Our community

Carbon13 Community

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.

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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.

For more information, please contact us.

Corporate partners

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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Our people

Our advisors

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence and Storyteller in Residence

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. 

Andre Spark

Andy Holland

Archie Campbell

Artem Stalpouski

Ayesha Silveira

Balint Bertok

Bec Austin

Ben Franchetti

Corinne Raux

Cyrille Najjar

David Foster

Don Ong

Doug Morwood

Elena Sikorsky

Elliott Rapaport

Eric Wood

Fola Olatunji-David

Francis Prosser

Graham Wyllie

Greg Macfarlane

Guy Wilkinson

Helen Fisher

John Foppert

John Spindler

Josefin Rosman

Julian Childs

Kim van Haalen

Marco Donzelli

Martynas Kandzeras

Matt Wunderli

Max Kelly

Mo Zaraket

Nicolas Rebolledo

Patrick Lockton

Paul Varga

Sam Applebee

Samad Masood

Selina Austin

Simon Witney

Sven Jungmann

Tanya Popeau

Tayab Hasan

Tim Barnes

Tom Bilakiewicz

Victor Dyrnes

William Fitzpatrick

Zhenya Kazlou

Dr Chris Coleridge

Founder & 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.

Dr Nicky Dee

Co-founder & Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer

Nicky has pioneered many activities in the sustainability space to scale up impact from startups. This has included work with UNEP, Nesta, European Projects, Climate KIC, DfID, UK Gov. She has been an entrepreneur as well as worked directly with entrepreneurs and those who support them. 

She designed and delivered the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards in partnership with CISL for several years which globally attracted thousands of entrepreneurs. She has engaged with many corporates through executive education and consultancy and developed frameworks to evaluate startup ecosystems which she has applied to many leading as well as emerging locations. Nicky is also actively exploring inclusive approaches to entrepreneurship.

Katy Ford

Co-founder & COO

Katy has 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.

Michael Langguth

Co-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.

Jonathan Cumming

Chief Financial Officer & Managing Director

Jonathan has spent the last 20 years as the CFO of first a private equity owned cable telecommunications business based in Madrid and then of a global media & entertainment group with headquarters in Barcelona. He was with the cable business from inception to preparation for a $10 billion strategic trade sale and at the media business he led an operational turnaround through to a $2billion change of ownership. Jonathan has extensive experience of growing businesses, acquiring and disposing of businesses and the operational management required to create maximum value. Prior to these roles, Jonathan worked in investment banking. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

Sara Jones

Marketing 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.

Eleanor Navrady

Marketing 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 Beltran

Communities Director

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.

Rebekah Nash

Programme Officer

Rebekah is the Programme Officer for Carbon13’s Venture Builder, running the day to day operations and supporting all of Carbon13’s entrepreneurs.

She has a masters in Theology from Cambridge University with a background in recruitment and relationship management.

Min Dhillon

Fundraising & Partnerships Manager

Min has extensive experience across partnership development, business strategy and go-to-market. Prior to joining Carbon13, he was the UK product marketing lead at Eventbrite, pre and post IPO. He has over 10 years of experience spanning technology start ups to academic publishing and is managing Carbon13’s fundraising activities across corporate partnerships, grants and raising capital for our Fund.

Dr Caroline Brown

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.

Tim Jones

Tim Jones

Chairman of Treatt plc, an ingredients manufacturer exporting to 90+ countries and Premium-listed on the London Stock Exchange Main Market. A Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Tim began his career in financial services with Royal Insurance and subsequently held posts in the Middle East, the US and Europe before entering the beverage sector including the establishment of a joint venture in the Balkans. For 17 years he was Chief Executive of Allia, a charitable organisation where he oversaw a range of new solutions to drive impact entrepreneurship developing social finance initiatives for impact investment through Employment and Housing Bonds and London Stock Exchange-listed Bonds. He remains Senior Advisor to Allia’s Trustees, Chairman of Allia’s stockbroking subsidiary City and Continental Ltd and a Non-executive director of Retail Charity Bonds plc.
Lubomila Jordanova

Lubomila Jordanova

Lubomila is the Founder & CEO of Plan A, the award-winning and certified end-to-end platform for carbon accounting, carbon reduction and ESG reporting, underpinned by scientific methods and technology. Lubomila is also the Co-founder of the Greentech Alliance, a community of 1000+ Greentech companies which connects its members to top tier VCs, media and experts. Lubomila’s work has seen her awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2020, Top 50 Women in Tech in Germany 2021, and most recently as Sustainability Hero 2021, Generali Group SME EnterPrize Award, 2021.

