Lightning Pitches

Dexter Simms, Mula Cake

12:15 - 12:20


Dave Price, GreenMark

12:20 - 12:30

Green Mark accreditation has become a cornerstone of business operations across the UK, as they move towards being environmentally sustainable for the long-term.

With our forward-thinking approach, we use our expertise to help our community create the foundations for a more sustainable future by implementing sustainable practices across their operations and supply chains.

We believe every business can make a real difference, and we give them the tools and know-how to make that happen. Green Mark enables businesses from SMEs to large portfolios to review their operations in detail and embed the processes required to drive continuous improvement, reducing the impact they have on the environment.


Dee Halligan, First Hand

12:35 - 12:45

Transforming how green skills are built in the food and manufacturing industry. 

Industry is changing fast; we’re creating opportunities to build the knowledge and skills to change – first hand. First Hand is a programme of field trips and factory tours: it’s a flexible format leveraging the power of real people and places to bring learning & development to life. 


Andy King, Limetrack

12:50 - 13:00

Limetrack is a disruptive food waste technology company that has developed the food waste equivalent of an electrical smart meter. Their digital platform and low-cost patented SMART wheelie bin effortlessly collect, analyse and repackage data to be valuable for waste producers, waste managers and commercial landlords, helping to unlock billions in lost revenue and savings from the waste sector.

Limetrack puts profit and planet first and aims to avoid more than 10M tonnes of CO2e annually. Their platform is used by local authorities, the NHS, national waste management companies and SME customers.

Saffron Saunders, The Creative Digital Lab

13:50 - 14:00

The Creative Digital Lab is a new £450,000 facility opening in Autumn 2023, enabling local residents to up-skill in the creative-digital arena. The lab will host a virtual production studio for film and TV production, technology to enable gaming development, a post-production editing suite, multi-track audio recording facilities and training suites linked to the software used in the lab.

Croydon boasts the highest population of young people in London, making it a hotbed of untapped potential. The CDL will offer accessible use of state of the art equipment to open minds to new career opportunities, empowering businesses with innovative technologies that will transform marketing campaigns into visual realities that bring websites and social media channels to life.

Adam Pavitt, London E-Business Programme

14:05 - 14:15

The London E-Business Support Programme is a fully-funded package of support funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and includes 121 expert advice, guidance, webinars and events.  It is specifically aimed at helping small business owners in London make better use of digital technology to enhance their online presence; attract more customers; increase sales and improve their business operations.  StartUp Croydon is supporting businesses in the South London Partnership area.  Find out more by visiting StartUp Croydon’s stand and speaking with one of our advisers

Naima Omasta-Milsom, London Business Partnership

14:20 - 14:30

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Requirement is one of the tools that the UK Government is using to encourage financial investment from landlords to upgrade existing commercial properties to help reduce overall energy demands.

The Property Advice Service can offer free advice and support to business owners so that they can, ultimately work together with their landlords to find solutions that balance the benefits of energy efficiency with any potential upgrade costs. This can help to ensure that tenants are not adversely affected by efforts to achieve net zero on older properties. If that is not possible our experts can help you explore other options to mitigate the impact.

Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Kingston University

15:35 - 15:45

Kingston University is passionate about inspiring people and transforming lives. Learning, enquiry, professional practice, enriching lives, and respect for individuals, communities and the environment are at the heart of the University.

Offering workplace skills and placements in top companies, the opportunity to learn from and network with industry experts, and develop a creative and entrepreneurial spirit – Kingston University is consistently one of the top higher education institutions in the UK for producing graduate start-up companies.

Omar Saenz, Red Global MX UK

15:50 - 16:00

The Global MX Network is conceived as a globally interconnected network in which the highly skilled migrant community living abroad participates, enabling the coordination of projects for the benefit of Mexico, with the ultimate goal of contributing to the country’s development.

Antoine Rondelet, Gandee Mobile App

16:05 - 16:15 is the “Google Maps of sustainable shops”. We’re mapping sustainable businesses in major cities around the world, starting with London, Our mission is to remove frictions to sustainable consumption and catalyze the transition to a more sustainable economy.

Gandee Mobile App

Gosbert Chagula, Startup Discovery School

16:20 - 16:30

Startup Discovery School exists to bridge the gap between where founders are and the potential of where they could be. While business fundamentals are crucial, they want to work with corporations that are committed to improving and implementing a net-zero agenda. They know that startups hold the key to innovation, tackling UN SDG goals in their local communities and beyond.

At Startup Discovery School, a transition towards becoming net zero isn’t just about the attainment of outputs but also about being inclusive whilst co-creating a new economy.

Gulnara Otten, London South Bank University

16:35 - 16:45

South Bank Innovation brings knowledge to life by connecting people, businesses and society with the incredible expertise, insights, and resources available at London South Bank University (LSBU).

They have helped to create, launch and grow thousands of businesses and are one of South London Partnership’s leading providers of business programmes, solutions and training.

Dean Carran & Ben May, JNDC & Interactual

16:50 - 17:00

Join Interactual and JNDC to discover our approach to guiding hardware startups from concept to manufacturing while reducing development risks. We will spotlight some of the issues environmentally focused startups face, and challenge the BIG community to identify ways to help.

JNDC & Interactual

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