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ETT would like to thank its sponsors for their generous support. If you are interested in sponsoring the next Cleantech Summit, please contact us at info@techtour.com or Tel: +41 22 544 6062.



Global Partners




Founded in 1875 by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet in the Swiss village of Le Brassus, Audemars Piguet is the oldest Manufacture of Haute Horlogerie never to have left the hands of the founding families. Today, its range encompasses complex mechanical watches, Haute Joaillerie creations as well as a line of jewellery. At each stage in its history, the Manufacture has daringly adopted avant-garde techniques in order to place them in the service of traditional craftsmanship. This approach has earned it an unparalleled number of world firsts in the field of Haute Horlogerie.




Egon Zehnder International was founded in 1964 in Zurich and today the firm specializes in Board Effectiveness Reviews, Leadership Strategy Services and Executive Search at the Management and Board levels. The Firm has a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - placing clients' interests first and to lead its profession in creating value for its clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The Firm has a structure which is unique in its profession. The Firm's 385 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between offices. It allows the Firm to operate seamlessly when engagements call for multi-office, cross collaboration and knowledge sharing. Large or small, local or global, clients benefit from this structure by having access to the Firm's most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside.


Weber Shandwick is a Communications Partner of the European Tech Tour, supporting both the European level organization and the various country tours. Weber Shandwick, a unit of The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG), is one of the world's leading public relations agencies, with offices in major media, business and government capitals around the world. Weber Shandwick is a leader in marketing public relations, public affairs and corporate communications counseling, and also provides services in advocacy advertising, market research and visual communications.


Endeavour Vision is European cross-boarder venture capital firm providing expertise and funding to entrepreneurs with global ambitions in technology, cleantech and life sciences. Endeavour Vision combines a team of experienced venture capital professionals responsible for investments in over 70 companies in 12 countries in Technology and Life Sciences since 1989. We are passionate about building the next entrepreneurial success story and being entrepreneurs ourselves, we have a deep understanding of what it takes to develop successful companies. Endeavour Vision

Silver Sponsors




The Entrepreneurs Fund is the venture capital member of the COFRA Group, a global, family-controlled group of businesses. The Entrepreneurs Fund has ?100 million under management, which it invests in early stage and growth companies owning strong technology/IP, with a focus on Europe. Sectors of interest include life sciences and cleantech sectors, including automotive technologies but excluding solar and wind. The Entrepreneurs Fund is an active investor working closely with outstanding management teams in developing their businesses. The Entrepreneurs Fund brings the long term perspective, experience and global outlook of a family business in its 5th generation. Successful deals of the fund include exits of Celtel and REC and the JV between Perfect Vision and Bausch & Lomb.



Bronze Sponsors




BayTech Venture Capital is an independent leading European Venture Capital firm based in Munich, Germany, with the ambition to help the best entrepreneurs build the most successful companies in their fields of expertise.

We invest at an early stage in companies in the Technology sector in Western Europe, especially in Germany and France. Our contribution to success in the growth phase of these companies is not limited to capital. The money we provide goes along with our experience in company building and the industry expertise of our investment professionals, access to our world-wide network and the respect for the values and the contribution of the entrepreneurs we work with.





The mission of Capricorn Venture Partners is to manage and advise venture capital funds on early-stage technology-based investment opportunities, primarily in Europe, and to provide support and advice to internationally oriented high-growth technology companies in the portfolio of these funds. Capricorn Venture Partners NV was established in 1993 as a joint venture between Dr Jos B. Peeters and Baring Venture Partners Ltd, Since December 1999, Capricorn Venture Partners is a fully partner-owned independent investment advisory and management company. It merged & joined forced with Quest Management NV in February 2012.


Danfoss is one of the largest industrial companies in Denmark. The global group is a leader within research, development and production, sales and service of mechanical and electronic components for several industries. Danfoss activities are divided into three main business areas: Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Heating & Water and Motion Controls, each leading within its industry. Danfoss has a large ownership share in one of the world?s leading manufacturers and suppliers of mobile hydraulics, Sauer-Danfoss. Danfoss seeks to obtain its goals with a minimal consumption of raw materials and energy, the least possible impact on its surroundings and the most efficient use of resources. Danfoss has a long tradition for a social responsibility towards both employees and the surrounding environment.


The Geneva Economic Development Office assists companies in establishing and developing their business from Geneva, addressing both foreign companies locating operations in the canton and local entrepreneurs. Operating as a "one-stop shop", it provides information, guidance, consulting, facilitation of contacts and networking, as well as help in all aspects relating to the implementation of operations. Part of the State of Geneva, the Office delivers its services on a free of charge basis to all entrepreneurs. Alert to the needs of multinationals, SMEs and start-ups, it promotes the ability to bring together the expertise available in Geneva and its region, especially in innovation-driven sectors such as ICT. It is particularly active in innovative domains through the BioAlps, Alp ICT, Micronarc and Cleantech Alps clusters. http://www.whygeneva.ch


The Geneva Financial Center is a proud partner of the Cleantech Summit.


Highland Capital Partners, a global venture capital firm with offices in Geneva, Boston, Silicon Valley and Shanghai, was founded with the mission of helping great people build great companies. Highland emphasizes a team oriented approach in providing the right mix of strategic guidance, hands-on leadership and deep industry domain expertise in helping entrepreneurs and their teams to become market-leading organizations. Since its inception in 1988, the firm has taken a sector-focused approach to investing in exceptional communications, consumer, digital media, healthcare and information technology companies. With more than $3 billion of committed capital, Highland has invested in and worked to create such European and Internet companies as Ask Jeeves, Avid Technology, Be Free, CheckFree, Innovative Silicon, Glasses Direct, Lycos, MapQuest, Metacafe, picoChip, Photobox, Quigo and VistaPrint


It is one of the tasks of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy to co-ordinate and support public sector energy research programmes and integrate them internationally. This includes putting research findings to good use and liaising with private sector activities (public-private partnerships). In broad-based marketing activities the programme 'SwissEnergy' - run by the Federal Office in collaboration with the Cantons and private organisations - supports the introduction of advanced and new energy technologies.


