Demand-Side Network Competitions: Transforming The European Built Environment

On Monday 26 October, Knight Frank, Synoptic Technologies (formerly iVeridis) and the Climate-KIC launched the Demand Side Network Competitions: a series of four events to connect the world’s most promising start-ups in building technologies with Europe’s largest property players.

The Demand-Side Network Competitions are designed to encourage the early adoption of innovative low-carbon building technologies. The events offer the unique opportunity for early stage companies from around the globe to pitch in front of an engaged network of demand-side organisations, composed of investors, property developers and building experts.

The first event, held in Rotterdam, saw six start-ups, selected from a pool of over 100 candidates, pitch their products and services with high innovation and carbon-saving potential in three key technology areas: Building Facades & Envelopes, Energy Storage and Lighting. The subsequent events will be held in Gothenburg, Zurich and Warsaw over the course of November.

Start-ups presenting at these events include:

  • SPUD from New Zealand presenting Plexisun, a patented solar thermal heating system designed to be integrated into building structures.
  • SDnC from the United Kingdom pitching their mechanical energy storage solution for servicing the existing and future transmission and distribution energy network.
  • zEroCor Tubulars Inc. from Canada, who has developed a blend of inorganic chemicals for industrial coatings designed for increased corrosion resistance and fire retardation.

About Climate-KIC

The Climate-KIC (Climate Knowledge and Innovation Community) is part of the EIT (European Institute of Innovation & Technology). EIT is an EU body whose mission is to increase sustainable growth. The Climate-KIC supports this mission by addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation.