Ecosummit 2022 Sponsors
Our mission is maximising our impact until 2030, the global deadline for net zero carbon. Ecosummit accelerates smart green startups in energy, mobility and cities to save our climate, decarbonise our economy and electrify our planet. Our conferences are startup markets enabling fundraising, lead and co-investing, corporate venturing, open innovation and M&A. Since 2010, we organised 21 physical and 17 online events. The sensational Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021 attracted 183 participants, 83 speakers and 38 sponsors. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides 1.200 videos (690.000 views).
Ecosummit Berlin 23-24 June 2022 takes place at Spindler & Klatt optimised for outdoor networking and focusing on fundraising startups and active investors. 55 Ecosummit 2022 sponsors from 17 countries are confirmed and profiled below. We kindly invite you to sponsor Ecosummit and accelerate your company, fund or portfolio at our events and on ecosummit.net for 12 months (January until December 2022).
We offer 3 annual sponsorship packages described in our beautiful Ecosummit 2022 sponsor pitch (PDF): Bronze (€5.000), Silver (€10.000) and Gold (€20.000). Sponsor benefits include deal flow generation, portfolio showcase, co-investor networking and event marketing. Sponsors are encouraged to present portfolio companies and make announcements at Ecosummit. Please contact us to book your sponsorship package. Let’s automate sustainability in every industry and build big startups with big impact.
Ecosummit 2022 Gold Sponsors
Smart green accelerator: The Swedish Energy Agency works for a smarter energy use, which involves among other things to channel practically all Swedish state funds that go into energy research. The Business Development and Commercialisation department is focused on making business from this research by bringing together researchers and business developers, contractors, customers and capital. This department also provides their own funding to cases with technical uniqueness, high energy relevance as well as a strong team behind the concept.
Smart green VC: First Imagine! is a venture capital firm focusing on high-growth technology companies in the European energy transition sector. Founded in 2016 in London, First Imagine! started its second investment cycle in the end of 2020. Being committed to the idea of the energy transition the firm looks for investment opportunities in rounds A and beyond to support passionate teams with disruptive technologies.
Smart green corporate: The E.ON Group is one of Europe’s largest operators of energy networks and energy infrastructure and a provider of innovative customer solutions for 50 million customers. Thus, we are decisively driving forward the energy transition in Europe and are committed to sustainability, climate protection, and the future of our planet. And these are not just words: We act – instead of just make promises. We lead the way – not just follow. We rely on the power of the community – and not on individual interests, without having an overarching goal.
Ecosummit 2022 Silver Sponsors
Smart green VC: Kiko Ventures is a new $450m evergreen cleantech venture investor. Launched by the FTSE 250 listed investment firm IP Group, and using its flexible capital structure, Kiko Ventures’ purpose is to create new possibilities for a regenerative future. Kiko Ventures is a highly flexible investment platform that can be a long-term partner to climate tech innovators and often tackles the most difficult and rewarding opportunities.
Smart green corporate VC: Future Energy Ventures is a unique venture capital platform that brings together corporate partners and world-class startups to shape the future energy landscape. Future Energy Ventures is the venture capital investment and collaboration platform of E.ON, one of Europe’s largest operators of energy networks and energy-related infrastructure and a provider of innovative customer solutions for about 50 million customers.
Smart green corporate VC: Sustainable energy for everyone. That is what drives Eneco’s endeavours. We are a leading Dutch utility, focused on sustainable, smart energy solutions. We provide for the daily energy needs of over 2.2 million private and business customers through trading, supply and generation, but increasingly by offering smart, decentralized solutions in area’s such as smart home, solar & storage, smart charging etc. Instead of defending old business models, we aim to lead the transition towards more decentralized, sustainable and cooperative energy systems. Eneco Ventures is our business unit dedicated to developing new products and services together with business partners and startups. We collaborate with, and invest in, innovative businesses in order to jointly innovate and create commercial success for new smart energy services. We seek technologies and business models that can accelerate our development of sustainable, decentralized, smart energy services. In turn, we can offer scaling opportunities, knowledge and access to markets as well as capital investments as part of our venturing portfolio.
