2020 Investor Forum

CATALYZING INNOVATION
THROUGH INVESTMENTS IN
SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY
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INVESTOR FORUM AND INNOVATION SHOWCASE
                                                                          May 14, 2020 | 9:00  - 15:00 hrsSchmidt Marine, The Embarcadero, San Francisco 
Dechema, Theodor Heuss Allee 25, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany

Welcome

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Friedrich Barth, ISC3, is the Managing Director of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center ISC3 in Bonn. He describes Sustainable Chemistry as a process that supports the implementation of the sound management of chemicals and at the same time creates innovative solutions and new business models for a better world! New solutions and business models should be environmentally sound, socially inclusive and economically viable. ISC3 will promote and develop a new systems thinking where the whole lifecycle of products and processes are designed and implemented according to clear sustainability criteria. Sustainable Chemistry is a key driver for the transformation of our societies towards a circular economy and the implementation of the Sustainable Development goals. With ISC3, he wants to shape this transformation. 

Friedrich Barth studied Physics, Geo-ecology and Hydrology at the Universities of Heidelberg, Bayreuth, Freiburg and Galway. He has more than 25 years of management experience in the areas of Environment, Climate, Energy and Water both in the public as well as in the private sector on international, national and local level. He contributed to the development of the international sustainability agenda at his various management posts at the German Government, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme, and as International Consultant. 

 Achieving  the Sustainable Development Goals  and the goals of the Paris Climate Accord requires massive technological changes in multiple areas such as energy, mobility, construction, housing, agriculture and others. The chemical sector is a key contributor to these changes.  Sustainable Chemistry is the key innovation driver in the areas of energy production, energy storage (new battery concepts), fuels from CO2 use, new building materials and insulation materials, new circular plastics industry (bio-benign materials, chemical recycling), reusable lightweight materials and environmentally friendly food production. 

Current financial mechanisms do not properly reflect the needs of  the emerging innovation pipeline for sustainable chemistry.

This forum explores the role of sustainable chemistry in supporting innovations to achieve the SDGs, the role of frontier capital and blended financing mechanisms to secure the innovation pipeline, and the dynamics of the innovation eco-system.

Welcome

Friedrich Barth, Managing Director,  ISC3 

 

Keynote Address: The Transformative Power of Innovation

(Speaker to be announced)

 

“Untapped Innovation Opportunities – Sustainable Development Goals and the Catalytic Role of Sustainable Chemistry”

The SDGs represent massive purchase order for a whole portfolio of innovations that can profoundly alter the landscape of traditional chemistry. How can the SDGs be achieved by supporting innovation in sustainable chemistry, and what direction must these innovations take?

(Panelists to be announced)

"Supporting Innovation with Appropriate Financing - Emerging Investment Vehicles"

Exploring the role of conventional vs emerging financing vehicles; impact investment and access to high-risk capital for early stage innovation, funding scaling up and growth capital; what financial instruments exist or must be created. Exploring investments in sustainable chemistry frontier capital and blended capital to support hi-risk early stage innovations in bio-based chemicals and materials, bio-composites and circular technologies.

(Panelists to be announced)

"Growing the Innovation Eco-system – identifying innovation, accelerating startups and supporting growth"

Exploring the dynamics of the innovation eco-system, and relationships with NGO, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers

Moderator: Daniella Russo, CEO, Think Beyond Innovation Accelerator

(Panelists to be announced)

 

Announcements

Winners of the 2019 ISC3 Callenge for Sustainable Living

Innovation Showcase

(list coming soon)


Reception Hosted by ISC3

Key Note Address:

The Transformative Power of Innovation

 

Panel Discussion

Untapped Opportunities: Sustainable Development Goals and the Catalytic Role of Sustainable Chemistry

 

Panel Discussion

Supporting Sustainable Chemistry Innovation with Appropriate Financing - Emerging Investment Vehicles

 

Panel Discussion

Growing the Innovation Eco-system

 

Announcements

Winners of the 2019 ISC3 Innovation Challenge

Innovation Showcase