Ecosummit 2021 Sponsors
Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate and decarbonise our economy. Our conferences are startup markets enabling fundraising, lead and co-investing, corporate venturing, open innovation and M&A. Since 2010, we organised 21 physical and 16 online events. The sensational Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021 attracted 183 participants, 83 speakers and 38 sponsors profiled below. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides 1.200 videos (680.000 views).
Ecosummit 2021 Platinum Sponsors
Smart green accelerator: The Swedish Energy Agency works for a smarter energy use, which involves among other things to channel practically all Swedish state funds that go into energy research. The Business Development and Commercialisation department is focused on making business from this research by bringing together researchers and business developers, contractors, customers and capital. This department also provides their own funding to cases with technical uniqueness, high energy relevance as well as a strong team behind the concept.
Ecosummit 2021 Gold Sponsors
Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. We work in more than 30 countries across 5 continents, generating energy with a net installed capacity of more than 89 GW, selling gas and distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km. With almost 73 million end users around the world, we have the biggest customer base among our European competitors, and we are one of Europe’s leading energy companies by installed capacity and reported EBITDA. The Enel Group is made up of nearly 68,000 people from around the world whose brilliant work is based on our values of Responsibility, Innovation, Trust and Proactivity. Together we are working on the same goal. We are Open Power and our aim is to overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the world. This is to be achieved through a new approach which combines attention to sustainability with the best in innovation.
Ecosummit 2021 Silver Sponsors
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $13 trillion. To learn more, visit nasdaq.com/ambition or business.nasdaq.com.
Smart green corporate VC: Future Energy Ventures is a unique venture capital platform that brings together corporate partners and world-class startups to shape the future energy landscape. Future Energy Ventures is the venture capital investment and collaboration platform of E.ON, one of Europe’s largest operators of energy networks and energy-related infrastructure and a provider of innovative customer solutions for about 50 million customers.
Smart green corporate VC: Sustainable energy for everyone. That is what drives Eneco’s endeavours. We are a leading Dutch utility, focused on sustainable, smart energy solutions. We provide for the daily energy needs of over 2.2 million private and business customers through trading, supply and generation, but increasingly by offering smart, decentralized solutions in area’s such as smart home, solar & storage, smart charging etc. Instead of defending old business models, we aim to lead the transition towards more decentralized, sustainable and cooperative energy systems. Eneco Ventures is our business unit dedicated to developing new products and services together with business partners and startups. We collaborate with, and invest in, innovative businesses in order to jointly innovate and create commercial success for new smart energy services. We seek technologies and business models that can accelerate our development of sustainable, decentralized, smart energy services. In turn, we can offer scaling opportunities, knowledge and access to markets as well as capital investments as part of our venturing portfolio.
Smart green corporate VC: ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 153,090 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20). ENGIE also allocated an investment fund of €115 million dedicated to innovative startups and an investment fund of €50 million committed to energy access.
Smart green corporate VC: Energie 360° is a Zurich-based utility company that provides natural gas, renewable energy and related services such as new mobility services and e-mobility infrastructure to its customers. Through the Smart Energy Innovation Fund, its corporate venture capital arm, Energie 360° invests actively in innovative technologies and the services needed for the coming digitalisation of the energy market. The Smart Energy Innovation Fund is looking for innovative startups in the fields of cleantech, energy, mobility and smart cities. The fund’s objective is not only to participate in future technologies but also to initiate a renewal process and ensure technology transfer to business units at Energie 360°.
Smart green corporate VC: BP Ventures was set up more than ten years ago to identify and invest in private, high growth, game-changing technology companies, accelerating innovation across the entire energy spectrum. Since then, we have invested over $500 million in technology companies across more than 40 entities with more than 200 co-investors. Venturing plays a key role in BP’s strategy to tackle the dual challenge of meeting the world’s need for more energy, while at the same time reducing carbon emissions. We will do this by leveraging our investments across a portfolio of relevant technology businesses that will help BP transition to a low carbon company.
Smart green corporate VC: Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. Visit the website for further information on Shell’s approach to meeting the world’s demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. Shell Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell plc (“Shell”). With major offices in Europe and the USA, Shell Ventures invests in technology companies to enhance the development of new technologies that have the potential to create substantial deployment value in Shell. Continuing Shell’s tradition in venture capital since 1998, Shell Ventures’ investment focus includes oil & gas, renewable energy technologies, water and IT. Shell Ventures co-invests with other corporate investors, venture capital funds and angels and will invest in both early stage and late stage (growth capital) companies.
Smart green corporate VC: Equinor Ventures is Equinor’s corporate venture arm dedicated to investing in ambitious early phase and growth companies. Equinor Ventures believes that the innovation, creativity and agility of startups can drive change, and transition the energy industry towards a low carbon future. Equinor Ventures can provide venture capital, project-based funding of early phase ideas and an accelerator programme. All this is supported by expert technical and financial guidance, and a strong drive for implementing the solutions in our own business. The ventures fund was set up in 1991, and current investment focus includes renewable energy technologies, storage & flexibility, mobility, hydrogen, digital solutions, carbon markets and oil & gas.
Smart green VC: EIT InnoEnergy operates at the centre of the energy transition and is the leading engine for sustainable energy, bringing the technology and skills required to support the green deal and Europe’s decarbonisation goals. Recognised globally as the most active energy investor and one of the largest climate tech and renewable energy tech investors in 2020, EIT InnoEnergy backs innovations across a range of areas. These include, energy storage, transport and mobility, renewables and sustainable buildings and cities – leveraging its trusted ecosystem of 500+ partners and 23 shareholders. EIT InnoEnergy is the driving force behind several European initiatives, including the European Battery Alliance (EBA), the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Centre (EGHAC) and the European Solar Initiative (ESI). Established in 2010 and supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), EIT InnoEnergy has offices across Europe and in Boston, US.
Ecosummit 2021 Bronze Sponsors
Smart green corporate VC: Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures is the venture capital arm of TotalEnergies. As part of TotalEnergies’ commitment to a better energy future, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential startups which will contribute to creating a low carbon future. Current areas of interest include Renewables, Distributed Energy, New Mobility, Energy Access, Energy Storage, Bio-Plastics & Recycling, Artificial Intelligence and IoT.
Smart green VC: Energy Impact Partners is a strategic private equity firm established in 2015 that invests in innovative technologies, services, and products throughout the energy supply chain from generation to consumption. It provides its strategic partners with critical information helping them plot a path into the future. Through close collaboration with its investor base, EIP seeks to bring the best companies, buying power and vision in the industry to bear on the emerging energy landscape. EIP’s utility partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy, Ameren, Great Plains Energy, Fortis Inc., AGL, Avista, MGE Energy Inc., TEPCO, PTT Public Company Limited, OGE Energy Corp., TransCanada, and Alliant Energy.
Smart green VC: IP Group is a leading intellectual property commercialisation company which focuses on evolving great ideas, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. The Group has pioneered a unique approach to developing these ideas and the resulting businesses by providing access to business building expertise, capital (through its 100%-owned FCA-authorised subsidiary IP Capital), networks, recruitment and business support. IP Group has a strong track record of success and its portfolio comprises holdings in approximately 100 early-stage to mature businesses across four main sectors – Biotech, Cleantech, Healthcare and Technology. The Company is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the code IPO.
Smart green VC: In 2021, ABN AMRO launched the Sustainable Impact Fund (SIF), funded and managed exclusively by ABN AMRO. With a commitment of EUR 425m, the fund makes direct investments (Private Equity and Venture Capital) in the sectors of energy transition, circularity and social impact. Focussed on opportunities in NW-Europe, the fund sits at the forefront of ABN AMRO’s push to accelerate transitions towards a sustainable future. It’s ABN AMRO’s ambition to be a better bank for generations to come.
Smart green VC: Since 2007 Amsterdam-based SET Ventures has invested in European technology companies that impact the future of the energy system. SET Ventures focuses broadly on innovative energy generation, energy distribution & storage and energy efficiency. SET Fund III provides early growth-stage capital to ventures that shape the energy system transition through smart software and services-based business models.