Smart green VC: EIT InnoEnergy operates at the centre of the energy transition and is the leading engine for sustainable energy, bringing the technology and skills required to support the green deal and Europe’s decarbonisation goals. Recognised globally as the most active energy investor and one of the largest climate tech and renewable energy tech investors in 2020, EIT InnoEnergy backs innovations across a range of areas. These include, energy storage, transport and mobility, renewables and sustainable buildings and cities – leveraging its trusted ecosystem of 500+ partners and 23 shareholders. EIT InnoEnergy is the driving force behind several European initiatives, including the European Battery Alliance (EBA), the European Green Hydrogen Acceleration Centre (EGHAC) and the European Solar Initiative (ESI). Established in 2010 and supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), EIT InnoEnergy has offices across Europe and in Boston, US.
Smart green corporate focused on open innovation: Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. We work in more than 30 countries across 5 continents, generating energy with a net installed capacity of more than 89 GW, selling gas and distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km. With almost 73 million end users around the world, we have the biggest customer base among our European competitors, and we are one of Europe’s leading energy companies by installed capacity and reported EBITDA. The Enel Group is made up of nearly 68,000 people from around the world whose brilliant work is based on our values of Responsibility, Innovation, Trust and Proactivity. Together we are working on the same goal. We are Open Power and our aim is to overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the world. This is to be achieved through a new approach which combines attention to sustainability with the best in innovation.
Smart green corporate VC: ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 153,090 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20). ENGIE also allocated an investment fund of €115 million dedicated to innovative startups and an investment fund of €50 million committed to energy access.
Smart green corporate VC: INVEN CAPITAL is a €180M corporate VC fund established by the major European energy utility CEZ to invest in the new energy sector. INVEN CAPITAL seeks investments into small to middle-market innovative cleantech companies from Europe. We target late-stage startups with a business model proven by sales and significant growth potential. We focus on creating long-term value through an active partnership with the management of our portfolio companies. In our approach we actively support strategies for organic and/or acquisition growth. We can provide unique benefits to our portfolio companies and co-investors through (a) in-depth energy sector expertise, (b) utilization of CEZ Group’s client base and (c) technological synergies related to the asset base of our investor. Our investment team represents a balanced mix of skills from the energy sector, structured finance and investment banking. INVEN CAPITAL was founded in 2014 and is based in Prague.
Smart green CVC: EDP Ventures is the corporate venture arm of EDP Group, a global energy company and a leading player in the energy transition. EDP Group is currently present in 28 countries, with 25GW of installed capacity of which 3/4 comes from renewable sources, and provides electricity and gas to 9 million customers. At EDP Ventures, our goal is to invest in startups/scaleups with significant growth potential that are aligned with EDP’s vision to lead the energy transition in the fields of renewables, green H2, energy storage and flexibility, smart grids, electric mobility, distributed energy resources and decarbonization. EDP Ventures invests worldwide, from Seed to Series B, with tickets from €1M to €10M and recently its investment capacity has been reinforced by €100M for the period 2022-2025. Currently, EDP Ventures has 35 portfolio companies and achieved a total of 5 exits.
Smart green corporate VC: As an innovative service provider with a regional focus, EWE is active in the business areas of energy, telecommunications and information technology. By bringing these three areas together under one roof, the Group is well-placed to develop and operate intelligent energy systems. Thanks to its range of innovative products for private and corporate customers, EWE is shaping the energy supply of tomorrow with the greatest possible sustainability, efficiency and reliability. With more than 8,500 employees and sales of over 5.7 billion euro, EWE is one of the largest utility companies in Germany. The Group, based in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, is primarily owned by the local government. In northwest Germany, Brandenburg and Rügen, as well as parts of Poland EWE provides about 1.4 million customers with electricity, 0.8 million with gas, and about 700,000 with telecommunication services. To achieve this, the various companies in the EWE Group operate over 190,000 kilometres of energy and telecommunication networks. Furthermore, the EWE subsidiary BTC is among Germany’s most important IT service providers.
