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City, venue & date: Madrid, Impact Hub Madrid, October 24, 2016
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Organizers: PlanChic and ECO4CLIM Spain
Event partner: Impact Hub Madrid
Collaborators: Fundación Biodiversidad, Oficina Española de Cambio Climático, SUST4IN, Fundación Renovables, Triodos Bank
Number of attendants: 45
Number of ecopreneurs participating in the Awards: 8 finalists, 3 in the “Ecopreneurs” category and 5 in the “SMEs” category


1. Climate Innovation Lab

Stakeholder distribution of participants:

  • Ecopreneurs (26)
  • SMEs (8)
  • Public agencies (2)
  • NGOs and climate activists (8)
  • Financial institutions (1)


 Challenges Identified:

: Urgent need to transform urban mobility by increasing non-motorized modes and drastically reducing private cars in the city was identified. Successful and inspiring factors are the sharing economy, public transportation and biking. On the other hand, the urban sprawl that increases distances for commuters, as well as mentality, still advantageous for private cars, were found as negative factors. Opportunities emerge from fostering urban cycling, redesigning public space, stimulating inter-modality between bicycles and public transport, and establishing recharge facilities for electric cars. To success, more environmental awareness and training, new legal framework and more public funds to finance the transition are needed.

Biodiversity: The challenge of increasing urban biodiversity in Madrid has already some successful factors at present, such as urban gardening, bank of seeds and some relevant educational programs. Pesticides, consumption of foreign products, liberation of invading species and loss of patents on seeds/products are the main threats to be confronted. However, new opportunities emerge such us, for instance, the possibility to organize and expand guided itineraries and educational programs with children, cultivate autochthonous species and use natural pesticides. These activities can bring economic opportunities to eco-entrepreneurs and contribute to the creation of new jobs. To success, more knowledge on legislation and more environmental awareness are both required. Besides, more scientific communication and visibility of those enterprises committed to biodiversity conservation are indeed needed, in order to increase awareness and demand of these services. Economic measure of biological factors, data on biological control and funds for biodiversity conservation are needed as well.

Agriculture and food sovereignty: Successful factors are found in groups of consumption that are already organizing distribution and consumption of a wide range of products on ecological basis. Small markets and initiatives of urban agriculture are good examples too. BioCultura Fair enjoys a great relevance and attracts thousands of committed people each year. New vegan restaurants are also among the successful factors. On the other hand, pesticides, large traditional companies, bottled water industry, mining and water pollution are threats to be confronted. Opportunities emerge from new initiatives, entrepreneurs and startups that are working hard to develop new eco-friendly products & services, putting into market new systems and facilities to generate compost at home and digesters that create new fertilizers and separate methane. These opportunities demand new legal framework from local authorities and more environmental awareness
from common people.

Education: The transformation of educational system towards a more distributed model that really empowers communities is the challenge found. Some successful factors were found among the associations and educational movements that are already practicing an open education. Threats are lack of motivation, resources and knowledge, as well as those education policies that maintenance the status quo. Opportunities arise from groups of consumption, urban agriculture, work camps and many other processes and places that make a change in values and education. They demand facilities to develop new approaches and methodologies, in terms of cession of use, new social coins, social loans to launch new activities, entrepreneurship programs, etc.

Energy: A comprehensive transformation of the energy sector is the challenge identified. Successful factors are the cooperative models that produce and distribute energy, new eco labels and LEED certificates, energy services as Ecooo, the emerging figure of “prosumers”, electric cars and new platforms of car sharing and cars pooling. All these factors are rooted in the expansion of social innovation and new models. Threats are the low energy efficiency, terrible taxes to renewable energies and lack of incentives to save and efficiency, as long as the monopoly of large traditional companies. Besides, mass media often generate more confusion and do not inform with accuracy. However, new business opportunities emerge through cooperative models, distributed networks, big data, efficiency and smart grid that generate new economic models, wealth and empowerment of communities. These businesses demand new legal framework and incentives, as well as environmental and social awareness in current society. Holistic approach is also needed to success, and more training is a must, in order to properly educate professionals of the new economy.


