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    Ecosummit accelerates startups, investors and corporates in smart green energy, mobility and cities since 2010. Ecosummit Berlin 2019 takes place on 15-16 May 2019 at Radialsystem, Holzmarktstr. 33, 10243 Berlin and presents the best startups in Europe. It’s our 10 year anniversary and we’re organising another state-of-the-art event and massive party. 118 speakers (80 startups) are confirmed and profiled below. Get your tickets and join us.

     

     

    • Christoph Ostermann (Corporate)
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    • CEO
    • Sonnen
    • https://sonnengroup.com
    • Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder and CEO of Sonnen GmbH, being with its Solar Battery product range one of the pioneers in the residential battery storage market. Solar Battery is a highly innovative, intelligent battery system offering much more than just an energy storage solution. The system comprises several added value features such as smart home, smart meter, PV-monitoring and UPS. Since its market launch in early 2011 several hundreds of Solar Batteries have been sold only in Germany. Christoph began his career with KMC Management Consultants, a leading management consulting firm focused on sales and marketing expertise, where he was Managing Partner and Co-Founder of a branch office. Since 2005 he is in the renewable energy business, where he has been involved in several companies as CEO, entrepreneur and/or consultant. Christoph graduated in 1997 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth.
    • Andrée-Lise Méthot (Corporate VC)
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    • Founder and Managing Partner
    • Cycle Capital Management
    • http://www.cyclecapital.com
    • Andrée-Lise is the Founder and Managing Partner of Cycle Capital Management (CCM) – Canada’s most important private cleantech venture capital platform in Canada with AUM of $0.5B. In addition to serving on portfolio companies’ boards of directors, she is the Founder and Chairperson of the Ecofuel Accelerator, co-Founder of the Ecofuel Fund and sits on the Board and Investment Committee of Sustainable Development Technology Canada and on the Board of Société Québécoise des Infrastructures. She is also member of the Paris Green Fund’s strategic committee, member of the Cleantech Group’s North American Advisory Committee and member of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Pioneers’ selection committee. Named Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, she received tribute awards from the Association of Quebec Women in Finance and Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. She was also named Clean16 and on the top 20 cleantech investors by CleanTechnica.
    • Patric Gresko (Fund of Funds)
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    • Head of Division, Innovation and Technology Investment
    • European Investment Fund
    • http://www.eif.org
    • Patric Gresko is Head of Division within EIF’s Innovation and Technology Investment team. EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds with more than €3B under management and a portfolio of over 220 venture capital funds. Patric leads a team that invests in early stage funds and manages a portfolio of venture capital funds representing total commitments of more than €1B in all major technology sectors. With EIF’s Venture Capital team, he is further developing EIF’s activity by designing and implementing new innovative equity products, notably in the corporate venturing space. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector. He holds a Master in Business Engineering from HEC Management School – Université de Liège.
    • Andreas Stubelius (Accelerator)
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    • Portfolio Manager
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Andreas Stubelius is a Portfolio Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency. He is responsible for developing the Agency’s portfolio companies. The portfolio consists of more than 60 cleantech companies and Andreas has been involved in starting 15 of them. He has a long experience in seed funding and has been working within the energy sector for more than 10 years. Andreas holds an engineering degree in power electronics and also one in corporate finance. He has worked in various positions the last years and the last one in managing a project for the Swedish Government.
    • Dr. Matthias Bölke (Corporate)
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    • VP Strategy, Business Excellence and Public Affairs for DACH
    • Schneider Electric
    • http://www.schneider-electric.com
    • Matthias Bölke has been active since 27 years in the field of Advanced Automation and Energy Management. He studied Electrical Engineering, was lecturer for Mechanics and Robotics and received his doctor’s degree in Advanced Robotics in 1990. Matthias was hired by Telemecanique in 1991 where he started the development of a new generation of HMI products for machine control. Later he was appointed as HMI division manager at Schneider, followed by several international General Management positions in the Group. During the last 10 years, he worked abroad as CEO for Schneider’s Country organizations in Austria and Switzerland. Currently, Matthias is Schneider Electric VP Strategy, Business Excellence and Public Affairs for DACH.
    • Leonie Baneke (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Venturing
    • Eneco Ventures
    • http://www.enecogroup.com/what-we-do/innovation/
    • Leonie Baneke is Head of Venturing at Eneco Smart Energy. This team of around 50 FTE is responsible for the development and growth of Eneco’s (a leading Dutch utility) innovative business models and services, both internal and external. Leonie is responsible for identifying, structuring and managing investments in innovative companies, whereby the starting principle is to structure meaningful partnerships and commercial deals in parallel with such investments. Main focus is on domains such as smart homes, smart buildings, solar & storage, mobility, smart outdoor and smart grid & flexibility. Before joining Eneco, Leonie worked in mergers & acquisitions, advising companies and investors in a variety of sectors on acquisitions, divestments, financial restructuring and strategic topics.
    • Dr. Sam Salisbury (Corporate VC)
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    • Director Labs
    • Centrica Innovations
    • https://www.centrica.com/centrica-innovations
    • Sam Salisbury is a Director of Centrica’s newly formed venture, Centrica Innovations, where he leads the Innovation Lab. Centrica Innovations is an important part of achieving the company’s vision of meeting the changing needs of customers in the 21st century. Over the next five years £100 million will be invested in startups, giving Centrica access to technology and entrepreneurial capability. The Labs will provide startups with business support and access to Centrica’s customers, people and networks to help them grow their businesses. It will also support a culture of innovation within Centrica by providing the Lab’s services to support in-house ventures. Prior to building Centrica Innovations, Sam led the Centrica backed Ignite fund, the UK’s first impact investment fund with a focus on energy. Over the past three years, Ignite has provided £10m of investment to 18 enterprises. It differentiates itself from other funders by providing access to and support from Centrica’s people and network in the energy industry. Before Ignite, Sam worked in corporate strategy at Centrica and as a management consultant. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a D.Phil in Engineering Science.
    • Petr Mikovec (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Inven Capital
    • http://www.invencapital.cz/en/home.html
    • Petr Míkovec is the Managing Director of INVEN CAPITAL, a new venture capital fund established by the major European utility CEZ. INVEN CAPITAL and Petr’s motto is: You innovate, we invest, together we grow. Petr was at the very beginning of the fund existence in 2013/14 and built the investment vehicle from the position of CEZ Corporate Development Director. Overall Petr gained over 10 years experience in energy industry in the area of investment opportunities evaluation (EUR 100+ mil transaction volume) and utitlity strategy formulation. Before that, Petr was working for Patria Finance, Czech Republic´s leading investment house. Petr holds an MA in Finance from the Economic University of Prague and a diploma in Business Administration from UC Berkeley XT including International Internship Program as equity fundamental analyst at Technovision Management (hedge fund based in Los Altos, Silicon Valley) and an executive leadership diploma from the University of Pittsburgh´s Joseph M Katz Graduate School of Business.
    • Ulrich Seitz (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures
    • https://energy-ventures.baywa-re.com
    • Ulrich Seitz is the Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures, a newly established corporate venture capital firm focusing on digital energy solutions, storage and emobility. With over ten years of experience on the startup scene as founder, management consultant and venture capital manager Ulrich Seitz knows the various perspectives on venture investing profoundly. Thus he combines an entrepreneurial spirit with the strategic ambition a corporate venture capital firm needs. He holds a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Company Building of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and has a strong passion for motorbikes.
    • Dr. Elena Bou (VC)
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    • Innovation Director
    • InnoEnergy
    • https://www.innoenergy.com
    • Elena Bou is the Innovation Director and member of the executive board of InnoEnergy. She has been involved in this company since 2007 being member of the founder team of InnoEnergy. Prior to that, she developed her professional career in the field of management consulting in both private and public companies, nationally and internationally, giving her the opportunity to manage and develop many European Multinational Projects involving a high degree of complexity and stakeholders and including the creation of two spin-offs. Elena is also Associate Professor of ESADE Business School since 1998. Former Director of the Executive Master of Operations and Services and cofounder and former director of the GRACO Research Group (IIK) at ESADE. Consultant and researcher in the field of knowledge and Innovation Management and author of several publications. Elena Bou holds a PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE-URL (Doctor Europeus) and has a degree in Business Administration and Management and an MBA from ESADE Business School. She also studied in Florida University and Copenhagen Business School.
    • Nacho Gimenez (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director, Europe & Middle East
    • BP Ventures
    • https://www.bp.com/en/global/ventures.html
    • Nacho has extensive experience in BP’s integrated supply and trading arm, monetising new oil and refined oil product trading opportunities. More recently he has developed BP’s digital power strategy, with alternative energy. Nacho holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, an MBA from UNED in Madrid and has studied corporate finance at London Business School. Nacho focuses on the low carbon power sector and leads the Europe and Middle East team.
    • Dr. Kurt Kaltenegger (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Technology
    • ABB Technology Ventures
    • https://new.abb.com/about/technology/ventures
    • Kurt Kaltenegger holds two graduate degrees in solid state physics, a MSc from Karl-Franzens University Graz and a PhD from Montanistic University Leoben, and is the holder of more than 30 patents. Prior to joining ATV, he spent three years as Director of the ABB Corporate Research Center (CRC) in China. He was based in Beijing and Shanghai and was involved in future technology research and development, specifically around insulation coordination in harsh environments, fault current limitation, bulk power transmission (HVDC), UHV, rural electrification, distributed generation and robotics. From 2000 till 2007 he was Global ABB Technology Manager for Medium Voltage products development with responsibility for 14 Development Centers worldwide. For the nine years prior, he was responsible for high voltage circuit breaker R&D at ABB headquarters in Switzerland and led projects for basic high voltage CB development and high voltage insulation and contact material development. He invented a new self-blast circuit breaker technology enabling SF6 Technology for ratings of 160 kA and higher, a world first. He was also head of the ABB Power Test Lab. Kaltenegger is a member of the CIGRE Study Committee C6, Distributed Generation and received the CIGRE Technical Committee Award in 2007. In 2008, he was appointed to the industrial advisory board of Suzhou University.
    • Dr. Philipp Ulbrich (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Scouting and Co-Investments
    • EON
    • https://www.eon.com/en/new-energy/innovation/start-ups.html
    • As Vice President Philipp leads Innovation Scouting and Co-Investments within the Innovation area of E.ON. This covers the two teams in Essen and in San Francisco, which he joined in June 2016. Before Philipp was responsible for the group-wide project Working Capital Excellence through which in two and a half years more than EUR 1.5 billion of liquidity could be released. Previously he was active in France as Head of Finance for E.ON. Philipp Ulbrich started his career in Subsidiary Controlling at E.ON, where he accompanied trade and distribution units. He holds a Doctorate from his time as an assistant teacher at the Economics Faculty of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In his spare time, Philipp Ulbrich likes going into the mountains, either on hiking boots, crampons or ski. He also enjoys running, swimming and motorcycling.
