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    Ecosummit Berlin 2021 Speakers

     

     

    Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality. Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate and planet. Our conferences are startup markets enabling business development, co-investing, open innovation, corporate venturing and M&A.

     

    We have 83 speakers including 52 startups confirmed at Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021 and profiled below. Please contact us if you want to pitch your startup or promote your fund and portfolio as one of our sponsors.

     

     

    • Christoph Ostermann (Co-Host)
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    • Co-Founder
    • Sonnen
    • https://sonnengroup.com
    • Christoph Ostermann is Co-Founder of Sonnen which was acquired by Shell in 2019. An updated speaker profile follows soon.
    • Bart Markus (Co-Host)
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    • CEO
    • GAP Technology Holding
    • http://www.gaptechnologyholding.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.
    • Gerard Reid (Co-Host)
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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.
    • Jan Michael Hess (Co-Host)
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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 carbon neutrality. Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate and planet. Our physical and online events are startup markets enabling business development, co-investing, open innovation, corporate venturing and M&A. Since 2010, we organised 20 physical Ecosummit events in 5 countries as well as 14 Ecosummit Zoom online events. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides over 1.100 videos (600.000 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 Jazz, Japan and sports (yoga, EMTB, kayaking, swimming, basketball and hiking).
    • Andreas Stubelius (Accelerator)
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    • Senior Consultant
    • Swedish Energy Agency
    • http://www.energimyndigheten.se/en/
    • Andreas Stubelius is a Senior Management Consultant at ADECT and before he was a Senior Portfolio Manager at the Swedish Energy Agency. He has more than 15 years’ experience within the energy field in innovation and business development. He holds a degree in Energy Engineering and Corporate Finance. At Ecosummit, Andreas is representing the Swedish Energy Agency and their portfolio which consists of more than 200 cleantech startups.
    • 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).
    • Adam Kostyál (Corporate)
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    • SVP, Head of Listings, EMEA
    • Nasdaq
    • http://www.nasdaqomxnordic.com
    • Adam Kostyál is the Senior Vice President of the Global Listing Services and head of European Listings for Nasdaq. Besides the Nordic Exchanges, Nasdaq has more than 140 companies that are either primarily listed or dual listed on Nasdaq in USA. In addition Nasdaq has recently launched the Nasdaq Private Market which will be an offering for private issuers world-wide. Adam has been with Nasdaq for the past 12 years. He started his career at OMX as a Sales Director, and then became Head of the Strategic Initiative Groups in 2006. Most recently, Adam was VP of Market Technology Sales responsible for sales, account management, and business development for the European, Central and Eastern European regions. Prior to Nasdaq, Adam held various positions with Enron, Cell Network and Bloomberg. He holds a BSc in Economics and Marketing from Vrije Universiteit de Bruxelles and speaks four languages including English, Swedish, Italian and French.
    • 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.
    • Vincent Pichon (CVC)
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    • Investment Director
    • Engie New Ventures
    • http://www.engieventures.com
    • Vincent Pichon is an Investment Director at ENGIE New Ventures. Vincent is passionate about investing in businesses that can accelerate the energy transition and abate greenhouse gas emissions. His drive comes from more than 12 years of international experience on energy and sustainability topics, first as a strategy consultant and then as an investor and board member. ENGIE New Ventures (ENV) 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.