Smart green corporate VC: As a global leader in low carbon energy, EDF Group is at the forefront of innovation. It made its commitment to a carbon neutral world its “raison d’être”. According to experts, in 2050, almost half the reductions come from technologies that are currently at the demonstration or prototype phase. This is this environment in which EDF Innovation Division works, with the mission of creating what does not exist, opening up this field of possibilities to accelerate the energy transition. The EDF group relies on the innovative ideas of its employees and on the solutions devised by the startups, through EDF Pulse Connect, its open innovation program, and through EDF Pulse Ventures, its CVC. Since its creation at the end of 2017, it has invested more than 270 million Euros in some twenty startups. EDF Pulse Ventures focuses its venture capital investments in 4 areas: residential services, sustainable territory management, energy systems and industry.
Smart green corporate VC: Energie 360° is a Zurich-based utility company that provides natural gas, renewable energy and related services such as new mobility services and e-mobility infrastructure to its customers. Through the Smart Energy Innovation Fund, its corporate venture capital arm, Energie 360° invests actively in innovative technologies and the services needed for the coming digitalisation of the energy market. The Smart Energy Innovation Fund is looking for innovative startups in the fields of cleantech, energy, mobility and smart cities. The fund’s objective is not only to participate in future technologies but also to initiate a renewal process and ensure technology transfer to business units at Energie 360°.
Smart green corporate VC: Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures is the global corporate venture capital arm of the Phoenix Contact Group, a global manufacturer and supplier of components and systems for electrical connection and industrial automation technology. The venture capital company invests in startups with business models that are related to electrical connection technology, industrial digitization, automation and control technology and associated markets. We are looking for entrepreneurs and business models who can change the electrified world. Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures invests as minority shareholder and supports the startups via board seats and the network of an open minded corporate.
Smart green corporate VC: Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemicals companies with operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. Visit the website for further information on Shell’s approach to meeting the world’s demand for energy in economically, environmentally and socially responsible ways. Shell Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Shell. With major offices in Europe and the USA, Shell Ventures invests in technology companies to enhance the development of new technologies that have the potential to create substantial deployment value in Shell. Continuing Shell’s tradition in venture capital since 1998, Shell Ventures’ investment focus includes oil & gas, renewable energy technologies, water and IT. Shell Ventures co-invests with other corporate investors, venture capital funds and angels and will invest in both early stage and late stage (growth capital) companies.
Smart green corporate VC: BP Ventures was set up more than ten years ago to identify and invest in private, high growth, game-changing technology companies, accelerating innovation across the entire energy spectrum. Since then, we have invested over $500 million in technology companies across more than 40 entities with more than 200 co-investors. Venturing plays a key role in BP’s strategy to tackle the dual challenge of meeting the world’s need for more energy, while at the same time reducing carbon emissions. We will do this by leveraging our investments across a portfolio of relevant technology businesses that will help BP transition to a low carbon company.
Smart green corporate VC: Equinor Ventures is Equinor’s corporate venture arm dedicated to investing in ambitious early phase and growth companies. Equinor Ventures believes that the innovation, creativity and agility of startups can drive change, and transition the energy industry towards a low carbon future. Equinor Ventures can provide venture capital, project-based funding of early phase ideas and an accelerator programme. All this is supported by expert technical and financial guidance, and a strong drive for implementing the solutions in our own business. The ventures fund was set up in 1991, and current investment focus includes renewable energy technologies, storage & flexibility, mobility, hydrogen, digital solutions, carbon markets and oil & gas.
