Tech Festival

Tech Festival 2019: See you April 9th, 2019 in Berlin

Tech Festival

The Tech Festival brings together a global network of innovators shaping the future of energy. The one-day event allows participants to access the best start-ups and outstanding entrepreneurs in the field of energy solutions, in addition to innovation-driven corporates, investors, and public organizations leading the energy transition.

  • 1000+ participants
  • 150+ energy start-ups
  • 30+ energy accelerators
  • Top keynotes and panels
  • Peer-to-peer matchmaking
  • Start-up pitch stage
  • Corporate workshops
  • High-Level evening reception

Speakers 2018

Dr. Johannes Teyssen

Dr. Johannes Teyssen

CEO, Chairman of the Board of Management E.ON SE

Johannes Teyssen was born in Hildesheim, Germany, on October 9, 1959. He studied law and economics in Freiburg, Göttingen and Boston. After finishing his studies, he worked at the University of Göttingen for several years and received a doctorate in law. He began his professional career at E.ON in 1989, when he joined the electricity generation division of E.ON’s predecessor VEBA in Hanover. There he held various leadership positions, firstly in Legal Affairs and later in Key Account Sales. From 1998 to 2001, Teyssen managed an associated company of the E.ON Group, operating in electricity and gas distribution and sales, with approximately one million customers in the German states of Lower Saxony and Sachsen-Anhalt. From 2001 to 2006 he was a member of the Board of Management of the E.ON Group’s central management company in Munich, responsible for all electricity-related activities, including large-scale electricity generation, transmission grids and the downstream business in Germany as well as in Central and Eastern Europe, initially as Chief Financial Officer and later as Chief Executive Officer. In 2004, Johannes Teyssen was also appointed to the Board of Management of E.ON SE in Düsseldorf, where he was responsible for the management of all customer- and market-related activities. From 2008 to 2010, he was in charge of managing the Group’s ongoing operations as Vice Chairman of the Board of Management. In 2010, Johannes Teyssen was appointed to his current role as CEO of E.ON SE. In this position, he is responsible for the E.ON Group’s Strategy and Portfolio, Human Resources, Communications & Political Affairs, Legal & Compliance, Corporate Audit and E.ON’s equity investment in Turkey. Johannes Teyssen has also played a leading role in various other associations over the past few years. He was President of Eurelectric, the European umbrella organisation of the electricity sector (from 2013 to 2015) and the World Energy Council’s Vice Chair responsible for Europe (from 2006 to 2012). Since 2010, he has been a member of the Presidential Board of the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Since 2008, he has also been a member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG and since June 2017 a member of the Shareholders’ Committee of Nord Stream AG.

Audun Abelsnes

Audun Abelsnes

Managing Director, Techstars Energy

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala

Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala

CEO & Founder, Bakulu Power

In a traditional and male-centric industry, Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala’s focus is on developing and implementing collaborative renewable energy projects that engage communities, empower women and contribute to environmental sustainability. As CEO & Founder of Bakulu Power, a renewable energy company based in her native Uganda, Lucia’s goal is to power our tomorrow with projects and initiatives that foster social, environmental and economic development in her native country and throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2017, Forbes Magazine named Lucia one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa.

Jennifer Zhu Scott

Jennifer Zhu Scott

Founding principle of Radian Partners, Co-founder of Radian Blockchain Ventures

Jennifer Zhu Scott is the founding principle of Radian Partners, a private investment firm for family offices and UHNWIs focusing on Artificial Intelligence, the Blockchain, and renewable energy. She is also the co-founder of Radian Blockchain Ventures, using the blockchain technology to transform physical infrastructures starting with the solar industry. Prior, she was head of business development and strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters and led the firm’s speech-to-text, deep search, video-indexing projects. She co-founded one of the first education companies in China and exited before moving to the UK as a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust. Jennifer served the 2014-16 term as one of the 18 council members of China Council convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum’s think tank. In 2016, WEF re-appointed her to be one of 24 members of the Council of The Future of Blockchain. In 2013, Jennifer was honored by WEF as a Young Global Leader. Jennifer studied Applied Mathematics at Sichuan University and holds an MBA in Finance with Manchester Business School, where she earned distinction with her research on PE/VC in China and was awarded as a Distinguished Alumni. She completes the public policy and leadership program at Yale University in 2013 and Harvard Kennedy School in 2016. Jennifer is China Fellow of Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Jennifer is a board and advisory board member of numerous AI and blockchain empowered companies, including RNDR of OTOY, which is advised by Dr. Eric Schmidt of Google, Ari Emanuel of WME IMG, and director JJ Abrams.

Christoph Frei

Christoph Frei

Secretary General & CEO, World Energy Council

Christoph Frei became the World Energy Council’s Secretary General & CEO in April 2009 where he has led the further development of the world-renowned London-based organisation by strengthening its policy and business insight processes, including the Council’s on-going World Energy Scenarios, Issues Monitor and Energy Trilemma flagship studies. He is a founding member of the Energy Web Foundation, a global non-profit organisation focused on accelerating blockchain technology across the energy sector and has an assignment as Adjunct Professor and Advisor to the President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. Before joining the World Energy Council, Christoph was Senior Director, Energy Industries & Policy at the World Economic Forum and a member of its Executive Council (2001–2009). Previously, he held various positions as Research Fellow and Lecturer at Swiss Federal Technical Institutes in Zurich, Würenlingen (PSI) and Lausanne (EPFL) from which he received his PhD in 2001.

Dr. Carl Friedrich Eckhardt

Dr. Carl Friedrich Eckhardt

Head of Center of Competence Urban Mobility, BMW Group

Dr. Carl Friedrich ECKHARDT
- Born in 1965, Economist
- Since January 2015, BMW Group, Head of Center of Competence Urban Mobility, a BMW implementation tank aiming at improving quality of life and mobility. Simultaneously! Despite urban growth! This is based on close and faithful cooperation with external stakeholder, customer and voter centricity, and win-win-solutions with cities. Pilot cities are Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg. In the meantime the relationship with cities is being broadened and intensified via the Platform Urban Mobility.
- 2012 - 2014, BMW Group, project manager for eCar Sharing pilots in San Francisco, Berlin, and Munich. The aim of these pilots were to understand i) how eCar Sharing can be operated in a profitable fashion and ii) how eCar Sharing can best support sustainability strategies of cities.
- January 2010 – February 2012, Vattenfall Europe Innovation, Head of Business Development at Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH. In this position responsible for the Green eMobility Programme in which several Managed Charging applications were developed and tested under daily circumstances. Since January 2011 also responsible for Corporate & Private eMobility Solutions for the core markets of the Vattenfall Group.
- 2002 – 2009 Dornier Consulting [EADS / Daimler Group], Director Transportation & Business Consulting. Various international assignments in the field of electric toll collection & road user charges, national and municipal transportation strategies, and set-up of the Green eMobility Programme for Vattenfall Europe Innovation.
- 2001 – 2002 Robert Bosch GmbH, Corporate Planning & Economics
- 1995 – 2000 Member of the research staff at the Workgroup for Infrastructure Policy [WIP] at the Berlin University of Technology. PhD project on Market Chances of innovative Mobility Solutions for Passenger Transport in Urban Areas [co-financed by ifmo Institute for Mobility Research, BMW Group].

Ole Tillmann

Ole Tillmann

Event Host & Founder of Peak Creative Leadership

Empowering people to increase their impact on others by communicating their ideas more compellingly to become thought leaders in their fields.

