About our guest

Sabine Scheunert studied Business Mathematics in Bielefeld, Germany, and European Business Management at the German Business School (FDHW). In 1998, subsequent to graduation, she launched her career in the automobile industry at BMW, where she occupied a number of positions in Germany and France, ultimately in an executive function in product management, before relocation to Eastern Europe for BMW in 2006.

In 2010 Sabine Scheunert joined PSA Peugeot Citroën in Paris and worked for the French automobile manufacturer as the worldwide head of Customer Relationship Management for all the brands under the PSA banner. As the first ever female CEO within the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group, Ms. Scheunert managed business activities for the Group’s Citroën brand in Shanghai from the beginning of 2015 until her move to Mercedes-Benz.

Since joining Daimler Group Sabine has been heading up the new digital unit at Mercedes-Benz as Vice President Digital & IT Marketing/Sales Mercedes-Benz since July 2016. This newly created function brings with it responsibility for the whole range of associated IT-based marketing, sales and after-sales activities – and for the entire scope of digital customer experiences for the Mercedes-Benz brand.

In addition to the continued expansion of the company’s pioneering IT landscape, Sabine Scheunert’s remit also includes the development of new and profitable customer-centric digital services. The digital unit operates on a global scale and cooperates with a wide range of incubators and start-ups – right around the world. Sabine Scheunert is also the CIO of Mercedes me, the Mercedes-Benz personalised customer portal.

Sabine Scheunert on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabinescheunert/

Daimler on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/company/daimler/

Daimler website https://www.daimler.com/en/

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Martijn Lammers is one of the founders of Lightyear, he is currently responsible for strategy. After having won the World Solar Challenge with a team of students, and gradating his masters in industrial design from Eindhoven University of Technology, he founded Lightyear with a team of 5 aiming to accelerate the adoption of electric cars. More specifically, Lightyears mission is to provide clean mobility for everyone. Their first car, Lightyear One, is an ultra-efficient car with solar cells integrated in the hood and roof of the car.  Due to its efficiency, Lightyear One is partly self-sufficient, and can be charged by normal outlet at any other time ensuring it can independent of charging infrastructure. Lightyear One is in an exclusive segment costing €119.000 before taxes, enabling Lightyear to deliver a truly ground breaking product and developing the necessary  technology to match

Lightyear is working with a team of 130 people based in Helmond, the Netherlands combining young and experienced A-players to form a strong team capable of achieving Lightyear’s mission. Lightyear is currently in the process of building its first full prototype, to be completed in the second half of this year. The launch of this prototype will also be Lightyears launch to the public. Since the inception of Lightyear, there has also been a focus on the commercial validation of the concept as well resulting in over 80 Lightyear One’s to be reserved and paid for. This group of ambassadors forms a strong backbone of Lightyears success so far.

Martijn Lammers on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/martijn-lammers-70131b18/

Lightyear on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/company/lightyear.one/

Lightyear Cars on Twitter https://twitter.com/lightyear_cars

Lightyear website  https://lightyear.one/

Lightyear on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lightyear_cars/

Lightyear on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/lightyear.cars/

News stories discussed this week

Introduction to Lightyear on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_QAWVUoZFg

The Lean Start-up- Eric Ries https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0670921602/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Design driven innovation – Roberto Verganti https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1422124827/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1

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Jordan is one of these people who is so passionate about life. Anything that is giving a good message for the future of our planet and sustainability she is all for. Jordan has always had a very entrepreneurial spirit starting work at a very young age and naturally progressing within any company she has ever worked for to managerial status quickly.

Her background consists of radio presenting, renewable energy sales, education, to setting up her own business up in Distribution of cycling products.

Lee and Jordan linked back in 2011 during Lee’s time with the company 4eco the manufacturer of an eco-power diverter that heats the home owner’s immersion heater with surplus solar power. Jordan really found her passion within the Renewable Industry and knew this is where she belonged, Jordan brought the company millions of pounds worth of sales within her 2-year period in the company.

