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Green Add Venture explores the convergence of entrepreneurship, environmental sustainability, and venture capital.Listen in weekly, with your host Jake Woodhouse, and learn from inspirational founders and investors.

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Dan Gipple - BetterPoints - Behaviour Change Tech For Sustainability

Dan Gipple is the founder of BetterPoints, a behaviour change technology company that provides a software platform which enables their clients to motivate people, focussing on sustainability, the environment and more. Put simply, their aim is to challenge people to do better. Highlights: How evidential, trackable change is effective in motivating people How BetterPoints created early traction by targeting the audience that needs your solution the most How finding a like minded, complimentary partner is more beneficial than working alone The importance of building a team to fit your culture, and how this is reflected in successful investment Useful links: BetterPoints (https://www.betterpoints.ltd/) Green Angel Syndicate (https://greenangelsyndicate.com/) Time stamp: [01:09] An introduction to Dan Gipple and BetterPoints [02:55] The career path that lead him to BetterPoints [07:16] Educating people as an effective way of motivation [08:05] Creating a currency within BetterPoints [08:...

26 MIN2019 SEP 16
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Dan Gipple - BetterPoints - Behaviour Change Tech For Sustainability

Ahmed Detta - Advanced Sustainable Development - Transforming Plastic Recycling

Ahmed Detta is the founder of Advanced Sustainable Development (ASD) a PET recycling facility with an aim to transform how plastics are recycled, creating a transparent and sustainable circular economy. Highlights: Ahmed’s early venture into mobile phone recycling in Dubai Studying sustainability in cambridge CISL Why choosing to focus on PET The leap of faith moment after the research Getting Emotional Freedom Technique tapping Mock presentations to get feedback from friends and executive coaches Being ambitious and realistic with investors Importance of getting a project manager and risk analyst Every ton of PET recycled reduces 4 tons of carbon dioxide Useful link: Advanced Sustainable Development (https://advanced-sd.com/) Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership (https://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/) Time stamp: [01:35] What is Advanced Sustainable Development [03:30] Early career in sales and financial success [05:22] Studying sustainability in Cambridge [08:35] Early problem and...

29 MIN2019 SEP 9
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Ahmed Detta - Advanced Sustainable Development - Transforming Plastic Recycling

Paul Miller - Bethnal Green Ventures - Accelerating Tech For Good

Paul Miller, founder and CEO of Bethnal Green Ventures. BGV are early stage investors focused on startups that use technology to radically improve people's lives for the future and solving difficult social and environmental challenges. In short, they're a pioneer in the tech for good space with early stage acceleration of startups such as Piclo (Open Utility) and Fairphone. Highlights: Paul’s career from student activist to organising hackathons that lead to BGV How BGV got its name Impact are linked to business model Importance of backing diverse and balanced teams How community development leads to talent curation Piclo pioneering cleanweb move to bring digital tech to cleantech Fairphone’s crazy idea to actually create their own mobile phone Lettus Grow’s early stage aeroponics concept Mapping the BGV investments to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals Paul’s vision of tech for good Useful link: Bethnal Green Ventures (https://bethnalgreenventures.com/) Time stamp: [1:45] How...

28 MIN2019 SEP 2
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Paul Miller - Bethnal Green Ventures - Accelerating Tech For Good

Nick Goddard - Spinetic Energy - Mass Production Of Onshore Wind Energy

Nick Goddard is the co-founder and commercial director of Spinetic Energy Ltd, a company devoted to developing an exciting clean tech solution through the use of the Wind Panel. Their automotive inspired approach allows mass production at a low cost, creating an effective small-scale wind energy solution. Highlights: The advantage of combining different personal skills when building a team Repurposing past experiences into new projects Creating mass production of components is driving cost down The benefits of financial stability when deciding to work full time for a start-up business Ensuring strong personal relationships with contacts you admire rather than making contacts purely to gain popularity How start-up businesses can benefit from a hierarchical structure over total democracy Useful links: Spinetic Energy (http://www.spinetic-energy.com/) Time Stamp: [01:38] Who is Nick Goddard? An introduction to Spinetic [03:15] Nick’s career journey leading up to Spinetic [05:48] The i...

