ECO15 London Sponsors and Partners
Ecosummit is Europe’s leading smart green innovation and impact conference for startups, investors and corporates in Berlin, Amsterdam and London. Ecosummit London 2015 took place on 6-7 October 2015 at the Crystal and was supported by 22 partners and sponsors that are profiled below.
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Smart green accelerator: Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) designated in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Climate-KIC drives innovation in the area of climate change adaptation and mitigation through its European network of private, public and academic partners. Climate change presents not only a formidable societal challenge; it also offers huge business opportunities. Our vision is to lead the world toward low-carbon prosperity, create an emerging climate change innovation space, and to capitalise on public-private synergies to induce innovation. Through our education, entrepreneurship and innovation activities, we create opportunities for innovators to address climate change and create the world’s next economy.
Smart green accelerator: Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator is a 180-days intensive startup accelerator program designed to help early stage smart energy companies go to market faster. Applications for the 2016 Program open in Fall 2015. These 9 startups joined the 2015 Program and received all the support they need to realize their ambitions and make new ideas come to life in the complex energy industry. The program offers support from over 60 experienced mentors, opens up new networks and connects the startups to investors. The startups originate from 7 different countries and are developing new, sustainable ways to generate and save energy.
ECO15 London Gold Sponsors
Germany Trade & Invest combines the in-depth analysis of foreign markets with the extensive knowledge of Germany’s key industries and its investment and technology landscape. Supported by a network of 60 experts abroad and benefitting from close cooperation with the Worldwide Network of German Chambers of Commerce (AHKs), the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany supports international trade with comprehensive, consistent and industry-specific market information. Utilizing the combination of wide-ranging global expertise and an internationally competitive consulting and service profile for foreign investors, Germany Trade & Invest secures and creates jobs in Germany. The organization places a special focus on the economic development promotion of the new federal states (Eastern Germany) and Berlin. All inquiries relating to Germany as a business and investment location are treated confidentially. All investment services are available at no charge.
ECO15 London Silver Sponsors
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission as well as medical diagnosis. In infrastructure and industry solutions the company plays a pioneering role. As of September 30, 2014, we had around 343.000 employees in more than 200 countries. In fiscal 2014, they generated revenues of €71.9 billion from continuing operations. Siemens supports ECO15 London and ECO16 Berlin.
Smart green corporate VC: Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, gas-fired power and district heating and is a global player in energy market operations. Statkraft has 3.600 employees in more than 20 countries. We are managing 1.000s of renewable energy assets with more than 10.000 MW capacity for our clients, integrating their production into the European power market. Statkraft wants to invest into startups in order to create growth options and to drive new capabilities. We are committed to play an active role in the energy market transformation, have an attractive portfolio for applying innovation and maintain a pioneering spirit. This makes us a great partner for startups on the frontier of the energy market‘s paradigm shift. We are aiming to invest in Europe, targeting €1-5M per deal in Series A and later.
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.
Smart green corporate VC: INVEN CAPITAL is a €180M corporate VC fund established by the major European energy utility CEZ to invest in the new energy sector. INVEN CAPITAL seeks investments into small to middle-market innovative cleantech companies from Europe. We target late-stage startups with a business model proven by sales and significant growth potential. We focus on creating long-term value through an active partnership with the management of our portfolio companies. In our approach we actively support strategies for organic and/or acquisition growth. We can provide unique benefits to our portfolio companies and co-investors through (a) in-depth energy sector expertise, (b) utilization of CEZ Group’s client base and (c) technological synergies related to the asset base of our investor. Our investment team represents a balanced mix of skills from the energy sector, structured finance and investment banking. INVEN CAPITAL was founded in 2014 and is based in Prague.
Smart green VC: Munich Venture Partners (MVP) is the cleantech venture capital specialist based in Munich, Germany. As an independent venture capital organization we have set ourselves a strong goal: To assist today’s innovators to become tomorrow’s market leaders. MVP concentrates on venture capital for high-tech startups with growth-oriented and profit-generating projects. Our commitment focuses on Europe and on selected international investments. We are Fraunhofer Gesellschaft’s preferred venture capital partner. This close relationship to one of the leading applied science organizations gives us insights into new technologies and investment opportunities in promising Fraunhofer spin-offs. MVP was founded in 2005 and is headquartered in Munich. It is in part funded by the European Union and its Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).
