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    ECO17 Berlin Speakers

     

    Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups, investors and corporates in Europe. Our flagship event Ecosummit Berlin 2017 takes place on 9-10 May 2017 at the Radialsystem. As of today, 37 speakers including 21 startups are confirmed. Please contact us if you’re interested in pitching or sponsoring. Get your ECO17 Berlin tickets until 28 February 2017 and save €200. We look forward to hosting you at Ecosummit Berlin. Past Ecosummit speakers: ECO16 London, ECO16 Amsterdam, ECO16 Berlin, ECO15 London, ECO15 Berlin, ECO14 London, ECO14 Berlin, ECO13 London, ECO13 Berlin, ECO12 Düsseldorf, ECO12 Berlin and ECO11 Berlin.

     


     

    • Susana Quintana-Plaza (Corporate VC)
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    • Partner
    • Next47
    • https://www.next47.com
    • Susana Quintana Plaza has recently joined Siemens’ next47 as Partner, coming from the E.ON Group where she was Senior Vice President of Technology and Innovation. In a previous role, as Vice President of Innovation Scouting & Co-investments, she was responsible for creating and operating the Corporate Venture Capital activities for E.ON. She has nearly 20 years of work experience in the aerospace and energy industries with Boeing, Booz & Co, GE and E.ON. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelor and a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington. Susana lives in Cologne. In her free time she loves to spend time with her husband and two children and travel the world.
    • Nicholas Parker (Sustainability Investor)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Global Acceleration Partners
    • http://www.gap-inc.net
    • For over three decades, Nicholas Parker has pioneered sustainable venturing ideas and initiatives around the world. He is currently Founding Managing Partner of Global Acceleration Partners Inc. (GAP), a financial enterprise established in 2013 to address global megatrends shaping basic needs for clean energy, food, water and smart infrastructure by accelerating cross-border deployment of technologies and business models into emerging economies, particularly China. GAP seeks both superior value creation and positive impact at scale. Privately, Nicholas is also an angel investor in solar fintech companies such as Mosaic and M-Kopa. Nicholas introduced the “cleantech” concept to the finance and business community in 2002 while launching Cleantech Group (CTG), a market-leading research and advisory company that he chaired until the end of 2013. Under his leadership, CTG helped mobilize over $6B in private equity, convened 10,000+ decision-makers around the world, and analysed 16,000+ cleantech innovators while serving major enterprises, public agencies and financial institutions in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America, while creating a global ecosystem. Previously, Nicholas was Chair of Corporate Knights (CK), the media and financial research company for clean capitalism, best known for the Global 100 rankings launched annually at the World Economic Forum in Davos. During his tenure, from 2011 to 2013, CK raised venture capital, won the National Magazine Award and launched CK Capital. During 2011-12, he was also founding Chair of WaterTAP, a state corporation established to promote water technology, finance and policy innovation. Prior to starting CTG, Nicholas accumulated over 15 years’ experience forming and investing funds worldwide through limited partnerships, family offices, corporate funds and endowments. During this time, he initiated the first trans-Atlantic “sustainability” private equity fund, the first pan-Asian fund, the first cross-border India fund and participated in the second ever solar IPO on NASDAQ. In the 1990s, he built and sold one of the first environmental finance firms, including advising the EU, UN and WBCSD on capital markets and technology. Nicholas earned a BA Tech, Hons. (Carleton University, Ottawa), an MBA in International Business (City University, London), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America while currently residing in Toronto.
    • Michael Wilshire (Service Provider)
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    • Director of Analysis
    • Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    • http://www.bnef.com/
    • Michael is Director of Analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, leading the teams that produce research on clean energy including Bioenergy, Wind, Solar, Energy Smart Technologies, Carbon Capture & Storage and geothermal. Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael was a partner at McKinsey, where he consulted across a range of industries including energy, technology and telecoms. He worked with equipment providers and operators across Europe as well as in Asia and the US. Previously, Michael worked in the UK Department of Energy in the 1980s across a variety of energy policy areas, including one of the very earliest privatisations (Amersham International), as well as deregulation of the gas industry, renewable energy, nuclear policy and the financing and privatisation of the electricity industry. During that period he was also private secretary to both the Minister of State for Energy and the Permanent Secretary.
