2019 Bled Strategic Forum - ‘(Re)sources of (In)stability’

2. - 3. september 2019, Bled

CER is a proud institutional partner of BSF Business with two panels "Climate-neutral smart economy - Greentech" and "Present your green idea"

3 September 2019, Rikli Balance Hotel, Sonce Hall
14:30 – 16:00

A Climate-Neutral Smart Economy – Greentech

In partnership with Center of Energy Efficient Solutions and Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
The transition to a green and more environmentally friendly economy (GreenTech) – encompassing social, environmental, climate and energy aspects – is a major challenge for modern society.

Resources (air, water, land, workforce, etc.) come at a price: this should not burden the next generation; on the contrary, it must be paid by current users. Reduced greenhouse gas emissions, less environmentally damaging technologies, improved resource management, as well as land, water, waste and energy use policies have all became inevitable and have profoundly affected all sectors of the economy, the transformation of enterprises, organisations, society and individual habits. Indeed, they have brought about a shift in policies and changes to the map of progressive green countries.

Numerous countries, companies and investors have already recognised the advantages and tangible benefits of green economy: financial, environmental and business as well as those related to knowledge, experience and reputation. Green economy is the driving force of innovation in all areas: from technology, business models, education, human resources and forms of cooperation. For this reason precisely the focus should be shifted to green innovation, and funds channelled in the same direction. At the same time, the regulatory environment including green taxes, banks through green investments, insurance companies, international financial institutions and court decisions foster the green economy; the same also goes for activist societal movements.

The discussion on a climate-neutral future economy – GreenTech – will aim at setting relevant political outlines and guidelines. Slovenia has a chance to take the lead in this respect and position its resources (nature and knowledge) on the global map of the drivers of sustainable development. From a country of cheap resources it must develop into the world leader in terms of quality of life and social responsibility.

Dr Saša Bavec, Managing Director Systems Division, member of Executive Committee Knauf Insulation Group, Belgium
Mr Gregor Benčina, President, Slovenijales Group, Vice president Center of Energy Efficiency Solutions, Initiator of GreenTech Slovenia
H.E. Mr Bernard Fautrier, Vice-president Chief Executive Officer of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Minister Plenipotentiary, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on sustainable development issues, Monaco
Mr Tom Fux, CEO, Toyota Fleet Mobility Europe, Germany
Mr Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair, UN International Resource Panel
Ms Ana Roš, CEO, Hiša Franko
Mr Rok Vodnik, Board member, Petrol d.d., President of the board, Center of Energy Efficiency Solutions, Slovenia

Dr Martin Porter, Executive Chair, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, United Kingdom

3 September 2019, Rikli Balance Hotel, Sonce Hall
16:00 – 16:30

Pitch your Green Idea!

In partnership with Center of Energy Efficient Solutions, EIT InnoEnergy, and ABC Accelerator.

Green startups are addressing global climate challenges of today and risks of tomorrow. Their innovative solutions have an important environmental impact, social responsibility, and economic value. They are solving different problems and are at the same time direct or indirect reducing emissions, waste, use of natural resources, and are very energy efficient. Green startups are a great example of the transition to a climate-neutral economy, which represents a major opportunity also for the investors. They are attracting venture capitalists and responsible green investors, who have the passion and drive to rise above challenges. They can grow fast while helping to protect the environment and health of humanity.

On the event, 4 Green startups will present the solutions to potential investors.

Kamil Szydłowski,  Public Affairs Manager InnoEnergy Central Europe sp. z o.o.

Start up 1 / MEBIUS 

MEBIUS is a start-up in the hydrogen fuel cell sector, focused on becoming a manufacturer of membrane-electrode assemblies (MEA) for Low-Temp PEM fuel cells, with theis own IP on core components, their goal is to dramatically increase the power density of MEAs compared to current market products.

Jernej Hočevar, is member of the Mebius team since its founding in 2008, and has worked on many facets of a start-up company from a business side, such as: general administration, business communication and representation, pitching, as well as website design and deployment. On the technical side, his knowledge includes catalyst ink formulation, gas-diffusion electrode preparation and manufacture, MEA assembly, and industrial ink-jet printer operation.

Start up 2GRADIS

GRADIS applies Artificial Intelligence algorithms to design and control street lighting for ESCO / municipalities. We do it better and faster than human. We integrate IoT, smart city, prioritize investments in cities to save investment (>11%) and operational (>81%) costs. Reference: 200.000 light points designed (the most of them already operating in the field).

Jaromir Dzialo is IT Architect, built and successfully exited a company in Silicon Valley. Topicmarks, as a winner of Founder Showcase, Seedcamp, covered by TechCrunch, Mashable, attracted funding from e.g. Aaron Patzer (mint.com) was acquired by social network in US: Tagged.com (330+ mln of users).  In the Internet business since 1994: founder of 3 successful startups, IT for Swiss banking domain, content distribution for 95% cinemas in Switzerland, 100+ web services. UI/UX evangelist with passion for ergonomy, usability and clear communication. Co-author of a semantic analysis patent, but also an open-source committer. Seasoned CTO, Product Manager, Software Engineering Manager, IT consultant. Always open to new ideas, takes on ambitious projects with global scope. Currently investing time and money in software related to AI, Smarty City and blockchain.

Start up 3 /  MIDES DESIGN

The MIDES design company was established in 2008 with the leading project called the Aero Sail system, rigging for any type and size of sailing and motor yachts for easier and better exploitation of infinite green energy of the WIND. At Mides design, we are dedicated to clean technologies and would like to expand the idea of general use of simple sails as a main propulsion system for all vessels. The Aero sail design model has been registered and protected since 2006 by Mr Erik Šifrer and the Mides design company. As the idea of having universal, smart and automated sails, the project was started as early as 2002. Basically, the company does business in naval design and landbase desing.

Erik Šifrer holds a Master of Arts degree and he is an industrial designer, landscape architect and a creative director with extensive experience in naval design, he is also sailor, constructor, author and also the co-owner of MIDES design.

Start up 4 / 2GG communication solutions

2GG communication solutions are the gateway between smart meters and energy management software. It was developed to lower the cost of communication is easy to implement and supports many different meter types. This is a complete communication solution for water utilities, district heating providers, electricity suppliers, gas distributors and others that need multi-utility management. DS Meritve developed a range of products, that make this possible, now development is focused on servicing model (SMaaS – Smart Metering as a Service). When offering a service DS Meritve is an integrator and offers financing, integration, and maintenance. This will increase the speed of implementation of smart energy distribution networks and increase their efficiency.

Dejan Lešnik is founder and CEO of the company DS meritve. He is professional in telecommunications engineering. He likes technology and especially technology businesses. In 2019 they won with the system 2GG communication solutions the national comptetition PowerUp! organized by InnoEnergy.