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Financing Energy Innovation

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Few imagine that we can do without new ideas in energy, but those ideas will be of little value unless finance is available to take them into the real world. How do ideas get funding? What are the particular challenges for funding innovation in the energy sector?

Our next event will address the issues in an open debate, seeded by several highly-qualified speakers on the subject:

Tony White of Climate Change Capital. Dr. Anthony White MBE is Head of Advisory at CCC . He has been involved in almost all aspects of the energy industry, ranging from renewable energy research through to strategy, finance, international development and policy. He was a founding member of the UK Government’s Energy Advisory Panel, a member of the National Grid’s Executive Committee and Head of the European Utility Research teams at Kleinwort Benson and Citigroup. This team was recognised by Extel in 2002 as being the world’s best sector team covering European Companies and led the research for the privatisations of Enel, Endesa, MVV , REE, Snam and Enagas.

Dr. Peter Davidson, non-executive director of D1 Oils plc, a UK-based global producer of biodiesel which listed on AIM in October 2004. Peter is a chartered chemical engineer formerly with ICI . He has wide experience in chemical plant technology, design, commissioning, operations, research and development. He managed the research and development of a number of ICI businesses including Katalco, Tioxide and Quest Foods, and served on the ICI Technology Board for ten years, latterly with responsibility for Bio-Science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Adam Workman, Investment Manager at the Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust is a private company that invests Government funds in new, clean energy and low carbon technologies. It has a large, full-time technical due diligence team and invests pari passu with specialised and mainstream VC firms. It also funds low carbon incubators and invests in third party funds. Adam is a geophysicist by training and worked for Shell and 3i before joining the Carbon Trust.

Lynne McGregor, Imperial College Innovations Ltd. Lynne manages the Imperial Carbon Trust Incubator, a virtual incubator which provides business incubation and commercialisation services under the Carbon Trust’s Incubation Programme. The incubator has helped a range of renewable energy, energy efficiency and enabling technology-based businesses become investment ready, including two Cambridge based companies. Lynne has a chemical engineering background with over twenty years of experience in business development, sales and marketing and new business start-ups..

Ed Gillespie, Creative Director, Futerra. Ed will be speaking about Shell Springboard, a fund for small businesses with big ideas on climate change. Shell Springboard is now open for a second round, giving a cash boost to small businesses with a product or service that helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Awards of between £20,000 and £40,000 will be available in early 2007.

Light refreshments and wine will be provided before and after the event. Attendance is free, but space is limited and registration via is required.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Energy Forum series.

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