    • Jill Tully (CVC)
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    • Principal
    • Shell Ventures
    • https://www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/new-energies/shell-ventures.html
    • Jill Tully is a Venture Principal at Shell Ventures, where she is focused on leading venture investments across power and mobility in the European market. Jill has over a decade of experience in renewable energy, venture investing, portfolio management, working with startups and strategy. Prior to joining Shell Ventures, Jill spent 6 years at Equinor holding several roles including Investment Manager in Equinor Energy Ventures (EEV), business development originator for offshore wind and senior strategist in the corporate strategy team. Before Equinor, Jill spent several years at IHS CERA as an upstream consultant and Enterprise Ireland as an international trade advisor in the renewables sector.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Karel Nanninga (CVC)
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    • Investment Manager
    • Eneco Ventures
    • https://www.eneco.com/what-we-do/ventures/
    • Karel Nanninga is Investment Manager at Eneco Ventures. At Eneco Ventures, Karel is responsible for developing dealflow, managing the financial strategic investments and strategic development at portfolio companies. Karel started his career as a strategy consultant at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). As a consultant, Karel worked with large organizations to tackle their challenges, mostly within the energy & private equity / M&A industries. His time at BCG taught him that his passion is to help companies realize growth, specifically related to cleantech and renewable energy. Karel gained more experience with investing and scale-ups during a one-year sabbatical, where he worked for a cleantech oriented venture capital fund (StartGreen capital), and guided business development for a scale-up in Kenya.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Petr Mikovec (CVC)
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    • Managing Director
    • Inven Capital
    • https://www.invencapital.cz
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Thuy Bui (CVC)
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    • Investment Principal
    • TotalEnergies Ventures
    • https://www.ventures.totalenergies.com
    • Thuy Bui is principal at TotalEnergies Ventures, the venture capital arm of TotalEnergies. As part of TotalEnergies’s commitment to a better energy future, TotalEnergies Ventures is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential startups which will contribute to creating a low carbon future. Thuy has over 15 years of professional experience in the energy sector, including project development and economics, and more recently in mergers and acquisition, focusing on energy efficiency and low-carbon solutions areas. Thuy is French, graduated as an engineer (Centrale Lille) and also holds a MSc in Energy Economics (IFP School).
    • 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.
    • Thijs Nijland (VC)
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    • Investment Manager
    • ABN AMRO Sustainable Impact Fund
    • https://www.abnamro.nl/en/commercialbanking/corporates-institutionals/products/expand-your-business/private-equity/sustainable-impact-fund/index.html
    • Thijs works as Investment Manager for the ABN AMRO Sustainable Impact Fund, a recently launched EUR 425 million impact fund. As engineer by education, the energy transition theme runs as a thread through his professional career and he is particularly interested in groundbreaking technologies. Within the fund his primary focus is on origination and execution of investments in the energy transition sectors. Before his current involvement in venture and growth capital investments for sustainable impact companies, Thijs gained experience in renewable energy infrastructure investments at ABN AMRO. Prior to that, Thijs has held temporary positions at i.a. Vattenfall and Alliander. He is actively involved in portfolio companies Orange Gas, Eternalsun Spire and three (wind and solar PV) portfolio companies. Thijs lives in the Netherlands with his wife and two kids and in his free time enjoys outdoor activities such as kitesurfing, running and biking.
    • Michel Hunsicker (CVC)
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    • Investment Director
    • EDF Pulse Croissance
    • https://www.edf.fr/en/pulse/croissance
    • Michel Hunsicker is Investment Director at EDF Pulse Croissance, 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.
    • 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.
    • Nicolas Milerioux (CVC)
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    • Head of Venture Capital
    • Encevo
    • https://www.encevo.eu/en/financial-figures/?title=capital
    • Nicolas leads the Venture Capital efforts at Encevo, a department he set up end of 2016. As such, he is responsible for scouting and selecting innovative solutions for our business units across the entire Encevo Group as well as, when relevant, conduct a number of hand-picked equity investments in early stage companies on the European market and preferably at Series A stage. Since incepting the VC activities, Nicolas has sourced and executed four strategic investments for the Encevo Group. The Encevo Group serves clients in Luxembourg, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is present all along the energy value chain, from production, storage, supply, transport to trading, distribution and services. Encevo actively helps shaping the transition to a sustainable energy sector by embracing technology, deploying innovative solutions and partnering up with local communities. Prior to Encevo, Nicolas was partner in a tech VC fund and had spent a decade in M&A advisory in various sectors and specialised in TMT. He holds a Master degree in Economics from ESCEM in France jointly with the University of Gothenburg. He is also director of two investment funds with €0.5B combined AUM.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Jeppe Hjørngaard (CVC)
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    • Senior Specialist
    • Vestas Ventures
    • https://www.vestas.com/ventures
    • Jeppe Hjørngaard is a Senior Specialist with Vestas Ventures, the corporate VC arm of Vestas Wind Systems. Jeppe works with deal origination, strategic fit evaluation and venture development of Vestas Ventures portfolio companies. He has worked in Vestas since 2011, holding positions in Finance, Product Management and Business Innovation. With a strong internal network in the Vestas organization and a great knowledge of the renewable energy industry, Jeppe can quickly assess the synergies between promising cleantech startups and Vestas’ long-term corporate strategy.
    • 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.
