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An Interview with Robert Trezona, Head of Cleantech at IP Group

I first met Robert and the IP Group team as we were both pitching at EcoSummit in Berlin. An event that brings together the best investors, VCs, CVCs and corporate venturing teams, with the best cleantech start-ups across Europe. IP Group are a bit different from most investors, making very early bets, often with university spin-outs. Robert and his team are deeply embedded in early cleantech start-up ecosystem.

About our guest

Robert is Head of Cleantech at IP Group, which over the last seven years has become the largest cleantech venture capital investor in the UK. Building on IP Group’s relationships with universities, the focus of the portfolio is deep technology solutions based on scientific breakthroughs. Most companies are developing distinctive, IP-protected hardware solutions, and aim to achieve scalability – and put a dent in climate change – by partnering with large corporates committed to the energy transition. Technologies range from fusion energy to off-grid solar in emerging markets. In addition to his work at IP Group, Robert serves as a Commissioner for the Energy Transitions Commission, a diverse, global group of leaders from industry, finance and public life who are working to accelerate the transition to zero-carbon energy, industry and transport.

Image of Head of Cleantech at IP Group Robert Trezona used with permission.

About IP Group

IP Group is a leading intellectual property commercialisation company which focuses on evolving great ideas, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. The Group aims to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges through the companies we back, allowing us to generate positive social and environmental impact alongside financial returns. The Group has pioneered a unique approach to developing these ideas and the resulting businesses by providing access to business building expertise, capital (through its 100%-owned FCA-authorised subsidiaries IP Capital and Parkwalk Advisors), networks, recruitment and business support. IP Group has a strong track record of success and its portfolio comprises holdings in early-stage to mature businesses across life sciences and technology. IP Group is listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange under the code IPO.


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