DR BEATRIX SCHLARB-RIDLEY
BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY
Beatrix is Director of Innovation and Impact at British Antarctic Survey (BAS). A biochemist by background, she co-founded the Cambridge Bioenergy Initiative, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. She built the first certified Passivhaus in Cambridge and has a passion for applying research and innovation to build a sustainable future.
At BAS, she has driven the development of the Aurora Innovation Centre – a space with excellent conference and meeting facilities, exhibition spaces and an open-plan office for collaborators. Aurora aims to create a vibrant niche in the Cambridge ecosystem for excellent research and entrepreneurial activity in the areas of climate change, environmental stewardship and technologies for challenging environments, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.
FRED VAN BEUNINGEN
CHRYSALIX VENTURE CAPITAL
Fred is Managing partner of VC firm Chrysalix building a global braintrust around emerging intelligent technologies and solutions that will disrupt a variety of industries and lead to next level productivity and sustainability. He has worked as general manager, Chief Executive Officer and Board member for international industrial companies and as an entrepreneur. His industry experience ranges from oil, chemicals and industrial gas to packaging, logistics and shipping with companies such as Linde and Smurfit Kappa. Fred is Board member of the Young President’s Organisation Sustainability network, member of the European Leadership Platform and Board member of hydropower company Aquazoom. Fred also serves as executive Board member of Clean Tech Delta and Board member of the International Clean Tech Network.
CLEAN GROWTH UK
Mark 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.
BUSINESS ISLE OF MAN
Ian is the Group Managing Director of the Islands Energy Group, which provides Gas and Energy Services in the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. Ian has spent over 30 years working in the utilities sector, holding executive positons in water, electricity and gas businesses in the UK and internationally. He is particularly focussed on how we can use utility companies and the tech sector to best manage the energy transition for today’s and tomorrow’s customers.
PANELISTS & INVESTOR JURY
Daniel entered the patent profession in 2009, after completing a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology and undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. Dan represents a wide range of clients, including a world-leading seed company, a top US biotech company, a renowned UK university, as well as Japanese, Korean and US law firms. He offers expertise across a wide range of scientific disciplines, including plant molecular biology, genetic modification, antibody-based technologies, microbiology, vaccines, diagnostics and medical devices.
Emma has a near 20-year background in sustainability and a keen interest in supporting entrepreneurs to develop the solutions and technologies to address the world’s most prominent issues. At Cambridge University Institute for Sustainability she supported a cross-sector business leadership group address climate change and increase emission reduction regulations across the UK and Europe, and created and ran the first two years of the Young Sustainability Entrepreneurs Awards for Unilever. Emma has since turned to entrepreneurs for hope in the face of the climate crisis, and has created the ‘Future 20’, supporting the founders of 20 impact focused tech-for-good start ups at Allia.
Anton is the founder of Cleantech London, and has spent 25 years across a number of geographies working in senior technology roles for financial institutions and leading consultancies.
In Australia, he successfully helped to scale a wealth management start-up before running programs for the leading fintech hub, Stone&Chalk. In Singapore, he set up and ran a Cyber security hub in partnership with the Singaporean Government, the National University of Singapore and Singtel.
He brings experience in farming, banking, wealth management, technology and start-ups and has an engineering degree and an MBA from London Business School.
Mark is a Managing Director at KPMG in Cambridge and leads the Enterprise team in East Anglia. With over 21 years’ experience he specialises in working with privately owned and PE backed businesses, from start-ups to large family owned companies. He has worked on many different business sectors and has significant experience of helping businesses grow, manage their risks and achieve their strategies. KPMG’s Cambridge office has over 140 staff and offer our clients Audit, Tax, Pensions, and Advisory services. Given its location, it is not surprising that their Cambridge office is a Centre of Excellence for technology.
Andrew is a Partner in Hewitson’s Corporate, Commercial and Employment team, based in our Cambridge office. He specialises in intellectual property, commercial contracts and data protection issues, and has been advising clients now for nearly 30 years. Andrew has a particular interest in technology companies, advising businesses across a range of sectors including cleantech, energy and life sciences. As well as being a qualified lawyer (in England, Wales and Scotland), Andrew has an MBA from Manchester Business School.
Jim is Managing Partner at Earth 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.
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.
Hugh Parnell is closely involved with the early-stage, funding and business development arena around Cambridge and the east of England, particularly in the energy and environmental technology sectors. He is Chairman of Cambridge Cleantech/Envirotech Ltd (formerly Envirolink UK), co-founder of the Cambridge Energy Forum and of the Cleantech Special Interest Group. Manager GEIF (Business angels network) 2001-9, won mandates to manage £40m co-investment funds; since 2007 he has been mentor/NED for numerous companies especially in cleantech sector, working with public policy programme (Scale-Up, Growth Accelerator, Exdra/EIP), with Universities and with individual clients to advise on growth and access to finance.