Jukka Aho

Jukka Aho

CEO & Co-founder, Leanheat

Jukka Aho is the CEO and co-founder of Leanheat. He has over 10 years experience in leading software businesses. Idea of Leanheat was born in 2011 when there was a growing need to optimize heating in centrally heated buildings. Currently Leanheat manages over 35000 apartments in district heating networks producing tangible benefits for residents, building owners and district heating operators. Jukka has MSc from Tampere University of Technology.

Dr. Dirk Aßmann

Dr. Dirk Aßmann

Director General, Sectoral Department at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Mr. Aßmann studied mechanical engineering at Duisburg, Stuttgart and Belém (Brazil) specializing in energy technologies and system engineering. He graduated in 1995. He received a doctorate in social sciences and economics from Osnabrück University in 2001. Professional experience: Mr Aßmann held positions as research assistant at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW, Stuttgart) 1991-93, at an ethanol plant in Sao Paulo and at a development project in Belém (Brazil) 1993-94, and at the Institute of Energy Economics and Rational Energy Use (IER), University of Stuttgart 1994-95. He was project manager at Stadtwerke München (Munich City Utilities) 1995-96 and subsequently employed in the energy department of Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment and Energy 1996-2003 where he eventually held the position of deputy division manager. At the same time, he founded a consultancy and was member of the sustainability council at the German Trade Union Confederation. He has been with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH since 2003. He was hired as Energy Specialist in the planning and development division. From 2007 until 2012 he was Portfolio Manager, Programme Manager and Focus Coordinator for the “Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency programme” in Brazil. Subsequently he was employed as Senior Specialist Planner at the Water, Energy, Transport division for 1.5 years and Division Manager South America for 3.5 years until July 2017. Dirk Aßmann received the Schuler Foundation’s innovation award in 2006. He has published more than 100 articles on energy related issues and held various teaching assignments at universities.

Andrea Barber

Andrea Barber

Co-founder & CEO, RatedPower

Andrea Barber is Co-founder and CEO at RatedPower, a technology company that offers pvDesign software, a web application to make the design and engineering of solar photovoltaic plants instantly. The pvDesign software makes engineering in minutes, not weeks. Prior to founding RatedPower, she worked as a director of business development at a multinational engineering services company for several years in Latin America. There, she successfully led the opening, establishment and expansion of the company. As CEO & Co-founder of RatedPower, she has been awarded by several energy and innovation programs (1st prize winner EDP Open Innovation, 1st prize winner SeedRocket). Miss Barber was the Spanish representative at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India 2017, invited by the US Department of State.

Thomas Birr

Thomas Birr

Senior Vice President Innovation & Business Transformation, Innogy

Freerk Bisschop

Freerk Bisschop

Director, Rockstart Smart Energy

Freerk Bisschop has a vast experience in the energy industry. From strategy to implementation, on technology and markets, as advisor, manager and entrepreneur, with a strong focus on change towards sustainability. After 10 years’ experience in management & business development he co-founded Planet B Ventures, a development company working with young & innovative technologies, companies and projects across Europe to turn them into commercially smart and strategically sound ventures, with a solid financial basis.

Benjamin Britton

Benjamin Britton

Co-Founder, Ionomr

Ben Britton Ph.D (c) is an electrochemist with broad device experience. During his PhD studies under professor Steven Holdcroft at Simon Fraser University in Greater Vancouver, BC, he completed a business certificate for scientist-entrepreneurs in 2016, co-founding Ionomr in the process. IP from this group was licensed from the university in 2017, after which Ben raised $3.2M in seed round funding into Ionomr. His main focus is business development and technical B2B sales.

Mélanie Clerc

Mélanie Clerc

Head of Business Development, ForCity

Soon after earning a French-German Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the INSA in Lyon, Mélanie Clerc started her career as a Global Graduate Trainee at Bombardier Transportation. This program for young professionals brought her to Berlin, Mexico City and Zurich, where she eventually took over as Deputy Head of Locomotives Bid Engineering until 2016. After 8 years abroad she then returned to France to join ForCity’s sales team. In this young start-up, she enjoyed the diversity of missions, with initial focus on international customer care and proposal preparation. After the company’s successful capital raise in 2017, Melanie Clerc took the lead of Business Development in Germany. Having always been fascinated by how good decisions affect the city development, she now makes it easier for her customers to achieve resilient and efficient decision-making with the help of 4D urban simulation.

Dr. Antje Danielson

Dr. Antje Danielson

Director of Education, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI)

Antje Danielson is MITEI’s Director of Education. She joined MIT in April 2016 after eight years at Tufts University where she directed the Tufts Institute of the Environment and was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health. Her areas of interest are energy education, urban mobility, and carbon capture and storage. Her research is related to energy, climate change, and the development of new models of teaching and collaboration that overcome barriers to knowledge integration and synthesis. Antje holds a PhD in geochemistry from the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany. She did her thesis research at the Hahn Meitner Institute, Berlin. She held postdocs at the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg and at Harvard University where she also worked on a number of energy related projects in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and for the Harvard University Committee on the Environment. She held various research and teaching positions at Harvard University from 1991 until 2005. From 2005 until 2008 she was the Deputy Director for Sustainability at the Centre for Research into Earth Energy Systems at Durham University in the UK, where she initiated a carbon capture and storage working group and advised the University leadership on sustainability issues. Back in the US, she was elected President of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors in 2012, holds a number of board position. Antje received teaching awards from Harvard University and an Exceptional Contribution Award from Durham University. In 1999/2000 she co-founded the car-sharing company Zipcar.

Dr. Linda Davis

Dr. Linda Davis

Director of Partnerships, wPOWER Hub

Dr. Linda Davis serves as the Director of Partnerships at wPOWER Hub, where she directs efforts to build a global partnership promoting the central role that women must play in leading the adoption of clean cooking and lighting technologies to address both energy poverty and climate change. She was the former advisor to SmartCook Energy, a start-up company focused on introducing ethanol as a cooking fuel to Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, she worked as the Director of Biorefinery Enzymes responsible for Business Strategy and Marketing at Verenium Corporation (now part of BASF) in San Diego, CA. Linda has previous extensive experience in senior-level positions within the renewable energy sector, including algae-based biofuels and cellulosic and starch ethanol. Dr. Davis earned her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. She completed her PhD in Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Western Sydney. Dr. Davis also holds certificates in Petroleum Refining, Project Management, Finance and Accounting (Stanford University) and Designing Renewable Energy Systems (University of Nairobi).

Adriano Desideri

Adriano Desideri

CEO & Co-Founder, SOLHO

I was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. After 23 years in the Eternal City, I moved to Delft, where, in 2012, I obtained my MSc degree at TU Delft in Sustainable Energy Technology. After the MSc, I moved to Belgium for a PhD program at the University of Liege on distributed renewable energy systems. During my PhD, I collaborated with researchers from MIT (USA), DTU (DK), and FBK (IT). In 2012, I co-founded a technical consulting company working with two companies based in London, UK and Washington DC, USA. This experience and a vision for a cleaner and more sustainable world led me to the creation of SOLHO in 2017.

