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Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021

It is our big pleasure to invite you to Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021, our invitation-only 100% physical conference optimised for outdoor networking – exactly what we missed the most during the pandemic. The amazing agenda presents 83 speakers including 52 startups. We’re super grateful for the support of our wonderful 38 sponsors. Check out our 183 participants and join us to start arranging your meetings at Ecosummit Berlin with the help of Linkedin. Private tickets are available for €2.000 + VAT for investors and €1.000 + VAT for startups and may be ordered by email. If you like the deal, please send us an email to request your invitation to Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021 telling us who you are and why you want to take part. We look forward to hosting you and accelerating smart green startups together. It’s going to be magic.

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Installion raises €4M Series A led by Eneco Ventures

The energy transition is a hands-on job because somebody has to install all the hardware needed for making, storing and charging solar energy at the customers’ premises. It turns out that finding a good installer can be anything from very tough to simply impossible. In other words, installation is the bottleneck if we want to reach 100% renewables. For the founders among us it’s an obvious startup opportunity. Installion is the installation service provider for the energy transition helping utilities and other solar companies with qualified manpower onsite and on time. On 25 February 2021, we introduced Installion to Eneco and other smart green VCs to find the best lead investor, the main piece in the Series A puzzle. After watching Florian’s online pitch at Ecosummit Zoom 10 March 2021, Eneco was hooked and due diligence started. The deal closed end of July and today we’re breaking the news that Eneco Ventures invests a ticket of €3.2M leading Installion’s €4M Series A. At the same time, Ecosummit gets 1 assist on the startup VC matchmaking scoreboard which proves our value and track record.

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Alantra’s new Klima fund invests in Mainspring

Smart green energy startups in Europe raising Series B or later rounds now have one more financial VC to go to in Madrid. The new late stage VC fund is called Klima (climate in German), focuses on hardware and software startups accelerating the energy transition and achieved its first closing at €80M on 7 June 2021. Klima’s capital is committed by powerful Spanish LPs including the listed investment bank and asset manager Alantra (€18M commitment), the gas corporate Enagás (€30M), the state-owned bank Instituto de Crédito Oficial (€15M), the renewable energy developer Capital Energy (€2M), the German family office Blueworld Group and other undisclosed institutional investors. On 12 July 2021, Klima announced its first investment in Sillicon Valley-based Mainspring, expanding their $95M Series D to $108M together with other investors entering the massive round at the last minute. GP Lucille Bonnet will pitch Klima at Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021.

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Wirelane raises €18M Series B led by Abacon Capital

Ubiquitous electric mobility and EV charging play an important role to save our climate and planet and this is the decisive decade to limit global warming to 1.5°C. By 2030, Transport & Environment’s Road2Zero scenario forecasts a need for 2.9 million public EV chargers in the EU. Just-in-time, Wirelane raises €18M Series B (€12.1M fresh capital and €5.9M converted loans) to accelerate its growth and contribute to rolling out more EV charging stations. The B round is led by Abacon Capital, the investment arm of the Büll family office in Hamburg. Early investors in Wirelane include Vito Ventures, HTGF and Coparion. Founded in 2016, Wirelane employs 40 emobility experts in Munich and Berlin and targets €5M+ revenues in 2021. Among the B2B customers are BMW and Vattenfall.

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Energyworx raises €5.1M Series B led by Eneco Ventures

Breaking news at Ecosummit Zoom today: Energyworx raises €5.1M Series B led by Eneco Ventures and with participation of existing investors ENGIE New Ventures, EDP Ventures and SET Ventures. While the round was oversubscribed, Energyworx selected Eneco Ventures as lead investor due to the shared vision and growth strategy as well as a really smooth deal process and fast due diligence. The Dutch startup is focused on cloud-based energy data management for grid operators and retailers, employs a team of 27 and aims at growing at 100% in 2022. Eneco Ventures is standing out among Europe’s Corporate VCs because it already celebrated 3 exits in the first half of 2021 having sold their stakes in Thermondo, Next Kraftwerke and Greenflux. The proceeds of the exits will be invested in new startups of which Energyworx is the first one. Marcel Smit, CEO of Energyworx, first pitched at Ecosummit Berlin 2017 and, most recently, at Ecosummit Zoom 2 September 2020.

