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  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.