    • Petr Mikovec (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Inven Capital
    • http://www.invencapital.cz/en/home.html
    • Petr Míkovec is the Managing Director of INVEN CAPITAL, a new venture capital fund established by the major European utility CEZ. INVEN CAPITAL and Petr’s motto is: You innovate, we invest, together we grow. Petr was at the very beginning of the fund existence in 2013/14 and built the investment vehicle from the position of CEZ Corporate Development Director. Overall Petr gained over 10 years experience in energy industry in the area of investment opportunities evaluation (EUR 100+ mil transaction volume) and utitlity strategy formulation. Before that, Petr was working for Patria Finance, Czech Republic´s leading investment house. Petr holds an MA in Finance from the Economic University of Prague and a diploma in Business Administration from UC Berkeley XT including International Internship Program as equity fundamental analyst at Technovision Management (hedge fund based in Los Altos, Silicon Valley) and an executive leadership diploma from the University of Pittsburgh´s Joseph M Katz Graduate School of Business.
    • Matthias Engel (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • innogy Corporate Ventures
    • http://www.innogy.com
    • Prior to being appointed Managing Director of innogy Corporate Ventures Matthias was a Senior Manager of innogy’s (formerly RWE) M&A team. As such he was in charge of numerous national and international M&A transactions across RWE’s value chain. One of his largest transactions included the sale of RWE’s gas transit pipelines in the Czech Republic to a consortium of Infrastructure Funds for a consideration of EUR 1.6B. His most recent transaction included the acquisition of Belectric GmbH, a global player in the solar PV market. Before joining RWE in 2006, Matthias was an investment banker in Corporate Finance and M&A at family owned private bank Bankhaus Metzler where he gained thorough experience in executing M&A transactions for numerous clients across multiple industries. Straight after finishing University, Matthias joined fintech start-up E-LOAN Europe as assistant to the CFO. Matthias holds a Diploma in Business (MBA equivalent) from Leipzig Graduate School of Management and was a visiting student at the Business School of the University of Sydney.
    • Christopher Waldén (Accelerator)
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    • Senior Advisor
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Christopher is a Senior Advisor at the Business Development Department within the Swedish Energy Agency with a degree in International Media and Communications. He is responsible for the promotion of Swedish energy technology and cleantech solutions at the Swedish Energy Agency. Christopher has successfully managed a portfolio of over 70 companies with market introduction programs towards Germany, UK and the USA and has a background from various international marketing positions.
    • Dr. Philipp Ulbrich (Corporate VC)
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    • VP Innovation Scouting and Co-Investments
    • EON
    • http://www.eon.com/en/about-us/innovation/strategic-co-investments.html
    • As Vice President Philipp leads Innovation Scouting and Co-Investments within the Innovation area of E.ON. This covers the two teams in Essen and in San Francisco, which he joined in June 2016. Before Philipp was responsible for the group-wide project Working Capital Excellence through which two and a half years more than EUR 1.5 billion of liquidity could be released. Previously he was active in France as Head of Finance for E.ON. Philipp Ulbrich started his career in Subsidiary Controlling at E.ON, where he accompanied trade and distribution units. He holds also a doctorate from his time as an assistant teacher at the Economics Faculty of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In his spare time, Philipp Ulbrich likes going into the mountains, either on hiking boots, crampons, or ski. He also enjoys running, swimming and motorcycling.
    • Claus Wattendrup (Corporate)
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    • Managing Director
    • Vattenfall Europe Innovation
    • http://corporate.vattenfall.com/
    • Claus Wattendrup is heading the European-wide Business Development activities of Vattenfall for Renewable Energy and is Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH. After studying Energy and Process Engineering Claus has founded two companies and worked as a Management and M&A Consultant.
    • Leonie Baneke (Corporate VC)
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    • Manager Corporate Venturing
    • Eneco Innovation & Ventures
    • http://www.eneco.com/about-us/innovation/
    • Leonie Baneke is Manager Corporate Venturing at Eneco Innovation & Ventures. This team of around 50 FTE is responsible for the development and growth of Eneco’s (a leading Dutch utility) innovative business models and services, both internal and external. Leonie is responsible for identifying, structuring and managing investments in innovative companies, whereby the starting principle is to structure meaningful partnerships and commercial deals in parallel with such investments. Main focus is on domains such as smart homes, smart buildings, solar & storage, mobility, smart outdoor and smart grid & flexibility. Before joining Eneco, Leonie worked in mergers & acquisitions, advising companies and investors in a variety of sectors on acquisitions, divestments, financial restructuring and strategic topics.
