Innovate 4 Nature
A marketplace for sustainable development, focusing on Nature-Based Solutions (NBS)
08 Dec, 09:00 – 17:00
Swiss Tech Convention Center (EPFL),
Rue Louis Favre 2, 1024 Ecublens, Switzerland
As the COVID-19 situation is evolving in Switzerland, the organisers are looking closely at the measures to keep this forum safe. 
At the moment, the situation is as follow: the forum is mainly in-person at the Swiss Tech Convention Center (COVID pass compulsory). There is also a possibility to join online to watch the presentations. 
If the COVID measures were to change, we are also working on the possibility to organise the forum in a hybrid format, with a strong online dimension. Thanks for your understanding.

CO-ORGANISING PARTNERS

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IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

NETWORK PARTNERS

DETAILED PROGRAMME

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Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are defined as “actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified ecosystems, that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously providing human well-being and biodiversity benefits” (IUCN).

Research highlights that NbS could provide around 30% of the cost-effective mitigation needed by 2030 to stabilise warming to below 2°C. They can also provide a powerful defence against the impacts and long-term hazards of climate change, which is the biggest threat to biodiversity.

 

Finding ways to work with ecosystems, rather than relying solely on conventional engineered solutions, can help communities adapt to climate change impacts. Using nature to green cities can also result in significant energy savings and health benefits.

MARKETPLACE THEMES

Selected delegates will pitch opportunities and operational solutions around the following topics

FOOD - INFRASTRUCTURE - FINANCE

REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE

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SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF FORESTS

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NATURE AS INFRASTRUCTURE

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PRODUCTIVE AND REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE

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FINANCING NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS

WHAT TO EXPECT

"Innovate 4 Nature" marketplace is based on "Innovate 4 Water" methodology

It is free of charge for curated participants

WHAT

“Innovate 4 Nature” is a day of matchmaking, bringing together solutions and needs, curated into investment focussed themes.

The design and delivery of “Innovate 4 Nature” is unique and effective because the marketplace:

  • is outcome-oriented 

  • has 100% active participation 

  • is highly curated 

  • has a business-networking focus

WHY

“Innovate 4 Nature" marketplace  fosters interactions between global and local players from the private sector, the public sector and the civil society to shift financing towards innovative impactful local solutions.

 

Expected outcomes are strong reinforcements of the local ecosystems around nature-based solutions. The marketplace accelerates commercially sustainable change.

WHO

  • Companies (MNEs, SMEs as well as start-ups) in the areas of finance, food and infrastructure

  • Finance sector interested in nature-climate as well as nature-based solutions (e.g. institutional investors, impact investors, …)

  • IUCN’s Nature & Accelerator Fund

  • Foundations 

  • NGOs

  • Research institutions 

  • Authorities at the national, cantonal and communal level 

A PROVEN RECIPE

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WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

1 DAY

Access to 1 day of interactive activities

NETWORKING

Access to dedicated networking sessions

PITCH

Opportunity to pitch (5 min) during the event

TABLE

Opportunity to have a "table" at the event

COACHING

Participation in a coaching session prior the event

PRE & POST EVENT

Special pre event lead up & post event scale up activities

INVESTORS

Potential exposure to international investors and market networks

EFFICIENT SOLUTIONS LABEL

Option to apply for the Solar Impulse Foundation - Efficient Solutions Label

Innovate 4 Nature
When
08 Dec, 09:00 – 17:00
Where
Swiss Tech Convention Center (EPFL),
Rue Louis Favre 2, 1024 Ecublens, Switzerland

CO-ORGANISING PARTNERS

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Created in 2019, InTent is a platform that can quickly mobilize an influential and diverse group of decision-makers for change. We aim to educate, connect and accompany them and their networks in adopting and promoting sustainable practices.

 

InTent works with and seeks to inspire, businesses, civil society, academia, and policymakers to adopt and scale sustainable actions. We engage these stakeholders through stimulating discussions and agenda-setting debates for sustainable change. We create the conditions for new ideas to emerge and to explore concrete solutions.

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Swiss Business for Nature (SB4N) is a multi-stakeholder platform initiated to bring together Swiss companies, business associations as well as NGOs, authorities and science to collaboratively develop and implement nature-based solutions as well as sharing and scaling them. It is coordinated by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), IN-FINITUDE AG and engageability LLC.

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Based in Switzerland, Waterpreneurs is a global for-impact organisation  supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of “water nexus” businesses.


Waterpreneurs mobilises versatile expertise and a global network of key stakeholders, locally, around the 5 continents.

CO-ORGANISING TEAM

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JEAN HAUSS

InTent

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CHRISTOPHER COUPLAND

InTent

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MARC VOGT

In-Finitude AG

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GREGORY GUILLOT

IUCN

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BARBARA DUBACH

Engageability

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NORINA FURRER

Engageability

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NICOLAS LORNE

Waterpreneurs

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FRANCK BARROSO

Waterpreneurs

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BRIEUX MICHOUD

Waterpreneurs