Green Innovation and Investment Forum

Get partners. Get funding. Find investors. The Green Innovation and Investment Forum (GIIF) is the pan-european matchmaking event on green economy, innovative technologies, process engineering as well as forward-looking green solutions. Apply for one of the 20 coveted spots and be prepared for two intense days.

Coaching Day: We polish your business idea.
Pitching Day: You get in front of the audience and pitch for funding and partners.


Come and see the Future.

You are an investor, business angel or venture capitalist? Or do you represent a company or corporate looking for cooperation with innovative start-ups? Are you searching for the most interesting green ideas from all over the world? GIIF is the international matchmaking event, bringing together highly innovative start-ups and SMEs from the green sectors through a sophisticated process of selection.

View the Live-Stream (starting from 2 pm, 21st of February 2018) to see the Advanced Stage Pitches!


Application for GIIF 2018 has closed

 If you are a start-up or a company looking for investment, cooperation with SMEs and/or corporate or if you simply want to promote your product/business idea apply for participating at GIIF. Now it is your time to shine! 
Apply now!

Show us that your business idea has what it takes!

Eligible (but not exclusive) sectors and technologies are: Environmental engineering (water, air, recycling, etc.) / Alternative materials/renewable resources / Resource efficiency (savings of energy and materials) / Efficient production processes/urban factories / Sustainable solutions for smart cities / Green IT, smart grids, sensor technology / Renewable energy, climate protection.

GIIF 2018.

20th and 21st February 2018

Odd 80 business ideas from 26 countries were screened in December 2017 by an experts jury. 20 outstanding ideas made the cut to prove in Stuttgart February 2018 why they are the go-to guys for a greener future.


Meet the 20 Finalists   

Early stage



SeedForward (Ritter & Bussmann GbR)

farmee.OS - smart farming made simple

Binder-less Board made from Coconut Husk and Sugarcane Bagasse

Bioo Technology & Products

Poduhvat DOO
VETAR new generation of wind turbines


Synvertec Ltd.
Synvertec. For Better Grid Stability

The Network of Moving Sensors

Advanced stage

ENIT Systems
ENIT Agent

base energy handelsgmbh
SolCube - solar power quick and easy

carbonauten UG
The Storage and Reduction of Climate damaging Gases

Carla Cargo Engineering  
Carla Cargo

Wind Energy 2.0


United Kingdom





Cycle Farms
Insect based Animal Feed


Listen and be Inspired

Benjamin Adrion, Viva con Agua

Benjamin Adrion is a professional in organizational development, holds a degree in international management and is founder of Viva con Agua (VcA). 

This international network consists of more than 9.500 volunteers within the German non-profit organization, the incorporated social businesses Viva con Agua Wasser GmbH and Goldeimer Komposttoiletten (a firm that produces compost toilets), as well as non-profit branches in Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The Viva con Agua Foundation finally aims at intercultural exchange and education.

VcA's objective is to provide clean water to everyone in the world due to development projects, intercultural exchange and awareness raising.

Adrion was awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2009 in recognition for his accomplishments with Viva con Agua.

Adrion looks back on a successful career as professional football player. He found his passion at VfB Neckarrens and continued on to play for SpVgg Unterhaching, VfB Stuttgart, Eintracht Braunschweig and finally FC St. Pauli. He ended his professional football career to dedicate himself entirely to his vision of a world without thirst.

In 2005 he gathered a group of friends and founded Viva con Agua. It has become the first organization seeking societal change that embraces the all-profit principle: all activities of the organization benefit all participants, stakeholders and the beneficiaries. So far, the living conditions of more than 2.000.000 people worldwide have been improved thanks to Viva con Agua’s activities.

Shuen Chan, Sustineri

Shuen has 25 years of experience in building new business ventures in the financial markets across Asia and Europe.  Her career has spanned asset management, capital markets and impact investing, with a particular focus on responsible investing and sustainability.  Shuen is co-founder and managing partner of an advisory boutique, Sustineri, which works closely with institutions to prepare them for the low carbon transition and for sustainable development.

