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Apply for our 2024 cohort
If you are a forward-thinking founder with new ideas that can help unlock the next generation of net zero technologies, we want to hear from you.
8 October 2023, 23:00 (GMT)
In addition to our strategic and professional services partners, our expert delivery partners, associate partners and mentors are the foundation of the TechX Accelerator programme, providing tuition and expert advice to the start-ups, as well as opportunities for field trials.
bp ventures invests in private, high growth, game-changing technology companies, who can help deliver bp’s net zero ambition. bp ventures plays a key role in helping bp reinvent itself as an integrated energy company, in line with bp’s new purpose: reimagining energy for people and planet. bp will do this by investing in a portfolio of high growth technology businesses that will benefit and extend its core businesses, as well as open up opportunities in digital adjacencies. bp will also invest in businesses that can help bp reduce carbon in its operations and production.
Find out more about bp ventures here.
Equinor Ventures invests in and supports innovative companies to shape the future of energy. Equinor Ventures is Equinor’s corporate venture arm dedicated to investing in ambitious early phase and growth companies. Equinor believes that the innovation, creativity and agility of start-ups can drive change, and transition the energy industry towards a low carbon future. Equinor Venture can provide venture capital, project-based funding of early phase ideas and an accelerator programme. All this is supported by expert technical and financial guidance, and a strong drive for implementing the solutions in Equinor’s own business.
Find out more about Equinor here.
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is one of the world’s leading energy producers and a primary catalyst for the growth and diversification of the Abu Dhabi economy. ADNOC has a network of fully-integrated businesses for exploration, production, storage, refining, and trading, as well as the development of a wide range of petrochemical products.
With an ambitious outlook for the future, ADNOC continues to look for innovative ways to maximise the value of resources, while applying the latest technology, developing mutually-beneficial partnerships, and driving In-Country Value.
Find out more about ADNOC here.
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries, it offers Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centres. Accenture’s 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. Accenture embraces the power of change to create value and shared success for its clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.
Accenture looks to collaboratively deliver innovative solutions with its ecosystem partners to accelerate its clients’ net zero goals and decarbonise operations across the full value chain.
Find out more about Accenture here.
BECOME A MENTOR
We’re always on the search for new mentors – can you support our TechX Clean Energy Accelerator Programme?
- Have you started successful businesses and want to pass on your knowledge?
- Do you have business, technology or investment experience and want to give something back?
- Are you passionate about supporting the next generation of clean energy start-ups, and accelerating a net zero energy industry?
Experienced Researcher and Technical Lead with more than 20 years experience including 17+ years in Energy industry with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. I am directly applying all competencies acquired during these years towards energy transition and new energy workflows…a lot of learning enabled in my new role.
Prior to my current job, I worked with different applications of mathematics to real world problems such as medical imaging for a breast cancer detection technique and for an environmental problem from oceanography point of view.
During my research career, I have also been involved in different teaching positions in French universities and engineering schools, but also within Norwegian Master and PhD programs. In recent years, I have acquired good skills as International Reviewer and Expert in evaluation of innovation and research programs at European and International levels and technology transfer competitions.
I am an engineer by training with start up business experience. I have won several awards for my work and have received mentoring from some pretty great mentors. I am now looking forward to pay this forward to help mentor someone and help them to avoid the same mistakes I have made.
I lead Xodus’ Hydrogen Centre of Excellence as Head of Hydrogen Strategy globally. I have 22 years experience in the energy sector, a broad technical engineering base as well as experience in Xodus’ Advisory business. I have been a secondee into NZTC’s Energy Systems Integration solution centre for 3 years. I’m a member of the ECITB’s Net Zero Network, and of UCL’s Industry Advisory Panel, and have a keen interest in supporting the development of skills in hydrogen and energy transition. I’m keen to share the technical, commercial and innovation skills I have developed with those working to achieve net zero goals.
Caroline Roberts Haritonov
I’m a chartered engineer and Astrimar’s Managing Director and Chief Consultant. I have over 30 years’ oil, gas and subsea engineering experience, focused on reliability engineering, technology qualification, technical risk and integrity management. Since founding Astrimar in 2010, I’ve helped develop industry best practice, including API-RP-17N, API-RP-17Q and NZTC’s own TQ guidance. I’ve coached operators and technology developers in their implementation, and developed Astrimar’s low-cost Innovation Management Tool, RAPAT – providing a technology qualification management framework and access to in-built expert help. I’m passionate about helping innovators understand and prevent failure throughout the product life cycle and support technology success.
