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Ecosummit Zoom 7 October 2020

Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. Since May we have organised 5 successful online events presenting 80 speakers and received very positive feedback from our participants. Our next Ecosummit Zoom takes place on 7 October 2020, 10:00-12:15 Berlin time. The agenda presents 12 amazing speakers including Christoph Frei (Emerald Technology Ventures), Simon Koopmann (Envelio), Nikolaus Starzacher (Discovergy), Peter Bance (Origami Energy), Duncan Grierson (Clim8) and Freerk Bisschop (Rockstart). The secret success factor of Ecosummit Zoom is our pitch training with each speaker in advance. Please get in touch if you want to speak at our monthly online events and get your tickets to join us. Let’s automate sustainability in every industry and build big startups with big impact.

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Fresh capital for Eliq, Accure, Zolar, Energyworx, Voltstorage, Hydrogrid, Minibems and an exit for Fos4x

Several smart green startups recently raised capital and it’s about time to celebrate the active investors such as Inven Capital, SET Ventures and Engie New Ventures and the successful founders that closed new financing rounds during the global Covid-19 pandemic that’s hitting us now with its second wave as mercilessly as climate change will do during the next decades. 4 out of 8 startups that we cover below pitched at Ecosummit in the past, including Eliq, the Swedish app for smart energy consumers. The other 4 will be presented soon, starting with the first pitch of the new German battery intelligence provider Accure at Ecosummit Zoom 7 October 2020. Learn more about how Eliq, Accure, Zolar, Energyworx, Voltstorage, Hydrogrid, Minibems and Fos4x accelerate the energy transition and why European utilities should work together with these innovators rather sooner than later to foster sustainability and improve the lives of their customers.

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Dendra raises $10M Series A led by Airbus Ventures

Today is a good day for our climate and planet. Smart ecosystem restoration plays a key role in our global effort to minimise climate change and accelerate the transformation to a low carbon economy. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to automate ecosystem restoration by bringing together plant science, AI, drones and human creativity to decrease the costs and increase the accountability of biological carbon sequestration. Our angel portfolio company Dendra Systems raises $10M (€8.4M) Series A from Airbus Ventures, At One Ventures, Future Positive Capital and Lowercarbon Capital. Nicole Conner (Airbus Ventures) and Tom Chi (At One Ventures) join the board to support CEO and Co-Founder Susan Graham and her diverse team of ecologists and technologists in building a big startup with big impact.

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Ecosummit Zoom 2 September 2020

We accelerate smart green startups, investors and corporates in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate and planet. The 5th Ecosummit Zoom takes place on 2 September 2020, 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00 Berlin time. Gerard and Jan co-host 18 passionate speakers including many fast growing and capital efficient startups that are launching new Seed, Series A or B financing rounds. Further highlights are the preview of Volta Zero, the first 16-tonne electric truck for sustainable cities, a briefing on EON’s CVC strategy after the acquisition of Innogy, the amazing new solar wafer technology of NexWafe as well as updates from our angel portfolio companies Dendra Systems and Solar for Schools. The secret success factor of Ecosummit Zoom is the test pitch that we practice and optimise with each individual speaker in advance. Please get in touch if you want to speak at our monthly online events and get your tickets to join us. Let’s automate sustainability in every industry and build big startups with big impact.

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Ecosummit Zoom 4 August 2020

The 4th Ecosummit Zoom takes place on 4 August 2020, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time, and is co-hosted by Gerard Reid, Alexa Capital, and Jan Michael Hess, Ecosummit, to educate and entertain you during the summer holidays. We bring together Europe’s leading smart green startups, investors and corporates in energy, mobility and cities. The agenda presents 10 speakers. A highlight will be the update of Martin Kröner and Yann Lagalaye on their Green European Tech Fund. Our third online event presented a lot of hot startups currently fundraising as well as corporate VCs actively looking at new dealflow and supporting their portfolio in good and bad times. Please get in touch if you want to pitch at Ecosummit Zoom and get your tickets to join us.

