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Ecosummit Berlin 4-5 June 2024

We’re very happy to invite you to Ecosummit Berlin 4-5 June 2024 taking place at Spindler & Klatt, Köpenicker Strasse 16-17, 10997 Berlin. Founded in 2010, Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups and investors in climate tech, energy, mobility and cities to decarbonise our economy, electrify our planet and save our climate. Our unique 2-day pitch event enables fundraising, lead and co-investing, portfolio development, corporate venturing, open innovation and M&A. Get your tickets until 1 March 2024 to save €500 or become a sponsor. We look forward to hosting you, it’s going to be magic.

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Ecosummit Zoom 1 March 2024

Our online events are sustainable, time-efficient and fun. Let’s meet at Ecosummit Zoom 1 March 2024, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time, co-hosted by Gerard Reid, Bart Markus, Julia Padberg and Jonathan Gifford. 8 speakers share their screens and stories: Gerard Reid (Alexa Capital), Julia Padberg (SET Ventures), Davor Sutija (Nexwafe), Mattias Hansson (Raymond Solar), Jannik Kupke (Voltaro), Franka Birke (Metr), Paul McCorquodale (Grid Edge) and Robert Erdmann (Holyvolt). Ecosummit Zoom is invitation-only for the participants of Ecosummit Berlin 4-5 June 2024 (sponsors and ticket buyers). Get your tickets and join us.

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Instagrid raises €88M Series C led by Teachers’ Venture Growth

Instagrid got rhythm. The mobile battery making machine from Germany grooves and moves ahead with a new financing round every 2 years tripling the capital raised: €8.5M Series A in February 2020, €29M Series B in February 2022 and €88M Series C on 23 January 2024. Teachers’ Venture Growth, the venture arm of Ontario Teachers’ pension fund ($185 billion AUM), leads the Series C and Morgan Stanley Investment Management ($1.5 trillion AUM) co-invests implementing their investment strategy to avoid 1 gigaton of CO2 emissions. The new funds will be used to expand into North America, scale production to satisfy the unlimited demand and grow the product family with bigger batteries.

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Smart green deals: Taylor, Einhundert, Ineratec, 42watt, Aira and Tibo Energy

Today is a good day to share 6 noteworthy smart green deals which involve startups and investors in the Ecosummit community and beyond. As you know, pitching at Ecosummit is a great idea to launch and accelerate new financing rounds or promote the investment strategies and portfolios of climate tech funds. Congrats to the outstanding founders, employees and investors of Taylor, Einhundert, Ineratec, 42watt, Aira and Tibo Energy who have all been very busy and diligent building new relationships and negotiating shareholder agreements during the last months. Now the hard work to save our climate, decarbonise our economy and electrify our planet continues.

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Smart green VCs you should know

Here’s our list of smart green VCs in Europe that back startups in energy, mobility, cities, climate tech, advanced materials, food and circular economy to generate impact as well as environmental, financial and strategic returns for their fund investors. In the VC food chain, early stage investors prefer to invest, at lower valuations and higher risk, in the Seed and Series A financing rounds of young startups working on product market fit and traction (customers, revenues). Afterwards, late stage VCs join startup cap tables from Series B onwards, expecting more than €5M revenues, experienced management teams, positive unit economics and fast growth. Facing climate change, technology revolution and global competition, the majority of corporates are active in corporate venturing and open innovation to invest and cooperate with startups. As a result, VCs follow different investment strategies to build their portfolios that startups should know before pitching.

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Ecosummit Zoom 17 November 2023

Let’s meet online at Ecosummit Zoom 17 November 2023, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time, co-hosted by Bart Markus and David Hunt. 8 speakers share their screens and stories: Susan Graham (Dendra), Terhi Vapola (Greencode Ventures), Knut Hechtfischer (Decarbon1ze), Matthew Hobbs (Hydrogrid), Peter Roos (Novatron), José Noldin (GravitHy), Will Tope (LiNa Energy) and Bernhard Adler (Ecop). Ecosummit Zoom is invitation-only for Ecosummit Berlin 2023 participants. Let’s co-invest, cooperate and build big startups with big impact.