    • Thomas Labryga (Corporate VC)
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    • Investment Partner
    • innogy Ventures
    • https://www.innogy.ventures
    • Thomas is Investment Partner at innogy Ventures with a focus on energy, smart city and mobility venture capital investments. Prior to this function, he was a Management Consultant with a focus on reorganisation, finance and strategy in the energy industry. In this role, he was responsible, among other things, for the development of national level energy strategies, reorganisations and project management for one of the largest Initial Public Offerings in Germany. Thomas holds a Master Degree in International Business with a focus on Finance and Strategy from Maastricht University.
    • Cindi Choi (Corporate VC)
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    • Partner
    • Total Energy Ventures
    • http://us.total.com/en-us/making-energy-better/worldwide-projects/total-energy-ventures-innovating-startups
    • Cindi is Partner of Total Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Total SA ($127B). She is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential start-ups globally in renewable energy, mobility, smart grid, battery storage, energy data intelligence, energy efficiency, software analytics, and enabling technologies. She is a recent expatriate in Paris from San Francisco. With over 18 years of experience, including 15 in energy, Cindi’s prior professional experience includes: the head of corporate development (M&A, investments, joint ventures, strategy) at SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR); electric vehicle battery startup co-founder/CEO; investment banker in traditional oil & gas energy (JPMorgan, Stephens). Cindi is an alumni of Harvard Business School, University of Queensland (MA, International Business), and Rice University (BA, Economics, Managerial Studies). In her spare time, she can usually be found on the trails, running or biking with her dog, on the slopes, or in a yoga studio.
    • Johann Boukhors (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Engie New Ventures
    • http://www.engieventures.com
    • ohann Boukhors is Managing Director of Engie New Ventures S.A.S., the Corporate Venture Capital fund of ENGIE. Johann has over 20 years of professional experience, all in the energy sector within what is now the ENGIE Group. He’s previously held a number of responsibilities such as Strategic Purchasing for Infrastructures, set-up of international Joint Ventures, European key Account Management, Sales Director and then Branch Director for energy sales in Belgium & Luxemburg, Director New Business Development, Supply, Marketing & Sales in Mexico, and Group Business Development Oversight. Johann is French, and graduated as an Engineer (Arts & Métiers ParisTech) and holds as well an Executive MBA (ESCP Europe).
    • Fabio Tentori (Corporate)
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    • CEO of Innovation Hubs
    • Enel
    • https://startup.enel.com
    • Since joining Enel in 2013, Fabio has gained relevant experience in the energy innovation domain, covering several roles in the development of the residential energy services business and then as Innovation Manager in Italy. In 2017 he moved to a global role as head of Startup Initiative & Business Incubator for Enel Group. Prior to Enel, Fabio worked for 6 years with McKinsey & Company, based in Milan and in London. He is also an occasional teacher at master courses on innovation and management. Fabio holds a MBA degree with honors achieved in 2010 at INSEAD.
    • Dr. Christopher McLachlan (Corporate)
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    • Head of Company Builder
    • EnBW
    • https://www.enbw.com/unternehmen/konzern/innovation/
    • Passionate about new ideas, entrepreurs, and „intrapreneurs“, Dr. Christopher McLachlan helps mature start-ups of EnBW to grow and scale their business. He has co-founded two successful corporate software start-ups (pear.ai – Innogy; Periscope – McKinsey Solutions) and worked in marketing, sales, and commercial strategy functions for various companies in five countries on two continents. He is a customer driven, hands-on, „full-stack marketer“ who enjoys challenges along the whole commercial management process – from value creation via value delivery to value capture.
    • Dr. Matthias Dill (Corporate VC)
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    • CEO
    • Statkraft Ventures
    • http://www.statkraftventures.com
    • Matthias is Managing Director of Statkraft Ventures GmbH. He is a mechanical engineer at heart but also trained in business administration. He is enthusiastic about making the world a better and cleaner place by partnering with smart entrepreneurs. Matthias is an experienced venture investor and board member. Prior to starting Statkraft Ventures he was with High-Tech Gründerfonds, Europe’s largest seed-fund.
    • Ståle Svenning (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Venturing
    • TrønderEnergi
    • https://tronderenergi.no
    • Ståle is Head of Venturing and Industrial Investments at TrønderEnergi, a newly established entity focusing on energy related investments supporting the strategic core of TrønderEnergi, a major player in hydro and wind power, charging infrastructure as well as energy management services. In addition, Stale is also serving as CEO of WAY developing a digital simulator-based driving school. Before joining TrønderEnergi, Ståle has served as CEO of three high-tech, entrepreneurial companies, all of them being acquired by major international industrial companies. Latest SmartMotor offering electrical machines operating in harsh environments acquired by Rolls Royce plc. and MaXware providing identity management Software being acquired by SAP AG. Prior to entering the promised land of high-tech entrepreneurship, Ståle held posts such as COO and Head of Business Development at SpareBank1, Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, Senior Consultant at Deloitte Management Consulting and Management Trainee at Orkla AS. Ståle has graduated from the Norwegian School of Technology and INSEAD.
    • Hans Dahlberg (Corporate)
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    • Chief Digital Officer
    • Alpiq
    • https://www.alpiq.com
    • Hans Dahlberg is Chief Digital Officer and Head of Digital Technologies and Innovation Alpiq AG. Hans has over 20 years of experience in different management roles across telecom and energy and as Head of Alpiq Digital and Innovation he is responsible for the strategy and execution of new technologies and innovative solutions. In his previous role he built up a global IoT business at Telia, one of the largest telecom operators in Europe where he, in addition to growing the IoT business, also launched the new innovative and award winning digital solution Telia Sense. Hans has extensive experience in new digital growth areas spanning from applications to connectivity and launched the global IoT unit at Telia. He is a co-author of the Connected Things report and is frequently invited as a keynote speaker on the impact of IoT, digital, Industry 4.0 and the creation of new disruptive business models. Hans has a certified degree in marketing and global telecommunications from the American Graduate School USA – Arizona-Phoenix with a Business Law and Marketing degree from the Orebro University in Sweden.
    • Bastian Gerhard (Corporate)
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    • Director
    • Oysterlab
    • https://www.oysterlab.ch
    • Born in Germany and a computer scientist by education, Bastian is the Director of company builder Oyster Lab, which is part of the largest energy services provider in Switzerland. Oyster Lab has developed Juicar – the first subscription-based e-mobility service with a monthly fixed price. It allows motorists to drive their own electric vehicle without owning it. Bastian is a passionate entrepreneur who loves to solve complex problems and create products that customers love. Prior to that, Bastian served as Head of Innovation at online fashion retail powerhouse Zalando, where he established an innovation hub to enable radical and customer-centric innovation throughout the organization.
    • Frank Kindervatter (Corporate)
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    • CEO
    • NEW
    • https://www.new.de
    • Frank Kindervatter, Chairman of the energy utility company NEW AG since 2017, pursues one vision: As a confident electric car driver, he dreams of cities that are quiet and low in emissions. That is why he is vigorously supporting the expansion of electromobility. In doing so, Kindervatter focuses on digitization and innovation. Kindervatter is part of the NEW since 2001. First, he was Managing Director of Niederrheinwerke Viersen for ten years and then joined the board of NVV in 2011, both predecessor companies of NEW. Kindervatter, who started his career at Coopers & Lybrand, promotes the transformation process of NEW and encourages his employees to embrace change: in thinking, processes and products. The ecar sharing concept Wheesy, the car sharing car SVEN and NEW’s plans for the electromobility model in the region on the Lower Rhine show that the regionally rooted company is breaking new ground: as a motor of innovation, NEW is opening up new markets nationwide.
    • Stephan Schulze (VC)
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    • Investment Director
    • IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft
    • http://www.ibb-bet.de/
    • The IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft provides venture capital to innovative Berlin enterprises and has established itself as a market leader in the field of early stage financing in the location Berlin. Currently two of the funds managed by the IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft are in the investment phase, the VC Fonds Technologie Berlin with a fund size of € 52 million and the VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin with a fund size of € 30 million. Stephan is Head of the Industrial Technologies Team and Prokurist of IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft. He joined the company in 1997. Stephan is responsible for identifying and especially implementing new investment opportunities in Berlin as well as developing portfolio companies and realising successful exits. Prior to joining IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft he was assistant of the general management of Arton Automobile, a supplier of electric powered vehicles, and developed with Herlitz Falkenhöh the Business Park Am Borsigturm. Stephan holds a degree of Mechanical Engineering and Management and is a graduate of Technical University Berlin.
    • Konstantin Hanssen (Corporate)
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    • Key Account Manager Energy & Optics
    • Investitionsbank Berlin
    • http://www.ibb.de
    • Konstantin Hanssen studied Economics and Marketing at Technische Universität of Berlin. He entered the IBB in 1993 in the new department for economy support and worked in different sections of the IBB. Since 2010 he is Key Account Manager responsible for Berlin-based companies in the fields of energy technology and optics. In addition to consulting on the financial structures of R&D projects among public funding programs he checks the granting of loans at the own risk of the IBB. Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the business development bank of Berlin. With a wide product spectrum it is active in the areas of business as well as housing and real estate promotion. IBB supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin with subsidies, loan products and equity stakes developing targeted solutions for its clients. In doing so it works in close cooperation with all local commercial banks.
    • Dr. Robert Trezona (VC)
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    • Partner, Head of Cleantech
    • IP Group
    • http://www.ipgroupplc.com
    • Robert has been working in technology venture for over 9 years, focussing on cleantech and materials opportunities. He has experience both as an investor, as a manager of start-ups and as a strategy consultant. Prior to joining IP Group in 2011, he was Head of Research and Development at the Carbon Trust, where he set up their “Research Challenge” technology venturing initiative, which created and capitalised innovative companies in advanced photovoltaics, second-generation biofuels and fuel cells. He started his career in fuel cells working for Johnson Matthey and then as the leader of the materials and process development teams at Ceres Power, which listed on AIM in 2004. He has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he focussed on strategy and operations in the energy, technology and materials sectors. He has a triple First and a PhD from the University of Cambridge and won the 1996 Goldsmiths Prize as the top Cambridge graduate in Materials Science.
    • Dr. Martin Kröner (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Munich Venture Partners
    • http://www.munichvp.com
    • Martin Kröner is Managing Partner at Munich Venture Partners. He represents MVP in the Boards of Kebony, Luxexcel, Electrochaea, and Sonnen. He was co-founder and CEO of agnion Energy, a manufacturer of distributed power generation systems for converting wood-based biomass into electrical power and natural gas. Before his involvement with agnion, Martin worked for Linde AG, the global leader in technical gases. Martin is a mechanical engineer with a PhD in Thermodynamics and Combustion Research from the Technical University Munich.