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Ecosummit Zoom 1 July 2020

Our third Ecosummit Zoom 1 July 2020, 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00 Berlin time, presents 22 smart green startups, investors and corporates in energy, mobility and cities. 2 weeks ago our second online event unveiled happy investors and outstanding investment opportunities. Energy Impact Partners launched its European fund and is in the process of making new investments and signing term sheets. The first closing of Rockstart’s energy fund is also around the corner and will enable the Amsterdam-based accelerator to make follow-on investments in its portfolio.

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Ecosummit Zoom 3 June 2020

Our first Ecosummit Zoom 6 May 2020 was super successful with over 120 concurrent online participants. We featured 11 speakers in our 2h session including several smart green startups with open financing rounds: Greencom Networks Series C, Discovergy Series B and Solar for Schools Series A. The traction of EO Charging is very impressive and its 28-year old founder Charlie Jardine is ready to talk to new investors, too. Driven by the overwhelmingly positive feedback we’re happy to announce our second Ecosummit Zoom 3 June 2020, 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00 Berlin time and third Ecosummit Zoom 1 July 2020, 10:00-12:00 and 15:00-17:00. 22 speakers are confirmed and included in the agenda below. Get your tickets and join our online events and the next physical Ecosummit Berlin.

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Ecosummit Zoom 6 May 2020

Due to the global COVID-19 crisis our physical Ecosummit Berlin 2020 is postponed from 6-7 May 2020 to a new date in 2021. We’ll announce the new date and location of our physical Ecosummit as soon as we know that it is feasible and legal again to run conferences in Berlin and our participants from all over Europe can travel freely to Berlin without going into quarantine. In the meantime, life goes on and Ecosummit goes online. We kindly invite our existing customers, i.e. all Ecosummit 2020 sponsors, speakers and ticket holders, to our online events on Zoom. The first Ecosummit Zoom takes place on 6 May 2020, 10:00-12:00 Berlin time (Central European Summer Time). The agenda of Ecosummit Zoom 6 May 2020 is presented below and features 3 investors and 8 startups.

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Coronavirus: Ecosummit Berlin 2020 postponed

The global coronavirus pandemic grows exponentially and has already completely changed our economy and way of life. Bill Gates saw it coming: “COVID-19 has started to behave a lot like the once-in-a-century pathogen we’ve been worried about. I hope it’s not that bad, but we should assume that it will be until we know otherwise.” Governments all over the world have taken actions to flatten the epidemic curve of new infections and protect their citizens. Social distancing is key while vaccine development is being accelerated (CEPI, Moderna, BioNTech, CureVac). European and national borders have been closed, public events are forbidden, curfews are declared in Italy, Spain and France and other countries may follow suit. Nobody knows how long the lockdown will continue and what other restrictions and hardships we will experience. But it is now clear that Ecosummit Berlin 2020 is postponed to 2021. Setting the new date is an ongoing process and we’ll announce our rescheduled physical Ecosummit Berlin when the time is right.

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Energiency raises €4.5M Series A led by Encevo

Ecosummit startups are startups that pitched at least once at Ecosummit. Ecosummit investors are investors that have at least one Ecosummit startup in their current portfolio. Today the Ecosummit startup Energiency announces its €4.5M Series A led by the Ecosummit investor Encevo. At the same time, we get one more assist because CEO Arnaud Legrand first met VC Analyst Quentin Dupraz at Ecosummit Paris on 6 March 2018. The French startup and the Luxembourg utility speak the same language and quickly found out that they not only understand each other but also have similar ideas for developing joint business opportunities in the industrial energy market. As Nicolas Milerioux and his team are on the mission to expand corporate venturing and open innovation, Energiency turned out to be a really good match for Encevo’s strategy and portfolio.