30 MIN2019 AUG 26
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Nick Goddard - Spinetic Energy - Mass Production Of Onshore Wind Energy

Alex Pitt - Mustard Seed - Investing In High Growth Impact

Alex Pitt is the cofounder of Mustard Seed, an impact VC that providing support to start up businesses with social and environmental impact at the core of what they do. Focussing on the importance of a strong team and using lockstep business methods to track progress, Alex and cofounder Henry, are helping to create high impact growth amongst some of the most exciting up and coming companies today including Winnows, Olio and Switchee. Highlights: Why having a strong friendship with cofounder Henry Wigan became the foundation of their business Alex‘s best methods of finding new businesses to support and understanding which qualities to look for Using “Lockstep” relationships to manage social return with high impact How a strong personal and social mission is key for commercial success The importance of getting to know your team Useful links: Mustard Seed https://mustardseed.vc/ Winnow https://www.winnowsolutions.com/ McKinsey and Company https://www.mckinsey.com/ Good Club https://...

19 MIN2019 AUG 19
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Alex Pitt - Mustard Seed - Investing In High Growth Impact

Agnes Czako - Airex - Making A Social Impact With Efficient Buildings

Agnes Czako is co-founder and managing director of Airex, an award winning cleantech company producing a smart ventilation control. Airex is the 2018 Cleantech Startup Of The Year for the Business Green Technology Awards and Agnes was awarded the Innovate UK Women in Innovation Award in 2019. The Airex intelligent air brick with inbuilt sensors, to monitor conditions and regulate air flow aims to reduce fuel poverty in social housing and make an impact in climate action. Highlights: Importance of grant funding Inspired to reduce fuel poverty and climate change Balancing thermal efficiency and air exchange in a sustainable smart way Working with the most pioneering companies How was Airex founded and the support from being part of the Sustainable Ventures Getting the right type of investor The great benefits of the funding mechanisms in place in the UK today The importance of building a great team and the ability to learn as you go Useful links: Airex - https://www.airex.tech/ Sustai...

22 MIN2019 AUG 12
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Agnes Czako - Airex - Making A Social Impact With Efficient Buildings

Andrew Wordsworth - Sustainable Accelerator - Growing The Sustainable Startup Ecosystem

Andrew Wordsworth is the founder of Sustainable Venture group of companies. Sustainable Venture’s mission is to create a more sustainable future world where climate change and resource scarcity is addressed by commercial solutions. They are a venture builder where they develop, invest in and provide workspaces for sustainable business. Sustainable Workspaces located in London is the largest community of colocated community of sustainable startups. Highlights: The genesis of the Sustainable Ventures, Sustainable Workspaces and Sustainable Accelerator Proving the equity crowdfunding model when E-Car Club was sold to Europe Car Examples of Sustainable Accelerator portfolio companies How Sustainable Accelerator help startups grow their valuation and develop the business How to pitch to investors and benefits of wearing both hats of investor and investee Why understanding risk will help your pitch Andrew’s personal story and inspiration to move into sustainablity and startups Mapping s...

37 MIN2019 AUG 5
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Andrew Wordsworth - Sustainable Accelerator - Growing The Sustainable Startup Ecosystem

James Johnston - Piclo - Leading The Flexible Energy Marketplace

James Johnston is CEO and cofounder of Piclo, an exciting company working to globally change the way we use energy today. James and his team have developed a way to make our energy grids more flexible and sustainable with a cutting edge energy DSO marketplace. Highlights: Importance of understanding of the problem before working towards a solution Applying flexibility to utilise energy in a more efficient way How to build a team and how people form a company’s identity The power of ‘pivoting’ towards new ideas and adapting from failure How different investors are best suited for different stages of development Useful links: Piclo - https://piclo.energy/ Bethnal Green Ventures - https://bethnalgreenventures.com/ Bob Metcalfe - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA811EPzwLI Time Stamp: [01:35] Who is James Johnston? [02:05] Starting with a solution rather than a problem [03:45] Applying flexibility to make effective use of energy sources [05:00] Developing a market place to buy and se...

