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    Ecosummit Berlin 2022 Speakers

     

     

    We have 108 speakers including 67 startups confirmed at Ecosummit Berlin 23-24 June 2022 and profiled below. All speakers pitch for 5 minutes on the same stage, that’s the unique concept of Ecosummit loved by our in-person and online audience. Please contact us if you want to pitch your startup or promote your fund and portfolio as one of our sponsors.

     

    • Jan Michael Hess (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecosummit
    • https://ecosummit.net
    • Jan is Founder and CEO of Ecosummit, angel investor and advisor. Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for net zero carbon. Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate, decarbonise our economy and electrify our planet. Our conferences are startup markets enabling fundraising, lead and co-investing, corporate venturing, open innovation and M&A. Since 2010, we organised 22 physical Ecosummit events in 5 countries as well as 18 Ecosummit Zoom online events. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides 1.300 videos (720.000 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 and Barcelona with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Jazz, Japan and sports (padel, yoga, mountain biking, kayaking, swimming, basketball and hiking).
    • Christoph Ostermann (Angel)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Sonnen
    • https://sonnengroup.com
    • Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder of Sonnen which was acquired by Shell in 2019. Currently, Christoph is active as angel investor and board member in several smart green startups.
    • Gordon Thompson (Corporate)
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    • VP Corporate Development
    • E.ON ONE
    • https://www.eon.com
    • In my current role at E.ON ONE, I help structure both Strategic Partnerships and M&A transactions with forward-thinking companies and technology developers. Our team’s mission is to secure access to technologies and capabilities needed for E.ON ONE to lead the energy industry toward a greener, more connected, and sustainable future; while continuing to provide our customers and partners with reliable, cost-effective and sustainable energy solutions.
    • Ines Bergmann-Nolting (CVC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Future Energy Ventures
    • https://fev.vc
    • Ines is the Managing Director, Founding and Managing Partner of Future Energy Ventures. She has about 15 years of experience in energy and cleantech paired with a strong background in venture capital, innovation, and strategy consulting. She is a strategic thinker and a dynamic leader driven by the idea to reshape together with her team and portfolio companies the energy industry even beyond decarbonization. Since 2013 she has shaped E.ON´s venture capital activities and played an integral part in building E.ON`s global future of energy portfolio. Ines holds a diploma degree in business administration and cultural studies and a bachelor’s degree in economic science. She also serves as a board member and trusted advisor for several European and US portfolio companies.
    • Niclas Carlsson (VC)
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    • Director International Market Development
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Niclas Carlsson is the Director of International Market Development at the Swedish Energy Agency, which is responsible for the agency´s strategical activities globally – both in terms of business and investment promotion. Before joining the Swedish Energy Agency, he represented the Government of Sweden in various international positions, most recently as the Trade Commissioner of Sweden to Saudi Arabia at the Embassy of Sweden in Riyadh. Apart from representing the Government of Sweden on three continents, Niclas Carlsson has vast experience as a company advisor having supported over three hundred companies in their international pursuits. Niclas Carlsson has a background in Business Administration as well as International Relations from Stockholm University and Free University of Berlin.
    • Alexander Starchenko (VC)
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    • CEO
    • First Imagine Ventures
    • http://www.firstimagine.com
    • Alexander is the Founder and the key driver of First Imagine! In partnership with passionate visionaries with big ideas and global ambition he helps build great companies disrupting established industries. He has over 25 years experience in energy and industry innovations. Prior to establishing First Imagine!, Alexander Starchenko was working at Novolipetsk Steel Company, one of the world’s largest steel producers. Alexander was holding the position of vise-president to focus on energy and energy efficiency. He has served on several boards as a member and trusted advisor. His extensive knowledge of Energy Transition, Industry 4.0 and IoT and expertise in investment banking are invaluable to identify new technologies and opportunities for future commercialization.
    • Fernando Sandoval (Corporate)
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    • Manager Enel Innovation Hub Europe
    • Enel
    • https://startup.enel.com
    • Since 2008 Fernando has been involved in different activities within the Innovation Areas of Group Enel and Endesa, with focus since 2012 on the scouting and collaboration with startups and the entrepreneurial ecosystem, having been appointed Manager of Enel Innovation Hub Europe in July 2017. This Hub is member of the network of nine spaces Group Enel has opened around the world in order to develop its relationship with the entrepreneurial ecosystem and identify those startups able to solve the innovation challenges of its Business Lines. Previously to Endesa, which he joined in 2001, Fernando worked for 8 years in managerial positions in the areas of Customer Operations and Marketing in the Telecommunications and Food & Beverage Mass Consumption industries. Fernando holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes (1991) and an MBA degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (1996).
    • Fabian Sacharowitz (VC)
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    • Business Creation Officer
    • InnoEnergy
    • https://www.innoenergy.com
    • InnoEnergy is the world’s largest early stage investor in the field of sustainable energy innovation with more than 200 investments across Europe. Fabian is responsible for InnoEnergy´s investments in startups and scaleups in the DACH region. Previously, Fabian worked for KPMG in energy-related fields and founded 3S Antriebe, the world’s only manufacturer of fully decentral operable electric actuators for buried valves in water, gas and district heating grids. Fabian is attorney at law and holds a Master degree in Physics.
    • Laurent Rambaud (CVC)
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    • Investment Director
    • Engie New Ventures
    • http://www.engieventures.com
    • Laurent Rambaud is an Investment Director at ENGIE New Ventures. With more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Laurent joined the ENGIE Group in 2008 where he notably developed new business for the energy transition of shipping. In 2019, he moved to the corporate venture arm of ENGIE, ENGIE New Ventures, motivated by his passion about new technologies and solutions to boost the transformation of the global energy sector, as an investor and board member. ENGIE New Ventures was founded in 2014 as the corporate venture arm of the global energy provider ENGIE. Its €180 million fund is dedicated to making minority investments in technology startups that complement existing activities and resources to spur internal innovation within ENGIE.
    • Kjersti Reinsnos (CVC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Equinor Ventures
    • https://www.equinor.com/ventures
    • Kjersti is the Managing Director and Head of Equinor Ventures Europe, the corporate VC arm of Equinor. Equinor Ventures invests in and supports innovative companies to shape the future of energy. Kjersti has an extensive international background from investment banking in Goldman Sachs in London and with the Norwegian Oil Fund. Her early career was within diplomacy working for the Norwegian Foreign Affairs and various international organisations. Kjersti is an independent board member with NASDAQ Oslo ASA, a commodity derivative exchange. She has two law degrees from Norway and New York University, and lives in Oslo.
    • Fredrick Støa (CVC)
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    • Senior Investment Manager
    • Equinor Ventures
    • https://www.equinor.com/ventures
    • Fredrick is a Senior Investment Manager at Equinor Ventures, the corporate venture arm of the Norwegian energy major, Equinor. He is heading the efforts on energy storage and power flexibility. Previously he has worked for Equinor (previously Statoil) for 15 years in a wide variety of leadership roles, including business development, commercial negotiations, strategy and innovation, involving international experience from Russia, China and the Middle East. Fredrick holds a BSc and MSc Management from the London School of Economics and a degree in Russian from the Norwegian army and the University of Bergen.
    • Petra Sokolová (CVC)
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    • Investment Manager
    • Inven Capital
    • https://www.invencapital.cz
    • Petra Sokolová is Investment Manager and founding member of INVEN CAPITAL – a $500M Prague-based VC fund focused on later-stage energy and sustainability investments in Europe and Israel. She is responsible for deal sourcing, due dilligence process and portfolio value enhancement. She has served as Observer on the Supervisory Boards of Sonnen, Forto and Neuron Soundware. She lives in Luzern, Switzerland.
    • Dr. Robert Trezona (VC)
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    • Founding Partner
    • Kiko Ventures
    • https://www.kiko.vc
    • 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.
    • Boris Bekkering (CVC)
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    • Investment Associate
    • Eneco Ventures
    • https://www.eneco.com/what-we-do/ventures/
    • Inspired by his stay in Ukraine and Russia and travelling by train to China, Boris started his bachelor’s in Slavic languages & cultures at the University of Amsterdam. During his studies, Boris became president of the largest student association of the Netherlands where he carried final responsibility of an organization with a multi-million euro budget. After this he conducted an internship at the Licensing & Ventures department of Dutch wind turbine producer Lagerwey and did a minor in Sustainability: Management & Innovation. When Boris finished his master’s in Environment & Resource Management at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, he joined the team as an intern and is now active as our teams analyst. Since two years he is also active as a supervisory board member of a foundation that builds and manages schools in Burkina Faso. Boris is passionate about scalable business ideas that have the ability to speed up the energy transition and is always looking for opportunities that can create value for (future) Eneco clients. Boris loves to sail, ice-skate and do kickboxing training.
