We’re gearing up for the

2022 GEC Forum – Scaling for Impact


October 20-21, 2022, Thursday & Friday


GEC Campus @ AREAL BÖHLER & Livestream
Hansaallee 321, 40549 Duesseldorf, Germany,
Building 20, 2nd floor


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.

Day 1

  • Opening – Friedrich Barth, GEC Founder & CEO
  • Welcoming Address – Hans-Jürgen Petrauschke, Landrat of the Rhine District Neuss
  • Keynote – Towards Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Value Chain, Dr. Robert J. Reinhard, Systainable Business and Strategy Consultant, UN Environment Programme   
  • GEC Factory Scale-up Journey, Dr. Marie Hurtgen, GEC Director Technology & Venture
  • GEC Factory & Catalyst Scaleup Journey
  • Pitches & Scale-up Stories by GEC Factory Innovators
  • Coffee Break / Meet & Greet (Innovators & Investors)
  • KeynoteProf. Martin Stuchtey, Founder of The Landbanking Group & SYSTEMIQ 
  • GEC Catalyst Journey, Daniella Russo, GEC Chief Innovation Officer
  • Pitches & Scale-up Stories by GEC Catalyst Innovators, Moderation: Katarzyna Dembska, Catalyst Manager
  • Lunch Break / Meet & Greet (Innovators & Investors)
  • Opening Friedrich Barth, GEC Founder & CEO
  • Keynote – Zitouni Ould-Dada, UN Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  • Pitches & Scale-up Stories by GEC Catalyst Alumni
  • Coffee Break / Meet & Greet (Innovators & Investors)
  • Feeding the World in a Sustainable, Healthy & Resilient Manner, Besan Dahboor-Engel, GEC Venture Developer Agriculture & Food
  • Food Innovators Showcasing Investment Opportunities
  • Closing First Day – Friedrich Barth, GEC Founder & CEO
  • Meet & Greet (Investors & Innovators)

Day 2

  • Opening – Sebastian Gronwald, GEC Co-Founder & CFO
  • Keynote Winter is Coming: Geopolitics, Resilience and the Role of Innovation, Andreas Kuhlmann,
    CEO dena
  • Entrepreneurs for Regional Energy Independency, Self-Sufficiency & Resilience, Dr. Svetlana Nikolic Poligenis, GEC Senior Scientific Advisor
  • Energy Innovators Showcasing Investment Opportunities
  • Coffee Break / Meet & Greet (Innovators & Investors)
  • Keynote Mona Neubaur, NRW Minister of Economy, Industry, Climate Protection & Energy
  • Panel Discussion: How Do We Break Free of Energy Dependency?
  • Lunch Break / Meet & Greet (Innovators & Investors)
  • Opening – Friedrich Barth, GEC Founder & CEO
  • Welcoming Address – Christian Bommers, Mayor of the City of Meerbusch
  • KeynoteChallenges and Options of Re-designing the Building Environment, Marc Weissgerber, Co-Founder and Partner Bauhaus EARTH
  • Coffee Break / Meet & Greet (Innovators & Investors)
  • Panel Discussion: Future GEC Building Showcasing Sustainable Innovation
  • Launch of the GEC Call for Solutions “Building & Living”
  • Wrap Up & Future Outlook – Friedrich Barth, GEC Founder & CEO

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.

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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.