Zheng En

Zheng En

Managing Director, XCharge Europe GmbH

Mr. Zheng Fan finished his bachelor study at Shanghai Tongji University and master study at RWTH Aachen University in Germany respectively, both for Electrical Power Engineering. He was involved in the research work of grid connection study cooperated by FGH and SGCC CEPRI. Since 2011, he worked in DNV GL, Renewables Certification in Hamburg with the group of Grid Code Compliance. In 2014, he opened his own business in China named Beijing Energywende Co.,Ltd., active in the area of renewable integration, power market consulting and software R&D. He is member of China smart energy committee, founder of Sino-German renewable association, deputy secretary-general of Smart Energy Alliance and advisor of Asian Development Bank. He is now the Managing Director of XCharge Europe GmbH, responsible for developing European EV charging market. XCharge can give innovated IoT solutions with both charging infrastructure and software cloud solution.

Chad Frischmann

Chad Frischmann

Vice President & Research Director, Project Drawdown

Chad Frischmann is the Vice President & Research Director at Project Drawdown, where he leads the Drawdown Coalition, Senior Research Team, and Fellowship Programs. Chad is the lead researcher and principal architect of the methodology and models used in Drawdown and all related publications. With an interdisciplinary background in public policy, sustainable development, and environmental conservation, Chad brings over 17 years of experience in program management and strategic leadership to the team. He has been with the organization since its inception in 2014, working as both head of research and partnerships. Previously, Chad was the Senior Program Officer at The Europaeum, an association of leading European universities; taught at the University of Oxford and the University of California at Berkeley; and worked as a consultant and researcher for numerous organizations, from small grassroots non-profits to UN agencies such as UNESCO and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in Art History from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.

Matt Goldberg

Matt Goldberg

Fundraising and Partnerships Manager, BioLite

Matt oversees fundraising, partnership development, and grant implementation efforts at BioLite—a clean energy company that designs and manufactures products that transform the way off-grid households cook, charge devices, and light their homes. A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matt is dedicated to market-based interventions to expand clean energy access and combat climate change. Matt has previously worked as a researcher and policy analyst focusing on the role of non-state actors in international and national climate policy. At BioLite, Matt has made the leap from analysis to implementation and hasn’t looked back. His work as an energy policy analyst has been covered in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Forbes

Raúl Falcón Gracia

Raúl Falcón Gracia

Founder and CEO, Brinergy Tech., S.L.

Raúl, Industrial Engineer by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), is the founder and CEO of Brinergy Tech., a company developing and providing the most efficient and scalable water treatment systems. Brinergy own and collaborative developments (Stanford University, among others) provide novel high-performance low-energy scalable and compact systems for water treatment (desalination, waste water treatment, and ions removal) based in capacitive desionisation technology (CDI). Raúl was previously Director of Engineering and Operations at EMALSA, a large Spanish water company, leading technical teams and the operation of three water treatment plants. Raúl has over ten years of experience in design, management, and optimization of water treatment plants.

Dr. Sebastian Groh

Dr. Sebastian Groh

Managing Director, SOLshare Ltd.

Dr. Groh is a 2013 Stanford Ignite Fellow from Stanford Graduate School of Business (USA) and holds a PhD from Aalborg University (Denmark) and the Postgraduate School Microenergy Systems at the Technische Universität Berlin where he wrote his thesis on the role of energy in development processes, energy poverty and technical innovations. He published a book and multiple journal articles on the topic of decentralized electrification in the Global South. Since 2014, Dr. Groh has been working as the CEO and co-founder of SOLshare Ltd. and is an assistant professor in the Business School of North South University in Dhaka (Bangladesh). On behalf of SOLshare, he received the Intersolar Award for Outstanding Solar Businesses, the UN Momentum for Change Award, both in 2016, as well the 2017 Start-Up Energy Transition Award by the German Energy Agency (DENA) and the 2017 UN DESA Powering the Future We Want USD 1M Energy Grant, along with Grameen Shakti from Bangladesh. Dr. Groh was further selected into the SE100 2017, a list of the top 100 Social Enablers around the world. SOLshare has created a revolutionary new approach to bring affordable solar electricity to everyone in Bangladesh and beyond through its peer-to-peer solar energy trading platforms based on distributed ledger technology. SOLshare is at the brink of creating the next generation of electricity grids. The company pioneers a micro-energy transition model 3.0 by interconnecting solar home systems, monetizing excess solar energy along the value chain in real time with mobile money and empowering communities to earn a direct income from the sun.

Christoph Göller

Christoph Göller

Co-Founder, Coolar

Christoph is a co-founder of Coolar, a Berlin start-up that develops sustainable and electricity-free cooling systems for storing lifesaving medicine and vaccines at remote health facilities in developing regions without reliable electricity. The Coolar system turns the root cause of the problem of overheating pharmaceuticals - heat from the sun - into the solution, by powering its cooling with solar thermally heated water instead of electricity. Before joining Coolar in 2014 Christoph worked for Robert Bosch GmbH in Taipei where he worked on marketing a variety automotive parts - including compressors for cooling applications - to the Asia Pacific region. During his studies he spent some time in China, where he was confronted with the adverse environmental effects of economic success and convinced of the absolute necessity of making human social and economic activity ecologically sustainable.

Dr. Liran Katzir

Dr. Liran Katzir

CEO & Co-Founder, Volex Power

Dr. Liran Katzir started his professional career at Saifun semiconductors in 2003, working as a Hardware engineer. In 2005 he joined the R&D team at Applied Materials, where he held several positions over the years. In 2011, Liran joined the promising Electric Vehicle Infrastructure startup better-place as an R&D manager and headed the international standardization department, During this time Liran participated in co-drafting new international standards for Electric vehicle charging and control. In 2016, Dr. Katzir co-founded Volex Power and is the CEO ever since. In parallel to his work in the industry, Liran is an active member of the Israeli IEEE section where he hold several position such as a member of the governing body committee and the treasurer. Liran Holds a PhD from Tel Aviv Univeristy.

Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy

Managing Director of California Clean Energy Fund

Danny Kennedy is a pioneer in clean energy investment and innovation, managing director of the California Clean Energy Fund, and president of CalCharge, a membership consortium that drives breakthroughs in energy storage technology. In 2007, Mr. Kennedy co-founded Sungevity, Inc., the country’s largest privately held solar company. He also co-founded Powerhouse, the only incubator and accelerator focusing solely on supporting solar entrepreneurs. Mr. Kennedy serves on the boards of VoteSolar, the Solar Foundation in Washington, D.C., and several solar startups, including Powerhive in Kenya and Sunergise in Fiji. He is the author of the clean energy manifesto Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy—and the Planet—From Dirty Energy. Working in collaboration with other groups, he spearheaded Sungevity’s Solar on the White House campaign, which resulted in the Obama administration’s decision to place solar panels on the First Family’s residence.

Scott Kessler

Scott Kessler

Director of Business Development, LO3 Energy

Scott Kessler is the Director of Business Development for LO3 Energy in Brooklyn NY. He is responsible for educating utilities and retailers on how transactive energy and distributed energy marketplaces are creating new opportunities and business. He previously lived in San Francisco and worked for TRC Energy Services as a consultant, primarily focused on working with west coast utilities to implement energy efficiency programs, integrate renewables, and assess their impact across the grid. Prior to his time in the Bay Area, Scott lived in NYC working at NYSERDA and Connecticut Light and Power. He received his Bachelor's degree in physics from Middlebury College in Vermont and has a Master's in Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Tom Kirschbaum

Dr. Tom Kirschbaum

Co-Founder and Managing Director, door2door

Dr. Tom Kirschbaum is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of door2door, Germany's leading mobility startup. The tech company provides a platform to cities and transport companies, enabling them, for the first time, to autonomously and independently operate new mobility services (on-demand rideshare shuttles) – embedded into existing public transport infrastructures. Tom is among the strongest influencers in the German mobility and startup industry and an advocate for the ongoing dialogue between industry leaders, politicians and decision makers to create the right regulatory frameworks for new mobility services. He is a member of the Board of the German Startups Association where he represents the Association's ‘Future Mobility’ task force. Furthermore, he was appointed as a member of the ‘Young Digital Economy Board’ advising the Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany. Tom is a fully qualified lawyer and trained banker, and earned his PhD in Corporate Law at the University of Bonn in 2005.

