Sustainability Venture Day
May 28th - IE Sustainability Venture Day Berlin

Sustainability Venture Day Berlin

As the world is changing in an ever faster and unpredictable pace, companies need to find new ways to address real human needs in order to survive. Corporations nowadays are asking themselves fundamental questions about the nature, shape, and future of its business - placing sustainability at the heart of its business strategy.

Beyond helping curb global challenges such as environmental degradation, inequality and social injustice, sustainability can drive business success. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics are being used to analyze an organization’s ethical impact and sustainability practices. Research shows that companies with high ESG ratings have a lower cost of debt and equity, and that sustainability initiatives can help improve financial performance while fostering public support.

IE Business School in collaboration with Fraunhofer Venture are launching the first Sustainability Venture Day in Berlin, a cutting-edge, highly competitive event designed to identify and support start-ups that have the ability to create sustainable solutions to everyday problems faced by businesses—whether private or public—so as to improve their operations.

In the coming months, we will select 5 start-ups based on their originality, financial viability, and ability to have a positive impact on major challenges for businesses.

Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a selected audience in Berlin composed of investors, government officials, business pioneers and representatives of key industries. They will also have the chance to meet world-leading experts in their field and receive advice, insights and best practices.

Our goal is to create real networking and investment opportunities for those entrepreneurs that have ideas that can truly help all parties within the business ecosystem to have better access, quality, sustainability and efficiency of use and delivery of digital business solutions.

The competition

  • Who can participate?

    Who can pitch?

    Criteria to apply

    We are interested in supporting inclusive innovators and start-ups that are using sustainable ways to solve important challenges faced by public and private businesses in a wide range of areas and scales.

    Who can participate?
    The startups participating in the competition must meet the following criteria:
    • Constituted or being constituted startup
    • Innovation: product/service, business model and/or route to market
    • Scalability: international commercial potential and scalable business model
    • Team: relevant skills and experience mix
    • Market: clear and large market opportunity

  • What's the prize?


    IE is pleased to announce a new partnership with Amazon Web Services. Through this collaboration the winner of each Venture Day will receive: 

      • $10k in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years
      • 1 year of Business Support (up to $1,500)
      • Opportunities to Qualify for Additional Credits

    For each finalist in each Venture Day:

      • $5k in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years
      • 1 year of Business Support (up to $1,500)
      • Opportunities to Qualify for Additional Credits

    For all startups that complete the formula for the Startup Competition:

      • $1k in AWS Promotional Credit valid for 2 years
      • 1 year of Developer Support (up to $350)
      • Opportunities to Qualify for Additional Credits

    The winner of each Venture Day will also have the opportunity to pitch on IE’s stage in the South Summit in order to win a full Pass to the Event (Access to the investor Den, conferences in all stages, one on one meetings and matchmaking service with investors and big corporations, etc) taking place in beginning of OCTOBER 2020. The winning team will also have the opportunity to go to Madrid the week prior to South Summit for a one week intense acceleration program featuring IE’s own mentors and experts in order to prepare for South Summit and advance in multiple areas of their business.

    What is the South Summit?

    South Summit is the Leading Event from the South, connecting the most innovative entrepreneurs with the most important investors in the world and the corporations seeking to improve their global competitiveness through innovation. Keynote talks and debates with worldwide innovation leaders, meetings with the largest business angels and VC firms, Startup Competition with the best success stories and Business & Networking opportunities in every corner. Every year, more than 650 investors, 3000 startups and more than 12500 people participate to the South Summit. For more information:

    What does that imply for my startup ?

    The winning startup of the  Venture Day will be invited to Madrid on IE Business School’s campus for a 4 days acceleration program in order to prepare their pitch for the South Summit.

    They will then be pitching with the winner of each & every Venture Day organized worldwide.

The Selection Committee

Profile - Hans Munthe-Kaas Hans Munthe-Kaas

Associate Director IE Entrepreneurship & Innovation Centre | Venture Capital at K Fund


Apply now!


Hans Munthe-Kaas

IE Entrepreneurship


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Hans Munthe-Kaas

IE Entrepreneurship