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conversations in cleantech offers insight into the opportunities, challenges and rewards of working in the cleantech space from the investors, leaders, entrepreneurs, accelerators & technologists within it.

we talk all things cleantech, sustainability, renewables, agritech, solar, wind, e-mobilty, hydrogen & energy storage - the time for cleantech is now – join the revolution and ‘live your purpose’.

conversations in cleantech bought to you by brightsmith, the cleantech search specialists.

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conversations in cleantech offers insight into the opportunities, challenges and rewards of working in the cleantech space from the investors, leaders, entrepreneurs, accelerators & technologists within it.

we talk all things cleantech, sustainability, renewables, agritech, solar, wind, e-mobilty, hydrogen & energy storage - the time for cleantech is now – join the revolution and ‘live your purpose’.

conversations in cleantech bought to you by brightsmith, the cleantech search specialists.

    communicating the renewable energy revolution with juliette sanders | conversations in cleantech | season two, episode three

    communicating the renewable energy revolution with juliette sanders | conversations in cleantech | season two, episode three

    in this episode of conversations in cleantech, we’re joined by juliette sanders, a self-proclaimed energy geek and head of communications at equinor.


     


    after graduating with a masters in manufacturing engineering from the university of cambridge, juliette realised her passions lay in the communications side of the energy sector, tapping into her technical knowledge to creatively and effectively communicate in a way that inspires action.



     


    from custom-made wind turbine earrings to her killah jules youtube channel, juliette's passion for renewable energy sources, particularly wind, is evident - both throughout her career and personal life. 


     


    in this conversation in cleantech, juliette discusses diversity for innovation’s sake, teachable moments from managing crises, offshore wind innovation 101 and how the UK is leading the way in offshore wind - plus much, much more.




    hosted by jenny gladman, director at brightsmith group, and marta colina alonso, researcher at brightsmith group this episode of conversations in cleantech is an engaging discussion on the renewable energy revolution, with learnings on the importance communication plays in raising awareness and educating on cleantech, as well as encouraging action and inspiring change.


     


    timestamped guide:


    00:49 - introduction to marta (co-host) 


    1:15 - introduction to juliette sanders


    2:09 - tell the audience a little bit about yourself


    2:47 - where did your particular interest in this technology come from?


    3:43 - how did you go from engineering to communication?


    8:15 - can you give us a bit of an insight into the sector, not just what it is, but the importance of it and where it fits in, in the wider spectrum of the energy transition?


    12:20 - in your opinion, what do you think each of us can do to help tackle climate change?


    13:37 - i wanted to ask you how you use your communication skills to spread the word about energy transition?


    17:27 - what would the importance of having women in the sector mean for the future of energy, and the future of the planet?


    23:44 - how does it feel for you personally, to be part of a movement that's making such a positive impact on the planet now and also, for the future in the years to come?


    26:08 - you've mentioned the transition you had from an engineering background into a communications role. But who or what has inspired you to, you know, take that path?


    28:25 - going back through your career as an entirety, are there any real kind of peak moments, any real highlights other than the wind turbine at the festival?


    34:39 - what's the one message you would like to leave with our listeners, anything they would like to tell them?


     


    killah jules youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC85Ld9YGG6EPoiz3j0q9hyQ


    future women in energy panel: https://youtu.be/FuanhRlQy9s


     


    connect with your host, jenny gladman, on linkedin.


    find your guest, juliette sanders on linkedin.


    thanks for listening to conversations in cleantech, brought to you by brightsmith.


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    • 37 min
    redefining solar energy with christophe williams | conversations in cleantech | season two, episode two

    redefining solar energy with christophe williams | conversations in cleantech | season two, episode two

    in this episode of conversations in cleantech, we’re joined by christophe williams, co-founder and ceo of naked energy.


     


    naked energy is revolutionising solar energy with the world's highest energy density solar technology, virtu. a whole new category of solar energy, naked energy's goal is to enable businesses around the world to cleverly use the space they have available to produce substantially more sustainable, on-site energy in a cost-effective way.


     


    with a background in the global advertising industry, christophe worked on award-winning, ground-breaking campaigns for high profile names such as BMW, Toshiba and Sony Erikson. despite his success, christophe came to the realisation that something in his career wasn't quite right; a fortuitous meeting and several conversations later, christophe decided to follow in family footsteps, heading into engineering and cleantech.


