ECO13 London Sponsors
Our 6th conference Ecosummit London 2013 was celebrated on 15-16 October 2013 at the Crystal and was supported by 15 sponsors that are profiled below. We are very grateful for their support and cooperation. Past Ecosummit sponsors: ECO15 Berlin, ECO14 London, ECO14 Berlin, ECO13 Berlin, ECO12 Düsseldorf and ECO12 Berlin.
ECO13 London Gold Sponsors
Smart Green Startup: Sefaira exists to help architects and other designers involved at the early stages of design make performance-based design decisions. At Sefaira, our overriding passion is to create software that helps our users design great, sustainable & high-performing buildings. Our software does this by analyzing building designs, and providing building physics-based output to our users in a manner that is immersive, seamless, and meaningful. From Sefaira’s offices in London and New York we have supported projects across the US, Europe through the Middle East and in Asia. Sefaira was founded in 2009 and our team all share a passion for green buildings, and for the way in which technology can help transform the green building space. Sefaira has won a number of awards, including the Ecosummit Award 2013 Jury Gold medal in Berlin.
Chrysalix SET is the Amsterdam-based venture capitalist firm managing SET Fund I and SET Fund II with investments in early and growth stage European technology companies with high growth potential that also have an impact on the future of energy in this world. We care about sustainability issues and want to contribute in a meaningful way, while maximizing returns for our investors by creating valuable companies. Typically these companies are active in the markets for sustainable energy generation, smart grid, transmission, storage and energy efficiency. The experienced Chrysalix SET investment team and partners have shown that their value chain investment philosophy and company building capabilities provide more than just financing. We have a long standing venture capital track record in various industries, since 2007 exclusively focused on sustainable energy technologies. The whole team comes from the industry and is geared towards the interests of its limited partners and the portfolio companies it has invested in. Chrysalix SET is a founding member of The Chrysalix Global Network (GCN), a premier alliance of independent, top-tier venture capital firms including Vancouver-based Chrysalix EVC and Beijing-based GRC Chrysalix. Chrysalix SET’s current portfolio includes AlertMe, MicroShade, NGentec, LuXeXcel, EnOcean and Sefaira.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the fields of industry, energy and healthcare as well as providing infrastructure solutions, primarily for cities and metropolitan areas. For over 165 years, Siemens has stood for technological excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is the world’s largest provider of environmental technologies. Around 40 percent of its total revenue stems from green products and solutions. In fiscal 2012, which ended on September 30, 2012, revenue from continuing operations totaled €78.5 billion and income from continuing operations €4.7 billion (incl. IAS 19R and reclassification of the solar business into continuing operations). At the end of September 2012, Siemens had around 370.000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations.
ECO13 London Silver Sponsors
The European Investment Fund‘s central mission is to support Europe’s micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by helping them to access finance. EIF designs and develops venture capital, guarantees and microfinance instruments which specifically target this market segment. In this role, EIF fosters EU objectives in support of innovation, research and development, entrepreneurship, growth and employment. EIF’s total net commitments to private equity funds amounted to over €6.9B at end 2012. With investments in over 400 funds, EIF is a leading player in European venture due to the scale and the scope of its investments, especially in high-tech and early stage segments. EIF’s guarantees loan portfolio totaled over €4.7B in close to 255 operations at end 2012, positioning it as a major European SME guarantees actor and a leading micro-finance guarantor.
The Swedish Energy Agency works for a smarter energy use, which involves among other things to channel practically all Swedish state funds that go into energy research. The Business Development and Commercialisation department is focused on making business from this research by bringing together researchers and business developers, contractors, customers and capital. This department also provides their own funding to cases with technical uniqueness, high energy relevance as well as a strong team behind the concept.
Ecomobilité Ventures, Europe’s first private equity fund dedicated to innovation in sustainable mobility, was created by French national railway operator SNCF, mobile telephone operator Orange and energy company Total. Ecomobilité Ventures recently invested a total of €5 million to acquire equity interests in three European ecomobility startups: Move About, EZ‐Wheel and Ouicar. The key to ensuring the success of sustainable mobility lies in stepped up innovation and more extensive cooperation between startups and large corporations. Ecomobilité Ventures intends to provide long‐term support for this fast growing industry. Backed by €25 million in capital, the corporate partnership is focusing its investments on four priority areas: transportation services, innovative information technology, connected vehicles and mobility products, and intelligent infrastructure. The three fledgling companies selected contribute to fostering the emergence of new modes of transportation and mobility solutions, each in its own sector.
Backed by more than 200 years of manufacturing history and with its two globally renowned brands, Peugeot and Citroën, PSA Peugeot Citroën sold more than 2.9 million vehicles worldwide in 2012, of which 38% were outside Europe. As Europe’s second largest carmaker, it generated sales and revenue of €55.4 billion. PSA Peugeot Citroën has sales operations in 160 countries, 16 production facilities — including joint ventures — and 202.108 employees worldwide. In 2011, the Group devoted more than €2.3 billion to R&D through its research centers in France (15.000 team members), Latin America (1.000 team members) and China (650 team members), with a special focus on new energies and filed 1.237 patents, the largest number by a single filer in France. PSA Peugeot Citroën is also involved in financing activities (Banque PSA Finance) and automotive equipment (Faurecia).