    • Tobias Rothacher (Service Provider)
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    • Deputy Director, Energy, Environment & Resources
    • Germany Trade & Invest
    • https://www.gtai.de/gtai-en
    • Tobias Rothacher is Deputy Director at Germany Trade and Invest’s (GTAI) Team for Energy, Environment & Resources. He has a special focus on Photovoltaics and Energy Storage technologies. GTAI is a consultancy wholly owned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Headquartered in Berlin, he and his colleagues advice international investors – from start-ups to larger corporations – in the field of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Environmental Technologies in Germany. Prior to his position at GTAI, Rothacher worked as a Business Development and Project Development Manager for the Conergy group in the Asia Pacific region. He has an academic background in Business Administration and Engineering and received his higher education in Germany and Canada.
    • Nils Aldag (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • 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.
    • 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. 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.
    • 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.
    • James Quinn (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Faradion
    • https://www.faradion.co.uk
    • James Quinn is the CEO of Faradion Limited. Faradion is the market leader in sodium-ion battery technology and leading the charge in the green global energy transition. James has extensive experience as a technology executive and entrepreneur in both public and private companies. His broad based experience includes engineering and product development, key and strategic partnerships, licensing, supply chain and manufacturing.
    • Bernhard Seidl (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Wirelane
    • https://www.wirelane.com/en/home/
    • Bernhard Seidl is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Wirelane. Mr. Seidl has over 20 years management experience. Before his tenure at Wirelane he was CFO of Discovergy, a smart meter operator based in Heidelberg, and CFO of Ecotel Communication AG (listed in the Prime standard of the Frankfurt stock exchange). Until 2006 he was Director of Controlling of Telefónica Deutschland GmbH. Further career milestones include Management Consulting with Arthur D. Little and Project Management with Siemens. Mr. Seidl graduated as Electrical Engineer (Dipl. Ing.) from the Technical University (TU) of Munich and holds an MBA from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
    • Christian Hövelhaus (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • ESFORIN
    • https://www.esforin.com/en
    • Christian is the Founder and CEO of ESFORIN (Energy Services for Industry). The company’s core business is algorithm trading in intraday markets with clients’ flexibilities. The mission is to stabilize the power grid as well as to enable more renewables with less CO2. Before becoming an independent energy entrepreneur, Christian gained profound experience in the energy markets in various companies. In the 1990s he joined RWE Group as head of Corporate Development and M&A, later becoming the Vice President International Activities and M&A. In 2000s he was Executive Board Member for RWE Polska, then Board Member of the former natGAS AG – building the company from a start-up to a significant multinational entity, before he founded his own business with ESFORIN.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Kathrin Rust (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Rockethome Climate Solutions
    • https://www.rockethome-climate.de
    • Before founding Rockethome Climate Solutions (RCS), Kathrin gained more than 10 years relevant experience in building new digital business models, especially at last in the energy sector and sustainable mobility. She has previously been the CEO of a start-up in the field of mobility platforms as well as working in various roles in the energy industry. Together with her managing colleague and team she wants to support companies in their sustainability strategy. In doing so, they primarily support real estate companies in the implementation and networking of digital and energetically sustainable living experiences.
    • 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.
    • Philipp Schröder (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • 1KOMMA5°
    • https://www.1komma5grad.com
    • 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.
    • Charlotta Holmquist (Startup)
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    • Executive Chairman
    • Blixt
    • http://blixt.tech
    • In 2019, Charlotta Holmquist was awarded No 1 Female Entrepreneur of the Year Globally by the UK rating institute Early Metrics. During her 20 years as entrepreneur she has built several startups, including many exits, and been active in several roles setting up businesses and companies in high tech, ICT and transformative energy. She holds an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics and started her career as Chief Analyst at Salomon Smith Barney in Chile.
    • 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.