    • Daniel Nascimento (CVC)
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    • Principal
    • EDP Ventures
    • https://www.edpventures.vc
    • Daniel Nascimento is a Principal at EDP Ventures, the corporate venture arm of EDP Group dedicated to invest in promising startups and scaleups leading the energy transition. He has around 15 years of experience in VC, M&A and strategy consulting and is currently board observer and board member at several EDP Ventures portfolio companies. Within the energy transition he is particularly focused on companies operating in the renewable energy and mobility space all around the world.
    • Alexander Hain (CVC)
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    • Senior Investment Manager
    • EWE
    • https://www.ewe.com/en/ewe-group/shaping-the-future/venture-capital
    • Alexander Hain is Senior Investment Manager at EWE. He is responsible for developing the venture building activities, managing the strategic investments and portfolio companies. In his role he is a board member of portfolio startup Solytic. Before, Alexander worked for Vattenfall and the German pump manufacturer Wilo. In his role as the Head of Wincubator, he was building up the innovation lab (Wincubator) from scratch. Alexander has a long experience in business model innovation, building startups and investing in them.
    • Metin Zerman (CVC)
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    • Investment Manager
    • Energie 360°
    • https://www.energie360.ch/de/energie-360/portrait/investitionen/smart-energy-investitionsfonds/
    • Metin Zerman is an Investment Manager at Energie 360° AG. He has more than 12 years of experience as an engineer within the automotive industry and innovation management across different industries. He started his career at ZF Friedrichshafen AG and was responsible for transmission control development for customers such as Iveco, Mercedes, Hyundai and VDL. As a consultant at the Technical University of Munich he was advising Medtech, Life Science and Cleantech spinoffs from inception to market entry, before joining Swisscom’s digital innovation department. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA in General Management.
    • Michel Hunsicker (CVC)
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    • Investment Director
    • EDF Pulse Ventures
    • https://www.edf.fr/en/pulse
    • Michel Hunsicker is Investment Director at EDF Pulse Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of EDF. He has more than 15 years of experience in large organisations of the energy sector with various responsibilities across power production optimisation, commodity trading, risk management and corporate finance. He held as well executive roles in several startups operating in AI, telcos and e-commerce. Michel graduated as an engineer from Centrale-Supélec and holds a MSc from Technical University of Darmstadt, an MBA from Sorbonne University and an executive MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
    • Marcus Böker (CVC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures
    • https://www.phoenixcontact-innovationventures.com
    • Marcus Böker is Senior Director of the M&A department of Phoenix Contact for more than 10 years. He is also Managing Director of the corporate venture capital company – Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures GmbH. As part of this position, he pursues a strategy of investing in startups in the field of electrical connectivity, industrial digitalization, automation and control technology and the associated markets in order to realize synergies between startups and Phoenix Contact. As trained financial economist and accountant as well as holder of a Master of Laws, he now draws on more than 20 years of experience in the M&A and CVC activities. Marcus Böker started his career in this field as Manager Corporate Development and M&A at EON and as Manager Corporate Development, M&A and PMI at a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG.
    • Nacho Gimenez (CVC)
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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.
    • Thibault Flichy (CVC)
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    • Director
    • TotalEnergies On
    • https://www.ventures.totalenergies.com
    • Thibault Flichy is Director of TotalEnergies On, the new startup accelerator and investment arm of TotalEnergies in electricity business. His objective is to identify and support startups developing innovative digital solutions for the electricity sector, whether for renewable production, storage, decentralized energy management, electricity trading and sales or electric mobility. Thibault has more than 20 years of experience in large organizations of the energy sector with various management responsibilities. He held CEO roles in Africa and Europe and Vice President roles in energy retail and new mobility within TotalEnergies. Thibault graduated from NEOMA Business School.
    • Carlos González Guil (CVC)
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    • Senior Investment Associate
    • Repsol Corporate Venturing
    • https://www.repsol.com/en/energy-and-innovation/corporate-venturing/index.cshtml
    • Carlos González is Senior Investment Associate at Repsol Corporate Venturing, the strategic fund of Repsol, dedicated to invest in disruptive technologies and new business models worldwide. He has participated in different investments related to CCUS, renewables and digitalization for the industry. Carlos has over a decade of experience in the oil & gas industry and more than five years of experience as Senior Partner in Digital Investments.
    • Renato Braz (CVC)
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    • Head of Corporate Venture Capital
    • Galp
    • https://www.galp.com/corp/en/
    • Renato is the Head of Corporate Venture Capital at Galp. Renato and the team operate in close collaboration with the corporate business units and the innovation team in pursuing investment opportunities in startups, both directly and through venture capital funds. Galp’s Corporate Venture Capital focuses on developing untapped energy transition value pools at global scale by establishing win-win partnerships with entrepreneurs and other investors. Previously at InnoEnergy, he has a mechanical engineering background, later complemented with an MBA, and has been an active venture capital investor in the energy transition since 2014.
    • André Kremer (Corporate)
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    • CEO
    • STEAG Solar Energy Solutions
    • https://www.sens-energy.com/en/
    • André Kremer is CEO of STEAG Solar Energy Solutions (SENS) and Wattify GmbH. André studied International Business in Germany, Spain and USA. After his MBA, he served as Strategic Purchasing Manager for Non-Production Materials at GILDMEISTER AG (Today: DMG MORI AG) from 2007 to 2010. Since the end of 2010, André has taken on various management tasks in the renewable energy sector within today’s SENS (formerly GILDEMEISTER energy solutions GmbH), including managing the purchasing and logistics department as well as the service segment. Since 2014, André has led SENS as CEO. For more than 12 years, his focus has been on solar and decarbonisation and enabling renewable energy projects.
    • Fabian Braunwalder (VC)
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    • Investment Manager
    • Emerald Technology Ventures
    • https://www.emerald-ventures.com
    • Based in our Zurich office, Fabian Braunwalder acts as a Corporate Finance and M&A specialist for Emerald Technology Ventures, focusing on the investment process from due diligence to valuation to transaction structuring to exit. Before joining Emerald, Fabian worked as M&A / Corporate Finance Manager at the Zurich-based advisory firm Helbling Business Advisors AG and – prior to that – as M&A Analyst at the M&A boutique Kurmann Partners AG. He has been involved in M&A, corporate finance, restructuring, strategy and corporate development projects, participated in distressed transactions, valuation analyses, preparation of financial models, as well as in the due diligence of target companies. Fabian also interned at Credit Suisse. Fabian holds a professional certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an executive certificate from Columbia Business School, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the University of St. Gallen.
    • Anton Arts (VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • SET Ventures
    • http://www.setventures.com
    • Anton Arts is a Managing Partner at SET Ventures since 2018. He is a board member of Green Eagle Solutions, ESFORIN, Instagrid and Greenflux (acquired by DKV). From 2010 until 2018, he was an independent advisor providing strategic advisory and corporate finance services to deeptech companies. Before that, Anton was a Partner at US firm New Venture Partners where he worked closely with the R&D organizations of major European technology companies such as Philips to incubate and invest in spin-out transactions. Prior to NVP, Anton was a Partner at Gilde IT Fund, a leading international venture capital fund based in the Netherlands that he joined in 1997. His track record includes 20+ investments and exit transactions valued at >€1B. He started his career at Uniface, a successful Dutch software company acquired by Compuware in 1994. Anton holds a degree in Business Administration from Nyenrode University.
    • Lucille Bonnet (VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Klima
    • https://www.alantra.com/what-we-do/alternative-asset-management/energy-transition/
    • Lucille has 12 years of experience in the field of venture capital in Europe. After working 6 years for the venture capital arm of the leading German utility RWE, she joined High-Tech Gründerfonds in 2015. As a Principal at HTGF she built a portfolio of 14 investments in the fields of energy and industrial automation, with a particular focus on B2B technology companies. Lucille is now Managing Director of the new pan-European late-stage VC fund Klima Energy Transition and focuses on energy-tech companies accelerating the energy transition.
    • Dr. Matthias Dill (VC)
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    • Managing Partner, Europe
    • Energy Impact Partners
    • https://www.energyimpactpartners.com
    • Mr. Dill is an experienced venture capital investor and board member and has helped dozens of startups in energy and related sectors throughout his career. Prior to building EIP’s European presence, Mr. Dill was the founder and Managing Director of Statkraft Ventures, a €100M European venture capital fund focused on the energy sector. Here he designed and executed a strategy of financially driven investments combined with a deep collaborative model to realize synergies between startups and a large corporate player. Earlier in his career Mr. Dill was a Senior Investment Manager with High-Tech Gründerfonds, the largest European investor in early stage startups. Mr. Dill was trained at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany and University of Rhode Island, RI, USA. He earned a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Finance for his work on private equity financing of small and midsized companies. He lives in Cologne, Germany with his wife and two sons.
