The Innovators' Contest at Globe Forum Stockholm 2011 is the finale of the Globe Forum Tour. We have traveled to Lund, Helsingborg, Karlstad, Eskilstuna and Stockholm to bring out the strongest sustainable innovations in Sweden.
Why a 60 second elevators pitch?
When Frank Sinatra went into an elevator he met one of the most influential music producers in the industry and he knew that he only had that short moment to convince the producer that he was the right person and best singer in the world in order to get that ellusive million-dollar record deal, which he did.
We want to do the same thing with innovations! Sweden is one of the world’s leaders in inventing and realising sustainable innovations. However, some lack the ability to sell, take market share, orchestrate international marketing and showcase these vital creations on the world stage. This is why Globe Forum is arranging the Globe Forum Tour with the primary purpose of supporting innovative corporations and promoting a more active sales and marketing structure.
The competing finalists for the Innovators Contest are:
Gunnar Thelin - Ekobalans
We offer complete solutions for the handling of rest products such as biogas digestates, sewage sludge, and ashes and refinement of these into high quality fertilizers and fertilizer concepts for agriculture, forestry and gardening. Thus we solve two problems at once: we recycle nutrients and we take care of rest products in a sustainable way. In our process we separate nutrients from environmentally harmful substances such as heavy metals, pathogens, medication rests, hormones, etc., and we use the organic fraction for energy production. We are unique in at least four ways: 1. We take care of the entire rest product problem, not just fractions. 2. Our business model: we finance, own and operate the facility for rest product handling at no or minimal investment cost fo the rest product producer. 3. Our starting point in process design is fertilizer customer demand. 4. Our competence mix: engineers and plant ecologists.
Torsten Granberg - Plagazi
Turn-Key onsite hydrogen production from your own waste! Plagazi offers a pioneering method for changing waste into hydrogen. The company name stems from the concept “plasma gasification”. In simple terms the technique is to expose the waste to such high temperatures that it becomes gasified and separated into molecules. The system is entirely closed and gives off no environmentally hazardous waste products. Waste can be transformed into hydrogen, or into methanol and raw material for diesel production. Don’t waste the waste.
Josh Renzema - Sunraise
Combining proven business models, such as lending circles, rent-to-own, and peer-to-peer financing, Sunraise will build a new type of business that will address the basic lighting needs for those without access to power. Sunraise will enable people to temporarily redirect the money that they normally spend on fuel for lighting to the purchase of a durable, economical and environmentally friendly solar lighting system on a rent-to-own basis. After a specified period, they will have a clean, safe lighting solution that will last them many years after the rental period has ended.
Patricia Nilsson - Killerapps
FuelSplit is the mobile application that creates an incentive for carpooling! The user simply types in the "from" and "to" destination, the cars' registration number and the number of people travelling. The application uses information from the register of swedish transport agency (Transportstyrelsen) to calculate the exact amount of fuel usage per km. FuelSplit then finally presents the amount that every carpooler should pay; this based on an updated average cost of fuel.
Jan-Åke Ganterud - WasteGripper
Today compacted garbage waste is handled with mechanical equipments that tears and destroys the compressed bales, which leads to sanitary, environmental problems. Expensive sanitations in boats, harbors, trucks and energy facilities is a net effect of this. WasteGripper WG is a vacuum elevating process which takes care of compressed garbage and creates a valuable and sustainable supply of fossil free fuel for energy facilities. At the same time WasteGripper contributes to solving important waste-sanitation problems.
Jenny Harlén - Bokashi
Can you transform food waste into agricultural nutrients? Bokashi is a preservation method which produces revitalised farming soil – without compost or incineration. Through adding living microbes, you will receive nutrient soil to use in a matter of two weeks. Take care of your food waste and put it to good use.
Emre Gürler - WaterNeer Sweden
Clean water is becoming a large scarcity in the entire world, especially in the developing world. This innovation transforms highly polluted water in lakes, ponds, mines, sevage systems into drinking water in a matter of seconds. More then 500 cubicmeter highly polluted water per hour can be transformed into drinking water in different product sizes, giving more then 1 million people 10 liters of clean drinking water every day. The sludge that comes out of the system can be used to build building materials, such as bricks. The aim is to spread this mobile water re-cycling system into more countries around the world.
Erik Jansson - IBC Robotics AB
IBC Robotics AB shall develop and sell a product, IBA 2009, for automated cleaning in maintenance of freight containers using dry ice and robotics, with a focus on process efficiency, reduced environmental impact and ease of use. High investments, operating costs for ships and port equipment’s and increased global trade, enforce improvements of terminal operations. This includes internal logistics with one key being automation of in-yard transportation, stacking and support processes such as cleaning. The window of opportunity is now and IBA 2009, creating a new market, will meet the expectations. Our initial market is 60 million containers involved in transportation of food. All container-cleaning involves manual handling with high-pressure water and solvents, or simply a broom. There is no company that offers automated cleaning today.
Stefan Rehnmark - Axcentua Pharmaceuticals
Axcentua Pharmaceuticals is pioneering an accelerated drug development strategy to generate novel therapeutics with clear clinical benefits for unmet medical needs. Our lead compound, AXP 107-11, is a multi-targeted crystal re-engineered natural compound, currently in clinical trials for pancreatic cancer.AXP107-11 was developed from bench to clinic in only 2 years, showing that crystal re-engineering is a unique strategy for accelerated drug development. Pipeline expansion through novel formulations of AXP107-11 as well as crystal re-engineering of backup candidates is ongoing. Our development strategy enables a fast proof of principle of candidate drugs in the clinic, leading to early value enhancement and commercial opportunities. Our strategy taps into the rich source of candidate drugs found in nature which also have the advantage of being bio-degradable.
Anders Lundström - Svenska Aerogel
We manufacture and supply a variety of unique, environmentally friendly recyclable materials based on our patented version of an aerogel material for a wide range of industrial applications. Using our proprietary technology, we develop custom designed aerogel-based materials for highly specialized functions. Our technology enables us to create a high performance, versatile cleantech aerogel materials at low cost.