Sofinnova Partners is an independent venture capital firm based in Paris, France. For over 35 years, the firm has backed nearly 500 companies at different stages of development - pure creations, spin-offs, as well as turnaround situations - and worked alongside Europe's key entrepreneurs in the technology, life sciences and cleantech sectors. With more than euro1 billion of funds under management, Sofinnova Partners' experienced team and hands-on approach in nurturing and supporting portfolio companies through to exit have created market leaders and multiplied revenues, from landmark historical investments including Genentech and Biogen to more recent successes such as Actelion, Vistaprint and CoreValve. With a global mindset, the firm has offices in Shanghai, China and a sister organization in San Francisco, California.


For more than a century, Morgan Lewis lawyers have helped clients achieve their business goals, and clients have come to rely on the firm for its tradition of professional excellence, integrity and client service. Morgan Lewis has more than 1,400 lawyers and 300 other professionals (including technical specialists, patent agents and paralegals) in 22 offices worldwide. We have a complete range of practices and are well positioned to meet clients' critical legal needs.
Emerging business and technology businesses that partner with us benefit from our guidance, value-added network, and access to sources of capital. We work closely with clients to position companies for investment, raise capital, negotiate strategic relationships, establish intellectual property protection practices, and create incentive compensation plans. Each of our clients works with a dedicated, partner-led team familiar with its business objectives, industry dynamics, and market issues.
Morgan Lewis


Wellington Partners is one of the most successful pan-European venture capital firms. With some


The mission of the Department for Economic Affairs of the State of Vaud is to put in place the framework conditions required to promote economic growth. Its objectives are designed to highlight the know-how of companies and to make the canton an attractive and competitive environment.

The vitality of economy in the Canton of Vaud is particularly remarkable in state-of-the-art industries with high added value such as life sciences, information technology, micro- and nanotechnology, environmental and agri-food technologies. Strong political support and many concrete state support and incentives serve to reinforce growth in these sectors.


Gimv is a European investment company with over three decades experience in private equity and venture capital. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels and currently manages around 1.8 billion EUR (including third party funds) of investments in 85 portfolio companies, which jointly realise a turnover of more than EUR 6 billion and employ over 28,000 professionals. As a recognized market leader in selected investment platforms, Gimv identifies entrepreneurial and innovative companies with high-growth potential and supports them in their transformation into market leaders. Gimv

Research Partner




Cleantech Forum XXII, Copenhagen

Come join us at the longest-running, pan-European clean technology conference in the world

April 28-30, 2009; Radisson SAS Scandinavia, Copenhagen, Denmark

Cleantech Forum XXII in Copenhagen April 28-30th is the premier annual gathering of global clean technology leaders. Every year since 2002, the Cleantech Forum event series has convened leading global investors, growth companies, policy makers, scientists and enterprises representing over $3 trillion in capital, while providing insight into cleantech trends, investment opportunities and unparalleled networking. Join us, and the world?s top clean technology influencers at Cleantech Forum XXII Copenhagen to drive job and wealth creation, address climate change and resource scarcity and stimulate global economic growth during uncertain economic times.

For more information on the event, visit www.cleantech.com/copenhagenforum09 , email info@cleantech.com or call the London office at +44 (0) 20 7812 0575. As a special discount, receive $100 off registration when using promotion code PtnrCPH09.




Media & Communication Partners




Red Herring is a media company whose mission is to cover innovation, technology, financing and entrepreneurial activity. Its staff of award-winning journalists tell readers what's first, what matters and most importantly, why.




Informilo is a Paris-based media company that covers the global tech sector with a strong emphasis on Europe. The focus is on entrepreneurship and innovation in every part of the pipeline from the smallest start-up with the best idea to big companies that embrace creative disruption. The aim is to help start-ups and venture capitalists benchmark the global competition and connect with big corporates. In addition to its Web-based magazine Informilo is launching a quarterly report on venture capital and entrepreneurship in Europe in the Times of London (the first edition will be published in December 2010) and will be a regular contributor to a new


The Chilli is a unique media platform for high-tech entrepreneurs, investors and advisors. The Chilli is an established global brand in the technology entrepreneurial food chain in Europe, US and now expanding out in Asia. Our information and in-depth analysis are available through regular newsletter updates, online products and live at seminars, conferences and events.


Cleantech magazine, published by Cleantech Investor Ltd, is a finance and investment publication focusing on technologies which may offer solutions to environmental challenges ? including the threat of global warming; the prospect of scarcity of resources of basic needs such as water; and pollution. Cleantech magazine reviews investment in, inter alia, renewable energy, energy efficiency, biofuel, bioplastic and biomass technologies, energy storage, water purification and filtration technologies and innovations promising cleaner transport, ranging from electric cars to developments in engine and fuel technology. Features focus on themes which are driving investment in cleantech.


Since May 2000, VentureCapital Magazin has been delivering high-quality corporate finance information to investors and entrepreneurs. Editorial focus is placed on venture capital, private equity and buy-out transactions as well as mergers and acquisitions. The most recent figures, reports, and statistics are covered on a regular basis. VentureCapital Magazin is published monthly in German language.

Industry Support




The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) is a member-based, non-profit trade association that was established in 1983 and is based in Brussels. EVCA represents, promotes and protects the interests of the European private equity and venture capital industry. Specifically, EVCA






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