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    ECO19 Berlin Speakers

     

    Ecosummit accelerates startups, investors and corporates in smart green energy, mobility and cities. Ecosummit Berlin 2019 takes place on 15-16 May 2019 at Radialsystem and presents the best startups in Europe. It’s going to be our 10 year anniversary and we will organise another state-of-the-art event and massive party. As of today, 73 speakers (46 startups) are confirmed and profiled below. Get your tickets and join us.

     

     

    • Patric Gresko (Fund of Funds)
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    • Head of Division, Innovation and Technology Investment
    • European Investment Fund
    • http://www.eif.org
    • Patric Gresko is Head of Division within EIF’s Innovation and Technology Investment team. EIF is the largest European venture capital fund-of-funds with more than €3B under management and a portfolio of over 220 venture capital funds. Patric leads a team that invests in early stage funds and manages a portfolio of venture capital funds representing total commitments of more than €1B in all major technology sectors. With EIF’s Venture Capital team, he is further developing EIF’s activity by designing and implementing new innovative equity products, notably in the corporate venturing space. He started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Luxembourg as an auditor and consultant for the financial sector. He holds a Master in Business Engineering from HEC Management School – Université de Liège.
    • Andreas Stubelius (Accelerator)
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    • Portfolio Manager
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Andreas Stubelius is a Portfolio Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency. He is responsible for developing the Agency’s portfolio companies. The portfolio consists of more than 60 cleantech companies and Andreas has been involved in starting 15 of them. He has a long experience in seed funding and has been working within the energy sector for more than 10 years. Andreas holds an engineering degree in power electronics and also one in corporate finance. He has worked in various positions the last years and the last one in managing a project for the Swedish Government.
    • Leonie Baneke (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Venturing
    • Eneco Smart Energy
    • http://www.enecogroup.com/what-we-do/innovation/
    • Leonie Baneke is Head of Venturing at Eneco Smart Energy. This team of around 50 FTE is responsible for the development and growth of Eneco’s (a leading Dutch utility) innovative business models and services, both internal and external. Leonie is responsible for identifying, structuring and managing investments in innovative companies, whereby the starting principle is to structure meaningful partnerships and commercial deals in parallel with such investments. Main focus is on domains such as smart homes, smart buildings, solar & storage, mobility, smart outdoor and smart grid & flexibility. Before joining Eneco, Leonie worked in mergers & acquisitions, advising companies and investors in a variety of sectors on acquisitions, divestments, financial restructuring and strategic topics.
    • Dr. Sam Salisbury (Corporate VC)
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    • Director Labs
    • Centrica Innovations
    • https://www.centrica.com/centrica-innovations
    • Sam Salisbury is a Director of Centrica’s newly formed venture, Centrica Innovations, where he leads the Innovation Lab. Centrica Innovations is an important part of achieving the company’s vision of meeting the changing needs of customers in the 21st century. Over the next five years £100 million will be invested in startups, giving Centrica access to technology and entrepreneurial capability. The Labs will provide startups with business support and access to Centrica’s customers, people and networks to help them grow their businesses. It will also support a culture of innovation within Centrica by providing the Lab’s services to support in-house ventures. Prior to building Centrica Innovations, Sam led the Centrica backed Ignite fund, the UK’s first impact investment fund with a focus on energy. Over the past three years, Ignite has provided £10m of investment to 18 enterprises. It differentiates itself from other funders by providing access to and support from Centrica’s people and network in the energy industry. Before Ignite, Sam worked in corporate strategy at Centrica and as a management consultant. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a D.Phil in Engineering Science.
    • Petr Mikovec (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Inven Capital
    • http://www.invencapital.cz/en/home.html
    • Petr Míkovec is the Managing Director of INVEN CAPITAL, a new venture capital fund established by the major European utility CEZ. INVEN CAPITAL and Petr’s motto is: You innovate, we invest, together we grow. Petr was at the very beginning of the fund existence in 2013/14 and built the investment vehicle from the position of CEZ Corporate Development Director. Overall Petr gained over 10 years experience in energy industry in the area of investment opportunities evaluation (EUR 100+ mil transaction volume) and utitlity strategy formulation. Before that, Petr was working for Patria Finance, Czech Republic´s leading investment house. Petr holds an MA in Finance from the Economic University of Prague and a diploma in Business Administration from UC Berkeley XT including International Internship Program as equity fundamental analyst at Technovision Management (hedge fund based in Los Altos, Silicon Valley) and an executive leadership diploma from the University of Pittsburgh´s Joseph M Katz Graduate School of Business.
    • Ulrich Seitz (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures
    • https://energy-ventures.baywa-re.com
    • Ulrich Seitz is the Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures, a newly established corporate venture capital firm focusing on digital energy solutions, storage and emobility. With over ten years of experience on the startup scene as founder, management consultant and venture capital manager Ulrich Seitz knows the various perspectives on venture investing profoundly. Thus he combines an entrepreneurial spirit with the strategic ambition a corporate venture capital firm needs. He holds a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Company Building of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and has a strong passion for motorbikes.
    • Dr. Elena Bou (VC)
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    • Innovation Director
    • InnoEnergy
    • https://www.innoenergy.com
    • Elena Bou is the Innovation Director and member of the executive board of InnoEnergy. She has been involved in this company since 2007 being member of the founder team of InnoEnergy. Prior to that, she developed her professional career in the field of management consulting in both private and public companies, nationally and internationally, giving her the opportunity to manage and develop many European Multinational Projects involving a high degree of complexity and stakeholders and including the creation of two spin-offs. Elena is also Associate Professor of ESADE Business School since 1998. Former Director of the Executive Master of Operations and Services and cofounder and former director of the GRACO Research Group (IIK) at ESADE. Consultant and researcher in the field of knowledge and Innovation Management and author of several publications. Elena Bou holds a PhD in Management Sciences from ESADE-URL (Doctor Europeus) and has a degree in Business Administration and Management and an MBA from ESADE Business School. She also studied in Florida University and Copenhagen Business School.
    • Nacho Gimenez (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director, Europe & Middle East
    • BP Ventures
    • https://www.bp.com/en/global/ventures.html
    • Nacho has extensive experience in BP’s integrated supply and trading arm, monetising new oil and refined oil product trading opportunities. More recently he has developed BP’s digital power strategy, with alternative energy. Nacho holds a MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, an MBA from UNED in Madrid and has studied corporate finance at London Business School. Nacho focuses on the low carbon power sector and leads the Europe and Middle East team.