    • Nikolaus Starzacher (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Discovergy
    • https://discovergy.com/en/
    • Nikolaus Starzacher co-founded Discovergy together with Ralf Esser in 2009, believing that Discovergy will make an important contribution towards the smarter use of energy. Previously, Nikolaus founded just digits, providing a range of innovative telecommunication solutions (Sparruf, Funruf and Phonecaster) by turning arbitrage opportunities into customer benefits. In 1998, Nikolaus founded Verivox, Germany’s largest independent consumer portal for energy and telecommunications. He began his career with Mitchell Madison Group, a leading management consulting firm, working for some of the leading financial and retail institutions across Europe and Australia. Nikolaus graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics & Philosophy from Oxford University in 1996.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Zeyad Abul-Ella (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • HPS
    • https://www.homepowersolutions.de/en
    • Zeyad Abul-Ella is Co-Founder and CEO of HPS Home Power Solutions GmbH. He has a degree in Civil Engineering. He gained experience in project management and product development at leading renewable energy companies, including Schlaich Bergermann & Partner, where he worked for over five years playing a key role in the development and implementation of power plant projects based on concentrated solar power technology. In December 2014, Mr. Abul-Ella founded the independent HPS Home Power Solutions GmbH together with Dr. Henrik Colell and has set up its initial operations and financing. He is also a lecturer in renewable energy at the Technical University Berlin.
    • 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.
    • Andres Anijalg (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Roofit Solar
    • https://roofit.solar
    • Andres Anijalg is the Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer 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.
    • 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).
    • Johannes Burgard (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Solytic
    • https://www.solytic.com
    • Johannes is Founder and CEO at Solytic, a cleantech software company from Germany. He is responsible for business strategy, finance, operations and data analytics. Prior to founding Solytic, Johannes worked as project engineer in international corporations like CLAAS (manufacturer, agriculture) and Airbus (manufacturer, aerospace), being responsible for global automation projects in production environment and supply chain management. Before starting his corporate career, he worked as a researcher in production technologies at the RWTH Aachen University. Johannes holds an MBA from Esade Business School and a Dipl.-Ing. (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen University.
    • 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.
    • Markus Schwaninger (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • Ecoligo
    • http://www.ecoligo.com
    • Markus Schwaninger is Co-founder and CFO at Ecoligo, a solar utility that provides low-cost solar energy to businesses in Africa. By financing the solar systems through its crowdinvesting platform, the company closes the finance gap that prevents these projects from being realised. Prior to Ecoligo, Markus worked as Project Manager for the German development organisation (GIZ) and was responsible for advising solar companies entering the markets in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Myanmar. His role included consulting on business model development, regulation and financing options. He is a certified expert in renewable energy finance. Markus was actively involved when the renewable energy market development in Kenya kicked-off when he lived in the country in 2010 and 2011 and worked on carbon credit and renewable energy projects.
    • 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.
    • Markus Reinhold (Startup)
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    • COO
    • Einhundert
    • https://einhundert.de/en/
    • Markus is Co-Founder and COO of EINHUNDERT. EINHUNDERT aims to decarbonize Europe‘s building stock through solar electrification. By offering a tailor-made platform and scalable services, EINHUNDERT enables real estate companies and energy service providers to roll out multi-tenant self-consumption across entire building portfolios. With an integration of additional services, such as EV-charging and heat pumps, EINHUNDERT drives the electrification of real estate. At EINHUNDERT, Markus mainly focuses on the development of the product portfolio and operations. Before EINHUNDERT, he worked as project manager in international development. During his time with Engineers Without Borders he co-founded a project in Bolivia that improves rural living conditions through vocational training, which today continues as the standalone NGO „Aktion Sodis“. Markus holds a MSc in Renewable Energy and Product development at Technical University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Germany.
    • Sven Przywarra (Startup)
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    • Co-CEO
    • LiveEO
    • https://live-eo.com
    • Sven Przywarra co-founded the earth observation startup LiveEO together with Daniel Seidel in 2017. Before that he studied Business Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin with a strong focus on space engineering and entrepreneurship after working one year in India’s capital New Delhi. He has previously worked in the space industry and founded NewSpaceVision, Europe’s biggest new space event series with the goal to connect the industry. Daniel and Sven are leading a team of 50 people working on bringing the insights of earth observation to the enterprise and energy sector. He is convinced that earth observation will have a positive impact on every major industry within the next 10 years.
    • Carsten Brinkschulte (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Dryad Networks
    • https://www.dryad.net
    • Telecoms tech veteran and serial entrepreneur Carsten Brinkschulte is Co-Founder and CEO of impact tech startup Dryad Networks. The firm’s large-scale IoT network for the ultra-early detection of wildfires will help to save the world’s forests and fight climate change. Carsten’s 20 years in mobile network infrastructure includes three successful exits: Core Network Dynamics (acquired by Twilio), Movirtu (acquired by Blackberry) and Synchronica (acquired by DAT Group).