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Solar data manager Solytic raises Series A from EWE and Vattenfall

Data is key and enables new business models. The more data you have the better. This is also true in the solar industry and that’s why solar data manager Solytic is a hot startup these days. We’re happy to break the news that Solytic celebrates the first closing of its Series A raising almost €5M from new investor EWE and existing investor Vattenfall, 2 of the top 5 utilities in Germany. As a result, Vattenfall owns a bit more than 20% and EWE a bit less than 20%. The A round was also joined by 3 business angels led by ex-Goldman Sachs banker Frank Oliver Lehmann. EWE’s impressive investment manager Justin Müller met Solytic’s Enrico Ohnemüller and Vattenfall’s Alexander Hain on 16 May 2019 at Ecosummit Berlin and learned that Solytic was planning a new round. As EWE is transforming into a smart green utility that believes in the power of data and wants to grow its renewable energy business, the Berlin-based startup immediately looked like a good strategic fit and smart investment. In fact, Solytic is open to talk to new investors providing strategic value because the next financing round is already planned.

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Epilot raises Series A from Enercity after meeting at Ecosummit

At Ecosummit deals get done. We saw the need for bringing new climate tech to the global market a long time ago. Thus we already have 10 years track record of matching smart green startups with investors. Here’s one more success story about a fast growing energy e-commerce startup and a transforming city utility that met for the first time at Ecosummit Berlin 2019 to explore common ground with the help of coffee. Good deals take time. 9 months later, on 11 February 2020, Epilot announced at E-world the closing of its Series A in which Enercity invests a significant but undisclosed amount of growth capital to buy a 25,1% stake in Epilot’s cap table. After finishing our startup tour running around Germany’s leading energy trade fair, we joined Epilot’s lively stand party to celebrate the deal closing, interview the co-founders and enjoy a few Kölsch together.

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Smart tank inventor Mixergy raises £3.6M Series A led by Foresight Williams

The new era of smart hot water tanks is here. Tanks that optimise energy consumption and accelerate the integration of renewables into the grid, putting more money into consumers’ pockets and offering grid balancing services with the help of demand response. Mixergy is that future of smart hot water tanks, on course to take over the UK domestic market and beyond. They started this year on a positive note, having raised a £3.6M Series A on 13 January 2020 led by Foresight Williams and backed by all previous investors including Centrica Innovations and IP Group, both regular sponsors of Ecosummit.

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Mobile battery pioneer Instagrid raises €8.5M Series A led by SET Ventures

They take mobile electricity where it has never gone before. Their goal is smart green electrification without local CO2 emissions. Their solution is replacing stinky diesel gensets with silent mobile batteries. Today Instagrid makes a big step forward and celebrates the closing of its €8.5M Series A led by SET Ventures and joined by Segnalita Ventures, part of the Swarovski family office which also owns Tyrolit, Germany’s early stage power house HTGF and the Frankfurt-based family office blueworld.group. At the same time, this transaction boosts our Ecosummit track record of successfully matching startups and investors. In fact, Instagrid and SET Ventures met for the first time at Ecosummit Berlin 2019. While this sounds very romantic, the A round is a major milestone for every startup and the beginning of a long-lasting relationship with many board meetings and follow-ons until the M&A or IPO exit.

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Envelio raises €6M Series A from Ecapital, HTGF and Demeter

Today Envelio announced the successful closing of its €6M Series A led by Ecapital and joined by the existing investors HTGF and Demeter that both increased their share more than pro rata. Envelio is an Ecosummit startup as we like it. Co-founded in 2017 by 5 PhDs and researchers at RWTH Aachen, the German smart grid startup first pitched at ECO18 Berlin and then opened its Series A on 15 May 2019 on stage at Ecosummit Berlin. This was the start of 2 busy days for Envelio’s Founder CEO Simon Koopmann running through a myriad of hot VC meetings including the first deal flow conversation with Ecapital’s Hannes Schill.

