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Who we are




THE FUNDAMENTAL WORLDWIDE SHIFT TOWARDS SMART AND GREEN ECONOMIES IS HAVING A MASSIVE IMPACT ON SOCIETY.

It requires courage and joined-up thinking to bring together industry, innovation, capital and science, and to make it easier for governments to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable economy. It involves using technology in a proactive way: not spending billions on stopgap solutions, but turning climate change into climate chances. That’s what we do. We’re Smart Climate Opportunities, a conglomerate of academies, scientists, visionaries and game-changing companies, driven to establish the Netherlands as the authority on technology that outsmarts climate change.





Mission


SMART CLIMATE OPPORTUNITIES ACCELERATES THE TRANSITION TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY BY CONNECTING INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, CAPITAL AND SCIENCE IN THE AREAS OF ENERGY, MOBILITY, FOOD, WATER, PRODUCTS AND MATERIALS.

We help innovators find the capital to fund their ideas from seed to scaling up, and help big companies to roll out sustainable ideas. Together, these idea/concepts have a huge impact in terms of quality of life, national wealth, employment, and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

ENABLING SMART TECHNOLOGY TO GROW:
We accelerate the realization of global sustainable development goals by enabling smart technology to grow, bridging the ‘valley of death’ that has stopped many innovations from reaching critical mass.





Vision


THE FUTURE OF OUR ECONOMY IS SMART, SUSTAINABLE, AND INCLUSIVE. THERE’S NO ALTERNATIVE, AND NO EXCUSE. IT’S TIME TO ACT.

The future of our species depends on the pace at which the world’s economies make the transition to smart and sustainable practices, specifically in the areas of energy, mobility, food, water, products and materials. This is inevitable despite our current pace, but provides ample opportunities if we accelerate now. There’s no excuse not to. With 195 nations supporting the climate change goals set in Paris in 2016, communities worldwide have launched cooperative projects. Almost every industry is developing smart, sustainable technology that’s ready to scale up, offering the prospect of abundance and wellbeing for the evergrowing number of people on our planet.



Academy


TO ENSURE PEOPLE ARE READY FOR THE UPCOMING TRANSITION, WE HAVE CREATED A SMART-UP TRACK. WE ALSO OFFER AN OVERVIEW OF THE BEST EDUCATION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND SMART TECHNOLOGIES PROVIDED BY QUALIFIED DUTCH EDUCATION INSTITUTES. FINALLY, WE ORGANISE SMART & GREEN INSPIRATIONAL EVENTS.

INTRODUCTION

Smart-up Track
Awareness and urgency

A challenging 4-day program that prepares you for the worldwide fundamental transition towards a smart and sustainable economy.

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IN DEPTH

Study Track
Compiled program and overview of studies

Insight in study programs: we offer an overview of existing educational opportunities related to climate change and smart technologies. If needed, we can also help partners choose the best options.

With these insights we enable you, with or without our support, to compile a combination of courses and studies from different Dutch universities into your own specialised education program.

APPLICATION

Smart & Green
Inspiration meetings

To get inspired and stay up to date on the main developments in the field of climate change and smart technologies we organize various SMART & GREEN events throughout the year.

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Do you want more information about our Academy? That's great! Give us a call or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Sanne Paulan

Program Manager Smart-up Track
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Lotte Loeber

SCO Team Member
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SCO INITIATIVES 2017/2018


We are currently working on the following initiatives:


Below you find an overview of all initiatives SCO has been involved in since its foundation:



Focus Areas


BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF 2018, IT IS IMPORTANT TO INITIATE AND SUPERVISE ENTREPRENEURIAL INITIATIVES THAT DIFFER IN SIZE, FINANCING NEEDS AND STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT. IF WE SUCCEED IN OUR MISSION, THESE INITIATIVES WILL FORM THE FOUNDATION FOR A NEW EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM AND SERVE AS INSPIRATION FOR SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS IDEAS.

We have selected 5 promising focus areas for starting new initiatives:



1. SUN AND WIND EMERGE FROM THE SHADOWS

Solar and wind energy will play an important role in the transition to sustainable energy. New technology must be combined with mass upscaling of these energy sources.

Through cooperation with partners, our goal is to build several profitable solar and wind parks by late 2018, within and outside the Netherlands. These may be realized individually or combined with green hydrogen applications.


