Carbon13 – EIR & SIR

Carbon13's Entrepreneurs in Residence

Our Entrepreneurs in Residence provide expertise and advice based on their own entrepreneurial experiences to our cohort and enrich Carbon13’s founders existing networks with their own. 

Carbon13's Storyteller in Residence

To reach the maximum velocity with your project, you need to be able to bring stakeholders on board – and you do that with a great story. Our Storyteller in Residence helps each team understand how to create, and evolve, a story that sticks.

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.

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.

Jérome Joaug

Jérome is a serial entrepreneur who founded Cambridge Nanosystems, a leading graphene nanomaterial supplier (sold in 2015) and Nymbly, an IoT company acquired by ARM in 2017 before joining Aster, a VC firm headquartered in Paris and focused on Climate Tech. He is also an active angel investor with about 20+ companies in this portfolio.

Jerome completed his training at the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris) and the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School.

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.

Michael Reid

A Business / Project / Engineering Manager / Director with a 30 year record of delivering new product introductions, product enhancement projects, trouble shooting and managing large multi-disciplined teams in industries from scientific instruments through domestic appliances to petrochemicals with worldwide experience as far away as Japan and Mongolia. Currently technical director of 2 innovative SMEs, Solar Polar Limited and Heatlight Limited.

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.
Lennart Hergel

Lennart Hergel

Creative and entrepreneurial financier who pioneered impact investing in Europe with Partner/ investment committee level experience in early-stage VC and experience on numerous start-up boards. Fascinated by science and technological progress, Lennart reads the Economist magazine backwards and gained expertise through his investment career in a wide range of sustainability topics, from carbon trading and energy transition, through to green chemistry and circular economy.

Despite an early brush with entrepreneurship in his family’s start-up, he diverted to an MSc in Finance at Loughborough University, the JP Morgan Finance Programme in New York and an early career on the investment banking “dark side”. Subsequently founded and scaled his own FCA-regulated finance boutique specialised in creating exits for entrepreneurs and asset owners in high technology industries particularly aviation, before becoming focussed on making finance a force for a better planet.

Ben Whately, looking to the left, answers a question

Ben Whately

Ben co-founded Memrise, a language learning app that he has grown to more than 65 million users and tens of millions of dollars of revenue. In 2017 Memrise won Google Play’s “Best App” award, becoming the first EdTech and first European app ever to win. As an Angel Ben has invested in more than 30 startups, and as a mentor has advised more than 50 early stage founders, helping companies across all sectors move from idea to rapidly scaling business.

Andrew co-founded Brightpearl, web-based software used by retailers to digitalise their data & workflows. Brightpearl has 150 employees between Bristol, UK & US, raised $50M, and was acquired in Jan 2022 by Sage Plc for $350M. Andrew spent 3 years as a VC, and is an angel investor, hands-on advisor / board member with 3 acquisitions. BSc Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence.Passionate about mountains, oceans & a scout leader.

Paul Bourne

Paul works in ‘Creative Engagement’ as a Theatre Director, Teacher and Storyteller. When not directing plays, Paul’s key areas of interest are in exploring creativity in Start-ups, enterprise thinking, collaborative working, communication impact and transformational leadership; all wrapped up in telling a great story!

Alongside Start-ups Venture Builders and Accelerators (Carbon13!), Paul works on Entrepreneurship with Cambridge University Business School Faculty and consults with a wide variety of World-Class clients using Storytelling to focus on two key areas: “Cultural Transformation” with Liverpool Football Club, NIKE, The NHS and BBC, and on “Communication and Sustainability Impact” with Fairtrade, Wyss Institute, Cambridge University, Astra Zeneca and St Andrew’s University.