James is a serial entrepreneur with more than 14 years’ experience in the fields of climate change and renewable energy. James has worked in Europe, North America and Asia. In 2003, James co-founded Camco, talking the business from concept through two rounds of financing and on to a listing on AIM.
At the end of 2009, James left Comco to build a portfolio of private business activities. His work has since included acting as both principal and intermediary in renewable energy project development (PV, wind and hydro) and innovations in low carbon supply chains and technologies.
Creative, Digital Media and Software
Sarah has spent more then 15 years working in and around digital media in de UK, US, Europe and Asia. She helps early-stage companies grow through mentoring, support and making connections with customers, partners and investors. She also works with larger organizations and multinationals to help them develop their digital strategies and peripheral vision.
She is a founder of Double Shot and Unthinkable Consulting. Previously, Sarah was MD of Wired Sussex, a media and technology networking and venture group, a founding Director of TIGA, the trade body for games developers and Head of Production at Maxim, a digital media agency.
Digital Media, Telecommunications and Electronics I.T. Hardware
Tony is a founding investor in Springboard Acceleratos, shareholder/board member of Lingospot Inc. ScreenReach, P2iLabs, Minimonos, PlayMob, Arachnys, apiary.io and Spontly having been active for the last 10 years in investing and developing growth companies in Europe & U.S.A. Tony was Group Managing Director of Bauer Digital for the €1.4bn M&A of EMAP pic and on the operational board of T-Mobile International and Deutsche Telekom´s VC am, TVentures.
Hi is venture experience includes being co-founder of mobile entertainment company Mobilephonia, digital agency Bluewavw (acquired in 2003) and member of the leadership team for the $800m NASDAQ IPO of Agency.com
Engineering, Energy and Physical Science
Mark has 25 years experience building technology businesses in the energy, engineering, medical and consumer markets. He started his career with BP and the subsequently worked in a range of corporate research and business development roles in the US and Europe before moving in to management consulting.
Mark founded Harrogate Partners Ltd. In 2006 which invests in early-stage ventures and provides development advice to start-ups, corporate, inverstors and govemments and he mentors new teams for example at Cambridge Enterprise. Mark has a PhD in materials science and is passionate about connecting the best technologies and people to markerts and customers.
Talent Scout, Sirius Programme.
Alessio Bortone is a Talent Scout for the Sirius Programme. Alessio has years of experience in the Clean Thech sector, becoming Country Manager, within major renewable energy players in the US, EU and UK, Alessio spent two years helping overseas SMEs and startups to enter the national market. He has also worked as a Product manager at a Fortune 500 corporation. He had responsibility over increasing a 100M+ turnover and over verticals such as marketing, operations and strategy. Alessio holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and an MBA from HEC Parin, with an exchange cat Hass School of Business, Berkeley focusing on entrepreneurship and venture capital.