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Ecosummit Zoom 7 July 2021

This is our last online event before the summer break and Ecosummit Berlin. Let’s connect fundraising startups and active investors at Ecosummit Zoom 7 July 2021, our 15th online event, co-hosted by Gerard Reid and Bart Markus. The agenda presents 12 amazing speakers briefing us on mobile batteries, ecargo bikes, energy flexibility, energy marketplaces, hydrogen production, low-cost fuel cells, energy innovation in Israel, thermal energy storage and smart green corporate venturing: Sebastian Berning (Instagrid, Series B), Hans Cool (Eneco Ventures), Tom Mason (Bramble Energy, Series B), Beres Seelbach (Ono, Series B), James Quinn (Faradion, Series B), James Johnston (Piclo), Richard Lohwasser (Lition Energy, Growth Round), Eran Levy (Enel Innovation Hub Tel Aviv), Doron Brenmiller (Brenmiller Energy), Robert Trezona (IP Group), Johann Boukhors (Engie New Ventures) and Andrés Galnares (H2Site, Series A). Please get in touch if you want to pitch at Ecosummit to accelerate your startup, fund or portfolio. Get your tickets and join us. Let’s co-invest, cooperate and build big startups with big impact.

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Lumenaza raises €6.5M Series B from First Imagine and Tom Wolf

Smart green utility-in-a-box: Today Lumenaza announces the successful closing of its €6.5M Series B, led by First Imagine and the family office of Tom Wolf. The existing investors Future Energy Ventures and IBB Ventures made follow-on investments while EnBW New Ventures exited after a holding period of 5 years. The new capital enables the Berlin-based startup to accelerate its growth and international expansion and further develop its energy-as-a-service platform and services. Lumenaza specialises in enabling new utilities and energy communities. Customers include E.ON, SMA and Envision Digital and partners include Greencom Networks. The software-as-a-service startup pitched at Ecosummit Berlin 2014 for the first time and, recently, at Ecosummit Zoom 3 November 2020 and Ecosummit Zoom 21 April 2021.

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Ecosummit Zoom 2 June 2021

Founded in 2010, our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. Our goals are 100% electric mobility, 100% renewable energy and 100% sustainable cities. We’re zooming in again on fundraising startups and active investors at Ecosummit Zoom 2 June 2021, our 14th online event, co-hosted by Christoph Ostermann, Gerard Reid and Bart Markus. The agenda presents 11 inspiring speakers: Davor Sutija (Nexwafe) launching Series C, Sergey Ogorodnov (Voltaware) launching Series B, Duncan Grierson (Clim8) launching Series A, Cathal Hughes (BP Launchpad), Mike Popham (Stryde), Anna Björklou (Epishine), Franck Raynaud (MyBus) launching Series A, Peter van Giessel (Shell Ventures), Jochem de Graaf (Travis) launching Series A, Samuel Jansson (Utilifeed) launching Series A and Julia Padberg (SET Ventures). Please get in touch if you want to pitch at Ecosummit to accelerate your startup, fund or portfolio. Get your tickets and join us. Let’s automate sustainability in every industry and build big startups with big impact.

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Ecosummit Zoom 12 May 2021

We’re zooming in again on fundraising startups and active investors in smart green energy, mobility and cities. Ecosummit Zoom 12 May 2021 is our 13th online event and features a deep insight into the fast moving Octopus Energy Group as well as an exciting discussion of SPACs vs. conventional IPOs. The agenda presents 10 amazing speakers: Greg Jackson (Octopus Energy), Thomas Koller (Enersis), Petra Sokolova (Inven Capital), Pavel Konecny (Neuron Soundware), Laura Galpin (Blueworld Group), Adam Kostyal (Nasdaq), Krister Werner (Ferroamp), Lucy Kennedy (Spottitt), Nicola Rossi (Enel Green Power) and Dainis Kruze (Aerones). Please get in touch if you want to pitch at Ecosummit Zoom to accelerate your startup, fund or portfolio. Get your tickets and join us.