Jutta Kleinschmidt

Jutta Kleinschmidt

Founder, Green Energy Wallet & Rallye Dakar Winner

Jutta is one of the most successful women in global motorsport. She could be referred to as “The Dakar Queen”, having created motor sport history with her triumphant victory in the 2001 Dakar Rally, and at the same time blowing away the myth that men are the best drivers. Ever since then, awards and honours have poured in for the charismatic female driver who has now become a motor sport icon and has changed the face of male dominated sport. After completing her physics degree she worked six years as an engineer at the research and development department in the automotive industry. Her racing career started on motorcycles before she changed to four wheels. During her motorsport career she became involved in the development of the most successful rally cars. In addition to motorsport, Jutta loves all manner of challenges. She participated by bicycle in the Race Across America and has a helicopter license. After 17 Dakar participations with six Top-5 finishes in the overall standings, Jutta Kleinschmidt today passes on her experiences as a highly seasoned and experienced keynote speaker. To complement this, she wrote her book "Mein Sieg bei der Dakar". In the last years, Jutta Kleinschmidt has remained true to motor sport, with regular participations in 24-hour races, for example at the Nürburgring or in several off-road rallies. In 2015 Jutta has lunched the “WIMC-QMMF Women’s Cross Country Selection”, a race driver selection program to encourage more women into Cross Country motor sport. In 2016 Jutta Kleinschmidt has developed a new race buggy together with a very successful German team. To make this car competitive she raced in the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies. She even has led the 2016 FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies (2WD Trophy) until the project was finished. She finished the season 2016 as vice champion with only 3 participations of 8 FIA World Cup Events.

Angela Kreitenweis

Angela Kreitenweis

Expert for AI & Blockchain ecosystems

Angela is an expert for AI & Blockchain ecosystems and business development. From 2016 to 2018 she joined innogy Innovation Hub and set up the Berlin activities in venture development and startup investments from scratch. Since 2017 she works with idalab Berlin driving development of AI & data business models for and with clients e.g. in health and real estate. In the past she worked for clients like BMW, SAP, audible or Telefónica in order to develop new business models, pilot new technology or set up collaboration with startups. Her areas of interest are AI governance, decentralized economies and time traveling.

Andreas Kuhlmann

Andreas Kuhlmann

Chief Executive, German Energy Agency (dena)

Andreas Kuhlmann was appointed dena's Chief Executive in July 2015. Among others, the graduate physicist has held positions at the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW), the German Embassy in Stockholm and the European Parliament, the German Parliament and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Andreas Kuhlmann (born in Recklinghausen in 1967, catholic, married, one daughter) majored in physics and minored in economics at the universities of Bonn, Heidelberg and Corvallis (USA). He started his career at the Institute of Environmental Physics at Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg. As a next step, he worked as a consultant and office manager at various political organisations and establishments, including the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament, followed by the SPD party, the SPD parliamentary group and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. In 2007, Mr Kuhlmann joined the German Embassy in Stockholm where he was in charge of the department for social matters and, temporarily, the economics department. Upon his return from Sweden in autumn 2008, he was appointed office manager of the SPD party leader Franz Müntefering. Two years later, in 2010, he became Director Strategy and Politics of the BDEW where he managed the Politics and Economics departments. In this position, he was responsible for the association's strategic and political development as well as its communications with politics, business and the public. He was furthermore in charge of coordinating all activities relating to the energy transition, the positioning of the energy industry in matters of the future electricity market design, the conceptualisation and processing of energy industry data, analyses and scenarios and of future fiscal issues surrounding the energy transition.

Taavi Madiberk

Taavi Madiberk

CEO & Co-Founder, Skeleton Technologies

• Co-Founder of Skeleton • Former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Estonian Railways • Serial entrepreneur

Trent McConaghy

Trent McConaghy

Founder & CTO, Ocean Protocol | BigchainDB

Trent McConaghy did AI research for two decades, including machine creativity and AI to help drive Moore's Law, via two startups (both acquired) and a PhD. For the last several years he's worked on blockchain, focusing on democratizing data via Ocean decentralized substrate for AI data & services, BigchainDB decentralized database, and advising the Estonia E-residency program.

Petr Mìkovec

Petr Mìkovec

Co-founder & Chairman of the Board, Inven Capital

Petr Míkovec is Managing Director and co-founder of INVEN CAPITAL where he is responsible for overall fund strategy including fundraising, deal sourcing, investment process and portfolio value enhancement. Petr was directly responsible for the successful raising of EUR 50 million from the European Investment Bank, investments into sonnen https://www.sonnenbatterie.de/en/start, tado° https://www.tado.com/de/ and Cloud&Heat technologies https://www.cloudandheat.com/de where he serves as an Advisory Board Member. In addition to this, Petr represents INVEN at the Corporate Club of Environmental Technologies Fund based in London. Petr has over 10 years of experience in the Energy sector, and over 5 years in Investment Banking. Prior to joining INVEN, Petr worked at various positions in CEZ a.s. where he, as Corporate Development Director, implemented the corporate venture fund as one of the key building blocks of CEZ group strategy and raised EUR 190 mil from CEZ group. He introduced the scenario approach to valuations and supervised/led valuations of large investments and divestments between EUR 100 million and EUR 1 billion. Prior to his energy career, Petr worked as the Head of Online Business at Patria Finance (leading investment bank in CZ, member of KBC Group), where Petr turned firms Patria Online and Patria Direct to profitability within two years. Petr holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and Managerial Information Systems at the University of Economics in Prague. He graduated with the highest GPA in his class and completed an eight month Professional Diploma Program in Business administration, including taking part in an International Internship program as equity analyst at Technovision management fund (hedge fund based in Los Altos Silicon Valley) at UC Berkeley XT (California).

Julia Padberg

Julia Padberg

Investment Manager, SET Ventures

Julia is Investment Manager at SET Ventures. She concentrates on deal flow sourcing, DD and portfolio management and serves as board observer at Energyworx and GreenCom. Formerly, she worked in investment banking and consultancy.

Christian Rauch

Christian Rauch

Founder, STATE Festival

"With the accelerating impact of technological innovations, Christian Rauch is committed to finding new ways to connect people with science and develop positive future visions. After a PhD in Applied Physics and working in academic research and technology transfer, Christian has founded STATE Festival with the mission to to explore current developments in science and technology where cutting edge research transforms society. Christian has initiated and worked with several grass-roots science initiatives, is lecturer at the European Center for Executive Development (CEDEP) and ambassador for the IBM Watson AI XPRIZE."