    • Aziz Rahim (CVC)
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    • Principal
    • Siemens Energy Ventures
    • https://www.siemens-energy.com/global/en/company/siemens-energy-ventures.html
    • As Principal of Siemens Energy Ventures, Aziz sets the framework to identify and onboard new startup technologies to help solve today’s key challenges in the energy industry. In this role he is particularly interested in investment opportunities in the climate tech and leads Siemens Energy’s Venture Client unit to pilot and adopt startup solutions. In his 5+ years within the Siemens Group, he held several leadership roles, in which he established global partnership networks, implemented the transfer of innovative technologies, and developed strategies for new business fields. In his role at Siemens Energy Ventures, Aziz is committed to turning today’s ideas into the reality of tomorrow by driving effective and meaningful partnerships between Siemens Energy and top global startups.
    • Markus Hökfelt (CVC)
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    • Investment Director
    • SEB Greentech
    • https://sebgroup.com/our-offering/financing-and-investment-banking/greentech
    • Prior to joining SEB, Markus was the first Fund Manager of Almi Invest Greentech started in 2017. Markus has an extensive operative experience in leadership positions working with international business development in the energy transition, e.g. Solar PVs, energy visualization, demand response and EV charging. Markus is the co-founder of Unimi Solutions and holds a Master of Science and Mechanical Engineering from Lund University. Currently Markus serves on the Board of Directors for CorPower Ocean and C-Green Technology, and as an observer in EnginZyme.
    • Dr. Terhi Vapola (CVC)
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    • VP
    • Helen Ventures
    • https://www.helenventures.fi
    • Terhi Johanna Vapola is an experienced venture capitalist and international business executive, with proven track record in creating new tech businesses and driving growth through board work. Her experience spans from founding new businesses and managing high tech startups and growth companies to venture capital investing. Currently she is the leader and founder of Helen Ventures, the investment arm of Finnish energy company Helen. Previously, she worked as CEO of a leading Finnish early growth investment firm and as Managing Director of a seed VC firm focusing on green energy and sustainability investments. Prior to these, she was Founder CEO of a startup that won the coveted Red Herring Europe and Red Dot Design awards. Whilst at Nokia, she e.g. participated in driving WCDMA to the global markets (the technology that brought internet into mobile phones), managed startup partnerships and acquisitions, and orchestrated setting up two global mobile developer funds with Silicon Valley based partners.
    • Klaus Fuchs (CVC)
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    • Investment Director
    • Smartworks Ventures
    • https://smartworks.at
    • Klaus Fuchs is Investment Director at Smartworks Ventures, the corporate VC arm of Wiener Stadtwerke and Wien Energie, Austria’s largest public infrastructure provider and largest utility company. He is focused on early stage (Seed, Series A) venture investments across power, mobility and smart city in the European market. He trained as a mechanical engineer and studied business administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. With more than 20 years of experience in large organisations of the financial and energy sector Klaus set up plenty of different businesses and business units and loves to work in dynamic business environments, creating ideas and getting things done.
    • Max ter Horst (Accelerator VC)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Rockstart Energy Fund
    • https://www.rockstart.com/energy/
    • Max is Managing Partner of Rockstart’s Energy Fund, offering early stage startups access to capital, market, expertise and community through a customized accelerator program and follow-on investments up to series B. Max is Dutch and based in Amsterdam. He has been active in renewable energy since 2003, when he helped Essent (currently RWE) to establish their wind business in Germany. As Director at EWT, the largest Dutch wind turbine manufacturer, he was responsible for corporate finance, business development and strategy. Further, he was co-founder and CEO of e-kite, a Dutch startup which developed kite power systems. Before entering the renewable energy sector, Max worked several years at McKinsey as Engagement Manager. He holds MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering at Delft University of Technology, Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam and an MBA from INSEAD.
    • Thibaud Le Séguillon (VC)
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    • CEO
    • Industrya
    • https://www.industrya.com
    • Based in Seraing, Belgium, Thibaud is currently CEO of Industrya. Prior to this, Thibaud was CEO of Heliatek GmbH, a deep-tech startup in the energy field. He built this startup from a spin-off of the Universities of Dresden and Ulm, to a company with 140 employees. To finance this endeavor, Thibaud and his team raised €150 million from European corporates, BASF, Bosch, Engie and Innogy, VCs funds, family offices and financial institutions (European Investment Bank and BNP Parisbas). Thibaud was previously based in Shanghai, China, where he was the President of Parlex Corporation, a leader in flexible interconnect that is part of the Johnson Electric Group. Prior to working in China, Thibaud worked in Boston, MA, for Parlex Corporation (NASDAQ: PRLX) as Vice President of Operations. Earlier in his career, Thibaud advanced in product engineering, sales engineering, and product marketing management roles to the position of General Manager at Axon’ Cable Inc., a subsidiary of Axon’ Cable SA, based in Chicago, IL. Thibaud has an MBA in International Business from NEOMA-Reims and a Master of Science in Engineering from ESEO.
    • Dr. Rigbert Fischer (Family Office)
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    • CEO
    • Blueworld Group
    • https://blueworld.group/en
    • Dr. Rigbert Fischer has a degree in Industrial Engineering (Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing) and a PhD in Engineering (Dr.-Ing.) from Technical University Darmstadt. During his studies he already started his career as Managing Director with Fischer-Group, a business owned by him and his family. After he scaled the business successfully he sold his shares and founded Blueworld Group in 2014 (originally named Blue Dynamic), where he acts as investor and manager for different companies in a wide range of industries. Since then he already founded, developed and sold several companies successfully – always pursuing the goal of harmonizing successful economic activity and sustainability.
    • Dr. Jobst von Hoyningen-Huene
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    • Co-CEO
    • Econnext
    • https://econnext.eu
    • Jobst von Hoyningen-Huene is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Econnext. Prior to co-founding Econnext, Jobst worked for Deutsche Bank as Managing Director and Head of Financial Institutions Group Germany. Focus: corporate finance and advisory work for clients in the German home market and Switzerland. Jobst has executed M&A, equity capital markets (IPOs and follow-ons) as well as debt transactions. Further, Jobst during his time at Deutsche Bank served as coordinator of the “German Energiewende” task force. This Corporate Banking & Securities‘ task force prioritized and bundled various business initiatives addressing the challenges related to the focus on renewable energy production and transmission in Germany. Also, he facilitated the Eye Fund I (closing 2010) sponsored by IAPB and Ashoka. Jobst holds postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Hamburg (doctoral dissertation), Stellenbosch/South Africa (LL.M), London School of Economics (MSc) as well as Dresden (first qualifying law exam).
    • Gerard Reid (Service Provider)
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    • Partner
    • Alexa Capital
    • http://alexa-capital.com
    • Gerard Reid is a Co-founder and Partner at Alexa Capital. He is focused on assisting people and organizations in the energy and mobility areas who are struggling to understand and come to terms with unpredictable and rapid change going on around them. Gerard has developed a strong reputation as a leading global expert in the energy and mobility space. He is an avid blogger and author with a following of more than 150k across several platforms and he is the co-host to “REDEFINING ENERGY” podcast. A member of the World Economic Forum Global Council for Energy, he regularly attends Davos and other leading industry events. He has spent over fifteen years working in investment banking (equity research, fund management and corporate finance) with a focus on both the energy transition and the digital energy revolution the sector is going through. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at Jefferies & Co. Gerard is an adjunct professor at Imperial College and a lecturer at the University of Berlin. He was born and raised in Dublin and received a Bachelor of Business Studies and Master of Arts as well as Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Currently, he works in London and lives outside Berlin in a small village.
    • Marc Deschamps (Service Provider)
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    • Co-Head
    • DAI Magister
    • https://www.daimagister.com
    • Marc combines a highly successful internet geek, entrepreneurial and corporate leadership track record, with an award-winning M&A career dedicated to strategic world changing tech and climate companies in Europe, North America and emerging markets.Marc is co-head of DAI Magister, a fast growing investment bank boutique focused on climate and tech-for-good growth companies in Global and Emerging Markets. He is also chairman of advisory board for HyperloopTT, the future of public transport and of Ontech, sensor innovations for the Metaverse, and chairman of Thomson Computing, the affordable computers for the under-computed. Marc was until recently Managing Partner & Executive Chairman of Drake Star Partners, a leading tech investment bank he co-founded. In particular, he led some 100+ M&A and private equity international transactions and contributed to numerous landmark and unicorn transactions in the field consumer electronics, telecom infrastructures and new energy/electric vehicles. Prior to co-founding Drake Star Partners, Marc served as COO of British Telecom, where he led the broadband internet multi-billion-pound launch and roll out in the UK. He also was Chello NV’s Co-Founder, the first broadband ISP and one of the first unicorns in Europe. As such, Marc led Chello NV through a $1 billion IPO on NASDAQ and AEX before its sale to Liberty Global as part of the UPC group. He began his career in technology management roles at Logitech (launching innovative products) and Philips (European marketing of new media publishing CD-I, CD-ROM). He co-founded his first IT company at the age of 17 providing race series such as Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR with revolutionary timing IT. Marc holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Polytechnique de Montréal in collaboration with Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. Marc published research in Artificial Intelligence and received scholarships from National Research Council of Canada as well as Power Corp.
