The summit takes its starting point in entrepreneurial efforts within five areas: energy, land, water, cities and people. The initiatives on display - a total of roughly one hundred initiatives - are at different levels of maturity but all contain an important seed of change. The underlying question for the summit is how such emerging forces of change can be turned into transformative efforts. Financing is at the heart of this challenge.
Finance related sessions during the Summit:
June 4, 14.00-16.00
426 Rework Finance: New tools to finance sustainable businesses
Trillions of dollars will be invested in new infrastructure the next few decades – much of this in Asia and Africa. This provides an enormous opportunity to use massive investments for a redirection towards carbon-free and sustainable solutions. However, the financing mechanisms are or not well adapted to the needs of the entrepreneurs and customers in these emerging markets. This session will highlight innovative financing models responding to this challenge, and we will develop ideas on how to stimulate the creation and global growth of these important tools for accelerated sustainable development.
Dipal Barua, Bright Green Energy Foundation, Bangladesh
Marco Berggren, Tricorona, Sweden
Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, Bamboo Finance/Blue Orchard Investment
Roger Garman, Sida, Sweden
Lasse Gustavsson, WWF, Sweden
427 Rework Finance: Channeling pension money for a sustainable world
Pension funds constitute a massive pool of long-term capital, from many perspsectives ideally suited to power the sustainability transition. Yet numerous institutional, legal and cultural challenges prevent a large scale flow of funds to prevail. New approaches and forms of intermediation are however emerging. The session looks at how to speed up the channeling of pension funds to long-term social needs.
Moderator: Giulio Franzinetti, Gum Arabic, UK
Sara McPhee, SPP, Sweden
Peter Norman, Seventh Swedish National Pension Fund, Sweden
June 4, 16.30-18.30
449 Rework Finance: A medley of product and service innovations searching investments
In this session, a set of companies that provide new solutions to old and new problems – in diverse areas - present their business models and the investment opportunities they offer.
Moderator: Maria Rylander, CONNECT, Sweden
Johan Larsson, Consumentor, Sweden - ShopgunTM reveals an item´s sustainability performance while you browse for everyday products in stores - for sustainable decision making
Anneli Hult, Digital Webb Media , Sweden - Web based education for energysaving driving, helps to decrease carbon discharge on a individual basis with 25 %
Jan Eriksson, Flexiwaggon, Sweden - A rail wagon incorporating new technology to provide cheaper, faster transport of road vehicles with less environmental impact
Kurdi Rad, Growyn, Sweden - A web search engine to fund social entrepreneurship
Svante Bengtsson, REHACT, Sweden/Poland - A system to lower energy needs for heeting/cooling in property with 85 %, ROI less than 3 years.
450 Rework Finance: Making startup companies sustainable - What is the role of funders?
Seed financing plays an enormously important role to help entrepreneurs grow from small initiatives to market leaders. Increasingly, seed funders are not only challenged with the financial prospects but also their investments’ long term sustainability and contribution to society. This session will focus on the new investment criteria and guidelines that can help investors incorporate long term sustainability in investment decisions, and identify what values and business approaches investors will need to look for among startups.
Moderator: Bo Norrman, Innovationsbron, Sweden and Thierry Saunders, BiD Network, Netherlands
Karin Ruiz, Peepoople, Sweden
Neema Mgana, Ashoka, USA
Audrey Selian, Artha Initiative, UK
With the support of:
HINT/ Innovationsbron AB. HINT is a joint project between Innovationsbron and Region Västra Götaland with EU as a partial backer
451 Rework Finance: Creating a carbon fund to enable efficient flows of capital from carbon markets to sustainable projects
The voluntary carbon markets hold out the promise of significantly altering the underlying business case for many emerging value chains. Yet, excessive transaction costs and risk premiums mean that this promise remain a dream for most projects. New financial instruments could help eliminate risk and reduce transaction costs. This session, building on earlier sessions, explores how new fund constructs, aided by donor driven credit instruments, could help provide tipping points in development efforts.
Rustom Masalawala, Millenium Promise, USA
Nisha Shah, SEWA, India
June 5, 10.00-12.00
533 Rethinking Finance - the future financial mechanisms
What are the structural adjustments required in the global financial system to power the multitude of underserved emerging efforts on display at the summit? This open conversation also serves as a prep-session for the plenary investment forum.
Moderator: Herman Mulder, SD Advisor and Former ABN AMRO, Netherlands