ADVISORY BOARD | MAY 2022
ZERO CARBON CAPITAL
Pippa is the co-founder of Zero Carbon Capital, home of an EIS fund investing in early-stage companies on a mission to fix climate change. ZCC supports deep science, hard-tech solutions that have the potential to make half gigaton-level reductions of CO2e at scale; and vision-aligned, ambitious teams to go with them. Pippa started angel investing in decarbonisation technologies in California five years ago, where she was an active member of the impact investing ecosystem. She holds a Masters degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
J A KEMP
Joe is a European and UK Patent Attorney. He started his career at the London office of J A Kemp before joining our Cambridge based team in 2018 to help grow our local client base in the area. Joe advises on matters from general protection strategy, to freedom-to-operate, to infringement of rights. He particularly enjoys working with young and growing companies to develop their patent portfolios and relishes working closely with inventors to draft new patent applications. Joe is highly engaged with the entrepreneurial community in Cambridge and the wider region.
Andrew is a Partner at Birketts in their Corporate and Commercial Team. Andrew has over thirty years’ legal experience advising a range of private and public sector clients across commercial law firms in Cambridge, London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Brussels. With an MBA from Manchester Business School, Andrew has significant expertise and experience in the ICT, cleantech and life sciences sectors, both nationally and internationally. Andrew is dual qualified in England & Wales and in Scotland. He was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1990 and in Scotland in 1997 where he became an accredited IP specialist. Andrew is named as a ‘Leading Individual’ by Legal for his IT and Telecoms work.
Jim is Managing Partner at Viridis Capital, an investment company who back sustainable businesses and innovative management teams with active support and long term investment.
Jim has 25 years’ experience in sustainable and clean technology, including 16 years’ private equity. He invests in sustainable businesses in technology, services and manufacturing, renewable energy, energy efficiency and water. STIL manages family office capital, institutional funds, and high net-worth investments through private equity funds.
As Community Director for Carbon13, Emma has a 20-year background in climate change and sustainability, with a keen interest in solutions to address the world’s critical issues. At Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability she supported cross-sector business leadership groups to increase emission reduction regulations across the UK and Europe, designed senior executive education in climate and delivered the first two years of the Young Sustainability Entrepreneurs Awards for Unilever and HRH The Prince of Wales. She then spent four years at Allia working hands-on with impact entrepreneurs and curating accelerator programmes, partnering with EIT Climate KIC and creating opportunities for tech-for-good ventures. Emma was until recently a councillor with the National Trust, and loves regenerative business models and rewilding.
J A KEMP
Henry specializes in advising SMEs on how to obtain protection for their IP as well as related business considerations. This work includes drafting British, European, International and US patent applications as well as developing IP strategies, performing IP due diligence investigations and advising on all forms of IP protection. Henry is experienced at supporting companies through all of the stages of their development, from their founding to successful sale. Although a lot of Henry’s clients are SMEs, in particular university spin-out companies, his clients also include a number of multinational corporations and he is an expert at prosecuting patent applications before the EPO.
INVESTMENT PLATFORM MANAGER, CLEAN GROWTH UK AT UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON
Mark Riminton is responsible for Clean Growth UK’s industrial relationships and for its investor readiness development track for SMEs. He is based at the University of Brighton, UK and has long experience of working with business owners and investors. Before joining the university in 2016 Mark practiced as a consultant and business coach. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
ADVANCED PROPULSION CENTRE (APC)
Taf mentors and helps early-stage deeptech founders accelerate the growth of their businesses on TDAP, a clean mobility accelerator programme run by the APC. He is a chartered Chemical Engineer with more than a decade of successful experience in innovation and developing new products within both large and small organisations. He is particularly interested in sustainable technologies that have a positive environmental impact. Prior to joining APC, Taf worked for a deeptech start-up/spinout where he led and managed several projects scaling-up and commercialising the production of biodegradable nanocomposite materials. Taf has a PhD from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from Warwick Business School.
Julien is an Unreasonable Mentor. Julien has participated in 1 program, including Shell StartUp Engine UK 2021, and has advised over 9 Unreasonable companies. Julien started his career as a serial entrepreneur from the digital age. He afterwards specialized in supporting, investing and connecting startups and corporates with a specific focus on climate tech, deep tech and manufacturing. In the last years he has built an extensive network in the EU innovation ecosystems including universities, investors, incubators etc.