Due to COVID-19 our physical Ecosummit Berlin was postponed from 6-7 May 2020 to Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021. Please save the new date and keep in mind that we’re dependent on the evolution of the corona crisis and global vaccine development, effectiveness, production and distribution. The physical Ecosummit Berlin 2021 will be a hybrid event with a limited number of in-person participants (max 3 participants per company) as well as online streaming and networking. We give the green light for Ecosummit Berlin 8-9 September 2021 and start ticket sales by the time we’re confident that the majority of our sponsors, speakers and participants can freely travel to Berlin to enjoy in-person networking, healthy food, tasty drinks and groovy music. Get your tickets for €200 plus VAT to join our monthly Ecosummit Zoom online events.
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. Since 2010 we organised 20 physical and 7 online events. Our 10 year anniversary Ecosummit Berlin 15-16 May 2019 attracted 390 participants and presented 80 startups and 33 sponsors. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides over 1.100 videos (600.000 views). We kindly invite you to sponsor Ecosummit and accelerate your company, fund or portfolio at our online and physical events as well as on ecosummit.net for 12 months (from January until December 2021).
We offer 3 annual sponsorship packages that are described in our Ecosummit 2021 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 at Ecosummit and may buy pitch tickets for their portfolio companies. Please contact us to book your sponsorship package. Let’s automate sustainability in every industry and build big startups with big impact.
Ecosummit 2020 Platinum 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.
Ecosummit 2020 Gold Sponsors
Smart green VC: InnoEnergy is the European company dedicated to promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in the sustainable energy field by bringing together academics, businesses and research institutes. To support entrepreneurs and startups in sustainable energy we are an active pre-seed/seed investor. Our goal is to make a positive impact on sustainable energy in Europe. We do this by creating future game changers with a different mind-set, and bringing innovative products, services and successful companies to life. We provide acceleration services to startups by supporting entrepreneurs with their business ideas, strengthening their business models, building expert teams, and providing access to finance. We already have a share in more than 50 ventures. InnoEnergy is one of the first Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) fostered by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are a commercial company with 27 shareholders that include top ranking industries, research centres and universities, all of which are key players in the energy field. More than 150 additional partners contribute to our activities to form a first class and dynamic network that is always open to new entrants and furthers our pursuit of excellence. Although we are profit-oriented, we have a “not for dividend” financial strategy, reinvesting any profits we generate back into our activities. With our headquarters in the Netherlands, we develop our activities across a network of offices located in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Sweden.
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.
Ecosummit 2020 Silver Sponsors
Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) is a leading global provider of trading, clearing, exchange technology, listing, information and public company services. Through its diverse portfolio of solutions, Nasdaq enables customers to plan, optimize and execute their business vision with confidence, using proven technologies that provide transparency and insight for navigating today’s global capital markets. As the creator of the world’s first electronic stock market, its technology powers more than 90 marketplaces in 50 countries, and 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Nasdaq is home to approximately 3,900 total listings with a market value of approximately $13 trillion. To learn more, visit nasdaq.com/ambition or business.nasdaq.com.
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: Under its Cleaner & Better Energy strategy, E.ON’s drive to retail distributed and novel energy technologies and business models will be supported by venture capital activities for strategic partnerships. They are designed to find the next big energy propositions that will improve E.ON’s offer to its millions of customers around Europe via its global and regional businesses. The best new businesses will be selected for collaboration and commercialization opportunities and equity investments. The investments will focus on strategic technologies and business models that enable E.ON’s desire to lead the move to distributed, renewable and disruptive energy propositions. Customers can be offered the best energy choices for their needs. And new technology companies benefit from early scale while E.ON accesses cutting edge innovations and participates in the value created.
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 Innovation & 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 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: Centrica Innovations has been established to invest in new technology and ideas that will transform the way we live, work and move. We’re collaborating with change-makers around the globe, searching for new innovations for homes and businesses, and accelerating ideas from across the Centrica Group. We’re on a mission to invest £100m in new technologies and innovations. We have scouts in key technology hubs around the world who are on the lookout for the most promising new businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators that can join us in shaping all our futures. We’re particularly interested in distributed energy, electrification of transport, and increasing convenience and connectivity through data, blockchain and the Internet of Things.