Smart green corporate VC: TotalEnergies is a global multi-energy company that produces and markets energies: oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity. Our 105,000 employees are committed to energy that is ever more affordable, cleaner, more reliable and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, TotalEnergies puts sustainable development in all its dimensions at the heart of its projects and operations to contribute to the well-being of people. In keeping with its ambition of cementing its reputation as a leading force for moving the energy transition agenda forward, TotalEnergies is launching a startup acceleration program at STATION F, the world’s largest startup campus in Paris. With TotalEnergies On, the company is looking to support and ramp up its long-term partnerships with new businesses breaking into the electricity sector, whether for renewable production, storage, decentralized energy management, trading, sales or electric mobility.
Smart green corporate VC: Repsol is a global multi-energy company leading the energy transition and with the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. Repsol is present throughout the whole energy value chain, employs 24.000 people and distributes its products in almost 100 countries. It is also a relevant player in the gas and electricity market with 1.2 millons customers. Repsol is committed to innovation and technology to design the energy of the future and develop sustainable solutions and services. Repsol Corporate Venturing is a strategic fund focused on seeking solutions to business challenges by investing in disruptive technologies and new business models providing to startups not only the capital required to continue to prove out and de-risk their business concept, but also the opportunity to prove their technology and business model in Repsol’s world-class assets. Its commitment enables them to turn startups’ projects into a real business that is viable in the long term. Repsol seeks for opportunities that could fit with its main technological challenges: Low carbon and circular economy (renewable hydrogen, CCUS, waste to energy, energy efficiency, biotech); product and services based on advanced mobility and renewables (fast and ultra fast charge, battery management systems, solar and wind energy, geothermal) and technologies for asset optimization (deep learning, AI, IoT, nanotech, robotics, quatum computing, materials computing, digital solutions for decarbonisation, developments for inspections and assets integrity).
Smart green corporate VC: Galp is an energy company committed to the development of efficient and sustainable solutions in its operations and in the integrated offers to its customers. We create simple, flexible, and competitive solutions for the energy or mobility needs of large industries and small and medium sized businesses as well as the individual consumer. Our offer comprises various types of energy – electricity from renewable sources to natural gas and liquid fuel. As a producer, we operate in the extraction of oil and natural gas and we are one of the largest Iberian producers of solar-based electricity. We are leaders in our sector in the world’s main sustainability indices. With a focus on building a portfolio of opportunities to boost the energy transition we just created a corporate venture capital arm and launched our open innovation platform Upcoming Energies. Galp has 6360 employees.
Smart green corporate: SENS – STEAG Solar Energy Solutions is a global service provider in the field of renewable energy. In addition to the development and turnkey construction of solar parks and related services, SENS offers comprehensive industry solutions as well as an array of products and services in the field of energy efficiency.
Ecosummit 2022 Bronze Sponsors
Smart green corporate VC: Siemens Energy Ventures is the entrepreneurial heart of Siemens Energy. Founded in 2020, our focus is on investing, building and piloting ventures that will transform energy systems and will help fight climate change. Providing sustainable, reliable and affordable energy for all is how we energize society. Energy is our global lifeblood; but right now, to deliver the energy demands of tomorrow and reach our net zero goals on time, our energy systems need to change and become more sustainable today. We want to partner with start-ups and founders to accompany you on your growth journey, providing necessary support, guidance and network. Siemens Energy Ventures offers a unique blend of expertise; our own innovation history can be traced back to 1886, along with market access, networks and deep technology know-how. What we’re looking for is founding teams solving big climate and energy challenges with innovative ideas so we can energize society together.
Smart green corporate VC: SEB Greentech invests in green technology, focusing on transformative ideas that promise substantial impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions or in preventing transgression of the planetary boundaries. We can invest in hardware, software and technology platform solutions, in sectors ranging from renewable energy, energy storage, water and agricultural technology, circular business models, to waste management. We expect the companies to be in a phase where they have tested and adapted their technology to real operating conditions, and preferably have revenues with repetitive orders from key customers. SEB Greentech is particularly searching for teams with a relentless dedication to their mission, and who are ready to scale their business internationally.
