Programme List - BusinessGreen Technology Festival 2019


08.30 – 09.00

Registration and breakfast

09.00 –  09.05

Welcome address
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

09:05 – 09.15

Opening address

09.15 – 09.50

Keynote: Shaping the 21st Century: How to engineer a step change in the net zero transition?

The UK has made an impressive start to the net zero transition, but is still well-off track for delivering the required trajectory – how can innovation help deliver the necessary change of pace?

  • What are the main hurdles for green tech innovation to overcome?
  • How can investors and corporates support a rapid transition?
  • How can innovators and corporates work more effectively together?

09.50 – 10.05

Case study: Routes to Market One – Clearing the hurdles
Simon Daniel, CEO & Founder, Moixa

10.05 – 10.20

Case studies: Routes to Market Two – Clearing the hurdles

10.20 – 10.50

Spotlight Session: Protect what you have: Making sense of IP complexity (IP Law overview)
Dan Cooney, Partner, J A Kemp

10.50 – 11.15

Morning break, networking, innovator demonstrations

11.15 – 12.30

The BusinessGreen Net Zero Technology Challenge

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.

  • Entrants to the awards can put themselves forward to deliver a four-minute pitch as part of the festival, detailing how their technologies can contribute towards the net zero challenge.
  • Three entrants in each category will be selected by the awards judges to pitch.
  • The audience will vote for their favourite in each category, as well as their favourite overall, with an award going to each winner.

12.30 – 13.30

Informal lunch & expo stand demonstrations / assisted networking



Innovator Stream

Deployment Stream

Finance Stream

13.30 – 14.15
Workshop -
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?


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.



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

Tom Kennard, Director, Granted Consultancy

 14.15 - 15.00

Panel discussion-
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?

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.

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

Jim Totty, Managing Partner, Earth Capital

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.

15.00 – 15.35

Closing Keynote: Tomorrow's world: Fantasy vs reality?

Speaker TBA on the scale of the clean tech opportunity and what the world will look like in 2030, 2040, and 2050

15.35 – 15.45

Closing remarks and the opening of the BusinessGreen Technology Awards
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

15.45 – 17.00

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.