24 episodes

The podcasts we love are the ones that make us feel compelled to think or act deeper and differently. Today, with the crises that we face environmentally, ecologically, economically, societally we want to compel to act and think differently by sharing with you the insights and stories missions and visions of our guests. They are the people, the founders, investors, experts, who are living, breathing, and loving their life’s work that is having a real impact.We are curious about, and want to share, their journeys, struggles, challenges and successes.We hope that by creating this podcast we can shine a light on some of the incredible work that is happening across the globe and bring forth a whole new group of people who are ready to show the world the difference we can make.

Venturing Into Sustainability Jake Wombwell Povey & Max Middleton

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The podcasts we love are the ones that make us feel compelled to think or act deeper and differently. Today, with the crises that we face environmentally, ecologically, economically, societally we want to compel to act and think differently by sharing with you the insights and stories missions and visions of our guests. They are the people, the founders, investors, experts, who are living, breathing, and loving their life’s work that is having a real impact.We are curious about, and want to share, their journeys, struggles, challenges and successes.We hope that by creating this podcast we can shine a light on some of the incredible work that is happening across the globe and bring forth a whole new group of people who are ready to show the world the difference we can make.

    What does the IPCC Report Mean for Innovators

    What does the IPCC Report Mean for Innovators

    Today's show is our introduction to the Venturing into Sustainability podcast and is a discussion between your co-hosts Jake Wombwell-Povey and Max Middleton where we delve deep into the IPCC report that's just been released this week and what it means for this space.

    It is unequivocal that human infrastructure has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land, widespread changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred. So began the most recent IPCC report on the state of climate change..
    Max is an investment partner at Vala Capital where he has overall responsibility for the Vala Sustainability Funds. Max is an experienced VC investor with a track record of supporting businesses building a more sustainable future. Max joins Vala after several years at the Ingenious Group, where he served as Investment Manager for the Ingenious Infrastructure Ventures EIS Service, focusing on the ‘infra-tech’ (energy, mobility, built environment, resource efficiency) arena. Prior to his time at Ingenious, Max worked at EcoMachines Ventures, a specialist VC focussed on high-growth opportunities in hardware, industrial high-tech and resource efficiency. Max is a CFA charter-holder and with an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from Vassar College in New York.


    Jake is an investment partner at Vala Capital where he leads Vala’s Sustainability efforts. He is also the founder of Attis Ventures, a specialist sustainability investor and accelerator. Prior to his work with Attis and Vala, Jake was the founder and CEO of Goji, a digital financial services platform that digitalises the asset management industry. Jake is a qualified accountant and has a BSc from the University of Manchester.


    Enjoy the show!


    You can find us on; 
    Twitter @Jwombwellpovey or @mhmiddleInstagram @venturingintosustainability and @_theconsciousleaderEmail at jake@venturingintosustainability.com, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.Episode recorded August 13, 2021

    • 53 min
    The Food Tech Revolution With David Stevenson

    The Food Tech Revolution With David Stevenson

    Today's guest is David Stevenson

    Today our guest is David Stevenson who is an experienced investment writer and commentator for publications such as the Financial Times where he has been writing in the adventurous investor column for a number of years, providing insight across a range of emerging trends in the investment markets typically across tech,  he has now co-founded the future food finance blog and platform which is a relatively new platform focusing on the food tech revolution.


    In this episode we will cover: 
    Why our food systems are ripe for innovation

    Trends David is tracking most closely

    How food tech can drive forward the sustainability agenda.


    Enjoy the show!
    You can find us on;
    twitter @Jwombwellpovey or @mhmiddleInstagram @venturingintosustainability and @_theconsciousleaderemail at jake@venturingintosustainability.com, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.
    This podcast is kindly sponsored by Vala Capital.

    This episode was recorded on the 5th August 2021

    • 46 min
    Stepping Into The New ESG World With Hannah Leach & Johannes Lenhard

    Stepping Into The New ESG World With Hannah Leach & Johannes Lenhard

    Today's guests are Hannah Leach & Johannes Lenhard

    Today as guests we have Hannah Leach from Houghton Street Ventures where she is one of the founding partners, and Johannes Lenhard from Cambridge University where he is a lecturer and researcher specialising in ESG.
     
    On todays episode we've got them on as founding members of venture ESG which in a new community built around a mission to help the VC sector recognise and upskill itself as to the importance of ESG and provide the resources and guidance so that the VC community can really step into this new ESG world.