Smart green startup: NexWafe designs, develops and pilots a proprietary process to produce ultra-thin, high-efficiency, monocrystalline green solar wafers to make photovoltaics more sustainable and efficient. Fully compatible with conventional solar cell manufacturing, NexWafe offers a 70% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions during manufacturing. NexWafe’s continuous, direct gas-to-wafer manufacturing process also minimizes waste, resulting in wafers that are 30% less expensive than conventional wafers. NexWafe’s in-line, ultra-scalable process shatters cost down roadmap barriers and inherently supports the industry’s extraordinary growth as the transition to solar power accelerates worldwide. The company was spun out from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in 2015.
Smart green startup: Powering a world worth inheriting. Inspired by the only naturally occurring example of inertial confinement, First Light Fusion is developing a practical pathway to fusion energy, the ultimate source of energy in the universe, using the simplest machine possible.
Smart green startup: 1KOMMA5° is one of Europe’s leading cleantech startups, offering a one-stop shop for climate protection technology solutions for home and small business owners, allowing its customers to power, heat and drive CO2-neutral. 1KOMMA5° currently operates at 15 locations in Sweden and Germany, employs over 450 people and has so far installed 35,000 CO2-neutral energy systems in Europe. The startup also operates its own energy IoT and energy service unit and plans to grow its business to over €200M in 2022.
Smart green startup: Instagrid builds the world’s most advanced portable power supplies to replace highly polluting petrol and diesel generators. Instagrid products offer simple, flexible and emission-free access to electric power for professionals on the move. Our solutions by far exceed the technical specifications and capabilities of what is available on the market today, offering grid-like power for the construction industry, event organizers, gardeners, fire brigades, disaster recovery and humanitarian organizations. Through direct sales channels and through brand partners, Instagrid now ships more than 1000 units every month and works directly with many of the largest construction and infrastructure companies in Europe to reduce their emissions.
Smart green startup: At Moixa we believe that by increasing the IQ of batteries, the world can live in a future powered by renewables. Our software, GridShare, manages thousands of home batteries in the UK, Ireland and Japan. GridShare uses AI to learn and optimise daily charging, leveraging low-carbon resources and time-of-use tariffs, for individual homes. The software also enables management of large fleets of batteries and electric vehicles in order to deliver flexibility services into ancillary markets and deliver superior customer propositions and savings.
Smart green startup: Billions are being invested in transforming the automotive and related transportation industries into an all-electric future – driving a tsunami of market opportunity for battery technologies. With the industry standard lithium-ion battery little changed since the 90’s the market is ripe for innovation and in dire need of enhanced performance and greater economic efficiencies. At Ecellix we believe we have the answer. Ecellix has created a breakthrough silicon-dominant anode material called eCell™ that enables a new class of Li-ion batteries that are lighter, smaller and offer 30%-50% higher energy than today’s industry standard batteries using graphite anodes. As the principal component for storage of energy in a Li-ion battery, eCell will allow EV manufacturers to build battery packs with fewer cells while delivering enhanced performance and a significant reduction in overall costs. Produced via a proprietary scalable and environmentally friendly process with commodity materials, eCell is positioned as the anode low cost leader in a $100B+ global Li-ion battery market (est. 2024). Deployment of eCell will enable a new generation of enhanced range EVs, marine and aeronautics applications and extended use consumer devices and tools.
Smart green startup: As a software-as-a-service company, GreenCom Networks offers a white label Energy IoT Platform to utilities, energy service companies, and energy-relevant device manufacturers. With its platform GreenCom Networks enables customers to launch disruptive digital business models while leveraging the increasing share of distributed energy assets and end consumers’ demand for innovative services like energy flat rates, energy communities or peer-to-peer energy.