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Ecosummit Zoom 21 April 2021

On my 50th birthday, we meet online to celebrate together the smart green founders and investors writing success stories while saving our climate and planet. It is our pleasure to invite our friends and customers to the very special Ecosummit Zoom 21 April 2021 which is free and invitation-only, just like any other good birthday party. First, 5 impactful speakers unmute themselves to share good news: Ernesto Garnier (Einhundert), Christoph Frei (Emerald Technology Ventures), Christian Chudoba (Lumenaza), Matthias Dill (Energy Impact Partners) and Thomas Goette (Greenpocket). Afterwards, Rune Theill introduces the Rockstart Energy Showcase 2021 featuring 9 new portfolio companies: Bhaskar Deol (eDRV), Roby Moyano (Bia), Joury de Reuver (Soolutions), Christopher Jackson (Advanced Infrastructure), Golam Sadeghnia (OKTO), Rolf Bastiaanssen (Starke Energy), Mads Emil Dalsgaard (Klimate), Christoph Buchli (Helio) and Erik Nijveld (TechnologyCatalogue). Finally, we enjoy a distributed birthday party to foster our friendship and cooperation. Please send us an email to request your invitation to Ecosummit Zoom 21 April 2021. It’s time to make smart green business and have some fun.

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Ecosummit Zoom 10 March 2021

We focus on connecting fundraising startups and active investors to foster 100% electric mobility, 100% renewable energy and 100% sustainable cities. Ecosummit Zoom 10 March 2021 is co-hosted by Christoph Ostermann (ex-Sonnen), Gerard Reid (Alexa Capital) and Bart Markus (GAP Technology Holding). The agenda features 10 exciting speakers including 3 CVCs with portfolio pitches: Nils Aldag (Sunfire) building a global hydrogen powerhouse, Jan Lozek (Future Energy Ventures) managing Europe’s largest energy startup porfolio, Nick Woolley (ev.energy) optimising EV charging, Erin Hallock (BP Ventures) investing in game-changing energy startups, Tom Anderson (Grid Edge) providing AI for building energy systems, Nicolas Milerieux (Encevo) redefining smart energy corporate venturing, Arnaud Legrand (Energiency) enabling energy intelligence for manufacturing, Davor Sutija (NexWafe) advancing solar wafer deeptech, Florian Meyer-Delpho (Installion) scaling the installation service provider for the energy transition and Janice Goodenough (Hydrogrid) developing the autopilot for hydropower plants. Please get in touch if you want to pitch at Ecosummit Zoom to accelerate your startup, fund or portfolio. Now it’s your turn to get your tickets and join us.

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Ecosummit Zoom 10 February 2021

Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. We focus on connecting fundraising startups and active investors in smart green energy, mobility and cities. We kindly invite you to our 10th Ecosummit Zoom 10 February 2021 featuring 7 amazing speakers, including one of the most successful impact entrepreneurs who is a free business man again, recently rejuvenated and exploring new adventures: Christoph Ostermann (ex-Sonnen) is joined by Simon Koopmann (Envelio) who is launching their Series B, Freerk Bisschop (Rockstart), Michael Peters (Sunvigo), Erin Ericson (Vestemi), Monica Vaksdal (Think Outside), David Hunt (Hyperion Executive Search) and our co-host Gerard Reid (Alexa Capital). Please get in touch if you want to speak at our monthly online events to pitch your startup, fund or portfolio. Our goals are 100% electric mobility, 100% renewable energy and 100% sustainable cities – this sounds like we all have a lot of work to do.