    • Charles Lesser (Service Provider)
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    • Partner, Head of UK
    • Apricum
    • https://apricum-group.com
    • Charles Lesser is an energy corporate financier, focused on Apricum’s transaction advisory mandates. He helps companies navigate the energy transition across energy storage, e-mobility, digital energy and merchant risk. Charles has over 20 years’ experience in energy investment banking, advising public and private companies from startup to FTSE100 on capital raising, M&A, A&D and strategic transactions. He has been recognized with numerous industry awards. Before joining Apricum, Charles was the managing director and head of natural resources at Panmure Gordon, a British investment bank. He spent seven years at Macquarie Group first as managing director, European midcap equities, and then as head of European energy banking. Prior to that he held the role of board director and European managing director at Tristone Capital, an international energy boutique acquired by Macquarie. He spent the first 9 years of his career in energy at UBS’ investment bank. Charles holds a master’s degree in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge.
    • Julian von Blücher (Service Provider)
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    • Managing Director
    • Talent Tree
    • https://talent-tree.de
    • Julian von Blücher is Managing Director of Talent Tree, an executive search boutique specializing in climatetech. With Talent Tree, the excellent networker and engineer supports climatetech scale-ups and tech pioneers in finding and engaging the right personalities to achieve their purpose and business goals. From 2010-2012, he helped Jan Michael Hess kickstart the first Ecosummits. Julian combines his penchant for green causes with a love of adventure – while completing his thesis on CO2 trading in 2007, he accompanied the Alfred Wegener Institute as a climate ambassador in a North Pole expedition to measure ice thickness.
    • 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.
    • Dr. Christian Bogatu (Public Agency)
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    • Advisor
    • SPRIND – German Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation
    • https://www.sprind.org/en/
    • Christian is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Since March 2022, he works with the German Federal Agency for Disruptive Innovation, identifying and supporting innovators with radical ideas with a billion Euro budget in total. Since 2018, Christian also serves as Venture Partner for Eurazeo/Idinvest Partners, the largest EU based Venture Capital fund, investing in Smart City startups. From 2017 until 2020 he was co-founder and CEO of Fresh Energy, generating unparalleled insights based on smart meter data, before selling Fresh Energy to EWE end of 2020. From 2011 until 2017 he was co-founder and managing director of KIWI (www.kiwi.ki), building a city-scale handsfree access-as-a-service system. Prior to KIWI, he co-founded Kirsen Global Security in the Silicon Valley that became global leader in container security and exclusive provider for DB Schenker. Christian has more than 5 years of experience as senior consultant with McKinsey. In 2016, he was appointed as Board member of the innogy (former RWE) Digital Transformation Board. In 2017, he was appointed Board Member of the German PropTech Initiative (GPTI). In 2009, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley BA International Diploma. Christian holds a Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in security technology and logistics and a master (Diplom) in energy management and chemical engineering from the University of Technology in Berlin, Germany.
    • Dr. Davor Sutija (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • NexWafe
    • https://www.nexwafe.com
    • Dr. Davor Sutija is the CEO of NexWafe and joined the company in August 2020 to assist with the company’s anticipated capital raise. Davor is an experienced executive with a focus on commercializing technology through new product introduction and international go-to-market execution. Davor was co-founder and CEO of SiNor AS, together with Alf Bjørseth and Reidar Langmo. SiNor, the sister company of ScanWafer in REC, produced single crystal Si ingots for photovoltaic applications and arsenic-doped n-type ingots for discrete electronics. After REC, SiNor continued operations as Norwegian Crystals. Davor has nine years of experience as a public market CEO from Thinfilm, which pioneered NFC mobile marketing solutions using printed electronics. Under his leadership, Thinfilm received the 2012 CNN/Time World Technology Award, the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award, as well as the 2018 Printed Electronics Manufacturing Award, and was awarded an invited keynote at Moble World Congress 2015. Prior to Thinfilm, Davor was SVP Enterprise Products at FAST, when it was acquired by Microsoft for 1.3 Billion USD. Davor serves on the KLA Orbotech Advisory Board, and has been non-executive director at technology companies Cegal, SensoNor, Comperio, Owera, and Birdstep. Dr. Sutija is a graduate of the Jerome Fisher Management and Technology program at Wharton, and holds M.S./Ph.D. Chemical Engineering degrees from UC Berkeley, where he was a Hertz Foundation Fellow.
    • Dr. Nicholas Hawker (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • First Light Fusion
    • https://firstlightfusion.com
    • Nick’s research into fusion 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 gas inside the cavity 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 CEO and CTO, and continues to oversee the technical vision of the company.
    • Philipp Schröder (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • 1KOMMA5°
    • https://www.1komma5grad.com/en
    • Philipp Schröder is CEO and Co-Founder of 1KOMMA5°, a new venture focusing on scalable installation services for climate technology such as solar, energy storage and charging solutions. Thriving to become the nationwide “one-stop-shop” for private customers and small business for the sale and installation of decentral climate technology. Philipp has an extensive career in energy and electric mobility serving as Country Director for Tesla Germany and Managing Director at Sonnen. His last venture, the Hamburg-based fintech CAPinside, which he led as CEO and Co-Founder was successfully sold in 2020.
    • 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. Jerry Schwartz (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecellix
    • https://ecellix.com
    • Jerry is a founder and CEO/Chairman of Ecellix Inc and a past-Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience commercializing university and private sector research into viable products/technologies and driving global licensing opportunities. As Director of Microsoft’s Office of International Affairs, nominally Microsoft’s “State Department”, Jerry was responsible for executive engagement with senior governmental, corporate and NGO leaders guiding Microsoft’s S Asia-Pacific & India subsidiaries generating over $50B annual revenues. Jerry has served as CEO of Global Development Partners, an international development group that partnered with at-risk communities in developing sustainable economies through infrastructure development. Jerry has also served with international strategic consulting firm CAP Gemini Sogeti, and as CRO and CMO with Microsoft spinoffs Midisoft and Design Intelligence, and VC-backed iCopyright.com. Jerry has concluded over 100 strategic partnerships (aggregate value $1B+) and 50+ global product launches incorporating distribution through 500+ channel partners and OEM licensing partners. Previous legal positions include serving as a staff attorney with Dow Europe in Brussels, Belgium and as International General Counsel for System Integrators Inc. Jerry is licensed to practice law in the states of Washington and California and holds BA, MBA and JD degrees from the University of Puget Sound and an LLM (Legal Masters) in transnational legal practice from Salzburg University.
    • Peter Müller-Brühl (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • GreenCom Networks
    • http://www.greencom-networks.com
    • Peter Müller-Brühl is the Co-CEO of GreenCom Networks AG where he pushes the transition to the new energy world: a distributed, digitalized, decarbonized and customer-centered arena. For the last 15 years Peter has been involved in technology startups as entrepreneur and investor. Prior to his entrepreneurial activities, he held executive positions in the automotive industry, last one as CIO/CTO Germany for DaimlerChrysler Sales. He holds business degrees from Middlesex University London and the European School of Business (ESB) in Reutlingen, as well as an MBA from Ottawa University. Peter also serves on supervisory & advisory boards of technology companies.
    • Dr. Frank Schlichting (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Kiwigrid
    • https://www.kiwigrid.com/en/
    • With extensive industry knowledge, Dr. Frank Schlichting has held various management positions in the areas of technology and knowledge management, software and product development, sales and marketing, as well as internationalization in the energy industry. Prior to Kiwigrid, he held a dual CEO/CTO role at SolarLog. As Kiwigrid’s CEO, responsible for strategy, engineering, service and marketing, Dr. Schlichting is driving the company’s positioning as a leading software product and IoT platform house for the decentralized energy and e-mobility industry.
    • Dr. Michael Peters (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sunvigo
    • https://www.sunvigo.de
    • Michael Peters is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sunvigo. Jointly with Bastian Bauwens and Vigen Nikogosian he launched Sunvigo in 2020 with the mission to radically simplify the access of end consumers to roof-top solar power. With its solar-as-a-service product Sunvigo is building the foundation for an interconnected Green Power Community in Europe that accelerates the energy transition in the building sector. Michael installed his first solar PV rooftop system in 2001. Ever since his purpose is to contribute to the renewable energy revolution. He holds a PhD from ETH Zurich on solar technology & innovation. During his 10 years with McKinsey he advised utilities and technology providers on business building in the renewable power sector.