Fabien Sauthier

Fabien Sauthier

Business Development & Finance, MotionTag

Fabien Sauthier is responsible for the business development at MotionTag, where meeting and collaborating with tomorrow’s smart city stakeholders is a center point of the Berlin-based company. His passion for mobility and providing better travel experiences to people is complemented by his background coming from the banking sector and a Master in Finance at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Alexie Seller

Alexie Seller

CEO & Cofounder, Pollinate Energy

Having always had a passion for low-carbon energy, Alexie graduated from Mechanical Engineering where she focussed on renewable, particularly tidal energy. Following this she worked as a project engineer at Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, exploring nuclear technology and design as a young graduate, and at AGL as a retail business analyst resolving issues in the consumer energy market. Throughout her studies and professional life, Alexie has also held multiple local and international community leadership roles, culminating in a position as Energy Hub Coordinator for Engineers Without Borders in 2012, which sparked her passion for improving energy access in the developing world. Alexie is now co-founder and CEO of Pollinate Energy, which brings life-changing products to people who need them most, the families of India’s city slums. Pollinate Energy also provides leadership training to emerging leaders and social entrepreneurs from around the world to further promote the impact of this work.

Burkhard Stork

Burkhard Stork

Executive Director, German Cyclists’ Association

Burkhard Stork is executive director of the German Cyclists’ Association ADFC – with more than 165,000 members the world largest association for cycling advocacy. The ADFC promotes bicycle use in all societal areas such as individual transport, logistics and tourism. Burkhard Stork is one of the leading advocates for urban cycling - promoting safe and attractive bike infrastructure for all at the national and international level. Stork (*1972) is a catholic theologian by training. Previous to his position at the ADFC Stork managed a large German patient association. Stork is married, a father of three and lives with his family in Berlin.

Tina Zierul

Tina Zierul

Senior Director Public Policy, Chargepoint

Tina is responsible for ChargePoint’s political relations in Germany and supports the Brussels liaisons. She has been a member of Germany’s National Platform E-Mobility since 2011 and headed the Working Group on Charging Infrastructure and Grid Integration during her time with German utility E.ON until last year. With her Masters in Energy Economics and Journalism, she has worked as a spindoctor and project manager for German utilities E.ON and RWE and for the Federal Foreign Office for 15 years. She covered renewable energy policy, climate change and since 2010 is an EV enthusiast e-biking to official meetings if possible.

Christian Huder

Christian Huder

Founder, innergy.berlin

Christian founded innergy.berlin in 2013 which is a consultancy specialized in innovation management in the field of energy, clean tech and digitalization. His preferred method to bring innovation to life is building start-ups, whose development he is supporting in many ways. Among them are company builder activities, jury and mentor roles in many accelerators and start-up competitions, as well as corporate start-up collaboration and ecosystem development. He furthermore helps start-ups to receive financing and acts as an angel investor. Together with DENA he is currently bringing the second edition of the global Start Up Energy Transition Award to life. Beyond that, his recent main project has been building the innogy Innovation Hub in Berlin as well as scouting and investing in early stage startups. His current passion is the Token Economy, because blockchain based tokens are enabling whole new business models and incentive architectures, that can be a crucial building block towards a sustainable economy that we need to prevent climate change.

Dr. René Mono

Dr. René Mono

Chairman, 100 Prozent Erneuerbar Stiftung

Rene joined 100 Prozent Erneuerbar Stiftung in 2011 as its managing director and was appointed executive board member in 2015. In addition, he is a board member with Bündnis Bürgerenergie and Veolia Stiftung and a project consultant with the independent think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung. After graduating in communication science, he worked in public affairs in Chile and Côte d’Ivoire. From 2004 until 2011, he worked for Ketchum Pleon in Berlin und Bruxelles, first as a communications consultant before becoming board member and manager of global energy-practice. He holds a PhD in communications and has published numerous articles, including on European energy policy.

Dr. Elad Verbin

Dr. Elad Verbin

Founding Partner, Berlin Innovation Ventures

Dr. Elad Verbin is a Berlin-based Computer Scientist, specializing in blockchain, algorithm engineering and predictive modeling. He is a founding partner in Berlin Innovation Ventures, a Berlin tech VC fund run solely by R&D experts, focusing on early-seed investments into algorithm-based ventures. At BIV, Elad is working to revitalize the original purpose of risk capital -- to grow cutting-edge algorihmic innovation into defensible tech-based unicorns. In Blockchain space, Elad works on blockchain filesystems, governance, and macro-cryptoeconomics among others. His interest lie in Computer Science, Economics, Public Policy, and Futurism. Elad received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tel Aviv University.

The Corporate Challenges 2018

At Tech Festival we make start-up collaborations happen. Our corporate partners provide a specific challenge or case from their industry and the brightest start-up teams from across the globe work on specific solutions for their problem.

Driving Energy Transition through Tokens and Coins

Driving Energy Transition through Tokens and Coins

Cryptocurrency tokens are a tool to holistically design a market and influence participants’ behaviour. What a chance for energy transition! You can incentivize beneficial behavior. You can sanction bad actions. However token design is about handling complex systems. And since this is very new, knowledge and in particular long-term experience with tokens is quite scarce. In our workshop we’ll take a look at existing token designs. How have founders of successful blockchain companies designed their token model? We’ll discuss this with experts in game theory, psychology and regulation. The following companies will join our workshop: Neufund (Financing of companies/assets via Tokens), WePower (Financing of assets and utilization of energy via Tokens), LO3 (Provision of reserve/ balancing power via Tokens/ Blockchain).

Hybrid Solar & Digitized Services for accelerating the energy transition

Hybrid Solar & Digitized Services for accelerating the energy transition

Workshop 1: Farewell fossils (?) - Hybrid systems win: System design and operational strategies for Solar PV, Battery and/or Diesel integration
Workshop 2: Operational services for Solar, Wind & Storage facing the power of digitization: measure, transmit, monitor, gather, analyze, derive actions & implement improvements.

Energy networks - the backbone of the energy transition

Energy networks - the backbone of the energy transition

With the EU setting ambitious targets to transform the energy system, both new opportunities and challenges arise. On one hand, the fast growth of energy production from renewable energy sources offers new economically attractive opportunities. On the other hand, it creates technological and financial challenges for a number of players, including network operators.

At our workshop, we will travel to the near future. Focusing on three real examples, we will present a challenge that network operators are currently facing: the costs and delays associated with conventional network reinforcements prevent economical connection of renewable generation into the energy system. With support of energy experts from E.ON, we will then work in groups to solve how the integration of renewables could speed up, remain affordable, benefit the communities around it and create new opportunities. The workshop will finish with short presentations of bought and on-the-spot developed solutions and awards for the most innovative ideas.

Startup Pitch Stage

Startup Pitch Stage

All startups participating at Tech Festival have the chance to pitch at our pitch stage @Palais. In case you register in time, we will set the stage for you and give you 3 minutes to convince the audience about your business idea. Take advantage of the community at Tech Festival and register now (start-up ticketholders only)

SET Lab

SET Lab

The SET Lab is dena’s newest format in their efforts to boost innovation in the energy sector. Supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the SET Lab provides start-ups with the opportunity to discuss the existing regulatory framework in the German energy sector with experts from dena, the responsible representatives within the ministries, and other stakeholders interested in cooperation. The goal of the SET Lab is to raise awareness about regulatory issues which hold weight for the future development of businesses and the existing regulatory framework.

Accelerator Showcases

Successful accelerators from our network will bring their most promising start-ups to the Tech Festival.