    • Malin Carlström (Corporate VC)
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    • SVP
    • ABB Technology Ventures
    • https://new.abb.com/about/technology/ventures
    • Malin Carlström is Senior Vice President at ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Malin covers Northern Europe and scouts for investment opportunities in companies that are relevant to all of ABB’s industry segments, targeting e.g. Industry 4.0, robotics, drones, industrial IoT, AI/machine learning, cybersecurity, electrical vehicles and autonomy applications. Before joining ATV, Malin spent thirteen consecutive years as an investor in the Nordic Venture Capital market within a wide array of sectors, including cleantech, fintech, legaltech, marketplaces and edtech. Additionally, Malin is an active advisor and board member of a handful startups in the Stockholm region. Malin holds degrees from Chalmers University of Technology (MSc Mechanical Engineering – Energy Technology) and University of Kent (Master of Business Administration) and has completed an executive education in Corporate Finance at Stockholm School of Economics.
    • Dr. Freerk Bisschop (Accelerator)
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    • Program Director Smart Energy
    • Rockstart
    • http://www.rockstart.com/energy/
    • Freerk Bisschop has been engaged in building innovations and enabling growth in sustainable energy since the 1980s. In material science, utility strategy and business development, corporate and government consultancy, green electricity entrepreneurship, rapid international scaling, business restructuring, private equity and project financing, informal investment, crowdfunding and community initiatives. Freerk is now Program Director Smart Energy Accelerator at Rockstart.
    • Dr. Peter van Gelderen (VC)
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    • Partner
    • Icos Capital
    • http://www.icoscapital.com
    • Peter van Gelderen is one of the founding Managing Partners at Icos Capital, a leading European cleantech investor with offices in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Munich. He is responsible for the overall investment strategy of Icos Capital and a board member in five Icos portfolio companies. Icos Capital developed a unique collaborative corporate venturing model with cornerstone investors that are actively involved in energy, water and bio-based chemicals markets. Before co-founding Icos Capital, Peter worked as a strategy consultant at Deloitte, focusing on energy, recycling, water and technology markets. He advised globally active corporations on expansion strategy, mergers and acquisitions and joint-venture deals. In this capacity, he contributed substantially to the revision of the business strategy of several of these companies in response to new market developments such as technology innovation and renewable energy. He also advised the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs on innovation policy. Peter started his career in the Philips Research Laboratories, where he was involved in nanotechnology and new materials research and development. He received a PhD in theoretical physics from Nijmegen University and is a frequent speaker on cleantech investing, innovative technology developments and sustainability.
    • Jan Michael Hess (VC)
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    • Founder
    • Ecosummit Ventures
    • https://ecosummit.net/ventures
    • Jan is Founder of Ecosummit and Ecosummit Ventures. Ecosummit Ventures will be an independent smart green VC in Berlin that invests in European software and hardware startups. Ecosummit is Europe’s leading conference for smart green startups, investors and corporates. Our vision is to automate sustainability in energy, mobility and cities. Our events are startup markets enabling business development, co-investing, open innovation, corporate venturing and M&A. Since 2010, Jan organised 19 conferences in 5 countries. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides over 1.000 videos (460.000 views). Prior to founding Mobile Economy in 2000, Jan worked for Pixelpark, Icon Medialab and Ciao as Strategy Consultant, Senior Project Manager and Head of Marketing and Sales. Holding a business degree from the University of Mannheim, he lives in Berlin with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Yoga, Japan and Jazz.
    • Michael Wilshire (Service Provider)
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    • Head of Strategy
    • Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    • http://www.bnef.com
    • Michael is Head of Strategy at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, leading the teams that produce research on clean energy including Bioenergy, Wind, Solar, Energy Smart Technologies, Carbon Capture & Storage and geothermal. Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael was a partner at McKinsey, where he consulted across a range of industries including energy, technology and telecoms. He worked with equipment providers and operators across Europe as well as in Asia and the US. Previously, Michael worked in the UK Department of Energy in the 1980s across a variety of energy policy areas, including one of the very earliest privatisations (Amersham International), as well as deregulation of the gas industry, renewable energy, nuclear policy and the financing and privatisation of the electricity industry. During that period he was also private secretary to both the Minister of State for Energy and the Permanent Secretary.
    • Gerard Reid (Service Provider)
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    • Founder
    • Alexa Capital
    • http://alexa-capital.com
    • Gerard Reid has over two decades’ experience in equity research and fund management. He is also a leading energy expert as well as lecturer, author and monthly columnist for Biz Energy Today, the German energy industry publication. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at Jefferies & Co. Before joining Jefferies Mr. Reid managed a renewable energy fund. Prior to this he was Head of Research at First Berlin where he expanded the equity research operation to cover 50 companies. Gerard Reid has broad relationships across the institutional and private investor communities as well as amongst government policy makers, utilities and technology providers to the energy area. He has developed a reputation as a leading global expert in renewable energy and the wider energy space through his work in the wind, solar, biofuels, natural gas, utility and European industrials sectors. Mr. Reid is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College, London and lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Berlin, where he has been lecturing in international business for over a decade. Mr. Reid holds a Higher Diploma in Education and MA Business & Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.
    • David Hunt (Service Provider)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Hyperion Executive Search
    • http://hyperionsearch.co.uk
    • David Hunt is Managing Partner of clean energy executive search specialists Hyperion Executive Search. He has been in the clean energy sector since 2007 and held posts on the Policy Board of the UK Renewable Energy Association (REA), Chaired the Pan-European Energy Storage Alliance and sits on the Low Carbon Economy Board for the Liverpool City LEP. He also spent 7 years as director of an award winning high growth, multi-technology renewable energy company, before setting up Hyperion in 2014.
    • Alisa Murphy (Service Provider)
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    • CEO
    • Life Size Media
    • https://lifesizemedia.com
    • Alisa is the Founder and CEO of Life Size Media, one of the only communications agencies in Europe that chooses to work exclusively in cleantech. Over the last five years, Alisa and her team have delivered award-winning campaigns for some of the leading individuals, businesses, products and services in the sustainability sector. As a full service agency, Life Size Media’s work spans public relations, brand, design, marketing, digital and film. Alisa was previously the CEO of B9 Coal, a clean energy project development company that she developed into a key player in the CCS industry while leading an extensive public relations campaign to promote awareness of the technology and the key issues around de-carbonizing the power sector. She was also the Co-Founder of Life Slice Films, an independent film company producing documentary films to raise awareness of key social issues.
    • Tim Lafferty (Service Provider)
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    • COO
    • Global Corporate Venturing
    • https://globalcorporateventuring.com
    • Tim has worked in senior sales and marketing roles for international media companies for 20 years, on brands including BusinessWeek and Readers’ Digest. Until February 2010 he was the Director of Product Sales and Marketing at Dow Jones in Europe, overseeing the circulation sales and marketing activities of The Wall Street Journal Europe, Financial News, Private Equity News and Wealth Bulletin. He left Dow Jones to pursue his interest in writing, and founded Write Brain, a marketing copy writing and consulting agency. He also writes plays (his first was professionally staged in 2005) and is currently working on a novel. He has an MBA from the European University in Brussels and lives in Woking near London. James Mawson founded Global Corporate Venturing in early 2010 and Tim joined the company as its second employee in March 2011.
    • Nils Aldag (Startup)
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    • Chief Commercial Officer
    • Sunfire
    • http://www.sunfire.de/en/
    • Nils studied Business Administration and Law at the EBS University and at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is managing director and co-founder of Sunfire GmbH, a technology start-up addressing a key challenge of today’s energy system: The conversion of renewable electricity into fuels and gases to replace natural gas and crude oil. At Sunfire he is responsible for business development, sales & marketing and investor relations. Sunfire received venture capital financing from world-renowned investors. In 2017, the company was awarded “Global Cleantech 100 Company” for the third time. Since 2016, Nils is Board Member and Energy Chair of Hydrogen Europe, the European industry association representing over 100 companies in the fuel cells and hydrogen industry and the industry representation of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under Horizon 2020. In addition, Nils is a founding member of the DESERTEC Foundation.
    • Knut Hechtfischer (Startup)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Ubitricity
    • http://www.ubitricity.com/en
    • Knut Hechtfischer is Co-Founder of ubitricity. Knut completed a bank traineeship and holds university degrees in both law and business administration (MBA equivalent). He then joined leading international law firms in London, Frankfurt and Berlin, advising national and international clients in Regulatory, Acquisition Finance and Renewable Energy related projects. Working as an attorney during the day, Knut’s fascination with the potential of the renewable energy sector soon had him reading up on generation and storage opportunities by night. He envisaged ubitricity’s idea as well as the technical and commercial concepts in 2007 and founded the company with his friend and colleague Frank Pawlitschek in 2008. At ubitricity, Knut directs and instructs the implementation of the ubitricity concept and develops future co-operations and market models connected to his company’s concept. Knut also has a strong technical background and envisioned important parts of ubitricity’s mobile metering system.
    • Dr. Christian Feißt (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GreenCom Networks
    • http://www.greencom-networks.com
    • Christian was the Founder and Managing Director for Smart Grid at Cisco Systems. Before joining Cisco, Dr. Christian Feißt spent 10 years working in the utility industry for the management consultancies A.T. Kearney and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Hohenheim.
    • Tobias Breyer (Startup)
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    • CMO
    • GreenPack
    • http://www.greenpack.de
    • After 15 years in the creative industry, Tobias Breyer moved to GreenPack as Marketing Manager in 2015. Together with Thomas Duscha he has taken over the operational management of the Berlin-based startup. Prior to his studies in design, Tobias took a trip into the field of electrical energy technology. Today he can combine his sense of communication with his passion for technical innovation. At GreenPack, Tobias and his team started successful pilot projects and collaborations. Currently they are working on expanding the concept to new locations with new partners. Privately, Tobias tinkers with his self-developed e-bike.
    • Dr. Alexander Bormann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Enerkite
    • http://www.enerkite.de/en/
    • Alexander is Co-Founder and CEO of EnerKite, a Berlin-Brandenburg based startup which develops and markets an entirely novel technology and scalable products for abundant, secure and flexible green electricity generation. In his 20-year career he did his PhD at TU Berlin, freelanced for innovation and industry projects for Siemens and Festo and founded is first company aeroíx GmbH in 2009 – a company which manufactures the world’s lightest and flexible thermal insulation. He lives his full commitment and passion for renewable energy towards its unbeatable economy and efficiency. EnerKítes – so-called airborne wind energy converters (AWEC) – are fully-automated, ground-controlled, tethered kites. In comparison to wind turbines, they are harnessing steady winds in higher altitudes, doubling the energy yield at minimized use of material resources.
    • Pilgrim Beart (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • DevicePilot
    • https://www.devicepilot.com
    • Pilgrim Beart is a serial connected products entrepreneur, having founded companies including Antenova (billions of antenna systems shipped) and AlertMe (now known as Hive since its $100M acquisition in 2015, it’s the UK’s most successful ‘connected home’ platform and has shipped millions of connected devices). Pilgrim is an IET Fellow and is now CEO of DevicePilot.
