Interview with Carbon13 co-founder Dr Nicky Dee
Co-founder and Chief Sustainability Officer Dr Nicky Dee:
The UK is brimming with innovation and entrepreneurs full of ambition when it comes to climatetech. The challenge is whether the UK can take advantage and enable them to flourish. This was the basis of a conversation with Ben Cooke at The Times. Here is a small excerpt:
One company, called Shanti, is helping cyclists to find safer routes through cities. Another, Sun Bear Biofuture, is genetically modifying yeast to produce a deforestation-free alternative to palm oil. Kestrix, meanwhile, is flying heat-sensing drones over housing estates to work out how best to insulate them. Disparate though their business models may seem, all these companies have one thing in common — Nicky Dee believes they can help fight climate change.
They are among the 65 companies backed by Carbon13, an organisation that Dee, herself an eco-entrepreneur for two decades, co-founded in 2019 with the businessman Michael Langguth and the academic Chris Coleridge.
Based in Cambridge, Carbon13 is a “venture builder for the climate emergency”. lts purpose is to gather together entrepreneurs, whose ideas could help to cut society’s carbon emissions, then help them turn those ideas into business plans that can attract investment – including from Carbon13 itself. lt’s a bit like Dragons’ Den, but with the aim of saving the world.