Consultant with extensive commercial and engineering skills in flow measurement as well as hydrocarbon allocation and accounting within the oil and gas industry in both domestic and international markets. In my career I have been instrumental in getting new and innovative technology adopted to help reduce the lifting costs in oil and gas. Plus I am involved with Hydrogen, Wind Turbines, drones and robotics.
I am a respected business leader with 30+ years’ C-Suite experience in SMEs. I am accustomed to leading teams in growth mode, commercialising new product/service lines and improving financial performance. I have worked extensively in the energy sector and spent 12 years working in Canada where I owned my own business. Most of my work today is focused on strategy consulting/advisory work, non-exec work and mentoring/coaching, all of it with SMEs. I enjoy the knowledge transfer associated with mentoring and see it as a natural extension of the work that I do. I have a particular interest in new technology.
Currently managing director at Electra Learning, where we deliver Training and Change Management services to Corporate Energy clients when they are upgrading or implementing IT Business Systems. We have offices in the UK and Canada so have experience of working internationally. In my role, my focus is on business growth, strategy, managing people and process.
I have been fortunate enough to benefit from the support and advise of a diverse range of mentors throughout my corporate career and since the launch of my start up ion 2021. Tech X provides a fantastic opportunity to share the things I’ve learnt and pay it forwards.
Fernando C. Hernandez
I am an experienced specialist in energy and technology with multi-continental experience, and I am the principal at Hernandez Analytica. I have 18 years of industry experience. Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, appointed me as a business ambassador (GlobalScot) to Scotland, due to my accomplishments in Americas’ Energy Sector. I am also an award-winning TechX mentor and have strategically guided two different start-ups (via Cohort 3 and 4) in securing TechX awards. I also collaborate with Scottish Development International on diverse energy projects. I serve as a Chairman at the Marine Technology Society, and I am a selected Forbes contributor.
Fraser Dunsmore Pritchard
Fraser D. Pritchard (CXO, Director, Partner, Mentor | Corporate Direction & Development | Technologies Commercialisation | Strategic & Leadership Resilience). My specialty is commercialising disruptive business models and new energy technologies, and specifically how to build sustainable value and revenue for the long term through effective corporate governance, development of markets diversity, and smart capital structuring.
I possess unique insights into the challenges facing start-up and underperforming businesses. I am a natural trouble-shooter on identifying sustainable improvements to under-performing companies, and I’m passionate about coaching and mentoring leadership to perform to the demands of their companies and above their peers.
I have operated in a variety of CXO roles worldwide, as Executive, Non-Executive and Independent Director, and have held directorships with public and private companies across Europe and the Americas
With 43+ years of multi-disciplinary experience in a diverse range of companies within the global energy sector I am commercially driven with a strong contractual and customer focus. I have significant experience working with Private Equity backed businesses as a Director/MD/CEO and specialise in developing and implementing strategy, globalisation, M&A, patented technology, commercial, and contracts, team building and succession planning. I currently hold a number on Non-Executive and Executive Director roles.
The challenges facing the world today can only be unlocked through innovation and persistence. I have over 35 years experience as an international oilfield services leader working in both operations and sales and marketing. The skill and experience gained in Schlumberger plus my work as a Supplier Manager for ConocoPhillips in the Global Procurement group provides unique skills and experience which I hope would be beneficial supporting the development, scaling and commercialisation of an emerging company and overcoming todays challenges.
I have dual Nationality (English and Norwegian) and I am equally at home in both cultures. I’m a keen golfer and own 3 dogs.”
I am an entrepreneurial MBA and Chartered Engineer with 40+ years’ experience gained exclusively in complex product design and commercialisation within the aerospace and energy sectors. I have 15 years Board level experience supporting SMEs secure funding, scale-up, and through successful Exit processes.
I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience in support of new ventures. Currently, I mentor and advise a growing portfolio of startup and high growth business within accelerator programmes at Loughborough and Southampton Universities which I enjoy immensely.
I get a strong sense of satisfaction by making a difference, seeing others succeed, and being part of something new.
I am currently Chairman of Archer Knight a Market Intelligence Company that uses AI to gather information on all offshore operations, though principally subsea.
I have mentored several startups, from the NZTC and elsewhere. I enjoy assisting energtic people with ideas that have the potential to make a difference and am paricularly keen on business with the potential to develop Aberdeens’ future as an energy hub.
I started as a Petroleum Engineer and worked up to COO, mainly in UK but was GM of four overseas subsiduaries in Africa and Colombia.
I am a serial technology entrepreneur, published author and early stage startup investor.
