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Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment for Climate Solutions

Thailand Pavilion, Katowice, Poland
10 & 13 December 2018

Innovation is integral to building a greater resilience of vulnerable nations to the impacts of climate change, and infusing entrepreneurship and investment with the right climate innovations will fast track the development and deployment of climate solutions.

The international community is working together to further strengthen the innovation & entrepreneurship “ecosystems” that have the potential to not only provide climate solutions, but further catalyze next steps to future economies with net zero greenhouse gas emissions, in an effort to limit the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

This series of side events aims to spotlight the leading innovation and entrepreneurship incubation and accelerator programmes that have been promoting affordable and scalable technology solutions and social innovations by working with start-up companies and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and thereby contributing to the emergence of an active climate and energy market and industry.

The event will facilitate evidence-based discussions on the needs for and opportunities for the clean technology innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystems in developing and emerging economies, by drawing from the expertise and knowledge accumulated by the UNIDO/GEF Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP). Experts working in the field of climate
innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment will discuss the enablers of robust ecosystems for innovation & entrepreneurship that can give rise to a start-up and SME sector, and the positive climate impact expected through commercialization of the innovation solutions.

Particular focus will be given to the investment dimensions of the innovation chain in developing countries, and the financial design required for a clean technology and sustainable energy market to take hold in emerging economies. Approaches to attracting investment for clean technologies will also be explored.

Topics for discussion
  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment in Thailand
  • National ecosystems of innovation for climate: GCIP approach
  • Challenges and solutions for larger climate impact: Start-up perspectives

Session #1

10 December 2018
10.00 – 12.00

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment for Climate Solutions:
A global perspective
Speakers:
  • Mr. Tareq Emtairah, Director, Climate Technology and Innovations Division, UNIDO
  • Mr. Alois Mhlanga, Chief, Climate Technology and Innovations Division, UNIDO
  • Ms. Baljit Wadhwa, Senior Evaluation Officer, GEF
  • Mr. Songphon Munkongsujarit, Senior Consultant, NSTDA Thailand
  • Ms. Seloua Amaziane, Head of Partnership Division, Delegate Ministry in charge of Environment, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Morocco
  • Mr. Aard J. Groen, Dean & Full professor of Entrepreneurship & Valorisation, University of Groningen, Netherlands
  • Korea Technology Financing Corporation TBC
  • Ms. Ploychatchanok Viriyathonphan, CEO, Tom Casava (GCIP-Thailand Alumni)
  • Ms. Jaruwan Khammuang, CEO, GROW (GCIP-Thailand Alumni)
  • Mr. Yalcin Yilmaz, Managing Partner, GREEN Consult and Finance or Mr. Murat Bahadır Kilinceo, Episome Biotechnologies (GCIP-Turkey Alumni)
  • Mr. Abderahmane Kriouile, FARASHA SYSTEMS or Mr. Maher Chekkouri, Safetrack (GCIP-Morocco Alumni)

Session #2

13 December 2018
13.30 – 14.45

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Investment for Climate Solutions:
Spotlight on Thailand
Speakers:
  • Mr. Alois Mhlanga, Chief, Climate Technology and Innovations Division, UNIDO
  • Ms. Baljit Wadhwa, Senior Evaluation Officer, GEF
  • Ms. Pannee Suanpang, Senior lecturer, Department of Information Technology, Faculty of Science & Technology, Suan Dusit University, Thailand
  • Ms. Ploychatchanok Viriyathonphan, CEO, Tom Casava (GCIP-Thailand Alumni)
  • Ms. Jaruwan Khammuang, CEO, GROW (GCIP-Thailand Alumni)

Draft guiding questions

  1. How has the accelerator/incubator impacted the cleantech innovation ecosystem in your partner countries?
  2. What are some signature approaches and strengths that the accelerator offers in supporting start-ups?
  3. What are some of the lessons learned over the past years of operation in various countries? What are some dimensions that need strengthening, in order to further support the start-ups? How do you plan to upgrade the services?
  4. What are some specificities of the accelerators that support cleantech start-ups, as opposed to other sectors (eg. IT)? How does this affect facilitating investments and financing?
  5. What has been the most useful/helpful support you received from the accelerator?
  6. What are the challenges you are facing now, after successfully completing the
    accelerator programme? What further services could support you in the next steps in commercialization and scaling-up of your cleantech innovation?
  7. In addition to providing a solution for climate change, what are the social/environmental/economic impacts of your cleantech innovation?
  8. Starting a business is difficult across all sectors, but what are some particular challenges you face as a start-up company in the cleantech space?
  9. What are some of the flagship initiatives/policies in the region, to foster cleantech innovation and investment?
  10. What are some particular challenges in Thailand in addressing climate change, and how can cleantech innovation and investment impact climate change?
  11. What is the vision of Thailand in leveraging clean tech innovations to achieve economic and environmental sustainability?

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Proposed Topic

  1. UNIDO_Proposed Topic for Side-Event _GCIP
  2. Thai Pavilion (10 & 13 Dec 2018) GCIP Side Event COP24

Speakers’ CV

  1. GCIP_CV of Dr. Songphon
  2. GCIP_CV of Mrs. Jaruwan
  3. GCIP_CV of Mrs. Ploychatchanok

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