Good morning everyone, grab a coffee and get comfy, we’ll be getting started in 5 minutes!
Welcome all, thanks for joining us at The Technology and Investment Forum. Business Green editor James Murray will kick off the morning in one minute.
Next up is a welcome and introduction from Innovate Uk’s Ian Meikle, Director of Clean Growth & Infrastructure.
Coming up - a LIVE session with our expert panel of investors with top tips for innovators and the lowdown on why sustainability innovation attracts them.
Could one of today’s innovators be the right fit for you? Don’t miss our first cohort of pitches – coming up next.
Grab a coffee and head to the Exhibition Hall where you can chat and find out more about our innovators.
Grab a coffee and head to the Exhibition Hall where you can chat and find out more about our innovators.
Don’t forget to head over to the Exhibition Hall to hear more from today’s innovators. You can chat, exchange details and arrange to meet offline!
Please join James Murray for closing remarks for today’s Technology & Investment Forum.
Thanks to everyone for joining us this morning, we hope you’ve enjoyed hearing from some of the innovative new businesses blazing a trail towards Net Zero.

Thursday 3rd December: 10:30 UK(BST) / 05:30 EST / 02:30 PST

About this session:

The BusinessGreen Technology and Investment Forum is back for 2020. This unique event will bring together investors and sustainable tech companies to jointly explore investment trends, opportunities, and challenges offered by the UK's fast expanding green economy. This event will now be held virtually on Thursday 3 December.

The event is designed for companies and investors who are working on or planning funding rounds, as well as companies who are not necessarily looking directly for funding but are looking to promote their technology, raise their profile with potential future investors, and explore a range of different growth opportunities.

 

 

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James Murray

Editor-in-chief, BusinessGreen

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James Murray is Editor-in-Chief of BusinessGreen, having launched the site in October 2007. He is responsible for BusinessGreen's leading news, opinion and analysis, and also contributes to the brand's expanding events' programme. James is one of the UK's leading commentators on the low carbon economy. He writes occasionally for The Guardian newspaper and has also reported for BBC Radio on a number of green technology stories. James reports daily on a wide range of green business issues, with a particular focus on low carbon policy, economics and technology. In March 2011, James was voted number eight in the Press Gazette's list of the top 50 environmental journalists in the UK. Prior to launching BusinessGreen, James spent five years as a technology journalist working on a variety of IT titles.

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Rory Duff

Founder & CEO, Add To My Mortgage

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Rory has spent the last 15 years building and transforming businesses, including a green

vendor, a FinTech startup, a FTSE100 home service business, and several PE-backed finance companies.



Add To My Mortgage combines Rory's passions for finance and green into a business which

is capable of making a real-world contribution towards our goal of Net Zero.

Rory is a Chartered Accountant, cyclist, husband, and father to two inquisitive daughters.

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Tina Ziegler

Business Development Director, BioViron

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Tina Ziegler has been a torchbearer for the urban and contemporary art movement and

is most recognized for her position as director and curator of Moniker International Art

Fair, having spent the last 15 years as a professional curator and project director,

advocating and supporting the art movement she loves. Her passion for the environment

and her interest in guiding the creative sector to improve their practices led her to

develop CO/FO, a platform to discover various solutions to combat climate change and

plastic pollution.

In 2020, Tina Ziegler officially joined BioViron International as Business

Development Director to promote the range of materials available to replace single use

plastics. She now balances her role as an art curator, alongside being a

thought leader within bio plastics.

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David Yates

Co - Founder & CTO, Bumblebee Wireless

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David Yates is CTO and co -founder of Imperial spinout, Bumblebee Power, and is a co-inventor of Bumblebee’s patented wireless charging technology. He has been a research fellow in the Wireless Power Lab at Imperial for 6 years, where he has led a number of technology integration projects, showcasing Bumblebee’s unique wireless charging solution in aerial drones and e-scooters. Having won a place on Imperial’s first techcelerate program in 2018, he has spent the last two years working with customers in elect ric micro-mobility and autonomous systems, as part of his ambition to take Imperial’s patented wireless power solution to market. David has a PhD in radio frequencycircuits and antenna design from Imperial College London.

