Ecosummit Ventures

Investing in smart green startups to save our climate and planet

Ecosummit Ventures is the brand of our angel investments, it’s not a fund. If you’re interested in becoming a VC and managing other people’s money, it’s a good idea to start investing your own money first. The angel strategy allows us to build a profitable ecoportfolio and track record now rather than waiting for the first closing of our first fund. Having started in 2019, we made 5 angel investments in Nexwafe, Dendra Systems, Clim8, Solar for Schools and Sunvigo reinvesting our profits from organising our Ecosummit conferences since 2010. All 5 startups are led by outstanding CEOs and fundraise in 2021/22. We look forward to meeting more smart green investors in their cap tables soon. We plan more angel investments in the future to generate environmental, financial and strategic returns for Ecosummit and maximise our impact until 2030, the global deadline for carbon neutrality.

Our Ecoportfolio

Angel investment in Series B 12.2020 – Raising Series C in 2021

Solar is by far the most important renewable energy on planet Earth. It is worthwhile to optimise solar economics and sustainability to accelerate the demand for solar systems. Nexwafe designs, develops and pilots a green solar wafer production process to make the PV industry more sustainable and efficient. The strategy is to go to market together with strategic partners to reduce CAPEX and scale faster. In December 2020, we made our 5th angel investment participating with €50K in the €10M Series B of the Freiburg-based solar deeptech startup. The new monocrystalline silicon wafers will be low-carbon, high-efficiency and price competitive, enabling a “Nexwafe inside” strategy to get embedded in the leading European and global solar cell and module manufacturers. The better the input (wafers), the better the output (cells and modules). We’re very happy and proud to work with CEO Davor Sutija and Chairman Bart Markus to maximise the impact of green solar wafers on our climate and planet. In 2015, Nexwafe was spun out from Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems which continues to be a shareholder and research partner.

Angel investment in 01.2019 – $10M Series A in 09.2020 – Raising Series B in 2022

We’re very happy that Dendra raised $10M Series A led by Airbus Ventures on 16 September 2020. In January 2019, Ecosummit made our first angel investment of £50K with a convertible note in the bridge round of Dendra Systems. The Oxford-based smart green startup provides ecosystem restoration as a service to its customers in the mining, oil & gas and food & beverage industries. We got to know Dendra via our Ecosummit sponsor Systemiq that invested in March 2018. After our initial call we visited their HQ in Oxford in December 2018 and were very impressed by Founder CEO Susan Graham and her brilliant and diverse team of ecologists and technologists. On 8 February 2021, Dendra launched Gen 3, “the new generation of aerial technology, including systems and drones, that will revolutionise our capabilities to restore ecosystems at scale.” Dendra will play a big role for our climate and planet and is one of the most impactful startups we can think of.

Angel investment in Seed 12.2019 – Raising Series A in 2021

In December 2019, Ecosummit made our third angel investment of £50K in the Seed round of Clim8, a new smart green investment community in London. In April 2021, Clim8 launched in the app stores in the UK and has got already 15.000 registered users. Clim8 is a simple way to invest in a sustainable portfolio of carefully selected companies already making a positive impact on climate change. Founder CEO Duncan Grierson is a serial entrepreneur and ex-VC with an amazing track record who decided to build a big fintech startup to fight climate change rather than raising a VC fund. We know Duncan for 5 years as he is a loyal Ecosummit participant and speaker (Ecosummit Zoom 7 October 2020). Clim8 successfully raised £4.4M in seed funding across 3 rounds (December 2019, April 2020 and November 2020) from angels and on Crowdcube. The next step is a big Series A in 2021.

Angel investment in 05.2019 – Raising Series A in 2021

In May 2019, Ecosummit made our second angel investment of £15K (plus £10K in April 2020) into Solar for Schools that brings solar systems to our schools and sustainability education to our kids empowering the next generation to fight climate change. Founder CEO Robert Schrimpff is a long-time friend and soul brother, a serial entrepreneur with 2 exits and an ex-VC, too. Solar for Schools is Robert’s third startup and we absolutely believe in his mission and execution skills. Solar for Schools is currently raising their Series A and pitched at Ecosummit Zoom 2 September 2020.

Angel investment in Seed 10.2020 – Raising Series A in 2021

Solar is by far the most important renewable energy on planet Earth. To grow the number of PV systems on global rooftops a lot faster, we have to make the solar purchase decision and PV system operations as simple as possible for consumers. The solution is to package the complex bundle of solar technology, financing, installation, operations and insurance into a super easy solar electricity tariff provided by a new smart solar utility. Sunvigo are the new kids on the block, in this case the residential solar market in Germany. After aggregating a strong partner network including a smart meter operator and several PV installers, the Cologne-based solar-as-a-service startup already have their first happy customers making their own solar power at home while paying only their monthly electricity bill. Most importantly, the 3 co-founders Vigen Nikogosian, Michael Peters and Bastian Bauwens are a great team: intelligent, well educated, modest and ambitious, with impressive track records and highly motivated to maximise their impact until 2030. That’s why Ecosummit invested €50K in the €500K Seed round together with Zurich-based Übermorgen Ventures and other smart green angels.

About Jan Michael Hess

Jan is Founder and CEO of Ecosummit. active 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).

Linkedin – jan@ecosummit.net – +4917621208417