Smart Green Startup: Kiwigrid is the software and IoT company for decentralized energy and e-mobility. The KiwiOS platform is used to operate white-label products for digital energy providers, innovative utilities, car manufacturers and OEMs of decentralized energy systems. Kiwigrid enables its customers to open up new markets, diversify their offerings and differentiate themselves from the competition. In this way, KiwiOS continues to spread in the decentralized energy world and currently manages 200,000 devices. The Dresden-based company was founded in 2011 and currently employs over 150 people. Kiwigrid is a leader for intelligent energy management and works with Solarwatt, E.ON, BayWa r.e., enviaM group, Thüga and LG Electronics among others.
Smart green startup: Otovo was started in January 2016 by Andreas Thorsheim, Simen Fure Jørgensen, Lars Syse Christiansen and Andreas Bentzen with the ultimate vision to bring clean and local energy to every home in Europe. Today, Otovo is an online marketplace that organizes more than 500 of local, high-quality, and qualified energy installers. Otovo uses its own proprietary technology to analyze the potential of any home and finds the best price and installer for customers based on an automatic bidding process between available installers. During the first year, Otovo became the market leader in residential solar in Norway. Since then, the company has sold and completed more than 12,000 solar systems across Europe and is now present in seven markets: France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden. Otovo will launch in the high-growth markets of the United Kingdom (UK), Portugal and Austria during the summer of 2022, with an additional three countries expected to be launched, all within the next 12 months.
Smart green listed startup: Otovo provides solar-as-a-service to residential customers in Germany packaging the complex bundle of solar technology, financing, installation, operations and insurance into a super easy solar electricity tariff. The Cologne-based smart solar utility is backed by HGTF, Übermorgen Ventures, Ecosummit, other private investors as well as Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) as partner for solar asset financing.
Smart green startup: Energyworx is a market leader in Intelligent Meter Data Management SaaS solutions. Energyworx helps utility companies in monetizing their rapidly growing volumes of diverse data that come with the roll-out of the smart meter. The Energyworx platform powers a variety of cloud-based, utility specific applications to better understand and predict customer consumption patterns. Energyworx is the only visionary vendor in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Meter Data Management. Privately held and backed by HenQ Ventures, SET Ventures, EDP Ventures and Eneco Ventures, Energyworx is based in Houten, The Netherlands and Houston, Texas, USA.
Smart green startup: The software-as-a-service cloud platform Epilot is the digital enabler to scale sales and technical implementation of renewable and energy-efficient solutions. Epilot brings more transparency to solution providers, their partners and their B2C and B2B customers. The Cologne-based tech company supports more than 100 enterprise customers with modern customer experiences and efficient collaboration management in the digital energy transition: At the customer interface, Epilot is used to capture and qualify leads or sell energy solutions online. A 360° view creates transparency for all parties involved in the process. And an automated workflow management makes collaboration with partners more efficient.
Smart green startup: ESFORIN (Energy Services for Industry) is the leading digital provider of flexibility marketing in power short-term markets. Founded in 2014 by experienced energy entrepreneurs, the company currently employs around 40 people and operates a sophisticated automated trading infrastructure for flexibility optimisation serving leading industrial and energy-intensive customers as well as utilities. ESFORIN is headquartered in Essen and serves customers in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and the UK. In 2021, the company executed 3.9 million trades on EPEX Spot and generated revenues of €275 million. ESFORIN transforms customers with controllable flexibility as key players within the sustainable energy transition and allows the further integration of volatile renewable energies with significant CO2 reductions.
Smart green startup: GreenPocket is a specialist for smart energy software, supporting energy suppliers and business customers worldwide in realizing added value from smart meter data. The talented team of 45 uses innovative technologies (AI, Machine Learning, Data Science) to provide customers with smart data analyses for their energy related decisions. The creative, flexible and intuitive white label software solutions contribute significantly to the energy transition and digitalization of the energy industry. With more than 130 successful projects for over 80 national and international utilities and service providers, GreenPocket is one of the leading software companies in the global smart energy market.