Overall conclusions:

  • New legal framework is needed at most sectors and fields of action, in order to properly address the challenges identified and propel business opportunities and green jobs creation.
  • To achieve it, lobbying is essential. Green economy is yet far from being mainstream so influence on politicians and decision makers is key.
  • Old models must be discouraged and new innovative solutions must be promoted with
    incentives. New taxes system should be implemented.
  • Bureaucracy and administrative obstacles must be removed to propel eco-innovation.


Next steps:

  • Creation of a Laboratory where makers, innovators, eco-entrepreneurs, researchers and climate activists can meet, exchange ideas, innovate and co-create green business solutions that tackle climate change and generate green jobs locally at the same time.
  • Lobbying through the Spanish Green Business Association to influence decision makers
    and transform the legal framework.


2. Climate Champion Awards




Project or company

Name & last name



Álvaro Simanca



Daniel Díaz



José Antonio González



Andrés Benito



Gonzalo González



Tatiana Vanegas



José Alfredo Martín



Diego Fernández


Members of the jury


Name & last name

Fundación Biodiversidad

Victoria Pérez

Impact Hub Madrid

Antonio González


Marcio Viegas

Oficina Española Cambio Climático

Eduardo González

Fundación Renovables

Concha Cánovas

Triodos Bank

Patricia Goizueta



  • Membership to green business network: 2 years of free membership to Spanish Green Business Association (ECOVE)
  • Promotion and visibility: mention in press releases launched by ECO4CLIM at Spanish level, personal interview by ECO4CLIM to be published as a post in ECO4CLIM’s website, and special mention in ECO4CLIM’s annual report.
  • Inclusion in a raffle to participate in the COP22 Climate Summit: all local winners (winners from the 21 participating cities) are included in a raffle and one was awarded with participation, all expenses covered, in the COP22 Climate Summit held in Marrakesh (Morocco) on November 7-18 2016, along with representatives from ECO4CLIM. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make the voice of green SMEs heard by world leaders!!

Winner of the “Ecopreneurs” Category: IBERO-REST

Consulting services on ecological restoration through a holistic approach and intensive use of scientific methods.


Winner of the “SMEs” Category: TECH4PLUS

Engineering company with a passion to create and apply world-leading wastewater treatment technologies. TECH4PLUS is an authority in the field of thermal hydrolysis through their TH4+ process. They have combined their engineering minds with their entrepreneurial inclinations to promote a technology that is second to none, helping their clients increase their profitability. Squeezing more out of their sludge, their benefit is two-fold: increased biogas yield and lower, higher-quality volume of biosolids. They are firm believers that ingenuity and engineering hold the key to sustainable progress, and they choose to see sludge not as a liability but as an asset that is capable of generating environmentally friendly, renewable energy.

Next steps

ECO4CLIM will evolve from the Global Week of Green Business and the Climate Movement to a global network of Climate Innovation Labs, aimed at boosting the creation of cooperative, sustainable, and sound businesses. The Lab in Madrid will catalyze multi-stakeholder co-creation by engaging ecopreneurs, civil society and other key actors to design solutions to climate-related challenges faced by the local community and organizations. First step is designing Lab’s services, structure and costs, and then applying for public funds to implement it. At the same time, we are going to sign Agreements with universities, clusters and business schools to increase our reach and bring community of students, entrepreneurs, makers and designers to the Lab. Second step is looking for private sponsors and large companies, to complement our revenue streams by providing new lines of services (solutions to private companies with a genuine interest in open innovation processes).

The goal is organizing an “Ecopreneurs Climathon” (weekend-long co-creation marathon to build sustainable businesses tackling climate change) early in the spring 2017; and then climate innovation journeys all throughout the spring and summer to visit and network with leading companies and initiatives across ECO4CLIM’s global network.



ECO4CLIM’s organizers want to acknowledge global partners, climate organizer, event partner and the whole network of collaborators and allies for their extraordinary contribution. Without their extraordinary support, ECO4CLIM16 could not have been possible. The organizers wish to continue the collaboration moving forward on to the establishment of the Climate Innovation Lab in Madrid in early 2017.


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