    • Dr. Philipp Ulbrich (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Scouting and Co-Investments
    • EON
    • https://www.eon.com/en/new-energy/innovation/start-ups.html
    • As Vice President Philipp leads Innovation Scouting and Co-Investments within the Innovation area of E.ON. This covers the two teams in Essen and in San Francisco, which he joined in June 2016. Before Philipp was responsible for the group-wide project Working Capital Excellence through which in two and a half years more than EUR 1.5 billion of liquidity could be released. Previously he was active in France as Head of Finance for E.ON. Philipp Ulbrich started his career in Subsidiary Controlling at E.ON, where he accompanied trade and distribution units. He holds a Doctorate from his time as an assistant teacher at the Economics Faculty of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. In his spare time, Philipp Ulbrich likes going into the mountains, either on hiking boots, crampons or ski. He also enjoys running, swimming and motorcycling.
    • Thomas Labryga (Corporate VC)
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    • Investment Partner
    • innogy Ventures
    • https://www.innogy.ventures
    • Thomas is Investment Partner at innogy Ventures with a focus on energy, smart city and mobility venture capital investments. Prior to this function, he was a Management Consultant with a focus on reorganisation, finance and strategy in the energy industry. In this role, he was responsible, among other things, for the development of national level energy strategies, reorganisations and project management for one of the largest Initial Public Offerings in Germany. Thomas holds a Master Degree in International Business with a focus on Finance and Strategy from Maastricht University.
    • Girish Nadkarni (Corporate VC)
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    • CEO
    • Total Energy Ventures
    • http://us.total.com/en-us/making-energy-better/worldwide-projects/total-energy-ventures-innovating-startups
    • Girish Nadkarni is the Chief Executive Officer of Total Energy Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Total, S.A., based in Paris. Prior to that he was the founder and President of ABB Technology Ventures, the corporate venture arm of ABB. During his 15-year career at ABB, Girish ran the global automotive business for ABB’s Robotics Division, and was global head of strategy and marketing for the Automation Division. Girish started his career as an attorney on Wall Street with the firms of Coudert Brothers and Shearman & Sterling focusing on international banking and M&A. He started his business career at Prudential where, among other things, he was responsible for a portfolio of companies in various stages of workout, and was responsible for creating the innovative Pru-Shelf financing facility which currently has 750 customers with a portfolio value of $74 Billion. Next, he moved to GE Capital as head of business development for one of its then three divisions and GE where he worked for Jack Welch on strategy and business development. He moved to United Healthcare as chief operations officer. He left to found vSimplify, a VC funded startup which was a pioneer in the cloud based (ASP) business services area. Girish earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Bombay where he was a gold medalist, his masters of law degree from the University of Virginia which he attended as a DuPont Fellow, and an MBA from Harvard where he was designated a Baker Scholar. Girish has served on the boards of companies in the US, France, China, Israel and UK. He was also on the Investment Committee of Venture Incubator Partners, a CHF 100MM venture fund sponsored by major Swiss companies to invest in early stage Swiss companies. Girish is considered a thought leader in the area of corporate venture investing and is a frequent speaker at venture capital and industry conferences around the world. His advice is often sought by major companies which are looking to start or reposition their corporate venture groups. Girish has also served as advisor to the World Economic Forum and was on the selection committee to choose the WEF Technology Pioneers for a number of years. Girish has been listed on the Global Corporate Venturing Power List 100 for the past 4 years.
    • Johann Boukhors (Corporate VC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Engie New Ventures
    • http://www.engieventures.com
    • ohann Boukhors is Managing Director of Engie New Ventures S.A.S., the Corporate Venture Capital fund of ENGIE. Johann has over 20 years of professional experience, all in the energy sector within what is now the ENGIE Group. He’s previously held a number of responsibilities such as Strategic Purchasing for Infrastructures, set-up of international Joint Ventures, European key Account Management, Sales Director and then Branch Director for energy sales in Belgium & Luxemburg, Director New Business Development, Supply, Marketing & Sales in Mexico, and Group Business Development Oversight. Johann is French, and graduated as an Engineer (Arts & Métiers ParisTech) and holds as well an Executive MBA (ESCP Europe).
    • Fabio Tentori (Corporate)
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    • CEO of Innovation Hubs
    • Enel
    • https://startup.enel.com
    • Since joining Enel in 2013, Fabio has gained relevant experience in the energy innovation domain, covering several roles in the development of the residential energy services business and then as Innovation Manager in Italy. In 2017 he moved to a global role as head of Startup Initiative & Business Incubator for Enel Group. Prior to Enel, Fabio worked for 6 years with McKinsey & Company, based in Milan and in London. He is also an occasional teacher at master courses on innovation and management. Fabio holds a MBA degree with honors achieved in 2010 at INSEAD.
    • Ståle Svenning (Corporate VC)
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    • Head of Venturing
    • TrønderEnergi
    • https://tronderenergi.no
    • Ståle is Head of Venturing and Industrial Investments at TrønderEnergi, a newly established entity focusing on energy related investments supporting the strategic core of TrønderEnergi, a major player in hydro and wind power, charging infrastructure as well as energy management services. In addition, Stale is also serving as CEO of WAY developing a digital simulator-based driving school. Before joining TrønderEnergi, Ståle has served as CEO of three high-tech, entrepreneurial companies, all of them being acquired by major international industrial companies. Latest SmartMotor offering electrical machines operating in harsh environments acquired by Rolls Royce plc. and MaXware providing identity management Software being acquired by SAP AG. Prior to entering the promised land of high-tech entrepreneurship, Ståle held posts such as COO and Head of Business Development at SpareBank1, Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, Senior Consultant at Deloitte Management Consulting and Management Trainee at Orkla AS. Ståle has graduated from the Norwegian School of Technology and INSEAD.
    • Hans Dahlberg (Corporate)
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    • Chief Digital Officer
    • Alpiq
    • https://www.alpiq.com
    • Hans Dahlberg is Chief Digital Officer and Head of Digital Technologies and Innovation Alpiq AG. Hans has over 20 years of experience in different management roles across telecom and energy and as Head of Alpiq Digital and Innovation he is responsible for the strategy and execution of new technologies and innovative solutions. In his previous role he built up a global IoT business at Telia, one of the largest telecom operators in Europe where he, in addition to growing the IoT business, also launched the new innovative and award winning digital solution Telia Sense. Hans has extensive experience in new digital growth areas spanning from applications to connectivity and launched the global IoT unit at Telia. He is a co-author of the Connected Things report and is frequently invited as a keynote speaker on the impact of IoT, digital, Industry 4.0 and the creation of new disruptive business models. Hans has a certified degree in marketing and global telecommunications from the American Graduate School USA – Arizona-Phoenix with a Business Law and Marketing degree from the Orebro University in Sweden.
    • Bastian Gerhard (Corporate)
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    • Director
    • Oysterlab
    • https://www.oysterlab.ch
    • Born in Germany and a computer scientist by education, Bastian is the Director of company builder Oyster Lab, which is part of the largest energy services provider in Switzerland. Oyster Lab has developed Juicar – the first subscription-based e-mobility service with a monthly fixed price. It allows motorists to drive their own electric vehicle without owning it. Bastian is a passionate entrepreneur who loves to solve complex problems and create products that customers love. Prior to that, Bastian served as Head of Innovation at online fashion retail powerhouse Zalando, where he established an innovation hub to enable radical and customer-centric innovation throughout the organization.