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Smart green startups you should know

Your deal flow is on Youtube. We proudly present 80 outstanding smart green startups that pitched at Ecosummit Berlin in the last 3 years: Easelink, Instagrid, CorPower Ocean, Ecoworks, Sunfire, 1KOMMA5°, First Light Fusion, Nexwafe, Electrochaea, Ineratec, Kiwigrid, LiveEO, Aerones, VoltStorage, Sunvigo, ESFORIN, Enspired, Piclo, Enviria, 5B, Gradyent, Heaten, Mixergy, Sunmaxx PVT, Naked Energy, Roofit.solar, DataThings, Prisma Photonics, Kairos Aerospace, Glasspoint, Modvion, Hydrogrid, Vutility, Energyworx, Ostrom, Lumenaza, Decarbon1ze, Einhundert, Stabl Energy, LiNa Energy, Wayout, Epishine, Dryad Networks, Vyntelligence, EcoG, Wirelane, Amina Charging, Epilot, Green Eagle Solutions, Node.energy, Ecoligo, Solytic, Ezzing, Eturnity, Home Power Solutions, Tau, Elaphe, Swobbee, Jedlix, Ubiq, Eliq, Eologix, Fibersail, Phytonics, Taylor, Insolight, Dexter Energy, Energiency, Grid Edge, PowerUp, Volytica Diagnostics, Suena, Voltfang, Exnaton, Pionierkraft, Scone, Omniflow, Graphmatech, Powall and Vytal. These hardware and software startups represent exciting investment opportunities with environmental, financial and strategic returns for (C)VCs and family offices. All of them work hard to generate climate impact and some of them have the potential to become smart green unicorns. Pitch at Ecosummit Berlin 4-5 June 2024 to tell your startup growth story and increase the quantity and quality of the term sheets in your next financing round.

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Ecosummit Zoom 22 September 2023

Let’s meet online at Ecosummit Zoom 22 September 2023, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time, co-hosted by Gerard Reid, Bart Markus and David Hunt. 6 speakers share their screens and stories: Gerard Reid (Alexa Capital), Paul Barrett (Hysata), Christopher Brandon (EH Group), Michael Peters (Sunvigo), Markus Glatthaar (PV2+) and Ulf Stenerhag (Wayout). Please get in touch to pitch your startup. Ecosummit Zoom is invitation-only for Ecosummit Berlin 2023 participants. Let’s co-invest, cooperate and build big startups with big impact.

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Ecosummit Berlin 14-15 June 2023

Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate, decarbonise our economy and electrify our planet. Our events are startup markets enabling fundraising, lead and co-investing, portfolio development, corporate venturing, open innovation and M&A. Ecosummit Berlin 14-15 June 2023 is supported by 46 sponsors and takes place at Spindler & Klatt, Köpenicker Strasse 16-17, 10997 Berlin, the perfect location for sunshine and outdoor networking. The agenda features 116 speakers including 79 startups. Get your tickets and start arranging your meetings with our 330 participants using Linkedin. We look forward to hosting you.

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Ecosummit facilitates Eturnity Series A, ESFORIN Series B and Installion exit

Ecosummit is startup paradise as we bring together fundraising startups and active investors that want to create impact. Our goal is to enable as many new investments as possible in smart green startups that focus on saving our climate, decarbonising our economy and electrifying our planet. It makes us especially happy if startups meet their investors at Ecosummit for the first time as it happened between Eturnity and Klima or ESFORIN and SEB last year. Sometimes we also make introductions during the year. Connecting Installion and their Series A lead Eneco Ventures in 2021 turns out to have been truly impactful. In April 2023, Lichtblick, the German subsidiary of Eneco, acquired Installion. Next week, you all have the chance again to make more deals creating impact at Ecosummit Berlin 14-15 June 2023.

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Ecosummit Zoom 10 March 2023

Ecosummit is the place to be for fundraising startups and active investors. Our online events are sustainable, time-efficient and lots of fun. Let’s meet at Ecosummit Zoom 10 March 2023, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time, co-hosted by Bart Markus, Julia Padberg and David Hunt. 9 speakers share their screens and stories: Davor Sutija (Nexwafe), Rod MacGregor (GlassPoint), Susan Graham (Dendra Systems), Carsten Brinkschulte (Dryad Networks), Axel Dickenbrock (InnoEnergy), Alejandro Cabrera Muñoz (Green Eagle Solutions), Mamoun Taher (Graphmatech), Ulf Stenerhag (Wayout) and Charlotta Holmquist (Blixt). Ecosummit Zoom is invitation-only for sponsors and participants of Ecosummit Berlin 14-15 June 2023. Let’s co-invest, cooperate and build big startups with big impact.

