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World BioEconomy Roundtable

Registration for the World BioEconomy Forum Roundtable Bio-based Investments - it takes three to tango is now open!

Registration is now open!

The Roundtable will be held on 18 May 2021 15:00-17:00 CET on the topic “Bio-based Investments – it takes three to tango”. 

Situated within the theme of Global Leaders and the Financial World, the Roundtable will consider how the trio of the public sector, private sector and institutes work together to facilitate investment into the bioeconomy, and the drivers and obstacles in the industry. 

The event will include presentations followed by a panel discussion, including esteemed experts Philippe MengalDr. Tatiana Schor and Sandy Marshall. Philippe Mengal is the Executive Director of Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking BBI JU, while Dr. Tatiana Schor is the Executive Secretary at the Executive Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation in Amazonas, Brazil. Sandy Marshall is the Executive Director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada.

Dr. Michael Nettersheim, Founding Partner at the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund, will serve as the moderator of the Roundtable. Hosting the event will be Mark Rushton and Jukka Kantola.

Participation in the two hour event is free of charge, with the option of earning a certificate for interested parties.

Roundtable Programme
15:00 Opening by the hosts - Jukka Kantola/Mark Rushton
Introduction of the panel and the moderator Michael Nettersheim
15:10  Presentations by the panelists (10 minutes each)
15:50 Panel discussion run by the moderator
16:20 Questions from the audience
16:50 Closing by the hosts 
Panelists at the Roundtable
The panelists at the Roundtable represent a wealth of expertise spanning from Brazil to Canada to Europe, including the esteemed Dr. Tatiana Schor, Philippe Mengal and Sandy Marshall, who together bring decades of experience in the circular bioeconomy.
Five Minutes With... Michael Nettersheim
Dr. Michael Nettersheim will serve as the moderator for the upcoming Roundtable. He is a founding partner of the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund, and previously for over eight years he was responsible for bioeconomy related investments at BASF Venture Capital.
It can clearly be seen that there is growing interest for sustainable financing. From your perspective, what are the most promising growth areas in the circular bioeconomy?
ECBF invests in exciting bioeconomy companies with high potential for innovations, favorable returns and a favorable sustainability profile. Currently, we see a lot of traction in the alternative protein field, several companies with various approaches have successfully introduced products into the market. Biologicals for crop protection as well as textiles recycling are investment fields that should experience growth in the future.
Declaration 2020 - World BioEconomy Forum
The World BioEconomy Forum ends each year with a Declaration to cement its position on the role the circular bioeconomy sector can play in the global efforts to address climate change. The success of endeavors within the circular bioeconomy is dependent on sustainable financing to allow new and existing ventures to thrive, and the commitments in part four of the declaration showcase this:

4. Transformation to circular bioeconomy requires sustainable investments
  • Apply reliable long-term investment frameworks with emphasis on greening rather than just de-risking to create champions in the bioeconomy.
  • Ask for the financial world to create preferential financial plans to endorse and speed up investments in circular bioeconomy projects and activities.
  • Reinforce public funds to escalate development programmes to enhance bioproduct market launches.
Asia-Pacific Biomass Energy Technology & Equipment Exhibition (APBE) is a sizeable and influential exhibition in the Asian- Pacific region and regarded as a global annual event in the biomass energy industry.
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