A² Accelerator

A² Accelerator's main focus are successful pilot projects between start-ups and industry partners who are striving for open innovation and business development, no equity from start-ups, professional coaching, custom made consulting. A² Team serves as a sparring-partner and moderator along the entire program.

Lumenaza GmbH

Lumenaza GmbH

A utility-in-a-box software, allowing PV systems and storage to be combined

Lumenaza offers a software to transform any energy market player into an innovative digital utility. We enable suppliers and new actors to make the growing number of consumers with decentralized systems the core of their business model. With our self-developed utility-in-a-box software, PV systems and storage can be combined and intelligently controlled, and new tariff combinations integrated.

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smartB Energy Management GmbH

smartB Energy Management GmbH

Transparency in consumption distribution

smartB changes your perspective on energy consumption. Using high-resolution energy data and machine-learning techniques, smartB offer you exceptional transparency in your consumption distribution. Through the combination of big data analysis and intuitive visualization we have become leaders in our field. Using this approach we are able to transform sustainability into your economical advantage.

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USE MY ENERGY GmbH

USE MY ENERGY GmbH

Reconfiguration of energy facilities by using different ways of energy generations

With the software applications from USE MY ENERGY you can reconfigure existing energy facilities or plan new ones by using different ways of energy generations. Furthermore the software applications take fully automatised control of the facility and generate daily excess sales revenue by utilizing peak load prices and electricity consumptions. The whole process is working decentral and considers the conditions of the dynamic electricity market like price- and wheaterforcast. Our customers are enabled to benefit from the changes in the energy sector.

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Canada (Partner Country)

Canada’s Low Carbon Future - Through its participation in COP21 Mission Innovation, Canada has committed to double its investments in clean energy research, development and demonstration over the next five years. We are building a better Canada so that everyone has the jobs, skills and learning to solve global challenges and strengthen communities. At the TechFestival 2018 Global Affairs Canada is pleased to showcase Canadian innovation for the energy transition to a global public.

e-ZN

e-ZN

Storing energy in physically free metal

Founded in 2012, e-Zn is a Toronto based corporation that has developed a breakthrough electrochemical technology, the Zn Reactor, for storing energy in zinc metal. This economical energy storage solution will make renewable energy such as solar and wind economic, competitive, and reliable.

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OpusOne

OpusOne

Grid focused optimization

Opus One’s GridOS is the industries’ first platform that enables a value-based optimization approach around distributed energy resources. The core platform supports full 3-phase unbalanced modelling of distribution networks, state estimation in real-time, and multi-objective and agent-based optimization. By providing an unprecedented access to grid focused optimization, GridOS enables use cases around planning in an as operated state around distributed energy resources, real-time operation that support a techno-economic optimization, and distribution markets for energy resources to trade grid services on, providing the first enhanced system layer for distribution networks. With this technology, Opus One has been pioneering utility solutions leading to industry first deployments such as a distribution market with National Grid in New York State. In addition, Opus One has received several highly prestigious awards over the past years, such as being recognized as a 2018 Global Cleantech 100 company by CTG (Cleantech Group).

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PBES

PBES

Maritime Power Systems

Plan B Energy Storage provides energy solutions to optimize power systems on marine, grid and heavy industrial applications. PBES’ expertise, quality, safety and service provide a lifetime of performance and value to power hybrid and full electric ferries, offshore supply vessels, large hybrid yachts, port equipment and grid support applications.

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CleanTech Innovation Center

Is your start-up in the growth phase? CIC can put you in touch with the experts you need! Their mentors are experienced entrepreneurs, company founders, and experts with excellent specialized knowledge of distribution, law, marketing, business development, and PR. The program helps start-ups to successfully develop and expand their companies, whether they are specialized in IT, e-commerce, or hardware.

Climate KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest climate innovation network; supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and aimed at accelerating growth to a zero-carbon economy. The initiative funds and supports innovation programmes with entrepreneurs, business, students and academia to help mitigate for and adapt to climate change.

Envelio

Envelio

Intelligent Grid Platform

• Energiewende’ takes place in electric distribution grids. This is where renewable energy sources and electric vehicles are connected. envelio aspires to contribute to a cost efficient transformation of the energy system. Our Intelligent Grid Platform offers DSOs a solution to automatically plan and operate flexible power grids in the digital era.

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node.energy

node.energy

Optimization of on-site power generation in industrial microgrids

node.energy provides a software for commercial optimization of on-site power generation in industrial microgrids. This helps corporates reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions.

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Nuventura

Nuventura

GIS for the full medium voltage range

Nuventura has developed the world’s only GIS for the full medium voltage range which uses atmospheric air as the insulating gas while maintaining all advantages of SF6 GIS. Due to a fundamentally new design, both the production and operation of Nuventura’s technology are less costly than comparable SF6 GIS. Furthermore, the production process is simplified and any handling of synthetic and hazardous gases has been made obsolete. In fact, Nuventura’s technology does not only meet the advantages of SF6 GIS, it creates new opportunities at the same time. The use of atmospheric air as the insulating gas enables operators to access the inner components of the switchgear when necessary making possible the gathering of valuable data that had, until now, been impossible to access.

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Volterion

Volterion

New generation of redox-flow batteries

• Volterion is a Fraunhofer spin-off and has developed a new generation of redox-flow batteries (RFB) and related components for cheapest industrial bulk energy storage. By applying novel materials and a fully automated high throughput manufacturing processes for the core battery component "Stack" we are reducing manufacturing cost of these batteries by half. Our products are enabling the lowest price of storage and allow for a widespread adoption of industrial bulk energy storage solutions. We aim to becoming the world’s largest supplier of redox-flow stacks to battery manufacturers.

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Cluster Solaire - Climate Innovation Center Morocco

Cluster Solaire - Climate Innovation Center Morocco

The Morocco Climate Innovation Center (MCIC) was launched in 2014 by Masen with the support of the World Bank/infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (CTP). The MCIC is part of a global network of Climate Innovation Centers and represents the first clean-tech hub in the region. The MCIC supports clean-tech entrepreneurs from Morocco and the MENA region in the design, development and launch of their clean-tech projects.

Biodôme Du Maroc

Biodôme Du Maroc

Biogas Plants for farmers

BIODÔME MAROC brings an innovative solution that ensures Moroccan farmers with energy independence, by implementing biogas plant on their own farms.BIODÔME MAROC is specializes in anaerobic digestion of organic waste, organic operation that allows the degradation of organic and agricultural waste to produce biogas (methane) and compost (fertilizer).

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Elpalm

Elpalm

Autonomous public resting point

ELPALM (Electric Palm) is a totally autonomous public resting point, shaped like a palm. The Biomimicry was used to make the ELPALM design not only functional but also pleasant to the eye for a well integration in the urban environment. For a best adaptation to the local conditions there are two versions of ELPALM: Wind turbine and photovoltaic. Elpalm provides shaded resting area and public lighting.

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Elum Energy

Elum Energy

Artificial intelligence software to help control an energy storage system coupled with a photovoltaic production system

Elum develops the Energy Operating System (EOS), an artificial intelligence software to help control an energy storage system coupled with a photovoltaic production system. This solution is aimed at industrial and commercial players wishing to benefit from a local, reliable and adapted to their needs within the framework of partial self-consumption; all this at controlled cost.

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Envision Energy (远景能源)

Envision Energy is a global renewable energy company that provides smart wind turbines, energy management software, and energy technology services. Envision is enabling the power system of the future through its EnOS® digital platform which is connected to over 100 GW of renewable energy resources including wind, solar, electric vehicles, storage, and load.

