GreenEvo – Green Technology Accelerator

TiMO representatives contributed to the birth of an innovative project of the Ministry of Environment. GreenEvo – Green Technology Accelerator – was established to support international transfer of Polish environmental technologies and strengthen the development of endogenous innovations. In 2009, a year after Poland assumed the Presidency of the Conference of Parties (COP) and hosted the annual negotiating event in Poznan, the Ministry of Environment decided to launch a dedicated support scheme for business enterprises, offering environmentally sound technologies. Krzysztof Klincewicz as the coordinator of team of GreenEvo experts was instrumental in defining the project plans, application acceptance criteria, procedures for evaluating technologies participating in the project and training program for the representatives of participating companies. The first edition of GreenEvo competition started in November 2009 and 13 leaders of environmental technologies in Poland were selected in spring 2010. The companies went through an extensive training program, which prepared them for international technology transfer projects, patenting, presentations, sales and strategy development. Applicants were subject to scrutinous verifications of technologies (including their environmental and economic benefits) and viability of their business models and operations, and the GreenEvo brand was awarded only to the companies, which the government of Poland could promote internationally as proven and reliable suppliers of technologies. The selected, verified companies were attending international match-making events, participating in trade fairs and official government visits, accompanying high level officials visiting mostly developing countries. GreenEvo was the first sectoral support program in Poland, and the model was imitated by numerous initiatives launched in the following years by the Polish public administration, which started its active engagement with the most innovative high-tech enterprises.

In the course of GreenEvo project, multiple specialist publications were prepared, including three-volume collection of reports, intended to facilitate the international activities of Polish environmental technology providers. The scientific editor of the reports was Krzysztof Klincewicz and their electronic version is available from the website of the Ministry of Environment.

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