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Patric Gresko presents the European Investment Fund

Ecosummit TV: At ECO13 London, Patric Gresko gives an update on the cleantech activities of the European Investment Fund. Patric is the EIF’s resident Mr. Cleantech who wants to increase the support for cleantech VCs. In particular, the EIF is interested in training and funding first-time management teams as a way to grow the number of active cleantech investors in Europe. The EIF is Europe’s leading fund-of-fund with €12B of assets under management of which €3.8B go into early stage VCs. Since 2006, €280M were invested in 12 pure play cleantech funds managed by 9 fund managers (VC firms). A few more fund investment deals are in the pipeline.

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Henrik Olsen pitches Environmental Technologies Fund

Ecosummit TV: Henrik Olsen pitches Environmental Technologies Fund at ECO13 London and talks about how to build capital-efficient companies that have big environmental impact. Fuel is running out – we have limited resources. Consequentely, everybody in the cleantech startup and investor community tries to make better use of these resources. In fact, capital is also a limited resource and that’s why we need to use it very productively. During the last years, the number of investments has grown but with smaller amounts of capital – a good proof that the whole industry is working on using money more efficiently.

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Pedro Pires de Miranda envisions the smart green urban future for Siemens

Ecosummit TV: Siemens is not Apple. While Steve Jobs envisioned a new HQ from outer space for 12.000 employees, Pedro Pires de Miranda just wanted a smart green city technology showcase, conference centre, public exhibition and cutting edge sales office for the Siemens competence centre Cities. 18 months and €60M later, The Crystal opened doors in September 2012 and already upgraded more than 120.000 visitors to a new understanding of our urban future. 2 weeks ago we celebrated Ecosummit London 2013 at Siemens’ new urbanity palace.

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Jan Michael Hess opens Ecosummit London 2013

Ecosummit TV: Jan Michael Hess opens Ecosummit London 2013. Our 6th cleantech conference took place on 15-16 October at the Crystal, the urban sustainability HQ of Siemens in the Docklands. 150 participants came together to discuss smart green cities and to pitch new solutions and investment opportunities. The Crystal is the perfect location for Ecosummit London. Moreover, the LEED Platinum building is a role model for other corporates that want to co-invent the urban future and invest in a long-term technology showcase and marketing tool. Our highlight was the Ecomobilité Ventures Flinc deal announced at ECO13 London. After the NRW Bank O-Flexx investment, this is already the second deal facilitated by Ecosummit.

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Klaus Dibbern pitches Flinc

Ecosummit TV: Klaus Dibbern pitches Flinc at ECO13 Berlin. The German smart green startup enables dynamic ride sharing and runs a growing social mobility network. Flinc also offers a state-of-the-art ride sharing solution for companies that want to do something good for their employees. Flinc is integrated with Garmin’s Navigon navigation system as well as the ConnectedDrive services in the new BMW i3. With a focus on regional transportation, the system manages over half a million ride offers per month. Flinc currently raises a new financing round and you can meet co-founder Benjamin Kirschner at ECO13 London to talk about cooperation and the future of sustainable social mobility.

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Oliver Luenstedt pitches Carzapp from Berlin

Ecosummit TV: Oliver Lünstedt pitches Carzapp at ECO13 Berlin. While there are now 4 p2p car sharing startups in the German market, Carzapp is the first one to have developed their own hardware solution called ZappKit. The ZappKit enables wireless car access with smartphones used as digital keys. The magic hardware box also includes GPS and an immobiliser that prevents theft. While Carzapp is about to start their beta test in Berlin, they also offer their ZappKit to companies with significant car fleets they want to share. The B2B business of Carzapp is bound to grow quickly as the ZappKit is pretty price competitive. Carzapp is backed by angels and raised €250K in a crowdfunding round on Seedmatch earlier this year. Now Carzapp looks for fresh money to accelerate its growth. Meet Oliver at ECO13 London to get an update and talk smart green business.