    • Dr. Susan Graham (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • BioCarbon Engineering
    • https://www.biocarbonengineering.com
    • Dr Susan Graham is the CEO and co-founder of BioCarbon Engineering, leading a team to tackle global scale deforestation by restoring natural ecosystems. BioCarbon uses drones to plant trees and monitor biodiversity, scaling up the planting rates and improving ecosystem management. Dr Graham graduated from the University of Oxford with a DPhil in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. Her work was spun out into OxSonics, a successfully funded drug delivery company based in Oxford. For her work across research, startups and inspiring young women in tech, Susan was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for industry in Europe in 2017.
    • Charlotta Holmquist (Startup)
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    • Co-founder
    • Blixt
    • http://blixt.tech
    • In 2019, Charlotta Holmquist was awarded No 1 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Globally by the UK rating institute Early Metrics. During her 20 years as entrepreneur she has built several startups, including many exits, and been active in several roles setting up businesses and companies in high tech, ICT and transformative energy. She holds an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics and started her career as Chief Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in Chile.
    • Björn Jernström (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • Ferroamp
    • http://www.ferroamp.com
    • Björn Jernström is Founder and CTO of Ferroamp. A company he founded in 2010 based on the now patented ACE technology that enables savings on grid fees and faster EV charging. The novel 4-quadrant inverter developed for this application now also supports solar cells and energy storage. Today Ferroamp sells PV inverters that bring benefits even without PV panels. Björn is the inventor behind four different patents related to the technology. Prior to starting Ferroamp he has worked as project manager for a thin film CIGS manufacturing plant, R&D manager for optical media replication equipment and also within different companies related to electric measurement technology. Björn has an MSc in Electrical Engineering from KTH in Stockholm. He has previously founded two successful startups in the electric power industry, both were acquired by industrial buyers.
    • Mattias Josephson (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Epishine
    • http://www.epishine.com
    • Amongst other positions, Mattias founded Dreampark, a company within IPTV that was acquired by Motorola/Google 2011. Thereafter he worked with his own incubator for “world bettering” startups, with 15 companies engaged. He has also maintained prominent engagement in the impact investment and business ecosystem. Since 2016, he focuses his efforts as CEO of Epishine and their groundbreaking fully organic solar cells.
    • Johan Nihlén (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Altered
    • https://www.alteredcompany.com
    • Johan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Altered, a company that develops extreme water saving, retro-fit solutions for taps and showers. Their technology makes it possible to cut water use in faucets by 98% without loss of user experience and functionality. Altered’s mission is to develop simple solutions that have a huge potential global impact. As part of that mission they have established partnerships with IKEA and Unilever. Altered have also been named Climate Solver 2018 by WWF, Winner of Cleantech Nordics 2018, SME Innovation Award from European agency WssTP and their product will also be part of the Swedish National Museum collection for sustainability and design.
    • Anders Jansson (Startup)
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    • Commercial Director
    • CorPower Ocean
    • http://www.corpowerocean.com
    • With a master in Entrepreneurship and Venture creation Anders has been successful building companies within the energy field. He is the Commercial Director at CorPower. CorPower has developed a compact high-efficiency Wave Energy Converter, inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart. Using a new control method, the Wave Energy Converters always oscillate in resonance with the incoming waves, strongly amplifying their motion and power capture resulting in a well recognised break through for the wave energy sector. Anders has a long and successful track record within marine energy. He founded Minesto in 2007 and during his time as CEO at Minesto he was responsible to build a company from an idea to a publicly traded company. He raised in excess of €30M in venture capital and €25M in governmental funding and built an organisation with top engineers in 3 countries. The company was successfully listed at Nasdaq First North in 2015.
    • Christina Lundbäck (Startup)
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    • CMO
    • Surfcleaner
    • https://surfcleaner.com
    • Christina Lundbäck is CMO and founder of SurfCleaner and has extensive experience in business development and sales for growth in both large companies and small startups. Christina is also board member of Cascade Drives and CorePower Ocean. SurfCleaner is an innovative and unique company that has developed a patented technology to efficiently collect and separate pollutants floating on the water surface. The products clean everything from light viscous petrochemical products to debris such as diesel, oil, sludge and plastic. SurfCleaner can be used in sea, lakes, rivers, harbors, ponds and water treatment plants. SurfCleaner has several customers within the oil industry and its products have been in continuous operation in refineries, oil harbors and other industrial customers that want to clean contaminated water for several years. SurfCleaner is now expanding its business into two new market segments: waste water treatment to clean foam and sludge and marine littering to approach the global problem with plastics in the oceans.
    • Dr. Christian Chudoba (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Lumenaza
    • http://www.lumenaza.de
    • Christian Chudoba is Co-Founder and CEO of Lumenaza. He has held leading roles in business management, strategy, business development and marketing for 15 years. For a corporate company he developed a new business concept for mobile applications and led the implementation from a small internal startup to a sizable new business area. Christian holds a PhD in Physics and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) prior to moving to the software business.
    • Dr. Simon Koopmann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Envelio
    • http://envelio.de
    • Dr. Simon Koopmann is co-founder and CEO of envelio. envelio is a spin-off from RWTH Aachen University and provides a smart grids software platform for grid operators based on innovative optimization and machine learning algorithms. With its solution, envelio supports the next phase of the energy transition by digitalizing processes with the latest research results. Simon previously received his diploma and PhD degree from RWTH Aachen, where he was also Head of the Distributed Energy Systems research group.
    • Dr. Christina Würthner (Startup)
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    • CFSO
    • Enersis
    • http://www.enersis.ch/?lang=en
    • Christina joined enersis suisse AG as a shareholder in 2014 and on Oct 1st 2015 as member of the executive team and board of directors. In the past 20 years Christina has held various senior management positions in infrastructure and high-tech companies, e.g. Lufthansa AG, Siemens AG and Trapeze Group. She headed startup operations, strategy/BD departments and global product portfolio units in Germany, Switzerland, China and Brazil. Christina is a dedicated entrepreneur and enjoys the challenges of starting things from scratch and seeing them grow. She holds a doctoral degree from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany with a thesis on “Transnational Service Company Management” and an MBA from European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. When not working she explores the globe travelling or the mountains by ski or bike.
    • Szilard Toth (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • e.pilot
    • https://epilot.cloud
    • Szilard Toth is the CTO of e·pilot, a revolutionary sales tool for energy providers founded in 2017. e·pilot simplifies launching highly complex energy products and services in a rapidly changing space with it’s easy-to-use and flexible SaaS platform. Szilard is responsible for the overall product direction, technology and engineering culture at e·pilot and boasts years of international experience at highly successful companies. Prior to e·pilot he was a product manger at the leading collaboration software provider Atlassian and lead products for millions of end users. Before that he was heading the product development team at Solactive AG and launched products that gathered more than 10 Billion $ in assets under management in the ETF space. Szilard hold’s a master’s degree in Business Administration from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
    • Nikolaus Starzacher (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Discovergy
    • https://discovergy.com/en/
    • Nikolaus Starzacher co-founded Discovergy together with Ralf Esser in 2009, believing that Discovergy will make an important contribution towards the smarter use of energy. Previously, Nikolaus founded just digits, providing a range of innovative telecommunication solutions (Sparruf, Funruf and Phonecaster) by turning arbitrage opportunities into customer benefits. In 1998, Nikolaus founded Verivox, Germany’s largest independent consumer portal for energy and telecommunications. He began his career with Mitchell Madison Group, a leading management consulting firm, working for some of the leading financial and retail institutions across Europe and Australia. Nikolaus graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics & Philosophy from Oxford University in 1996.
    • Philipp Pausder (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Thermondo
    • http://www.thermondo.de
    • Philipp is the Co-Founder and CEO of Thermondo. Thermondo is a revolutionary technology-driven provider of heat solutions, algorithm-based customized quotes and nationwide delivery. The company brings heat solutions to residential customers faster, digital and at highest quality. Based on an online platform and an in-house developed IT infrastructure, customers can compare customized solution packages in a quick, easy and cost-effective way. As a result of this process and the advice provided by Thermondo sales consultants, homeowners choose and purchase the system that best fits their needs. Thermondo also installs the heating systems with in-house technicians in 10 metropolitan areas in Germany. Prior to Thermondo, Philipp founded Clean Venture, a boutique M&A advisory firm for distributed energy deals. Clean Venture advised on deals across 4 continents with a total value greater than $1 billion. Before starting his own firm, Philipp worked for Applied Value, a Stockholm-based strategy and investment firm. Philipp was recognized as Global Champion of Sustainable Innovation 2007 by Thunderbird University, USA for his development of business models for emerging markets. Philipp started his career as a global marketing manager at adidas AG launching innovation concepts to a global market place. He holds an MBA in Finance with highest distinction from IE Business School, Madrid and an MA in Business and Mass Communication from FU Berlin.
    • Dick Fens (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Simaxx
    • https://www.simaxx.com/en/
    • Since 1 May 2018, Dick Fens is CEO and more recently co-shareholder of Simaxx, a software company that collects data in buildings in the fields of energy, comfort and maintenance. By monitoring and analyzing this data, information is collected and shared with customers so energy can be saved, the indoor climate is optimized, and maintenance costs will be lower. Dick has an ICT background from HP and Bull Groupe SA where he had various international executive management positions. He developed his software and energy expertise as CEO at Ferranti, an international software company based in Antwerp, with offices in Asia -Pacific and the US, focused at the utility industry. After a successful turn-around of Ferranti he used his experiences to start up his own company as a consultant. He has advised and supervised several startups and scale-ups in energy and software in their growth strategies. In addition to a Bachelor of Engineering, he has completed an MBA in Finance & Administration at Bradford University (UK).
    • Jurjen de Jong (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Greenflux
    • https://www.greenflux.com
    • Jurjen is CEO and co-founder of GreenFlux. GreenFlux has over 8 years of hands-on experience as an operator of EV charging infrastructure. Before Jurjen worked at Accenture, internet firms and started several ventures. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Groningen. GreenFlux developed a cloud-based smart charging platform and a modular smart charging controller. Via the platform GreenFlux and its customers manage over 18.000 connected charge points. Manufacturers of charge stations, energy companies and charge point operators are the main clients. The cloud-based platform powers Charge Point Operators all over the world by facilitating asset management, international roaming, billing and transactions. GreenFlux leads the industry with its sophisticated smart charging functionality to manage (renewable) energy and capacity per charge station in the charging network and even on electricity grid level. The innovative smart charging controller fits in every charge station and changes it into a smart energy station which can be managed all over the globe. GreenFlux is currently active in 15 countries on three continents i.e. The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland, Singapore, China, Thailand and the United States of America. In June 2018, GreenFlux received €11M Series B investment from Eneco Group, SET Ventures, ICT Group and De Brabantse Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij.
