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OxEN Industry Overview 2 – Climate Tech & Sustainability Industry Overview
About this Event
Climate Tech & Sustainability Industry Overview:
Join Oxford Entrepreneurs Network (OxEN) for our next online industry overview where we explore trends in climate tech and sustainability.
- Due to COVID-19, global carbon dioxide emissions fell by 6.4%, or 2.3 billion tonnes, in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic squelched economic and social activities worldwide
- However, scientists have found that global warming has accelerated far greater than expected – with warming reaching 1.2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial times
- We need trillions of dollars invested into climate mitigation and adaptation technology solutions to avoid a 1.5 degrees Celsius warming limit to avoid climate catastrophe
- 2020 saw a dramatic rise in Climate Tech & ESG investing, however, there are still “valleys of death” and insights/considerations when investing in and/or building to commercialization climate tech solutions
About the Speakers:
CEO & Founder of OnePointFive (opf.degree)
Neil Yeon is the CEO and Founder of OnePointFive (opf.degree), a remote advisory network of multidisciplinary sustainability experts helping to commercialize climate technologies and deploy climate finance. Neil is a sustainability advisor, investor, and content creator. He is a 500 Startups mentor, and served as a Startup Advisor for Yale University’s Center of Business and Environment (CBEY), providing mentorship to early-stage startups. Prior to this, Neil was a Deputy Director at Echoing Green who managed a $8.5mn climate startup investment portfolio, and led the startup post-investment support department. Over three years, he reviewed over 2,000+ climate-related startup applications, and invested in and advised 70 climate startups across 20 countries. He also helped these startups raise millions collectively to bring their solutions from lab to market.
Neil writes for Forbes and the World Economic Forum on next-generation climate solutions and startup investing, accumulating over 100,000 reads of his articles. He has been invited to speak on business and environment topics at the United Nations, Oxford, Harvard, Yale, New York, and Princeton universities. He has over five years of management consulting experience across four continents with Dalberg, Accenture, and KPMG. Neil has an Executive Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University and has an MBA from Oxford University. He also has degrees in Robotics Engineering, International Business, and Management from Adelaide and Hong Kong Universities.
CEO of DryGro
Sean Peters is the CEO of DryGro, an agriculture technology company developing new ways to produce protein on otherwise non-arable land. DryGro was founded in 2015 at Oxford University, and currently has operations in London and Kenya alongside partnerships with four universities and the European Space Agency.
Sean has spent his career focused on innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2012, he founded a small angel fund focused on early-stage entrepreneurs in East Africa, and in 2013 he co-founded a social purpose business accelerator in Vancouver called Radius Ventures. Previous to joining DryGro, he directed a research project into innovation and acceleration models at Emory University, which partnered with 70 entrepreneur support programs around the world to better understand what helps ventures grow, and what holds them back.
Sean was born in British Columbia, Canada, and currently lives in London, UK. He holds an MBA from Said School of Business.