    • Pål Hauff Hvattum (Listed Startup)
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    • Chief Business Officer
    • Otovo
    • https://www.otovo.com
    • Pål Hauff Hvattum is born in Norway but has lived and worked abroad all his professional life. Through his journey in Schibsted – and later Adevinta – he has worked both operationally and strategically with classified marketplaces in Europe and South America. In March 2022, Pål moved to Otovo as Chief Business Officer (CBO) because of its mission, its potential and the positive energy of expansion and growth. He currently lives in Barcelona with his wife and son.
    • 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.
    • Szilard Toth (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • Epilot
    • https://epilot.cloud/en/
    • Szilard is CTO and co-founder of Epilot, a SaaS platform simplifying how companies in the energy industry and beyond sell complex products and services. Szilard is responsible for the overall product roadmap, technology and engineering culture at epilot and boasts years of international experience at highly successful companies. Prior to Epilot, he was a product manager at the leading collaboration software provider Atlassian and shipped 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 holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
    • Christoph Gardlo (Startup)
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    • COO
    • ESFORIN
    • https://www.esforin.com/en/
    • Christoph Gardlo is Co-Founder and COO of ESFORIN (Energy Services for Industry). The company’s core business is algorithm trading in intraday markets with clients’ flexibilities – helping companies to optimize energy costs and reduce significant amounts of CO2 by integrating more renewable generation into the grid. Before becoming an independent energy entrepreneur, Christoph gained profound experience in the energy markets in various companies. In the 2000s he joined E.ON in various positions on the gas side, focussed on large industrial and power plant accounts. In 2010 he joined Cargill as Head of Gas Sales Germany before moving to natGAS AG as their Head of Key Accounts Portfolioservices & International Sales. In 2014/2015 Christian Hövelhaus and Christoph Gardlo launched ESFORIN.
    • 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.
    • Yüksel Sirmasac (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Rockethome
    • http://rockethome.de/en
    • Yüksel Sirmasac is CEO and Founder of Rockethome. The IT and media enthusiast holds an M.B.A degree from Uni of Cologne and has more than 15 years of experience in the internet, media and IT business. As a serial entrepreneur, he has founded several start-ups and has grown them to success on the market. Before founding ROCKETHOME, Yüksel was an executive for the RTL media group, ReedElservier and the Handelsblatt publishing group. Yüksel Sirmasac is deeply convinced that Smart Home, Climate Solutions and Internet-of-Things in real estate are the mega trends of the coming years.
    • David Balensiefen (E.ON Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GridX
    • https://gridx.ai
    • EON acquired 80% of Gridx in September 2021. David is 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.
    • Kevin Rebenius (Startup)
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    • Commercial Director
    • CorPower Ocean
    • https://www.corpowerocean.com
    • Kevin Rebenius is an entrepreneur and business development professional with experience of running startups and product companies in high-tech industries. Kevin has 15 years’ experience of working with sales and leadership and combines business acumen with understanding of advanced technology to facilitate customer value. Former CEO and co-founder of mine-tech company, Orexplore.
    • 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.
    • Endijs Bernics (Startup)
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    • Head of Business Development
    • Aerones
    • https://aerones.com
    • Endijs is the Head of Business Development at Aerones. The company has developed a patented robotic technology for automating wind turbine services. The unique capabilities of the innovation allow for robotized inspections and maintenance that provide significant cost savings, reduce downtime and offer safe operations without the need for manual labor working exposed at heights. The Aerones technology is used for providing services in 3 continents and the company has more than 100 customers, including 9 of the top 10 industry players.
    • Kapil Singhal (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Vyntelligence
    • https://vyntelligence.com
    • Kapil enjoys driving sustainable innovation to accelerate the energy transition journey towards Net Zero. Kapil started his career with Ericsson, as a field engineer, designing and building the very first mobile networks in India and worked at an Intel backed startup to build mobile applications in the year 2000. Kapil joined Aricent as the second employee in Europe, he built and led successful sales and client teams globally with revenue growth from zero to £250M, and contributed to EMEA growth from 2 to 2500 employees. Kapil worked closely with senior management to integrate multiple acquisitions, notably Frog design, as the company got acquired by KKR and eventually CapGemini. Kapil co-founded Vyntelligence with a purpose of simplifying work-life for a healthier, sustainable living. Vyntelligence, an award-winning digital work intelligence platform, transforms analogue workflows for deskless workers in the Utilities, Telecoms and Manufacturing industries. By combining data intelligence with the effective use of smart AI, smart data capture and remote collaboration to close the loop, Vyntelligence has delivered better customer engagement and reduced operational costs whilst helping these businesses accelerate their journey to Net Zero. No more forms to fill and no more typing on the mobile. Only Show and Tell with Vyn SmartVideoNotes. Kapil holds multiple patents in the field of smart data capture and smart recommendations. He earned an exec MBA at London Business School and is an Electrical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi (IIT-D). Kapil loves music, particularly playing the Tabla. He also enjoys Yoga, sports and walking in new cities.
    • Jürgen Mayerhofer (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Enspired
    • https://www.enspired-trading.com
    • Jürgen is co-founder and CEO of enspired, a fully digital energy trading company with global ambitions. Before enspired, he was the CEO of VisoTech, a leading algorithmic trading software vendor that TMX / Trayport acquired. Jürgen has 20 years of experience in the energy industry with a strong focus on technology. He firmly believes that the way energy is traded will soon change drastically – at enspired, there is no room for trading screens and human intervention. Jürgen is passionate about using the newest technology to accelerate the transition to green energy. He is a Stanford LEAD alumni and holds an MBA in energy management.
    • Dr. Joerg Heuer (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • EcoG
    • https://ecog.io
    • Dr. Joerg Heuer is co-founder and CEO of the startup EcoG which provides the market leading operating system for EV DC chargers. Driving connected eMobility of Siemens AG since 2008 with his team he set three times the pace for the EV charging market, providing the first serial DC charger based on ISO15118 together with VW, defining the standard for automated charging of commercial vehicles, OPPCharge, in collaboration with Volvo Trucks and introducing high performance charging together with Porsche. To enable a scaling market, he has been actively driving the standardization for CCS charging and is currently speaker of focus group communication at CharIN, the international industry association for EV charging. Joerg holds a PhD in electrical engineering. He is an active advocate for electric mobility and convinced that EV charging is not fueling 2.0. Rather, EV charging seamlessly integrates in daily customer journeys and serves as a pillar for a sustainable electrical system.
    • Andres Anijalg (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Roofit Solar
    • https://roofit.solar
    • Andres Anijalg is Co-Founder and COO 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 and renewable energy producer in Baltics. His key responsibility was the 570MW greenfield power plant development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where he acted as the Project Director and the CEO of the project company. The massive $2.1B project reached its Financial Close in 2017. Andres has been also working almost 10 years at Swedbank branch 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.
    • Nicholas Simmons (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Naked Energy
    • https://www.nakedenergy.co.uk
    • Nick is a chartered accountant with a track record of building high-growth international businesses. He started his career at Arthur Andersen in London and Geneva and went on to work with businesses operating in entertainment, media, travel and retail. He was part of the team that successfully launched Yahoo! Europe. Passionate about sustainability and startups he co-founded Naked Energy to address the urgent need for the provision of clean and affordable heat in the built environment.
    • Mattijs Slee (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Battolyser Systems
    • https://www.battolysersystems.com
    • Mattijs Slee is an energy business professional with broad technical and commercial background, motivated to bring scale to the energy transition to meet sustainable energy needs. He graduated in 2006 with an MSc in Hydraulics from Delft University of Technology and worked on large scale energy projects around the world in various technical and business development roles in Shell. In 2017 he joined the just started New Energies business as an Investment Principal in Shell Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Shell, where he was responsible for the New Fuels portfolio. He completed his career at Shell as the Commercial Head Europe for Shell Hydrogen where he was responsible for developing an industrial and mobility clean hydrogen business in Europe. In May 2021 he was appointed as CEO for Battolyser, a cleantech scale-up that develops and manufactures a breakthrough integrated battery/electrolyser. Mattijs holds a Global Executive MBA from INSEAD and lives with his family in Rotterdam.