Jordan has been instrumental in the success of myenergi really driving the brand forward and pushing it out to a very large audience, within minimal time and with a minimal budget.

Lee and Jordan have created a market leading brand out of their little base in Binbrook/ Lincolnshire. Lee develops the products with his team, Jordan brings them to market, they’re the ultimate dream team, or pinky and the brain as Jordan often describes them both. The pair have grown the company from a small team of 6 to now just under 50 people, attracting investment from prestigious businessmen Sir Terry Leahy (Ex CEO of Tesco) & Bill Currie of the William Currie Group.

The pair invested £1.2 million to help the team grow, manage cash flow and secure components overseas to meet demand.

On a personal level Jordan has done a lot of travelling and has been around the world and back, her favourite place being California. She adores her husband, family and friends and is about to birth her first child. Jordan loves anything spiritual or ‘conspiracy based’. She classes herself as awakened & conscious. She listens to Podcasts her favourite being Joe Rogan and is a huge fan of Elon Musk’s work.

Jordan see’s herself with the myenergi brand way into the future, it’s her personal mission to turn it into a global trusted household name, being a big part of the energy and transport revolution.

Jordan Brompton on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordanbrompton/

Jordan Brompton on Twitter https://twitter.com/JordeeGee

myenergi on Twitter    https://twitter.com/MyEnergiLTD

myenergi website  https://myenergi.uk/

News stories discussed this week

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elon-Musk-Billionaire-SpaceX-Shaping/dp/0753555646/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551797670&sr=8-1&keywords=elon+musk+autobiography

Management in Ten words – Sir Terry Leahy – https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1847940919/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

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Toddington Harper, CEO of GRIDSERVE, is an experienced clean-energy entrepreneur, executive and investor with more than 16 years of CEO experience across five sustainable energy companies. Toddington has developed and built over 350MW of solar and battery projects in the UK generating in excess of £200M of revenues over a 4-year period. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of BELECTRIC UK before selling the business to RWE Innogy in December 2016.

GRIDSERVE is a tech-enabled international sustainable energy business which develops, builds, owns and operates solar energy and battery storage solutions for critical power infrastructure.  GRIDSERVE’s team have been responsible for the development, construction and operation of more than a gigawatt of solar energy and energy storage solutions, including connecting over 100 utility-scale sustainable energy projects to the UK grid.

GRIDSERVE is interested in exploring new project opportunities, funding partners, and making new connections, for both hybrid solar farms and Electric Forecourts®

Toddington Harper on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddington/

Toddington Harper on Twitter https://twitter.com/toddington_h

GRIDSERVE on Twitter    https://twitter.com/GRIDSERVE_HQ

GRIDSERVE website  https://www.gridserve.com/

News stories discussed this week

GRIDSERVE to deploy 60 MW of bifacial-plus-tracking projects in the UK https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/03/01/gridserve-to-deploy-60-mw-of-bifacial-plus-tracking-projects-in-the-uk/

GRIDSERVE launch ELECTRIC FORECOURTS https://www.gridserve.com/post/copy-of-design-a-stunning-blog

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS

Think and grow rich – Napoleon Hill – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Think-Grow-Rich-Original-Restored/dp/0990797600/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551797546&sr=8-1&keywords=grow+and+think+rich

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elon-Musk-Billionaire-SpaceX-Shaping/dp/0753555646/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551797670&sr=8-1&keywords=elon+musk+autobiography

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Jan is Founder of Ecosummit and Ecosummit Ventures. Ecosummit is Europe’s leading conference for smart green startups, investors and corporates. Our vision is to automate sustainability in energy, mobility and cities. Our events are startup markets enabling business development, co-investing, open innovation, corporate venturing and M&A. Since 2010, Jan organised 19 conferences in 5 countries. Ecosummit TV on YouTube provides over 1.000 videos (450.000 views).

