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.Read more
Ecosummit TV: Ecosummit TV moderator Anna Yukiko Bickenbach interviews happy participants at Ecosummit Berlin 2014 – our fifth Ecosummit in Berlin that took place on 3-4 June at the one and only Radialsystem. This Ecosummit TV video features Hans Maenhout (Finindus), Alexander Bigge Lidgren (Swedish Energy Agency), Robert Czaja (Tesla), Gina Domanig (Emerald Technology Ventures), Christian Huder (Freelance Consultant), Alexander van Os (Yellow&Blue), Nils Aldag (Sunfire), Jay Marathe (Cartagena Capital), Björn Petersson (Ecosummit Ambassador), Eva Bjorseth (Oceanshore Ventures), Andriy Shmyhelskyy (CareToSave) and Jan Michael Hess (Ecosummit). We look forward to hosting our next smart green innovation conference Ecosummit London 2014 on 7-8 October at the Crystal. Come and join us.Read more
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.Read more
Ecosummit TV: Ecosummit TV moderator Anna Yukiko Bickenbach (Ecotastic) interviews happy participants at Ecosummit Berlin 2013. This Ecosummit TV video features 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). Since our first event in 2010 until our fifth conference this year in Berlin 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. We are proud to host the next smart green family reunion in London on 15-16 October 2013 at the Crystal. Come and join us.Read more
Financing cleantech startups as well as cleantech funds is a tough game. Investors aren’t happy yet with their returns. Consequently, startups and VCs need to reassess their strategies and look for long-term investors with strategic interest such as corporates, family offices and governments. To find advice from industry insiders we look forward to joining the Cleantech Forum Europe in Bilbao taking place on 16-18 April 2013. Ecosummit supports the event and we interview Richard Youngman, Cleantech Group’s MD for Europe and Asia, to warm up for the conference and discuss the current market environment. Richard will also speak at Ecosummit Berlin 2013.Read more
Ecosummit and Taylor Wessing, the international law firm with extensive cleantech and private equity experience, co-host the second Ecosummit Lounge London on 2 May 2013 at Taylor Wessing’s magnificent office. We will enjoy an inspiring evening of smart green business networking with a group of local and international cleantech startups, investors and corporates. Rob Wylie, Partner at WHEB Partners, gives a keynote on the current state of cleantech venture capital, followed by startup pitches of the 3 ECO13 Award Nominees Ubitricity, Tado and Loowatt. Tickets are available for £30,00. Thanks a lot to Simon Walker and his team for hosting us and sharing the super cool roof terrace.Read more
Ecosummit TV: Ecosummit and Taylor Wessing, the international law firm with extensive cleantech and private equity experience, joined forces to organise our first Ecosummit Lounge London on 19 September 2012 at Taylor Wessing’s magnificent London office. We enjoyed an inspiring evening of Smart Green Business Networking with 60 representatives of cleantech startups, investors and corporates. This Ecosummit TV episode features Simon Walker (Taylor Wessing), Niki Rosinski (Generation Investment Management), Sarah Williamson Atkins (Sefaira), Robert Morrison (Ventive), Benjamin Kott (EnergyDeck), Paul Mooney (SolarFuel), Oliver Lünstedt (Carzapp) and Jan Michael Hess (Ecosummit). Thanks a lot to Simon Walker and his team for hosting us. Save the date: Ecosummit Lounge London 2 May 2013Read more
Ecosummit TV: Ecosummit and Climate-KIC, the EU programme to foster cleantech entrepreneurship and education, joined forces to organise an evening of Smart Green Business Networking in California. The Ecosummit Lounge Silicon Valley took place on 6 September 2012 at the famous Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale. We enjoyed 2-minute pitches by the 13 European cleantech startups that participated in the Climate-KIC USA Startup Tour to Silicon Valley, Washington and Boston. On behalf of all startups on the tour, I would like to thank Climate-KIC for supporting us.Read more
Ecosummit and Climate-KIC, the EU programme to foster cleantech entrepreneurship and education, joined forces to invite you to an evening of Smart Green Business Networking in California. The Ecosummit Lounge Silicon Valley takes place on 6 September 2012 at the famous Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale. Doors open at 18:00, at 19:30 our programme starts and we network until 22:00. We will enjoy 2-minute pitches by the 13 European cleantech startups that participate in the Climate-KIC USA Tour to Silicon Valley, Washington and Boston. At the lounge, we also serve you short presentations by the hosts, a keynote by Mark Perutz of DBL Investors, tasty drinks, finger food and all that Jazz. Tickets for the Ecosummit Lounge Silicon Valley are available for $30,00. We look forward to seeing you soon.Read more
This Ecosummit TV episode was recorded at our second Ecosummit Lounge Berlin on 6 December 2011 at InnoZ, Berlin’s exciting epicentre for electric mobility and smart green city. InnoZ is located on the Euref Campus which aims at developing the smart green model city of the future. We enjoyed a high-voltage evening of intense Smart Green Business Networking with 5 smart green startup pitches, Ursprung, finger food and all that Jazz. The startups presenting were Flinc, Nachbarschaftsauto, Ubitricity, Airbase and Changers.Read more
