Team & Partners
Partner of The Long Run Venture and Co Founder of Clean and Cool Missions
Guy is the co-founder and organizer of the entrepreneur missions, helping early stage and innovative businesses grow faster by finding new models, markets and networks. Guys role is to ensure we have the most impactful agenda and content to share with the companies. Working with hosts, such as the Cleantech group and a cross section of investors, Guy will be creating a 1 week designed agenda providing opportunities and contacts to inspire and equip our companies towards continued growth.
Director of Cospa and StartUp Britain, Connector, Creator of Tenner and Co Founder of Clean and Cool Missions
Oli has been a key element to the success and opportunities that the missions provide. Oli is the main facilitator of the week and pre mission briefings and events, as well as being king of the 1-liners. He will be travelling with the Mission party and his energy and ability to bond the companies is fantastic to be a part of. As well as being able to describe your business in day-to-day terms, you’ll also be able to pitch your peers businesses too.
Dr. Mike Pitts
Lead Specialist, Sustainability at Innovate UK
Following a successful mission to Brazil 2013, Mike has championed further Clean and Cool missions and is keen to showcase the best of British cleantech in San Francisco. He helps companies progress and grow through introductions, networking and well-defined agendas. Mike’s role pre, during and post mission will be to work with mission companies as a group as well as 1:1 and always be on hand to discuss further Innovate UK opportunities and growth areas on the bus and also during the evenings over a beer.
Media Campaigns Specialist, Innovate UK
Tim will be our media and communications expert, connecting our companies with media in the UK and US to help maximise coverage across all networks. Before joining our mission team, Tim worked in press and analyst relations at Cambridge-based ARM Holdings. Tim also co-founded ‘Global Thinkers Forum’ in London and was part of the launch team at Al Jazeera English TV.
Senior Analyst at Cleantech Group
Stephen first joined the Clean and Cool team in March 2012, providing opportunities for our mission companies at the Cleantech Global Forum. As a senior analyst in Cleantech Group’s Research & Advisory team, he continued his expert advice in our lead up to Clean and Cool Brazil, with his knowledge of cleantech sectors within the Brazilian cleantech ecosystem. Stephen will be with us during our Mission as he plays a huge part in connecting us to investors and market sector leaders.
Project Director of The Long Run Venture
Alex has been the organiser of the last 4 missions and has helped build them from strength to strength. She will be your main contact throughout the build up to the mission including gathering of information, communicating key messages, creating collateral, working with US hosts and ensuring all companies are filmed and represented correctly. During the mission, Alex will make sure that everyone is in the right place at the right time, maximising the opportunities for companies to grow their businesses.
The Mission is run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs and brings together a unique partnership from the public and private sector to provide a perfect blend of insight, know-how and connections.
The Long Run Venture (TLRV) was founded in 2010 to develop entrepreneurial solutions to long run challenges – such as the transition to a low carbon, resource-efficient economy, living well longer and rapid urbanisation. TLRV has built up a track record of delivering ambitious programmes that include: Entrepreneur-led missions to Sao Paulo, Rio de Janerio, Bangalore, New Delhi, Colorado, Boston and San Francisco for over 200 UK high growth start-ups, delivering access to investors and new markets. Solve, an accelerator to work with teams who want to build social ventures, and the UK launch of global initiatives including Creating Climate Wealth Summit and the Cleantech Open. As part of its investment consulting it also developed the outline business case for a world leading technology and innovation centre. It has also made seed level investments in early stage technology firms. www.thelongrunventure.com
Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board – the UK’s innovation agency. We know that taking a new idea to market is a challenge. We fund, support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth. www.innovateuk.org
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British government organisation that helps overseas companies bring high quality investment to the UK and also helps UK-based companies succeed in an increasingly global economy. UKTI provides a range of expert services, individually tailored to maximise a company’s international success. These services are offered through a network of international specialists in British Embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world, as well as key experts in government departments across the UK. For more information please visit www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk
CoSpA (the Co-Sponsorship Agency) delivers cross-sector projects that make money and make a difference. We work with brands, causes and governments to create on-the-ground activity. From people fixing their own community buildings (with Wickes), to inspiring thousands of schools to make films (with Apple and MTV), we bring people together in interesting ways. Oli Barrett is a co-founder of Missions, StartUp Britain and ‘Make Your Mark with a Tenner’ (a challenge to 60,000 school pupils to see what they can turn £10 into in just one month). CoSpA is a co-founder of the entrepreneur missions. www.cosponsorshipagency.com
Cleantech Group’s research, events and advisory services accelerate market adoption, stimulate demand, and remove barriers to cleantech innovation. A global company with offices in North America and Europe, Cleantech Group helps business leaders make strategic decisions involving cleantech innovation through providing access to global cleantech company and investor intelligence, consultancy work, and through world-leading industry conferences. www.cleantech.com
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Nick Kitchen, Cumulus Energy. C&C Colorado 2013
Chris Smith, G-Volution. C&C 2012
SA Vortex, C&C 2012