Smart green VC: Alantra’s energy transition fund, Klima, supports management teams of late stage venture and early growth companies. Klima intends to back breakthrough innovations in the energy transition sectors, aimed towards slowing down the pace of climate change. Klima’s cornerstone investor is Enagas, the Spanish gas grid operator, also a partner to Alantra Energy Transition. Regionally, Klima main focus is on Europe (including UK and Israel), but also covers North America. The fund invests in the following verticals: (i) low carbon and green gas solutions (hydrogen, biogas, carbon capture…), (ii) incremental technologies for renewable generation, (iii) smart grids, energy storage and power markets, (iv) mobility and transportation through the energy lens, with two transversal topics: energy efficiency and digital solutions. The team is based in Madrid (Spain), Paris (France) and Bonn (Germany).
Smart green corporate VC: Innovation has always been at the core of EDF Group’s strategy. To create new growth drivers and to propose innovative and competitive offers and services to their customers, EDF created EDF Pulse Ventures, the corporate venture capital and startup incubator of the EDF Group. EDF Pulse Ventures has invested €270 million in almost 25 startups and holds a stake in twenty investment funds. EDF Pulse Ventures focuses its venture capital investments in 4 areas: residential services, sustainable territory management, energy systems and industry.
Smart green corporate VC: Helen Ventures invests 50 million euros in the most innovative and transformative European startups in the energy, e-mobility, circular economy, decarbonisation and digital solutions sectors. Together we supercharge the future. We accelerate the growth of early and growth stage companies through our profound energy market insights and by collaborating with our customers and industry experts. Helen Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Helen Ltd., an energy company in Finland giving everyone the chance to enjoy the opportunities of the new energy era.
Smart green corporate VC: INVEN CAPITAL is a €180M corporate VC fund established by the major European energy utility CEZ to invest in the new energy sector. INVEN CAPITAL seeks investments into small to middle-market innovative cleantech companies from Europe. We target late-stage startups with a business model proven by sales and significant growth potential. We focus on creating long-term value through an active partnership with the management of our portfolio companies. In our approach we actively support strategies for organic and/or acquisition growth. We can provide unique benefits to our portfolio companies and co-investors through (a) in-depth energy sector expertise, (b) utilization of CEZ Group’s client base and (c) technological synergies related to the asset base of our investor. Our investment team represents a balanced mix of skills from the energy sector, structured finance and investment banking. INVEN CAPITAL was founded in 2014 and is based in Prague.
Smart green corporate VC: Encevo Group serves clients in Luxembourg, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is present all along the energy value chain, from production, storage, supply, transport to trading, distribution and services. Encevo actively helps shaping the transition to a sustainable energy sector by embracing technology, deploying innovative solutions and partnering up with local communities. The CVC team actively supports such objective, by selecting leading European start-ups for our business units and, when relevant, performing hand-picked equity investments, preferably at Series A stage.
Smart green corporate VC: As an innovative service provider with a regional focus, EWE is active in the business areas of energy, telecommunications and information technology. By bringing these three areas together under one roof, the Group is well-placed to develop and operate intelligent energy systems. Thanks to its range of innovative products for private and corporate customers, EWE is shaping the energy supply of tomorrow with the greatest possible sustainability, efficiency and reliability. With more than 8,500 employees and sales of over 5.7 billion euro, EWE is one of the largest utility companies in Germany. The Group, based in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, is primarily owned by the local government. In northwest Germany, Brandenburg and Rügen, as well as parts of Poland EWE provides about 1.4 million customers with electricity, 0.8 million with gas, and about 700,000 with telecommunication services. To achieve this, the various companies in the EWE Group operate over 190,000 kilometres of energy and telecommunication networks. Furthermore, the EWE subsidiary BTC is among Germany’s most important IT service providers.
Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization advises foreign companies looking to expand their business activities in the German market. It provides information on foreign trade to German companies that seek to enter into foreign markets. All inquiries relating to Germany as a business and investment location are treated confidentially. All investment services are available at no charge.