    • Andreas Slettvoll (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Chooose
    • https://chooose.today
    • Andreas Slettvoll is Founder and CEO of climate technology company CHOOOSE. Prior to CHOOOSE he served as head of legal at a major oil & energy company, and as partner in a golden circle law firm leading their energy and shipping practice. HE holds a master of law from the University of Oslo, and a degree from National University of Singapore within venture creation. When not building CHOOOSE or live commentating the Ski Jumping World Cup, he spends his time in Oslo, Norway, with his wife and three kids.
    • Til Landwehrmann (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • FoxInsights
    • https://foxinsights.ai
    • Til Landwehrmann is Founder and CEO of FoxInsights GmbH. FoxInsights IoT based solutions and products deliver insights on client needs that enable focus and support management to assist sales and logistics staff in their strategic and operational business tasks – ultimately saving time, budget, and natural resources simultaneously. Til is in the IoT business since 15 years. Til graduated in 2001 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Bayreuth.
    • Samuel Jansson (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Utilifeed
    • https://www.utilifeed.com
    • Samuel Jansson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Utilifeed. Believing in a digitalised business and a smarter energy utility, Utilifeed offers a SaaS-platform that serves as an operating system for any progressive utility that wants to cut cost, improve efficiency and maximize their resource utilization and sustainability. Samuel has spent over ten years as a strategic business developer in utilities before taking the initiative to explore the possibility of integrating core functions of a modern utility into one single AI-powered platform. This led to fast growing Utilifeed. Samuel holds an Executive MBA degree from ESCP Europe, one of the world’s highest rated executive programs, as well as master degrees in Entrepreneurship and Relationship Marketing.
    • 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.
    • Victor Sancho (Startup)
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    • CCO
    • Ezzingsolar
    • https://www.ezzing.com
    • Victor Sancho is an engineer with studies at the UPC (Barcelona), Politecnico Milano (Italy) and TUB (Berlin) and an entrepreneur with an international career devoted to solar energy. Before co-founding Ezzingsolar, Victor has gone through all the ups and downs of the solar sector in different countries and companies as a Sales Director in European top panel manufacturers Siliken and Solon. As an entrepreneur, he is someone passionate about innovation, new technologies and ideas that can change the world and accelerate the energy transition. Victor believes in a solar powered world, in a future where solar installations will be sold as easy as air conditioners are being sold today. His motto is “you don’t build a business, you build people and then people build the business.”
    • Marija Dimitrijevic (Startup)
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    • Head of Global Sales and Marketing
    • Dwelt
    • http://www.dwelt.net
    • Marija Dimitrijevic 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.
    • Manuel Heckmann (Startup)
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    • COO
    • EcoG
    • https://ecog.io
    • Manuel Heckmann is COO and Co-Founder of EcoG, where he designed a viable business model for EV charging and is responsible for operations and growth. In total, Manuel has more than 10 years of professional experience in technology and mobility entrepreneurship – both from the VC and founder side. He was Venture Manager for Siemens and Next47 in the areas of mobility, transportation and logistics, prior to that he co-founded and led POLYAS GmbH, a company creating a digital voting system. His vast knowledge and know-how were acknowledged by Techstars in 2019 when he became a Mentor in Residence. Additionally, he is an advisor to the startup Develop Divers and works as a mentor for Katapult.
    • Gorazd Lampič (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Elaphe
    • https://in-wheel.com/en/
    • Gorazd is the CEO and Co-Founder of Elaphe Propulsion Technologies Ltd. and has been involved in the development of electric vehicles and in-wheel powertrains since 2003. His theoretical background is in astrophysics and electrical engineering. As a competitive athlete, Gorazd was national champion and member of the national team in decathlon. In his youth he was also a competitive chess player. Gorazd led Elaphe to several international awards for business and innovation, is a co-author of several patents and scientific articles and has extensive experience in development and business discussion with major global automotive companies and investors. For the success of Elaphe Gorazd was awarded the national title Young Manager of the Year in 2017. He played a key role in the preparation and execution of several successful EU FP7 and H2020 projects where Elaphe received more than €5M EU funding. He lead Elaphe to receive €10M Series A and €4.2M Series A+ investment rounds.