AutoGrid

AutoGrid

Managing networked distributed energy resources

AutoGrid builds software applications that enable a smarter distributed energy world. The company’s suite of flexibility management applications allows utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers and energy service providers to deliver clean, affordable and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time and at scale. AutoGrid applications are built on the AutoGrid Energy Internet Platform™ (EIP™), with patented Predictive Controls™ technology to monitor, predict, optimize and control millions of distributed assets connected across global energy networks. AutoGrid has more than 2,500 megawatts of DERs under contract with more than 30 leading energy companies around the world, including National Grid, E.ON, Florida Power & Light, NextEra Energy, Eneco, Portland General Electric and CPS Energy.

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ChargePoint

ChargePoint

Open EV charging network

ChargePoint brings electric vehicle (EV) charging to more people and places than ever before with the world’s largest and most open EV charging network. We design, build and support all of the technology that powers this network, from charging station hardware to energy management software to a mobile app.

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Sonnen

Sonnen

Lithium energy storage systems & platform

sonnen group is global market leader of lithium energy storage systems and operator of the largest platform for electricity sharing. Its sonnenCommunity replaces conventional energy providers and already provides more than 100.000 people with clean and afforrdable energy.

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E.ON :agile accelerator

The :agile accelerator speeds up the future! They nurture new business ideas for a better energy future. Combining the expertise and immense network of major industry player E.ON with the tech and business savvy of our accelerator mentors, :agile helps European startups turn innovative ideas into successful business models. They are seeking exciting solutions enabling smart homes, commercial buildings and industrial.

DABBEL – Automation Intelligence GmbH

DABBEL – Automation Intelligence GmbH

Ai-Autonomous Building Management System

DABBEL is an Ai-Autonomous Building Management System (Ai-BMS) with the ability to self-manage building control systems more efficiently than any human. Controls include, but are not limited to, building temperature, ventilation and lighting. The software makes its own decisions, through a self-learning, self-adapting and self-configuring system with cognitive artificial intelligence. DABBEL can reduce energy and operational costs by more than 50% and simultaneously increase the wellness and productivity of tenants by ensuring a healthy environment.

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Hero Balancer

Hero Balancer

A universal add-on to add intelligence to large-scale heating

Hero Balancer is a universal add-on to add intelligence to large-scale heating. After installation Hero is matching and predicting heat demand and supply. By releasing the existing data in the heating installation, using the weather forecast and our unique artificial intelligence we make heating installations efficient and sustainable! A win-win situation for the environment, the temperature comfort and your wallet!

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Perto

Perto

Energy efficiency service provider

perto is an energy efficiency service provider which helps people save energy and money by replacing inefficient electrical equipment. With our state of the art software, we are able to provide an individual calculation of energy consumption and potential savings. At the same time we offer a flat rate service, which includes the installation by a qualified local installer and the filing of the subsidy form. Our first product, is the state-subsidized replacement of heating and circulation pumps, which will be used for purposes of process and technology development. In the long-term, we seek to replace all electrical equipment for both, private households and corporate customers.

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PowerJames

PowerJames

Next generation authorization and billing via smartphone

We provide next generation authorization and billing via smartphone. Especially for e-mobility and smart metering we offer full system solutions that achieve high convenience, efficiency and availability. Our offline solution is able to equip any device with a reliable and comfortable digital payment or authentication system without you having to provide internet connectivity. We have our own apps and also the possibility to integrate it in your app.

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InnoEnergy

InnoEnergy is the innovation engine for sustainable energy across Europe. Together with their partners they support and invest at an early stage in innovations and start-ups to ensure great ideas become commercially attractive technologies.

ecoligo GmbH

ecoligo GmbH

Low-cost solar energy

ecoligo provides a fully financed solar-as-a-service solution for businesses in emerging markets. With a complete digital platform for financing and delivering solar projects, we remove the barriers that prevent such projects from being realised. Supplying these businesses with affordable electricity enables them to grow and boost the local economy. The need Local businesses in developing countries face high electricity costs and lack a stable power supply. Solar energy systems are the solution to these issues. However, due to the situation in these countries, they don’t have access to finance for these. The solution ecoligo provides low cost solar energy to local businesses, saving them up to 40% on their energy costs. The solar projects are financed through the crowdinvesting platform ecoligo.investments, offering fixed and attractive returns to private investors. Investments start from 500€ and save tonnes of CO2 emissions, enabling impactful citizen participation in the global energy transition. Find out more at ecoligo.com. The value proposition ecoligo can offer affordable, clean electricity to businesses in emerging markets. The cost savings enable them to grow and support the local economy. ecoligo’s solution is digital, facilitating fast, easy and transparent interactions for clients, partners and crowdinvestors.

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Solarworx

Solarworx

Solar electric energy systems to off-grid population

SolarWorX is a renewable energy start-up founded in 2017 in order to provide solar electric energy systems to the off-grid population of 1.4 billion people in emerging countries. We aim to limit the climate impact of the growing demand for energy by substituting fossil fuels like diesel and kerosine. This will help to improve peoples quality of life by offering clean solar energy for their homes and by creating local job opportunities. The target customers are therefore private households that have a demand for lighting and multimedia devices like TVs but we also enable local entrepreneurs to run businesses on the solar system. We focus on B2B by finding local distribution partners selling our systems to the end customers. Market pain: In Africa over 20Mil kerosene lamps are found in Kenya alone, if replaced around 850 Mil liters of kerosene can be saved annually. The impact of diesel generators for electricity generation is estimated to be at least 3 to 10 times higher. Looking at the larger picture, in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa 300 million off-grid households consume 12 billion liters of kerosene causing 32 billion kg of CO2 and black carbon emissions yearly ready to be substituted. The current usage of primarily fossile fuels in the off-grid market also has severe health implications, in particular on Children. Despite fast economic growth the unemployment rate in Kenya is almost 40% that could be tackled if there was energy to run businesses. The gain with solarworx: Expenditures on energy for lighting alone can consume up to 20% of a rural households income or in other words around 10€/month which we defined as our monthly installment rate for the utilization of the solar system until the customers owns it after two years and has cost-free energy from then on. The system also comes with an integrated phone charging business solution, if running well this business can generate 10€ of income every 3 days, assuming a phone charging fee of around 20€ Cent per charge. The systems is an enabling tool that allows a variety of other business opportunities such as maize griding, power tools, irrigation pumps, power for shops (longer opening hours).

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vilisto GmbH

vilisto GmbH

Self-learning radiator thermostat for office spaces

vilisto offers an energy saving solution for radiator heated office buildings enabling savings of up to 40% off heating costs. The AI-based proprietary technology uses self-learning algorithms and integrated presence detection to turn off heating when users are not detected and reduces energy use by anticipating user behavior based on past room occupancy. vilisto additionally utilizes collected data to offer services providing added value for building management. The need Inefficient energy consumption has become a major issue for companies. Employees often use energy inefficiently as the cost is borne by the company creating a classic “free-rider problem”. This issue creates a huge potential for energy and cost savings as offices are being continuously heated even when they are not being used up to 80% of the time. The solution Fully automated self-learning heating technology offers a new solution. vilisto allows companies to effortlessly achieve the highest energy consumption savings available on the market without requiring a change in user behavior or manual programming. This is achieved using an AI-based radiator thermostat with integrated presence detection which learns and anticipates user behavior to control heating usage automatically. The value proposition The solution works fully automated from the very first beginning without programming of a static heating calendar or the need of an app. By this, it solves the free rider problem in office spaces and saves up to 40% of heating energy. Additionally, digital facility services, such as room climate monitoring and workplace management, allow for further operational cost reductions.