Smart green VC: Since 2007 Amsterdam-based SET Ventures has invested in European technology companies that impact the future of the energy system. SET Ventures focuses broadly on innovative energy generation, energy distribution & storage and energy efficiency. SET Fund III provides early growth-stage capital to ventures that shape the energy system transition through smart software and services-based business models.
Smart green VC: Globally recognized as a pioneer and leader in industrial technology investments, since 2000 Emerald has backed more than 60 outstanding entrepreneurs, partnered with dozens of multinational corporations on open innovation and advised investment mandates and funds for investors and governments alike.
Smart green VC: Energy Impact Partners is a strategic private equity firm established in 2015 that invests in innovative technologies, services, and products throughout the energy supply chain from generation to consumption. It provides its strategic partners with critical information helping them plot a path into the future. Through close collaboration with its investor base, EIP seeks to bring the best companies, buying power and vision in the industry to bear on the emerging energy landscape. EIP’s utility partners include Southern Company, National Grid, Xcel Energy, Ameren, Great Plains Energy, Fortis Inc., AGL, Avista, MGE Energy Inc., TEPCO, PTT Public Company Limited, OGE Energy Corp., TransCanada, and Alliant Energy.
Smart green VC: Alantra’s energy transition fund, Klima, supports management teams of late stage venture and early growth companies. Klima intends to back breakthrough innovations in the energy transition sectors, aimed towards slowing down the pace of climate change. Klima’s cornerstone investor is Enagas, the Spanish gas grid operator, also a partner to Alantra Energy Transition. Regionally, Klima main focus is on Europe (including UK and Israel), but also covers North America. The fund invests in the following verticals: (i) low carbon and green gas solutions (hydrogen, biogas, carbon capture…), (ii) incremental technologies for renewable generation, (iii) smart grids, energy storage and power markets, (iv) mobility and transportation through the energy lens, with two transversal topics: energy efficiency and digital solutions. The team is based in Madrid (Spain), Paris (France) and Bonn (Germany).
Smart green corporate VC: Helen Ventures invests 50 million euros in the most innovative and transformative European startups in the energy, e-mobility, circular economy, decarbonisation and digital solutions sectors. Together we supercharge the future. We accelerate the growth of early and growth stage companies through our profound energy market insights and by collaborating with our customers and industry experts. Helen Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of Helen Ltd., an energy company in Finland giving everyone the chance to enjoy the opportunities of the new energy era.
Smart green corporate VC: Encevo Group serves clients in Luxembourg, Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is present all along the energy value chain, from production, storage, supply, transport to trading, distribution and services. Encevo actively helps shaping the transition to a sustainable energy sector by embracing technology, deploying innovative solutions and partnering up with local communities. The CVC team actively supports such objective, by selecting leading European start-ups for our business units and, when relevant, performing hand-picked equity investments, preferably at Series A stage.
Smart green corporate VC: Smartworks Ventures is the corporate venture fund of Wien Energie and Wiener Stadtwerke. Its main objective is to invest in companies with innovative solutions that address climate change and make life in Vienna even better. Our startups help Wien Energie and Wiener Stadtwerke continuously improve their operations and service offerings and tackle tomorrow’s challenges. Areas of particular interest to Smartworks include energy, smart cities, and digitalization of services and operations.
Smart green family office: Entrepreneurship. Ingenious. Smart. Responsible. blueworld.group combines the three core components of entrepreneurship: founding, investing and developing. blueworld.group acts as an investor and idea generator for both early stage and established companies in a wide range of industries. blueworld.group works hand in hand with pioneering companies, their managers and employees to create outstanding performance as well as genuine and sustainable value. Always with the aim of harmonizing progress and sustainability in all dimensions.