Smart green accelerator: Since launch in 2011, Sustainable Venture Development Partners (“Sustainable Ventures”) has established itself as the leading UK accelerator for low carbon and sustainable businesses. Wholly owned by the management team, the company is led by co-founder Andrew Wordsworth who has already established 15 low carbon ventures which have attracted over £250m in equity commitments. Sustainable Ventures works with investors, entrepreneurial managers, and corporates to originate, build and grow sustainable companies. We identify new revenue opportunities where a low energy or low carbon solution offers a sustainable competitive advantage. These opportunities are then exploited by bringing together the required investment, management teams, strategic partners and proven technologies to form a new subsidiary company. This company then benefits from on-going acceleration support to rapidly scale to become the leading independent player in their emerging market segment. Growth of each portfolio company is accelerated and de-risked through access to our extensive network, deep sector expertise and venture development experience. Current opportunities include CoControl on Crowdcube and a new Sustainable Venture Accelerator Fund launching in early 2016.
Smart green accelerator: 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.
Baker Botts is an international law firm of approximately 725 lawyers practicing throughout a network of 14 offices around the globe. Baker Botts corporate lawyers have represented startup companies and their investors throughout the long history of our firm. Many of our oldest and largest institutional clients are businesses we have worked with since their formation – in some cases for many decades. That tradition continues today as a natural intersection of our experience in corporate transactions and in intellectual property matters, particularly in clean energy, information technology, life sciences and nanotechnology. We counsel entrepreneurs, early stage and emerging growth companies, as well as investors, venture capitalists and underwriters in a wide variety of industries, in addition to frequently representing universities and large commercial enterprises licensing their new technologies. We advise technology and other emerging growth companies from formation through rounds of venture capital or other private equity financing, initial public offering, sale or merger and beyond. Our lawyers represent a number of venture capital and other private equity funds, not only in raising their funds and making their portfolio investments, but also in the management or disposition of those investments.
The INNEON Network for Eco-Innovation Investment aims to extend the public and private funding sources available for eco-innovation and social innovation in Europe and provide a unique forum dedicated to the interaction between a select cohort of innovators and relevant investors. Innovators and investors can join a dedicated network, providing access to an online matchmaking platform, live networking events and more, to improve the quality of deals and allow for efficient matching of entrepreneurs and investors. INNEON is a catalyst accelerating the commercialisation of eco-innovation and social innovation bringing economic, environmental and social benefits for the investors and entrepreneurs and beyond that for Europe at large.
Smart green startup: Sonnenbatterie is a leading manufacturer of intelligent lithium storage systems. As a pioneer in the rapidly growing solar energy storage market, the company has extensive experience with battery storage technologies and renewable energy. The company has already sold more than 4.000 storage systems in Europe, now has over 100 qualified employees and is actively entering the US market. Sonnenbatterie has enjoyed strong growth since its establishment in 2010 and is backed by eCAPITAL, SET Ventures and Munich Venture Partners. Sonnenbatterie offers fully integrated storage solutions with a user-friendly energy manager that allows users to individually control their storage system, to track their energy use, optimize the solar self-consumption and avoid peak demand charges. The company consistently invests in research and development and has launched already the 4th product generation in June 2014. Since the beginning Sonnenbatterie committed itself to highest quality “made in Germany” and highest safety standards, e.g. has been certified by TÜV since 2011 and is the first company that fulfills the the new “Safety Guidelines for Li-ion residential storage systems” of German Associations.