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Knut Hechtfischer pitches Ubitricity

Ecosummit TV: Knut Hechtfischer pitches Ubitricity at ECO13 Berlin. The Berlin-based cleantech startup develops a cost-efficient charging solution for electric vehicles by putting the intelligence into the charging cable. This allows mobile metering wherever the user wants to buy electricity from. Recently, they became famous for integrating their solution in street lights. Up to now, Ubitricity raised €5.4M and is backed by Earlybird, IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft and Heinz Dürr (largest shareholder of Dürr, former CEO of AEG and Deutsche Bahn). Founded in 2008, Ubitricity plans to launch Mobile Metering in 2014, just-in-time when new electric cars hit the market. Meet Knut at ECO13 London next week to get an update and learn about their high risk, high return investment opportunity. That’s what venture capital is all about, isn’t it?

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Dirk Dens pitches Govecs

Ecosummit TV: Electric mobility on 2 wheels grows a lot faster than on 4 wheels. Dirk Dens pitches Govecs at ECO13 Berlin and shows how Govecs is surfing this VC-friendly trend. The Munich-based late stage startup is backed by Gimv and makes very cool electric scooters that are manufactured in Wroclaw, Poland. Govecs makes scooters not only for consumers but also for companies, especially urban delivery services. The new trend is scooter sharing and Govecs recently started the first project together with Ecooltra in Barcelona. If Govecs continues to execute its strategy well, they may be an exit candidate rather soon.

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Fabienne Herlaut pitches Ecomobilité Ventures

Ecosummit TV: Fabienne Herlaut pitches Ecomobilité Ventures at ECO13 Berlin. The Paris-based multi-corporate VC is focused on investing in sustainable mobility startups in Europe. Ecomobilité Ventures is financed by French national railway operator SNCF, mobile telephone operator Orange and energy company Total. The €25M fund is invested in 3 startups: Move About, EZ‐Wheel (ECO13 London) and Ouicar. At the moment, Fabienne works on new investments into promising startups as well as expanding the financial muscle of Ecomobilité Ventures with the help of more corporate limited partners. We are proud to have Fabienne among our Ecosummit Advisors and look forward to meeting her again at ECO13 London next week.

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Robert Gallenberger and Matthias Vandepitte present Gimv

Ecosummit TV: Robert Gallenberger and Matthias Vandepitte present Gimv at ECO13 Berlin. The Brussels-based VC is a listed company with €1.8B of assets under management and 90 employees in 4 offices. Recently, Gimv reorganised into 4 investment platforms of which Smart Industries and Sustainable Cities are most relevant for startups active in cleantech and resource efficiency. Gimv supported Ecosummit Berlin 2013 as sponsor and not only looked for new dealflow but also showcased the portfolio company Govecs at the conference. McPhy Energy (ECO12 Berlin) and PE International are also part of the portfolio. Gimv prefers to invest in startups with a proven business model and revenues to help them expand into new markets inside and outside of Europe.

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Ecosummit London 2013 happens on 15-16 October at the Crystal

This is our preview of Ecosummit London 2013, our 6th cleantech conference that we hold for the first time in London. The agenda is online and presents 58 speakers including 31 startups and 15 sponsors. The growing list of participants features a promising startup and VC density. 2 embedded Ecosummit TV videos show my introduction of ECO13 London and my opening of ECO13 Berlin. With 2 weeks to go, there is plenty of time to get your ticket and join us at the Crystal, the perfect location for our smart green family reunion. A unique experience for the participants will be the cable car pitch overviewing The Thames and Canary Wharf. Finally, it is our pleasure to share the dates of our next 4 events in Berlin and London in 2014 and 2015 for which we look for long-term sponsors and partners.

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Thomas Goette pitches Greenpocket

Ecosummit TV: Thomas Goette pitches Greenpocket at ECO13 Berlin. In particular, Thomas talked about their multi-level benchmarking tool that is based on smart meter data and allows to compare energy consumption data and receive recommendations for optimisation.The smart green startup from Cologne is backed by NRW Bank, Schwetje Digital (Betafabrik), Rheinland Venture Capital and KfW. Founded in 2009, Greenpocket has 30 employees and provides a powerful software platform for smart metering and smart home management. Greenpocket has got over 40 utilities and telcos as customers in Germany, Austria, Spain and UK.

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