Ecosummit Ventures will be a new smart green VC in Berlin that invests in promising European software and hardware startups with B2C and B2B business models in energy, mobility and cities. Ecosummit Ventures leverages the deal flow, investor network and track record of 19 Ecosummit conferences in 5 countries since 2010. The initiator of Ecosummit Ventures is Jan Michael Hess, the founder of Ecosummit. We’re looking for 2 GPs with VC track record and green heart beat to join as co-founders as soon as possible.

Prior to founding Mobile Economy in 2000, Jan worked for Pixelpark, Icon Medialab and Ciao as Strategy Consultant, Senior Project Manager and Head of Marketing and Sales. Holding a business degree from the University of Mannheim, he lives in Berlin with his wife Simone and their son Mateo and is a big fan of Yoga, Japan and Jazz.

Jan Michael Hess on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/janmichaelhess/

EcoSummit on Twitter  https://twitter.com/ecosummit

EcoSummit    https://ecosummit.net/

EcoSummit on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/ecosummitTV

News stories discussed this week

Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist https://www.amazon.co.uk/Venture-Deals-Smarter-Lawyer-Capitalist/dp/1118443616

EcoSummit Ventures  https://ecosummit.net/ventures

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About our guest

Kristof Vereenooghe is the CEO of EVBox, the global market leader in charging solutions for electric vehicles and related cloud services. Mr. Vereenooghe is a proven technology executive with deep SaaS-Cloud software expertise and a track record in transforming startups into key players in their industry. Before joining EVBox, Mr. Vereenooghe had a leading role within different startups that have become key players in their industry such as Bynder, LUMA Marketing Technologies and Xeikon.

EVBox is the leading global manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations and charging management software. With over 60,000 charging points across more than 45 countries worldwide, EVBox helps electric drivers get access to charging infrastructure at any point in their journey.

Founded in 2010, EVBox made its breakthrough when the market for electric vehicles (EVs) was still in its infancy. Its founders set their hearts and eyes on a clear concept: a fully modular charging station that facilitates easy installation, maintenance upgrades, and above all, uncompromising quality and durability.

Soon, EVBox became the sole supplier of public charging infrastructure in cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Monaco. Meanwhile, EVBox played an active role in promoting Smart Charging technologies and roaming of charging infrastructure with industry partners and public organizations.

In 2017, EVBox was acquired by energy utility and global service provider ENGIE, who identified EVBox as a disruptive, leading cleantech company making a difference in the fast-growing industry of electric mobility. In 2018, EVBox acquired the ultra-fast charging station manufacturer EVTronic, adding 700 previously installed fast charging stations to EVBox’s European network.

Today, with projects running across Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, EVBox moves forward by perfecting its original recipe with a second generation of hardware and software that are easy to use, energy-efficient, scalable, and future-proof.

Kristof Vereenooghe on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristof-vereenooghe-24a4a52/

EVBox on Twitter  https://twitter.com/evbox

EVBox   https://evbox.com/

News stories discussed this week

rEVolution conference https://www.revolution19.amsterdam/

(For an exclusive EVBox 25% off tickets use this link: https://www.revolution19.amsterdam/?promo=EVBoxSocial25)

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About our guest

Scott Shepard, Chief Commercial Officer, Free2Move, is an urbanist, mobility expert, board advisor, and thought leader who is passionate about the intersection of cities, mobility, and innovation. Possesses a unique balance of technical, operational, and consulting experience, within the domains of shared mobility, sustainable transport, and urban strategy.

Frequent public speaker on shared mobility, public transport innovation, mobility technologies, and urban transport policy. Implements and delivers complex mobility solutions, providing thought leadership, strategic planning, project delivery, and executive consulting to startups, investors, agencies, and corporations.

Technical expertise in transport policy & strategies, urban planning & design, information & communication technology, and integrated payment systems. Skilled in international business development, strategic marketing, product launch, technical program management, and P&L responsibility.