23 MIN2019 JUL 29
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James Johnston - Piclo - Leading The Flexible Energy Marketplace

Liv Sibony - SeedTribe - Connecting Investors With Impactful Startups

Liv Sibony is the Founder of SeedTribe, an impact investing platform focused on connecting entrepreneurs and investors focused on the UN SDGs. With the Angel Investment Network behind SeedTribe, they connect the biggest angel network with the most impactful startups trying to raise finance. Liv believes in using business as a force for good and she talks about her role with SeedTribe as Head of Impact Investment at SeedTribe. Highlights: How SeedTribe is supporting purpose and impactful startups Why it is important to focus on purpose driven business How collaboration is at the heart of scalable impact How to grab an investor’s attention with passion and emotion The future of SeedTribe Seedtribe - https://www.seedtribe.com/ Liv Sibony’s Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliviasibony/ GrubClub - https://www.cityam.com/london-foodie-startup-grub-club-acquired-vizeat-and/ Time Stamp: [01:26] Olivia Sibony’s role at SeedTribe [03:03] Liv’s journey from Goldman Sachs to starting...

30 MIN2019 JUL 22
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Liv Sibony - SeedTribe - Connecting Investors With Impactful Startups

Matt Mclaren - Entomics - Addressing Food Waste With Insects

Matt Mclaren is the CEO and cofounder of Entomics, a company whose aim is to reduce the impact of food waste through insect bioconversion.

29 MIN2019 JUL 15
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Matt Mclaren - Entomics - Addressing Food Waste With Insects

Latest Episodes

Dan Gipple - BetterPoints - Behaviour Change Tech For Sustainability

Dan Gipple is the founder of BetterPoints, a behaviour change technology company that provides a software platform which enables their clients to motivate people, focussing on sustainability, the environment and more. Put simply, their aim is to challenge people to do better. Highlights: How evidential, trackable change is effective in motivating people How BetterPoints created early traction by targeting the audience that needs your solution the most How finding a like minded, complimentary partner is more beneficial than working alone The importance of building a team to fit your culture, and how this is reflected in successful investment Useful links: BetterPoints (https://www.betterpoints.ltd/) Green Angel Syndicate (https://greenangelsyndicate.com/) Time stamp: [01:09] An introduction to Dan Gipple and BetterPoints [02:55] The career path that lead him to BetterPoints [07:16] Educating people as an effective way of motivation [08:05] Creating a currency within BetterPoints [08:...

26 MIN2019 SEP 16
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Dan Gipple - BetterPoints - Behaviour Change Tech For Sustainability

Ahmed Detta - Advanced Sustainable Development - Transforming Plastic Recycling

Ahmed Detta is the founder of Advanced Sustainable Development (ASD) a PET recycling facility with an aim to transform how plastics are recycled, creating a transparent and sustainable circular economy. Highlights: Ahmed’s early venture into mobile phone recycling in Dubai Studying sustainability in cambridge CISL Why choosing to focus on PET The leap of faith moment after the research Getting Emotional Freedom Technique tapping Mock presentations to get feedback from friends and executive coaches Being ambitious and realistic with investors Importance of getting a project manager and risk analyst Every ton of PET recycled reduces 4 tons of carbon dioxide Useful link: Advanced Sustainable Development (https://advanced-sd.com/) Cambridge Institute of Sustainable Leadership (https://www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/) Time stamp: [01:35] What is Advanced Sustainable Development [03:30] Early career in sales and financial success [05:22] Studying sustainability in Cambridge [08:35] Early problem and...