    • Stephan Schulze (VC)
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    • Investment Director
    • IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft
    • http://www.ibb-bet.de/
    • The IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft provides venture capital to innovative Berlin enterprises and has established itself as a market leader in the field of early stage financing in the location Berlin. Currently two of the funds managed by the IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft are in the investment phase, the VC Fonds Technologie Berlin with a fund size of € 52 million and the VC Fonds Kreativwirtschaft Berlin with a fund size of € 30 million. Stephan is Head of the Industrial Technologies Team and Prokurist of IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft. He joined the company in 1997. Stephan is responsible for identifying and especially implementing new investment opportunities in Berlin as well as developing portfolio companies and realising successful exits. Prior to joining IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft he was assistant of the general management of Arton Automobile, a supplier of electric powered vehicles, and developed with Herlitz Falkenhöh the Business Park Am Borsigturm. Stephan holds a degree of Mechanical Engineering and Management and is a graduate of Technical University Berlin.
    • Konstantin Hanssen (Corporate)
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    • Key Account Manager Energy & Optics
    • Investitionsbank Berlin
    • http://www.ibb.de
    • Konstantin Hanssen studied Economics and Marketing at Technische Universität of Berlin. He entered the IBB in 1993 in the new department for economy support and worked in different sections of the IBB. Since 2010 he is Key Account Manager responsible for Berlin-based companies in the fields of energy technology and optics. In addition to consulting on the financial structures of R&D projects among public funding programs he checks the granting of loans at the own risk of the IBB. Investitionsbank Berlin (IBB) is the business development bank of Berlin. With a wide product spectrum it is active in the areas of business as well as housing and real estate promotion. IBB supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin with subsidies, loan products and equity stakes developing targeted solutions for its clients. In doing so it works in close cooperation with all local commercial banks.
    • Dr. Robert Trezona (VC)
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    • Partner, Head of Cleantech
    • IP Group
    • http://www.ipgroupplc.com
    • Robert has been working in technology venture for over 9 years, focussing on cleantech and materials opportunities. He has experience both as an investor, as a manager of start-ups and as a strategy consultant. Prior to joining IP Group in 2011, he was Head of Research and Development at the Carbon Trust, where he set up their “Research Challenge” technology venturing initiative, which created and capitalised innovative companies in advanced photovoltaics, second-generation biofuels and fuel cells. He started his career in fuel cells working for Johnson Matthey and then as the leader of the materials and process development teams at Ceres Power, which listed on AIM in 2004. He has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company, where he focussed on strategy and operations in the energy, technology and materials sectors. He has a triple First and a PhD from the University of Cambridge and won the 1996 Goldsmiths Prize as the top Cambridge graduate in Materials Science.
    • Malin Carlström (Corporate VC)
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    • SVP
    • ABB Technology Ventures
    • https://new.abb.com/about/technology/ventures
    • Malin Carlström is Senior Vice President at ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. Malin covers Northern Europe and scouts for investment opportunities in companies that are relevant to all of ABB’s industry segments, targeting e.g. Industry 4.0, robotics, drones, industrial IoT, AI/machine learning, cybersecurity, electrical vehicles and autonomy applications. Before joining ATV, Malin spent thirteen consecutive years as an investor in the Nordic Venture Capital market within a wide array of sectors, including cleantech, fintech, legaltech, marketplaces and edtech. Additionally, Malin is an active advisor and board member of a handful startups in the Stockholm region. Malin holds degrees from Chalmers University of Technology (MSc Mechanical Engineering – Energy Technology) and University of Kent (Master of Business Administration) and has completed an executive education in Corporate Finance at Stockholm School of Economics.
    • Jan Michael Hess (VC)
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    • Founder
    • Ecosummit Ventures
    • https://ecosummit.net/ventures
    • Jan is Founder of Ecosummit and Ecosummit Ventures. Ecosummit Ventures will be an independent smart green VC in Berlin that invests in European software and hardware startups. Ecosummit is Europe’s leading conference for smart green startups, investors and corporates. Our vision is to automate sustainability in energy, mobility and cities. Our events are startup markets enabling business development, co-investing, open innovation, corporate venturing and M&A. Since 2010, Jan organised 19 conferences in 5 countries. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides over 1.000 videos (450.000 views). Prior to founding Mobile Economy in 2000, Jan worked for Pixelpark, Icon Medialab and Ciao as Strategy Consultant, Senior Project Manager and Head of Marketing and Sales. Holding a business degree from the University of Mannheim, he lives in Berlin with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Yoga, Japan and Jazz.
    • Michael Wilshire (Service Provider)
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    • Head of Strategy
    • Bloomberg New Energy Finance
    • http://www.bnef.com
    • Michael is Head of Strategy at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, leading the teams that produce research on clean energy including Bioenergy, Wind, Solar, Energy Smart Technologies, Carbon Capture & Storage and geothermal. Before joining Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Michael was a partner at McKinsey, where he consulted across a range of industries including energy, technology and telecoms. He worked with equipment providers and operators across Europe as well as in Asia and the US. Previously, Michael worked in the UK Department of Energy in the 1980s across a variety of energy policy areas, including one of the very earliest privatisations (Amersham International), as well as deregulation of the gas industry, renewable energy, nuclear policy and the financing and privatisation of the electricity industry. During that period he was also private secretary to both the Minister of State for Energy and the Permanent Secretary.
    • Gerard Reid (Service Provider)
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    • Founder
    • Alexa Capital
    • http://alexa-capital.com
    • Gerard Reid has over two decades’ experience in equity research and fund management. He is also a leading energy expert as well as lecturer, author and monthly columnist for Biz Energy Today, the German energy industry publication. Prior to founding Alexa Capital, he was Managing Director and Head of European Cleantech Research at Jefferies & Co. Before joining Jefferies Mr. Reid managed a renewable energy fund. Prior to this he was Head of Research at First Berlin where he expanded the equity research operation to cover 50 companies. Gerard Reid has broad relationships across the institutional and private investor communities as well as amongst government policy makers, utilities and technology providers to the energy area. He has developed a reputation as a leading global expert in renewable energy and the wider energy space through his work in the wind, solar, biofuels, natural gas, utility and European industrials sectors. Mr. Reid is an Adjunct Professor at Imperial College, London and lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Berlin, where he has been lecturing in international business for over a decade. Mr. Reid holds a Higher Diploma in Education and MA Business & Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.