    • Boris Lesjean (Corporate)
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    • Innovation Director
    • Veolia Germany
    • http://veolia.de/u-start
    • Boris Lesjean is Innovation Director of Veolia Germany, in charge of the incubator program U-START for preseed startups. He graduated in 1997 as process engineer in France, and has since been working in Research and Innovation within the Veolia group, the world leader for environmental services.
    • Dr. Dirk Bessau (VC & Accelerator)
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    • Director Berlin Office
    • InnoEnergy
    • http://www.innoenergy.com
    • Dirk Bessau is the manager of the InnoEnergy office in Berlin since July 2014 and Business Development Manager. He has a strong background and network in the German Energy industry. He started his carrier in the energy market in 2002 as an assistant to the CEO of a municipal utility, before he was member of the management board and head of the business development. Additionally, he was authorised officer of the corporate venture company. Afterwards he was managing director of one of the largest renewable energy associations in Europe and CEO to develop a new company for infrastructure services in the gas market – today, one of the largest European gas market areas. He is experienced in the transformation of the energy market, especially in energy production and renewables as well as in startup management and energy politics.
    • Andreas von Richter (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Aster Capital
    • http://aster.com
    • Andreas joined Aster in 2016 as partner and is leading our investments in the DACH and Nordic regions. Prior to Aster, Andreas was the Managing Director for EcoMobility Ventures at Idinvest Partners for two years. The fund focused on investments within transportation sectors and was financed by SNCF, Total, Air Liquide, Michelin and Orange. During his tenure, Ouicar was sold to SNCF. Before that, Andreas founded and managed the European and Israeli venture capital operations for GE Capital from 2008 till 2014. His investments included Solarage (NASDAQ: SEDG) and EMEFCY (ASX:EMC). Previously he was part of the leadership team of GE’s European R&D Centre, focusing on governmental funding and jointly developing research projects with GE customers in the energy, healthcare and inspection sectors. Andreas started his career in 1999 at Airbus and switched in 2000 to OHB System AG, leading the development of instruments for manned and unmanned space missions for four years. Andreas holds a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Delft and a MBA from INSEAD. He is a native German speaker and is fluent in English, French and Dutch.
    • Alexander van der Have (Impact VC)
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    • Investment Manager
    • DOEN Foundation
    • http://www.doen.nl/how-we-do-it/equity.htm
    • As Investment Manager of DOEN Ventures (DOEN Participaties BV), Alexander has profound insight in the world of impact investing. His background is in private equity investments. Alex’s career started in the legal sector, when working in the M&A department of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Later he moved to financial sector early 2010 where he worked on sustainable investment strategies in Robeco’s Responsible Private Equity support team. Since 2011 Alexander is responsible for part of DOEN’s equity investments. As such, he combines experience from both his background at corporate settings and more impact driven environments. He therefore understands the multiple angles, opportunities and challenges of sustainability as a business driver. Alexander holds a Master of Business Administration from the IE Business School in Madrid, a Master in Corporate & Commercial Law from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and is a fully qualified lawyer in the Netherlands.
    • Stephan Schulze (VC)
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    • Senior Investment Manager
    • IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft
    • http://www.ibb-bet.de/
    • The IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft provides venture capital to innovative Berlin enterprises and has established itself as a market leader in the field of early stage financing in the location Berlin. Currently two of the funds managed by the IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft are in the investment phase, the VC Fonds Technologie Berlin with a fund size of € 52 million and the VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin with a fund size of € 30 million. Stephan is Head of the Industrial Technologies Team and Prokurist of IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft. He joined the company in 1997. Stephan is responsible for identifying and especially implementing new investment opportunities in Berlin as well as developing portfolio companies and realising successful exits. Prior to joining IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft he was assistant of the general management of Arton Automobile, a supplier of electric powered vehicles, and developed with Herlitz Falkenhöh the Business Park Am Borsigturm. Stephan holds a degree of Mechanical Engineering and Management and is a graduate of Technical University Berlin.