    • Serge Subiron (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Jedlix
    • https://jedlix.com/en/
    • Serge is the CEO of Jedlix, the leading smart charging platform connecting Electric Vehicles to the energy markets, through direct integration with OEMs such as Tesla, Renault and BMW. Based in the Netherlands, Jedlix contributes to set smart charging over-the-air as the default charging mode of EVs at scale. Jedlix works with OEMs, CPOs, utilities and grid operators in Europe to unlock the value of the EVs charging flexibility for their sustainable integration into the grid and optimize their total cost of ownership. Serge is a pioneer entrepreneur in mobility, IoT and smart grid for the past 10 years, and also served as VP of the France Smart Grid Association, ThinkSmartGrids. Prior to that, Serge has managed a number of business units and regional P&Ls for telecom groups such as Cisco, Alcatel Lucent in Europe and Asia for more than 20 years, delivering double digit growth and conducting new ecosystems development and business model transformation. He holds a Business degree and drives an electric train.
    • Alexander Zosel (Startup)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Volocopter
    • http://www.volocopter.com
    • Alexander Zosel is Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Advsior at Volocopter. In 1981, aged just 15, he construed and built one of the first skateboard halfpipes in Germany together with a few friends. Whilst studying for his degree in civil engineering he developed his first patent and in his capacity as serial entrepreneur and self made man he is now an entrepreneur through and through. With his enthusiasm and his firm belief in his vision regarding mobility of the future in the third dimension he brings much innovative buzz to the whole team.
    • Johan Erlandsson (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Velove
    • http://velove.se
    • Johan Erlandsson is Co-founder, Board member and CEO of Velove. Velove is a Swedish ultra light vehicle and city logistics company, founded in 2015 and headquartered in Gothenburg with 9 employees. It has a vehicle, the Armadillo cargobike, that is considered the most productive, safe and good-looking in its class, and is right now ramping up production. Together with the groundbreaking City Container, Velove can achieve radical (almost factor 20) energy and resource efficiency gains in last mile logistics compared to electric vans, and even more compared to ICE vans. This solution also eliminates noise, particle emissions and releases valuable space. The main commercial argument is however that double delivery productivity is achieved in dense city centres, at half the total cost of ownership compared to van based delivery. Johan holds a Lic.Eng. in Energy and Environment and a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management.
    • Constantin Schwaab (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Wirelane
    • https://www.wirelane.com
    • Serial entrepreneur, Constantin is the CEO of Wirelane, an innovative and future-oriented technology company focused on electro mobility solutions, by combining rock-solid hardware with smart software to power the future of mobility. Founder CEO of kinoheld, a market leading platform for movie tickets which was acquired by a global leader in live entertainment, the German CTS Eventim AG. Prior to the ticketing sector, founder and managing partner of Plain-Energy. Europe-wide PV-plant developer, approx. €50M assets under management. Experienced project manager with 10 years of expertise in all facets of the PV industry. Power plant developments in 5 countries, verifiable track record along the value chain including site development, construction, financing and operation. Constantin started his career as the founder of REBELIO, one of the largest European e-commerce sites at its time. Successful exit in 2007, sold to NYSE Euronext listed Loyaltouch. Born in 1978, Constantin studied political sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, the Uni Mail in Geneva and the UB in Barcelona. He speaks 4 languages, successfully competed in endurance sports competition (Iron Man Triathtlon) and has two kids.
    • Lennart Hinrichs (Startup)
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    • Commercial Director
    • Twaice
    • http://www.twaice.com
    • Lennart Hinrichs is Commercial Director at TWAICE with the focus on building the business model for the cutting-edge digital twin technology of the university spin-off. TWAICE supports enterprises across industries with predictive battery analytics software based on digital twins. Customers are empowered to develop and use battery systems more efficiently and sustainably while making them more reliable and durable. Before joining TWAICE, Lennart worked in strategy consulting and other start-ups driving the business model development and go-to-market strategy in industries ranging from consumer goods to telecommunications and automotive.
    • Simon Daniel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Moixa
    • http://www.moixa.com
    • Simon Daniel is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Moixa, holding a dozen US patents on advanced mobile and battery technology. He previously invented/licensed a folding keyboard – selling over 2m units, and launched the award winning USBCell battery category. Before that, he was a technology evangelist and senior manager at Accenture and holds an MA in Physics from Cambridge University.
    • Dr. Lars Hoffmann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • fos4X
    • https://www.fos4x.de/en/
    • Lars is the founder of fos4X. After earning his doctorate in Optical Metrology and his Business Administration studies from Technische Universität München, he gained experience as a Management Consultant at McKinsey. Since the end of 2010, he is now Managing Director of fos4X.
    • Dr. Omid Mousavi (Startup)
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    • R&D Director
    • Depsys
    • https://www.depsys.ch
    • Dr. Omid Mousavi is R&D Director at DEPsys in Puidoux, Switzerland. He has joined DEPsys since 2016 contributing in the development and technological roadmap of GridEye solution of DEPsys for monitoring, control, management, and digitalization of electrical distribution grids. Before joining DEPsys, he was scientist in power and energy systems group at ABB Corporate Research Center in Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland. He has accomplished all his university studies in electrical power systems engineering and has received his Ph.D. from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2014. His main focus are in electrical power systems with particular reference to power systems modeling and analysis, optimal system operation and planning, and security and risk assessment.
    • Burkhard von Ehren (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Greenergetic
    • http://www.greenergetic.de
    • Burkhard joint Greenergetic in 2015 as CSO and is CEO since 2019. The company located in Bielefeld (Germany) runs the leading white-label platform for sales processes of energy services. We fight the climate change by giving private customers and the sales organizations of the utilities addressing them the opportunity to plan online their own solar generation or the modernization of old heating and to calculate immediately a highly professional, reliable offer. The portfolio ranges from rooftop solar systems with battery storage, charging stations for electric cars, to heating systems and smart home components. If needed, Greenergetic also provides all associated services from customer service, planning, offer calculation, order management to the coordination of installers. Greenergetic aims to provide utilities with a user-friendly, versatile, modular and scalable tool that enables them to engage in the growing energy service and emobility market fast and easily. Graduated at RWTH Aachen with Masters in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration, Burkhard von Ehren has held senior management positions in marketing and sales at E-Plus, Mannesmann and Vodafone before he became self-employed as a consultant of operational excellence. That led him into the energy market to Stadtwerke Krefeld as Sales Director for Business Customers, Energy Services and Marketing. He moved on after four years to join Greenergetic.
    • Friedrich Rojahn (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solandeo
    • http://www.solandeo.com
    • Friedrich is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Solandeo. Solandeo solves the two main challenges of smart meter roll-outs: minimising the operational cost of digital metering; and making smart metering attractive to customers, with tailored digital services for key market segments. At Solandeo, Friedrich mainly looks after money: raising it (investor relations), managing it (finance), growing it (sales) and spending it again (purchasing). Under the shower and during late-night grocery shopping, Friedrich sorts out strategy and product development. Friedrich’s background is as a serial entrepreneur focussing on the digisation of the energy industry. Considering that Friedrich never studied Engineering, he has spent a surprising amount of time on new technologies, including smart metering, virtual power plants, demand response and other fun concepts such as emobility and hydrogen electrolysis. Having mistimed his first three energy startups, Friedrich is thoroughly pleased that the fourth venture is growing strongly, a somewhat novel and delightful experience. Previously, Friedrich worked as a management consultant and led the Strategy function of E.ON’s UK market unit, a FTSE-100 equivalent with 16.000 employees and €11B turnover at the time. He holds an INSEAD MBA (’04J) and a BA in Politics from the University of Durham.
    • Sergey Ogorodnov (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Voltaware
    • https://www.voltaware.com
    • Sergey Ogorodnov is Co-Founder and CEO of Voltaware and responsible for business development. Sergey has 20+ years working experience with focus on telecoms and was CEO of the largest provider of fibre optics and mobile connectivity solutions to major Russian operators, but has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. His hobbies include tennis, running, and chess.
    • Frederic Hammel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ethera
    • http://www.ethera-labs.com/en/
    • Frederic Hammel is CEO of Ethera, a cleantech startup developing and commercialising high-performance solutions for indoor air pollution. Before joining Ethera to reinforce its development, Frederic has been CEO of several technology companies, successfully bringing innovative products and services to the market. Frederic started his career in industrial groups in the Pharmaceutical and the medical device sectors.
    • David Balensiefen (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GridX
    • https://gridx.ai
    • David ist the Co-founder and CEO of gridX, a digital energy supplier that connects energy producers and consumers on one platform. With its technology gridX is able to provide a manufacturer independent monitoring solution and a holistic energy management system for all relevant energy devices. Before founding gridX he worked for corporates like RWE and Trianel with focus on energy trading and origination. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from RWTH Aachen and studied at TU Delft and Aalto University with a minor in resource engineering.
    • Jérémie Rendolet (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Metron
    • http://www.metronlab.com
    • Jérémie Rendolet is CFO of Metron, the energy intelligence startup for industries. One of the first employees hired by Metron in 2014, Jérémie is now leading the Series A which had its first tranche closed in February 2018. The new financing round is used for the continued international expansion of Metron with new markets due to open in Latin America, Europe and Asia.
    • Hendrik Klosterkemper (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • ENIT Systems
    • https://www.enit-systems.com/en/home/
    • Hendrik Klosterkemper is Co-Founder and CEO of ENIT Systems, one of the pioneers of state-of-the-art IT for energy systems in industrial plants. After five years of development at the Fraunhofer ISE, the spin-off just introduced ENIT Agent, a pulse meter for industrial plants, that visualizes all energy consumption data for each machine and meter. Besides leveraging cost saving potentials, customers gain a new understanding for the processes and their interdependencies. Hendrik has been working for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) since 2011, where he was a member of the Industrial Goods and Energy Practice group. For BCG clients, Hendrik took the role of an IT project leader and developed strategies in the field of heavy manufacturing, IT and Energy. He also conducted M&A divestitures and consulted energy providers and grid operators. Prior to BCG, Hendrik worked for the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg as a scientific associate. Here he was already fascinated by the development of OpenMUC, the software framework that is now the enabling technology of the ENIT Agent. Already in 2010 Hendrik contributed to the development of optimization algorithms for controlling combined heat and power plants. In 2014 Hendrik founded ENIT Systems with his former colleagues Simon Fey and Pascal Benoit. At ENIT Systems, Hendrik’s focus as CEO lies on the strategy and business development. Hendrik holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Technical University Dresden and the London School of Economics.
    • Dr. Sebastian Berning (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • Instagrid
    • https://www.instagrid.co
    • Sebastian Berning is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of instagrid, which develops green mobile power solutions for professional needs. After finishing university education in physics and computer science in Germany and Switzerland, Sebastian eventually went on to pursue his PhD with later Nobel Laureate Stefan Hell in Göttingen, where he contributed a series of highly cited articles in the field of Neuroscience. Driven by the desire to also make cutting-edge technology commercially available, Sebastian joined Robert Bosch corporation in 2012, where he was quickly drawn to battery technology and resulting new business opportunities. Amongst other management positions, he was in charge of the software & controls team of Bosch’s newly founded stationary energy storage business in Europe and the USA. In 2015, Sebastian moved on to manage the electronics development for battery-powered tools of the world’s largest power tools company. Together with his long-time colleague and friend Andreas Sedlmayr he made a leap of faith in 2018 to found instagrid, convinced that there was a substantial unmet need for green energy solutions in mobile applications. At instagrid, Sebastian is driving the development of the company’s groundbreaking software-defined battery technology, working closely with early customers to displace combustion engines in many non-road applications.