    • Benjamin Federmann (Startup)
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    • CIO
    • ONO
    • https://onomotion.com/en/
    • Benjamin Federmann is CIO with ONOMOTION GmbH. Before coming to ONO, Benjamin was the Co-Founder and CEO of the logistics startup Doks Innovation, based in Kassel, Germany. He started his professional career in the field of marketing and sales before moving to business consultancy and the German railway company Deutsche Bahn as Assistant to COO with one of the DB facilities. He was then Director of Business Unit Technical Equipment and Director Marketing & Product Management UAV business with Leica Geosystems AG. Benjamin is aged 37, a father of three and lives in Berlin and Kassel.
    • Dan Zethraeus (Startup)
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    • Founder
    • Elonroad
    • https://elonroad.com
    • Dan came up with the initial idea of an electric road while driving to work one winter morning, seeing a strip of snow in the middle of the road, which made him think of the childhood tracks for toy cars. Would it be possible to build one for real? He prototyped a first version in Lego with his son. An experiment in 2013 where Dan had altered his own car resulted in extensive media coverage, and in 2014 Dan founded Elonroad to bring the idea to life. He has during the past years successfully taken this from idea to a full-scale demo project. Dan has an interesting background as a musician, video games producer and film maker. During his 20 years at Swedish Television SVT, he made himself special effects and invented technical solutions to create the results he envisioned. Dan is driven by a genuine commitment to make a positive environmental impact. He is an inspiring yet humble inventor and problem solver, with an exceptional ability to realize his brilliant ideas!
    • Axel Kalisch (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Ben Fleet Services
    • https://www.benfleetservices.com/en/
    • Axel has co-founded and leads the mobility service provider Ben Fleet Services as CEO. Following the vision of enabling the mobility of the future, Ben is a tech driven one-stop-shop service company for all fleet services, especially for shared mobility. By providing all required operational services Ben significantly reduces the vehicles’ down and idle time enabling a higher usage rate and more sustainable solution for people to get from A to B. Ben provides its services to customers such as SIXT share, MILES and TIER Mobility. Before founding Ben, Axel gained relevant expertise in the field as he built corporate ventures as Associate Venture Partner at the Berlin-based company builder Bridgemaker. Moreover, he also held business development positions at Deliveroo and Kien. Axel holds degrees in Business Administration and Management from LMU Munich, as well as a study experience at Tongji University in Shanghai.
    • 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.
    • Dr. George Hanna (Startup)
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    • CFO
    • TwingTec
    • http://twingtec.ch
    • George is CFO of TwingTec, a Swiss-based startup, active in the development and commercialization of airborne wind energy (AWE). AWE will be key to further unlock the full power of wind needed to meet required climate targets. Next to a disruptive cost reduction potential it additionally enables wind power to be used in the off-grid and later in the deeper-water off-shore segments. TwingTec has developed one of the two system concepts (the only one in Europe), that could demonstrate a full-prove concept: the TwingTec energy drone. This concept – where TwingTec holds a blocking patent – is currently evolving to the standard of the industry. Previously, George has co-founded and worked as co-MD for the Berlin-based startup QINOUS after having worked at Bosch Solar Energy and Q-Cells in different management positions in sales, strategy and business development. His PhD is in Electrical Engineering which has followed his Physics diploma.
    • Dainis Kruze (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Aerones
    • https://www.aerones.com
    • Dainis is CEO and Co-Founder of Aerones and an expert in the wind turbine blade maintenance industry for the last several years. Besides this, he is a 2018 alumni of Y-Combinator and a founder with more than 20 years of experience in the IoT field, where he has created such companies as SkyFMS, CheckGPS, Advangrid, and Intelligent Systems. Aerones build robotic solutions for wind turbine blade maintenance services. The Aerones technology introduces much faster, safer, and more efficient wind turbine blade maintenance services. The robotic system allows the industry to replace the need for humans to hang on the ropes at high altitudes to perform blade maintenance.
    • 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.
    • Kostas Karachalios (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Perceptual Robotics
    • https://www.perceptual-robotics.com
    • Kostas is a Mechanical Engineering alumni from the University of Bristol. He has been the CEO of Perceptual Robotics since its foundation as well as the Project Manager for two Innovate UK projects coordinating consortium partners including the University of Bristol, ASV Global and VulcanUAV. He has experience working for various aspects of the energy industry, from gas-turbines operations and grid management all the way to energy trading. He has technical expertise in software engineering, algorithm development including modern robust control, path planning and sensor integration for robotics systems. He is deeply motivated to understand engineering systems and develop creative solutions to a large range of problems in industrial settings.