    • Laurent Coulot (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Insolight
    • https://insolight.ch
    • Laurent is Co-founder and CEO of Insolight, a Swiss startup founded in 2015 developing a new agrivoltaic solution, providing at the same time an adjustable shading for crops on top of solar electricity production. After raising a Series A round last year (€4.7 Mio) for starting their PV module production, Laurent’s main focus is now to establish strategic partnerships with solar developers and utility companies interested in agrivoltaics. Prior to founding Insolight, Laurent worked in biomedical (Biocartis), consumer electronics (Logitech) and automotive (Melexis) industries that have given him exposure to multiple industries and business models. Laurent holds a Master of Science in Micro and Nanosystems from EPFL (2012).
    • Håkan Ludvigson (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Eliq
    • http://eliq.io
    • Håkan Ludvigson is co-founder and CEO of Eliq, a SaaS platform that helps utilities and other service providers build apps to help customers optimize their energy usage. Håkan has over 10 years of experience in developing end-customer focused energy insights technology. Before founding Eliq, Håkan co-founded Industry 4.0 sensor analytics company Acosense.
    • Sten Mogard (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Skawen
    • https://skawen.com
    • Sten Mogard is co-founder and CEO of Skawen, a Swedish startup/scaleup founded in 2018. Skawen is active in the area of energy-recovery and improved Indoor Air Quality through ventilation, having impact on climate, energy-dependency and health. The company is combining traditional ventilation, industrial IoT and state-of-the-art thermo-dynamic know-how to create solutions for smart buildings/cities. Skawen has sold their solutions/units to 11 countries in Europe and has doubled sales every year since start. The success is based on complementary competence of the team in combination of capital efficiency. Sten holds a MSc in mechanical engineering from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, partly performed at TU München. Sten is a seasoned entrepreneur with prior experience including automotive electronic supplier industry. Sten is a strong believer in co-operation in-between individuals, academic and industry.
    • Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Rebase Energy
    • https://www.rebase.energy
    • Sebastian Haglund El Gaidi, CEO and Co-Founder of Rebase Energy, is a former power trader turned energy entrepreneur. Sebastian holds a master degree in Energy Engineering from Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm Sweden and has previously worked with in a Stockholm-based energy visualisation startup as well as being team lead for a microgrid electrification project conducted by Engineers Without Borders. Sebastian is a strong believer in the power of data and algorithms in the scalable transition to a sustainable energy future.
    • Arnaud Legrand (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Energiency
    • http://www.energiency.com
    • Arnaud Legrand is the Founder and CEO of Energiency, a French scale-up launched in 2013, developing an Industry 4.0 technology mixing human and artificial intelligence to empower manufacturing companies to detect and achieve up to 15% new energy and CO2 savings within months. Following a strong international growth and already adopted by global manufacturing leaders in food, chemistry, automotive, paper or raw materials sectors like ArcelorMittal, SKF or L’Oréal in more than 10 countries in the world. Energiency received more than 30 international Awards, including the Solar Impulse Efficient Solution, and raised €10M with Encevo Group, ISAI, Go Capital, West Web Valley and Bpifrance. Arnaud has 16 years of experience as a CO2 and Energy savings expert for big manufacturing companies and utilities, with Ernst & Young Paris and Blu-e (now Engie). He graduated in Life Science and Cleantech engineering from Paris Institute of Technology, and holds a MBA from Paris Collège des Ingénieurs.
    • Martin Baart (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecoligo
    • http://www.ecoligo.com
    • Martin Baart has more than 18 years of experience in the renewable energy industry with more than 14 years in emerging markets. He started his career with a German regional municipality on grid integration of grid-scale solar PV projects. During his Masters he lived and worked in Australia for the global leader in microgrids, Powercorp, on the technical integration of solar and wind solutions into microgrids, mainly for remote communities, mining operations and island utilities. Moving into business development he opened up the European office for Powercorp. After successfully entering the market, he supported the management in its sale of the business to ABB. For ABB he built up the microgrid business unit in Madrid, after which he left to join Berlin based startup OneShore Energy as CTO and first employee. With them he developed the East African markets and technologies suited for the risk minimization of off-grid solar PPAs. After building up the company, he left in 2015 to prepare for the foundation of Ecoligo, addressing the key barrier for solar projects in emerging markets: a fully serviced and financed solution, taking away all worries from the clients. Since then, he lead the business into regional hubs in Central America, West Africa, East Africa and Southeast Asia and introduced the solution also for energy efficiency projects in the markets. Martin is a qualified Electronics Technician, has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Trier University of Applied Sciences, 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. In February 2020, Martin joined German President Frank Walter Steinmeier as part of an economic delegation to Kenya.
    • Dr. Ernesto Garnier (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Einhundert
    • https://einhundert.de/en/
    • 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.
    • Florian Meyer-Delpho (Startup)
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    • CSO
    • Installion
    • https://installion.eu
    • Founded in 2019, the startup Installion opens a process through innovative methods that effectively helps to address the most crucial problem of the energy transition: the shortage of skilled workers. Installion has made it their mission to digitize the energy industry and drive renewable energy through photovoltaic and charging point installations. As an experienced serial founder in the energy industry with experience in building and exiting startups, Florian is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Installion, responsible for strategy and sales. Prior to Installion, he was co-founder of the world’s largest online B2B marketplace for PV components PVxchange, as well as Co-Founder of Greenergetic GmbH, which was sold to Innogy SE in 2019. Florian has developed a strong reputation recognizing strategic market trends and gained experience in rapidly building market-oriented corporate structures within the energy industry. He is known for his outstanding acquisition and closing skills and puts the focus on combining the craft business with digitalization. Florian graduated from the University of Limburg with an MBA specializing in sustainability management.
    • James Johnston (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Piclo
    • https://www.piclo.energy
    • Piclo Flex is a leading independent marketplace that brings together flex providers with system operators to procure local flexibility services. James Johnston is the CEO and Co-founder of Piclo, the world’s leading independent grid flexibility marketplace. Prior to Piclo, James spent 3 years researching microgrids at University of Strathclyde. James is also the founder of Solar Sketch, a design company for the solar industry and worked at international engineering firm Arup. James is a published author contributing chapters to Academic Press books on peer-to-peer energy and local flexibility trading.
    • Luuk Veeken (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Dexter Energy
    • https://dexterenergy.ai
    • Luuk Veeken is the Founder and CEO of Dexter Energy. Jointly with Hubert Penn and Fons de Leeuw he started the company four years ago with the mission to accelerate the energy transition with best-in-class AI technologies. Dexter Energy helps energy companies with reducing the uncertainties inherent to the energy transition. With its AI-powered software platform, Dexter Energy accurately predicts energy supply and demand as well as market movements enabling automated optimization of the whole short-term trading cycle. The platform helps customers get a grip on the increasing imbalance costs caused by the transition. Luuk has a background in energy science, AI and has prior experience in a clean energy VC and an energy consulting firm.
    • Dr. Jan-Willem Rombouts (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Scone
    • https://scone.ai
    • Jan-Willem founded REstore, his first cleantech company, 10 years ago. REstore changed the ways power grids are managed around the world. Today, REstore’s net zero Virtual Power Plants run from Japan to the US. REstore successfully exited to Centrica at the end of 2017. After leading Product Management globally for Centrica Business, Jan-Willem started up his latest climate tech venture, Scone.
    • Dr. Anselma Wörner (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Exnaton
    • https://www.exnaton.com
    • Anselma Wörner is Co-Founder and COO at Exnaton where she is in charge of fundraising as well as of Exnaton’s matching and pricing algorithms. In 2020, Anselma graduated with a PhD from one of Europe’s most renowned universities, ETH Zurich, and was awarded the ETH Medal for her research on market mechanisms in the energy sector. In the same year, she co-founded the startup Exnaton with her two fellow PhD colleagues and was listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 list. In 2021, the startup received venture capital from Germany’s largest VC and they have won numerous awards for their product. Among others, the following media has covered Anselma, her two co-founders and their climate tech startup Exnaton: SRF, Women in Business, Handelszeitung, VSE, startupticker.
    • Paul McCorquodale (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Grid Edge
    • https://gridedge.ai
    • Paul’s academic background lies in engineering, and is a graduate of Strathclyde University. More recently he is a strategic, people-focused business leader; driving innovation successfully through technology and collaboration from growing start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. Having experience in Energy, AI, and networks has enabled excellent results driven through transparent data driven decisions, technology, innovation, and empowered cultures. It is his passion for the planet, along with the accumulation of his academic and professional successes, that forms the heartbeat of his work as CEO of Grid Edge – an AI platform designed to power the world to net zero. In his own words: ‘We cannot continue impacting the planet the way we do. We have to evolve quickly and begin to have a positive impact on our tired planet, for the sake of future generations’.
    • Daniel Helcl (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Woltair
    • https://woltair.com
    • Daniel Helcl is the founder and CEO of Woltair, a digital platform connecting and integrating consumers, technicians and supply chains to provide a great experience for all when it comes to efficient heating and power sources adoption and maintenance in residential households. Woltair offers heat pumps and PV solutions to consumers digitally online while coordinating all material and labor flows required for the installation through our inhouse developed software – e-commerce & productivity SaaS for technicians.
