Stockholm, the 3rd of July 2020
Strong interest in sustainable investments:
The largest investor event for Swedish sustaintech, i.e. sustainable technology, Sweden Sustaintech Venture Day will take place on February the 11th 2021, for the third year in a row. A record number of investors visited the second edition of Sweden Sustaintech Venture Day on February the 6th, 2020. In the evaluation, the event received a high rating from visiting investors. Sustainability seems to be a high priority on the general investment agenda, why the organizers have taken the decision to repeat the event on the 11th of February 2021, at the same location Clarion Sign, Stockholm. Of course, the format will be adapted to the then prevailing recommendations regarding events.
"Our evaluation shows that 83 per cent of investors indicate that their interest in the sustaintech sector increased to a high degree or very much after having visited the Sweden Sustaintech Venture Day. Finally, capital and companies meet each other, and it seems to be paying off as 91 percent of our participants intend to approach the companies they met during the day," says Boel Swartling, Project Manager of the event and herself an investor and entrepreneur.
At the 2020 event, Swedish and international experts reported on completely fresh data showing that the sector, which had a temporary upturn and then a fall-down around 2008, now has stabilised and matured. Investor interest is firmly and fundamentally rooted in a demand for new and more sustainable technology solutions (see more in separate fact sheet from the presentations).
"Sweden can help in saving 1 Gigaton of the world's carbon dioxide emissions", said Robert Andrén, Director General of the Swedish Energy Agency, in his opening speech.
In addition to the transformation of the energy sector, transport and food/agriculture companies are also starting to attract major investments.
"We've seen a clear shift in focus from energy to Food and Agriculture, especially since the successful introduction of Beyond Meat last year," said President Richard Youngman as he presented new global facts on the sector from Cleantech Group.
Beyond Meat's principal owner S2G Venture's Victor Friedberg participated as Keynote speaker and talked about his views on foodtech 2.0 and took part in an interesting panel discussion with Northzone owner Pär-Jörgen Pärsson and green investor Jochen Vermuth.
"In the U.S. market, food worth USD 18 billion have changed hands from large food companies to smaller producers during recent years. We are here to scale that change," says Victor Friedberg, who told us about his third fund in Stockholm.
His Royal Highness Prince Daniel was the first speaker on the main stage and drew parallels between this sector and Sweden's history as an industrial nation. The speech was appreciated and the prince stayed long and spoke with various companies and investors.
Sweden Sustaintech Venture Day is supported, in addition to the three organizers Energimyndigheten, Cleantech Scandinavia and Sting, by the Swedish Growth Agency, Nasdaq, SACCNY, Business Sweden, Invest Stockholm and NEFCO
Appendix: Extract of key facts from the presentations (see separate fact sheet)
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