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innogy Innovation Hub

The Innovation Hub has four geographical centres of gravity in Berlin, London, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. These locations enable the innogy Innovation Hub to engage with highly relevant innovation ecosystems and be present in areas where business models are being rethought and cutting-edge technologies are being developed and deployed. They focus on ‘Machine Economy’, ‘Smart & Connected’, ‘Disruptive Digital’ and ‘Cyber Ventures’.

Fresh Energy

Fresh Energy

Power consumption with full transparency

Fresh Energy customers enjoy power consumption with full transparency and without any additional payments or hidden costs. Customers get 100% green energy, a free Smart Meter, and an intuitive energy app, which details their actual electricity consumption as well as the actual costs of individual household appliances. Our technology makes it possible to fight "power guzzlers" and suggests ways to reduce or avoid excessive energy consumption and break free the "black-box" of energy everyone is captured in.

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MotionWerk GmbH

MotionWerk GmbH

Decontrol charging network

MotionWerk is offering consulting and development services around blockchain and mobility with the focus on e-mobility solutions. Together with their partners they are building the open source blockchain based Share&Charge Network to enable seamless and smart charging.

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Shine Powered

Shine Powered

Energy transition for private households

Together with the shine technology, a comprehensive, well-founded and nationwide database of all households, intelligent algorithms and an active 3D monitoring for every home, shine creates a disruptive business model and manages to find the optimal energy solution for every individual.

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UCair

UCair

Drone inspections for solar panels

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#InvestEU - European Union

Boosting investment in sustainable energy projects and renewables is one of the strategic priorities of the Investment Plan for Europe, a flagship initiative of the European Commission and the European investment Bank (EIB Group) to support jobs and sustainable growth in the EU.

Skeleton Technologies

Skeleton Technologies

Ultracapacitor based energy storage solutions

Skeleton Technologies is Europe’s leading producer of ultracapacitors and ultracapacitor based energy storage solutions built with graphene-type materials.

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Sunpartner

Sunpartner

Innovative Photovoltaic Solutions

Boosting investment in sustainable energy projects and renewables is one of the strategic priorities of the Investment Plan for Europe, a flagship initiative of the European Commission to support jobs and sustainable growth in the EU, in a strategic partnership with the European Investment Bank (EIB Group). To showcase EU-funded innovative solutions in the area of energy efficiency, the European Commission and EIB will be joined at the stand by Skeleton and Sunpartner. Skeleton Technologies is Europe’s leading producer of ultracapacitors and ultracapacitor based energy storage solutions built with graphene-type materials. Sunpartner Technologies develops and integrates photovoltaic glass for the building, consumer electronics and transportation markets.

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Kenya Clima Innovation Center

The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) provides holistic, country-driven support to accelerate the development, deployment and transfer of locally relevant climate and clean energy technologies. The KCIC provides incubation, capacity building services and financing to Kenyan entrepreneurs and new ventures that are developing innovative solutions in energy, water and agribusiness to address climate change challenges. The KCIC is an initiative supported by the World Bank's infoDev and is the first in a global network of CICs being launched by infoDev's Climate Technology Program (CTP).

Riecotel Group

Riecotel Group

Engineering & Investment

Riecotel Group is an Engineering firm with the core objective of providing high quality products & services as solutions to a wide range of clientele in Service, Construction, Manufacturing, and Telecom & Energy Industries. Sunpawa Energy is a subsidiary of Riecotel Group-(experts in Telecom and Energy Integration) is a renewable energy and energy efficiency operator offering Energy-As-A-Service on Pay-As- You-Use Tariff using One-Green-Grid Smart Grid Technology built on Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analytics to deliver clean, affordable, efficient, reliable and sustainable energy to homes, estates and industries.

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Future pump

Future pump

Solar irrigation pumps for farmers

There are 500 million one-acre farmers around the world. Rainfall has become very unpredictable due to climate change and fuel for petrol pumps is expensive. The SF2 solar irrigation pump is both robust and portable. It offers smallholder farmers a cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable alternative to costly and polluting petrol or diesel pumps. Irrigating crops leads to more reliable harvests and provides the opportunity to grow and sell produce out of season. This can bring huge economic benefits to the farmers, their families and the wider community. Access to affordable irrigation is a major limit to farm productivity. In Africa only around 5% of cultivated land is irrigated, compared to 41% in Asia. Futurepump is on a mission to design, develop and manufacture robust solar irrigation products for small scale farmers. So far we have sold over 3,000 pumps globally through distribution partners in 9 countries.

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Kitui Industries

Kitui Industries

Lint cotton and bio-diesel

The company’s main products are lint cotton and bio-diesel. However, it ventured into biodiesel production in 2013. The production process is carried out at their Kitui site owned by the family. The process starts at the roller gins, where the lint is separated from the seeds. The lint is then passed through a series of gins where it’s compressed in bales, banded with straps and wrapped ready for shipment. The seeds are crushed to produce the bio-diesel. In addition, the byproduct of the seeds crushing process is the cotton seeds cake. These are sold to animal feeds manufacturing companies. The facility produces 250 litres of crude oil on a daily basis.

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Rockstart

Rockstart is one of Europe's first multi-vertical startup accelerators and has the goal to provide startups with access to the market, capital, knowledge, and community. Since then Rockstart has become the specialist in building entire ecosystems around specific domains. In the Smart Energy Accelerator Program the focus is on internet technology and game changing business models to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable energy supply.

SET Lab

The SET Lab is dena’s newest format in their efforts to boost innovation in the energy sector. It provides start-ups with the opportunity to discuss the existing regulatory framework in the German energy sector with experts from dena, the responsible representatives within the ministries, and other stakeholders interested in cooperation. The goal of the SET Lab is to raise awareness about regulatory issues which hold weight for the future development of businesses and the existing regulatory framework.

Techstars Energy Accelerator

Techstars first Nordic accelerator, Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Statoil, is based in Norway. Along with their other partners, KONGSBERG and McKinsey & Company, Techstars Energy Accelerator is seeking innovative solutions within 4 areas in the energy sector: oil and gas, new business models, digitalization and renewables. And every exciting technology that is enabling energy platforms for the future.

Wincubator

The Wincubator is the investment and innovation wing of Wilo; it is how Wilo connects to the startup world. The Wincubator focuses on supporting startups that are developing innovative digital solutions, technologies and business models around Smart Urban Areas, primarily in the areas of Water Innovation and Smart Building. United by a vision for a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable future, the Wincubator works with connectors, industry experts and co-investment partners on strategic investment opportunities and co-creation and open innovation projects.

Startup-Speeddating

Make the most of your visit to the Tech Festival 2018! With the Tech Festival Startup-Speeddating we will support you in your search for new investment opportunities and connect you with the right cooperation partners. The SET Initiative organizes the Startup-Speeddating 2018 in cooperation with Energieloft.

  • Investors: meet the most promising start-ups in your fields of investment.
  • Founders: receive a 1:1 feedback on your pitch (deck) and improve even faster!
  • Investors: have direct access to pitch decks, founders and detailed information of the start-ups.
  • Founders: meet strong investors with a broad expertise in cleantech.