to $9.1 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop next generation building materials: living materials that are more versatile, more efficient, and more cost effective in rapidly creating structures, by literally growing those structures in places where they are needed.

Ecovative, the pioneer and world leader in the design and manufacturing of mycelium-based biomaterials, will work in collaboration with leading researchers in synthetic biology, biochemistry, and systems biology from Columbia University, New York University (NYU), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This four-year project aims to create these living systems, and to demonstrate that the materials can be manufactured at scale.

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News – Hurricane Harvey
Hurricane Harvey and the inevitable question of climate change

A flood of this magnitude is an 800-year event, and it exceeds the design specification of our levees,” said Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert in a statement Monday. William “Brock” Long, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, had similar comments: “We have not seen an event like this,” he said on Monday. “You could not draw this forecast up. You could not dream this forecast up.”

Right now, the focus is on ongoing relief and recovery efforts, boosted in part by a heartwarming mobilization of civilian volunteers. But the specter of climate change can’t be ignored. Climate change may not have “caused” Hurricane Harvey, but it seems likely that warming temperatures — the consequence of man-made greenhouse gases trapping heat in the atmosphere — exacerbated the storm conditions.

My colleague Chris Mooney outlined a number of ways in which this happens: Warmer temperatures in the ocean created an increase in atmospheric moisture, leading to the massive rainfall currently hitting southeastern Texas; rising sea levels contributed to a stronger storm surge that flooded Houston; a warmer climate makes storms more intense before they make landfall. Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann also pointed to the influence of human-caused climate change on the storm’s unusual movement. Unlike most hurricanes, Harvey stalled near the coast instead of moving inland, meaning Houston was pounded by continuous downpours. Mann blamed that phenomenon on “weak prevailing winds, which are failing to steer the storm off to sea” — a consequence predicted by climate-change models.

According to climate scientists, such extreme weather events — the proverbial “once-in-a-century” hurricane — will become only more common as the planet warms.That forecast is all the more conspicuous when you consider President Trump’s pronounced climate skepticism and his administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord earlier this year.

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Event tip
Sustainable Investment Forum

When: September 19, 2017
Where: New York City, USA

Are you looking to expand your green investment portfolios? With investors managing over $4.5tn attending the Sustainable Investment Forum, this is the place to network and start new partnerships!

The Sustainable Investment Forum – the largest finance-focused high level meeting taking place during New York Climate Week, is back for its second edition on 19 September 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Times Square.

Over 350 attendees representing the finance community – asset owners and managers, commercial banks, development banks, private venture capitalists, technology developers – as well as mayors and national policy-makers will convene at the Forum to discuss ways to drive investment in low carbon innovation.

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Recommended reading list
Sustainable Excellence: The Future of Business in a Fast-Changing World

by Aron Cramer and Zachary Karabell (2010):


Today's business landscape is changing in fundamental ways: Natural resources are growing ever more scarce and expensive. Technology and changing consumer expectations are making transparency a fact of life. The rise of emerging economies creates vast market opportunities for companies―and better living standards for hundreds of millions. In Sustainable Excellence, Aron Cramer and Zachary Karabell tell the stories of the companies who are transforming themselves by responding to these paradigm shifts and in the process shaping the future.

>>> Read more

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You could be the Sustainable Entrepreneur of the Year 2017!

Following the SEA's impressive result in 2017, 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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