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Ecosummit invests in Clim8, Dendra Systems and Solar for Schools

If you want to become a VC and manage other people’s money, you need to start investing your own money first. The angel strategy allows us to build a profitable ecoportfolio and track record now rather than waiting for the first closing of our first fund. In 2019, we’ve made 3 angel investments in Clim8, Dendra Systems and Solar for Schools reinvesting profits we made from organising our Ecosummit conferences. All 3 startups are led by outstanding Founder CEOs and raise their Series A in 2020. We look forward to meeting more smart green investors in their cap tables soon. In the future, we plan 2-3 new angel investments every year to generate environmental, financial and strategic returns for Ecosummit and maximise our impact until 2030, the global deadline for reaching carbon neutrality.

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Smart green startups you should know

Our deal flow is on YouTube. We’re happy to present the best smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities that pitched at Ecosummit in the past on Ecosummit TV: Dendra Systems, Solar for Schools, First Light Fusion, Thermondo, Tado, Greencom Networks, Discovergy, Moixa, Instagrid, Blixt, Climeon, Sunfire, Electrochaea, Volocopter, Lilium, BlaBlaCar, Cityscoot, Vulog, Forsee Power, Sigfox, Kiwigrid, Origami Energy, Exeger, Epishine, Fos4x, DEPsys, Lumenaza, Gridx, ENIT Systems, Envelio, Ubitricity, Devicepilot, Skeleton Technologies, Cosmo Tech, Metron, Surfcleaner, Sunna Design, Agrilution, Airlabs, Ekwateur and Clevershuttle. These startups represent exciting investment opportunities with environmental, financial and strategic returns for (C)VCs and family offices. All of them work hard to create big climate impact and many of them have the potential to become smart green unicorns made in Europe. Pitch at Ecosummit Berlin 2020 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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Smart green VCs you should know

There are many smart green VCs in Europe and the US that back startups in energy, mobility, buildings, cities, materials, food and circular economy to create impact as well as environmental, financial and strategic returns for their fund investors (LPs). In the VC food chain, early stage investors prefer to invest, at lower valuations and higher risk, in the Seed, Series A and Series B financing rounds of young startups working on product market fit and traction (users, customers, revenues). On the other hand, late stage VCs like shorter holding periods and time-to-exit and, consequently, advanced startups with more than €5M revenues, experienced management teams and fast growth. The existence of KPIs, ideally going up over time, makes the life of every investor easier. Facing climate change, technology revolution and global competition, the majority of corporates have adopted corporate venturing and open innovation strategies in order to invest in and do business with startups. The result are different investment strategies and sometimes competing portfolios that startups should know before pitching. Let’s co-invest and meet at Ecosummit Berlin 2020.

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Join Ecosummit Ventures as General Partner

Ecosummit Ventures will be a new smart green VC in Berlin that invests in promising European software and hardware startups with B2C and B2B business models in energy, mobility and cities. Ecosummit Ventures leverages the deal flow, investor network and track record of 20 Ecosummit conferences in 5 countries since 2010. The initiator of Ecosummit Ventures is Jan Michael Hess, the founder of Ecosummit. We’re looking for 1 GP with VC track record and green heart beat to join as co-founder as soon as possible.

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Ecosummit launches in Paris on 6 March 2018 at Bpifrance Le Hub

Their president rocks, the market is huge, the startups are hot, investors go crazy and Paris is the place to be. The more we know about it, the more we love the French innovation factory and ecosystem. It has all the ingredients that are necessary to develop big startups with the help of awesome technology and superior business skills. Paris hosts a lot of VCs and corporates that invest in smart green startups. Above all, the outstanding experience and ambition of the French entrepreneurs make the difference. And now the capital has Station F, a beautiful and inspiring startup campus that was created by the telco billionaire Xavier Niel who is also an investor in Breakthrough Energy Ventures. It is about time that we take a deep dive into smart green France and launch Ecosummit Paris on 6 March 2018 at Bpifrance Le Hub. With the help of our sponsors and local friends we put together an exciting agenda presenting the crème de la crème in smart green energy, mobility and cities.

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