Raising £3-15m Finance for Cleantech Companies
24 May 2018
5.30pm to 9pm
15 Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9JG
The £3-15m funding range for cleantech companies is often the hardest one to address. It is beyond what most business angels and high net worth individuals are prepared to cover, but below what the large professional investors will find attractive to engage with. It can also be indicative of the business being at an early stage which has been another dampener on the spirits of a risk-averse investing community, given the relatively sound returns available on renewable energy projects when compared with interest rates.
However, things are changing! Crowdfunding has become much more popular for raising all kinds of capital at the lower end of this range. More importantly, the returns from rolling out renewable energy projects have been reduced through competition and effective risk management and so if professional investors are to achieve venture capital level returns from the sector, it will entail getting into a company earlier than before and taking some development risk. Specialist investor firms are also being attracted to this financing range as it can encapsulate the major growth phase for a smart technology, the first installation of a fully tested technology and the production phase of a new product or service.
This event will seek to provide the latest position for cleantech companies looking to raise such levels of capital, what options exist, what can be done to be more successful at raising such sums and, perhaps most importantly, who to approach. This will be an ideal event for all cleantech companies currently raising funding or planning to do so.
6.00pm Opening remarks – Michael Sippitt, Chairman, Forbury Investment Network & Clarkslegal LLP
6.05pm Keynote 1: Ingenious Infrastructure Fund – Guy Ranawake, Partner, Ingenious Group
6.30pm Keynote 2: Early Stage Debt & Project Finance – Stirling Habbitts, Sector Lead Project Finance, Triodos Bank
6.50pm Recycling Technologies – Adrian Griffiths, Managing Director
7.00pm Moixa Group – Simon Daniel, CEO
7.10pm Panel Discussion moderated by Clive Hall, Rushlight Events, augmented by:
Jim Totty, Managing Partner, Sustainable Technology Investors Ltd
8.00pm Networking drinks
Who should attend?
Fund managers, venture capitalists, private equity, high net worth individuals, business angels, analysts, brokers, corporate financial advisors, corporate investors, cleantech companies, financiers, consultants, business advisers and other followers and participants in the cleantech sector.
Guy Ranawake – Ingenious Group
Guy is an Investment Director in the Infrastructure team. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant at PWC, Guy worked in corporate finance for Evercore (2008-2015), Barclays Capital (2007-2008), Taylor-DeJongh (2003-2007) and Citi (1995-2003). During his time at Evercore, Guy advised clients predominantly in the utilities and infrastructure sector with a particular focus on power generation assets, natural resources and infrastructure. Guy’s experience includes capital raising (equity and debt), mergers and acquisitions, valuation, project finance and commercial structuring and negotiations in both developed and emerging markets.
Stirling Habbitts – Triodos Bank
Stirling Habbitts leads the project finance activity of Triodos Bank NV in the London market, focused on renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure. Triodos Bank is one of the leading providers of finance to renewable energy projects in Europe by number of deals. Triodos Bank is a Dutch bank focused on Western Europe, with project finance teams in the UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France and Germany, and a dedicated team focused on project finance in emerging markets. Stirling’s experience covers renewable energy (solar, onshore and offshore wind, hydro, biomass, biogas), energy infrastructure (storage, distribution networks, smart meters, OFTOs), energy from waste, conventional energy and social infrastructure. Stirling previously held positions in energy and infrastructure finance with UniCredit Bank in London and with ING Bank in Amsterdam, and commenced his career with KPMG in Sydney. He holds masters degrees in mechanical engineering and in environmental engineering and sustainable infrastructure from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.
Jim Totty – Sustainable Technology Investors Ltd
Jim Totty is managing partner at Sustainable Technology Investors Ltd (STIL), which he joined in 2011 after previously working in private equity and energy roles at Citi, PricewaterhouseCoopers and earlier in academia. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a PhD in Physics from Imperial College. STIL manages investments in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and waste sectors. STIL manages family office capital, institutional funds, and high net worth investments through private equity funds. STIL focuses on the asset development of cash generative sustainable infrastructure, and on growth capital and venture capital investments.
Simon Daniel – Moixa
Simon Daniel is a serial innovator and founder of Moixa – a UK pioneer in new energy R&D, Distributed Energy Storage ,and DC Microgrids. Moixa is the UK leader in home energy storage and VPP/Aggregate storage models, with over £5m of UK delivery across Utilities, DECC, Networks. Simon hold multiple patents on advanced mobile interfaces, consumer and smart battery technologies. He was previously at Accenture as a senior manager/tech evangelist and holds an MA in Physics from Cambridge, attended the inaugural Singularity University Summer in 2009.
Adrian Griffiths – Recycling Technologies
Adrian Griffiths is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Recycling Technologies Ltd. He is driven to make a difference to the story of plastic, by transforming plastic waste into a valuable resource and preventing leakage into our oceans. He formed Recycling Technologies to commercialise the development of a modular, mass producible machine to chemically recycle plastic waste back to a valuable hydrocarbon product with multiple uses in the wax industry and petrochemical sector. He has gathered some of the UK’s leading experts on plastics, waste management and engineering processes to provide direction and delivery for Recycling Technologies. He has led fund raising for the business which to date has attracted £4.4m of government grant funding and £8.7m investment, including a successful crowdfund. Adrian graduated as an engineer from Imperial College, London and spent many years in the automotive and then the aerospace sectors. As a consultant and engineering manager, Adrian has extensive strategic planning, commercial, operations and technical management experience in a variety of sectors. He has also co-founded two successful UK businesses, OEE Consulting and Vendigital. For more information visit www.recyclingtechnologies.co.uk
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