Smart green startup: Skeleton Technologies is Europe’s leading manufacturer of ultracapacitors, delivering high power, high energy, reliable and long-life storage solutions across industries. Through the use of patented nanoporous carbide-derived carbon, or curved graphene, we have achieved global breakthroughs in ultracapacitor performance. Our ultracapacitors deliver twice the energy density and 5 times the power density offered by other manufacturers. In 2014, the company opened a 1000 m2 pilot plant and launched new SkelCap series ultracapacitors, which have gained considerable customer traction in the motorsport, automotive and aerospace sectors, among others. Our current customer base includes global engineering companies, the European Space Agency and several Tier 1 automotive manufacturers. The company employees 47 people and has two subsidiaries: Skeleton Technologies GmbH located in Bautzen, Germany, which deals with manufacturing and sales; and Skeleton Technologies OÜ, located near Tallinn, Estonia, which handles R&D and pilot production.
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.
Smart Green Startup: Leko reinvents homes, inspired by the automotive and high-tech industries. The company focuses on rethinking the entire construction process from the ground up in order to provide the best solution to customers. The first manifestation of this new way of looking at buildings comes in the form of Leko Premium Efficient Homes, which dramatically improve quality of life as they combine state-of-the-art technology with stunning design.
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The DOEN Foundation believes that a green, socially-inclusive and creative society is possible. DOEN promotes people and enterprises that take the lead in the field of sustainable, cultural and social innovation with revenues of the Dutch Postcode Lottery, the Friends Lottery and the BankGiro Lottery. People with the courage to take risks in order to put their often pioneering ideas into practice and so inspire others. DOEN offers these people financial support and brings them together to connect them.
Life Size Media is a communications consultancy working exlusively in cleantech and sustainable innovation. We provide fully integrated campaigns that combine public relations with design, marketing, digital and film to achieve our client’s commercial objectives. We believe that a good story can change the world, and we only tell those stories for companies that we genuinely want to see succeed. Our mission is to help breakthrough technologies realise their potential to help build a better future.
Join Global Corporate Venturing, and more than 350 business leaders from the corporate venturing and innovation ecosystem for the two-day Global Corporate Venturing and Innovation Summit on 27-28 January 2016 in Sonoma, CA, USA. With the biggest economy and venture market remaining in the US and Silicon Valley, this event will bring together the international CV&I community to discuss partnership approaches, CVC investment models, as well as best practices to drive competitive advantage and source innovation. We’ll also be discussing how international firms can access the American innovation capital ecosystem and how US firms can benefit from the collaboration, as well as the scaling up of the industry itself. Speakers Include: Wendell Brooks – Intel Capital, Sue Siegel – GE Ventures, Mike Chuisano – Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, Matt Garratt – Salesforce Ventures, Bill Gross – Idealab, Jon Callaghan – True Ventures, Deborah Hopkins – Citi Ventures, Dr. Robert Wolcott – Kellogg Innovation Network, and many more…
The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment. Angel investing is part of a £1.1 billion EIS investment market in the UK – the single largest source of early stage capital in this country. The Angel community in the UK is fast-growing and also very diverse, reflecting a range of different investment models and approaches. UKBAA’s members include angel networks, syndicates, individual investors, early stage VCs, equity crowdfunding platforms, accelerators as well as professional advisers and intermediaries.
Cleantech Venture Day is organised by LADEC (Lahti Region Development Company) since 2006 and is the biggest cleantech investor event in the Nordics. Come and meet the best Nordic cleantech companies and international investors at the 10th anniversary event on 29th October 2015 at Lahti, Finland. LADEC is well connected with the national and international cleantech ecosystems and has partners like Cleantech Invest, Cleantech Scandinavia, FIBAN, Cleantech Finland and Global Cleantech Cluster Association GCCA where LADEC is a founding member. Cleantech Venture Day 2015 aims at facilitating the dialogue and collaboration of corporate, VC and private investors with cleantech companies looking for growth funding.
Xing Events is the only provider who combines event management software and business network. With the help of Xing Events, organizers have sold and accounted for 7 million tickets worldwide for more than 180.000 professional events. The event management software for online event registration & ticketing allows participants a swift and secure purchase of tickets and guarantees for a smooth entry to the event. Years of event experience as well as a specialized international support team for organizers and participants make Xing Events a reliable partner for business events. As part of XING AG, the social network for professional contacts, Xing Events connects more than 14 million potential participants with suitable events.