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Sustainable Corporate-Startup-VC Collaborations with Veolia: Highlights from Event

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Together with Sofiyska voda, operated by Veolia, The Recursive held “Corporate Venturing in SEE for Sustainable Startups” to show what is the value in incubating cleantech, greentech, and sustainability-related technologies in a corporate context.

We managed to gather like-minded individuals, corporate innovation leaders, venture capitalists, institutional representatives, and cleantech founders to discuss how corporate innovation and venture capital can combine their efforts to drive the growth of sustainable innovation across Southeast Europe.

The event featured inspiring keynote speeches by our hosts from Veolia, insightful panel discussions, and startup pitches. In the end, we saved some time for networking and exchanging ideas over a glass of wine.

All in all, seven Greentech founders presented on stage and online:

  • Denis Ivanov – Founder of Vodoraslo
  • Petar Petrov – Founder of Sensato
  • Michael Masnitza – Co-Founder and COO of ChargeX
  • Nicolas Le Borgne – Co-Founder and CEO at Thermosphr
  • Bilyana Nikolova – Founder of SatGeo
  • Anton Petrov – Co-Founder and CTO of Gridmetrics
  • Kalin Nikolov – Co-Founder of Decarbonyzer

“The value-added of having corporates, startups, and VCs in one place can be defined with one word – synergy. We have the startups with their innovative ideas, the corporates which are validating these ideas, and the VCs which are accelerating the growth of the ideas with more financial backing,” Lyubomir Filipov, Strategic partnerships director at Sofiyska voda, operated by Veolia, commented.

Catch the highlights of the event and see the full live-stream video here.

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Elena is an Innovation Reporter at The Recursive, an online media dedicated to the emerging tech and startup ecosystems in Southeast Europe. She is keen on sharing the innovation stories that shape the regional ecosystem and has a great interest in fintech, IoT, and biotech startups. Elena is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Political Science at the American University in Bulgaria.