    • Konstantin Hanssen (Corporate)
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    • Key Account Manager Energy & Optics
    • Investitionsbank Berlin
    • http://www.ibb.de
    • Konstantin Hanssen studied Economics and Marketing at Technische Universität of Berlin. He entered the IBB in 1993 in the new department for economy support and worked in different sections of the IBB. Since 2010 he is Key Account Manager responsible for Berlin-based companies in the fields of energy technology and optics. In addition to consulting on the financial structures of R&D projects among public funding programs he checks the granting of loans at the own risk of the IBB. Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the business development bank of Berlin. With a wide product spectrum it is active in the areas of business as well as housing and real estate promotion. IBB supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin with subsidies, loan products and equity stakes developing targeted solutions for its clients. In doing so it works in close cooperation with all local commercial banks.
    • David Wortmann (Service Provider)
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    • Managing Director
    • DWR eco
    • http://www.dwr-eco.com/en/
    • David Wortmann is the owner and Managing Director of the consulting agency DWR eco GmbH that he and Doreen Rietentiet founded in 2012. He has extensive expertise in fields of business development, public affairs, public relations and strategic consulting in environmental technologies, renewable energy and sustainable development. Wortmann started working in the field of cleantech and renewable energies back in 2000 and is well connected across various sectors of the industry worldwide. In politics, he worked as a research assistant in the German Bundestag for major protagonists of the energy transition such as Hermann Scheer. He supported the creation of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) in the role as Director of International Policy Affairs. In the consulting company he worked on the government side for the Industrial Investment Council as Head of Asia based in Tokyo and later for the Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) as Head of the Energy and Environmental Technology Department. In industry, he worked for First Solar as director of strategic planning and most recently as vice president of public affairs for the EU. Thereby he accompanied the expansion of the production facility in Germany, as well as important pieces of energy legislation. David Wortmann is a frequent speaker on conferences and acted, among other things, as a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University in the United States. He has published numerous technical papers in the fields of sustainable development and energy and is the Managing Director of the Berlin-Brandenburg Energy Network.
    • Jan Michael Hess (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecosummit
    • http://market.ecosummit.net/c/Ecosummit
    • Jan is Founder and CEO of Ecosummit and the Berlin-based consulting firm Mobile Economy. Ecosummit is Europe’s leading smart green innovation and impact conference for startups, investors and corporates in Berlin, Amsterdam, Stockholm and London. We accelerate startups, foster co-investing and enable open innovation and corporate venturing. We focus on sustainable innovation and resource efficiency in energy, mobility, buildings, cities, materials and food, powered by IoT, AI, robotics and blockchain. Since 2010, Jan organised 13 conferences in Berlin (7), London (4), Amsterdam (1) and Düsseldorf (1). He advises startups on fundraising and acts as Editor in Chief of the Ecosummit Blog and Ecosummit TV. Prior to founding Mobile Economy in 2000, Jan worked for Pixelpark, Icon Medialab and Ciao as Strategic Planner, Project Manager and Head of Marketing and Sales. Jan holds a business degree from the University of Mannheim, lives in Berlin with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Yoga, Japan and Jazz.
    • Christoph Ostermann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sonnen
    • https://www.sonnenbatterie.de
    • Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder and CEO of Sonnen GmbH, being with its Solar Battery product range one of the pioneers in the residential battery storage market. Solar Battery is a highly innovative, intelligent battery system offering much more than just an energy storage solution. The system comprises several added value features such as smart home, smart meter, PV-monitoring and UPS. Since its market launch in early 2011 several hundreds of Solar Batteries have been sold only in Germany. Christoph began his career with KMC Management Consultants, a leading management consulting firm focused on sales and marketing expertise, where he was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of a branch office. Since 2005 he is in the renewable energy business, where he has been involved in several companies as CEO, entrepreneur and/or consultant. Christoph graduated in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth.
    • Nils Aldag (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Sunfire
    • http://www.sunfire.de/en/
    • Nils Aldag is a Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Sunfire – a developer of next generation fuel cells and electrolysers based on high temperature technology. At Sunfire he successfully acquired equity investments from Bilfinger Venture Capital, Electranova Capital, KfW Bankengruppe, Total Energy Ventures and Inven Capital. He is also a Co-founder of the Desertec Foundation. Nils graduated in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.
    • Dr. Jan-Willem Rombouts (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • REstore
    • http://www.restore.eu
    • Jan-Willem Rombouts co-founded REstore and serves as its Co-CEO after a career at Goldman Sachs where he last served as Executive Director of Credit Trading Strategy. He brings expertise in quantitative modeling and software development. At REstore Jan-Willem leads the product innovation, technology development and trading activities. He holds a PhD in Physics from NYU and a graduate certificate in Data Mining and Applications from Stanford University.