Smart Green Startup: Ubitricity was founded in Berlin in 2008 to develop new services for households with electric vehicles. We are now one of the few independent energy providers in Germany who deliver renewable electricity to households. In the future, ubitricity will offer its customers who drive EVs the possibility to charge up everywhere (e.g. at work) in total security and confidence, and with one single, simple bill to pay. Customers will receive the benefits of a new infrastructure concept – delivery, metering and billing services for green electricity. In 2010, ubitricity was able to win Earlybird, one of Europe’s most successful venture capital investors, for a Series A financing round. ubitricity’s Mobile Metering concept makes a comprehensive charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EV) affordable. The metering and communications technology necessary for recharging a vehicle is mobilized. It is installed in the EV or inside the charging cable rather than inside every single charging point. As a result, charging points can be reduced to lean and affordable ubitricity system sockets that can easily be installed anywhere users need them, and allow for truly unlimited mobility.
Smart Green Startup: Sonnenbatterie is a German pioneer in the rapidly growing storage market. As a medium-sized enterprise it develops and produces intelligent lithium storage systems committed to highest quality “made in Germany” and highest safety standards, e.g. has been certified by TÜV since 2011. The battery systems are exclusively manufactured at the company’s headquarters in Allgäu/Southern Bavaria, where it is also subjected to thorough quality control. Since the beginning in 2008, Sonnenbatterie consistently invests in research and development. The Sonnenbatterie offers solutions which are much more than only storage and includes many additional benefits like active energy management, smart metering and virtual power plant integration. Different system sizes are offered, optimally customized to the requirements of residential homes, agricultural farms and commercial firms. Sonnenbatterie was introduced to the German and Austrian markets in January 2011 as one of the first proven and transportable intelligent lithium storage systems. Sonnenbatterie experiences strong growth, has over 65 qualified employees and is backed by eCapital.
Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, is helping the energy industry modernize the electrical grid from generation to distribution to consumption – with highly secure, reliable and scalable communications solutions. Cisco Connected Grid solutions include:
- Transmission and Substation solutions that reduce service disruptions for consumers and lower operating expenses for utilities.
- Grid Security solutions that address physical and cyber security compliance needs for critical infrastructure.
- Building Energy Management solutions that enable facility operators to monitor, report, and control energy use.
- Enterprise and Grid Operation solutions that enable scalable and secure data collection and storage solutions for analytics and management systems.
The unique Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations, and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers, by providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate their groundbreaking ideas through the creation of digital models and prototypes. The program offers participants software licenses valued at up to €120.000 for just €50. With digital prototypes, clean tech innovators can explore and communicate ideas, test multiple concepts, and accelerate improvements, while supporting the reduction of potentially costly errors. Used by millions of engineers, architects, and design professionals worldwide, Autodesk software helps empower Clean Tech Partners to create a better, more sustainable world. For more information visit www.autodesk.co.uk/cleantech or www.autodesk.de/cleantech.
The mission of the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) is to assist the business, science and research community – in Europe and India – to work together towards generating new business opportunities in clean technology transfer and establishing business relevant cooperation in the field of research, science and technology. EBTC’s vision is to become a reference point for promoting European clean technologies in India and to be recognised for the quality of its services, its knowledge of the Indian market and its capacity to reach out to the entire European business and research community. EBTC is working hand in hand with existing networks, initiatives, partners, and institutions – both in Europe and India – in order to identify synergies and create a real European added value. EBTC is working in close cooperation with the bilateral Chambers of Commerce of the EU Member States, Embassies’ commercial and science and technology departments and regional trade promotion agencies. A high-level group of Indian counterparts – leading business, sectoral and industry associations – acts in an advisory capacity for EBTC. Through tapping into the European Chambers Network, the European Enterprise Network and other relevant innovation networks, EBTC can ensure that every single potential client, anywhere in Europe, is informed about its activities.
CCgroup members have been working in clean technology since 2006. We know the industry exceptionally well and, crucially, care about its success. Whether in renewable energy or wider green business, significant communication challenges face companies looking to establish themselves and contribute to the fast growing green economy. We bring an in-depth knowledge of clean technology, fresh perspectives and an urgency to our clients and the companies that serve the sector. We work with a range of companies from component manufacturers, service providers and campaign groups; and understand the urgency of clear, insightful communications. We can deliver an intelligent mix of compelling, credible business and consumer PR as we’re close to the market, the politics, the people and the technologies that affect us and our clients. Clean Technology is crucial for the development of a cleaner, more efficient and sustainable world. That’s why we believe in Clean Technology businesses and want to help them succeed. More importantly, we know the very real challenges facing the industry. Whether it’s generating sales leads, increasing profile or building capital value for exit, CCgroup has the knowledge, expertise and industry relationships to make it happen.
Level39 is Europe’s largest accelerator space for finance, retail and future cities technology companies. Occupying the entire 39th floor of the iconic One Canada Square building, and established by Canary Wharf Group, Level39 was opened in March 2013 by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and has quickly become an important part of London’s booming Tech City. Canary Wharf is one of the world’s most hi-tech business districts, boasting several modern shopping malls and thriving restaurants and bars. Level39 put high potential entrepreneurs in the same space as some of the world’s most influential technology buyers and investors, accelerating their traction and access to markets. Level39 also creates and hosts accelerator programmes and a busy events calendar. It is our aim to fuse London’s finance and technology sectors, enhancing London’s position as the digital capital of Europe and helping the positive transformation of the finance sector.
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