During the past seven years I’ve also served as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey and Company and on the Boards of various businesses including Provident plc and Lytt (a subsidiary of bp).
Now semi retired my significant interest in helping startup raise funding rounds and scale their product and marketing operations. My investment portfolio is now 13 startups including ManyPets (previously BoughtByMany) with a return >5000%.
I am a Board Director for bp owned startup, Lytt.
My specialist knowledge is in fund raising and digital sales and marketing (having previously started and sold 2 digital marketing businesses)
I have 15+ years experience in the Energy Industry in Corporate Strategy, Corporate Finance and Business Advisory roles. I run my own consultancy business, focused on getting companies transaction or investor-ready. Key activities include: development of investor-ready business plans and pitch-books, value proposition design, market analysis and positioning and due diligence preparedness. Prior to running my own business, I worked in M&A and strategy roles at both Simmons & Company (now Piper Sandler) and AAB. I hold an LLB (hons), MSc in Business and Management and a Certificate in Corporate Finance from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.
I have 15+ years of professional experience within the cleantech and sustainability industries. My expertise lies at the crossroad between strategy, analytics and operations. I have been supporting 100+ startups globally since 2017, mainly focusing on: 1. Strategy, 2. Business models, and 3. Pitch coaching. I reguarly deliver talks at entrepreneurial and coaching events, and contributed to a book on startups. My vision is “A sustainable and ethical Planet with 100% renewable energy and sustainable tourism
I have over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas service sector, including 21 years at Schlumberger and 16 years at CGG. I have worked on offshore seismic acquisition, marine operations, HR, marine sales and business development. I now run my own business as a financial broker and am a full-time consultant for the Chinese company BGP, as global SVP heading up their multi-client business. I work at executive level in IOCs and NOCs, and at a ministerial level for government contracts. I have developed multi-million dollar projects globally, responsible for P&L and $250M revenues. I have been a director on several boards, in the UK and internationally
I am a strategist, thought leader, exec and non-exec director, and experienced chair with over three decades of experience in the energy sector, from oil and gas through renewables and onto the development of alternative energy solutions for the future.
Hi, I’m Oluchi (pronounced as Or-lu-chi), an Energy consulting manager at Accenture.
I have over 12 years of industry experience in engineering, advisory and service delivery, product development and innovation, research and analytics, and project/programme management roles across the upstream and midstream energy value chain.
My career spans the energy and technology industries (including a technology start-up) in which I have led several capital project and asset portfolio improvement programs for client in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas, aligning business goals with solutions to drive asset performance improvements, competitive growth, and bottom-line gains.
I am passionate about driving tangible change to enable energy transition, sustainable innovation, digital transformation and operational excellence through measurement, research and data-informed decision-making.
I have a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Petroleum Engineering, and a Masters in Petroleum Geoscience.
Rudy de la Fuente
I founded Industrial Gas Consultants (IGC) in 2019, and my resilient vision—before and after the pandemic—has kept IGC at the forefront of net zero and decarbonization projects. My hydrogen experience, spanning over a decade, is paramount in IGC advancing energy transition and low-carbon projects in the U.S. and abroad. IGC has partnered with European companies to extend and incorporate emerging net zero and ESG technologies on IGC projects. I am passionate about building ecosystems in emerging markets with partner companies. I firmly believe it’s my societal responsibility to train the next generation of industrial specialists.
I am an experienced business professional with a track record of growing and developing SME’s. I have grown SME’s from start up to £15M, and through exit. Particular strengths in company culture, talent attraction, management team growth and development, and achieving early stage sustainable growth.
Experience in onshore and offshore renewables, hydrogen, and traditional oil and gas sectors, primarily from a consulting engineering services perspective. Additional experience of developing and commercialising technical software products, and physical product IP.
Currently founder and managing Director of Apollo Engineering Consultants (Apollo), an engineering services business active across the energy sector.”
I am an experienced attorney and business owner. I started our firm in 2011 on my own and have grown it to 15 people operating out of three offices across the UK. I see new innovations on a daily basis in my role as a patent attorney and have decades of experience in advising startups and SMEs as well as larger corporates – not only on IP but also on the commercial aspects relating to innovation.
I help people and companies to sell their products and services more effectively. I have over 25 years of sales experience gained with three major companies. I held a variety of managerial and sales roles in each organisation demonstrating an ability to grow the business in all cases.
I founded Hoolock Consulting over 7 years ago to provide sales consulting and training to companies based on The Equation of Sales. Building trust with customers, understanding their needs and articulating the value of the products are the cornerstones of my approach.