     


    in this conversation, christophe reflects on his cleantech journey and taking the leap from arts to science, lessons learned on the "solar-coaster", the value in cleantech partnerships, plus what is next for naked energy - hint, it's pretty impressive stuff.


     


    hosted by jenny gladman, director at brightsmith group, this episode of conversations in cleantech is an engaging discussion on the solar tech fuelling the future, with learnings on product development, community and challenges the industry faces that are insightful to both cleantech connoisseurs and novices.


     


    timestamped guide:


    00:49 - introduction to christophe


    02:35 - tell our listeners about how you found yourself building one of the most unique solar companies in the UK


    14:32 - what does cleantech mean to you?


    21:59 - how long do you think it'll be before our government to see solar in the same way as other more progressive countries?


    27:26 - how does it feel knowing that every day you have made a difference?


    32:12 - as a founder of a cleantech company, what has been a real high and what has been a real low?


    36:36 - can you share a bit about how you're expanding your partner network and how that's supported your business?


    39:51 - what is next for naked energy?


    45:02 - what is one message or piece of advice you'd give somebody who is thinking about a career in cleantech?


     


    connect with your host, jenny gladman, on linkedin.


    find your guest, christophe williams on linkedin


    thanks for listening to conversations in cleantech, brought to you by brightsmith.


    This podcast is a Loaded Hype production.

    • 48 min
    the buzz behind end-to-end e-mobility with tomas edwards | conversations in cleantech | season two, episode one

    the buzz behind end-to-end e-mobility with tomas edwards | conversations in cleantech | season two, episode one

    welcome to the first episode of season two of conversations in cleantech!


    in this instalment, we’re delighted to be joined by tomas edwards, head of marketing at GoWithFlow.



    a "newbie" to the cleantech sector, tomas left his corporate career to find a position with purpose earlier this year - which he has, as head of marketing at gowithflow. inspired by a conversation he had with his daughter, the recent change of gear within his career means tomas has unique insights into what it's like to take a leap of faith into a portuguese cleantech start-up, all in the name of pursuing your passion.


     


    a brilliant marketeer and ally of women in tech, tomas is truly fuelling the future within his role at gowithflow; in this conversation he also explores the value of connections within the cleantech community, the buzz behind e-mobility, why end-to-end solutions are vital in tackling the corporate carbon challenge and EVs are a key part of solving the motobility puzzle.


     


    hosted by jenny gladman, director at brightsmith group, this latest episode of conversations in cleantech is an engaging listen for anyone looking to learn more about why working in cleantech is so rewarding, how the e-mobility sector is tackling climate change and how we can all play our part in lowering emissions.


     


    timestamped guide:


    00:50 - introduction to tomas


    02:51 - tell us a bit about yourself


    04:59 - talk to us about your understanding of what the cleantech space is, what it means and fits within that umbrella


    06:42 - how can we all work together for a cleaner future, and how does that fit in with what you're doing with gowithflow?


    14:28 - the value of collaboration in cleantech, and how that ties in with living your purpose.


    20:02 - what motivates you on a day to day basis?


    25:21 - How do EVs, in particular, have an impact and what part do they play?


    32:26 - who are some inspiring people within the sector?


    34:50 - what big changes are on your horizon - within the team or wider industry?


    37:07 - If you could leave our listeners with one last message, what would it be?


     


    connect with your host, jenny gladman, on linkedin.


    find your guest, tomas edwards on linkedin


    notable cleantech inspirations mentioned by tomas:


    ade thomas, green.tv - angela hultberg, ikea (seconded to cop26) - catherine marris, motability - poppy mills, ubitricity - chris pateman-jones, connected kerb.


     


    thanks for listening to conversations in cleantech, brought to you by brightsmith.


    This podcast is a Loaded Hype production.

    • 40 min
    conversations in cleantech | season two trailer

    conversations in cleantech | season two trailer

    Hello and welcome back to Conversations in Cleantech - I hope you missed us as much as we missed doing the podcast! It’s almost time to launch our exciting second season, and we're delighted to share a little more about it...


     


    As the podcast that celebrates the cleantech industry and the people that power it, for this season we want to take a dive into one area which is hugely influential in driving sustainability for a cleaner, greener tomorrow.


     


    That’s right: season two is all about the technical innovation fuelling the future!


     


    Whether it’s spearheading solar panel innovation, redefining fuel cells or overhauling how we move, we’ll be taking a little more time on an educational overview of why these innovations and innovators are the ones that are sparking change.