    • Giuseppe Paladino (Startup)
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    • Senior Advisor
    • Reiwa Engine
    • https://www.reiwaengine.com/en/
    • Giuseppe Paladino is shareholder and senior advisor at Reiwa Engine where he focuses on accelerating growth and international development as well as supporting the co-founders in the company structuring process. Giuseppe has over 20 years of international experience and is currently Vice President Sales for the energy division of Fincantieri. Over the years he has worked for major multinationals such as Bosch and General Electric operating in South America, Europe and Africa. He currently lives between Dubai and Italy.
    • Matthias Martensen (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ostrom
    • https://www.ostrom.de/?lang=en
    • Matthias is one of the co-founders and the CEO of Ostrom, which is building the leading B2C energy management platform in Europe. He has over 6 years of experience in energy trading, operations and strategy, most recently with the global consulting firm Oliver Wyman. He specialized in digitization and analytics in the energy industry, leading to his decision to found Ostrom. Matthias holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from WHU and a Master’s degree from UCL.
    • Dr. Thomas Schlegl (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Eologix
    • https://www.eologix.com/en/
    • Since 2014, Thomas Schlegl is Co-Founder and CEO of Eologix Sensor Technology GmbH in Graz, Austria. Thomas holds a MSc in Telematics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Graz University of Technology. In 2013, he spent 1 year as a researcher in the Computer Science department of Stanford University.
    • Christian Adelsberger (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ubiq
    • https://www.ubiq.ai
    • Meet CEO & Founder of Ubiq, Christian Adelsberger. This down-to-earth entrepreneur is behind the idea that’s making shared mobility profitable and sustainable. His vision is to automate some of the biggest pain points in the shared mobility industry such as optimizing vehicle utilization and EV charging cycles. Ubiq is accomplishing this by integrating machine-learning with crowd-based operations to predict real-time demand and efficiently execute fleet moves accordingly. Graduating with his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Innsbruck in 2000, he set out to help develop businesses – from technology consulting at Accenture in Berlin, Germany to ramping up the Business Development department at EVOLARIS in Graz, Austria. He’s also worked closely with companies like Google, T-Mobile International, Universal Music, and Skype. Christian’s motto is, “Always leave things better than you found them.” It’s this notion, coupled with his own experiences as a user of shared mobility, that led him to found Ubiq. The start-up is now serving around 5,500 vehicles in 10+ cities across Europe and North America. Ubiq is seeking to secure Series A funding and Christian is looking for investors who are ready to join the ride!
    • Gregor Herdmann (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • PaketConcierge
    • https://paketconcierge.de
    • Gregor is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of PaketConcierge, setting a new standard for last mile delivery of packages. By offering universal multi-carrier pick-up points PaketConcierge significantly increases the efficiency on the last mile, leading to enormous CO2 emission savings. PaketConcierge benefits everybody: consumers, carriers, and the environment. The scalability and impact of the model convinced industry expert XPRESS Ventures to become the lead pre-seed investor at the end of 2021. In the same year, the Founder Institute recognized PaketConcierge as one of the EMEA region’s top 50 fastest-growing companies. Just as change is needed in our society to reach sustainability goals, changes in Gregor’s professional career have led to PaketConcierge: After receiving a law degree from the renowned Humboldt University in Berlin, he pursued a career in software engineering within the Berlin startup ecosystem. Then, feeling the constant pain of failed package delivery, he founded PaketConcierge in 2020 to drive the much-needed change from within.
    • Enrique Gómez de Priego (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sunrgyze
    • https://sunrgyze.com/en/
    • Since 2005 Enrique is working in renewable energy, he has been involved in more than 10,000 MW in all areas of the value chain such as Technology development, Permitting, Project development, Financing, EPC, Commissioning, Asset Management, O&M, Control Center, Commercial and M&A in several technologies like PV, Onshore & Floating Offshore Wind, Hydro, Biomass, Green Hydrogen and Storage. He is also advisor and investor at Angel Fund 16 P.E. (Startup Investment). Enrique holds a MSc Structural Eng. from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh), a Civil Eng. from Universidad Politécnica (Madrid), an Executive MBA with honors at IE Business School and a General Management Program (PDG) at IESE Business School.
    • Dr. Tim Böltken (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ineratec
    • https://ineratec.de
    • Dr.-Ing. Tim Böltken studied Chemical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and graduated with a PhD from the Institute of Micro Process Engineering in 2013. After graduating, he worked as a project manager in the chemical industry at hte GmbH before founding INERATEC in 2015. As CEO and co-founder, he is responsible for the business development. In 2016, he was awarded the Peter-und-Luise-Hager Prize for the best PhD at KIT. In 2018, the business magazine Business Punk ranked him among the top 100 innovators in Germany.
    • 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.
    • Marija Dimitrijević (Startup)
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    • Head of Global Sales and Marketing
    • Dwelt
    • http://www.dwelt.net
    • Marija Dimitrijević is in charge of Business Operations at Dwelt. Together with the founder, she is responsible for designing and executing strategy and planning for the development and growth of the company. Dwelt is a startup developing a software platform for retail energy companies – Platform X. This year Dwelt won PODIM DX 2021 Pitching Competition and achieved 2nd place at CEE Startup Challenge by Vestbee. With Platform X, Dwelt aims to support the next phase of energy market transformation using a modern, flexible and innovative approach powered by latest scientific trends. Marija holds a Business Degree from Grenoble Ecole de Management, France, and Master’s in Hospitality Leadership from Les Roches, Switzerland.
    • Thomas Koller (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Enersis
    • http://www.enersis.ch/?lang=en
    • Thomas Koller is CEO and founder of enersis suisse AG Switzerland. Before starting enersis as a consulting and software company for the energy sector in 2004 Thomas has had various consulting and sales positions both in startups and a Fortune 500 company. Thomas has been in IT and energy business more than 18 years in national and international environments, designing and selling complex and big IT solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Thomas´ passion is to find possibilities of applying technology to real world problems. His goal is to make a measurable contribution to the energy change.
    • Matthias Wiget (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Eturnity
    • https://eturnity.com/en-glob/
    • Eturnity is solving a major problem of the energy transition: the problem that there is a high fraction of manual work involved in the dissemination of PV, e-mobility and renewable heating systems. Eturnity is providing a B2B SaaS solution that allows to tap time savings of 80% for companies along the value chain. The solution is designed such that it can help small and large installation companies (who are carrying the major load of the transformation of our energy system), utilities as well wholesalers and manufacturers to achieve significant time savings while at the same time increasing the customer experience. Matthias founded Eturnity because he saw very early that renewable technologies will be required on a big scale. He recognized that the manual effort along the whole life cycle of such systems is too big to disseminate these technologies in a mass market. He’s a graduate from ETH Zürich and is not afraid to get his hands dirty if it is about a profound understanding of a certain topic. Before he founded Eturnity he worked in electronic waste management in India and renewable electrification projects all around the world before he joined ABB and then founded Eturnity.
    • Emanuel Heisenberg (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecoworks
    • https://www.ecoworks.tech
    • Emanuel Heisenberg is Co-founder and CEO of Ecoworks, a startup that automates planning and industrializes renovation to enable the housing and construction industry to decarbonize the European building stock. Prior to Ecoworks, he founded and managed startups in the renewable energy sector. Emanuel Heisenberg advises the German government in heat and decentralized energy policies and publishes articles & books on energy & climate. He holds a Master’s degree from Cambridge University.
    • Natalia Tomiyama (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Nüwiel
    • https://nuwiel.com
    • Natalia is a one of the founders and managing directors of NÜWIEL, a Hamburg-based company providing electric trailers for bikes in the last mile logistics. NÜWIEL has been recognised as top 2% innovative SMEs in Europe and has recently won a public tender with Bpost in 2021. Natalia holds a a degree in Technical Engineering and an MBA. Prior to NÜWIEL, she worked in the areas of M&A and Operations.
    • Thomas Duscha (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Swobbee
    • https://swobbee.de/en/
    • After various jobs in retail, automation and battery industry Thomas co-founded Swobbee. Swobbee successfully commercialised and licensed out a battery pack for commercial cargo bikes. It is used by companies such as Audi, DHL, Hermes and GLS. Thomas and his team are decentralising charging infrastructure for micromobility and last mile logistics by providing a network of modular battery swapping stations. Privately, the amateur diver deals with topics such as environmental protection, permaculture and afforestation. He wants to be part of the change that will allow his children’s children to be able to still live on this planet earth.