    • David Hunt (Service Provider)
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    • Managing Partner
    • Hyperion Executive Search
    • http://hyperionsearch.co.uk
    • David Hunt is Managing Partner of clean energy executive search specialists Hyperion Executive Search. He has been in the clean energy sector since 2007 and held posts on the Policy Board of the UK Renewable Energy Association (REA), Chaired the Pan-European Energy Storage Alliance and sits on the Low Carbon Economy Board for the Liverpool City LEP. He also spent 7 years as director of an award winning high growth, multi-technology renewable energy company, before setting up Hyperion in 2014.
    • Alisa Murphy (Service Provider)
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    • CEO
    • Life Size Media
    • https://lifesizemedia.com
    • Alisa is the Founder and CEO of Life Size Media, one of the only communications agencies in Europe that chooses to work exclusively in cleantech. Over the last five years, Alisa and her team have delivered award-winning campaigns for some of the leading individuals, businesses, products and services in the sustainability sector. As a full service agency, Life Size Media’s work spans public relations, brand, design, marketing, digital and film. Alisa was previously the CEO of B9 Coal, a clean energy project development company that she developed into a key player in the CCS industry while leading an extensive public relations campaign to promote awareness of the technology and the key issues around de-carbonizing the power sector. She was also the Co-Founder of Life Slice Films, an independent film company producing documentary films to raise awareness of key social issues.
    • Tim Lafferty (Service Provider)
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    • COO
    • Global Corporate Venturing
    • https://globalcorporateventuring.com
    • Tim has worked in senior sales and marketing roles for international media companies for 20 years, on brands including BusinessWeek and Readers’ Digest. Until February 2010 he was the Director of Product Sales and Marketing at Dow Jones in Europe, overseeing the circulation sales and marketing activities of The Wall Street Journal Europe, Financial News, Private Equity News and Wealth Bulletin. He left Dow Jones to pursue his interest in writing, and founded Write Brain, a marketing copy writing and consulting agency. He also writes plays (his first was professionally staged in 2005) and is currently working on a novel. He has an MBA from the European University in Brussels and lives in Woking near London. James Mawson founded Global Corporate Venturing in early 2010 and Tim joined the company as its second employee in March 2011.
    • Bart Markus (Startup)
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    • Chairman
    • First Light Fusion
    • http://firstlightfusion.com
    • Apart from being a veteran Investor, Bart is a seasoned and passionate entrepreneur and is renowned for his relentless drive to internationalise companies and help them become successful beyond Europe by conquering the US or Asia. A Dutch native, he has been a General Partner at Wellington from 2000 to 2015 and played a significant role in building Wellington from a €50M fund in 1999 to a well-established player in the European VC market with some €800M of assets under management. Over the past 2 decades, Bart has invested in an impressive collection of deep IP Technology companies located in Europe and the US. Many have already made the successful leap to the US or are successfully opening up new foreign markets. Investments include Navteq (NASDAQ IPO in 2004: NVT; sold to Nokia in 2007), Meiosys (sold to IBM in 2005), Nawotec (sold to Carl Zeiss in 2005), Q-Layer (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2009), Cavendish Kinetics and GLO. Bart spent the past 18 years as an investor in deep tech companies, and additionally as a serial entrepreneur himself co-founded by now 6 companies including Hexagem, a defect-free GaN substrate technology company and the MRI Centre, a highly successful chain of private medical diagnostic clinics. He currently chairs a number of high profile companies like First Light Fusion (Fusion Energy), Orbex (Rockets), Ultimaker (3D printing) and Hexagem (GaN nanowire substrates) and serves on the board of a number of other deep tech companies. Bart started his career as a process control system and project engineer with Shell in Norway and then worked at McKinsey, both in the Netherlands and South Africa. Bart holds an MSc in Applied Physics from Twente University of Technology in the Netherlands and an MBA (with distinction) from INSEAD in France.
    • Dr. Nicholas Hawker (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • First Light Fusion
    • http://firstlightfusion.com
    • Nick’s research into cavity collapse began in 2007 as part of his masters thesis, where he worked at the University of Oxford with Yiannis Ventikos. This work continued into a DPhil, where he performed hydrodynamic simulations of shock-driven cavity collapse. These simulations showed that cavity collapse leads to inertial confinement of the cavity contents and revealed that extreme states of matter could be reached, possibly entering the regime for fusion. To explore the concept of energy generation via this process, Nick and Yiannis co-founded First Light Fusion Ltd in 2011. Nick also spent three years tutoring at Lady Margaret Hall during his studies. After finishing his DPhil in 2012, Nick joined First Light Fusion as CTO and continues to oversee the technical vision of the company.
    • Alexander Zosel (Startup)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Volocopter
    • http://www.volocopter.com
    • Alexander Zosel is Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Advsior at Volocopter. In 1981, aged just 15, he construed and built one of the first skateboard halfpipes in Germany together with a few friends. Whilst studying for his degree in civil engineering he developed his first patent and in his capacity as serial entrepreneur and self made man he is now an entrepreneur through and through. With his enthusiasm and his firm belief in his vision regarding mobility of the future in the third dimension he brings much innovative buzz to the whole team.
    • Nils Aldag (Startup)
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    • Chief Commercial Officer
    • Sunfire
    • http://www.sunfire.de/en/
    • Nils studied Business Administration and Law at the EBS University and at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is managing director and co-founder of Sunfire GmbH, a technology start-up addressing a key challenge of today’s energy system: The conversion of renewable electricity into fuels and gases to replace natural gas and crude oil. At Sunfire he is responsible for business development, sales & marketing and investor relations. Sunfire received venture capital financing from world-renowned investors. In 2017, the company was awarded “Global Cleantech 100 Company” for the third time. Since 2016, Nils is Board Member and Energy Chair of Hydrogen Europe, the European industry association representing over 100 companies in the fuel cells and hydrogen industry and the industry representation of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under Horizon 2020. In addition, Nils is a founding member of the DESERTEC Foundation.
    • Knut Hechtfischer (Startup)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Ubitricity
    • http://www.ubitricity.com/en
    • Knut Hechtfischer is Co-Founder of ubitricity. Knut completed a bank traineeship and holds university degrees in both law and business administration (MBA equivalent). He then joined leading international law firms in London, Frankfurt and Berlin, advising national and international clients in Regulatory, Acquisition Finance and Renewable Energy related projects. Working as an attorney during the day, Knut’s fascination with the potential of the renewable energy sector soon had him reading up on generation and storage opportunities by night. He envisaged ubitricity’s idea as well as the technical and commercial concepts in 2007 and founded the company with his friend and colleague Frank Pawlitschek in 2008. At ubitricity, Knut directs and instructs the implementation of the ubitricity concept and develops future co-operations and market models connected to his company’s concept. Knut also has a strong technical background and envisioned important parts of ubitricity’s mobile metering system.
