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.
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.
Min DhillonFundraising & 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.
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.
Abigail DombeyPrinciple Energy & Sustainability Engineer
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. She is also Chair of Hydrogen Sussex, supporting and facilitating the hydrogen economy across the region.
Smile LiuProgramme Officer
Smile has an MA degree in Japanese Business from University of Leeds and also studied BSc Sports Medicine and Science in China and Japan. Most recently prior to Carbon13, she was the head of the Japan desk in an energy brokering company. Other positions she has worked range from a data analyst at Amazon to a resource coordinator at a security company. She also has over 10 years teaching experience in Chinese, Japanese and English.
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.
Our Entrepreneurs in Residence and Storyteller in Residence
Stephanie AlysEntrepreneur in Residence
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.
Oyvind HenriksenEntrepreneur in Residence
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.
Paul RigbyEntrepreneur in Residence
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 BourneStoryteller in Residence
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.
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