    • Claudius Jehle (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Volytica Diagnostics
    • https://www.volytica.com
    • Claudius Jehle is founder and CEO of Volytica Diagnostics GmbH, a company focusing on easy, safe and independent battery quality and health assessment. Claudius studied Mechanical Engineering and System Identification in TU Munich and TU Delft until 2012, and was then leading the research group Energy Storage Diagnostics and Telematics at the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems IVI, Dresden, from 2013 until 2019. Besides his role as CEO, Claudius is giving lectures on Battery Basics and Battery Degradation, writing knowledge base articles and is giving speeches and presentation on the global topic of batteries, the involved value chains and the potentials around independent battery diagnostics.
    • Matthias Karger (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Node.energy
    • https://www.node.energy
    • Matthias Karger is the Founder and CEO of Node.energy, based in Frankfurt am Main. Matthias is one of the thought leaders in the energy industry. In 2010, he co-founded Terajoule Energy GmbH, which later became Clean Energy Sourcing AG (CLENS) – one of the leading European companies for the marketing of electricity from renewable energies. At CLENS, as Director Business Development and Managing Director of several subsidiaries, he was responsible for an annual turnover of more than €150M as well as the development and operation of one of the world’s first and largest virtual power plants for the marketing of electricity and flexibility from decentralized power plants. At the end of 2016, he founded Node.energy GmbH to enable companies to switch to renewable energies. As Managing Director, he is responsible for strategy, human resources and finance. Matthias holds a degree in Business Administration and studied at the University of Cologne, the University of St. Gallen (HSG, Switzerland) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB, USA). In his life before the energy industry, Matthias was a player in the German national beach volleyball team and is still a passionate athlete.
    • 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.
    • Roman Alberti (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Voltfang
    • https://voltfang.de/en/
    • Voltfang is a spin-off of the RWTH Aachen, which produces energy storage systems made from pre-owned EV batteries. Roman is the Co-founder and CEO of Voltfang. Before founding Voltfang he worked for car manufacturers like Daimler and e.GO Mobile with focus on the development of the powertrain. He holds a Masters‘s Degree in Engineering from RWTH Aachen and also studied at San Diego State University in California. Other than cleantech, Roman is passionate about politics, football and music.
    • Dr. Abdelkrim Benamar (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • PowerUp
    • https://powerup-technology.com/en/
    • Dr. Abdelkrim Benamar is the President & CEO of PowerUp and joined the company in November 2021 to drive the next phase of its development. Before joining PowerUp, he served since May 2018 as Vice President – Service Assurance, Systems and Services of EXFO where he was responsible for the overall product and services portfolio for telecommunication network monitoring and analytics. He took this position as the result of the acquisition by EXFO of Astellia where Dr. Benamar successively held the positions of COO (July 2015) and CEO (June 2016). He previously held several executive roles at Alcatel-Lucent including Vice President EMEA, CEO Alcatel-Lucent International, and Vice President Global Head of Financial Analysis and Risk Assessment. He has also worked for leading telecom companies such as Ericsson Group (2000–2007), Motorola (1996–2000) and Alcatel Mobile Phones (1993-1996), in areas such as R&D, Communications & Public Affairs, Strategy and Sales. Mr. Benamar holds an engineering degree from Telecom SudParis (France) and a PhD in electrical engineering from Université Paris-Saclay (France).
    • Pedro Ruão (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Omniflow
    • https://www.omniflow.io
    • Pedro Ruão graduated in Engineering from the University of Porto in 2004 and founded Omniflow after the initial concept was developed during a Richard Branson-EDP Innovation award. Pedro holds several patents in the areas of Energy, Design and Robotics and projects in the area of 5G, Mobility, Security, Drones, Energy and IoT. Currently he is active as future thinker, keynote speaker and CEO of Omniflow, a company that he developed from a simple drawing on a napkin into being present in more than 35 countries, identified by Red Herring as one of the top 100 startups in Europe.
    • Mike Rosenberg (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Circadian
    • https://circadian.io
    • Mike Rosenberg is Co-founder and CEO of Circadian Technologies, whose IoT and SaaS technology is transforming decentralised energy for businesses in frontier markets. Mike is a serial entrepreneur who for more than a decade has designed, distributed and managed hundreds of hybrid renewable energy systems for commercial and industrial sites in off grid or grid-challenged countries across Africa. His previous startup Aleutia Computers exited in an industry acquisition.
    • Bernhard Adler (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ecop
    • https://www.ecop.at
    • Bernhard Adler is Co-founder and CEO of Ecop, an Austrian Cleantech company that develops and manufactures the Rotation Heat Pump, a heat pump that truly meets the requirements of the industry. It uses a revolutionary technology that is protected by 68 patents. After a Federal Technical College for mechanical engineering, Bernhard studied mechanical engineering and mechatronics at TU Wien. He headed a R&D team in the field of thermodynamics at Linde Gas. In 2011, he founded Ecop and concentrated on the company development. He is the inventor of the Ecop technology and has written many publications on the topic of industrial, high-temperature and rotation heat pumps. The technology is highly recognized and was awarded with different prizes like the European Business Award for the Environment 2018, the Austrian State Price of Innovation 2018 and recently the Mission Innovation Award 2022 in the category Tech Solutions. Bernhard Adler is married, has three children and lives near to Vienna.
    • Dr. Bernhard Kämpf (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Enerkite
    • http://www.enerkite.de/en/
    • Bernhard is Co-Founder and CEO of Enerkite, a Berlin startup. By use of kites, he and his team elevate wind power to the next level. Higher yield at lower cost and much lower carbon footprint when compared to classical windturbines is the promise. In 2003, he founded a+i engineering, a consultancy firm for engineering of complex systems. His team of international experts from multiple disciplines worked for the aerospace and automative industries as well as for the wind energy sector. In 2020, he joined EnerKite as CTO and since 2022 as CEO. Bernhard graduated at ETH Zürich in engineering and holds a PHD in aerospace engineering from the University of Stuttgart. Bernhard’s passion is to bring people of different background together to integrate ideas into new solutions and create thechnology that helps.
    • Fridolin Franke (Startup)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Solar Materials
    • https://solar-materials.com
    • Fridolin studied Industrial Engineering at the TU Braunschweig. Before joining the team of Solar Materials as a Co-Founder, he focused on hybrid, light-weight materials within the automotive sector. Stations as a working student included Porsche and the Open Hybrid Lab Factory, a joint development center of TU Braunschweig and Fraunhofer. At Solar Materials, he is responsible for Operations & Finance.
    • Erik Nitschke (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • Ampere.cloud
    • https://ampere.cloud
    • Erik is very familiar with the German startup ecosystem. As Ex-Head of Software at Hamburg-based market research company quantilope and Lead Developer at market leader Audibene, Erik has accompanied young companies in strong growth and helped build them from a technical perspective. Erik has over 10 years of experience in software development and previously co-founded a software development and consulting agency, among others.
    • Matti Schurr (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Avocargo
    • https://en.avocargo.one
    • Matti is one of the founders of cargo bike service provider Avocargo. Avocargo provides access to electric cargo bikes in the most flexible and reliable ways. Through deeply-integrated sharing and subscription services, B2C and B2B users can easily rent the Avocargo bikes in a completely automated way. This enables low barriers of entry, zero downtime in case of any issues, as well as highly flexible fleet planning for commercial applications. Avocargo partners closely with cities, public transport providers, housing companies, and retailers who cover part of the rental fees for their customers. Matti is a mobility enthusiast that has worked in the field since his university times. After an internship with Porsche in Indonesia, he joined their lead agency to build and grow a hyper-customized catalog showing the exact vehicle a customer configured. Looking for a more holistic approach to mobility, Matti joined meta-carsharing app Carjump in 2016 and helped grow it to be sold to PSA, and led the rebranding to Free2Move. In the following 1.5 years, he focused on developing his product management skills further by supporting early-stage startups. From 2019 he then managed the marketing products during and after the merger of DriveNow and car2go to SHARE NOW. At Avocargo Matti focuses on product development and commercials.
    • Robin Haack (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Bullfinch
    • https://www.bullfinch.com
    • Robin is the Founder and CEO of Bullfinch, the catalyst for local clean energy investments. At Bullfinch, our mission is to build the fintech for cleantechs with the goal of funneling trillions required to decarbonize, decentralize, and digitalize our economy. We achieve this by building scalable and digitally integrated white-label financing solutions for decentralized energy assets across 4 verticals: energy generation, storage, mobility and smart buildings. Before founding Bullfinch, Robin worked as a management consultant for financial services and clean energy players across the Americas and Europe. Robin holds a BSc of Science in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and a MSc of Management and Regulation of Risk from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He lives in Tegernsee and enjoys spending time with his wife and cats and going kitesurfing and paragliding.