2. GREEN HYDROGEN BOOSTS THE ELECTRIFICATION OF SOCIETY

Green hydrogen is making the energy transition possible for the chemicals, transport and electricity sectors. The Netherlands is uniquely positioned to contribute to the development of a green hydrogen economy. This is achieved through large-scale green electricity production via offshore wind, a wideranging framework of know-how, largescale chemical clusters, the import of green electricity and a gas transport infrastructure that can inexpensively be adapted for green hydrogen. A high-level road map has already been developed by the business community and academic and government institutions. This must now be further developed into a more specific master plan. Several demonstration projects are expected to be completed by late 2018, showing that further expansion offers huge opportunities in terms of impact and profitability.


3. HOMES AND OFFICES GENERATING THEIR OWN ENERGY

One of the most visible projects that SCO will oversee in the next few years is making social housing projects in the Netherlands energy neutral, by combining new technology with various forms of financing to create a strong business case. We aim to achieve this goal no later than 2025, and make new and existing social housing not only energy neutral, but energy producing. The expectation is that the first 100,000 homes will be built by the end of 2018.


4. HEALTH AND NUTRITION

We need to look at health and nutrition in a different way. Until recently, medical science was primarily focused on curing diseases and treating symptoms, even though there are so many more gains to be made in prevention. The Netherlands has been a trendsetter in this regard since 1600. With our experience, strong and determined entrepreneurs, logistics channels and knowledge from universities, we are capable of creating an enormous new economy. Large medical centers, plant nurseries, food producers, insurance companies, educational institutions and other stakeholders are joining forces to start projects that will make the Netherlands the world’s healthiest delta by 2025.


5. PHOTONICS

In a few years’ time, there may no longer be enough energy to power and process the rising volume of data traffic. The Netherlands has the solution: photonics, computer chips that work not with electrical power, but with light. They are a million times faster and up to 100,000 times more energy efficient, and are therefore incredibly promising in commercial terms, with a predicted potential global market worth $3 trillion by 2030. Photonics are on the rise worldwide, and are considered a key enabling technology in Europe. One subdivision of this market, integrated photonics, is predicted to be worth €50 billion by 2020. It capitalizes on the unique properties of light using photonic integrated circuits that are built into devices, analogous to microelectronic semiconductor integrated circuits. Thanks to the work being done at Eindhoven Technical University and companies based in the surrounding “Brainport” region, the Netherlands has secured a trendsetting position in this area. Some 150 Dutch companies are active in this field, and the number is growing. There is now a high degree of momentum in the area known as the Photon Delta, and the Netherlands will have to maintain its position, given the substantial catch-up investment efforts being made in this field in the United States, Japan, and China.

Events

Below you will find our event calender

Smart-up Tracks

Smart-up Track #2

Date: March 8, April 12, April 13, April 20, May 25

Locations: Eindhoven, Heerlen, Utrecht

Event type: Techruption event

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Smart-up Track #3

Date: 25 April, 31 May, 01 june, 13 june

Locations: Eindhoven, Heerlen, Utrecht

Event type: Techruption event

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Smart-up Track #4

Date: 29 Aug, 27 Sept, 27 Sept, 10 Oct

Locations: Eindhoven, Heerlen, Utrecht

Event type: Techruption event

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Smart-up Track #5

Date: 03 Oct, 01 Nov, 02 Nov, 14 Nov

Locations: Eindhoven, Heerlen, Utrecht

Event type: Techruption event

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Smart & Green events

Smart & Green: The Energy Transition - April Edition

Date: April 25

Location: Eindhoven

Time: 9:00 - 17:30

Event type: Open event

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Smart & Green: The Energy Transition - August Edition

Date: August 29

Location: Eindhoven

Time: 9:00 - 17:30

Event type: Open event

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Ideation sessions

Ideation Session April

Date: 20 April 2018

Location: Social Impact Factory Utrecht

Time: 9:00 - 14:00

Event type: Open event

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Ideation Session June

Date: 13 June 2018

Location: Social Impact Factory Utrecht

Time: 9:00 - 14:00

Event type: Open event

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Ideation Session October

Date: 10 October 2018

Location: Social Impact Factory Utrecht

Time: 9:00 - 14:00

Event type: Open event

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Ideation Session November

Date: 14 November 2018

Location: Social Impact Factory Utrecht

Time: 9:00 - 14:00

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Our team




Ruud Koornstra

Chairman of the SCO foundation
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Cas van Arendonk

Commercial Director
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Chris Veerkamp

Operational Director
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Lotte Loeber

SCO Team Member
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Sanne Paulan

Program Manager Smart-up Track
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Liza Jansen

SCO Team Member
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Janneke Van Der Heijden

SCO Team Member
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Bas van de Weerdt

SCO Team Member
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Ellen Veltman

SCO Team Member
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Valerie Verharen

SCO Team Member
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Supervisory Board




Prof. Willem Vermeend

Chairman



Joep Beukers




Elmer de Boer




Gert Jan Sikking




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