The next Mayor of London’s TechInvest event will showcase a range of London’s leading innovators tackling the challenges of climate change and global warming. With COP26 being held in Glasgow later this year, the UK has committed to working with all countries to join forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of the event. The Mayor has been clear that sustainability and the green economy are pivotal to London’s recovery from Covid-19, offering London’s GreenTech founders the opportunity to play a key role in redefining the ways in which we’re tackling the effects of climate change, managing its side effects or finding ways to manage the city’s resources in the most sustainable way.
Applications are now open to businesses that are using technology to improve areas such as air pollution, climate change, energy production, renewables, waste reduction, clean water, transport, low carbon – and any other GreenTech applications relevant to London. This next TechInvest event will showcase a range of stand-out startup to scale-up businesses that are actively raising between £250k-£3m.
In order to apply to part take part in the showcase, please complete the following form.
Ana Avaliani, Director, Enterprise and Sustainable Development – Royal Academy of Engineering
Ana Avaliani is the Director of Enterprise and Sustainable Development at the Royal Academy of Engineering supporting engineering and technology innovators and entrepreneurs looking to solve today’s most complex economic and social challenges. Ana started her career in a telecommunications start-up with a role focusing on technology scouting, finding and implementing novel technologies. Ana has extensive experience in innovation management across public and private sectors in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining the Academy, Ana worked at PA Consulting Group, technology and innovation consultancy firm, leading on high profile projects including the setup of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub in Lebanon, Beirut.
Beverley Gower-Jones FEI, Managing Partner – Clean Growth Fund
Beverley has a proven track record and is a thought leader in early stage cleantech investments and commercialisation, she has over 30 years’ experience in the international energy sector. 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. 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 the global economy. Prior to Managing Partner at Clean Growth Fund and CEO of Carbon Limiting Technologies, she was a founder and Vice President, Shell Technology Ventures, instrumental in Shell’s technology venturing strategy. Fellow of the Energy Institute, BSc Mining Geology, Cardiff.
Mandy Nyarko – Co-Founder, Startup Discovery School / Managing Director – Exeter Velocities
Mandy is an innovation consultant who has built various acceleration and incubation programmes across the UK. She has coached and helped raise investment for, over 200 startups who range from sectors such as FMCG, Fintech, Clean tech, bio tech and many more. Her core skills are strategic growth, investment readiness and execution, and operational management. Startups that she has supported have raised over 15M in pre series A investment and turned over 20M plus.
She is venture scout at Ada ventures, a 30M seed stage fund investing in underrepresented founders.
Andrew Wordsworth – Co-Founder, Managing Partner & CEO – Sustainable Ventures
Andrew Wordsworth is a Founder and Managing Partner of Sustainable Ventures which was established in 2011 with a vision of the world in which the twin challenges of climate change and resource scarcity are addressed by commercial solutions. Over the last 10 years we have founded 8 companies to this end, invested in 27 and supported a further 250. Our team includes some of the country’s most talented venture development and early stage investment professionals all dedicated to creating value for our community whilst making the world a better place.
Through Sustainable Workspaces we develop and curate inspiring co-working spaces. Our two sites – ‘Sustainable Bridges’ and ‘Sustainable County Hall’ – sits at the centre of Europe’s largest Cleantech Ecosystem with over 50 sustainability start-ups in residence.
Through the Sustainable Accelerator we have invested in 27 companies over the last four years. From circular economy to subsea innovation, agritech to domestic energy efficiency – our four cohorts to date include some of the most exciting Cleantech businesses around.
At heart though Andrew and the team are still entrepreneurs, and through our Venture Development function continue to take our own ideas from concept through to exit.
Prior to establishing Sustainable Ventures, Andrew had over 15 years’ experience in the energy and climate change sector – including roles within Esso, Bain, Arthur D Little and as Managing Director of Carbon Trust Enterprises. Andrew holds an M.Eng from the University of Cambridge where he was awarded the Fox Prize in Chemical Engineering.
Alex Pitt – Co-Founder, Mustard Seed
Alex is Co-founder at Mustard Seed, a VC that seeks to enable the creation of world-class businesses that generate positive and sustainable outcomes. Formerly Senior Vice President at Mubadala in Abu Dhabi, Project Leader with The Boston Consulting Group in New York, Chicago and Dubai, and Investment Banking Analyst with Goldman Sachs in London.