Scott Shepard on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/scott-s-7482a7a/

Free2move on Twitter  https://twitter.com/Free2MoveApp

Free2move   https://www.free2move.com/

News stories discussed this week

MOVE conference https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/move/index.stm

David Byrne – Bicycle Diaries https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bicycle-Diaries-David-Byrne/dp/0571241034

Upton Sinclair – The Jungle https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jungle-Clydesdale-Classics-Upton-Sinclair/dp/1945186046/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550010611&sr=1-1

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Dan Caesar, is a Director of The Fully Charged Show, he is responsible for scaling up the Fully Charged YouTube channel and Live events. Dan has long been a passionate advocate for all things Cleantech. Dan has held senior Comms roles with cleantech organisations, including Ceres Power, and formerly organised renewable energy and cleantech roadshows and events. Dan is an avid and passionate EV Driver, and very much enjoying his 300 mile range Hyundai Kona.

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/dcaesar/

Twitter https://twitter.com/FullyChargedDan

Fully Charged Show http://www.fullychargedshow.co.uk/

Fully Charged Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/fullychargedshow

News stories discussed this week

  1. VW’s less than $30,000 all-electric hatchback spotted testing https://electrek.co/2018/12/14/vw-electric-hatchback-spotted-testing/

 

  1. Hitachi to acquire ABB power grid business in $11 billion ‘turning point’ for energy market https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/hitachi-to-acquire-abb-power-grid-business-in-11-billion-turning-point-for-energy-market

 

  1. Daimler is buying over $20 billion in battery cells to support electric vehicle plans https://electrek.co/2018/12/11/daimler-billion-battery-cells-electric-vehicle/

 

  1. New York Approves Strategy to Install 3GW of Energy Storage by 2030 https://insights.hyperionsearch.co.uk/post/102f7f0/new-york-approves-strategy-to-install-3gw-of-energy-storage-by-2030

 

  1. C40 Cities addressing Climate Change https://www.c40.org/ending-climate-change-begins-in-the-city

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Emma Pinchbeck is an Executive Director of RenewableUK. In that role she sets the overall strategy for the organisation’s communications and policy teams. She is a passionate advocate for renewables in government and business, and regularly appears as an expert on the energy sector in the media.

Before joining RenewableUK, Emma headed up Climate Change & Energy at the NGO WWF-UK, where she worked on issues like the international UN Paris Agreement on climate change, and a successful campaign to secure a phase out coal-fired power generation in the UK.

Before WWF-UK, Emma worked in private consulting as an energy policy expert and in finance. She has an MA from the University of Oxford. Outside of the office, she is a mentor to young women in the energy sector, and is a keen competitive rower.

Emma Pinchbeck on Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmalucypinchbeck/

Renewable UK  https://www.renewableuk.com/

News stories discussed this week

British Wind Power Sets New Generation Record https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/04/british-wind-power-sets-new-generation-record/

Uber, Centrica join ‘world’s biggest’ electric vehicle impact trial https://insights.hyperionsearch.co.uk/post/102f6q5/uber-centrica-join-worlds-biggest-electric-vehicle-impact-trial

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This week David talks to entrepreneur and founder Artur Sychov about his journey from realising his product vision, to choosing to walk away from the company he created. We all know life as a cleantech entrepreneur is not easy, bringing a product to market in a nascent sector especially so. Having the right investor/funder is also mission critical.  Artur shares some his experiences, learnings and advice from this thrilling but ultimately frustrating experience.

About our guest

Artur is a former investment banker and energy trader, a Finance and Management MBA, that fell in love with the Tesla Model S, and developed an EV Charging product for multi-storey car parks and parking houses, despite being a finance person, not an engineer.  He has learned enormously from his recent experiences and will be back soon with a new project.

Artur Sychov in Linked In  https://www.linkedin.com/in/artursychov/

Easycharge.me on Fully Charged https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KT86ICX6VsI

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