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BFF Newsletter #4 - May 2020

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As the world starts to unwind mobility restrictions, various data analysis reports show a significant uptick in mobility these past few weeks after driving had hit its pandemic-related bottom in April. It is noticeable that people are still avoiding mass transit, which might add to vehicle use and traffic in the near term, but with warmer weather in Europe and US, there might be a new wave of use in micromobility solutions. However, working from home and other behaviours that initially curtailed car travel could remain long after (we know we have changed our approach to work to be more remote- and digital-enabled).

It is important to make use of the break we had in traditional transport use to foster the change to more sustainable mobility. A growing number of cities in Europe and elsewhere are becoming more walking- and bike-friendly during the crisis and the pause in vehicle sales may have given more time for automakers to advance their transition to producing EVs.

It is evident that while this unexpected global challenge is taking a lot of everyone's attention, the community working towards a sustainable future is only growing stronger. In these unprecedented times brought by Covid-19, we wanted to contribute to furthering the sustainable energy transition. So we are thrilled to invite you to join the Energy Tech Network!

   Energy Tech Network

Energy Tech Network has been initiated by Contrarian Ventures and Energy Tech Summit to accelerate sustainable energy transition dialogue virtually and become a go-to platform for Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Corporates innovating in the future of Energy and Mobility.

We wanted to create a platform to bring top Global energy and mobility Investors, Entrepreneurs, and Government leaders together, where we share quality live and on-demand content, foster engaging 1-1 in-depth discussions, and enable intent-based matchmaking & networking.

But make no mistake - we are creating a novel kind of networking – Energy Tech Network members participate from wherever they are in the world. We aim to accelerate the transition and all the companies working towards it, because deals happen when we get together and discuss ideas, and in Energy Tech network that happens all the time, everywhere.

We have kicked-off on the 19th of May with our first session with Rokas Peciulaitis and Gaëtan Bonhomme from Breakthrough Energy Ventures and are hosting Nicolas Milerioux from Encevo and Julia Padberg from SET Ventures today. Together, the Energy Tech Network is embarking on 2 months of live 1-1 sessions with the most active and experienced investors in the Energy Tech and Mobility space. You can find the full virtual sessions' agenda here.

Why You Should Join Us

Energy Tech Network is a unique digital platform gathering innovators, companies, investors and corporates dedicated to accelerating sustainable energy transition to net-zero emissions through technology innovations.

With hundreds of energy tech & e-mobility Investors and Companies already on board, Energy Tech Network is an essential community to leverage your business presence in the market.
Join Energy Tech Network

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We are very excited to introduce our latest investment into Inbalance grid!

The team has developed an electric vehicle charging platform, that provides a cost-effective and easy way to implement and operate the infrastructure while providing the opportunity to participate in the energy market. The pace of EV adoption requires charging solutions that can keep up in terms of fleet growth and resulting energy demand in a sustainable way. Providing an end-to-end platform that can take into consideration the whole electron journey is becoming an essential part of such services. 

Congratulations to the team at Inbalance grid and welcome to Contrarian Ventures family!

Learn more about our thesis on Inbalance grid in our Medium post! 

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VCs spent $11.8B on mobility startups in Q1 2020
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Engie Looking for More US Clean Energy Acquisitions

 Engie plans to ramp up investments into U.S. batteries, hybrid renewables and offshore wind

Oil Prices Were A Beautiful Mystery
📉 How to explain the negative oil price

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Intel Confirms Acquisition Of Israel’s Moovit In $900M Mobility Play

🔋 Acquisition will accelerate Mobileye’s Mobility-as-a-Service Offering

Quantum Eyes $5.5 Billion for New Fund Amid Energy-Market Rout
💚 New fund is designed to pounce on opportunities that arise amid turmoil in energy markets

Air Products Closes Buyout of Five Hydrogen Plants for $530M

☘️ The deal showcases Air Products’ capability to pursue its policy of investing in long-term onsite transactions

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