Accelerators Meetup!

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

The “Accelerators Meetup” was the fifth session in our series of virtual talks: “Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development in LATAM, Opportunities and Challenges”, organized by the ISC3, the National Agency for Research and Innovation of Uruguay (ANII) and the German GIZ. The webinar took place on the 22nd of April 2021 from 16:00-18:00 CEST (11:00-13:00 UYT) – online.

The series was created to raise awareness on the importance of Sustainable Chemistry (SC) across sectors and value chains. Participants should be able to learn the holistic concept of sustainable chemistry and understand the linkages between Sustainable Development and Sustainable Chemistry.

This session’s main goal was to create a bigger conversation around Sustainable Chemistry between science-based start-ups and supporting business services. This session touched based on what scienced-based start-ups need during an accelerating process and how to create a support network and an innovation ecosystem.

The event had 30 participants from different business supporting services such as incubators, accelerators and universities. The Meetup featured three presentations, a panel session, and a discussion at the end. In the first presentation we discuss the topic of Sustainable Chemistry and Circularity then we moved on to the panel session. Here four Sustainable Chemistry Changemakers shared their past experiences and challenges with business supporting services. Topics such as limited access to laboratories, intellectual property and the lack of personalized support were discussed during this session.

Dr. Omar Garcia-Valdez, scientist from the Green Center Canada followed this panel session with a presentation about the Green Center Canada and best-case practices of how to accelerate innovations in the sector of clean chemical technologies.

Afterwards, Matthew Guttentag, Director of Research and Impact and Lina Rossi, Andean Chapter Manger from the Aspen Network for Entrepreneurship looked into the question, Does acceleration work? They share their key findings on the impacts that acceleration processes have on startups.

The event ended with a top-level discussion between all attendees.  A range of topics were discussed from how to measure environmental and social impact to how can we create an ecosystem of innovation in Sustainable Chemistry.

If you are interested in learning more about this webinar series, please contact Juanita Halblaub at Juanita.halblaub©