21 - 23 October 2013, Poland

The Climate-KIC innovation festival 2013 will be held in our Lower Silesia region.

The festival will bring together Climate-KIC partners, students and entrepreneurs as well as European policy makers and business market leaders. The festival will highlight how Climate-KIC is developing and commercialising innovative climate change products and services.

This festival will celebrate Climate-KICs achievements and discuss the main concepts that have emerged for creating a self-sustaining organisation with an innovation portfolio that will generate high impact in Europe and beyond.

The following topics, that were a result of our strategic retreat earlier in the year, will be covered during the festival:

  • Strategic relationships
  • Demonstrating value
  • Ideas with impact 
  • Appropriate expansion

The innovation festival is an invite-only event and registration has now closed. 

If you have any queries, please email if2013@convention.wroclaw.pl with the subject Innovation festival 2013.


Monday 21 October 2013

15.00 (TBC) Guided tour of Wroclaw City
19.30-21.30 Reception City hall hosted by Mayor of Wroclaw

Tuesday 22 October 2013

08.30 – 09.15

09.15 – 09.30




09.30 – 10.30








10.30 – 11.15


Festival registration

Welcome from Wroclaw hosts & Climate-KIC

Rafal Dutkiewicz, Mayor Wroclaw (TBC)

Mary Ritter, Chief Executive Officer, Climate-KIC


Plenary session: The role of innovation in Europe’s Climate Policy

Szymon Kościerzyński, Ministry for the Environment of the
Republic of Poland

Kees van Deelen, TNO and member Climate-KIC Assembly

Dr Daria Golebiowska-Tataj, Member of the Governing Board and Executive Committee, European Institute of Innovation and Technology 

Audience Q&A 

Launch of Community Hub, Mary Ritter, Chief Executive
Officer, Climate-KIC


11.15 – 13.00

Climate-KIC Venture Competition 2013

Start-up finalists:

Efficient City Farming
Econic Technologies
Qarnot Computing

Yellow Pallet
Heat Genius
Electric Hotel

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 15.00

Corporate showcase: Climate-KIC partners

  • Young-Jin Choi, Manager New Ventures, 3M New Ventures
  • Dr Christoph Sievering, Strategic Energy Management, Bayer MaterialScience 
  • Etienne Gehain, Co-ordinator R&D Corporate Smart Energy & Environment Directorate GDF Suez

Audience Q&A

15.00 – 16.00






16.00 – 16.30


Optional workshops:

Experience Climate-KICs start-ups accelerator programme

Invest in Me! a theatrical performance by Thom Truong & Climate-KIC start-ups 

Highlights from Climate-KIC’s first doctoral school – how to make Frankfurt Carbon Free by 2050?

The voice of Climate-KIC: the alumni association


16.30 – 17.15

Plenary Session: Scaling-up innovation in Europe and beyond

Daniel Zimmer, Director of Innovation, Climate-KIC 

Ben Ferrari, Director of Corporate Relations, The Climate Group

Martyna Czerniakowska, Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Poland GreenEvo programme 

17.30 – 18.00

20.00 – 23.00

Venture competition winners and close 

Gala dinner

Wednesday 23 October 2013

9.00 – 9.30

9.30 – 10.30


Plenary session: Poland – opportunities and challenges for a low carbon economy 

Introduction and moderation: Professor Jerzy Langer,President of the Board, WRC EIT + Ltd.

Przemyslaw Malczewski, Institute for Territorial Development, Lower Silesia Regional Government perspective

Development pathways for Poland until 2050: the role of low emission innovations

Aleksander Sniegocki , Institute for Structural Studies, Development pathways for Poland
until 2050: the role of low emission innovations

Franciszek Jackl, Institute for Sustainable Development

Ryszard Malarski, The World Bank, New analytical toolbox for climate policy in Poland

Wieslaw Rozanski, Entrepreneur

10.30 – 11.00



11.00 – 12.00











12.00 – 13.00


Plenary session: Climate-KIC themes

Greenhouse gas monitoring

Adaptation services

Making transitions happen

Sustainable cities

The built environment

Land and water

Resource efficiency

Developing a bio-economy

Audience Q&A


13.00 – 16.00

Climate-KIC themes, projects & initiatives


Room 1

Room 2

Room 3

Room 4

13.15 – 14.00

Greenhouse Gas MRV

The Built Environment

Making Transitions Happen

Land and Water Engineering

14.15 – 15.00

Entrepreneurial thinking for an innovation community – Dap Hartmann

Climate Market Accelerator programme

The education accelerator: turning knowledge into executive education – Martine van Veelen

Pioneers into Practice – professional development for the low-carbon economy

15.15 – 16.00

Sustainable City Systems


Industrial Symbiosis

Adaptation Services


16.00 – 16.30 

Closing session: Mary Ritter, Chief Executive Officer Climate-KIC

Future plans 2014



A host of speakers from across Europe’s climate innovation community, including high-level representatives from the European Commission, national governments and the third sector, will address delegates at the 2013 Innovation Festival.

Entrepreneurs, academics and business partners from within Climate-KIC’s community will highlight the developments in climate innovation over the past year and will lay out Climate-KIC’s future strategy.


The event will take place at:

Wroclaw Congress Center
ul. Wystawowa 1
51-618 Wrocław, Poland

Registration is closed

The innovation festival is an invite-only event and registration has now closed. 

Please click here to update your registration details. If you have any queries, please email  if2013@convention.wroclaw.pl with the subject Innovation festival 2013.