    • Dr. Liliane Ableitner (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Exnaton
    • https://www.exnaton.com
    • Dr. Liliane Ableitner investigated the use of technology in the energy transition during her studies in Business Informatics at ETH Zurich. After the success of her research project, she co-founded the startup Exnaton, which rethinks the energy sector in energy communities and which uses data and apps in a targeted way to achieve the climate goals of our society. The startup has won several awards and Liliane Ableitner was listed as a successful young entrepreneur on Forbes’ DACH 30 UNDER 30 list.
    • Kaspars Osis (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • LightHouse
    • https://lhouse.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.
    • Rajai Aghabi (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • EOLOS
    • https://www.eolossolutions.com
    • Rajai Aghabi is Founder and CEO of EOLOS, a company offering wind and metocean measurement services for the offshore wind market. Rajai earned a bachelor in Physics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) followed by a master of science degree specialized in Wind Energy at the Danish Technical University-Risø. He holds an Executive MBA from IESE Business School. Since 2007 he has been working in the wind energy sector, first as a wind consultant in Ecofys, an Utrecht based renewable energy consultancy company, and after as project manager at the offshore wind department in the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, IREC. In 2014 Rajai founded EOLOS Floating Lidar Solutions and as CEO has been responsible for managing growth and funding, from a startup at creation to being recognised as a top tier turn-key provider of offshore wind and ocean data to the industry.
    • Pedro Pinto (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Fibersail
    • http://www.fibersail.com
    • Pedro Pinto is the Founder and CEO of Fibersail, a shape sensing technology for blade monitoring focused on smarter control of wind turbines. In order for wind energy to be more competitive, wind turbines blades are getting longer and flexible, thus becoming very critical structures where reliable monitoring is key for safe and efficient operations over +25 years of lifetime. Fibersail is the result of a fiber optic and structural engineering R&D project by FEUP – Engineering Faculty of Porto University, and is partnering today with companies such as Siemens Gamesa, Shell, ERG, Nabla Wind Hub and others, so that wind turbines can be more efficiently and predictably controlled and operated. The first operational pilot was installed early in 2021 in the Netherlands and commercial deployments are set to be deployed by the end of 2022.
    • Dr. Christoph Prahl (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Volateq
    • https://www.volateq.de
    • After a decade as a researcher at DLR e.V. (German Aerospace Center), Christoph finally took the plunge and founded Volateq with his colleagues. Volateq’s mission is to provide a user-friendly and reliable software tool (SaaS) for airborne condition monitoring of large scale solar power plants to improve performance and safety. As CEO and CTO with, his focus is on product development and exploring new markets in the energy sector. Prior to founding Volateq, Christoph did freelance work and technical consulting for various companies in the solar sector, in addition to his position as project manager at DLR. In less serious sections of his curriculum vitae, he engaged in activities such as bicycle courier, a longboard prodction or a mobile bicycle repair shop. Christoph holds a physics diploma from the University of Freiburg and a PhD in engineering from the RWTH Aachen.
    • Oier Peñagaricano (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Alerion
    • https://aleriontec.com/en/
    • Oier is the Founder and CEO of Alerion. He has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from University of Michigan working on space navigation for missions around asteroids and publishing his work in prestigious journals. He later founded Black Swift Technologies in Colorado, US, where he helped obtain contracts for scientific drone developments. He has led the previous fundraising round of Alerion and has grown the company to 20+ employees, and has acquired important customers in the wind energy sector. His technical expertise includes autonomous navigation, computer vision, artificial intelligence, and robotics. He is passionate about developing aerospace technologies and enjoying nature.
    • 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.
    • Dr. Carsten Corino (Startup)
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    • CEO
    • Sunoyster
    • https://www.sunoyster.com
    • Dr. Carsten Corino is Founder of SunOyster Systems, manufacturing the CPVT technology SunOyster. He wrote his legal PhD on the topic of Ecobalances/Life Cycle Assessment, is certified planner of renewable energy projects and certified expert for solar systems. Working initially in a leading German law firm for the polluters, he felt like a mercenary and joined the wind turbine manufacturer REpower Systems (now Senvion). As BDM he contributed to the growth of REpower from a locally active company with 100 employees and 50 million market cap to a global player with more than 1.000 employees and 2 billion market cap. After some time as GM of offshore wind project developer Airtricity he founded his own consultancy company Corino Energy Projects, the mother company of his main activity SOS.