    In this episode we will cover: 
    Why  Hannah and Johannes decided to start Venture ESG 

     why data is necessary 
     Just what we mean by ESG in a venture context 

     Why VC’s are starting to get serious about implementing ESG principles in their processes

    why you should be called out if you are not running and ESG fund

    Robert Kohn - Impact


    Enjoy the show!
    You can find us on;
    twitter @Jwombwellpovey or @mhmiddleInstagram @venturingintosustainability and @_theconsciousleaderemail at jake@venturingintosustainability.com, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.
    This podcast is kindly sponsored by Vala Capital.

    This episode was recorded on the 23rd July 2021

    • 47 min
    Sustaining the Ocean Economy with Adrien Vincent, Ocean Lead @ SYSTEMIQ

    Sustaining the Ocean Economy with Adrien Vincent, Ocean Lead @ SYSTEMIQ

    Today's guest is Adrien Vincent

    Adrien is the Ocean Lead at SYSTEMIQ, he is in particular closely involved with the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (www.oceanpanel.org). He is one of the co-authors of the report "Towards a sustainable ocean economy", commissioned by the Panel. 


    Adrien is also Programme Director for Seaweed for Europe, a new coalition that aims to accelerate the scaling of a sustainable and innovative seaweed industry in Europe. Seaweed for Europe gathers innovative seaweed start-ups, investment funds, research institutions and international organisations to achieve this goal.


    SYSTEMIQ is a new kind of enterprise, created specifically to tackle system failures by mobilizing talent and capital to cultivate, incubate and scale solutions that accelerate system change and deliver improved economic, environmental and social value. We identify and originate opportunities in the energy, land use and circular economy space, deploy talent and capital to projects, de-risk investments and accelerate growth.


    In this episode we will cover: 
    Adrien’s journey to becoming a sustainability leader
    The world of seaweed and submarine aquaculture.

    Enjoy the show!
    You can find us on;
    twitter @Jwombwellpovey or @mhmiddleInstagram @venturingintosustainability and @_theconsciousleaderemail at jake@venturingintosustainability.com, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.
    This podcast is kindly sponsored by Vala Capital.

    This episode was recorded on the 26th March 2021

    • 41 min
    Journey to Becoming an ESG Leader with Tracy Barba, Executive Director @ 500 Startups

    Journey to Becoming an ESG Leader with Tracy Barba, Executive Director @ 500 Startups

    Today we will be speaking to Tracy Barba who is executive director, Global stakeholder engagement and head of ESG at 500 startups.  

    500 start-ups are one of the most active and prolific early-stage investors in the world with a pretty unique model when it comes to VE investment having backed over 2400 startups in 75 countries which is a phenomenal impact on the start-up space.
    In today’s episode we cover:
    Journey to becoming an ESG leader, What we mean by ESG in a venture context How 500 start-ups are leading the industry

    Enjoy the show!


    You can find us on;
    twitter @Jwombwellpovey or @mhmiddleInstagram @venturingintosustainability and @_theconsciousleaderemail at jake@venturingintosustainability.com, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.
    This podcast is kindly sponsored by Vala Capital.

    This episode was recorded on the 19th March 2021

    • 47 min
    The Current State of UK Policy Ambitions with Dr Matthew Hannon

    The Current State of UK Policy Ambitions with Dr Matthew Hannon

    Matthew works as Director of Research and Senior Lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, within the University of Strathclyde’s Business School. 

    His research examines the policy and market conditions necessary to accelerate low-carbon energy technology and business model innovation in both new and old systems. He is a co-investigator on UKRI’s £10m EnergyREV consortium on smart, locally-led energy systems, and the UK Energy Research Centre’s Community Energy Finance project.
    Matthew has published ‘Financial Times 50’ ranked journal papers, written a book on accelerating low-carbon innovation. His work has received international prizes, been referenced in Parliamentary reports and covered by mainstream media.
    He also hosts the 'Local Zero' podcast where he explores the opportunity for having a sustainable impact in your own home or community. 


    In today’s episode we cover:
    State of UKs Net-Zero Ambitions Key Policy Challenges he Proceeds Emerging from Climate Crisis New Business Models Led by Local Authorities & Communities Bringing Power Back to the People Important Trends he's Following  

    Enjoy the show!


    You can find us on; 
    twitter @Jwombwellpovey or @mhmiddleInstagram @venturingintosustainability and @_theconsciousleaderemail at jake@venturingintosustainability.com, where I encourage you to share your feedback on episodes and suggestions for future topics or guests.
    This podcast is kindly sponsored by Vala Capital. 


    Episode recorded 12th January 2021

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

vitacv ,

Love this!

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

MattMiller8 ,

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!

JOSW88 ,

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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