Adizah Tejani

Adizah is a product-focused technology executive having worked on the rollout of digital products such as websites, billing systems, and payment products. Fast forward to 2020 and she has built a unique lens while working in the technology sector in London. She is the former Director of Marketing EMEA at Token a fintech company from San Francisco and was the first marketing hire in the European market in 2016. In 2013 she was part of the founding team of Level39 a technology accelerator focused on fintech products. She has been in the technology and startup ecosystem since 2009 and understands how to build relationships that add value to all partners. She was part of the 2011 team that grew edtech company Apps for Good – scaling the program from 2 schools to 100 schools. Over the years Adizah picked up a number of awards and was recently named by the FT as one of the top 100 2018 EMpower ethnic minority executives in the UK and North America.

Oyvind Henriksen

Founding CEO of Poq, a SaaS platform for mobile shopping apps, driving $1bn of annual app revenue with a team of 100 people, a Forrester-recognised product and £20m of VC funding. Experienced in designing, prototyping and developing innovative products, bringing them to market and growing a successful VC-backed company from zero to Series B. Passionate about learning and researching what’s new, and about mentoring and helping fellow founders on their startup journey.

Nishul Saperia

I am an experienced founder and investor across a 20 year career. I was part of the founding team at Markit – now IHS Markit and currently listed on NASDAQ at $50bn. Since then I have launched ventures in online travel and food whilst also investing in and advising a variety of startups.
Most recently I have been focusing on the climate, sustainability and biodiversity space with a current focus on investing in startups that can make an impact.
My expertise is broad and involves most aspects in putting together a startup.

Sarah Dees

Over 20 years in the finance sector, I have gained experience in Executive leadership positions in FTSE100 financial corporate institutions, including Barclays Bank and Goldman Sachs. During this time I have developed strong relationships across asset management, banking, insurance and pension funds. Currently CEO of a FinTech start-up.
I am an entrepreneurial international finance leader with technical expertise in structured products. My Executive experiences, currently with FinTech start-up ‘EU Pay’ and large corporates such as Barclays and Goldman Sachs, have equipped me with diverse Non-Executive Director offerings.
Several years of client on-boarding have developed my compliance literacy and I am comfortable in ensuring corporate governance within listed companies. Investor Relations is also one of my key offerings – high-level representation and the supporting of capital raising efforts.

Stephanie Alys

A Deloitte management consultant turned award-winning entrepreneur, Stephanie co-founded leading British sexual health & wellbeing brand MysteryVibe. Over 5 years, Stephanie grew MV from basic concept to pulling in £m revenues, and expanding to over 60 countries. 
Stephanie’s previous work in sustainability includes business strategy for large renewable energy infrastructure projects and Demand Side Management, alongside large scale communications and public affairs campaigns. She holds an MSc in Energy & Climate policy.
Stephanie has been featured in publications such as the BBC, Times, Guardian, CNBC and TechCrunch. She was awarded the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman award in 2018 for her achievements in taking sextech to the mainstream.
Paul Bourne

Paul Bourne

Paul works in ‘Creative Engagement’. In Executive Education and Entrepreneurship, his key areas of interest are working alongside Artists exploring Creativity in the Workplace, Enterprise Thinking, Collaborative working, Communication Impact and Transformational Leadership. All wrapped up in Storytelling.
He has most recently worked with a wide variety of retained clients focusing on two key areas: Cultural Shift with The Dubai Stock Exchange (DIFC), Liverpool Football Club, NIKE and Sberbank (Russia), and Communication Impact Programmes for management and staff with Fairtrade, United States Armed Forces and McLaren Formula One Racing.

Paul Rigby

Formerly an Air Traffic Control Operations and Engineering specialist at the world’s busiest en-route air traffic control centre, Paul holds professional engineering accreditations with the Royal Aeronautical society. He founded the drone consultancy and SaaS startup Consortiq and over seven years he expanded the team to the USA and delivered business to many other countries like The Gambia, Canada, and Ecuador. Consortiq were part of a consortium to use drones to deliver critical medical supplies by drone from the mainland UK to the Scilly Isles.
Paul and his company have had major features in printed publications such as Empire Magazine, provided guest commentary on Radio 4, BBC News, Sky News, Channel 5 News, and he regularly speaks at industry conferences. He is part of key government working groups for business, policy and entrepreneurship with the Department for Transport and Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy.