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23.09.2009 » Pressrelease » General
Green shoots start underground at cleantech networking event
A must-attend event for emerging cleantech and clean energy businesses
10 emerging clean technology companies pitched for investment on Monday night at The Clean Capital
Champagnebox Event, an investment event held on the first Monday of every month in a cozy wine bar in
Over the last 2 ½ years the event has grown into the best attended monthly cleantech investment event in
London and saw an attendance of over 100 companies, investors and industry experts, last Monday night. It
was sponsored by the law firm K&L Gates and featured investment pitches from early stage and growing
companies in wind technology, fuel cells, software, deepwater wind, production cost efficiency and diabetes
The format of the evening involved a brief introduction from Owen Waft of K&L Gates, then an overview of the
investment success story of Supreme Biotechnologies from Tony Dowd, CEO followed by ten, three minute
investment pitches, all pitched from a small podium made from champagne boxes. Alex Betts from Climate
Change Capital and Giles Whitman from Foresight Group acted as ‘Clean Dragons’ and fired off questions to
the pitchers concluded by their full and frank feedback to each pitcher. The audience of 100 cleantech
professionals keenly followed the proceedings. Alex and Giles were themselves interested in several of the
businesses, to the delight of some of the pitchers. At the end the pitches, the audience voted for the company
they would invest in and the winner took away a bottle of champagne. The real winners however were those
companies who met the most interested investors and made the best contacts from the evening.
“The best cleantech networking event in London! This really is the ‘must attend’ event for companies and
investors in the cleantech sector,” said George Papaeliopoulos, Chief Operating Officer of SolaQuaGen Ltd –
a growth company in the water desalination space.
“The power of an effective three minute pitch cannot be underestimated and it is actually harder than you
think to get it right,“ said Peter Whiting of The Clean Capital Network.
“An effective pitch requires a very clear understanding of your business proposition, as well as skill and flair in
presenting.” said Stephan Decher of The Clean Capital Network.
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