    • Dr. Thomas Goette (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GreenPocket
    • http://www.greenpocket.de/en/
    • Dr. Thomas Goette is CEO of GreenPocket, one of the leading specialists for smart metering and smart home software. As an expert for the energy and internet business, he regularly appears in the trade press and is invited as a speaker to national and international events. In 2012, the economy magazine Wirtschaftswoche and Daimler nominated him as one of the top 100 online trendsetters in Germany. Prior to joining GreenPocket he founded and built up a social media startup. Before that he worked as a partner at the consulting firms Oliver Wyman (2006-2007), Diamond Cluster (2001-2006) and Roland Berger Strategy (1993-2000). He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Göttingen and a PhD in the area of Marketing and Finance.
    • Yüksel Sirmasac (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Rockethome
    • http://rockethome.de/welcome/
    • Yüksel Sirmasac holds a degree in business administration and is CEO and Founder of Rockethome. Early 2010, he founded the company together with investors from the cleantech scene. Before founding Rockethome, Yüksel Sirmasac worked several years in senior management positions at various well-known companies including media group RTL, Reed-Elsevier Germany (LexisNexis), Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt (Holtzbrinck). There, he successfully established numerous products in the market. In addition, he has already developed several technology companies to sustainably successful organizations. To pass on his knowledge to students he has taken a lectureship in the field of e-business and industrial computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach.
    • Dr. Peter Bance (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Origami Energy
    • http://www.origamienergy.com
    • With a background in physical sciences and a passion for business, Peter has spent his career focused on building high growth ventures and technology commercialisation, primarily in the cleantech sector. He was CEO of a combined heat and power business that he took public on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) and then became Entrepreneur in Residence at Octopus Investments working with their venture capital team and renewable energy business. He then founded Origami Energy as CEO, with the vision of creating the real-time marketplace for the distributed energy world. Over the years, Peter has also been non-executive director of a number of innovative energy technology businesses and has also sat on public-private organisations including the Energy Research Partnership, the Energy Technologies Institute and the Energy Systems Catapult.
    • Holger Weiss (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • German Autolabs
    • http://www.germanautolabs.com
    • Holger G. Weiss is Co-Founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has over 15 years of experience managing and building technology-driven companies with innovative business models in the Future Mobility sector. He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a vital role in the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin, from its genesis up to its acquisition by Nokia in 2006. Gate5 was the forerunner for HERE – a map and content provider recently bought by three German car makers at a price of close to three billion Euros. Before founding German Autolabs, Holger G. Weiss was Managing Director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership, this music streaming startup developed into one of the leading providers of internet-based audio content for the Automotive Industry. In 2013 Aupeo was acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America. Holger G. Weiss is a board member for various technology companies and also Venture Partner at Target Partners – one of the leading VC companies in Europe. Besides his business activities he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young aspiring founders. He consults medium-sized companies as well as tech and industry related associations.
    • Marcel Smit (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Energyworx
    • http://www.energyworx.com
    • Marcel’s playground for the past 25 years has been the global enterprise software market. Early in his career he cut his chops at Oracle and MicroStrategy. As a hands-on CEO for the past 15+ years, he’s worked with a number of young and fast growing companies in Europe and the U.S. Marcel enjoys “dress down” day, but more often than not you can find him in one of his unique suits, each of which has a specific theme. “Energy” is his favorite (well before he joined Energyworx!), as he is a strong believer in walking the extra mile. Another favorite suit is “Focus”, as life is too short to waste on things that don’t matter – and being focused means getting things done. The meaning of the “FIFO” suit is something that is best discussed over a glass or two of wine. Marcel gets his energy from a broad range of music, working out and travel. Since he’s based both in San Francisco and The Netherlands, plenty of travel is guaranteed. Marcel is passionate about building great teams, designing the company strategy and executing the company’s go-to-market plans.
