reede, 25. september 2015

Climate-KIC Accelerator: THE 1000 DAYS

During September we will introduce the awesome participants of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme who made it to Stage 2 (read more about the accelerator here: http://www.arengufond.ee/en/startup-estonia/overview/cleantech/ ).


Our next team, The 1000 Days, consists five driven individuals: Tanel Kärp, Joonas Kerge, Toomas Trapido, Tõnu Kerge, and Kristiina Kerge. They wish to promote pro-environmental behavior of individuals and medium to large sized service sector companies. For that they have created a green lifestyle coaching application and employee engagement platform. We think that they are onto something… instead of overwhelming you with information, The 1000 Days makes going “green” into fun competitive game. Using physiological methods proven in the gaming industry, this platform is bound to change your habits. And as we all know - success is the sum of small efforts. Thus these small efforts by individuals will eventually lead to a cleaner and greener planet for us all.

Here's their website: http://www.the1000days.org/

esmaspäev, 21. september 2015

Climate-KIC Accelerator: SYMPOWER


During September we will introduce the awesome participants of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme who made it to Stage 2 (read more about the accelerator here: http://www.arengufond.ee/en/startup-estonia/overview/cleantech/ ).


We are now introducing our fourth participant - Sympower. Founded by Simon Bushell and Georg Rute, this team wants to pave the way to a low-carbon, high-tech future. Their idea of a virtual power plant is twofold. Firstly, Sympower would provide a free smart system for typical family household heating and cooling devices. This system learns the household’s energy usage preferences and then optimizes it to cheaper hours, reducing the energy bills. At the same time, all these appliances will be connected to Sympower’s virtual power plant, making it easy for electricity system operators to balance the supply and demand of electricity in thousands of households. Thus, peaking hours with enormous energy demand can be evened out and the need for highly polluting “peaking” plants reduced. This helps to integrate more renewable energy production methods (such as wind and solar) into the system. Lower bills AND less CO2 – who would not want that?!

Keep an eye on Sympower because they are representing Estonia at the Climate-KIC Innovation Festival venture competition in Birmingham this October.

Here's Sympower's website: http://www.sympower.net/


neljapäev, 17. september 2015

Climate-KIC Accelerator: REVERSE RESOURCES

During September we will introduce the awesome participants of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme who made it to Stage 2 (read more about the accelerator here: http://www.arengufond.ee/en/startup-estonia/overview/cleantech/).

Next up: Reverse Resources. Ann Runnel, Urmas Pappel and Neeme Praks cannot stand inefficiency in the textile and fashion industry. Thus, they want to create the first online marketplace where textile manufacturers can share information about their leftovers. Fashion brands, who want to create upcycled clothes, make their design decisions based on that. As if this wasn’t enough by itself, part of their plan is to create a waste inventory tool, so that manufacturers could gather information about their own leftovers as easily as possible. Textile manufacturers can get rid of their waste and fashion companies can be environmentally friendly and upcycle.. everybody wins, yay! 



By the way, Reverse Resources just got a 20,000€ grant from the Climate-KIC Accelerator Venture Competition in Poland to start their business!


teisipäev, 15. september 2015

Climate-KIC Accelerator: ORGANIC FILTERS

During September we will introduce the awesome participants of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme who made it to Stage 2 (read more about the accelerator here: http://www.arengufond.ee/en/startup-estonia/overview/cleantech/).


Next in line is Organic Filters. This team consists of Raul Treier, Kristjan Järvan, Jaanus Liigand, Madis Kaasik and Kalle Olli who want to show us that mother nature has her own way of providing us with the essential elements such as clean air. Not a fan of algae when going swimming? Maybe it’s time to change your perspective: 1 ton of microalgae can consume approx. 2 tons of CO2. Pretty sweet, right? Having in their team the grand old man (not that old, though) of algae research – Kalle Olli – Organic Filters wants to create microalgae air filters, which are organic, renew themselves and could be saviors of polluted cities in Asia. As the production of this filter is relatively cheap, Organic Filter is also affordable to people with tighter budgets. One filter for us too, please!



neljapäev, 10. september 2015

Climate-KIC Accelerator: NOTESNOTE

During September we will introduce the awesome participants of the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme who made it to Stage 2 (read more about the accelerator here: http://www.arengufond.ee/en/startup-estonia/overview/cleantech/ ).


Going in alphabetical order, let’s start off with NotesNote. This start-up, founded by Ivo Suursoo, Siim Juhan Vakker and Märt Jõesaar, wants to cause some stir in the classical music world and to save our planet at the same time. These 3 entrepreneurs came up with an idea of bi-foldable music sheet readers with 2xA4 E-ink screens. Why? Because can you imagine how many music sheets professional musicians need during one year? Or what is the climate impact of producing those sheets? NotesNote knows. One professional classical musician uses approximately 1,500 sheets of paper per year – producing this amount of paper creates 500 kg CO2 and uses 900 liters of water. With NotesNote device, all this can be avoided. Game changer? Yes, indeed.

Here's their website: http://www.notesnote.com/