22 episodes

Welcome to The Seed by 7 Generation Ventures podcast. Our intention with this podcast, is to shine the light on climate tech, investigate the space, and share the stories from the founders, the investors, and the pioneers who are shaping this critical space at this critical juncture. We hope that by sharing the stories of the guests that we bring on the show that we provide some of the insights as well as community to those who are pushing the boundaries and working so hard to make the world a better place by building or investing in the engineering companies that are going to be able to make that change. Thank you for joining us and enjoy the show.

The Seed Jake Wombwell Povey

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Welcome to The Seed by 7 Generation Ventures podcast. Our intention with this podcast, is to shine the light on climate tech, investigate the space, and share the stories from the founders, the investors, and the pioneers who are shaping this critical space at this critical juncture. We hope that by sharing the stories of the guests that we bring on the show that we provide some of the insights as well as community to those who are pushing the boundaries and working so hard to make the world a better place by building or investing in the engineering companies that are going to be able to make that change. Thank you for joining us and enjoy the show.

    Navigating Carbon Markets with Dr. Benjamin Slotnick, CEO and Founder of Lillianah Technologies

    Navigating Carbon Markets with Dr. Benjamin Slotnick, CEO and Founder of Lillianah Technologies

    The episode features a discussion with Dr. Benjamin Slotnick, founder and CEO of Lillianah Technologies, a carbon removal startup. Dr. Slotnick speaks about his educational background in geology, which led him to invest in environmental solutions.
    Discussing his company, he outlines Lilianah's approach to carbon removal through the optimisation of oceanic biological pumps and bioremediation of 'dead zones' caused by excess chemical runoff.
    He discusses the challenges startups face in the Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) industry, the need for Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of technologies and the importance of marine sediments as an effective carbon store.
    Dr. Slotnick also expresses his belief in CDR as a crucial player in maintaining planetary stability. This is a powerful episode and one not to be missed.

    Enjoy the show!


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    • 44 min
    Opportunities in the Circular Economy with Julia Davies

    Opportunities in the Circular Economy with Julia Davies

    In this episode, environmentalist and investor, Julia, opens up about her investing journey in the field of climate tech and sustainability. As the founder of 'We Have The Power', an organisation that invests in solutions and startups tackling single-use waste, Julia discusses her mission and the challenge of catalysing practical action towards a sustainable circular economy. The episode dives into the accomplishments, potential, and challenges faced by various circular economy startups that Julia supports, including Dizzy, Revolution Zero, and Clean Bus. Julia also highlights her vision for focusing on reuse over recycling, advocates for changes in consumer habits, corporate behaviour and government legislation, and shares her unique insights on striking a balance between investment appeal and socio-environmental impact.

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    00:01 Introduction to the Podcast
    01:00 Guest Introduction: Julia Davies
    02:17 Julia's Journey to Sustainability
    03:10 The Role of Early Stage Startups in Impact Finance
    05:08 Julia's Investment in Reuse and Circular Economy
    06:24 The Challenge of Changing Consumer Habits
    07:40 The Role of Corporations in the Sustainability Transition
    09:58 The Potential of the Circular Economy
    10:39 Innovations in the Circular Economy: Case Studies
    12:09 The Challenge of Systems Change in the Circular Economy
    19:08 The Role of Government Regulation in Sustainability
    24:29 The Importance of Focusing on Impact in Investment
    43:16 Inspiration and Advice for Sustainability Journey
    46:24 Overhyped and Underhyped Trends in Sustainability
    47:44 Investing in Biodiversity and Nature Conservation
    48:36 Policy Reform for a Sustainable Future

    • 50 min
    When AI Meets Atoms with Windscape AI

    When AI Meets Atoms with Windscape AI

    Join us for today's podcast where our host Jake Wombwell-Povey interviews the two co-founders of Windscape AI, Eric Thompson (CEO) and Jason Yosinski (CTO).

    Windscape combines low-cost pressure sensors and artificial intelligence to provide cleaner and more accurate data to optimise wind turbine operations. Though selling this technology to utilities is challenging due to the long, costly, and bureaucratic process, they have found early adopters and are working towards permeating the industry. 

    The co-founders also express their views on artificial intelligence, machine learning, and their potential uses in sustainability and climate change. They identify some overhyped trends and discuss their preferred policy reform of a price on carbon.