Smart green startup: Established in 2010 and based in Dresden, Germany, Sunfire is a world-leading industrial electrolysis company with two differentiated technologies. We develop and manufacture electrolyzers based on SOEC and Alkaline technologies that enable a truly sustainable and cost-effective production of renewable hydrogen, syngas and e-Fuel. Sunfire has been named Global Cleantech 100 company for six consecutive years and is backed by leading strategic and financial investors such as Neste and SMS Group – global leaders in the renewable fuel and steel business. With more than 230 employees located in Germany, Norway and Switzerland and a well-established partner network, we realize large electrolysis projects to deliver on our promise: Creating a world without fossil fuels!
Smart green startup: Instagrid builds the world’s most advanced portable power supplies to replace highly polluting petrol and diesel generators. Instagrid products offer simple, flexible and emission-free access to electric power for professionals on the move. Our solutions by far exceed the technical specifications and capabilities of what is available on the market today, offering grid-like power for the construction industry, event organizers, gardeners, fire brigades, disaster recovery and humanitarian organizations. Through direct sales channels and through brand partners, Instagrid now ships more than 1000 units every month and works directly with many of the largest construction and infrastructure companies in Europe to reduce their emissions.
Smart green startup: NexWafe designs, develops and pilots a proprietary process to produce ultra-thin, high-efficiency, monocrystalline green solar wafers to make photovoltaics more sustainable and efficient. Fully compatible with conventional solar cell manufacturing, NexWafe offers a 70% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions during manufacturing. NexWafe’s continuous, direct gas-to-wafer manufacturing process also minimizes waste, resulting in wafers that are 30% less expensive than conventional wafers. NexWafe’s in-line, ultra-scalable process shatters cost down roadmap barriers and inherently supports the industry’s extraordinary growth as the transition to solar power accelerates worldwide. The company was spun out from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in 2015.
Smart green startup: As a software-as-a-service company, GreenCom Networks offers a white label Energy IoT Platform to utilities, energy service companies, and energy-relevant device manufacturers. With its platform GreenCom Networks enables customers to launch disruptive digital business models while leveraging the increasing share of distributed energy assets and end consumers’ demand for innovative services like energy flat rates, energy communities or peer-to-peer energy.
Smart green startup: Wirelane offers its customers Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) solutions for managing charging infrastructure and for carrying out charging processes. The company also sells its own developed charging stations for electric vehicles. The cloud-based software solution currently manages and controls more than 11,000 charging stations regardless of the manufacturer. As an electric mobility provider (EMP), Wirelane offers access to more than 95,000 public charging points across Europe and allows municipal utilities, utilities, businesses, etc. to use the charging infrastructure software for their own end customer services. Wirelane bills more than 60,000 charging transactions for its customers every month.
Smart green startup: Faradion is the world leader in sodium-ion battery technology that provides low cost, high performance, safe and sustainable energy. Its proprietary technology delivers leading-edge, cost effective solutions for a broad range of applications, including mobility, energy storage, back-up power and energy in remote locations. Faradion’s patented zero-volt capability enables the safe transportation and maintenance of sodium-ion batteries. The wide operating temperature range, high energy density and fast charge/discharge capability combine to offer a next generation, drop-in solution. Its sodium-ion batteries contain no cobalt, no lithium and no copper, resulting in a safe and sustainable, cost-effective, high performance technology.
Smart green startup: ESFORIN (Energy Services for Industry) is the leading provider of flexibility marketing in the power sector. Started in 2015 by experienced energy entrepreneurs, the company employs 31 people and operates a highly sophisticated automated trading infrastructure on behalf of leading industrial and energy intensive clients. The company is headquartered in Essen and serves clients in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and United Kingdom. In 2020, ESFORIN completed over 2.2 million trades on EPEX and expects over EUR 100 million turnover in 2021.
