SCALE-UP - Connecting innovators to corporates

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The Interreg North Sea Region project SCALE-UP is a cooperation of six European cleantech clusters from Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany.

The project organises matchmaking events to connect small and medium-sized cleantech companies with large enterprises. The aim is to initiate joint investments, research projects or pilot projects.

Contact person for the project is Martina Christiansen.

The project is funded by the European Union - European Regional Development Fund.

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SCALE-UP: How does it work?

On this page we publish new challenges from large corporates looking for innovative sustainable solutions. Interested start-ups or small and medium-sized companies can apply for a (digital) meeting with the corporates.

SCALE-UP Prozess

Upcoming events

First Base - Deadline: 26.04.2021

First Base is a privately - owned mixed - use developer focused on delivering long - term social value for communities across the UK. First Base is working with local stakeholders to develop plans for a modern mixed - use quarter near Cambridge station. Devonshire gardens compris e workspace, Build - to - Rent apartments, and leisure and community spaces set around new public gardens. While providing high - quality public realm for the community, the mixed - use scheme will also hold strong environmental and sustainable credentials which se amlessly align with their investment values.

First base is looking for innovative solutions, technologies, and products for this new development in the following areas:

  1. Building-integrated PV solutions
    • Latest, efficient, rooftop systems
    • Latest novel technologies for PV in terms of power, flexibility and efficiency (PV film, glass, etc.)
    • Solutions to transfer PV into EV charging and other sustainable/community-focused amenities
  2. Air quality solutions (indoors & outdoors)
    • Innovative technologies in indoor air filtration systems that promote clean air, fighting viruses,etc
    • Air purity techniques to fight pollution and improve health and wellbeing
    • Air quality monitoring (outdoor)
  3. Future Mobility / EV charging solutions / hydrogen
  4. Heating / energy efficiency/ storage & balancing / phase change materials
  5. Water reuse & efficiency / SuDS (Sustainable Drainage Systems)


Deadline for Applications: 26.04.2021

How can you apply?
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Martina Christiansen by sending an email to m.christiansen@ee-sh.de briefly outlining the interest of your company in the buyer's case.

  • A summary of why your product or service meets the buyer's needs
  • A link to your website
  • Your contact detail

Find their complete profile here.

Aurubis Belgium - Deadline: 05.04.2021

Aurubis Belgium is specialized in the production of the copper cathodes, rod, free of oxygen rod, bars and profiles. They are looking for solutions to reduce the carbon footprint in the production of its copper products on the Olen site.

Aurubis Belgium are looking for ways to reduce the carbon footprint in their production of copper products. The goal is to reduce scope 1 & 2 CO2 emissions by 50% in 2030 versus the reference year 2018 and to become carbon neutral by 2050. Important factors to take into consideration are the European Green Deal on the one hand, requiring Aurubis Belgium to decarbonize, and the Belgian nuclear exit, potentially leading to electricity shortages and high electricity prices, on the other hand.

Solutions are sought, but not limited to, e.g. :

  • Replacement of CH4 with hydrogen
  • Electrification of furnaces currently heated using natural gas
  • Installation of solar panels on the roofs of our production buildings
  • Installation of a heat network potentially combined with geothermal energy
  • Carbon Capture Storage / Usage

Deadline for Applications: 5.04.2021

How can you apply?
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Martina Christiansen by sending an email to m.christiansen@ee-sh.de briefly outlining the interest of your company in the buyer's case.

  • A summary of why your product or service meets the buyer's needs
  • A link to your website
  • Your contact detail

Find their complete profile here.

Shimizu Corporation - Deadline: 07.04.2021

Shimizu Corporation is an architectural, civil engineering and general contracting Japanese firm with more than 210 years of history
They are looking for solutions in plastic waste management, battery storage for renewable energy, hydrogen generation from water, carbon offset, emission trading and reduction of Co2, and insect-tech.

1. Projects contributing to the resolution of waste plastic problemsWe want to take on the challenge of creating businesses that can resolve various issues around waste plastic problems. We think that the following technologies can be combined with our company's resources to develop new projects;

  • Technology for biodegradable bioplastic: garbage bags, food containers and packaging.
  • Technology for developing materials that can be composted and fermented with methane gas in industrial composts other than garbage bags and food containers and packaging.
  • Technology for developing biodegradable agricultural and materials used in civil engineering area made from bioplastics
  • Technology to regenerate waste in a short period of time through technologies like 3D printing, etc.
  • Technology that gathers microplastics with vessels: we image some equipment that can be installed on vessels/boats easily.


2. Technology to make Hydrogen from water

  • Cost-efficient ways to create Hydrogen from water
  • More efficient hydrogen electrolyser

3. Cutting edge and cost-efficient battery storage technologies for renewable energy production

4. Carbon emissions: trading/offsetting/ carbon capture and utilization

  • Alternative usage of the earned credits other than the conventional offsetting
  • Innovative platform/marketplace system to sell/buy the credits
  • Carbon capture conversion/utilization

5. Insect-Tech applicable domain

  • General BSF(Black Soldier Fly) Bio Technologies
  • BSF extracted Protein usage, Processing of mixed feed (Livestock, Aquaculture)
  • BSF extracted oil and Chitosan usage; Bio-Fuel, Medical supplementary, Cosmetic

Deadline for Applications: 07.04.2021

How can you apply?
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Martina Christiansen by sending an email to m.christiansen@ee-sh.de briefly outlining the interest of your company in the buyer's case.

  • A summary of why your product or service meets the buyer's needs
  • A link to your website
  • Your contact detail

Find their complete profile here.

Deutsche Telekom - closed

Deutsche Telekom (DT) is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies They are looking for credible, scalable, and innovative companies that represent radical models and innovative best practice in the energy sector to face DT’s significant increase in its energy demand with the move to 5G

Solutions could include:

1. Renewable and decentralized energy generation and storage solutions for both large-scale and micro network locations.

2. Transparency and management solutions that: a. Enable new efficiencies and business models across DT’s network infrastructure, data centres and office buildings. b. Unlock under-utilised energy generating and storage assets of DT’s B2B, B2C and B2B2C (i.e. commercial landlords of apartment blocks) customers that could enable new business models.

3. Smart grid solutions that provide an enhanced means to better balance the supply and demand, both for DT’s own requirements and that of its B2B/B2C customers, such as Virtual Power Plants, etc.

Deadline for Applications: 5 February 2021

How can you apply?
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Martina Christiansen by sending an email to m.christiansen@ee-sh.de briefly outlining the interest of your company in the buyer's case.

  • A summary of why your product or service meets the buyer's needs
  • A link to your website
  • Your contact detail

Find their complete profile here.

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