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Kaushal Shah

Founder, envoPAP

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Kaushal Shah comes from a family of paper producers in India, so he knows the packaging

world inside out. Kaushal moved to the UK in 2015 to study business at the University of

Southampton. While attending a packaging conference in Germany, he first saw the growing need for fast -

moving consumer goods (FMCGs) to improve their green credentials, especially through plastic - free packaging.



Using his family’s production experience, Kaushal started testing waste products as a base

for packaging production, focusing on bagasse—a by - product of sugarcane farming. This

new product stood up to quality tests, so Kaushal dove in headfirst and launched envoPAP —while still at University.



Since then he has overseen envoPAP’s growth from a studio startup in St. Johns Wood in London to offices in London, Frankfurt and Pune.

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Dr Dan Williams

CEO & co - founder, Measurable Energy

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Gill Satchel

Co - Founder of powerQuad

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Gil Satchell, has spent his entire career in the renewable energy and

power sectors, having been Lead Engineer at innovate renewable generation start

- up Pavegen and senior designer at a world leading power engineering company.



Gil teamed up with Paul Cole to create powerQuad and began its journey to help decarbonise the built environment one building at a time!

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Victor Dewulf

CEO, RecycleEYE

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As part of PhD research at Imperial College London Victor developed version 1 of the Recycleye AI system which significantly outperformed other algorithms in identifying and classifying individual

items in waste streams. Victor has received numerous awards for his work: the Letitia Chitty Centenary Memorial prize, the Black & Veatch Prize in Environmental Engineering and the Centurion Award for academic excellence. Some of his prior work includes developing evolutionary algorithms and parametric models to optimize building forms. He also holds a MEng in Environmental Engineering (1:1). Victor has extensive international industry experience having worked in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Houston and Brussels. Victor resigned from his job at Goldman Sachs to co- found Recycleye.

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Glenn Hunt-Whitfield

Co-Founder & CEO, Seamach Energy

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Mechanical & Production Engineer (C & G, ONC, B. Eng), extensive experience of Project Engineering, manufacture processes, design for manufacture, systems design, ARM and design project lead and engineering consultancy.



Consultancy clients include a privately funded Nuclear Fusion Energy business ~ mostly diagnostic systems and ‘Divertor’ design, the Culham Centre For Fusion Energy (CCFE) ~ Acted as ‘Load Assembly’ RO for the Upgrade to CCFE’s Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST). Proposed and lead design of modular machine architecture, conceptual and detail design of 80+% of in-vessel hardware, close working relationships with Chief Engineers Group, Senior Analysts etc. MAST Upgrade now in commissioning phase. Tokamak’s are highly dynamic machines with very high electromagnetic forces, fast current / load ramps etc. The working relationship with CCFE and the Joint European Torus (JET) go’s back 20+years



Past clients include Kvaerner – IMGB (Romania) ~ big heavy Forge, Foundry & Machining business ~ trouble shooting of design and production issues plus a training role ( of Romanian Project Engineers ) ~ Products ranged from Super Tanker propeller shafts to the Hydro Turbine Set for the 3 Gorges Dam project in China.



Lots of other stuff: Postal sorting machines, M.o.D Marine Equipment, Bomb Disposal kit.

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Dan White

CEO, Signol

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An environmental innovator and behavioral expert, our CEO Dan has a track record of successfully delivering ideas and innovations through products and services over the last 10 years. His work devising new methods of insulating buildings in 2008, for example, led to the beginning of a £30m industry in the UK.

Working closely with academic colleagues, Dan has been at the forefront of applied behavioural science in the UK, delivering some of the UK’s first field experiments and creating the company The Behaviouralist.

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Juan Pablo Cerda

CEO & Founder, Zeigo

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Juan Pablo Cerda is the founder of a London - based technology company at the forefront of

renewable energy, Zeigo. He has 12 years’ experience working within the energy sector and international commodity trading markets as well as building and exiting businesses in the sector. Juan Pablo believes in disrupting corporate procurement of renewable energy to accelerate the green revolution and contribute towards a sustainable future. Juan Pablo is an ambitious entrepreneur with a vision to achieve a fully decarbonised energy system around the world sooner than 2050.