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    00:01 Introduction to the Podcast
    01:01 Guest Introduction: Co-founders of Scape AI
    02:29 Origins of Windscape and the Founders' Journey
    08:54 Understanding the Technology Behind Windscape
    09:04 The Role of AI and Machine Learning in Windscape
    09:13 The Impact of Technological Advancements on Windscape's Existence
    11:12 How Winscape Improves Efficiency for Wind Turbine Operators
    15:55 The Distinction Between AI and Machine Learning
    21:56 Challenges and Lessons from Selling Novel Technologies in the Wind Industry
    24:14 Understanding Wind Farm Ownership and Operations
    24:52 Building Relationships with Asset Managers
    27:19 Challenges and Barriers in Wind Farm Operations
    29:42 Navigating Stakeholder Mapping and Incentivization
    31:33 Finding Advocates within Organizations
    33:28 Targeting Early Adopters in the Wind Industry
    34:07 The Impact of Windscape on Wind Farm Output
    37:46 Potential Applications of AI in Power Generation
    45:33 Investing in Sustainability and Climate Crisis Solutions
    48:04 Enacting Policy Reforms for Climate Crisis
    48:54 Contacting and Learning More About Windscape

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    • 49 min
    The 7Gen Ventures Philosophy and Investing in Digital Climate Tech

    The 7Gen Ventures Philosophy and Investing in Digital Climate Tech

    In this episode, founder and host Jake Povey discusses the philosophy behind Seven Generation Ventures, their approach to investing, focusing on early stage digital climate tech startups. He explains the unique combination of venture investing and coaching to foster maximum development and growth of the companies they back. He sheds light on the guiding principle of 'seven generations' that guides their investment ideologies, drawing from the philosophy of the Iroquois nation, looking at the long-term impact on future generations and leaving a positive legacy . He also acknowledges the daunting challenge climate change presents but emphasises the significant investment and innovation opportunities that come with attempting to solve it.

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    00:00 Introduction and Welcome
    00:15 The Purpose of the Solo Episode
    00:34 The Importance of Climate Tech
    02:04 The Role of Venture Capital in Climate Tech
    02:38 The Focus on Digital Climate Tech
    03:16 The Story Behind 7 Generation Ventures
    11:04 The Power of Coaching in Venture Capital
    18:03 The Philosophy Behind 7 Generation Ventures
    20:45 The Urgency of Investing in Climate Change Solutions
    23:05 The Future of Climate Tech Investing
    25:45 Conclusion and Farewell

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    • 27 min
    How to Action Climate Change Innovation with Richard Templer

    How to Action Climate Change Innovation with Richard Templer

    Today guest is Richard Templer Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute


    Richard holds a joint appointment with the Department of Chemistry and the Grantham Institute.  He is the Director of Development for Chemistry and the Director of Innovation at the Grantham Institute: Climate Change & Environment.  He has worked at the Imperial College of London for 32 years and is the current Hofmann Chair in Chemistry. He is a member of the London Sustainable Development Commission and advisory body to the Mayor of London. 


    Richard has spent the last decade supporting students, innovators and entrepreneurs addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change through the creation of cleantech businesses.  He co-founded the Climate-KIC in 2010 (stood down in 2015)  and more recently has been working on a plan to create a cleantech innovation cluster in London.


    In today’s episode we cover:
    Training, Coaching & Funding of Start-Ups Innovation = Ideas Easily AppliedBroadness surrounding Innovation Government Actions How we can change the discourse Buying Decarbonisation & Carbon Credits 

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    Episode recorded 24th April, 2021

    • 1 hr
    How Electricity Storage is Creating a Lower Carbon Future with Charlie Blair Managing Director @ Gravitricity

    How Electricity Storage is Creating a Lower Carbon Future with Charlie Blair Managing Director @ Gravitricity

    Today's guest is Charlie Blair,  Managing Director @ Gravitricity
    Charlie Blair has been an Innovator in Energy Systems for 15+ years.  He always works with technologies that are on their way to major market growth and disruption in the power and heat sectors. He now acts as Managing Director of Gravitricity Ltd, pioneer of underground grid-scale electricity storage. 

    At Gravitricity they are developing a novel storage technology that offers some of the best characteristics of lithium batteries and pumped storage. Grid-Scale electricity storage spend is projected to grow from around $3 billion per year today to over $50 billion per year by 2040.  

    The Gravitricity technology operates in the 1MW to 20 MW power range and enables existing grid infrastructure to go further in a renewable energy world and are currently building/built a 250Kw, 50 tonnes, Concept Demonstrator in Leith, Edinburgh. 
    In today’s episode we cover:
    If this works in one place it works everywhere Energy Storage in 10 years Storage and moving electricity and fuel Transition is onEnjoy the show!


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    Episode recorded 9th April, 2021

    • 57 min

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Love this podcast, full of incredible knowledge, interesting people and innovative conversations.

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Great listen for sustainability entrepreneurs/investors

Great show, really appreciate the deep dive format, and refreshing to have a perspective from this side of the pond. Looking forward to more episodes!

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Genuinely loved it! Great insights

Loved it! Quite simply a must listen for anyone interested in sustainability and the vital role that start up companies will play in our collective drive for a sustainable future. Really enjoyed the refreshing honesty from Jasper when talking about his own entrepreneurial journey too. Highly recommend!

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