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Is there a place for startups in the future energy infrastructure?

Четверг 6:30 пп - 10:00 пп


Is there a place for startups in the future energy infrastructure?

  • London Business School 26 Sussex Place 26 Sussex Place London NW1 4SA United Kingdom
  • 18/05/2023
  • Четверг 6:30 пп - 10:00 пп

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About this event

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The event will feature a pitch session for early-stage ClimateTech startups, followed by a panel exploring the future of the energy infrastructure and the emerging opportunities for startups.
Our esteemed panellists include Matthew Sherburne (Venture Principal at Shell Ventures), John Greasley (Chair of GB Interconnectors’ Forum), Dr. Micol Chiesa Churchill (Investment Director, Planet Positive Lab), Sergey Donskoy, (First Imagine! Ventures ) and Nastasya Savina (Head of 1step2market) as a moderator.

Pitch session

Why Participate?
This is a unique chance to pitch to investors of this calibre and gain insightful feedback that could help refine your strategy, positioning and presentation. Furthermore, you will receive constructive feedback from the audience of peers, students and London Business School alums.
Important Facts:
• Entry for the pitch session is FREE.
• Only five startups will be chosen to present.
• Each pitch & Q&A lasts no longer than 5 minutes.
• The deadline for submissions is the 11th of May, EOD.
• The selection committee decision will be announced by Monday, the 15th of May EOD.
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Panel: Key Topics

The energy infrastructure will change to incorporate a larger proportion of renewables in the energy mix. According to the IPCC report, the most significant challenges are power balancing, efficient energy storage and transmission. Is there a place for startups in this changing landscape? Are there tasks that they can and should solve? Is there a place for the small companies in the industry, traditionally dominated by multibillion-CAPEX projects?


  • Matthew Sherburne (Venture Principal at Shell Ventures) (
    Dr. Micol Chiesa Churchill (Investment Director, Planet Positive Lab)
  • Micol is a Partner and Head of Climate Science at Planet Fund, an early-stage climate tech VC backed by Sky Ventures. She is also an Investment Director of Planet Positive Lab, a climate tech accelerator in collaboration with the University of Oxford, aimed at growing potential of its entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • John Greasley (Chair of GB Interconnectors’ Forum)
    John has over 30 years’ experience in the energy industry and most recently worked in the interconnector team at National Grid, leading on all regulatory issues associated with existing and potential interconnectors. John also chairs the GB Interconnectors’ Forum, a body that brings together all existing and potential interconnectors in GB to discuss issues of mutual interest.
  • Sergey Donskoy, Head of Portfolio growth, First Imagine! Ventures.
    Sergey has 20+ years in equity research in Société General and other leading financial institutions. As a research analyst, Sergey was involved in the preparation and execution of a number of equity placements and M&A deals across the Materials, Logistics and Energy sectors. Sergey holds MSc in Physics and MA in Economics degrees, he is a CFA charter holder. In First Imagine! Sergey assists portfolio companies in developing and executing of sustainable value-grown strategies.
  • Moderator: Nastasya Savina (Head of 1step2market) (
    Nastasya Savina is a marketing veteran with 25+ years of experience in marketing, communications and HR on the global market. As a leader of 1step2market, she develops a support platform for early-stage ClimateTech startups and investors.

Supporting partners

Organizational partner: Energy and Environment Club of the London Business School (
LBS is one of the top global business schools with a vast audience of 150,000+ students and alums from 130 countries working in startups, funds and corporations.
Research Partner: NetZero Insights. (

NetZero Insights help decision-makers scout and assess the climate tech solutions they need to make the transition happen. Sort over 45K+ climate startups in Europe and North America, and gain access to hard-to-find data such as patents, contacts, impact metrics, traction, funding and deals.