Smart green corporate VC: Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, gas-fired power and district heating and is a global player in energy market operations. Statkraft has 3.600 employees in more than 20 countries. We are managing 1.000s of renewable energy assets with more than 10.000 MW capacity for our clients, integrating their production into the European power market. Statkraft wants to invest into startups in order to create growth options and to drive new capabilities. We are committed to play an active role in the energy market transformation, have an attractive portfolio for applying innovation and maintain a pioneering spirit. This makes us a great partner for startups on the frontier of the energy market‘s paradigm shift. We are aiming to invest in Europe, targeting €1-5M per deal in Series A and later.
Vattenfall is a leading European utility and follows a clear strategy towards renewable generation to reduce its carbon footprint considerably. Vattenfall operates more than 1.000 wind turbines with a capacity of around 2.000 MW in Sweden, Denmark, UK, the Netherlands and Germany. It plans to double its renewable capacity by 2020 and is investing more than 5 billion Euros in additional wind and solar generation.
Smart green corporate VC: With a workforce of around 20.000 employees, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG supplies electricity, gas, water and energy-related products and services to 5.5 million customers. Given our origins, and as a company which is majority owned by the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg and Oberschwäbische Elektrizitätswerke, a municipal special-purpose association, our connections to Baden-Württemberg are particularly strong. We want to be the first point of contact for our customers – households, industry and municipalities – in all matters affecting energy. We will achieve this aspiration on the basis of our experience and innovation strength, combined with listening and dialogue. Close to the customer we are creating new growth opportunities with new products and local solutions for a sustainable supply of energy and enhanced energy efficiency. We will forge ahead with the expansion of renewable energies, first and foremost wind and hydropower, while securing the supply of energy through our cutting-edge conventional power plants. Our grid subsidiaries are setting in place the preconditions for integrating an increasing volume of renewable energies and smart energy systems into the grid.
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 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: Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures is the venture capital arm of Total. As part of Total’s commitment to a better energy future, Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures is focused on finding, funding and fostering high-potential startups which will contribute to creating a low carbon future. Current areas of interest include Renewables, Distributed Energy, New Mobility, Energy Access, Energy Storage, Bio-Plastics & Recycling, Artificial Intelligence and IoT.
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°.
On our watch the world must change drastically. The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has never been so clear: CO2 emissions must go down quickly. More production and use of renewable energy is an important part of the solution. TrønderEnergi is already a major player in water and wind power – now we will do even more in wind. TrønderEnergi strives to create value through environmentally friendly production and distribution of energy for the benefit of the local region. The Group generates annual sales of approximately NOK 1.5 billion and employs around 400 staff (about 150 without distribution). TrønderEnergi is organised as a group where TrønderEnergi AS is the parent company of a number of subsidiaries. The main focus of the Group is renewable energy production and energy relateded business. TrønderEnergi is owned by 24 municipalities in Trøndelag county, KLP (Kommunal Landspensjonskasse mutual insurance company) and Nordmøre Energiverk AS.
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.
Smart green PR: The communications agency PIABO PR is the leading full-service PR partner of the digital economy. From its headquarters in Berlin, PIABO achieves outstanding international media presence for its clients. PIABO’s expertise comprises the areas of Greentech, E-Commerce, AdTech, TravelTech, FinTech, Foodtech, HR Tech, HealthTech, Blockchain, Consumer Electronics & Business Hardware, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, AR/VR, Security, Big Data, SaaS/Cloud. The range of services offered by the multidisciplinary consulting team includes public relations and social media management as well as content marketing and influencer relations. As a strategic partner, PIABO actively supports its clients in achieving their local as well as global growth targets and accompanies them on their way into a digital future. PIABO’s client portfolio includes WeWork, Tinder, GitHub, Stripe, Scout24, Deliveroo, N26, Personio, Omio, BMW Foundation, Green City Solutions and Silicon Valley Bank.