    • Dr. Christian Feißt (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GreenCom Networks
    • http://www.greencom-networks.com
    • Christian was the Founder and Managing Director for Smart Grid at Cisco Systems. Before joining Cisco, Dr. Christian Feißt spent 10 years working in the utility industry for the management consultancies A.T. Kearney and Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Hohenheim.
    • Tobias Breyer (Startup)
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    • Marketing Manager
    • GreenPack
    • http://www.greenpack.de
    • After 15 years in the creative industry, Tobias Breyer moved to GreenPack as Marketing Manager in 2015. Together with Thomas Duscha he has taken over the operational management of the Berlin-based startup. Prior to his studies in design, Tobias took a trip into the field of electrical energy technology. Today he can combine his sense of communication with his passion for technical innovation. At GreenPack, Tobias and his team started successful pilot projects and collaborations. Currently they are working on expanding the concept to new locations with new partners. Privately, Tobias tinkers with his self-developed e-bike.
    • Dr. Susan Graham (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • BioCarbon Engineering
    • https://www.biocarbonengineering.com
    • Dr Susan Graham is the CEO and co-founder of BioCarbon Engineering, leading a team to tackle global scale deforestation by restoring natural ecosystems. BioCarbon uses drones to plant trees and monitor biodiversity, scaling up the planting rates and improving ecosystem management. Dr Graham graduated from the University of Oxford with a DPhil in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. Her work was spun out into OxSonics, a successfully funded drug delivery company based in Oxford. For her work across research, startups and inspiring young women in tech, Susan was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for industry in Europe in 2017.
    • Jurjen de Jong (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Greenflux
    • https://www.greenflux.com
    • Jurjen is CEO and co-founder of GreenFlux. GreenFlux has over 8 years of hands-on experience as an operator of EV charging infrastructure. Before Jurjen worked at Accenture, internet firms and started several ventures. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Groningen. GreenFlux developed a cloud-based smart charging platform and a modular smart charging controller. Via the platform GreenFlux and its customers manage over 18.000 connected charge points. Manufacturers of charge stations, energy companies and charge point operators are the main clients. The cloud-based platform powers Charge Point Operators all over the world by facilitating asset management, international roaming, billing and transactions. GreenFlux leads the industry with its sophisticated smart charging functionality to manage (renewable) energy and capacity per charge station in the charging network and even on electricity grid level. The innovative smart charging controller fits in every charge station and changes it into a smart energy station which can be managed all over the globe. GreenFlux is currently active in 15 countries on three continents i.e. The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland, Singapore, China, Thailand and the United States of America. In June 2018, GreenFlux received €11M Series B investment from Eneco Group, SET Ventures, ICT Group and De Brabantse Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij.
    • Serge Subiron (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Jedlix
    • https://jedlix.com/en/
    • Serge is the CEO of Jedlix, the leading smart charging platform connecting Electric Vehicles to the energy markets, through direct integration with OEMs such as Tesla, Renault and BMW. Based in the Netherlands, Jedlix contributes to set smart charging over-the-air as the default charging mode of EVs at scale. Jedlix works with OEMs, CPOs, utilities and grid operators in Europe to unlock the value of the EVs charging flexibility for their sustainable integration into the grid and optimize their total cost of ownership. Serge is a pioneer entrepreneur in mobility, IoT and smart grid for the past 10 years, and also served as VP of the France Smart Grid Association, ThinkSmartGrids. Prior to that, Serge has managed a number of business units and regional P&Ls for telecom groups such as Cisco, Alcatel Lucent in Europe and Asia for more than 20 years, delivering double digit growth and conducting new ecosystems development and business model transformation. He holds a Business degree and drives an electric train.
    • Constantin Schwaab (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Wirelane
    • https://www.wirelane.com
    • Serial entrepreneur, Constantin is the CEO of Wirelane, an innovative and future-oriented technology company focused on electro mobility solutions, by combining rock-solid hardware with smart software to power the future of mobility. Founder CEO of kinoheld, a market leading platform for movie tickets which was acquired by a global leader in live entertainment, the German CTS Eventim AG. Prior to the ticketing sector, founder and managing partner of Plain-Energy. Europe-wide PV-plant developer, approx. €50M assets under management. Experienced project manager with 10 years of expertise in all facets of the PV industry. Power plant developments in 5 countries, verifiable track record along the value chain including site development, construction, financing and operation. Constantin started his career as the founder of REBELIO, one of the largest European e-commerce sites at its time. Successful exit in 2007, sold to NYSE Euronext listed Loyaltouch. Born in 1978, Constantin studied political sciences at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, the Uni Mail in Geneva and the UB in Barcelona. He speaks 4 languages, successfully competed in endurance sports competition (Iron Man Triathtlon) and has two kids.
    • Pilgrim Beart (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • DevicePilot
    • https://www.devicepilot.com
    • Pilgrim Beart is a serial connected products entrepreneur, having founded companies including Antenova (billions of antenna systems shipped) and AlertMe (now known as Hive since its $100M acquisition in 2015, it’s the UK’s most successful ‘connected home’ platform and has shipped millions of connected devices). Pilgrim is an IET Fellow and is now CEO of DevicePilot.
    • Simon Daniel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Moixa
    • http://www.moixa.com
    • Simon Daniel is a serial entrepreneur and founder of Moixa, holding a dozen US patents on advanced mobile and battery technology. He previously invented/licensed a folding keyboard – selling over 2m units, and launched the award winning USBCell battery category. Before that, he was a technology evangelist and senior manager at Accenture and holds an MA in Physics from Cambridge University.
    • Charlotta Holmquist (Startup)
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    • Co-founder
    • Blixt
    • http://blixt.tech
    • Charlotta Holmquist is a serial entrepreneur and has been in the ICT industry for over 15 years. During her five startups, which she managed as CEO/COO and Co-founder, she has been responsible for raising over 10 million Euros, managing company exits and creating strategic partnerships with global companies. She is hands-on in operations, engaged in tech and customer development and a key player in the board and legal. She holds an MBA and has previously been Chief Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in Chile.
    • Dr. Christian Chudoba (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Lumenaza
    • http://www.lumenaza.de
    • Christian Chudoba is Co-Founder and CEO of Lumenaza. He has held leading roles in business management, strategy, business development and marketing for 15 years. For a corporate company he developed a new business concept for mobile applications and led the implementation from a small internal startup to a sizable new business area. Christian holds a PhD in Physics and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) prior to moving to the software business.
    • Dr. Christina Würthner (Startup)
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    • CFSO
    • Enersis
    • http://www.enersis.ch/?lang=en
    • Christina joined enersis suisse AG as a shareholder in 2014 and on Oct 1st 2015 as member of the executive team and board of directors. In the past 20 years Christina has held various senior management positions in infrastructure and high-tech companies, e.g. Lufthansa AG, Siemens AG and Trapeze Group. She headed startup operations, strategy/BD departments and global product portfolio units in Germany, Switzerland, China and Brazil. Christina is a dedicated entrepreneur and enjoys the challenges of starting things from scratch and seeing them grow. She holds a doctoral degree from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, Germany with a thesis on “Transnational Service Company Management” and an MBA from European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. When not working she explores the globe travelling or the mountains by ski or bike.