    • Dr. Nicholas Hawker (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • First Light Fusion
    • http://firstlightfusion.com
    • Nick’s research into cavity collapse began in 2007 as part of his masters thesis, where he worked at the University of Oxford with Yiannis Ventikos. This work continued into a DPhil, where he performed hydrodynamic simulations of shock-driven cavity collapse. These simulations showed that cavity collapse leads to inertial confinement of the cavity contents and revealed that extreme states of matter could be reached, possibly entering the regime for fusion. To explore the concept of energy generation via this process, Nick and Yiannis co-founded First Light Fusion Ltd in 2011. Nick also spent three years tutoring at Lady Margaret Hall during his studies. After finishing his DPhil in 2012, Nick joined First Light Fusion as CTO and continues to oversee the technical vision of the company.
    • Dr. Tom Mason (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Bramble Energy
    • https://www.brambleenergy.com
    • Dr. Tom Mason is the CEO and co-founder of Bramble Energy; the only fuel cell company with gigafactories. Tom has a PhD in Electrochemical Engineering and originally ran Bramble Energy’s technical development program as CTO, he transitioned to his current role of CEO in 2017. Bramble Energy is a spin out company from UCL and Imperial College, who through revolutionary fuel cell design and manufacturing techniques have developed the unique, patent protected, printed circuit board (PCB) fuel cell – the PCBFC™. The PCBFC™ utilises cost-effective production methods and materials from the well-established PCB industry to reduce the cost and manufacturing complexity of low temperature fuel cells. Bramble Energy’s exclusive access to the global high-volume PCB industry makes it the only fuel cell company with the manufacturing capacity to supply gigawatts of fuel cell hardware; something the battery industry has spent many years and £B’s to achieve. Bramble Energy will launch its H20 product in Q3 2019 in conjunction with BOC (part of the Linde Group) and are currently developing modular fuel cell stacks and system for portable, stationary and automotive products up to 100 kW.
    • Nat Edington (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Dukosi
    • http://www.dukosi.com
    • Nat brings a wealth of experience in high tech companies, from early stage to global players. He has a successful career spanning 30 years in leadership roles and was most recently VP & General Manager of Environmental sensors group at AMS AG, leading 120 people in 5 sites. Prior to that, Nat was CEO of Cambridge CMOS Sensors, where he led them from startup to global product sales and then exit to AMS, delivering strong investor returns. His prior experience includes divisional head of Wolfson Microelectronics portable audio business, where he grew the business to over $100M.
    • Marc Ottolini (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Airlabs
    • http://airlabs.com
    • Marc spent the 1st half of his career in the corporate sector at Philips Electronics, where he developed himself into an all-round business leader. He then made the transition to commercialising new technologies in global markets and has held CEO positions in professional LED signal applications, automotive battery protection, remote utility disconnect systems, explosive blast protection for the Defense & Security sector, smart LED lighting power & control networks, fuel additives for power stations and a super high-tech electric scooter. Marc is now the CEO of Airlabs, a high-powered Anglo-Danish innovator in clean air technology. Airlabs has developed ground-breaking technologies for cleaning polluted air and for low-cost high-density air quality sensor networks. Key markets where the company has gained international traction are the automotive B2B and B2C sectors, commercial property and the Smart City sector. Airlabs is also providing advisory services to cities and public transport companies on their strategy as to how to reduce air pollution exposure of staff, customers and citizens and minimise their potential liabilities. Marc holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and an MBA from Erasmus University (Netherlands)/Simon School of Business (University of Rochester, USA).
    • Yüksel Sirmasac (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Rockethome
    • http://rockethome.de/en
    • Yüksel Sirmasac holds a degree in business administration and is CEO and Founder of Rockethome. Early 2010, he founded the company together with investors from the cleantech scene. Before founding Rockethome, Yüksel Sirmasac worked several years in senior management positions at various well-known companies including media group RTL, Reed-Elsevier Germany (LexisNexis), Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt (Holtzbrinck). There, he successfully established numerous products in the market. In addition, he has already developed several technology companies to sustainably successful organizations. To pass on his knowledge to students he has taken a lectureship in the field of e-business and industrial computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach.
    • Marcel Smit (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Energyworx
    • http://www.energyworx.com
    • Marcel’s playground for the past 25 years has been the global enterprise software market. Early in his career he cut his chops at Oracle and MicroStrategy. As a hands-on CEO for the past 15+ years, he’s worked with a number of young and fast growing companies in Europe and the U.S. Marcel enjoys “dress down” day, but more often than not you can find him in one of his unique suits, each of which has a specific theme. “Energy” is his favorite (well before he joined Energyworx!), as he is a strong believer in walking the extra mile. Another favorite suit is “Focus”, as life is too short to waste on things that don’t matter – and being focused means getting things done. The meaning of the “FIFO” suit is something that is best discussed over a glass or two of wine. Marcel gets his energy from a broad range of music, working out and travel. Since he’s based both in San Francisco and The Netherlands, plenty of travel is guaranteed. Marcel is passionate about building great teams, designing the company strategy and executing the company’s go-to-market plans.
    • Thorsten Heller (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Greenbird
    • https://www.greenbird.com
    • Thorsten Heller is the CEO at Greenbird, responsible for accelerating the energy revolution for utilities with Metercloud. Thorsten has long-term international experience from the energy industry as a CTO, integration developer, product manager, enterprise architect, technology advisor and technology evangelist. He is a much sought-after speaker on system integration within the utility industry, and a leading social media influencer on open source technology. He holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering and Information Technology from the Cooperative State University Mosbach.
    • Dr. Ernesto Garnier (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Einhundert Energie
    • https://einhundert-energie.de
    • Ernesto is the Founder and CEO of EINHUNDERT Energie GmbH in Cologne, Germany. Before EINHUNDERT, he spent 6+ years with the Boston Consulting Group, helping leading European utilities launch business models around smart meters and distributed energy technology. Ernesto also holds a PhD in energy economics from RWTH Aachen, having conducted research on virtual power plants and solar power market integration. His educational experience includes an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Business from the Rotterdam School of Management / University of Southern California. Other than cleantech, Ernesto is passionate about politics, Basketball and (Latin) music.
    • Daniel von Gaertner (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Fresh Energy
    • http://www.getfresh.energy
    • Daniel von Gaertner is the Co-Founder and COO of Fresh Energy. Fresh Energy offers digital services to support utilities in putting smart meter data to use for their customers. Fresh Energy has developed a range of features that aim at delivering unparalleled insights for customers to ultimately create customer value resulting in additional revenue for partnering utility. Before co-founding Fresh Energy, Daniel was part of the small team which designed and developed the innogy Innovation Hub, which aims to develop new business models for the utility sector. Prior to that, he worked in several roles in the energy sector (RWE, dena) and e-commerce (Otto Group). Daniel holds a Master’s degree in Strategy & Innovation from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria and a Bachelor’s degree in Business & Economics from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.
    • Niklas Kreifels (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Oxygen Technologies
    • https://www.oxygen-technologies.de
    • Niklas Kreifels is co-founder and CFO of OXYGEN TECHNOLOGIES. The company offers (peer-to-peer) operation and trading technology for decentralized energies. Its customers are classical and new upcoming utilities. The company partners with actors in the field of decentralized energy automation. The founding team got to know each other while working at Fraunhofer ISE and in cooperation with the University Freiburg’s chair of Artificial Intelligence on agent-based energy systems. They were supported by EXIST-Forschungstransfer and Climate KIC. Niklas holds a MSc degree equivalent from KIT in Industrial Engineering.
    • Thomas Gebauer (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Volterion
    • http://www.volterion.com/en/home-en/
    • Thomas is co-founder and managing director of Volterion, a company spun-of from Fraunhofer Society. Volterion is selling flow-battery systems for high-power/high-cycle industrial energy storage at lowest cost. Volterion is serving utilities and energy intensive business in Europe and Asa with storage solutions for applications like peak shaving, frequency regulation, primary and secondary reserve power market and buffer storage for EV-charging. Thomas co-founded Volterion after having spent 10 years as Startup-CFO in Europe, the U.S. and Asia, raising €100 million in equity, loan and grant funding. and doing sell- and buy-side M&A and turn-around management. Before entering the startup-world he worked as an investment manager in private equity and venture capital funds for 10 years.
    • Siten Mandalia (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solaris Offgrid
    • http://www.solarisoffgrid.com
    • Siten Mandalia is the CEO and co-founder of Solaris Offgrid and has worked on award-winning technology solutions for clean access to energy for the last 10 years. Prior to this Siten graduated from Imperial College London in Mechanical Engineering and started his career working on sustainable city design and renewable energy projects before developing initial energy access solutions during the Imperial Business School MBA program. Solaris Offgrid’s flagship product is a B2B SaaS called PaygOps, a fintech/IoT platform which connects clean technology (solar home systems, water pumps, cookstoves, smart meters) and mobile payment methods to a central CRM and ERP which allows the efficient management of financed energy access for the 1 billion people in need.
    • Manuel Seiffe (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • MPower Ventures
    • https://www.mpower.africa
    • Manuel is the CEO of MPower Ventures. He is an entrepreneur and renewable energy enthusiast and has co-founded MPower Ventures, a Zurich based impact startup, in late 2017. MPower is a scalable B2B fintech and impact startup. It partners with local entrepreneurs to finance and distribute clean energy to households and SMEs in emerging markets. MPower combines finance and technology and uses its software and data platform to gain access to end-customer data to improve after-sales, develop credit rating schemes, enable financing activities and to leverage cross-selling opportunities. Manuel studied in Paris, New York and Washington DC. Following his MA at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Manuel worked for more than 10 years in the solar sector (Yingli Solar, Q-Cells), as a management consultant on renewable energy projects as well as for Deutsche Bank.
    • Martin Baart (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecoligo
    • https://ecoligo.com
    • Martin is co-founder and CEO of Ecoligo, a fully-financed solar-as-a-service solution provider for businesses in emerging markets around the sunbelt region of the globe. He has more than 14 years of work experience in renewable energies and 10 years work experience in Africa, of which he lived one year in Ghana. Martin has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Trier University of Applied Science, a Master of Business and Engineering from Steinbeis University in Berlin and a Global Executive Master of Business Administration from IE Business School in Madrid. He also is a Certified Expert for Climate & Renewable Energy Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.
    • Felix Boldt (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solarworx
    • https://www.solarworx.io
    • Felix Boldt is the CEO and co-founder of SolarWorX. He is a renewable energy engineer by profession and solar off-grid expert with long-term experience working in the field of decentralized energy distribution in Africa and off-grid energy product development for the BOP. SolarWorX is a company developing and manufacturing modular solar energy systems. The systems allow rural end-customers living in off-grid areas to climb the energy ladder gradually (SDG7) according to their financial situation and, at the same time, enable them to generate additional income. SolarWorX is a B2B startup with distribution partners in sub-Saharan Africa by providing not only technology but also operational training based on first hand experience.
