Join the Carbon13 community and we will bring you together with co-founders, Entrepreneurs in Residence, Domain Experts, investors and others who want to join you on the journey.
The Carbon13 community is one where every contributor is respected and valued. We draw on all of humanity’s talent pools to address the climate innovation challenge, and value diversity for the impact it makes on better problem solving.
We work with a wide range of investors to support our startups. Most are focused on the impact they can make as well as on the financial returns—but the opportunity the carbon revolution provides is so substantial and urgent– estimated at $8 trillion in new spending by 2030 in materials, energy and cities alone– that investing in potential carbon-emissions-reducing startups purely as a financial investment is also justifiable.
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Corporates work with us because they want to achieve ‘net zero’ emissions and will use the Carbon13 community of startups to get there. They join the Carbon13 community as investors, clients or partners of our startups whom they then provide with early piloting, customers, talent and expertise.
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Dr Chris ColeridgeFounder & CEO
Chris is Senior Faculty in Management Practice at Cambridge Judge Business School. For 14 years he has been teaching and carrying out advisory work in entrepreneurship and strategy. He is a former entrepreneur and holds an MBA from London Business School, an MSc in Social Psychology and a PhD in Management from the London School of Economics.
Katy FordCo-founder & COO
Prior to joining Carbon13 as its Chief Operating Officer, Katy spent 15 years as the Chief Executive of a FCA regulated finance company, lending to and supporting small businesses, from across all sectors. Prior to this Katy was the Treasury Manager for a large captive insurance management company. Katy brings operational, financial and governance strengths to Carbon13.
Frank KnowlesCo-founder & Non-Executive Director
Frank is a social impact angel investor. He has over 30 years experience in financial services as an investor, top-ranked high yield credit analyst and adviser. Most recently he was a founding partner in New Street Research. Frank has an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, and holds a Diploma in Entrepreneurship from Cambridge Judge Business School, for whom he now acts as a programme mentor.
Dr Nicky DeeCo-founder & Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer
Nicky is currently a fellow with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, associate of St Johns Innovation Centre, and MD of an independent consultancy. Nicky has a PhD in environmental technology management from the University of Cambridge. She regularly works with ventures directly as well as those who can support them in developed and developing countries e.g. UNEP, DfID, Nesta, Climate KIC, Defra, EU, Unilever.
Michael LangguthCo-founder & Chief Strategy Officer
Michael is a serial entrepreneur originally from Germany. His first business was a peer-to-peer letting business in the Netherlands in the early 2000s. His most recent start-up, Poq, is a London based software-as-a-service platform for mobile shopping, powering the apps of some of the largest retailers in the world. The company has grown over 10 years out of UCL where Michael holds an MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship.
Sara JonesMarketing Manager
Sara has a decade of experience working in startups, including founding her own. She specialises in marketing, covering digital, content, and growth marketing. She is an alumna of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and member of Founders of the Future. She holds a First Class degree in Classics from UCL.
Abigail DombeyInterim Communities Director
Abigail is an energy and sustainability engineer, having previously worked as Head of Sustainability at the University of Brighton, leading on their carbon reduction programme. As Communities Director at Carbon13, one of her key roles is to help identify Domain Experts / Entrepreneurs in Residence and to manage that community. She is also Chair of Hydrogen Sussex, supporting and facilitating the hydrogen economy across the region.
Eleanor NavradyMarketing and Operations Officer
Eleanor is a recent graduate from Lancaster University with a First Class degree in Marketing Management. She has experience in the international PR team at Intel Corporation and aids the Carbon13 team in all operational and marketing activities.
Leilani BeltranProgramme Manager
Leilani is a cardiovascular research scientist with experience working in and managing laboratories at the US National Institutes of Health and King's College London. After a stint in scientific procurement and qualifying for an Advanced Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, Leilani began working with Cannasa, an award-winning CBD drinks company, and Start Codon, the Cambridge healthcare accelerator.
Dr Caroline Brown
Commercially focused business leader with 20 years main Board experience, as Executive and Non-Executive Director, driving strategic growth and leading high performing teams in the media, professional services and technology sectors. Caroline has delivered business strategy across EMEA, the Americas, former-CIS, India and the Far East in commercial leadership roles for FTSE100 groups, mid-cap companies, and innovative small and medium sized enterprises. Her early career was in corporate finance with Merrill Lynch (New York), UBS and HSBC advising global corporations and governments. Caroline's current portfolio of interests is supported by a strong interdisciplinary background. She is a Qualified Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst, Master of Business Administration and Chartered Director.
James is an author, entrepreneur, futurist, keynote speaker, and government adviser. He has written 2 bestselling books. The first, Stuffocation was about what he believes is one of key trends of our era. Concerned about the environment and wellbeing, our fundamental values are shifting from materialism to ‘experientialism’: instead of wanting more stuff, we want experiences instead. The Financial Times named its sequel, Time And How To Spend It a Book Of The Year 2019. James runs advisory firm The Future is Here. Clients include VISA, KPMG, KFC, HSBC, IDEO, Avis, Facebook, and Marriott International. He has given talks from TEDxManchester and TEDxLSE to the Collision Conference in Las Vegas, Google HQ in California, and 10 Downing Street. He advises the British government on the experience economy: he is a 'Sector Specialist, Experience Economy' at the UK's Department for International Trade.
Lisa is currently setting up Btomorrow Ventures the Corporate Venturing arm of BAT in order to accelerate BAT’s digital transformation and Beyond Nicotine Strategy. She was previously a Director at Unilever Ventures leading sustainable investment for 8 years; and founder Entrepreneur in Residence at the Royal College of Art’s Dyson Incubator. Prior to investing Lisa was Chief Engineer building and operating factories for Unilever; she then joined McKinsey, practicing lean operations in NA and EU. Lisa is passionate about people and planet, she built a tech platform to support wellbeing and eliminate social isolation of the elderly as CEO of Kraydel, and designed and launched a Pan-African agricultural green bond to address food security alongside a novel multi-country Agri-MBA. Lisa has won numerous leadership, innovation & IT awards most recently as UK Women in IT Entrepreneur of the year & Mentor of the year. Lisa has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc in Bio-Mechanics and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.
Entrepreneurship is a team sport
Building Carbon13 and a realistic chance to fight the climate emergency could never be possible without the generous time, help and support from our community. We would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has given to the Carbon13 community and a special big thank you to everybody below.
Kim van Haalen