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Ecosummit Zoom 20 January 2021

We wish you all a healthy, happy and successful 2021. It’s a new year, a new game and a new chance to make smart green investments, promote your portfolio, find the best startups for open innovation or raise your next financing round. As we don’t have any time to waste to save our climate and planet, we’re very happy to invite you to Ecosummit Zoom 20 January 2021. The agenda features 8 inspiring speakers: Gerard Reid (Alexa Capital), Terhi Johanna Vapola (Helen Ventures), Constantin Schwaab (Wirelane), Pieter Waller (Chargetrip), Luis Orsini-Rosenberg (Gethenry), Michel Hunsicker (EDF Pulse Expansion), Matthias Karger (node.energy) and Michael Niggemann (Enerthing). Bart Markus (GAP Technology Holding) joins the discussion as co-host. Please get in touch if you want to speak at our monthly online events to pitch your startup, fund or portfolio. Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. Our goals are 100% electric mobility, 100% renewable energy and 100% sustainable cities. Let’s automate sustainability in every industry and build big startups with big impact.

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GreenCom Networks raises €12M Series C led by Shell Ventures

Breaking news at Ecosummit Zoom today: Founder CEO Christian Feißt unveils the €12M Series C of GreenCom Networks led by Shell Ventures and supported by new co-investor Energy & Environment Investment (EEI), Japan’s leading smart green VC making its first investment in Europe. With the help of EEI, GreenCom is already working on entering the Japanese market and talking to potential customers. Existing investors Centrica, Future Energy Ventures, Munich Venture Partners and SET Ventures, who all happen to be Ecosummit 2020 sponsors, participate in the new financing round of their portfolio star. The Munich-based company was founded in 2011, employs 65 energy, software and innovation experts, has a very strong management team and enjoys increasing commercial traction. In fact, GreenCom launched its Series C at our first Ecosummit Zoom 6 May 2020 and announced the closing 7 months later at our 8th Ecosummit Zoom 2 December 2020. Celebrating this funding milestone and our productive friendship, Christian just renewed their Ecosummit 2021 sponsorship. That’s the way we like it.

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Fresh capital for Skeleton, Tibber, The Fctr E, Tier, Dance, Greenbird, Pexapark, Dryad and Clim8

European smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities are en vogue among global investors and have recently closed new financing rounds. It’s about time to celebrate their progress and give you a quick summary of 9 transactions that have impressed us: Skeleton Technologies €41.3M Series D, Tibber $30M Series B, The Fctr E €10M Series A, Tier Mobility $250M Series C, Dance Mobility €15M Series A, Greenbird €5M Series B, Pexapark €6M Series B, Dryad Networks €1.8M Seed and Clim8 Invest £2.4M Seed Extension. Read on to learn why we think that these startups provide a lot of growth, environmental impact and financial return potential. We also note a growing number of serial entrepreneurs with exits who prefer to build a sustainable startup next to maximise their impact until 2030. That’s a really positive and inspiring trend.

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Ecosummit Zoom 2 December 2020

Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. At the end of this challenging year, we want to celebrate a very special online event together with you featuring some of the best founders and investors in our Ecosummit community. You’re welcome to join our 8th Ecosummit Zoom 2 December 2020 and enjoy a preview of our 100% smart green future as well as an inspiring conversation on doing an IPO and being a listed startup. The agenda features 17 fantastic speakers: Leonie Baneke (Eneco Ventures), Christian Feisst (Greencom Networks), Marco Beicht (Powercloud), Frank Schlichting (Kiwigrid), Joris Jonker (THE FCTR E), Thomas Öström (Climeon), Adam Kostyal (Nasdaq), Marc Fischer (Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures), Frederico Gonçalves (EDP Ventures), Andreas Stubelius (Swedish Energy Agency), Mamoun Taher (Graphmatech), Andres Anijalg (Roofit Solar), Liliane Ableitner (Exnaton), Simon Daniel (Moixa), Andrew Mack (Octopus Energy Germany), Michael Wilshire (Angel) and Robert Trezona (IP Group). Our co-hosts are Gerard Reid (Alexa Capital) in the morning and Bart Markus (GAP Technology Holding) in the afternoon. Please get in touch if you want to speak at our monthly online events to pitch your startup, fund or portfolio. Let’s automate sustainability in every industry and build big startups with big impact.

