Open call for Finnish companies in the annual Later Stage Awards

Cleanweb & IoT
Renewables & smart grid
Clean water

Open call for the annual Later Stage Awards has started. We are now looking for the Finnish nominees for the 2016 Later Stage Awards. Later Stage Awards provide global investment exposure for cleantech companies. You can nominate your company or a another innovative Finnish cleantech company, apply now!

"Finland has beveloped a world-class cleantech sector, with great opportunities for internationalisation! Later Stage Awards offers international visibility, especially towards investor," says Cleantech Finland Program Director Jussi Vanhanen.

Later Stage Awards is hosted by the Global CleantechCluster Association (GCCA), which represents the world’s leading cleantech clusters. In the awards mid and laterstage cleantech companies compete in ten award categories and the competition has been a successful opportunity for many of the participating companies including investment and partnership exposure.

The annual GCCA Later Stage Awards are realized in 3 phases. In phase 1 each GCCA partner nominates 10 companies for the Later Stage Award. The Finnish nominees will be selected in June. Each nominated company will be evaluated by the KeyStone Compact Assesment, realized by the certified KeyStone Compact analyst team. The Top 30 Finalists are then evaluated by the GCCA Investor Jury and the Top 10 and Grand Prize Winner 2016 are announced at the 6th GCCA Award Events in Little Rock, Arkansas/US on 11-14 December, 2016.

The 10 Later Stage Award categories:

CleanWeb/Sustainable IT
Food/Urban Agriculture
Green Building
Lighting/Energy Efficiency
Energy Storage/Smart Grid
Wind Energy
Waste Management
Water (Resource recovery, energy, treatment, etc.)

The Finnish Jury:

Tarja Teppo, Cleantech Invest
Sari Siitonen, EK  
Jyri Arponen, Tekes
Jussi Vanhanen, Cleantech Finland
Secretary of the jury: Nina Harjula, NIA

The jury preserves all rights to choose the nominated companies. 

Cleantech Finland is a network of top Finnish cleantech companies and experts. We bring the world’s best cleantech solutions and expertise to companies and public-sector organisations that have environmental or energy-efficiency problems that need solving. We also connect potential investors and partners with the best cleantech experts in the market. Cleantech Finland is the hub for cleantech activity in Finland. We work closely with an extensive network of partner organizations both in Finland and internationally.

Nordic Innovation Accelerator (NIA) is an Open Innovation platform. NIA’s services include the Corporate Venture Program and the Cleantech Venture Day -event. NIA offers companies an opportunity to showcase their innovations on an international forum and for corporates a way of finding new solutions.

The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) is a non-profit organisation that is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The association creates channels that allow companies to benefit from the enormous advantages provided by cooperation between international cleantech clusters in an effective, affordable and structured way. Global Cleantech acts as a gateway for established and developing cleantech companies, guiding them towards potential investors, new markets, influential networks, innovative technologies and best practices. GCCA was established by the Finnish Cleantech Cluster/LADEC, Skipso, swisscleantech, Technica Communications and Watershed Capital Group. For more information on Global Cleantech, visit

Jun 13th, 2016

Arkansas, USA in December


Register here