We’re gearing up for the

2022 GEC Forum – Scaling for Impact


Thursday, 20th of October 2022 and Friday, 21st of October 2022 20.-22.10.2022


GEC event space and digital live stream


Don’t miss out to save the date for our annual hybrid event where we will be showcasing the advancements of our GEC Catalyst and GEC Factory scale-ups and for the launch of an exciting new call-for-innovation.  

Our hybrid forum will go live in Meerbusch near Duesseldorf and online on 20-21 October 2022. We’re happy to grow our network and welcome any established and newly acquainted stakeholders that share our goal of bringing relevant sustainable technology (SusTech) to market.  

If you’re interested to stay tuned on the event program and speaker updates, please register here(Link following soon). Also, you can follow us and any news from Global Entrepreneurship Centre and its wide network of sustainable impact entrepreneurs on LinkedIn.  

It is our vision to catalyse the transformation towards a sustainable world.  

Our motivation is to solve scale-up shortcomings in North Rhine-Westphalia, Europe and global regions in need. How we do this?

We scale innovative companies with sustainable technologies, processes and business models for impact.  

There are many obstacles for SusTechs to reach the required scale and produce the desired impact. Today, only 1.8% of all start-ups reach the Series C investment stage. Together with our investors and strategic partners, the GEC helps its portfolio companies to bridge any obstacles on their path to commercialisation.  

We provide focused support for entrepreneurs on their steep technology-readiness ladder to scaling up innovation in the sectors Nutrition + Agriculture, Mobility + Transportation, Textile, Building + Living, embedded in sustainable energy, materials or chemical solutions or empowered by AI and robotics. What we do is driven by the UN Sustainable Development Goals and by the collective, worldwide task to effectively deliver on the climate targets – relentlessly and faster. We cannot win this battle without joining forces with public and private investors. 

Supported by the Rhein-Kreis-Neuss, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Global Entrepreneurship Centre is the first structure of its kind to address the scaling challenges of promising SusTechs – deep-tech start-ups with a clear sustainability focus. The GEC is a one-stop shop for access to lab capacity, pilot facilities and hands-on investment, legal, HR, finance, IT, business development services and sustainability advice to enable exponential growth. 

Day 1


09:30 h – 12:00 h


Presentation Call

Startup Intro, 5 Pitches, 2 Winners

Building & Living

13:30 h – 16:00 h

Presentation GEC House

Panel Discussion

Launch Innovation Call

Day 2


09:30 h – 12:30 h

GEC Factory Intro

Interviewing Startups

GEC Catalyst Intro

Startups pitching for GEC Factory


Agri & Food

14:00 h – 17:00 h


Startup Intro, 5 Pitches, 2 Winners


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