Programme List - BusinessGreen Technology Festival 2019



Registration and breakfast



Welcome address

James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen


Headline Partner: Opening address

Clementine Cowton, Director of External Affairs, Octopus Energy


Headliner presentation: The Net Zero Opportunity

Hannah Bronwin, Commercial Director at the Energy Systems Catapult, will introduce the net zero context and the challenges and opportunities this presents to the UK economy, consumers and innovators, before going on to discuss some of the ways in which businesses, policy makers and the Catapult are working together to develop innovative solutions.

Hannah Bronwin, Commercial Director, Energy Systems Catapult



Headliner Panel: Mainstreaming clean tech innovation 

The net zero transition will necessarily require the fastest and most wide-ranging technology revolution since the first Industrial Revolution. As such the rapid development and deployment of innovative new technologies is absolutely critical. But how can businesses and policymakers create an environment that catalyses such innovation right across the economy? And once innovative new technologies have emerged, as is the case in many clean tech fields, how can deployment at scale be accelerated? This panel session will explore the barriers faced by clean tech innovators and how they can be torn down.

Clementine Cowton, Director of External Affairs, Octopus Energy
James Diggle, Head of Energy and Climate Change, CBI
Henry Majed, Partnership Director, Innovation Gateway
Sarah Merrick, Founder and CEO, Ripple Energy
Laura Sandys, Independent Director, SGN Network
Moderator: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen


Spotlight session: Protect what you have - making sense of IP complexity (IP Law Overview).

The world of IP can be a confusing place for the uninitiated. This talk will address some common questions that arise, to help you understand the types of protection that are available, and what the best strategies might be for you to protect your business

Hermione Thompson, Associate, Patent Attorney, J A Kemp


Morning break, networking, innovator demonstrations



⭐ Net Zero Technology Challenge - Innovator Pitching Sessions ⭐

As part of the BusinessGreen Technology Awards and the Net Zero Now Campaign BusinessGreen has this year set four challenges that will look to identify technologies that can play a critical role in the UK's net zero transition. Challenges will cover energy, buildings, transport, and a wildcard category.

The UK's most exciting clean tech providers pitch their technologies to the audience! Audience vote for the winners in each category. Click here to find out more.

Sponsored by Advanced Propulsion Centre UK:
Chris Harris, Business Development Lead, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK

Pitching Companies: C-Capture Ltd., Skyrora, RheEnergise, GridDuck, Senergy, Naked Energy Ltd, MinibemsSOMI Trailers Ltd, ZeroAvia, Syzygy Consulting, Halotrade, Tried and Supplied, WUKA,


Lunch & expo stand demonstrations / assisted networking


Sustainability, sport, and zero waste technology - In Conversation With Rugby World Cup Winner Andy Gomarsall, director of tech recycling specialist N2S

Former England rugby player and World Cup winner Andy Gomarsall, MBE, will discuss the work N2S are doing to tackle e-waste and accelerate the development of a zero-waste technology industry, while also exploring what the sustainable business transition can learn from the world of top level sport.


Innovator Zone - Innovation Hub


Workshop - Setting the pace: How to accelerate the scale up phase

How do you get from the 'next big idea in clean tech' to a successful company delivering a large-scale positive impact? This session will explore how clean tech start-ups at varying stages in their growth journey have overcome the barriers and seized the opportunities presented by the green economy?

Andrew Wordsworth, Founder and Managing Director, Sustainable Ventures
Susannah McClintock, Investment Director, Sustainable Ventures
14:35– 14:50

Afternoon Break

14:50– 15:35

Panel discussion - Communicating Change: How to turbocharge your marketing strategy

With the green technology and wider sustainability space more competitive than ever, how can companies harness effective marketing tools to stand out from the crowd, create a compelling narrative, and drive rapid growth?

Anna Guyer, Founder, Greenhouse PR
Victoria Page, Founder, VP Comms
Guy Pattison, CEO and Cofounder, Stronger Stories and Clean+Cool
Toby Smith, Climate Visuals Program Lead and Media Liaison, Climate Outreach
Moderator: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

Deployment Zone -Bleachers

13:50– 14:35

Workshop - Deployment stories: Deploying new green technologies efficiently and effectively

Hear from a leading industry figure with direct experience of navigating the journey from pilot to full roll out, on how to successfully deliver innovative technologies at scale.

Mike Barry, Sustainable Change Maker and former Director of Sustainable Business (Plan A), Marks and Spencer
14:35– 14:50

Afternoon Break

14:50– 15:35

Panel discussion - Incorporating new tech: Hedging your bets or going all in?

Innovative new green technologies can increase efficiency, reduce emissions and waste, and open up new revenue opportunities. But they can also require hefty upfront investment, present technical challenges, and disrupt the way the business operates. Our panel discusses how to minimise the risks and maximise the benefits associated with any clean technology deployment.

Simon Daniel, CEO & Founder, Moixa
Toddington Harper, CEO, GRIDSERVE
Ian Meikle, Director Clean Growth and Infrastructure, Innovate UK
Matt Prescott, Director, Heathrow Centre of Excellence for Sustainability, Heathrow Airport
Moderator: Madeleine Cuff, Deputy Editor, BusinessGreen

Finance Zone - Centre Stage

13:50– 14:35

Workshop - Maximising investment appeal: what do investors and grant funders want from clean tech

Tom Kennard, one of the Directors from Granted Consultancy, will discuss the current R&D funding landscape, revealing the best funding opportunities currently available to CleanTech innovators and how to maximise your chance of success.

Tom Kennard, Director, Granted Consultancy
14:35– 14:50

Afternoon Break

14:50 – 15:35

Panel discussion- Winning over finance: Building the business case for early stage technology

The green investment sector is going from strength to strength, but major challenges remain as funds work to mobilise the level of investment required by the net zero transition and identify the innovators who offer the most promising returns? This session will explore the trends impacting early to mid-stage investors and ask how the investment community can work more effectively with start-ups and corporates to drive the next phase of green economic development.

Beverley Gower-Jones, Founder and CEO, Carbon Limiting Technologies
Jonny Page, Green Investments & Partnerships,Cyan Finance
Cam Ross, Director, Green Angel Syndicate
Jim Totty, Managing partner, Earth Capital
Moderator: Michael Holder, Senior Reporter, BusinessGreen

15:35– 16.15

Closing Headliner: From Blue Chip to Challenger Brands: How to nurture an innovation culture

A look at how businesses of all shapes and sizes can accelerate the development and deployment of the innovative clean technologies the world needs.

Paul Massara, Board Advisor, Habitat Energy

16.15– 16.25

Closing remarks and the opening of the BusinessGreen Technology Awards

James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

16.30 - 18.00

BusinessGreen Technology Awards

The 2019 BusinessGreen Technology Awards. Click here to find out more.

Winners will be announced accompanied by drinks reception and further networking opportunities.


Please note: programme is subject to change