Think Sustainability: Green Tech Awards


Oliver Laryea

Oliver loves to refer to himself in the third person. His athletic career peaked when he became the Year 1 potato sack race champion of Prague 4 in 2007, so he had to soon find an extracurricular activity to supplement his lack of athletic abilities: and since all of the other equally unathletic kids either played chess (which he sucked at), played an instrument (which he really hated), or did debate/speech, he devoted a large chunk of his life to becoming a master of the art of presentation/public speaking. Since then, he used this skill to launch two non-profits, sell his legal chatbot idea to IBM, make his way into becoming the CEO of Adecco for a month, get placed on Euro’s 20 under 20 list, and smooth talk his way into a few 20% discounts at his local bakery. Now, he’s the world’s leading “pitch coachsultant” (partly because he came up with the term), advising Silicon Valley founders on their pitches; he leads Accelerate ME, the UK’s leading student-led student accelerator; and through several other ventures is actively working on his life-long passion project of making a Wakanda-like Africa a reality.

Jury members:

Michael Jacobsen

Michael is active as an entrepreneur in entertainment & leisure property and holds investments in technology companies. He is considered one of the world’s leading High-Performance Coaches for Entrepreneurs, business owners, and corporate executives. He also acts as a consulting advisor to corporations and Governments on entrepreneurial ism and innovation. He has delivered programs for many large corporations in addition to being a formal Advisor to the Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic during their recent European Union Presidency, has advised government agencies in the Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, and the UK. As an entrepreneur, he Co-founded an entertainment and leisure property empire that owned the international Intellectual property rights to produce the household name brand of Dirty Dancing on stage. He developed, owned, or operated many of the world’s leading entertainment and leisure properties (arenas, convention centers, and theatres). Some of these assets have been sold, and he is currently building a new leisure property company, which he founded in 2016, based in Europe.

The author of The Business of Creativity and Entrepreneurs, Mavericks, and Empire Builders, is also the Co-Host of Nothing Ventured on Australia’s Your Money Network and Foxtel Channel 601. Michael acts as a Non-Executive Director to Boards, has delivered lectures at London Metropolitan University, University of Westminster and Central Middlesex University London, and is a Judge of the esteemed Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Andrea Ferancová Bartoňová

Andrea is a Founding Partner of ESPIRA and Chair of its Board. Andrea has over 20 years’ experience in emerging market finance. Prior to ESPIRA, Andrea was a co-owner of Wood & Company, a leading Central European investment bank and brokerage. Andrea was instrumental in growing Wood & Company’s business since its early days, where she started in 1995 in the Equities Division. After a management buy-out in 2000, she became a co-owner as well as the Head of  Equities. Under Andreas’s leadership, Wood & Company’s market share in the Czech Equity market grew from 5% to the market leading position of 30%, which the firm still holds today.

Andrea was numerous times ranked among TOP 25 business women in the Czech Republic by Hospodářské noviny and Forbes surveys and acts as a jury member for a prestigious award Via Bona Slovakia. Andrea is also a Board Member of the Charter 77 Foundation, the largest NGO in the Czech Republic, which supports disadvantaged people and groups.

Petr Vítek

Petr has 9 years of management consulting experience in Strategy, Performance Improvement and Human Capital at Deloitte. Petr served as CFO. As their co-founder, he is responsible for managing Impact Hubs in the Czech Republic with a focus on acceleration and innovation programs that accelerate 100+ finance-first and impact-first projects annually. He has been serving on the Board of Trustees at NGOs (e.g. Amnesty International) and Foundations (Vodafone Foundation Czech Republic, Česká spořitelna Foundation). He has co-founded an impact investment fund Tilia Impact Ventures. He hopes to visit the universe one day and to become a child or a woman for an hour.

Petr has 7 years of experience at Deloitte consulting, mostly in Strategy, Performance Improvement and Human Capital. Petr served as an interim CFO, and has 2 years of experience at Deloitte Audit. As the co-founder, he is responsible for managing Impact Hubs in the Czech Republic where he focuses on acceleration and innovation programs. He has been serving on the Board of Trustees at NGOs and Foundations (Amnesty International Czech Rep., Vodafone Foundation Czech Rep., Česká spořitelna Foundation). He co-founded Tilia Impact Ventures, the first Czech impact investment fund.

Martin Ring

Martin is a very experienced accountant/banker with decades of experience of the UK and Central/Eastern Europe. He has been an adviser to fintech start ups in Ireland (where he is from) and scaled various financial services companies in Poland, where he has lived for last decade or so. A couple of years ago he acquired the “Wolves Summit”, a very successful Poland-based tech event for start ups/scale ups, VCs etc and as such has access to potentially lots of pipeline.



to the 3 amazing winners: Cyrkl, Refork and SEAK Energetics

All the companies receive green ecosystem tour in London in 2022.

🕖 Agenda

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm CET: Registration

5:15 pm – 5:20 pm CET: Opening by Nick Archer, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Czech Republic

5:20 pm – 5:35 pm CET: Keynote Speech by Chris Barton, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Europe

5:35 pm – 6:55 pm CET: Pitches of eight selected Czech and Slovak Green Tech companies

6:55 pm – 7:15 pm CET: Investing in innovations that deliver Clean Growth
Presentation by Tilia Impact Ventures (Andrew Gray)

7:15 pm – 7:30 pm CET: Announcement of winners and closing remarks

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm CET: Networking

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British Embassy Prague

Global Entrepreneurship Week

British Chamber of commerce Czech Republic


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Call for Applications is closed!

You are welcome to join Think Sustainability: Green Tech Awards!

Call for applications for the green tech competition of the British Embassy in Prague, open to ambitious companies delivering

·       clean tech

·       resource efficiency

·       energy storage

·       low carbon technologies, systems and services

·       related technologies from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

The pitching will take place on 9 November 2021 at the British Embassy Prague.

The move to cleaner economic growth – through low carbon technologies and the efficient use of resources – is one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time and the UK is positioned as a leading destination for innovation, testing and adoption. In November 2021, the UK will host COP26 to drive global ambition on climate change to deliver on the Paris Agreement.

The British Embassy in Prague, in cooperation with Startup Disrupt, is organising a startup competition focused on finding the most innovative green technology and sustainable solutions in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with which companies would like to expand to the United Kingdom. The company’s readiness and suitability to set up in the UK will be assessed, too. The eight best applicants will be selected for a pitching competition, where a jury panel of experts will choose the winner. The best pitching businesses will receive a 3-day tailored trip to the UK, where within a green ecosystem tour in London they will meet with key stakeholders in sustainability.

The competition is open to any Czech or Slovak company with an innovative green technology or sustainable solution and interest in expanding to the United Kingdom. Companies of all sizes may apply; the competition is particularly relevant to startup and scale-up companies or SME businesses. Interested startups should already have a ready product.

Deadline for Applications: 29.10. 2021

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