    • 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.
    • David Balensiefen (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • GridX
    • https://gridx.ai
    • David ist the Co-founder and CEO of gridX, a digital energy supplier that connects energy producers and consumers on one platform. With its technology gridX is able to provide a manufacturer independent monitoring solution and a holistic energy management system for all relevant energy devices. Before founding gridX he worked for corporates like RWE and Trianel with focus on energy trading and origination. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from RWTH Aachen and studied at TU Delft and Aalto University with a minor in resource engineering.
    • Burkhard von Ehren (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Greenergetic
    • http://www.greenergetic.de
    • Burkhard joint Greenergetic in 2015 as CSO and is CEO since 2019. The company located in Bielefeld (Germany) runs the leading white-label platform for sales processes of energy services. We fight the climate change by giving private customers and the sales organizations of the utilities addressing them the opportunity to plan online their own solar generation or the modernization of old heating and to calculate immediately a highly professional, reliable offer. The portfolio ranges from rooftop solar systems with battery storage, charging stations for electric cars, to heating systems and smart home components. If needed, Greenergetic also provides all associated services from customer service, planning, offer calculation, order management to the coordination of installers. Greenergetic aims to provide utilities with a user-friendly, versatile, modular and scalable tool that enables them to engage in the growing energy service and emobility market fast and easily. Graduated at RWTH Aachen with Masters in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration, Burkhard von Ehren has held senior management positions in marketing and sales at E-Plus, Mannesmann and Vodafone before he became self-employed as a consultant of operational excellence. That led him into the energy market to Stadtwerke Krefeld as Sales Director for Business Customers, Energy Services and Marketing. He moved on after four years to join Greenergetic.
    • Hendrik Klosterkemper (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • ENIT Systems
    • https://www.enit-systems.com/en/home/
    • Hendrik Klosterkemper is Co-Founder and CEO of ENIT Systems, one of the pioneers of state-of-the-art IT for energy systems in industrial plants. After five years of development at the Fraunhofer ISE, the spin-off just introduced ENIT Agent, a pulse meter for industrial plants, that visualizes all energy consumption data for each machine and meter. Besides leveraging cost saving potentials, customers gain a new understanding for the processes and their interdependencies. Hendrik has been working for The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) since 2011, where he was a member of the Industrial Goods and Energy Practice group. For BCG clients, Hendrik took the role of an IT project leader and developed strategies in the field of heavy manufacturing, IT and Energy. He also conducted M&A divestitures and consulted energy providers and grid operators. Prior to BCG, Hendrik worked for the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg as a scientific associate. Here he was already fascinated by the development of OpenMUC, the software framework that is now the enabling technology of the ENIT Agent. Already in 2010 Hendrik contributed to the development of optimization algorithms for controlling combined heat and power plants. In 2014 Hendrik founded ENIT Systems with his former colleagues Simon Fey and Pascal Benoit. At ENIT Systems, Hendrik’s focus as CEO lies on the strategy and business development. Hendrik holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the Technical University Dresden and the London School of Economics.
    • Dr. Simon Koopmann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Envelio
    • http://envelio.de
    • Dr. Simon Koopmann is co-founder and CEO of envelio. envelio is a spin-off from RWTH Aachen University and provides a smart grids software platform for grid operators based on innovative optimization and machine learning algorithms. With its solution, envelio supports the next phase of the energy transition by digitalizing processes with the latest research results. Simon previously received his diploma and PhD degree from RWTH Aachen, where he was also Head of the Distributed Energy Systems research group.
    • Dr. 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. Tom Mason (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Bramble Energy
    • https://www.brambleenergy.com
    • Dr. Tom Mason is the CEO and co-founder of Bramble Energy; the only fuel cell company with gigafactories. Tom has a PhD in Electrochemical Engineering and originally ran Bramble Energy’s technical development program as CTO, he transitioned to his current role of CEO in 2017. Bramble Energy is a spin out company from UCL and Imperial College, who through revolutionary fuel cell design and manufacturing techniques have developed the unique, patent protected, printed circuit board (PCB) fuel cell – the PCBFC™. The PCBFC™ utilises cost-effective production methods and materials from the well-established PCB industry to reduce the cost and manufacturing complexity of low temperature fuel cells. Bramble Energy’s exclusive access to the global high-volume PCB industry makes it the only fuel cell company with the manufacturing capacity to supply gigawatts of fuel cell hardware; something the battery industry has spent many years and £B’s to achieve. Bramble Energy will launch its H20 product in Q3 2019 in conjunction with BOC (part of the Linde Group) and are currently developing modular fuel cell stacks and system for portable, stationary and automotive products up to 100 kW.
    • Nat Edington (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Dukosi
    • http://www.dukosi.com
    • Nat brings a wealth of experience in high tech companies, from early stage to global players. He has a successful career spanning 30 years in leadership roles and was most recently VP & General Manager of Environmental sensors group at AMS AG, leading 120 people in 5 sites. Prior to that, Nat was CEO of Cambridge CMOS Sensors, where he led them from startup to global product sales and then exit to AMS, delivering strong investor returns. His prior experience includes divisional head of Wolfson Microelectronics portable audio business, where he grew the business to over $100M.
    • Anders Jansson (Startup)
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    • Commercial Director
    • CorPower Ocean
    • http://www.corpowerocean.com
    • With a master in Entrepreneurship and Venture creation Anders has been successful building companies within the energy field. He is the Commercial Director at CorPower. CorPower has developed a compact high-efficiency Wave Energy Converter, inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart. Using a new control method, the Wave Energy Converters always oscillate in resonance with the incoming waves, strongly amplifying their motion and power capture resulting in a well recognised break through for the wave energy sector. Anders has a long and successful track record within marine energy. He founded Minesto in 2007 and during his time as CEO at Minesto he was responsible to build a company from an idea to a publicly traded company. He raised in excess of €30M in venture capital and €25M in governmental funding and built an organisation with top engineers in 3 countries. The company was successfully listed at Nasdaq First North in 2015.
    • Lennart Hinrichs (Startup)
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    • Commercial Director
    • Twaice
    • http://www.twaice.com
    • Lennart Hinrichs is Commercial Director at TWAICE with the focus on building the business model for the cutting-edge digital twin technology of the university spin-off. TWAICE supports enterprises across industries with predictive battery analytics software based on digital twins. Customers are empowered to develop and use battery systems more efficiently and sustainably while making them more reliable and durable. Before joining TWAICE, Lennart worked in strategy consulting and other start-ups driving the business model development and go-to-market strategy in industries ranging from consumer goods to telecommunications and automotive.
