Greencubator and LvBS are going to develop training and acceleration products to promote energy cooperation.

Greencubator and UCU Lviv Business School (LvBS) signed a memorandum of cooperation to develop a joint training course “Cooperation for Sustainable Development” and related acceleration products to support Ukraine’s cooperation.

The training course will be based on the Greencubator team experience, which became one of the drivers of the energy cooperative “Solar Town,” the world’s best cooperation practices, and the legacy of Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytsky, one of the founders of the Ukrainian cooperative movement.

“It is especially important for us that our cooperation combines the modern and relevant experience of creating energy cooperatives and the principles and knowledge of Andrei Sheptytsky, the largest preacher and disseminator of cooperative practices”, – noted Roksoliana Voronovska, CEO of LvBS Consulting.

“We are convinced cooperatives are very effective tools for transforming dialogue and mutual trust into a common cause and entrepreneurial activity at the community and regional level. Citizens and businesses united in cooperatives can achieve sustainable transformations in energy, waste management, building a circular economy, and many other components of what we know as sustainable development”, – told Andriy Zinchenko, Greencubator co-founder.

The LvBS and Greencubator teams are convinced this agreement means more than launching a joint educational project. Applied knowledge about cooperation allows to democratize investments and provide new opportunities for local entrepreneurs and communities.

The course is designed for small and medium businesses, proactive community members, and local government representatives.

“Early birds” registration is already open:

We invite donors and representatives of the business community to support a quality educational product about Ukraine’s cooperation.

DENA’s CEO Andreas Kuhlmann: “EcoInnovations need a steady regulatory support for its growth”

Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of DENA, joined the speakers of the Forum “EcoInnovations and green entrepreneurship: made in Ukraine” via video conference a week before launching new round of Startup Energy Transition (SET) startup contest. SET is one of the major global competition for energy innovators, that attracted the talents from 86 countries in the previous round. Greencubator is proud to be SET’s local partner in Ukraine for three years.

DENA is Germany’s centre of expertise for energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and intelligent energy systems. As the “Agency for the Applied Energy Transition” it contributes to the attainment of energy and climate policy objectives. We asked Mr. Kuhlmann to share his view on building effective partnerships between business, state regulators and policy for cleantech development. Here is the summary of his key points.

Creating green growth points: Attracting eco innovators on a global scale

Infrastructure excellence: It’s the ecosystem, stupid!

When there is a supportive environment any technology will grow faster and make a greater impact on the whole ecosystem. And green innovations are no exception. To persuade innovators join ecosystem and attract more newcomers, it is vital to demonstrate the benefits of a bigger green complex, including access to resources, communication, ideas sharing, convenient data storage, and so on.

To develop a successful ecosystem, one must take into account all the characteristic features of the existing infrastructure, understand the challenges that face new business models, etc.

There are three necessary emphasises to follow:

  • creating,
  • promoting,
  • capitalizing

for innovators and their cleantech products.

Technology is moving forward, but won’t make it alone

Cleantech industry develops quickly, but nevertheless it needs support: a regulatory accompaniment and sufficient political will for development. As tech innovations appear faster than updates for the regulatory base, it is necessary to cooperate with legislators and advocate quicker regulatory changes. Without proper explanations about the crucial role of green innovations for society, its development is slowing down due to outdated regulation.

Strong political will once given, needs to be (continuously) reconfirmed

To support cleantech changes and its development it is not enough to implement new laws for once — legislative support should continue and constantly make progress. Since politicians have too many issues on the agenda, it’s our task to remind them of cleantech importance and introduce eco innovations to the decision makers. The constantly supportive loyalty of politicians will create better conditions for business development.