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Ecosummit Zoom 20 January 2023

It’s a new year, a new game and a new chance to raise big financing rounds and make smart green investments to maximise our impact until 2030. Ecosummit is the place to be for fundraising startups and active investors. Let’s get together online at Ecosummit Zoom 20 January 2023, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time, co-hosted by Gerard Reid, Bart Markus and Julia Padberg. 9 inspiring speakers share their screens and stories: Gerard Reid (Alexa Capital), Julia Padberg (SET Ventures), Melchior Schulze Brock (Enviria), Janice Goodenough (Hydrogrid), Matthew Chagan (Sustainable Future Ventures), Emanuel Heisenberg (Ecoworks), Sergey Ogorodnov (Voltaware), Marcel Smit (Energyworx) and Arthur Singer (Stabl Energy). Ecosummit 2023 Sponsors get free access to Ecosummit Zoom. Alternatively, you may buy your tickets to join us. Let’s co-invest, cooperate and build big startups with big impact.

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Aerones raises $30M Series A led by Lightrock and Haniel

We love this startup since we got to know it in April 2021. Applying the power of robotics to make the wind industry more efficient is a great idea. Our ecoportfolio company Aerones raises $30M Series A led by Lightrock and Haniel with participation of new investor Blume Equity. Aerones is based in Riga (Latvia), develops and manufactures a family of smart robots and provides their robot-enabled services for the maintenance of wind turbines with a team of 200 employees to more than 100 customers in 20 countries including Vestas, GE, Siemens Gamesa, NextEra and Enel. The goal is to minimise downtime when wind turbines are inspected, cleaned, coated or repaired. In fact, Aerones’ services are 6 times faster, 40% more efficient and a lot safer for humans that don’t need to climb up wind turbines because the robots do. This enables huge cost savings in the $30B wind turbine maintenance market that is forecasted to grow to $50B by 2028.

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Ecosummit Zoom 10 November 2022

Let’s get together online again and connect fundraising startups and active investors at Ecosummit Zoom 10 November 2022, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time, co-hosted by Gerard Reid, David Hunt and Jan Michael Hess. 9 smart green startups are pitching: Ed Gunn (Lunar Energy), James Johnston (Piclo), Friedrich Rojahn (Solandeo), Martin Baart (Ecoligo), Laurent Coulot (Insolight), Christoph Berger (Vilisto), Mike Rosenberg (Circadian), Tobias Wagner (ChargeX) and Christian Adelsberger (Ubiq). Please note that ECO22 Berlin participants get free access to Ecosummit Zoom 10 November 2022. Alternatively, you may buy your tickets to join us. Let’s co-invest, cooperate and build big startups with big impact.

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Enphase Energy acquires GreenCom Networks and Lunar Energy acquires Moixa

Exciting exit times for the Ecosummit community and joyful reasons to celebrate 2 happy endings of the famous startup investor relationship: On 29 August 2022, Enphase Energy announced its acquisition of GreenCom Networks and, on 24 August 2022, Sunrun announced that Lunar Energy acquired Moixa. Both exits are very similar: 2 US-based public solar energy companies are buying European startups to grab established software products, local teams and customers and accelerate their market expansion on the continent. GreenCom Networks first pitched at Ecosummit Berlin 2016 and Moixa at Ecosummit London 2014 and both smart green startups had many Ecosummit investors in their cap tables.