29 MIN2019 SEP 9
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Ahmed Detta - Advanced Sustainable Development - Transforming Plastic Recycling

Paul Miller - Bethnal Green Ventures - Accelerating Tech For Good

Paul Miller, founder and CEO of Bethnal Green Ventures. BGV are early stage investors focused on startups that use technology to radically improve people's lives for the future and solving difficult social and environmental challenges. In short, they're a pioneer in the tech for good space with early stage acceleration of startups such as Piclo (Open Utility) and Fairphone. Highlights: Paul’s career from student activist to organising hackathons that lead to BGV How BGV got its name Impact are linked to business model Importance of backing diverse and balanced teams How community development leads to talent curation Piclo pioneering cleanweb move to bring digital tech to cleantech Fairphone’s crazy idea to actually create their own mobile phone Lettus Grow’s early stage aeroponics concept Mapping the BGV investments to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals Paul’s vision of tech for good Useful link: Bethnal Green Ventures (https://bethnalgreenventures.com/) Time stamp: [1:45] How...

28 MIN2019 SEP 2
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Paul Miller - Bethnal Green Ventures - Accelerating Tech For Good

Nick Goddard - Spinetic Energy - Mass Production Of Onshore Wind Energy

Nick Goddard is the co-founder and commercial director of Spinetic Energy Ltd, a company devoted to developing an exciting clean tech solution through the use of the Wind Panel. Their automotive inspired approach allows mass production at a low cost, creating an effective small-scale wind energy solution. Highlights: The advantage of combining different personal skills when building a team Repurposing past experiences into new projects Creating mass production of components is driving cost down The benefits of financial stability when deciding to work full time for a start-up business Ensuring strong personal relationships with contacts you admire rather than making contacts purely to gain popularity How start-up businesses can benefit from a hierarchical structure over total democracy Useful links: Spinetic Energy (http://www.spinetic-energy.com/) Time Stamp: [01:38] Who is Nick Goddard? An introduction to Spinetic [03:15] Nick’s career journey leading up to Spinetic [05:48] The i...

30 MIN2019 AUG 26
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Nick Goddard - Spinetic Energy - Mass Production Of Onshore Wind Energy

Alex Pitt - Mustard Seed - Investing In High Growth Impact

Alex Pitt is the cofounder of Mustard Seed, an impact VC that providing support to start up businesses with social and environmental impact at the core of what they do. Focussing on the importance of a strong team and using lockstep business methods to track progress, Alex and cofounder Henry, are helping to create high impact growth amongst some of the most exciting up and coming companies today including Winnows, Olio and Switchee. Highlights: Why having a strong friendship with cofounder Henry Wigan became the foundation of their business Alex‘s best methods of finding new businesses to support and understanding which qualities to look for Using “Lockstep” relationships to manage social return with high impact How a strong personal and social mission is key for commercial success The importance of getting to know your team Useful links: Mustard Seed https://mustardseed.vc/ Winnow https://www.winnowsolutions.com/ McKinsey and Company https://www.mckinsey.com/ Good Club https://...

19 MIN2019 AUG 19
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Alex Pitt - Mustard Seed - Investing In High Growth Impact

Agnes Czako - Airex - Making A Social Impact With Efficient Buildings

Agnes Czako is co-founder and managing director of Airex, an award winning cleantech company producing a smart ventilation control. Airex is the 2018 Cleantech Startup Of The Year for the Business Green Technology Awards and Agnes was awarded the Innovate UK Women in Innovation Award in 2019. The Airex intelligent air brick with inbuilt sensors, to monitor conditions and regulate air flow aims to reduce fuel poverty in social housing and make an impact in climate action. Highlights: Importance of grant funding Inspired to reduce fuel poverty and climate change Balancing thermal efficiency and air exchange in a sustainable smart way Working with the most pioneering companies How was Airex founded and the support from being part of the Sustainable Ventures Getting the right type of investor The great benefits of the funding mechanisms in place in the UK today The importance of building a great team and the ability to learn as you go Useful links: Airex - https://www.airex.tech/ Sustai...