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Ian Meikle

Director - Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Innovate UK

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Ian is Director of Clean Growth and Infrastructure at Innovate UK. This includes leading Innovate UK’s energy, transport systems and future cities programmes of work. He sits on the board of four Catapults; Energy Systems, Offshore Renewable Energy, Transport Systems and Future Cities.



Ian has been at Innovate UK since 2009 – initially he ran the Low Impact Buildings programme and more recently he was Head of Agriculture and Food - this included setting up the four AgriTech innovation centres funded by the AgriTech Industrial Strategy.



His working background includes a broad range of sectors; financial services, insurance, manufacturing, consultancy, third-sector, construction, IT and retail.



Previous roles include: Principal Consultant at Inbuilt - a sustainability consultancy; Commercial Manager at Building Research Establishment (BRE); Operations Director at Freeform Arts Trust - a third sector urban regeneration organisation; Vice President at Morgan Stanley - a US financial services firm.



Ian has an MSc (distinction) in Renewable Energy and the Environment from the University of Reading, and his first degree was in the use of structured methods to deliver effective IT systems.

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Beverley Gower-Jones

Managing Partner of Clean Growth Fund & CEO, Carbon Limiting Technologies

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Beverley is a business leader with a proven track record in early stage cleantech investments and commercialisation. She has over 30 years’ experience in the international energy sector and is a thought leader in the commercialisation of sustainable technologies. She specialises in accelerating innovation to market and scaling companies by providing strategic insights, developing industry partnerships and identifying novel ways to overcome barriers to entry. In 2006 she established CLT whose mission is “scaling transformative technologies for clean growth, sustaining our planet”. Her ambition is to create a better, sustainable world and she firmly believes that this will be achieved through innovation playing a transformative role in our economy.



She founded CLT in 2006, and has supported low carbon ventures in a wide range of sectors including power, transport, built environment, industry and waste. During her tenure at Shell she gained wide international business exposure and delivered the £500 million subsurface technology transfer programme to worldwide operations. Beverley was founder and Vice President at Shell Technology Ventures in this role she was instrumental in defining Shell’s technology venturing strategic approach. At QinetiQ she was Performance Director for the corporate venture division managing a portfolio of ventures (total value of £60 million), which went on to yield an IRR of 18%. She Chairs BEIS Energy Entrepreneurs Fund commercial panel which has invested £72 million into early stage, cleantech ventures. Beverley holds a degree in Mining Geology from University College Cardiff.

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Andrew Wordsworth

Managing Partner, Sustainable Ventures

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Francis Wright

Managing Director, Turquoise International

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Francis is a Managing Director and co-founder of Turquoise, a merchant bank specialising in clean energy and sustainable technology. He has over 20 years’ experience in corporate finance and has advised on fundraising and M&A transactions in most clean energy/technology sub-sectors. Francis also played a leading role in developing the firm’s investment management business. The £20m Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) invested in over 20 companies, mostly as lead investor, and helped to attract £55m of co-investment. A second fund, LCIF2 began investing earlier this year following an initial fundraising of £11m. Francis has been an investor representative on the boards of companies including Breathing Buildings, GT Energy, Push Energy, Weeding Technologies and CPT. Prior to Turquoise he worked in various investment banking roles at Close Brothers, RBS and Merrill Lynch.

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Toby Gill

CEO of Intelligent Power Generation

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Toby is the CEO of British climate-tech startup Intelligent Power Generation – the first company to commercialise fuel-flexible flameless combustion in small-scale power generation. He draws upon his entrepreneurial and technical expertise to lead the commercial and strategic direction for IPG and deliver it’s Flameless Ceramic Turbine technology to market.

Toby holds a PhD in Physics and Chemistry from UCL, and prior to joining IPG founded and ran an Agri-tech start-up.

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