On 20 August, 2015, KIC InnoEnergy Benelux invited all its partners and colleagues for an inspiring Business Community Day, followed by dinner and a ceremony on the “Belem”, a sailing ship at the nautical event ‘SAIL’ in Amsterdam.

Facilitated by Frank Steggink, the day was kicked off by KIC InnoEnergy Benelux’ CEO Klaas Schuring who explained about the common ground for the current activities of KIC InnoEnergy. The roughly ninetish crowd gathered at Park Plaza Airport Hotel saw a mix of policy insights and a look into the strategy of the Benelux office, with Javier Castillejos-Alsina (EU Commission) and Ed Buddenbaum (Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs) addressing the former and our own Guy Vekemans and Johan Driesen providing an overview of the latter. As such, the conference part of the event was an excellent opportunity for the Benelux sustainable energy community to catch up with current and future affairs influencing the field.

Apart from these speaker sessions, some of the attendees were invited to pitch their products, for which KIC InnoEnergy Benelux introduced a Challenge Trophy. Each member of the audience had a hundred thousand KIC InnoEnergy Coins to distribute as investments among the presenting teams. As a result, the competition was fierce with quite a few solid performances both in terms of the project content as well as presentation quality. However, in the end there could be only one winner. The one to emerge on top of the others was the venture Elestor BV, presented by Wiebrand Kout.