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Veolia Environnement and LADEC announce cooperation with Skipso

An open innovation platform for solving environmental challenges

Lahti, December 2, 2013. Veolia Environnement, the world leader in the environmental services and Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd announce the launch of Nordic Innovation Accelerator in Finland. This new, open innovation platform will offer clean technology companies an opportunity to showcase their innovative products and technologies on an international forum.

Skipso is the company providing the technology to support the program with its dedicated Software as a Service (SaaS) platform designed in a unique multi-tenant architecture to support future expansion. The model is based on the Veolia Innovation Accelerator program, a major initiative designed and developed by Veolia Environment, to support green growth around the world by promoting the development and deployment of leading clean technologies in partnership with entrepreneurs.

The Nordic Innovation Accelerator, hosted by LADEC, targets cleantech companies of various sizes with different maturity levels operating in Finland and other Nordic countries with the ambition to speed up their growth through networking and cooperation.

"Companies need help in order to perform to the best of their abilities on international markets. Open innovation has become a vital way of boosting the innovation process of environmental technology companies and creating successful business through interaction," says Dr. Nicolas Marechal-Abram, Open Innovation, Innovation Management Department at Veolia Environnement Recherche et Innovation.

"We are proud to be supporting Veolia Environment and Ladec on this exciting project. Today we are also announcing the launch of our dedicated, multi-tenant, SaaS innovation platform. This unique solution allows multiple organizations to launch their open innovation calls and challenges on the same platform with a dedicated, private back-end system. We are looking forward to supporting Veolia's global technology scouting effort with our platform." says Carlo Soresina, Co-Founder Skipso.

***** Veolia Environnement (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) is the worldwide reference in environmental solutions. With 220,000 employees*, the company has operations all around the world and provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in three complementary segments: water management, waste management and energy management. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of €29.4 billion* in 2012. (* ) Excluding Transdev employees and revenues currently under divestment.

Lahti Region Development LADEC Ltd in Brief

LADEC promotes the appeal, development and growth of the business sector in Lahti region and employs 75 experts in the Lahti Science Park which is one of the most significant cleantech technology centers in the Nordic countries. LADEC's expertise covers environmental technology, design and practice based innovation. LADEC also leads the Finnish Cleantech Cluster. The company has an extensive international cooperation network, especially in the cleantech and growth funding sectors.

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