October 26, 2016

Financing & Business Models for Smart Cities Investments

Conference & Workshops, Copenhagen, May 10-12, 2017
The purpose of this conference and workshops is to provide decision makers, project managers, policy advisers, renewable energy specialists and others with more insights into both existing and innovative financing mechanisms that they could apply for innovations in their cities and regions.
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On Thursday May 11 we will have a full conference programme (13.30 – 19.00) and  dinner afterwards. And on Friday May 12 a workshop programme for a deep dive into the various subjects (09.00 – 13.30). Please find all information about the programme below.

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Participants can also book an all-inclusive ticket, incl. a return flight from a regular airport in Europe.
THURSDAY MAY 11
12.30 Registration
Our participants are able to enjoy a walking lunch in the registration area
INTRODUCTION
13.30 Opening
Willem Ackermans  The Netherlands
Advisor to the Board of Management, ENECO
Chairing the Conference sessions
13.35 Jean-Marie Bemtgen  Luxembourg
Policy officer for new energy technologies and innovation, European Commission Energy Directorate (DG ENER)
‘Introductory keynote’ 
HOW TO IMPLEMENT INNOVATIVE BUSINESS & FINANCE MODELS IN PROJECTS
14.00 Leen Peeters Belgium
Director Th!nk E
‘Practical guidelines for implementing innovative business & finance models in projects’
Th!nk E enjoys working in the broader European context. As technical coordinator of both the Smart Cities project City-Zen and the Smart Grids Project STORY, Th!nk E contributes daily to energy efficiency improvements in Europe. Furthermore, Th!nk E  coordinates the Bridge cooperation where 22 European projects on Smart Grids and Energy Infrastructure demonstrate and evaluate best practices on innovative business models, products and services to the EU policy and regulation development level.
14.25 Elke Rosiers Sweden
Director, Avanoa
‘How to create the sense of ownership of a project’
In relation to rules and regulations concerning EU – funded projects, the sense of ownership is important in relation to solving the issues in the project. Elke’s experience is with ERDF funds, ELENA, H2020, SME calls, etc.
NEW FINANCE & BUSINESS MODELS
14.50 Anna Laycock United Kingdom
Lead Strategist, The Finance Innovation Lab
‘How to change finance from the inside’
The Lab incubates the people, ideas and movements building a financial system that serves people and planet. We work with innovators developing new business models, campaigners calling for change in the rules of the game, and mainstream professionals who want to change finance from the inside.
15.15 Daan Creupelandt Belgium
Coordinator, European federation for renewable energy cooperatives
‘The cooperative model as a finance and business model’
Daan refers to European projects under the Intelligent Energy Europe and Horizon 2020 programme: Community Power, Nobel Grid, PV Financing, REScoop MECISE, REScoop Plus and WISE Power
15.40 Tea Break
16.15 Bruce Davis United Kingdom
Founder and Director of Abundance Investment
‘Build your own portfolio of peer-to-peer investments’
You can invest in open projects, and also buy Debentures in funded projects being sold by members on Abundance’s Bulletin Board. Either way, your investment will be giving you a bank beating return and a return for the environment and society as well.
16.40 Gijs Postma The Netherlands
Commercial Director, Sustainable Housing, ENECO
‘ESCO as a the new model provides for new business & finance models’
ENECO believes in a future with renewable energy and would like to achieve this the sooner the better. ENECO evolves from an energy production company into an energy services company with different, market-oriented business models.
17.05 Antoon Soete Belgium