    • Szilard Toth (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • e.pilot
    • https://epilot.cloud
    • Szilard Toth is the CTO of e·pilot, a revolutionary sales tool for energy providers founded in 2017. e·pilot simplifies launching highly complex energy products and services in a rapidly changing space with it’s easy-to-use and flexible SaaS platform. Szilard is responsible for the overall product direction, technology and engineering culture at e·pilot and boasts years of international experience at highly successful companies. Prior to e·pilot he was a product manger at the leading collaboration software provider Atlassian and lead products for millions of end users. Before that he was heading the product development team at Solactive AG and launched products that gathered more than 10 Billion $ in assets under management in the ETF space. Szilard hold’s a master’s degree in Business Administration from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.
    • Yüksel Sirmasac (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Rockethome
    • http://rockethome.de/en
    • Yüksel Sirmasac holds a degree in business administration and is CEO and Founder of Rockethome. Early 2010, he founded the company together with investors from the cleantech scene. Before founding Rockethome, Yüksel Sirmasac worked several years in senior management positions at various well-known companies including media group RTL, Reed-Elsevier Germany (LexisNexis), Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt (Holtzbrinck). There, he successfully established numerous products in the market. In addition, he has already developed several technology companies to sustainably successful organizations. To pass on his knowledge to students he has taken a lectureship in the field of e-business and industrial computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch Gladbach.
    • 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.
    • Daniel von Gaertner (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Fresh Energy
    • http://www.getfresh.energy
    • Daniel von Gaertner is the Co-Founder and COO of Fresh Energy. Fresh Energy offers digital services to support utilities in putting smart meter data to use for their customers. Fresh Energy has developed a range of features that aim at delivering unparalleled insights for customers to ultimately create customer value resulting in additional revenue for partnering utility. Before co-founding Fresh Energy, Daniel was part of the small team which designed and developed the innogy Innovation Hub, which aims to develop new business models for the utility sector. Prior to that, he worked in several roles in the energy sector (RWE, dena) and e-commerce (Otto Group). Daniel holds a Master’s degree in Strategy & Innovation from the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria and a Bachelor’s degree in Business & Economics from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany.
    • Niklas Kreifels (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Oxygen Technologies
    • https://www.oxygen-technologies.de
    • Niklas Kreifels is co-founder and CFO of OXYGEN TECHNOLOGIES. The company offers (peer-to-peer) operation and trading technology for decentralized energies. Its customers are classical and new upcoming utilities. The company partners with actors in the field of decentralized energy automation. The founding team got to know each other while working at Fraunhofer ISE and in cooperation with the University Freiburg’s chair of Artificial Intelligence on agent-based energy systems. They were supported by EXIST-Forschungstransfer and Climate KIC. Niklas holds a MSc degree equivalent from KIT in Industrial Engineering.
    • Dr. Ernesto Garnier (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Einhundert Energie
    • https://einhundert-energie.de
    • Ernesto is the Founder and CEO of EINHUNDERT Energie GmbH in Cologne, Germany. Before EINHUNDERT, he spent 6+ years with the Boston Consulting Group, helping leading European utilities launch business models around smart meters and distributed energy technology. Ernesto also holds a PhD in energy economics from RWTH Aachen, having conducted research on virtual power plants and solar power market integration. His educational experience includes an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Business from the Rotterdam School of Management / University of Southern California. Other than cleantech, Ernesto is passionate about politics, Basketball and (Latin) music.
    • Jérémie Rendolet (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Metron
    • http://www.metronlab.com
    • Jérémie Rendolet is CFO of Metron, the energy intelligence startup for industries. One of the first employees hired by Metron in 2014, Jérémie is now leading the Series A which had its first tranche closed in February 2018. The new financing round is used for the continued international expansion of Metron with new markets due to open in Latin America, Europe and Asia.
    • Michael Peither (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • VoltStorage
    • http://voltstorage.com
    • Michael Peither is Co-Founder and CTO of VoltStorage – a company focused on building safe, long-lasting and affordable storage solutions for private households and businesses with solar panels. After some stations within BMW in Germany and the US, he briefly was part of another startup before he co-founded VoltStorage. In 2016, he and his team were part of HAX, the world’s biggest Hardware Accelerator located in Shenzhen, China. Since then, the team has grown to more than 25 people, set up operations of VoltStorage in Munich and producing their storage solution in series, with their automated production unit and global supply chain. Michael holds a MSc degree from the Technical University of Munich in Industrial Engineering and gained several innovation awards, including being named “Innovator under 35” in 2018 by the renowned MIT Technology Review.
    • Dr. Sandro Iacovella (Startup)
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    • CTO
    • ThermoVault
    • http://www.thermovault.com
    • Sandro is CTO and founder of ThermoVault, a company affiliated to KU Leuven (Belgium) and UC Berkeley. They have developed an all-in retrofit solution that turns residential customers’ existing water and space heaters into an energy-saving and lucrative grid-responsive energy storage device. ThermoVault is currently managing more than 1MW of storage, able to be used on the most high-performance ancillary service markets. Sandro holds Master and PhD degrees from the KU Leuven in Engineering and Finance.
    • Johan Erlandsson (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Velove
    • http://velove.se
    • Johan Erlandsson is Co-founder, Board member and CEO of Velove. Velove is a Swedish ultra light vehicle and city logistics company, founded in 2015 and headquartered in Gothenburg with 9 employees. It has a vehicle, the Armadillo cargobike, that is considered the most productive, safe and good-looking in its class, and is right now ramping up production. Together with the groundbreaking City Container, Velove can achieve radical (almost factor 20) energy and resource efficiency gains in last mile logistics compared to electric vans, and even more compared to ICE vans. This solution also eliminates noise, particle emissions and releases valuable space. The main commercial argument is however that double delivery productivity is achieved in dense city centres, at half the total cost of ownership compared to van based delivery. Johan holds a Lic.Eng. in Energy and Environment and a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management.
    • Johan Nihlén (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Altered
    • https://www.alteredcompany.com
    • Johan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Altered, a company that develops extreme water saving, retro-fit solutions for taps and showers. Their technology makes it possible to cut water use in faucets by 98% without loss of user experience and functionality. Altered’s mission is to develop simple solutions that have a huge potential global impact. As part of that mission they have established partnerships with IKEA and Unilever. Altered have also been named Climate Solver 2018 by WWF, Winner of Cleantech Nordics 2018, SME Innovation Award from European agency WssTP and their product will also be part of the Swedish National Museum collection for sustainability and design.
