2022 GEC Forum – Scaling for Impact

Thanks to everyone who participated in our GEC Forum 2022!


The GEC FORUM – Scaling for Impact 2022 was our annual hybrid event showcasing the advancements of our GEC Catalyst startups and GEC Factory scaleups. Moreover, the best sustainable innovations identified by the GEC in the food and energy sectors were presented to the audience and finally another GEC Call for Solutions in the field of sustainable building and construction was announced. 

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Quotes of our keynote speakers

Comments from our startups

Impressions of our GEC Forum 2022

Our Startups

GEC Factory


Resortecs enables automated, high-quality textile disassembly to facilitate recycling on an industrial scale. Starting with the way clothing is stitched together and ending with technology that takes them apart ahead of recycling. 


NEFFA is facilitating a compact and transparent supply chain allowing brands to offer innovative, fashionable and sustainable products out of biosourced and vegan materials. 


retraced is a cloud-based sustainability management platform that connects fashion and textile companies with all participants in their supply chains on a single digital platform.

GEC Catalyst

ito ito

ito ito is developing a novel cloud-based Industry 4.0 platform for digitalized on-demand fashion production. With their Shared Factory, they enable designers and labels to build a digital supply chain - waste-free, customizable, responsible and transparent. 

MeMi Textiles

MeMi Textiles was born as the result of a clear gap: A healthier and more sustainable diaper solution that is easy to use, highly performant and comfortable for children.


EEDEN developed a chemical upcycling process for textile/cotton wastes. Their technology is compatible with mixtures of fibers and is less material intensive than competitive solutions.


Kintra developed a proprietary polymer for the bio-cycle. Their materials perform like traditional polyester yarns,butdegrade like any natural fiber.


The only solution on the market to replace measure tapes with 2D and 3D cameras, -to make quality control faster, easier, more reliable and digital connected.

Our AgriPlastic Innovators

Carbon Upcycling

Carbon Upcycling is the one-stop-shop for next generation of high-performance materials with functional benefits and low GHG emission, providing a pathway to net-negative materials in the plastics and concrete sector.


enVerde converts carbon-based waste into syngas, a power generation fuel and building block for other green fuels and chemicals.


Biotic uses renewable marine biomass to manufacture fully bio & based & biodegradable PHBV polymers, as optimal plastic alternatives.

Our Settled Startups


NANOO is the sustainable alternative to conventional heating systems. With infrared and carbon nanotube technology, NANOO achieves the highest levels of efficiency in heat generation, energy consumption and heating cost reduction


AdaptVerticalMills is on its way to transform the conventional wind turbine market. AVM has designed its modular wind turbines to be particularly compact and low to be able to generate wind energy even at low heights.


Eekual is a disruptive apparel company. They make perfectly fitting sneakers measured via our app made locally on demand in 40 sm nano factories.

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.