    • Florian Meyer-Delpho (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Greenergetic
    • http://www.greenergetic.de
    • Florian Meyer-Delpho is CEO and Co-Founder of Greenergetic. Greenergetic has developed a revolutionary online sales and service portal for small Photovoltaic systems on rooftops. Greenergetic provides the first comprehensive solution for PV installations for end customers including DIY information, engineering and project planning, purchasing, installation and financing. Greenergetic aims to provide millions of households nationwide with clean and affordable energy. Prior to Greenergetic, Florian co-founded pvXchange, the world’s largest B2B trading platform for PV. He lead the international business development and sales department until 2011. Florian received a BA with honours in European Business Administration from Cologne Business School and the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and an MBA in Sustainability Management from Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Moreover, he is an accredited expert in alternative energies and has excellent connections into the German utility industry.
    • Dr. Christian Chudoba (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Lumenaza
    • http://www.lumenaza.de
    • Christian Chudoba is Co-Founder and CEO of Lumenaza. He has held leading roles in business management, strategy, business development and marketing for 15 years. For a corporate company he developed a new business concept for mobile applications and led the implementation from a small internal startup to a sizable new business area. Christian holds a PhD in Physics and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) prior to moving to the software business.
    • Ewald Hesse (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Grid Singularity
    • http://gridsingularity.com
    • Ewald Hesse leads the Grid Singularity venture, rooted in his extensive experience in the energy sector and acute interest in distributed business models. Hesse has served as Regional Director for business development and strategy in Southeast Europe at Andritz Hydro, a global supplier in renewable (hydro) energy technology. Earlier in his career, he explored technology transfer and joint ventures in China and European automobile sector at Metzler and ABB power and automation technologies group. Ewald holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Project Management from the University in Konstanz, Germany.
    • Dr. Jan Marckhoff (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • BEN Energy
    • http://www.ben-energy.com
    • Jan is Co-Founder and CEO of BEN Energy. He has a background in finance having studied in Germany, India and the US and having gained over five years of work experience in the banking industry. Jan first came into contact with the energy market during his PhD where he did research on risk management in electricity markets in Europe. Afterwards, he worked in risk management and strategy consulting for the financial and energy industry before joining the ETH Zurich team and founding BEN at the beginning of 2011.
    • Dr. Mich Hein (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Electrochaea
    • http://www.electrochaea.com
    • Mich Hein is the managing director of Electrochaea GmbH in Munich, Germany. He is also a founding member and managing partner of Focus First, a founding investor of Electrochaea and five other Companies in the energy, agriculture and water sectors. Mich brings more than 30 years of executive management experience in the biotechnology and life science arena. As an inventor, entrepreneur and executive, Mich brings broad experience to the partnership in technology development, financing and market alignment. Mich founded two companies, Epicyte Pharmaceutical (La Jolla, 1996-2002) and Heliose (Chicago 2007-2008), and served as CEO of Chromatin, Inc (Chicago 2002-2005) and Chief of staff of the Illinois Medical District (2008-2009) before founding Focus First with Vicki Gonzalez and Ted Briscoe in 2010. After starting his professional career as a research chemist with Monsanto and then PPG Industries in the early 80’s, he accepted an academic faculty appointment at The Scripps Research Institute (1989-1996). Mich’s academic research, funded by industry, NIH and DARPA, focused on mucosal immunology and plant based proteins for immune protection. At Scripps, Mich sponsored the first field trial of transgenic alfalfa in the US, and with 17 patents and 25 publications under his belt, he made the leap from academia to entrepreneur as the founder of Epicyte Pharmaceutical, Inc. He has raised more than $40 million in seed and venture funding, $20M in nondilutive grant support and $10M in sponsored R&D for his companies. Mich’s business development experience includes negotiated partnerships and licensing agreements with channel to market partners in the pharmaceutical, animal health, energy and agriculture markets, as well as numerous academic institutions and the NIH. Mich has assisted entrepreneurs in intellectual property development, regulatory strategy, business development and fund raising at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Technology Incubator, where he managed the incubator and the Chicago Technology Park, and as Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Office of Technology and Intellectual Property. Mich currently serves on the Board and as an advisor of several early stage biotechnology companies in the Focus First Portfolio and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. Mich Hein holds a BS degree from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University, and both MS and PhD degrees in Plant Physiology from the University of Minnesota.
    • Björn Jernström (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ferroamp
    • http://www.ferroamp.com
    • Björn Jernström is CEO of Ferroamp. A company he founded in 2010 based on the now patented ACE technology that enables savings on grid fees and faster EV charging. The novel 4-quadrant inverter developed for this application now also supports solar cells and energy storage. Today Ferroamp sells PV inverters that bring benefits even without PV panels. Björn is the inventor behind four different patents related to the technology. Prior to starting Ferroamp he has worked as project manager for a thin film CIGS manufacturing plant, R&D manager for optical media replication equipment and also within different companies related to electric measurement technology. Björn has an MSc in Electrical Engineering from KTH in Stockholm. He has previously founded two successful startups in the electric power industry, both were acquired by industrial buyers.
