Cleantech Mission Boston: Energy Systems & Sustainable Building

Cleantech Mission Boston: Energy Systems & Sustainable Building

Program Energy Systems & Sustainable Building Mission

17 - 20 September, Boston


The below is a draft program for the Energy Systems & Sustainable Building Mission to Boston, which is scheduled for 17 – 20 September 2019. The program will be further elaborated and adjusted over the coming weeks. 

Please note: InnovationQuarter and FME organise this mission in collaboration with Cleantech Scandinavia. This means that (for the most part) Dutch and Scandinavian companies will jointly go through the program below. Goal of this collaboration is to boost visibility on the American side, and promote potential collaboration between Dutch and Scandinavian companies.

Target group: Innovative startups, scaleups, and SMEs with a technology in the field of energy systems and/or sustainable building.


Draft program 17 – 20 September 2019
Program parts indicated with ‘tbc’ are not yet fixed and could be moved or substituted by other visits

Tuesday 17th of September

15.00 – 16.00

Tour of MIT Senseable City Lab
MIT’s Senseable City Lab reunites researchers, cities and companies to study new tools for city design, taking into account new layers of networks and digital information in the urban space. 

16.00 – 17.00

Tour of MIT Materials Lab
MIT Materials Lab brings together industry, government and academics to further broad materials science and engineering progress. Including research on energy conversion and storage, metals, materials sustainability, functional fibers etc.


Networking event
High-level networking event organized by the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Swedish Embassy, Holland Innovation Network, Cleantech Scandinavia, FME and InnovationQuarter


Wednesday 18th of September


Option 1: Smart City Workshop
Discussion between cities, city-related organizations, universities and companies about the application of smart and sustainable solutions in the Boston Area.
Location: Greentown Labs

Option 2: Site visits to development projects


8.00 – 8.30

Networking & Coffee


Visit to Clippership Wharf Project - tbc

Mixed-use development project on a 12-acre East Boston Waterfront site overlooking Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. Currently under construction. 

Developer: Landlease
Architect: The Architectural Team

8. 30 – 9.20

Key Notes

- Michael Lake, CEO Leading Cities

- Building Coalition - on smart buildings market development 

- Others t.b.d.

9.20 – 9,50 

Networking & Coffee

9.50 – 10.40

City Presentations: Lund, Rotterdam, Somerville, Boston – city approaches 

Visit to Suffolk Downs project - tbc
The HYM Investment Group acquired Suffolk Downs for $155 million in May 2017 and proposes to construct active uses including residences, retail, office and lab space, hotel space and accessory parking. Mixed use project, project approved but construction not started yet.

DEVELOPER: HYM Investment Group
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

10.40 – 11.00

Discussion on International Smart City Collaboration - Led by Michael Lake

11.00 – 11.30


Transfer to Greentown Labs

11.30 -  18.00

Cleantech Showcase 

Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in North-America hosts our Dutch-Scandinavian delegation for a showcase event.  Dutch and Scandinavian mission participants present themselves to an audience of approximately 80 American investors and corporates such as Breakthrough Energy, Rhapsody Ventures, Clean Energy Trust, Saint Gobain, Evonik, Mass CEC, National Grid etc. Companies pitch and a panel of investors/corporates asks questions (approx. 10 min per company). During lunch and the reception at the end of the event there is plenty of time to network with our guests. 

For more information on the Cleantech Showcase, the program, speakers and pitching companies visit the Event Website.


Thursday 19th of September 

Whole day

Visit to Horizon 19
We visit the Horizon19 conference for one day. Horizon is a global convening bringing together industry leaders providing valuable clean economy solutions and organizations with innovations, capital and project partnering opportunities. Horizon19 will focus on technology and business innovation, structure the USA market for clean economy needs and solutions and link up to the national and international climate action frameworks. Our companies have the opportunity to network and pitch (7 - 10 min per company + 5 min Q&A).


Participants at the Horizon conference are parties such as Schneider Electric, GE, Eversource, Opendatasoft, Siemens Gamesa, Anbaric, Ameresco, Willdan, City of Houston, Lion Electric, Bluewave Solar, Mintz Levin, Customized Energy Solutions, Braskem, Bloom Energy, MASSCEC, Climable, LF Energy, South Pole, Clean Energy States Alliance, ACORE, Second Nature, CONEG, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce etc.


For more information have a look at the Horizon19 Factsheet and Program.

Meet-the-buyer event (event confirmed, day & time tbc)

At the same time of the Horizon19 conference (either at the same location, or close by) you can participate in our Meet-the-Buyer event.

The Meet-the-Buyer event will give you the chance to have targeted one-on-one meetings with key decision makers of globally leading companies in the field of Energy Systems & Sustainable Building, such as Saint Gobain. By establishing valuable collaborations and discussing business partnerships, this event can boost your company’s growth in the US. 


Participating corporates put together a ‘buyer profile’ in which they publish  a technology request. Mission participants are requested to put together a ‘seller profile’ when applying.  One-on-one meetings are set up only if both parties agree. Please find below the buyer profiles of the corporates that have confirmed their participation:

  1. Saint Gobain


Network Reception Horizon19


Friday 20th of September 

8.30 – 10.00

Visit to Kendall Square (visit confirmed, time and day tbc)

Kendall Square is the center of Cambridge's innovation economy and continues to evolve rapidly. The district is becoming more active and mixed-use, with growing ground floor retail, streetscape improvements, redeveloped open spaces and the construction of new residential buildings and office/R&D space. 

DEVELOPER: Boston Properties

10.30 – 12.00

Visit to 776 Summer Street – tbc

HRP 776 Summer Street LLC proposes to redevelop an approximately 15.2-acre site located at 776 Summer Street in the South Boston neighborhood. The proposal entails approximately 1.78 million square feet of occupiable space, including: approximately 750 residential units, approximately 470,000 square feet of office uses, approximately 81,200 square feet of retail uses, 344 hotel rooms, and up 1,214 parking spaces. Mixed use project, construction yet to start.

URBAN PLANNER: Greenberg Consultants, Inc.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Stoss Landscape Urbanism

12.30 – 14.30

Roundtable - This event is an opportunity to engage with municipal and community development and planning agencies for their perspective on scouting and navigating small-to-large projects at local scale. Delegates will meet with representatives from three organizations to discuss current and future projects, strategic insight into the practicalities of contracts and surrounding processes, local development priorities, and how to most effectively work with Boston communities. Representatives from the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), Boston Housing Authority (BHA), and South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation (TBC) will lead discussion.


End of the program