Everyone is very welcome to the next online event of Startup Disrupt UK where we will explore the sustainable future topics. Sustainability is a journey, not a destination. Therefore, let us take you on a journey with us with exciting panelist speakers to discuss how technology and people make the world a better place.
📡 The event will be online streamed in English starting at 6:30 PM BST (7:30 PM CET). You can ask speakers questions at sli.do/SDE.
This event is brought to you with the kind support of ClearlySo, CzechInvest, Microsoft for Startups, LXVI, HubHub, Tyinternety, Grow with Google, and others.
6.30 pm – 6.35 pm BST – Welcome Speech
6.35 pm – 7.30 pm BST – Panel discussion
7.30 pm – 8.00 pm BST– Pitch Night
Martina Wierzbicki (Climate Action Lead at ARRIVAL)
Martina is Arrival’s Climate Action Lead, focusing on delivering the company’s ambitious sustainability goals. Prior to this, she was part of Jaguar Land Rover’s sustainability team where she worked on the life cycle assessment of the Jaguar I-Pace and various impact reduction projects. Seeing that the single biggest transport reduction opportunity was vehicle usage models and a key enabler to this being autonomy, she went on to manage the relationship between Jaguar Land Rover and Waymo to develop the self-driving I-Pace.
Martina recently completed a master’s at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. There she studied how to set greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with climate science to keep the world under 1.5°C of warming and wrote her dissertation on the challenges automotive businesses face when implementing responsible metals and minerals supply chains, focusing on cobalt.
Scott Stonham (Independent Technology Analyst)
Over the last 25 years, Scott has helped bring to life innovations we take for granted today. During his tenure at Vodafone Group he helped develop and deploy Mobile Internet technologies, Mobile Advertising and Location Based Services across 26 operating countries. Working for Qualcomm he helped create the market for GPS, smartphone navigation and 3D graphics in smartphones.
Since then he has worked for, established and exited start-ups and scale-up businesses across the UK, EU and USA. After exiting an acquisition by London’s IHS Markit Scott co-founded both, InnovationScouts, and Well, That’s Interesting Tech! where he serves as the Principal Analyst, Content Creator and Connector of Interesting People.
Carl Bergholtz (Investment Manager – Healthcare & Well-being at ClearlySo)
Carl joined the investment banking team in 2019 to focus on assisting growth stage ventures on raising capital and on advising on their other corporate finance needs. Before joining ClearlySo, Carl spent over a decade working at firms including Jefferies International and GP Bullhound, advising technology companies across Europe on corporate finance related matters, with a focus on institutional capital raises. He graduated from the Stockholm School of Economics with a MSc in International Economics and Business. Carl is passionate about technology and the opportunities that technology driven businesses can offer in the sphere of impact and sustainability.
Zoisa North-Bond (CEO of Octopus Energy for Business and Octopus Energy Generation)
Zoisa leads the business arm of Octopus Energy Group – the ‘EnTech’ pioneer and fastest growing energy retailer in the UK, now supplying more than 2.2m household customers in the UK.
Zoisa also runs Octopus Energy’s renewable generation arm, which recently announced the acquisition of a 2.8GW portfolio of renewable energy assets across 5 countries.
Prior to Octopus Energy, Zoisa was the UK Managing Director of the Dutch Utility, Eneco B.V. At Eneco, Zoisa helped grow the UK’s renewable asset portfolio which consisted of more than 250MW of wind and solar projects, including a direct wire project with Honda of the UK Manufacturing Ltd. Eneco UK also supplied blue chip companies such as Mars, Unilever, Heineken and AkzoNobel.
Ian Caveney (Head of Tech for Good, BT Group)
Ian leads BT’s strategy for developing ‘break-through’ tech that can help in the fight against the climate crisis and provide support to ‘vulnerable’ people. This includes looking at how converged networks can be an enabler to support Net Zero targets, and how AI and connected devices can support health and wellbeing. Ian joined BT from EE in April 2016 where he was responsible for their Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and the award-winning EE Techy Tea Parties programme. Prior to this, Ian held several successful roles in brand strategy and advertising, which included award-winning work for EE, T-Mobile and Canon.
Patricia Silva (Investment & Deal Management, Green Angel Syndicate)
Patricia is an experienced climate professional, supporting early-stage ventures by advising and providing access to funding. She currently manages investments at Green Angel Syndicate and is the co-founder and Non-Executive Director of the Carbon Removal Centre, an organisation developing an ecosystem assemblage approach to Greenhouse Gas Removal. Patricia has also worked alongside corporates looking to achieve sustainability goals, with renewable energy and sustainable construction projects. She holds a BSc and a MSc master’s in Engineering and an MBA from Berkeley Haas focused in Energy & Cleantech.