The 25 most promising Nordic cleantech start-ups selected by an international jury

nco logoThe companies represent not only the very best from the Nordic Cleantech Startup scene. They also represent a wide variety of solutions to problems using an equally wide variety of technologies. There are roughly 5 cases each within the areas of biotechnology, energy efficiency in buildings and renewable energy generation but none of them in any way resembles any of the others. In fact, the 25 companies are excellent examples of the enormous width of the Nordic cleantech field known to be the most innovative in the world.

This fourth edition of the Nordic Cleantech Open competition saw a record breaking 111 cleantech companies applying. An international jury of more than 50 influential representatives from multinational companies and venture capital have been involved in selecting this year’s top 25. Among the jury members are representatives from International Finance Corporation – IFC (Int), SABIC Ventures (Saudi Arabia), Shanghai Electric (China), Global Acceleration Partners (Canada), IdInvest Partners (France), Robert Bosch Venture Capital (Germany), Mahle (Germany), EDF (France), Capricorn Cleantech Fund (Belgium), Dow Chemicals (Switzerland), Grundfos (Denmark), The Swedish Energy Agency and others.

”Every year we have run the competition we have been equally surprised as to how many great new companies that are emerging. Will it never stop, you ask yourself. So far it has not, it just keeps increasing, both when it comes to numbers and when it comes to quality. This years top 25 well represents the high innovative level, the large spread and the great opportunities that lies in the Nordic Cleantech Scene”, says Olof Blomqvist, responsible for running the competition at Cleantech Scandinavia – organisers of the Nordic Cleantech Open.

“The Nordic Cleantech Open is a great way for us to gain insight in the developments in the cleantech start up landscape of the Nordics. We are very impressed with the line up of the top 25 and look forward to meeting the entrepreneurs.” Says Mary McCarthy, Investment Manager SABIC Ventures

The selection of the top 25 is just the beginning for these companies. An intensive program lies ahead. 21-22th of March the international jury and the companies will meet for a weekend at Nordic Camp at Trolleholm Castle. The winners will be announced at the finals at the Cleantech Capital Day in Malmö, May 19th.

Here are the selected 25:

The Nordic Cleantech Open is a business competition aiming to identify, upgrade and display the top 25 early stage clean tech companies in the Nordic region each year. Partners and sponsors to the competition are; Cleantech Scandinavia, Swedish Energy Agency, Tillväxtverket, Autodesk, Climate KIC, Clean, Future Matters Venture Capital, Malmö Cleantech City, SABIC Ventures, Sitra, Vinnova, Klak Innovit.

For more information about the competition and the companies visit

For more information about application and participation contact Magnus Agerström, +46739402070,