Manager innovative business models and pilot projects, Wattson
‘Introducing new bank financing’ 
Wattson is an ESCO (Energy Service company) that combines the study, planning, financing, building and implementation of energy saving methods in one service package – without paying anything upfront.
17.30 Speaker to be confirmed Denmark
Director Better Invest
‘Introducing Climate Bonds across Europe’
Better Invest introduces Climate Bonds, which are used to finance – or re-finance – projects needed to change climate. Better Invest specialises in solar plants and its Climate Bonds can be bought by both institutional investors (pension funds, fund managers) and individuals.
SMART CITIES AND EU INVESTMENTS
17.55 Emanuel Marreel Belgium
Business Development Manager, Siemens
‘New Perspectives on Climate Change for Cities’
A report (Siemens, C40 Cities and Citi) explaining why the financing of sustainable infrastructure requires a global effort and how cities can take advantage of financing options.
18.20 Anja Katalin de Cunto Italy
Funding and Financing Coordinator, Eurocities, Covenant of Mayors
‘Introducing an interactive funding guide’
Eurocities’ Business Models Action Cluster and the Covenants of Mayors have together developed an interactive guide on funding and EU finance instruments which will be expanded with information on innovative smart cities business models.
BLOCKCHAIN EXPLAINED – A DISRUPTIVE UNDERLYING TECHNOLOGY
18.45 Wilfried Hoffman The Netherlands
Representing BECON, the Blockchain Ecosystem Network (Lead Consultant Tymlez)
If the future two-way electric system is made up of billions of endpoints interacting with each other – microgrids, solar systems, smart appliances, in-field distributed computing and energy management software – how do you create a secure system that can verify instantaneous, autonomous transactions across these nodes as market conditions change? Can Blockchain be the foundation?
INTERACTIVE WRAP UP SESSION
19.10 Chaired by Willem Ackermans
19.30 Close of DAY 1
19.45 Transport to hotel
20.30 Drinks and Dinner
FRIDAY MAY 12
07.45 Breakfast at hotel
08.30 Transport to Living Tomorrow
DEMONSTRATION AT LIVING TOMORROW
09.00 Joachim Devos Belgium
CEO, Living Tomorrow
What will the future be like? This is what you can find out and help decide! At Living Tomorrow, our partner businesses demonstrate how new technologies will change our future life, home and workplace.
WORKSHOP SESSIONS ROUND A (45 MINUTES)
09.45 Participants can choose 1 out of 4 workshops
1. Leen Peters and Elke Rosiers – IMPLEMENTING B & F MODELS IN PROJECTS
2. Anna Lacock – HOW TO CHANGE FINANCE FROM THE INSIDE
3. Emanuel Marreel – HOW CITIES CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FINANCING OPTIONS
4. Wilfried Hoffman and Simon Appel (Germany) – HOW A MICROGRID CAN BE DEVELOPED USING BLOCKCHAIN
WORKSHOP SESSIONS ROUND B (45 MINUTES)
10.30 Participants can choose 1 out of 4 workshops
1. Antoon Soete – INTRODUCING NEW BANK FINANCING
2. Speaker TBC – HOW CLIMATE BONDS WILL WORK
3. Bruce Davis – CROWDFUNDING FOR INVESTMENTS IN OPEN PROJECTS
4. Daan Creupelandt – THE COOPERATIVE MODEL
11.15 Coffee Break
WORKSHOP SESSIONS ROUND C (45 MINUTES)
11.45 Participants can choose 1 out of 4 workshops
1. Bruce Davis – CROWDFUNDING FOR INVESTMENTS IN OPEN PROJECTS
2. Daan Creupelandt – THE COOPERATIVE MODEL
3. Emanuel Marreel – HOW CITIES CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FINANCING OPTIONS
4. Wilfried Hoffman and Simon Appel (Germany) – HOW A MICROGRID CAN BE DEVELOPED USING BLOCKCHAIN
WORKSHOP SESSIONS ROUND D (45 MINUTES)
12.30 Participants can choose 1 out of 4 workshops
1. Antoon Soete – INTRODUCING NEW BANK FINANCING
2. Speaker TBC – HOW CLIMATE BONDS WILL WORK
3. Leen Peters and Elke Rosiers – IMPLEMENTING B & F MODELS IN PROJECTS
4. Anna Lacock – HOW TO CHANGE FINANCE FROM THE INSIDE
13.30 Concluding Lunch

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