    • Javier Ballesteros (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Gas2move
    • http://www.gas2move.com
    • Javier Ballesteros Calzada is Co-Founder and CEO of Gas2move. He holds a double degree in Law and Economics from the university Carlos III of Madrid. He has three years of experience in management controlling and business analysis at Enagás. He has collaborated in the project “CoreLNgas Hive” for the use of LNG as alternative fuel, providing a vision and specific knowledge on the development and current market of natural gas.
    • Martin Spitznagel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Dust Biosolutions
    • http://dustbiosolutions.com
    • Martin is founder and CEO of Dust BioSolutions, a fast growing industrial biotechnology company based in Munich, Germany. He strongly believes that white biotechnology will provide many enabling technologies to solve major environmental and social problems of the future. Dust BioSolutions is the no.1 address for biological binders for industrial applications. First products derived from a technology platform are liquids that contain bacteria that bond almost any permeable material. Main clients are currently in agriculture, mining and construction. Martin holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in robotics and control systems from ETH Zurich and UC Berkeley. He further received an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.
    • Simon Bushell (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sympower
    • http://www.sympower.net
    • Simon is Co-Founder and CEO of Sympower. Sympower aims to accelerate the transition to an all renewable future by using ordinary household appliances to provide services to the electricity grid. Simon studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and has a Masters in Sustainable Energy from Imperial College London. Before founding Sympower he worked at an energy services company in the UK. Away from Sympower, Simon continues his academic work at Imperial College, researching climate change communication, and is a fanatical cyclist.
    • Dr. Sandro Iacovella (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • ThermoVault
    • http://www.thermovault.com
    • Sandro is CTO and founder of ThermoVault, a company affiliated to KU Leuven (Belgium) and UC Berkeley. They have developed an all-in retrofit solution that turns residential customers’ existing water and space heaters into an energy-saving and lucrative grid-responsive energy storage device. ThermoVault is currently managing more than 1MW of storage, able to be used on the most high-performance ancillary service markets. Sandro holds Master and PhD degrees from the KU Leuven in Engineering and Finance.
    • Michael Peither (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • VoltStorage
    • http://voltstorage.com
    • Michael Peither is Co-Founder and CTO of VoltStorage – a company focused on building safe, long-lasting and affordable storage solutions for private households and businesses with solar panels. After some stations within BMW in Germany and the US, he briefly was part of another startup before he co-founded VoltStorage. In 2016, he and his team were part of HAX, the world’s biggest Hardware Accelerator located in Shenzhen, China. Since then, the team has grown to more than 25 people, set up operations of VoltStorage in Munich and producing their storage solution in series, with their automated production unit and global supply chain. Michael holds a MSc degree from the Technical University of Munich in Industrial Engineering and gained several innovation awards, including being named “Innovator under 35” in 2018 by the renowned MIT Technology Review.
    • Kaspars Osis (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • RCG Lighthouse
    • https://rcg-lighthouse.eu
    • Kaspars Osis is Co-Founder and CEO of RCG LightHouse, the most efficient supplier-independent Lighting as a Service (LaaS) company in Europe. RCG LightHouse accelerates its customers’ transition to LED lighting technology at zero investment and zero technical risk. Kaspars has raised over €2.5M for the company and after successfully completing more than 200 win-win LaaS projects in 3 European countries, RCG LightHouse is now aiming at rapid growth in other European markets. After graduation from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Riga, Kaspars has worked in the Nordic electricity market for more than 10 years in various senior roles. Apart from running RCG LightHouse, Kaspars is an active member at EUROCHAMBRES where he represents the Energy Committee of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
    • Janne-Pekka Karttunen (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Distence
    • https://www.distence.fi/en/
    • Janne-Pekka is the CEO of Distence. With Distence technology manufacturers and service companies disrupt lifecycle management of industrial assets. Our customers have experienced better ROI by longer lifecycles, better productivity and more efficient lifecycle penetration. Customers of Distence include David Brown, ABB, Neste, Danfoss and many others that we deliver solutions to as OEM. Distence has been awarded by Munich Network, Slush and Cleantech Venture Day. Janne-Pekka holds an MBA and during his past he has been involved with embedded applications connected to scalable cloud platforms in companies like Ascom wireless, Assa Abloy and Securitas Systems. Positions include business and production management, business development and M&A.
    • Dr. Siegfried Numberger (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Preisenergie
    • https://www.preisenergie.de
    • Siegfried is the founder and CEO of Preisenergie. Preisenergie provides pricing software for the energy sector to increase loads on renewable generation and the distribution system and to boost utilities’ profits. He used to consult companies on pricing topics and received a PhD in Management from Munich University.
    • Dr. Mich Hein (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Electrochaea
    • http://www.electrochaea.com
    • Mich Hein is the managing director of Electrochaea GmbH in Munich, Germany. He is also a founding member and managing partner of Focus First, a founding investor of Electrochaea and five other Companies in the energy, agriculture and water sectors. Mich brings more than 30 years of executive management experience in the biotechnology and life science arena. As an inventor, entrepreneur and executive, Mich brings broad experience to the partnership in technology development, financing and market alignment. Mich founded two companies, Epicyte Pharmaceutical (La Jolla, 1996-2002) and Heliose (Chicago 2007-2008), and served as CEO of Chromatin, Inc (Chicago 2002-2005) and Chief of staff of the Illinois Medical District (2008-2009) before founding Focus First with Vicki Gonzalez and Ted Briscoe in 2010. After starting his professional career as a research chemist with Monsanto and then PPG Industries in the early 80’s, he accepted an academic faculty appointment at The Scripps Research Institute (1989-1996). Mich’s academic research, funded by industry, NIH and DARPA, focused on mucosal immunology and plant based proteins for immune protection. At Scripps, Mich sponsored the first field trial of transgenic alfalfa in the US, and with 17 patents and 25 publications under his belt, he made the leap from academia to entrepreneur as the founder of Epicyte Pharmaceutical, Inc. He has raised more than $40 million in seed and venture funding, $20M in nondilutive grant support and $10M in sponsored R&D for his companies. Mich’s business development experience includes negotiated partnerships and licensing agreements with channel to market partners in the pharmaceutical, animal health, energy and agriculture markets, as well as numerous academic institutions and the NIH. Mich has assisted entrepreneurs in intellectual property development, regulatory strategy, business development and fund raising at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Technology Incubator, where he managed the incubator and the Chicago Technology Park, and as Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Office of Technology and Intellectual Property. Mich currently serves on the Board and as an advisor of several early stage biotechnology companies in the Focus First Portfolio and is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. Mich Hein holds a BS degree from the Honors Tutorial College of Ohio University, and both MS and PhD degrees in Plant Physiology from the University of Minnesota.
    • Robert Schrimpff (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solar for Schools
    • https://www.solarforschools.co.uk
    • Solar for Schools empowers the next generation to fight climate change. We already manage solar PV systems and deliver energy literacy to about 100 schools in the UK, Germany and India. Our goal: enable 2000 schools a week to go solar and teach millions of children how to fight climate change. Robert previously worked on investments in renewable energy companies for 8 years first at TVM Capital in Germany and then as a Partner at Greencoat Capital where he focused on solar. He co-founded Lumicity, a successful UK based renewable project developer sold to RWE and led the Investment in TenKsolar. Before that Robert set up a number of Internet businesses including hotels.com and netxtra.net, a leading UK based web development firm helping associations to go online and become more effective. Robert holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he co-founded the INSEAD Energy Network and an Aeronautical Engineering Masters from Imperial College in London.
    • Andres Anijalg (Startup)
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    • Chief Business Development Officer
    • Roofit Solar Energy
    • https://roofit.solar
    • Andres Anijalg is the Chief Business Development Officer and co-founder of Roofit Solar Energy. He has been active in the power industry since 2007 as the head of international development projects at the Estonian national energy company Enefit. Enefit is the biggest energy producer and also one of the biggest producers of renewable energy in Baltic states. His key responsibility was the 570MW greenfield mine mouth oil shale fired power plant development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where he acted as the Project Director and the CEO of the project company since day one. The 2,1 billion USD project reached its Financial Close in 2017 and is currently under construction together with the Malaysian and Chinese partners. Andres has been also working for almost 10 years at the two major international banks in Estonia. He holds his MBA degree from the University of Tartu and has been studying as an exchange student at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
    • Dr. Carsten Corino (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sunoyster Systems
    • https://www.sunoyster.com
    • Dr. Carsten Corino is Founder of SunOyster Systems, manufacturing the CPVT technology SunOyster. He wrote his legal PhD on the topic of Ecobalances/Life Cycle Assessment, is certified planner of renewable energy projects and certified expert for solar systems. Working initially in a leading German law firm for the polluters, he felt like a mercenary and joined the wind turbine manufacturer REpower Systems (now Senvion). As BDM he contributed to the growth of REpower from a locally active company with 100 employees and 50 million market cap to a global player with more than 1.000 employees and 2 billion market cap. After some time as GM of offshore wind project developer Airtricity he founded his own consultancy company Corino Energy Projects, the mother company of his main activity SOS.
    • Gerrit Ellerwald (Startup)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Ampeers Energy
    • http://ampeersenergy.de
    • Gerrit Ellerwald is CFO and co-founder of AMPEERS ENERGY. He has a German diploma in Business Administration and a Canadian MBA in Entrepreneurship. Given his background in the energy sector as founder of a successful software startup and as a management consultant in 2 DAX companies, Gerrit can provide a wide range of experience. AMPEERS ENERGY is a spin-off from Fraunhofer, the biggest organization for applied research in Europe. With this background and the knowledge and technology from an established energy management software, the company provides Software-as-a-Service for newcomers in the decentralized energy world. To realize the mission of a platform-based ICT ecosystem for the economically viable system integration of renewable energies, AMPEERS ENERGY will initially provide three applications: 1) highly accurate and performant forecasts 2) the fully integrated processing of „Mieterstrom“ and 3) the predictive load and charge management for EV fleets. With these cost effective and easy-to-implement solutions, AMPEERS ENERGY is able to unlock massive business potential to enable new decentralized business models in the energy sector.
    • Dr. Fabian Lemke (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Nuventura
    • http://www.nuventura.com
    • Fabian is a co-founder and managing director of Nuventura – a deep tech startup founded in early 2017 that develops and licenses technologies for gas insulated switchgear (GIS) – an essential component of each electricity grid. Today, GIS are based on the strongest greenhouse gas in existence, i.e. SF6 (Sulfur Hexafluoride). SF6 has a greenhouse effect 23.500 times stronger than CO2. Its actual measured emission into the atmosphere amounts to an equivalent of more than 100 million cars every year. Nuventura’s revolutionary GIS technology uses dry air instead of SF6 and is therefore emission free. It also outperforms SF6-GIS in terms of reliability and safety and even simplifies production and operation of GIS. Hence, Nuventura’s technology is competitive on technical, economic and environmental dimensions. Prior to Nuventura, Fabian co-founded Sanubi.de (a healthcare-related e-commerce company) after working for McKinsey & Company in the energy sector for 5+ years. Fabian holds a diploma in Nuclear Reactor Engineering from RWTH Aachen University and a PHD in Behavioral Economics from the KIT University of Karlsruhe. He is the proud father of two daughters.
