PFAN at the International Vienna Energy and Climate Forum 2023



About the event:

The International Vienna Energy and Climate Forum (IVECF) 2023 aims to showcase bold, scalable and transformative solutions to inspire and drive actions towards achieving the SDG during its Cleantech Days.

This year, UNIDO is bringing together cleantech start-ups and SMEs supported by its various programmes such as Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) and PFAN so they can share their success and connect with potential investors and partners from the cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The Cleantech Days 2023 will also provide a platform for knowledge sharing among the key players. It will introduce participants to key global trends, innovative technologies and inter-disciplinary solutions in the field of energy, climate change and sustainable development and share lessons learned and best practices with the goal of driving cleantech forward and faster.

PFAN’s participation will be three-folded:

  • Capacity building for entrepreneurs
    PFAN-supported entrepreneurs will attend a two-day training at Siemens City. They will also have the opportunity to share experiences and ideas and learn from other peer entrepreneurs. Additionally, they will receive coaching to get ready to pitch their businesses in front of a judge panel.
  • Knowledge sharing – Event for open dialogue: Connecting the dots to empower cleantech innovations & climate solutions (see details below)
  • Networking – Lunch: Investor Connect (see details below)



1. Connecting the dots to empower cleantech innovations & climate solutions

Invitation only

2 November 2023
11:30 – 13:00 CET
Hofburg Palace (Geheime Ratstube), Vienna, Austria


The Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) together with PFAN is hosting an event on the sidelines of the International Vienna Energy and Climate Forum titled ‘Connecting the dots to empower cleantech innovations and climate solutions’ on 2 November 2023 at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria.

This session provides a platform for knowledge sharing by bringing together key experts from 16 countries who are working to accelerate cleantech innovations and climate solutions from idea to market. These experts will share the challenges and gaps they observe and experience in their markets, as well as their successes and failures in the efforts to strengthen the ecosystem that supports the commercialization of cleantech and climate SMEs.

The dialogue will be enriched by the various perspectives of key players in cleantech finance, including entrepreneurs, investors, development finance institutions, large corporations, governments, donor community and civil society. UNIDO will also share the experience and learnings with entrepreneurial support for cleantech businesses.



2. Investor Connect

Invitation only

2 November 2023
13:00 – 14:00 CET
Wintergarten, Hofburg Palace, Vienna, Austria


This informal session aims to connect entrepreneurs attending the Cleantech Days with investors active in the climate and cleantech space and vice-versa. It will provide insights into current investment trends and share investors’ perspectives on cleantech innovation.

The event will start with the Cleantech Group (CTG) sharing their knowledge about the cleantech investment landscape. This will be followed by insightful presentations from investors and it will be concluded by investor introductions.

The session will provide a unique opportunity for businesses to learn about the profiles, selection criteria and decision-making process of climate and cleantech investors. This will equip entrepreneurs to improve their pitching skills to ultimately increase the success rate of raising funding. Investors will be able to connect with vetted cleantech and climate projects, meet inspiring entrepreneurs from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America and get insights into the latest trends in the clean technology and climate sector.

The event will be structured as follows:

Time Activity
13h00-13h15 Introduction and welcoming (food court opening)
13h15-13h25 CleanTech Group Presentation on investment trends in cleantech
13h25-13h35 Investor Insights
13h35-13h45 Investor Connect

Investors will introduce themselves and their specific areas of interest to open the space to create meaningful connections with participants.

13h45-14h00 Networking and Q&A


We look forward to connecting with you!

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About PFAN

The Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN)  is a global network of climate and clean energy financing experts, which offers free business coaching and investment facilitation to entrepreneurs developing climate and clean energy projects in developing countries. It is hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP). Since its launch in 2006, PFAN-supported climate and clean energy businesses have leveraged more that USD 3 billion investment.

The low- and middle-income countries, which are also in focus of PFAN, are most susceptible to impacts of the climate change. Gap for climate adaptation finance is severe. Supporting climate adaptation businesses and helping them to access to finance are priorities to PFAN.

About GCIP

Global Cleantech Innovation Programme promotes innovation and entrepreneurship in emerging markets and developing economies to address climate and environmental challenges. GCIP supports start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with innovative cleantech ideas in establishing and upscaling robust business models. GCIP also strengthens entrepreneurship ecosystems and facilitates partnerships and networking between private and public actors to ensure the long-term sustainability of its interventions.