    • Wouter Robers (Startup)
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    • President of Opportunities
    • Peeeks
    • http://www.peeekspower.com
    • Wouter Robers co-founded several companies including Epyon, which built fast-charging stations for electric vehicles. Epyon was acquired by ABB in 2011 after which he worked at ABB for a couple of years. Then he started, and killed, a company in 3D printing. A year ago he started Peeeks with two other experienced entrepreneurs. Peeeks has a platform that helps companies to make money by shifting their electricity use. Peeeks has several customers and a cooperation with TBI-Croon to do this for pumping stations and an investment from Eneco.
    • Kai Daniels (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • Milk the Sun
    • https://www.milkthesun.com/en
    • Kai is co-MD at Milk the Sun, a worldwide leading online platform for selling and buying photovoltaic systems. Having joined the founding team in 2016, Kai supports the development and growth of new business to establish Milk the Sun as the forefront digital solution for owners and operators of photovoltaic systems. Kai has a passion for building new digital businesses, solving real-life problems through combining smart product solutions with efficient processes. Prior to working for Milk the Sun, Kai co-founded mobilejobs.com, a mobile-first recruiting solution in Berlin, and supported Westwing Home & Living in its international expansion. He began his career as a strategy consultant, moving on to become project leader with Stern Stewart & Co. Holding a degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Kai thrives on building new experiences, which can range from Leadership Programs at Harvard Business School, to getting involved in mentoring programs to support promising startups.
    • Matti Malkamäki (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Aurelia Turbines
    • https://aureliaturbines.com
    • Matti is a career energy expert. With degree in Industrial Economics and Business, Matti spent 6 years at Fortum subsidiaries in the UK and Europe before moving early 2000 into the biogas and distributed energy business as founder and CEO of Greenvironment. Matti has extensive knowledge of microturbines and small-scale power plants both from a business and technical perspective. Matti is fluent in English, Finnish and speaks also German.
    • Jan-Philipp Mai (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • JPM Silicon
    • http://www.jpmsilicon.com
    • Jan-Philipp is Founder and CEO of JPM Silicon, a high-tech startup providing equipment and services to the global silicon and solar silicon industry. With its cost breaking process for producing solar silicon, JPM Silicon promotes the expansion of solar energy around the globe. Jan-Philipp stared working in the field of silicon production back in 2001. He founded JPM Silicon in 2011 during his studies at the University of Braunschweig. He gained his diploma with honors in mechanical engineering in 2011. Currently he is a doctoral candidate as well with a focus on thermodynamics in silicon production. To his engineering skills he added multiple courses in economics and is going to receive his MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management from the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences this year. He is also Founder and CEO of the JPM Investment Group with a focus on high-tech startups and technologies in the metals and mining sector.
    • Christian Rood (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • LeydenJar Technologies
    • http://www.leyden-jar.com
    • Christian Rood (MBA) is Co-Founder and CEO at LeydenJar Technologies. Christian is a Dutch entrepreneur and sweat investor in a number of technology ventures; advisor roles in venture funding, spin off, and license deals. Industry expertise in cleantech and healthcare. Background as investment manager, investment banker and strategy consultant. Started venture development boutique Road to Value in 2009. Clients include entrepreneurs, investors, technology institutes, and large corporates.
    • Gary Lewis (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Pendula
    • http://www.pendula.de
    • Gary Lewis is Co-Founder and CEO of Pendula Resource Management. Pendula digitalizes the B2B waste industry and changes the game of recycling. Our total online waste management platform promotes recycling, up-cycling and re-use of industrial waste. Waste producers and recyclers use our one-stop-shop solution to manage multiple recycling contracts, actively trade resources, automatically organize the most efficient pick-up routes and review live sustainability metrics. As a Climate-KIC supported startup we move fast: in only eight months, we have developed our smart waste management system. With it our pilot customer, active in the warehouse logistics sector, has dramatically reduced operating costs and improved sustainability. Our aim is to continue to reduce the impact of waste on our health and on our environment by promoting a circular economy.





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