22 MIN2019 AUG 12
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Agnes Czako - Airex - Making A Social Impact With Efficient Buildings

Andrew Wordsworth - Sustainable Accelerator - Growing The Sustainable Startup Ecosystem

Andrew Wordsworth is the founder of Sustainable Venture group of companies. Sustainable Venture’s mission is to create a more sustainable future world where climate change and resource scarcity is addressed by commercial solutions. They are a venture builder where they develop, invest in and provide workspaces for sustainable business. Sustainable Workspaces located in London is the largest community of colocated community of sustainable startups. Highlights: The genesis of the Sustainable Ventures, Sustainable Workspaces and Sustainable Accelerator Proving the equity crowdfunding model when E-Car Club was sold to Europe Car Examples of Sustainable Accelerator portfolio companies How Sustainable Accelerator help startups grow their valuation and develop the business How to pitch to investors and benefits of wearing both hats of investor and investee Why understanding risk will help your pitch Andrew’s personal story and inspiration to move into sustainablity and startups Mapping s...

37 MIN2019 AUG 5
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Andrew Wordsworth - Sustainable Accelerator - Growing The Sustainable Startup Ecosystem

James Johnston - Piclo - Leading The Flexible Energy Marketplace

James Johnston is CEO and cofounder of Piclo, an exciting company working to globally change the way we use energy today. James and his team have developed a way to make our energy grids more flexible and sustainable with a cutting edge energy DSO marketplace. Highlights: Importance of understanding of the problem before working towards a solution Applying flexibility to utilise energy in a more efficient way How to build a team and how people form a company’s identity The power of ‘pivoting’ towards new ideas and adapting from failure How different investors are best suited for different stages of development Useful links: Piclo - https://piclo.energy/ Bethnal Green Ventures - https://bethnalgreenventures.com/ Bob Metcalfe - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA811EPzwLI Time Stamp: [01:35] Who is James Johnston? [02:05] Starting with a solution rather than a problem [03:45] Applying flexibility to make effective use of energy sources [05:00] Developing a market place to buy and se...

23 MIN2019 JUL 29
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James Johnston - Piclo - Leading The Flexible Energy Marketplace

Liv Sibony - SeedTribe - Connecting Investors With Impactful Startups

Liv Sibony is the Founder of SeedTribe, an impact investing platform focused on connecting entrepreneurs and investors focused on the UN SDGs. With the Angel Investment Network behind SeedTribe, they connect the biggest angel network with the most impactful startups trying to raise finance. Liv believes in using business as a force for good and she talks about her role with SeedTribe as Head of Impact Investment at SeedTribe. Highlights: How SeedTribe is supporting purpose and impactful startups Why it is important to focus on purpose driven business How collaboration is at the heart of scalable impact How to grab an investor’s attention with passion and emotion The future of SeedTribe Seedtribe - https://www.seedtribe.com/ Liv Sibony’s Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliviasibony/ GrubClub - https://www.cityam.com/london-foodie-startup-grub-club-acquired-vizeat-and/ Time Stamp: [01:26] Olivia Sibony’s role at SeedTribe [03:03] Liv’s journey from Goldman Sachs to starting...

30 MIN2019 JUL 22
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Liv Sibony - SeedTribe - Connecting Investors With Impactful Startups

Matt Mclaren - Entomics - Addressing Food Waste With Insects

Matt Mclaren is the CEO and cofounder of Entomics, a company whose aim is to reduce the impact of food waste through insect bioconversion.

29 MIN2019 JUL 15
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Matt Mclaren - Entomics - Addressing Food Waste With Insects
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