     


    For a refresher on the podcast: your host is Jenny Gladman, one of the 3 Directors of brightsmith, a cleantech search firm based in London, now operating globally. We partner with people and organisations who are as passionate as we are, about creating a cleaner future through technology, innovation and strategic change, under the core philosophy of “live your purpose”. 


     


    Ultimately, our aim for the conversations in cleantech podcast is to provide support to the cleantech community, highlight the pace at which we are all travelling towards a cleaner future and inspire everyone to live their purpose.


     


    With the first episode of season two launching very soon, be sure to subscribe now wherever you like to enjoy your podcasts.


     


    This, is Conversations in Cleantech.

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    introducing a new way of moving with georgia yexley | conversations in cleantech | episode five

    introducing a new way of moving with georgia yexley | conversations in cleantech | episode five

    in this episode of conversations in cleantech, we’re joined by georgia yexley, head of cities uki at tier.


     


    If you’re not familiar with tier mobility, there’s a chance you soon will be. as one of the world’s fastest growing micro mobility companies, they’re arriving in new cities on an almost weekly basis!


     


    as someone who has been on the bleeding edge of micro mobility from day one, this instalment sees georgia share her career journey within micro mobility over the last 6 years.


     


    georgia reflects what it’s been like experiencing hypergrowth at multiple micro mobility start ups, the challenges faced, problems solved and lessons learned in a sector that is still relatively young, as well as the social and community importance of what businesses like tier are trying to achieve.


     


    as georgia circles back to - “because we're talking big scale, huge numbers, unicorns, and tech and all sorts and we can be forgotten that it's actually about helping people to move”.


     


    hosted by jenny gladman, director at brightsmith group, this fifth episode of conversations in cleantech is an engaging insight into micromobility with learnings on scaling, community and working with your competitors that are applicable across the cleantech industry.


     


    timestamped guide:


    00:49 - introduction to georgia


    02:35 - tell me a bit about your journey into mobility


    06:16 - tell me about how it felt launching tier into London, your hometown?


    08:11 - can you share some of the stats around micromobilty to give our listeners some insight?


    10:49 - what are some of the interesting challenges that you've faced and the problems that you've solved?


    13:52 - why collaboration in cleantech is key


    18:08 - what inspires you?


    20:45 - can you share some of your experiences in driving a postie change?


    24:09 - where does mobility fit into the wider clean tech community?


    29:31- what else is coming for tier and mobility as a whole?


    31:04 - what else are you wanting to achieve?


    33:57 - advice on getting into micro mobility


     


    connect with your host, jenny gladman, on linkedin.


    find your guest, georgia yexley on linkedin


    thanks for listening to conversations in cleantech, brought to you by brightsmith.


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    • 37 min
    driving sustainable movement with jane hoffer | conversations in cleantech | episode four

    driving sustainable movement with jane hoffer | conversations in cleantech | episode four

    in this episode of conversations in cleantech, we’re joined by jane hoffer, ceo of gowithflow.


    jane shares her experience as a proven technology leader in scaling startups and growth-stage companies as well as the lessons she has learnt specifically at gowithflow as she manages the business’s global expansion.


    she also reflects on the colossal opportunity that electrification has to revolutionise mobility, ushering in a new phase of sustainability within transport: “as I've gone through my career, I've always looked for opportunities to use technology in order to bring about major shifts that ultimately improve the way that we live”.


    hosted by jenny gladman, director at brightsmith group, this instalment is an informative listen for anyone seeking actionable insights into strategic startup growth within the mobility space and beyond.


     


    timestamped guide:


    00:49 - introduction


    02:23 – jane’s background and how she began her journey scaling startups


    03:41 – what attracted you to the cleantech and sustainability sector?


    05:00 – the cleantech space


    06:03- how does gowithflow live its purpose of changing the way people move for the better


    07.09 – gowithflow – the past, present and future


    11:19 – the challenges of scaling a startup, particularly within a global crisis


    13.06 – communication styles, cultural change and diversity


    15:48 – jane’s favourite moments so far – from closing a contract with ikea to being named portugal’s best cleantech and industry 4.0 startup of 2020


    17.03 – lessons in leadership


    18:38 – the power of community and networks


    23:29 – jane’s vision: the next evolution of the charging infrastructure


    25:45 – what is your advice to those embarking on a career within cleantech?


     


    connect with your host, jenny gladman, on linkedin.


    find your guest, jane hoffer on linkedin


    thanks for listening to conversations in cleantech, brought to you by brightsmith


    This podcast is a Loaded Hype production.

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