Smart green accelerator VC: Rockstart is an early stage investor that empowers purpose-driven founders across three domains: Energy, AgriFood and Emerging Technologies. Rockstart’s Energy Fund of €25M is backed by institutional investors, European family offices, informal investors and the government. Through its Energy Fund, Rockstart invests in early stage startups contributing to the energy transition. Rockstart has invested in more than 260 startups and its alumni value to date is more than $1B. Rockstart is an international team of more than 40 professionals dedicated to empowering purpose-driven founders to become scalable and drive positive change on a global scale.
Smart green VC: Industrya invests in the bold and innovative startups that shape industry and the world of tomorrow. We are a hands-on investment fund that operates exclusively in the Industry 4.0, energy and new materials sectors. We support passionate and bold entrepreneurs who offer industrial solutions that are sustainable and innovative to meet societal challenges of the 21st century: sustainable industrial production, new materials, preservation of natural resources, green mobility, hydrogen, energy transition, smart manufacturing & Industry 4.0, IoT, big data, blockchain and robotics.
Smart green holding: Econnext focuses on decarbonisation and circular economy and holds a synergetic group of highly attractive, dynamically growing companies. Activities range from circular economy to renewable power, heat and cooling, from energy storage to fintech and from building-integrated photovoltaics to nature-based solutions that remove carbon from the atmosphere. Leading positions of all subsidiaries in their respective, still nascent but rapidly growing markets. Enormous business opportunity and market potential due to a secular and unprecedented transformation towards decarbonisation. Active management holding approach provides subsidiaries case by case support to mitigate risks and to create unique opportunities for leapfrogging.
Smart green corporate finance advisory: Alexa Capital delivers leading capital solutions across the energy, energy infrastructure and technology sectors. Our professionals have unique energy market sector insights built up over three decades of working across Europe, North America and Asia in energy, technology & communications investment banking, fund management and private equity. We can leverage global relationships across the corporate landscape, the investment community and government policymakers.
Smart green corporate finance advisory: Backed by DAI, one of the largest global development firms, DAI Magister is a boutique investment bank offering full advisory services for transactions within the climate, fintech, tech-enabled commerce and communications tech sectors. From New York and London to Nairobi, we support CEOs and their investors by identifying and curating the right relationships to help grow, scale, and manage their business. DAI Magister focuses on advising international technology and climate companies, developing and executing growth financings and strategic sell-side M&A. No matter the challenge or complexity of a transaction, DAI Magister’s exceptionally high success rate makes it a reality.
Smart green corporate finance advisory: Apricum – The Cleantech Advisory, has two business lines – investment banking and strategy consulting. For 13 years, we have served one industry: cleantech. We are trusted – and different – because we deploy technical insight to inform better advice. The 60-strong Apricum team brings an impressive array of expertise from cleantech, top-tier consulting and corporate finance. Our vast network of high level, international contacts throughout the global cleantech and financial industries enables us to connect you directly with suitable potential investors and business partners. Apricum is headquartered in Berlin with offices in London and Dubai and local representatives in Europe, the Middle East, Southeast and East Asia and North America.
Smart green recruiting: “We help the brave create impact!” Talent Tree is a leading executive search boutique for climatetech scale-ups in Europe. Founded in 2015, Talent Tree’s 20 recruitment consultants place executives with German and European climatetech champions. Deeply rooted in the startup and VC scene, Talent Tree consultants know the specific cultural requirements of growing companies. They actively advise on hiring and find culturally appropriate leaders through targeted selection, aptitude diagnostics and strong people skills. Talent Tree’s goal in every hiring assignment is to enable the rapid growth of the clients’ companies, so that every placement is the beginning of creating the future together. References range from Sonnen and Tado, to Volocopter and Tesla.
Smart green recruiting: Hyperion Executive Search is a specialist headhunter within the clean energy, energy storage, e-mobility and cleantech markets. Our focus is across EMEA and North America. We help our clients achieve their strategic growth and revenue goals by enabling them to attract, attain and retain the key talent they need. In particular we work with post-investment startups and fast growth companies, to recruit high impact leaders, management teams, and sales tigers. We also build full teams, and help our clients set up new territories or product/service lines.