Smart green business TV
Ecosummit TV features Europe’s leading smart green startups, investors and corporates in HD quality. Ecosummit TV is official YouTube partner and looks beautiful on big and small screens. The Ecosummit TV channel surpassed 100K video views and provides over 225 videos of which 10 highlights are presented below. To view all videos please go to Ecosummit TV on YouTube or browse the articles on the Ecosummit Blog. Ecosummit TV is produced by Gernot Tögel and Jan Michael Hess. Anna Yukiko Bickenbach moderated the interviews at ECO14 Berlin and ECO13 Berlin, Delphine Bourges moderated the interviews at ECO13 London.
Jan Michael Hess opens Ecosummit London 2013
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. The video features interviews moderated by Delphine Bourges with VCs and startups including Rene Savelsberg (Chrysalix SET), Mads Jensen (Sefaira), Laurits Bach Sorensen (Microshade), Alexander Zosel (E-volo) and Susana Quintana-Plaza (EON).
Anna interviews ECO13 Berlin participants
Ecosummit TV moderator Anna Yukiko Bickenbach interviews Lillian van Someren Greve (Ecosummit Ambassador), Andreas Spiess (Solarkiosk), Josefine Ahl (Oricane), Fujio Kojima (Pirika), Alexander Lidgren (Swedish Energy Agency), Tarja Teppo (Cleantech Invest) and Jan Michael Hess (Ecosummit). In the course of 6 successful conferences since 2010, we have managed to build a strong community of cleantech startups, investors and corporates that enjoy honest conversations and productive networking at our events. It feels like a family.
Rene Savelsberg pitches Chrysalix SET
The Amsterdam-based smart green VC was founded in 2007 and invests in technology companies that are in the early growth stage and have a sustainable impact on the future use of energy. As their first SET Fund I of €40M is fully allocated, Rene and his general partners (GPs) are raising their second SET Fund II targeting €100M. Chrysalix SET‘s current fundraising efforts benefit from the 2011 exit of Epyon to ABB which resulted in the fast distribution of the first returns to their limited partners (LPs). The 3 portfolio companies that joined ECO13 London are Sefaira, Microshade and Luxexcel. Similar to Ecosummit, Chrysalix SET also believes that smart solutions applying software and the internet to optimise sustainability are the key driver of their portfolio and fund performance.
Christoph Ostermann pitches Sonnenbatterie
Sonnenbatterie (solar battery) integrates energy storage with residential PV systems. The intelligent storage solution has got a built-in smart meter that enables the management of local energy production and consumption. By using a mobile app the houseowner decides whether to feed-in or directly consume the homemade electricity. Sonnenbatterie is backed by eCapital and their sales curve looks beautiful. Founded in 2010, Sonnenbatterie launched in 2011 and enjoys over €15M revenues in 2013. At ECO13 Berlin, Sonnenbatterie won the Ecosummit Award Jury Bronze medal in recognition of their outstanding business potential. Christoph and his team of Bavarian grid parity surfers are one of the hottest cleantech startups in Germany.
Patric Gresko pitches 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). Recently, the EIF launched the Corporate Innovation Platform (CorIP) to raise capital from corporates that have adopted an open innovation strategy and want to take advantage of EIF’s comprehensive fund investment experience. One of CorIP’s investment themes is sustainability (cleantech) to which 10 corporates contribute €100M and the EIF €50M. In total, €150M with embedded corporate expertise will be invested in the best cleantech funds in Europe.
Harry Böhme tells the exit story of Novaled
Founded in 2001, the Dresden-based startup is a world leader in OLED (Organic LED) materials and Samsung is the biggest customer. In September 2011, Corporate VC Samsung Ventures invested and Novaled‘s management made sure to limit Samsung’s stake and control to 10%. 2 years later, Samsung Cheil Industries (aka Samsung Chemical) and Samsung Electronics acquired the remaining 90% for €260M, including an earnout of €30M bound to reaching further milestones. Novaled’s revenues grew from €10M in 2010 to €26M in 2012 (price sales ratio of 10). With €29M of venture capital injected in Novaled the returns are pretty healthy.
Henrik Olsen pitches Environmental Technologies Fund
Henrik Olsen 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. According to Henrik, being capital efficient means executing scalable business models while acting in an adaptive, disciplined and resource efficient way. In general, Europe is capital efficient out of necessity as the capital available is not as abundant as in the US. After the first closing of ETF’s second fund, Henrik enjoys liquidity again and has got €70M to invest in Europe. As Henrik is a capital efficient VC, more than one startup should be able to tap into his cleantech fund.
Solar guru Eicke Weber is optimistic
Prof. Eicke Weber, Director of Fraunhofer ISE, is very optimistic about the future of the solar industry. Firstly, the PV cost curve is going down continuously. Even in Germany with Alaska-type sunshine, we can produce electricity with silicon-based PV for 10-12 cents/kWh. At this cost level, grid parity is already outperformed since 1 kWh costs 22 cents (net) in Germany if you buy it from your local utility. Making your own electricity and storing it in a solar battery is a smart economic idea. Secondly, the global solar market will grow 10 times from 30 GW/year in 2012 to 300 GW/year by 2025. At the same time, higher efficiencies and lower production costs make PV competitive with onshore wind and hydro power. The current oversupply of 60 GW/year is a temporary phenomenon that causes trouble for PV manufacturers for another 1-2 years. Afterwards, Europe should reenter the PV industry with a “multi-GW solar Airbus project” to drive the enormous PV industry again as a technology leader.
Smart green corporate venture capital panel at ECO13 Berlin
Tim Lafferty of Global Corporate Venturing moderates the smart green corporate venture capital panel featuring Susana Quintana-Plaza (E.ON), Alexander Schlaepfer (Aster), Philippe Ringenbach (Electranova) and Tom Schulz (Entelios). Being an important pillar of the open innovation strategy of multinationals, corporate venture capital is a big trend as 500 new CVC units were created in the last 3 years. At least 10% of the CVCs are active in one or several of the cleantech sectors. Next to money, CVCs offer strategic value through market access and technological expertise.
Jan Marckhoff pitches Ben Energy
The Swiss startup is a spin-off from ETH Zurich and already provides their customer engagement solution to 17 utilities in Switzerland, covering 25% of the Swiss market. Being financed by the founders and customers so far, Ben Energy now looks for €1.2M Series A to increase their sales team in Germany and other new territories. Ben Energy competes with Opower that raised $65M and has got 400 employees. Comparing the two startups, it’s fair to say that the really lean startup comes from Switzerland. In my personal opinion, Ben Energy is a great investment opportunity for any cleantech VC who likes fast scalable business models that are capital-light and proven in the market. Opower may be their exit channel.