We’re gearing up for the

2022 GEC Forum – Scaling for Impact


Thursday, 20th October and Friday, 21st October 2022


GEC event space and digital live stream




The GEC FORUM – Scaling for Impact 2022 is our annual hybrid event showcasing the advancements of our GEC Catalyst start-ups and GEC Factory scale-ups. Moreover, the best sustainable innovations identified by the GEC in the food and energy sectors will be presented to the audience and finally another GEC Call for Solutions in the field of sustainable building and construction will be launched. On 20th and 21st October 2022, the two-day GEC Forum will go live on campus at the AREAL BÖHLER, Duesseldorf, and will be streamed online to a large international audience. We’re happy to share our explicit goal of scaling relevant sustainable deep-tech products and technology (SusTech) to the market.

Our Textile Innovators

GEC Factory
GEC Catalyst

Our AgriPlastic Innovators

GEC Catalyst Alumni


Day 1

Textile 10:00 h – 12:30 h

Keynote  - Textile Expert, to be announced
GEC Factory Scaleup Journey 
GEC Catalyst Lean Launchpad Journey
GEC Startup Pitches & Scaleup Stories
Investors dating Innovators

Agri & Food 13:30 h – 16:00 h

Keynote – Zitouni Ould-Dada, UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)
GEC Call for Solution - Feeding the world in a sustainable, healthy & resilient manner
Food innovations showcasing investment opportunities
Investors dating Innovators

Day 2

Energy 10:00 h – 12:00 h

Keynote - Energy expert, to be announced
Panel Discussion “How to ensure our energy resilience”
GEC Call for Solution - Entrepreneurs for regional energy independency, self-sufficiency & resilience
Energy Innovations showcasing investment opportunities
Investors dating Innovators

Building & Living 13:30 h – 15:30 h

Welcome address – Christian Bommers, Mayor of the City of Meerbusch
Keynote - Building & Construction Expert, tba
Panel Discussion -Future GEC House modelling sustainable construction 
GEC Call for Solutions Building & Living
Wrap up & Future Outlook

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

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.