Prior to this, Shuen helped to establish a new impact investment venture, which focuses on achieving climate change mitigation goals at scale through the protection and restoration of natural forests. Previously, Shuen was a core team member who built one of the fastest growing private asset management firms in Europe, ECM Asset Management, which became one of the leading European fixed income asset managers with up to €20 billion of institutional clients’ assets. As Head of Structured Product Origination, Shuen led the establishment of the structuring business and was responsible for raising €3.7 billion in Assets under Management.  She was subsequently involved in its sale to Wells Fargo. Shuen started her career in Debt Capital Markets at Deutsche Bank and also worked for Macquarie and HSBC based in Asia. 

Shuen is a member of the Impact Investing Advisory Committee at Oxford University Saïd Business School, where she has been a guest tutor on climate change at their Executive Programme on Impact Investing. She is a board member and Treasurer of the Stanford Women’s Network in the UK and also serves on the Development Board of Ashden, a charitable organisation that runs the Ashden Awards for Sustainable Energy. Shuen is also an angel investor and advisor to ventures that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Shuen holds an MBA from Imperial College, University of London and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Adelaide University, Australia. She has completed an executive programme at the London School of Economics on the Governance and Economics of Climate Change.


Simply the Best!

Best Green Tec Idea Early and Advanced Stage
(kindly offered by Stiftung Energie & Klimaschutz Baden-Württemberg):
3.000 EUR prize money each.

Scientific Support Award
(kindly offered by University of Applied Science of Pforzheim):
5 Days Mentoring Support


Aiming to Change the World for Better

Green technologies pave the way to an eco-friendly and climate-neutral future. Many entrepreneurs offer green solutions to specific issues, even deducing completely new business cases. But where are their potential business partners and how they can reach them with their ideas? That is when the Green Innovation and Investment Forum (GIIF) comes into play. Since 2015 GIIF is the place where ideas meet capital.


Bootcamp with Professionals

GIIF offers all shortlisted start-ups and SMEs an exclusive coaching day, the Green Training Day, on the 20th February 2018 during which each entrepreneur gets insight and feedback from a poll of experts.

  • In-depth coaching on business, financial, IPR
  • X-ray your business model during the “Green Check your idea“ session and find out how it might impact the environment
  • Improve your pitch during the test pitching battle
  • Learn from success stories of GIIF alumni


The Stage is Yours!

During the Pitching Event on the 21st February 2018 entrepreneurs will pitch their ideas in front of investors and representatives of corporations.

  • Inspiring Keynotes
  • Showroom for the best 20 international business Ideas
  • Pitching sessions, early and advance stage separatly
  • Time for networking & bilateral meetings during lunch & breaks
  • Award ceremony for the “Best Green Tech Idea” from each session and the “Scientific Support Award”


Network for Impact

In co-operation with

The challenge is big but our goal is simple: to achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe. Innovation is the answer. New ideas, products and solutions that make a real difference, new businesses and new people to deliver them to market.

At InnoEnergy we support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey – from classroom to customers. With our network of partners we build connections across Europe, bringing together inventors and industry, entrepreneurs and markets, graduates and employers, researchers and businesses.

We work in three essential areas of the innovation mix:

  • Education to help create an informed and ambitious workforce that understands what sustainability demands and industry needs.
  • Innovation Projects to bring together ideas, inventors and industry in collaboration to enable commercially viable products and services that deliver real results.
  • Business Creation Services to help entrepreneurs and start-ups who are creating sustainable businesses to grow rapidly to contribute to the global energy ecosystem. With our Business Creation Services we are Europe’s leading business accelerator specialising in sustainable energy.

Together, our work creates and connects the building blocks for the sustainable energy industry that Europe needs.

As a non-profit entity, the „Stiftung Energie & Klimaschutz Baden-Württemberg“ promotes environmental and climate protection. In order to pursue this purpose and invigorate new technologies and innovations in the field of energy supply and energy use we are looking for sustainable energy solutions — for the world generally and the digital city of tomorrow especially. As partner of the Green Investment and Innovation Forum 2018 we present two awards with the value of 3.000 EUR each to submitted innovations that contribute best to environmental and climate protection. The Stiftung Energie & Klimaschutz Baden-Württemberg was founded in 2007 by EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG.



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Steinbeis – Haus für Management und Technologie (SHMT)
Filderhauptstraße 142
70599 Stuttgart, Germany

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