Smart green startup: Founded in 2019, the Cologne-based startup Installion provides a digital B2B platform for matching installation capacities in the area of PV, Storage and EV charging. Installion operates an increasing number of own installation hubs in order to guarantee sufficient availability of installation capacity. Installion ́s goal is to accelerate the energy transition in Germany and beyond by increasing process efficiency and number of installs conducted. Co-founded by Florian Meyer-Delpho and Till Pirnay, Christoph Ostermann, Bernhard Beck and Kai Howaldt are seed investors. Installers providing installation services are being matched with just one click. In 2020, the company started to set up its own installation hubs in order to spread a tightly knit, reliable network of installation capacities all over Germany and is continuing to open up more hubs. Today, over 350 top clients (utilities, large sales organisations, manufacturers etc.) representing roughly 70 % of Germany’s photovoltaic market have successfully realized approximately 4.500 projects with the help of Installion ́s IT software platform and its growing number of in-house installer hubs with overall 65 craftsmen employed at six locations.
Smart green startup: GreenPocket is a specialist for smart energy software, supporting energy suppliers and business customers worldwide in realizing added value from smart meter data. The talented team of 45 uses innovative technologies (AI, Machine Learning, Data Science) to provide customers with smart data analyses for their energy related decisions. The creative, flexible and intuitive white label software solutions contribute significantly to the energy transition and digitalization of the energy industry. With more than 130 successful projects for over 80 national and international utilities and service providers, GreenPocket is one of the leading software companies in the global smart energy market.
Smart Green Startup: Founded in 2010, Rockethome offers an advanced SaaS solutions platform to remotely manage and control IoT devices in smart buildings and districts. With more than 100 corporate customers in 5 countries the Cologne/Germany based PropTech is one of the leading smart rental and climate solution providers in Europe. Well known brands from the real estate, utility and insurance industries rely on the expertise of the company. The product portfolio combines use cases like smart home, digital access, building automation with emobility, solar and heating solutions. The open platform supports more than 100 devices from 50 vendors. Everything is seamlessly integrated in one tenant app and centrally administered on one property platform. Owners and property managers of multi-family houses, serviced apartments and smart quarters are able to deliver a complete new space experience to their customers. This makes their investments and properties future-proof and reduces the operation costs significantly. In mid 2021 the company founded Rockethome Climate Solutions GmbH, a joint venture between Enercity AG and Wolfsburg AG.
Smart green family office: Entrepreneurship. Ingenious. Smart. Responsible. blueworld.group combines the three core components of entrepreneurship: founding, investing and developing. blueworld.group acts as an investor and idea generator for both early stage and established companies in a wide range of industries. blueworld.group works hand in hand with pioneering companies, their managers and employees to create outstanding performance as well as genuine and sustainable value. Always with the aim of harmonizing progress and sustainability in all dimensions.
Smart green VC: First Imagine! is a venture capital firm focusing on high-growth technology companies in the European energy transition sector. Founded in 2016 in London, First Imagine! started its second investment cycle in the end of 2020. Being committed to the idea of the energy transition the firm looks for investment opportunities in rounds A and beyond to support passionate teams with disruptive technologies.
Smart green accelerator VC: The €25M Rockstart Energy fund was launched in 2020 and is backed by institutional investors including Eneco, European family offices, informal investors and the Dutch government. The Rockstart Energy fund invests in startups that drive the energy transition. We shortcut your scaling journey through domain focused content and mentorship, market introductions and co-investments up to Series B. We are especially interested in startups innovating in renewable energy generation, energy storage, smart grid, energy efficiency, smart mobility and decentralized energy systems.
Alexa Capital delivers leading capital solutions across the energy, energy infrastructure and technology sectors. Our professionals have unique energy market sector insights built up over three decades of working across Europe, North America and Asia in energy, technology & communications investment banking, fund management and private equity. We can leverage global relationships across the corporate landscape, the investment community and government policymakers.
Smart green recruiting: Hyperion Executive Search is a specialist headhunter within the clean energy, energy storage, e-mobility and cleantech markets. Our focus is across EMEA and North America. We help our clients achieve their strategic growth and revenue goals by enabling them to attract, attain and retain the key talent they need. In particular we work with post-investment startups and fast growth companies, to recruit high impact leaders, management teams, and sales tigers. We also build full teams, and help our clients set up new territories or product/service lines.