Ecosummit 2020 Bronze Sponsors
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: 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: Munich Venture Partners (MVP) is a European venture capital investor backing entrepreneurs driving the eco-industrial revolution with transformative technologies. The investment focus is on sectors with CO2 emission-intensive value chains: energy, mobility, agriculture and food, and industrial technologies. MVP has more than 15 years of experience investing in cleantech startups across Europe, including investments in recent success cases relayr and sonnen. On 19 February 2020, MVP and Demeter announced the setup of a joint European venture fund with a strong French-German base. The fund, called Green European Tech (GET), will be dedicated to European scaleups developing transformative technologies for a sustainable future. GET will be a €250 million fund with a potential top-up to €400 million by applying to the Late Stage venture initiative promoted by the French Government.
Smart green VC: IP Group is a leading intellectual property commercialisation company which focuses on evolving great ideas, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. The Group has pioneered a unique approach to developing these ideas and the resulting businesses by providing access to business building expertise, capital (through its 100%-owned FCA-authorised subsidiary IP Capital), networks, recruitment and business support. IP Group has a strong track record of success and its portfolio comprises holdings in approximately 100 early-stage to mature businesses across four main sectors – Biotech, Cleantech, Healthcare and Technology. The Company is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the code IPO.
Smart green accelerator: Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator is a 150-days intensive startup accelerator program designed to help early stage smart energy companies go to market faster. These 9 startups joined the 2017 Program and are receiving all the support they need to realize their ambitions and make new ideas come to life in the complex energy industry. The program offers support from over 75 experienced mentors, opens up new networks and connects the startups to investors. The startups originate from 10 different countries and are developing new, sustainable ways to generate, share, and utilize energy.
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.
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.
Life Size is a communications consultancy working exlusively in cleantech and sustainable innovation. We provide fully integrated campaigns that combine public relations with design, marketing, digital and film to achieve our client’s commercial objectives. We believe that a good story can change the world, and we only tell those stories for companies that we genuinely want to see succeed. Our mission is to help breakthrough technologies realise their potential to help build a better future.
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, a startup based in Dresden, Germany, develops and operates a modular, turn-key Smart Grid Application Platform. Our products provide the communication infrastructure to connect distributed, renewable energy generators and energy storage systems with small- and large-scale electrical consumers within the Smart Grid. The Kiwigrid Platform provides a variety of Smart Grid solutions which enable our partners to provide their customers with innovative value-added energy services.
Smart green startup: instagrid has developed 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. Having launched with white-label industry partners first, we are excited to announce our first instagrid-branded product soon, stay tuned!
Smart green startup: e·pilot is the e·Commerce ecosystem for the energy world. With our Software-as-a-Service, we enable utilities to jump-start into the digital space. In our multi-product cloud, they can launch new products and services in minutes with conversion-optimized frontends, offering a new level of customer experience. All products and services can be managed in digital, customer-centered end-to-end processes, with an integration of relevant partners and IT systems in e·pilot. We have already digitalized the non-commodity and house connection business and are now revolutionizing the power and gas world!
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 and EDP Ventures, Energyworx is based in Houten, The Netherlands and Houston, Texas, USA.
Smart green startup: For 10 years and with more than 80 employees, Discovergy has been working tirelessly to offer smart metering solutions with real customer beneits to make energy consumption transparent through real-time data collection. The in-house development of a multi-division gateway for high-resolution data covers all relevant applications around metering point operations for electricity and gas, but also submetering for heat and water or microgrids. Discovergy‘s customers include business and residential users, municipal utilities, energy suppliers, grid operators as well as the real estate industry.
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 startup: Swobbee by GreenPack is a Battery as a Service (BaaS) system: infrastructure solution for urban light electric mobility. Empty vehicle batteries can be exchanged for fully charged rental batteries of the same type at battery exchange stations. After the successful introduction of the systemically open GreenPack battery (48V, 1.4kWh) developed for this purpose, the service is expanded immediately so that batteries from other manufacturers can also be charged in the BaaS system. Swobbee – we share (different) batteries!
Smart green startup: Zaphiro is a Swiss startup that helps electrical utilities to guarantee resilient electrical grids by mitigating the destabilizing effects of distributed energy resources (renewables, electric vehicles, batteries, etc.) and reducing the impact of blackouts on electricity consumers. Their patented smart grid solution SynchroGuard is the only one based on fast and time-synchronized measurements from micro-PMUs. It provides several benefits including: up to 300% more renewables integration without grid reinforcement, automatic location of short-circuits to reduce the number and duration of blackouts, as well as reduced CAPEX and OPEX.