    • Marc Ottolini (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Airlabs
    • http://airlabs.com
    • Marc spent the 1st half of his career in the corporate sector at Philips Electronics, where he developed himself into an all-round business leader. He then made the transition to commercialising new technologies in global markets and has held CEO positions in professional LED signal applications, automotive battery protection, remote utility disconnect systems, explosive blast protection for the Defense & Security sector, smart LED lighting power & control networks, fuel additives for power stations and a super high-tech electric scooter. Marc is now the CEO of Airlabs, a high-powered Anglo-Danish innovator in clean air technology. Airlabs has developed ground-breaking technologies for cleaning polluted air and for low-cost high-density air quality sensor networks. Key markets where the company has gained international traction are the automotive B2B and B2C sectors, commercial property and the Smart City sector. Airlabs is also providing advisory services to cities and public transport companies on their strategy as to how to reduce air pollution exposure of staff, customers and citizens and minimise their potential liabilities. Marc holds an MSc in Electrical Engineering from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands) and an MBA from Erasmus University (Netherlands)/Simon School of Business (University of Rochester, USA).
    • Frederic Hammel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ethera
    • http://www.ethera-labs.com/en/
    • Frederic Hammel is CEO of Ethera, a cleantech startup developing and commercialising high-performance solutions for indoor air pollution. Before joining Ethera to reinforce its development, Frederic has been CEO of several technology companies, successfully bringing innovative products and services to the market. Frederic started his career in industrial groups in the Pharmaceutical and the medical device sectors.
    • Kaspars Osis (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • RCG Lighthouse
    • https://rcg-lighthouse.eu
    • Kaspars Osis is Co-Founder and CEO of RCG LightHouse, the most efficient supplier-independent Lighting as a Service (LaaS) company in Europe. RCG LightHouse accelerates its customers’ transition to LED lighting technology at zero investment and zero technical risk. Kaspars has raised over €2.5M for the company and after successfully completing more than 200 win-win LaaS projects in 3 European countries, RCG LightHouse is now aiming at rapid growth in other European markets. After graduation from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) in Riga, Kaspars has worked in the Nordic electricity market for more than 10 years in various senior roles. Apart from running RCG LightHouse, Kaspars is an active member at EUROCHAMBRES where he represents the Energy Committee of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
    • Siten Mandalia (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solaris Offgrid
    • http://www.solarisoffgrid.com
    • Siten Mandalia is the CEO and co-founder of Solaris Offgrid and has worked on award-winning technology solutions for clean access to energy for the last 10 years. Prior to this Siten graduated from Imperial College London in Mechanical Engineering and started his career working on sustainable city design and renewable energy projects before developing initial energy access solutions during the Imperial Business School MBA program. Solaris Offgrid’s flagship product is a B2B SaaS called PaygOps, a fintech/IoT platform which connects clean technology (solar home systems, water pumps, cookstoves, smart meters) and mobile payment methods to a central CRM and ERP which allows the efficient management of financed energy access for the 1 billion people in need.
    • Dr. Fabian Lemke (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Nuventura
    • http://www.nuventura.com
    • Fabian is a co-founder and managing director of Nuventura – a deep tech startup founded in early 2017 that develops and licenses technologies for gas insulated switchgear (GIS) – an essential component of each electricity grid. Today, GIS are based on the strongest greenhouse gas in existence, i.e. SF6 (Sulfur Hexafluoride). SF6 has a greenhouse effect 23.500 times stronger than CO2. Its actual measured emission into the atmosphere amounts to an equivalent of more than 100 million cars every year. Nuventura’s revolutionary GIS technology uses dry air instead of SF6 and is therefore emission free. It also outperforms SF6-GIS in terms of reliability and safety and even simplifies production and operation of GIS. Hence, Nuventura’s technology is competitive on technical, economic and environmental dimensions. Prior to Nuventura, Fabian co-founded Sanubi.de (a healthcare-related e-commerce company) after working for McKinsey & Company in the energy sector for 5+ years. Fabian holds a diploma in Nuclear Reactor Engineering from RWTH Aachen University and a PHD in Behavioral Economics from the KIT University of Karlsruhe. He is the proud father of two daughters.
    • Robert Strods (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Hygen
    • https://www.hygengroup.com
    • Robert is Co-Founder and COO of HYGEN, a company with a novel gas compression technology for home-based compressed natural gas refueling stations for bi-fuel vehicles. The home refueling solution is the missing link for widespread compressed natural gas distribution. HYGEN is making compressed natural gas home refueling disruptively inexpensive and convenient. Recently, Robert has raised €2.8M in order to finalize the design, certify the product and conduct the pilot projects in early 2017. He also serves as a member in the European Standardization Committee Nr.326, WG6, which is developing new harmonized standards for compressed natural gas home refueling appliances. During his career in consultancy and investment banking Robert has acquired more than €40M in EU funding for private companies and public entities.
    • Martin Spitznagel (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Dust Biosolutions
    • http://dustbiosolutions.com
    • Martin is founder and CEO of Dust BioSolutions, a fast growing industrial biotechnology company based in Munich, Germany. He strongly believes that white biotechnology will provide many enabling technologies to solve major environmental and social problems of the future. Dust BioSolutions is the no.1 address for biological binders for industrial applications. First products derived from a technology platform are liquids that contain bacteria that bond almost any permeable material. Main clients are currently in agriculture, mining and construction. Martin holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in robotics and control systems from ETH Zurich and UC Berkeley. He further received an MBA from IE Business School in Madrid.
    • Robert Schrimpff (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solar for Schools
    • https://www.solarforschools.co.uk
    • Solar for Schools empowers the next generation to fight climate change. We already manage solar PV systems and deliver energy literacy to about 100 schools in the UK, Germany and India. Our goal: enable 2000 schools a week to go solar and teach millions of children how to fight climate change. Robert previously worked on investments in renewable energy companies for 8 years first at TVM Capital in Germany and then as a Partner at Greencoat Capital where he focused on solar. He co-founded Lumicity, a successful UK based renewable project developer sold to RWE and led the Investment in TenKsolar. Before that Robert set up a number of Internet businesses including hotels.com and netxtra.net, a leading UK based web development firm helping associations to go online and become more effective. Robert holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he co-founded the INSEAD Energy Network and an Aeronautical Engineering Masters from Imperial College in London.
    • Andres Anijalg (Startup)
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    • Chief Business Development Officer
    • Roofit Solar Energy
    • https://roofit.solar
    • Andres Anijalg is the Chief Business Development Officer and co-founder of Roofit Solar Energy. He has been active in the power industry since 2007 as the head of international development projects at the Estonian national energy company Enefit. Enefit is the biggest energy producer and also one of the biggest producers of renewable energy in Baltic states. His key responsibility was the 570MW greenfield mine mouth oil shale fired power plant development in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where he acted as the Project Director and the CEO of the project company since day one. The 2,1 billion USD project reached its Financial Close in 2017 and is currently under construction together with the Malaysian and Chinese partners. Andres has been also working for almost 10 years at the two major international banks in Estonia. He holds his MBA degree from the University of Tartu and has been studying as an exchange student at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.