Origami Energy crowned overall winner of the Future Planet Awards 2018
22 May 2018, Global Corporate Venturing Symposium, London
“Through Future Planet Capital’s global network, we possess unrivalled access to some of the greatest innovation in technology and life sciences. We continue to seek the brightest minds that are profitably addressing some of the greatest challenges of our time.'
“For the second year, The Future Planet Awards once again showcased how companies are committed to creating impact and disrupting the status quo. I would like to applaud all the category winners for their achievements and I would like to congratulate 2018’s winner Origami Energy on their impressive presentation.”
Douglas Hansen-Luke, Executive Chairman and Founder of Future Planet Capital
We were thrilled to see Origami Energy, a technology company building a real-time marketplace for the evolving distributed energy world, crowned the overall winner of the second Future Planet Awards on Tuesday 22 May at the Global Corporate Venturing Symposium.
Winners from six impact categories, including climate change, education, health, security and sustainable growth pitched to an audience of leading investors and influencers. The finalists demonstrated that their businesses can profitably address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.
Tasked with the difficult decicion of picking the winner; Tal Badt, Director of Business Development, Tsinghua x-lab, Patrick Chung, Founding Partner, Xfund, Lilly Bussman, Principal, Oxford Sciences Innovation all joined Lord Norman Foster, President, Norman Foster Foundation and Future Planet’s Executive Chairman Douglas Hansen-Luke on the judging panel. Each presentation was carefully assessed against five criteria – immediacy, conviction, economics, magniture and disruptiveness.
We would like to applaud all the category winners for their achievements and congratulate Origami Energy for their innovative and impressive presentation.
Peter Bance, CEO of Origami Energy pitches to 2018’s distinguished judging panel: (L-R) Patrick Chung, Founding Partner, Xfund, Lilly Bussman, Principal, Oxford Sciences Innovation, Douglas Hansen-Luke, Executive Chairman and Founder of Future Planet Capital, Lord Norman Foster, President, Norman Foster Foundation and Tal Badt, Director of Business Development, Tsinghua x-lab.
Origami Energy showed themselves to be true disruptors in the energy world, aiming to help the world adopt more renewable power and shape the future of energy. Origami create technology that intelligently manages and remotely controls distributed energy assets. The increasing global demand for electricity requires a flexible and reliable approach to energy to ensure competitiveness and efficiency for buyers and sellers.
Through strategic partnerships and agreements with energy suppliers and traders, including Aggreko plc and Octopus Investments, Origami Energy provides global energy systems that are commercially proven in the UK’s highly deregulated energy market.
We look forward to working with Peter and the team at Origami Energy to help them achieve their vision of a future where energy is cheaper, greener and more secure.
“It is a proud moment for Origami Energy to be named as the overall winner of the Future Planet Awards 2018. We are privileged to have competed alongside five innovative entrepreneurs from across the world. Like our namesake, Origami Energy uses intelligent technology to shape energy in innovative and exciting ways. The recognition we have received from the Future Planet Awards is incredibly important to us and I would like to thank Future Planet Capital for hosting such an incredible event. We look forward to working with Future Planet Capital and continuing to pursue our ambition of creating a network of assets that deliver a cost-effective and flexible energy solutions.” Peter Bance, Chief Executive Officer, Origami Energy
It was also great to welcome back last year’s winner, PragmatIC, who gave the audience an insight into what it meant to them to be crowned as winner and an update into the significant progress they have made since with the launch of the innovative FlexLogIC production system.
Scott White, CEO of PragmatIC
The calibre of candidates at this year’s awards was outstanding and the category winners’ commitment to addressing some of the most difficult challenges demonstrated that businesses can profitably achieve change. We at Future Planet would like to thank the following category winners for presenting at the Awards and congratulate them on their achievements
Tokamak Energy, Winner of Climate Change Category
Jonathan Carling, CEO of Tokamak Energy
Established in 2009, Tokamak Energy is striving to harness the significant potential of fusion power to deliver an abundant, safe and cost-effective source of clean energy to the world. They see the future of energy to come from a combination of different technologies. Rather than competing against wind/solar Tokamak see it as complimentary with fusion providing the continious base load of energy with wind and solar supporting it.
Thanks to the expertise of its world-class team of scientists and engineers, the company’s compact, spherical tokamak will form the basis for the commercial module that the company expects to deliver electricity into the grid by 2030.
Pandia Health, Winner of the Special Category
Sophie Yen, CEO and Co-Founder of Pandia Health
Launched in 2016, Pandia Health provides online doctors’ visits for prescription birth control and free delivery to women. Currently operating in California, Pandia Health hopes to offer its services across the United States in two years.
Their vision is to create a brand that women will trust. Their goal is to destigmatize birth control, with the first step being to educate people that it is more than just birth control. People today use it headaches, anemia, PSO and acne relief.
Supported by a team of doctors and founded by women, for women, Pandia Health aims to make women’s lives better and easier by making healthcare convenient, reliable, and accessible.
Congenica, Winner of the Health Category
David Atkins, CEO of Congenica
Based in Cambridge, Congenica is a leading provider of clinical decision support software and services who have developed the gold-standard platform, Sapientia, for analysis, interpretation and generation of clinically actionable reports on patient derived genomic data.
The Company was singled out as being one of the stand-out performers on the UK’s recent trade mission to China led by Prime Minister Theresa May and Trade Secretary Liam Fox.
Oyalabs, Winner of the Education Category
Sandra Sobanska, Growth Manager at oyalabs
Oyalabs recognised the lack of monitoring tools for early childhood cognitive development. In response to this, Oyalabs pioneered Oto, a hardware and A.I.-based platform that helps parents monitor and improve a child's brain development and language skills.
Backed by Johnson&Johnson, SOSV Ventures/HAX and Stanford StartX, Oto uses Natural Language Processing to analyse the language environment around the child and generate their Learn-O-Meter score. Oto makes data-based recommendations of activities, books and toys that have been proven to support brain development and fit the child’s unique needs.
After their first prototype in collaboration with Hong Kong University, they saw that parents that had used their tools had improved their receptive language skills by 27% over the course of 8 weeks. They hope to launch a full product at the end of 2018.
Radio Physics, Winner of the Security Category
Douglas Dundonald, Chairman of Radio Physics
Focused on identifying challenging problems in the world, Radio Physics are the developers of MiRTLE, the millimetre-wave radar threat level evaluation, the world's first high performance long range detector of concealed threats. With a range of up to 30 metres and capable of remaining unaffected by environment, MiRTLE can expose threats in motion without concern of privacy invasion.
Finally we would like to extend a huge thank you for all those who attended, participated and helped organise 2018’s awards. Congratulations to all of our winners, and especially to Origami Energy. We hope to welcome you again at 2019’s awards.