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Ecosummit invests in smart solar utility Sunvigo

Solar is by far the most important renewable energy on planet Earth. To grow the number of PV systems on global rooftops a lot faster, we have to make the solar purchase decision and PV system operations as simple as possible for consumers. The solution is to package the complex bundle of solar technology, financing, installation, operations and insurance into a super easy solar electricity tariff provided by a new smart solar utility. Sunvigo are the new kids on the block, in this case the residential solar market in Germany. After aggregating a strong partner network including a smart meter operator and several PV installers, the Cologne-based solar-as-a-service startup already have their first happy customers making their own solar power at home while paying only their monthly electricity bill. Most importantly, the 3 co-founders Vigen Nikogosian, Michael Peters and Bastian Bauwens are a great team: intelligent, well educated, modest and ambitious, with impressive track records and highly motivated to maximise their impact until 2030. That’s why Ecosummit invested €50K in the €500K Seed round together with Zurich-based Übermorgen Ventures and other smart green angels.

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Ecosummit Zoom 3 November 2020

On US election day – Why it has to be Joe Biden (Economist) – we’re zooming in again on smart green innovation in energy, mobility and cities at our 7th Ecosummit Zoom on 3 November 2020 at 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00 Berlin time. The agenda features 20 awesome speakers: Jan Lozek (Future Energy Ventures), Fabian Lemke (Nuventura), Christian Chudoba (Lumenaza), Michael Peters (Sunvigo), Simone Accornero (Flexidao), Rigbert Fischer (Blueworld Group), Davor Sutija (Nexwafe), Charlotta Holmquist (Blixt), Alexander Hain (Vattenfall), Tilo Bonow (Piabo), Metin Zerman (Energie 360), Thomas Koller (Enersis), Michael Waldner (Pexapark), Carolin Funk (Blue Bear Capital), David Horsch (Coboc), Charlotte Blou Sand (True Energy), Tobias Gill (Intelligent Power Generation), Carsten Brinkschulte (Dryad Networks), Lubomila Jordanova (Plan A) and Bart Markus (GAP Technology Holding). Please get in touch if you want to speak at our monthly online events to pitch your startup, fund or portfolio. Let’s automate sustainability in every industry and build big startups with big impact. Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality.

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Fresh capital for Eliq, Accure, Zolar, Energyworx, Voltstorage, Hydrogrid, Minibems and an exit for Fos4x

Several smart green startups recently raised capital and it’s about time to celebrate the active investors such as Inven Capital, SET Ventures and Engie New Ventures and the successful founders that closed new financing rounds during the global Covid-19 pandemic that’s hitting us now with its second wave as mercilessly as climate change will do during the next decades. 4 out of 8 startups that we cover below pitched at Ecosummit in the past, including Eliq, the Swedish app for smart energy consumers. The other 4 will be presented soon, starting with the first pitch of the new German battery intelligence provider Accure at Ecosummit Zoom 7 October 2020. Learn more about how Eliq, Accure, Zolar, Energyworx, Voltstorage, Hydrogrid, Minibems and Fos4x accelerate the energy transition and why European utilities should work together with these innovators rather sooner than later to foster sustainability and improve the lives of their customers.

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Dendra raises $10M Series A led by Airbus Ventures

Today is a good day for our climate and planet. Smart ecosystem restoration plays a key role in our global effort to minimise climate change and accelerate the transformation to a low carbon economy. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to automate ecosystem restoration by bringing together plant science, AI, drones and human creativity to decrease the costs and increase the accountability of biological carbon sequestration. Our Ecosummit angel portfolio company Dendra Systems raises $10M (€8.4M) Series A from Airbus Ventures, At One Ventures, Future Positive Capital and Lowercarbon Capital. Nicole Conner (Airbus Ventures) and Tom Chi (At One Ventures) join the board to support CEO and Co-Founder Susan Graham and her diverse team of ecologists and technologists in building a big startup with big impact.

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