Our new Ecosummit TV episode reviews our first Ecosummit Lounge we celebrated on 21 September 2011 at the HomeBase Lounge in Berlin. Featuring: Kai Lorenz (BT Germany), Pieter Bots (Geo-En), Jörg Fabri (allocate), Eric Mahleb (LGMi) and Jan Michael Hess (Ecosummit). Next to a few short pitches of sponsors and startups, we talked about ECO12 and the new ECO12 Award. As you can see, we had a wonderful time and want to say thanks to all participants for coming. The next Ecosummit Lounge takes place on 6 December 2011 in Berlin.Read more
Press Release: For the third time, Mobile Economy GmbH organises Ecosummit, the international smart green business conference. Ecosummit 2012 (ECO12) takes place on 22-23 March in Berlin and gathers 400 executives representing investors, startups, corporates and utilities. ECO12 focuses on cleantech, renewable energy, electric mobility, smart green city, startup financing and sustainability management. The new ECO12 Award rewards the best smart green companies in Europe.Read more
Pressemitteilung: Mobile Economy GmbH organisiert den dritten Ecosummit am 22.-23. März 2012 in Berlin. Die internationale Konferenz für Smart Green Business lockt 400 Topmanager von Investoren, Startups, Konzernen und Energieversorgern in die Hauptstadt. Auf dem Ecosummit 2012 (ECO12) geht es um Cleantech, erneuerbare Energien, Elektromobilität, Smart Green City, Startup-Finanzierung und Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement. Der neue ECO12 Award zeichnet die besten intelligenten grünen Unternehmen in Europa aus.Read more
We are happy to announce our first Ecosummit Lounge on 21 September 2011 in Berlin. Ecosummit Lounge takes place in the cool event location called HomeBase Potsdamer Platz. Ecosummit Lounge is a new event format we created to focus on Smart Green Business Networking in a laid-back atmosphere. From 18:00-24:00, we will enjoy a few short pitches from startups and sponsors and lots of healthy food, tasty red wine as well as funky jazz and electronic music. We will also preview Ecosummit 2012, our 3rd international Smart Green Business Conference. ECO12 features our new ECO12 Award that honours and rewards the best European smart green companies. Ecosummit Lounge tickets are available and 5 speakers are confirmed!Read more
ECO11 Cleantech VC Panel showcasing Taylor Wessing, WHEB Partners, Zouk Capital and Climate Change Capital
This new Ecosummit TV episode showcases the views of 3 leading Cleantech VCs and the law firm Taylor Wessing on the hot trends in the Cleantech VC industry. Enjoy Peter Hellich (Taylor Wessing), Joerg Sperling (WHEB Partners), Felix von Schubert (Zouk Capital) and Bruno Derungs (Climate Change Capital), moderated by Jan Michael Hess (Ecosummit), talking about the deals they make and the deals they would like to make.Read more
Staffan Hillberg, CEO of Heliospectra, pitches his Swedish smart green startup to investors at ECO11. Heliospectra has some really cool and healthy LED lighting technology for greenhouses improving the growth and reducing the energy costs for the sake of energy efficient agriculture. If you are into (vertical) urban farming and the future of greenhouses, get in touch with Heliospectra.Read more
Going green is smart. Here is our new strategy: Ecosummit is the Smart Green Business Network providing management consulting, marketing, event and media services to startups, investors, corporates and cities. Our goal is to contribute with a growing leverage to the fast transformation to the Smart Green Economy. Smart stands for the ubiquitous use of information and communication technology (ICT). Green is about bringing Cleantech to the mass market and making sustainability the default strategy of every company in every industry. Being smart and green enables intelligent sustainability management, i.e. automated sustainability.Read more
At Ecosummit 2011, Jan Michael Hess (Ecosummit) moderated the panel Young Future Mobility Leaders with (from the left) Konrad Erzberger (Tamyca), Michael Kuhn (car2gether, Daimler Business Innovation), Beres Seelbach (Lautlos), Klaus Dibbern (Flinc) and Knut Hechtfischer (Ubitricity). We all agreed that the Sharing Economy will change the automotive industry.Read more
Going smart green now should be our motivation on all levels. For the smart green transformation I propose a strategy based on 7 pillars. This strategy has to be elaborated into a full-featured global master plan. I invite everybody to contribute to the elaboration of the global master plan and to join its execution.
1. Our global goal should be the fast transformation to the Smart Green Economy.
2. Cities are the epicentre of economic activity and must go smart green now.
3. Companies should adopt smart green strategies offering sustainable products and services.
4. Fast cost reduction of smart green technologies is the key leverage for the mass market.
5. We have to change our lifestyle and become smart green consumers.
6. We have to shift political and financial power to the United Nations.
7. Huge investments of human and financial capital are necessary.
Let’s start now, improve continuously, measure our progress every year and use open innovation and transparent communication so that we can learn from each other. Let’s share our ideas and know-how online on a global scale.
At ECO11, the consultant and automotive expert Gregor Matthies, Partner, Bain & Company, gave a well-prepared overview of the Electric Mobility market. It turns out that German car makers are not leading the development of new EVs which I personally regret. At the same time, this offers new business opportunities for startups that want to develop new electric future cars and sell them later to the OEMs.Read more