    • Robert Strods (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Hygen
    • https://www.hygengroup.com
    • Robert is Co-Founder and COO of HYGEN, a company with a novel gas compression technology for home-based compressed natural gas refueling stations for bi-fuel vehicles. The home refueling solution is the missing link for widespread compressed natural gas distribution. HYGEN is making compressed natural gas home refueling disruptively inexpensive and convenient. Recently, Robert has raised €2.8M in order to finalize the design, certify the product and conduct the pilot projects in early 2017. He also serves as a member in the European Standardization Committee Nr.326, WG6, which is developing new harmonized standards for compressed natural gas home refueling appliances. During his career in consultancy and investment banking Robert has acquired more than €40M in EU funding for private companies and public entities.
    • Dr. Rolf Luchsinger (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • TwingTec
    • http://twingtec.ch
    • Rolf Luchsinger has a long track record both in industry and academia. Trained as a Physicist at ETH Zurich followed up by a PhD in Computational Physics, he continued his academic career in Canada before he joined the research lab of ABB working on new materials and technologies for power electronics. He then moved to the startup Prospective Concepts, where he was responsible to build up the R&D for the new light-weight structure Tensairity. Rolf has been the Founding Director of the Center for Synergetic Structures at Empa, the Swiss Federal Research Institute for Material Science and Technology. As Co-Founder and CEO of TwingTec he brings in his broad experience both in technology development and management.
    • Tom Anderson (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Grid Edge
    • https://www.gridedge.co.uk
    • Tom Anderson is an energy and emerging markets professional, specialising in business strategy, product development and marketing within the UK energy and low carbon sectors. Together with two friends and colleagues, he founded the AI startup company Grid Edge in 2016, aiming to empower a new generation of energy consumers to transform the way that they manage their energy loads and become active participants in the energy system. Prior to founding Grid Edge Tom worked as Head of Business Development for the European Bioenergy Research Institute.
    • Dr. Peter Armstrong (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Mixergy
    • http://www.mixergy.co.uk
    • Pete Armstrong spun out Mixergy from Oxford University whilst he was finishing his PhD which examined the role of demand response within energy systems. Pete has extensive experience developing innovative technology. As leader of Oxford University’s Shell Eco car team, Pete secured the 2013 technical innovation award for his phase controlled clutch design and reconfigurable PV array scheme. Pete also designed a solar powered navigation system comprising dozens of units that operate all year round in the North Sea. Pete setup Mixergy to improve domestic hot water tanks. By endowing the tank with sensors and more sophisticated controls, Mixergy have developed a scalable demand response proposition which will allow more renewable energy to be absorbed whilst reducing energy consumption. Outside of work, Pete likes to indulge a passion for electronic music by playing synthesizer in an electronic rock band based in Oxford.
    • Michael Ruggier (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Airponix
    • https://www.airponix.com
    • Michael is a Chartered Engineer with 35 years’ work experience across many industries including over 24 years with Shell International in the Netherlands, Aberdeen, Brunei, Malaysia, Houston, China, New Zealand and Oman. He specialised on new technology development and early field deployment of novel technologies, delivering a string of industry firsts. His last role at Shell was as a “GameChanger”, with a remit to seek out radical and mostly disruptive ideas, and then fund and support them to prove the concept and speed up deployment globally. He has an impressive track record with many inspiring “Rags-to-Riches” stories. Today Michael’s particular passion is supporting inventors in the alternative energy and sustainability space to help turn their dreams into reality to create a better world, based on his belief that radical technical innovation is critical to solving today’s sustainability challenges. Building on his track record of proving ideas and concepts and implementing them globally, he is now focussing on food. He is the CEO and Co-founder of Airponix, a smart soil-less agricultural system that can grow staple food crops almost anywhere globally with minimum environmental impact and grower risk and significantly improved yields, with the potential to help solve world hunger.
    • Til Landwehrmann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • LIV-T
    • https://www.liv-t.com
    • Til Landwehrmann is Founder and CEO of LIV-T. LIV-T is a fast-growing Munich-based IoT company which was founded in 2017. It has successfully established two vertical B2B SaaS products via its “Built for Purpose Platform”. Based on real-time data LIV-T‘s clients are enabled to improve their customer processes and customer loyalty. LIV-T‘s vertical hardware-to-service business models are scalable solutions for (1st) the thermal regulation of buildings and (2nd) the optimization of the entire petroleum trade downstream. Til is in the IoT business since 10 years. Before LIV-T he founded the EEBus Initiative e.V., a non-profit association with leading manufacturers from the sectors of networked building technology, electromobility and energy. Til graduated in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth.
    • Dr. Thomas Goette (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GreenPocket
    • https://www.greenpocket.com
    • Dr. Thomas Goette is CEO of GreenPocket, one of the leading specialists for smart metering and smart home software. As an expert for the energy and internet business, he regularly appears in the trade press and is invited as a speaker to national and international events. In 2012, the economy magazine Wirtschaftswoche and Daimler nominated him as one of the top 100 online trendsetters in Germany. Prior to joining GreenPocket he founded and built up a social media startup. Before that he worked as a partner at the consulting firms Oliver Wyman (2006-2007), Diamond Cluster (2001-2006) and Roland Berger Strategy (1993-2000). He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Göttingen and a PhD in the area of Marketing and Finance.
    • Niek de Jong (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sustainder
    • https://sustainder.com
    • Niek, as founder, created Sustainder to realize the vision that the public lighting luminaires will be getting a new role as sensor hotel for smart city sensors. The fully modular design makes it possible to add new features, like air quality, sound, camera and 5G, when needed during the lifetime of the luminaire. The strong data (Accenture) and telco (KPN) background of Niek and team combined with the luminaire experience of their factory in Emmen has delivered a new future-proof range of smart city luminaires. Since their first sales in 2017, today 170 municipalities are using 20.000 smart city luminaires. And this number is fast growing.
    • Wouter de Bruijne (Startup)
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    • Commercial Director
    • ParkBee
    • http://parkbee.com
    • Still in his business studies, at the Rotterdam-based Erasmus University, Wouter de Bruijne founded his first companies, an online gift shop and online marketing advisory firm. Until the moment he entered tech incubator YES!Delft and realized that what happened there is real impactful entrepreneurship. People with ambition, vision, willing to take the risk because they believe in their idea. YES!Delft has grown to become one of the leading incubators for tech startups, with a clear goal in mind: building tomorrow’s leading firms. Now at ParkBee, Wouter can apply his passion for entrepreneurship with still that goal in mind. As Commercial Director Wouter is responsible for growth at ParkBee, attracting end-users and garage-owners and expansion to realize ParkBee’s full potential. ParkBee makes private parking garages available to the public. Creating affordable and top located parking opportunities for the consumer, and extra income over unused assets for building owners.
    • Daniel Tykesson (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Kumpan electric
    • https://www.kumpan-electric.com
    • Daniel Tykesson is one of three brothers who founded e-bility GmbH and the brand Kumpan electric. The brothers have been awarded by variuos business magazines such as Wirtschaftswoche, Financial Times as well as KFW in the past. Daniel has a backround in finance and studied at Lund University, Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Interntaional School of Management (ISM). As a pioneer in the micromobility sector Daniel has gained hands-on experience in the green economy industry for more than 9 years. Together with his brothers he contributed to the success story of electric scooters and followed the mobility as a service and sharing approach closely. As the innovation leader the Kumpan electric enginnering team developed already in 2015 the first electric kickboard (scooter) with street approval and defined new industry standards through the developement of Kumpan battery packs and model 1954 Ri (45 km/h) and 1954 Ri S (100 km/h). The team is beeing supported by famous cleantech investors and shareholders of e-bility GmbH such as Peter Carlsson (CEO Northvolt, VP Tesla) and Ralph Suikat (4L Vision).
    • Pascal Blum (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • unu
    • https://unumotors.com/en
    • Pascal found his passion for mobility early on: his childhood dream was to become a car designer. While studying economics and political science in Beijing and Shanghai, he quickly discovered the possibilities and limits of urban mobility. After various positions in business development, including at Lufthansa, he was finally inspired to develop unu’s innovative business model. The idea was to make sustainable and smart mobility accessible to everyone in the long term, thereby fundamentally improving the quality of life in large cities. Together with his childhood friend Elias Atahi and his fellow student Mathieu Caudal, he founded the electric scooter startup unu at the age of 20. Within ten months, he had already brought the first product on the streets. “Our vision is to completely open up urban space to people in large cities, so that they can do what they want, because mobility enables them to do so and is no longer an obstacle,” says Pascal. “This also means that you don’t have to travel by train for 45 minutes to get home at night.” At unu, Pascal is primarily responsible for business development, finance and strategy. His three focus areas of design, business and politics find a common interface at unu and he can initiate social change in an entrepreneurial way. Pascal’s creative way of solving problems has enabled unu to become the market leader for escooters in Germany within five years. He was also awarded the title “Forbes 30 under 30 Founder Europe” – the most promising young entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe – with his co-founders for the unu concept.
    • Bart Markus (Startup)
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    • Chairman
    • First Light Fusion
    • http://firstlightfusion.com
    • Apart from being a veteran Investor, Bart is a seasoned and passionate entrepreneur and is renowned for his relentless drive to internationalise companies and help them become successful beyond Europe by conquering the US or Asia. A Dutch native, he has been a General Partner at Wellington from 2000 to 2015 and played a significant role in building Wellington from a €50M fund in 1999 to a well-established player in the European VC market with some €800M of assets under management. Over the past 2 decades, Bart has invested in an impressive collection of deep IP Technology companies located in Europe and the US. Many have already made the successful leap to the US or are successfully opening up new foreign markets. Investments include Navteq (NASDAQ IPO in 2004: NVT; sold to Nokia in 2007), Meiosys (sold to IBM in 2005), Nawotec (sold to Carl Zeiss in 2005), Q-Layer (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2009), Cavendish Kinetics and GLO. Bart spent the past 18 years as an investor in deep tech companies, and additionally as a serial entrepreneur himself co-founded by now 6 companies including Hexagem, a defect-free GaN substrate technology company and the MRI Centre, a highly successful chain of private medical diagnostic clinics. He currently chairs a number of high profile companies like First Light Fusion (Fusion Energy), Orbex (Rockets), Ultimaker (3D printing) and Hexagem (GaN nanowire substrates) and serves on the board of a number of other deep tech companies. Bart started his career as a process control system and project engineer with Shell in Norway and then worked at McKinsey, both in the Netherlands and South Africa. Bart holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands and an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD in France.