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Ecosummit Berlin 23-24 June 2022

We want to live in 100% sustainable cities powered by 100% renewable energy and 100% electric mobility. Founded in 2010, Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate, decarbonise our economy and electrify our planet. Our events are startup markets enabling fundraising, lead and co-investing, corporate venturing, open innovation and M&A. Ecosummit Berlin 23-24 June 2022 takes place at Spindler & Klatt, Köpenicker Strasse 16-17, 10997 Berlin, the best smart green startup conference in the perfect location for sunshine and outdoor networking. Get your tickets and join us. Ecosummit is a European platform supported by 55 sponsors from 17 countries. The agenda features 108 speakers including 67 startups. Check out our amazing list of 300 participants and start arranging your meetings with the help of Linkedin. All participants must be fully COVID-19 vaccinated/recovered. We serve vegetarian/vegan food, excellent wines, good music 
and 2 dinner parties. Extend your stay for the weekend, bring your families and enjoy our special programme for Ecosummit participants, included in the conference ticket, on Saturday, 25 June 2022: We celebrate the Ecosummit Afterparty on the island Lindwerder, Havelchaussee 43, 14193 Berlin in the Havel, Grunewald from 15:00 until late. Let’s accelerate smart green startups together to maximise our impact until 2030.

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Ecosummit Zoom 10 March 2022

Climate change, pandemic, war – if we work together globally, we can solve all our problems and save our planet for future generations. Putin’s terrible war in Ukraine kills people and endangers peace, freedom and democracy in the whole world. It also has a huge impact on our climate and the energy transition. Now we must stop burning fossil fuels and reach 100% renewable energy autonomy a lot faster than originally planned. Ecosummit Zoom 10 March 2022 takes place at 10:00-12:00 Berlin time and is a free event for fundraising startups and active investors. Rather than selling tickets we kindly ask you to make a donation to your preferred humanitarian aid organisation (e.g. Aktionsbündnis Katastrophenhilfe in Germany) to support the people and economy in Ukraine.

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Instagrid raises €29M Series B led by Energy Impact Partners

The Instagrid success story continues and reaches the next level. In February 2020, we wrote a groovy story on the €8.5M Series A and how Sebastian Berning and Andreas Sedlmayr launched their mobile battery startup and met their lead investor SET Ventures at Ecosummit Berlin 2019, our 10-year anniversary. Today, we’re happy to break the news that Energy Impact Partners (EIP) leads Instagrid’s massive €29M Series B as the only new investor. With $2B AUM EIP itself is pretty massive, too. Hans Kobler and Matthias Dill invest in Instagrid both from their US and EU funds as they plan to share returns and the mobile battery business opportunity with their global LPs. The Ludwigsburg-based startup provides portable green power to professionals and mobile lifestyle optimisers in all kinds of offgrid situations, including construction sites, ubiquitous events, smart forests or sustainable picknicks in the park enhanced by electric BBQs and powerful sound systems.

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Sunvigo raises €10M Series A led by Eneco Ventures

Finding the perfect lead investor is the most important milestone in venture capital financing rounds. In March 2021, we introduced Sunvigo to Eneco Ventures and started another promising relationship. As a result, our ecoportfolio company has successfully closed its €10M Series A led by the corporate VC arm of the Dutch utility. The second new Series A investor is Sparta Capital, a London-based multi-strategy fund with $500M assets under management (AUM) focused on smart green investments decarbonising our economy. The seed investors Übermorgen Ventures, Ecosummit and High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), as well as a private real estate investor that joined in summer 2021, also make follow-on investments in the A round. The Cologne-based startup is a smart solar utility that bundles PV system, battery, asset financing, installation, operations, maintenance and insurance into one simple power contract and electricity tariff for homeowners in Germany, a very useful value proposition when energy prices are skyrocketing.

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Ecosummit Zoom 10 November 2021

It’s time to get together again online after Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021, our amazing physical conference of which we published all 83 videos on Ecosummit TV on Youtube. Let’s connect a few fundraising startups and active investors at Ecosummit Zoom 10 November 2021, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time, co-hosted by Christoph Ostermann and Jan Michael Hess. 6 speakers are confirmed: Susan Graham (Dendra Systems), Fabio Tentori (Enel), Sabrina Malpede (ACT Blade), Robert Schrimpff (Solar for Schools), Martin Pentenrieder (Kraftwerk) and Maximilian Isensee (Kitekraft). We have open speaker slots, so please get in touch if you want to pitch at Ecosummit to accelerate your startup, fund or portfolio. ECO21 Berlin participants get free access to Ecosummit Zoom 10 November 2021. Alternatively, you may buy your tickets to join us. Let’s co-invest, cooperate and build big startups with big impact.

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