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Climate Business Innovation Network (CBIN) Webinar Series on Supporting Innovative Clean Technology Businesses - Webinar 1: Business Development: Building Ecosystems for Cleantech Business Enablers

The World Bank’s Climate Technology Program (CTP), housed with the Innovation and Entrepreneurship unit within the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C GP), empowers developing countries to proactively and profitably adapt, develop, and deploy climate smart technologies and business models that meet local needs and drive growth, competitiveness, and employment. CTP has established a network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) in seven countries - Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Vietnam, Morocco, and the Caribbean - to support early stage climate technology companies with a holistic set of services including proof-of-concept grants, business advisory and training, and access to business/technical facilities. As a core part of the Climate Business Innovation Network (CBIN), CTP aims to improve the operational effectiveness of its CICs and other intermediary organizations supporting green startups and growing businesses in developing countries. Please contact Jin Lee (, Task Team Leader of the Climate Business Innovation Network, and Alexandra Endara ( for inquiries. Webinar 1: Business Development: Building Ecosystems for Cleantech Business Enablers One of the challenges to sustainability that accelerators and their clients face is structuring a network or ecosystem of partners and stakeholders. In this hands-on session, Richard Amato, Global Lead at IC2 Global Commercialization Group will discuss the main characteristics of a Business Development (BD) strategy. Along with his colleague Seyi Fabode, Amato will provide useful information for Cleantech accelerators to guide their clients while designing and building their ecosystem. The webinar will draw examples from Amato and Fabode’s field work with CTP’s Cleantech Innovation Centers (CICs), with a focus on South Africa CIC.

About the Presenters

Richard Amato

Bringing together his background and expertise in clean energy and business development, Amato heads up GCG’s new energy initiatives, including the World Bank Climate Innovation Center Program. In addition, Amato also provides support for the programs in India focused on developing the infrastructure necessary to support a robust, entrepreneurial clean-tech environment targeted at solving India’s critical energy issues. Prior to joining GCG, he founded and served as President and CEO of Venti Energy, a renewable development company dedicated to increasing the supply of clean and reliable energy. Previously, Amato founded the Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Being the first incubator of its kind, Amato established a successful program for clean energy ventures to accelerate their time to market. At the national level, Amato was involved with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the creation of the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), a group of leading U.S. business incubators dedicated to providing business and financial services tailored to the needs of the clean energy community. Amato’s introduction into the energy industry began as an engineer in the Natural Gas and Gas Products Department (NG&GP) at Conoco Inc. in the early 1990’s. Holding worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking involvement in clean energy business development, Amato has been featured as a keynote and panelist in various conferences throughout the world: India, Malaysia, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Italy, and Kazakhstan. In addition, he is or has been involved in a variety of boards in the clean technology space including: CEI, CEA, CEDC, RMC, TXROSE, TXSES, TREIA and The Wind Coalition. Amato holds a MBA in Entrepreneurship and Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Seyi Fabode

Seyi Fabode is a clean-tech entrepreneur and innovation expert who works on, writes and speaks about the future of technology, innovation, and business. Living, studying and working on three continents give him a unique lens through which he identifies global trends, opportunities and risks in the utility/power industry. Fabode is a partner at Asha Labs, a technology, and innovation consulting firm, which serves start-ups and global enterprises and an operating partner at VestedWorld, a seed stage venture fund focused on emerging markets. Previously, he founded, built and sold a venture capital backed energy technology company, which was named a Clinton Global Initiative startup, in the US. In 2016, Fabode was named a LinkedIn Global Top Voice in Technology. Fabode has an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Warwick University, in the UK. He is the author of 40 Semi-Obvious Startup Lessons and 'Advancing Technologies and the Utility Industry', and writes well-received articles on innovation, technology, and global trends.

Target Audience

Cleantech business promoters and firms that focus on innovative initiatives to implement Cleantech solutions.

Questions Submitted


- Jan 4, 2022

Mahaman Mourtala

- Sep 8, 2021

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- Oct 14, 2020
Very informative, thank you!


- May 27, 2020
This is great...CTP aims to improve the operational effectiveness of its CICs and other intermediary organizations supporting green startups and growing businesses in developing countries.

Mohammad Nadir

- Apr 3, 2020
Happy to learn!


- Mar 25, 2020

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Dec 3, 2019
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