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Session Highlights

Welcome Address

“Firstly, go away feeling, ‘I’m important and I can do something’. Secondly, ‘I’m going to do something and what I’m going to do makes a difference, not just for future generations but for my own self. And lastly, what I do will make money, which will make sure that the business is here for as long as I need it to support me. So the best of good luck in what you do, and never think that you’re not doing something worthwhile.”

John Gummer, Lord DebenFormer Chairman of UK’s Climate Change Committee and Member of the House of Lords, HOUSE OF LORDS

Lord Deben at Rethinking Materials 2024
Lord Deben at Rethinking Materials 2024
Laura Coppen, H&M GROUP VENTURES, at Rethinking Materials 2024
Laura Coppen, H&M GROUP VENTURES, at Rethinking Materials 2024

Investment Trends: Identifying High-Growth Solutions and Navigating Hype Cycles

“We spend a lot of time listening to 30 minute pitches with a lot of time talking about the why. We’re working in the industry, we know the challenges we face. Instead, entrepreneurs should spend the quality time in their pitch, on what they’ve got and how they’re solving a problem.”

Laura CoppenSustainability InvestmentsH&M GROUP VENTURES

Regulatory Landscape: Navigating Fast-Changing Legislation at a Local and Global Level

“Most legislation tends to be focused on the past, rather than the future, and is not considering future opportunities. We need to make sure we don’t continue what we have been doing for the past 50 years. Innovation and investment needs to take into account future industries/sectors, such as natural polymers.”

Pierre-Yves Paslier, Co-Founder & CEO, NOTPLA

Pierre-Yves Paslier, Co-Founder & CEO, NOTPLA speaking at Rethinking Materials 2024
Pierre-Yves Paslier, Co-Founder & CEO, NOTPLA speaking at Rethinking Materials 2024
Ved Krishna, Founder, PAKKA speaking at Rethinking Materials 2024
Ved Krishna, Founder, PAKKA speaking at Rethinking Materials 2024

Innovation Spotlight: Fixing Flexible Packaging: Overcoming One of the Industry’s Biggest Challenges

“Just to be clear, industrial composting doesn’t mean it won’t be composted if it is thrown away. It’s more difficult to breakdown but it will breakdown. There are so many different kinds of plastic, there isn’t just one kind and it can’t be downcycled together that’s the other challenge. There are a gamut of challenges.”

Ved Krishna, Founder, PAKKA

 

Innovation Spotlight: The Speed of Implementation of New Materials: Challenges and Insights from the Packaging Industry

“The barriers to innovation are very human. We’ve got to try it, and see what happens. Working with brands and retailers in the textile sector, we see so many barriers – supply chain disruption, green washing fears. It brings a bit of panic – but what could we win? How could we turn the tide on these challenges? We need to get on with it – start innovating and collaborating, Stop looking at the challenges and start looking for the solutions.”

Debbie Luffman, Director, THINK CIRCULAR

Debbie Luffman, Director, THINK CIRCULAR speaking at Rethinking Materials 2024
Debbie Luffman, Director, THINK CIRCULAR speaking at Rethinking Materials 2024
Luke Haverhals, Founder and CEO, NFW speaking at Rethinking Materials 2024
Luke Haverhals, Founder and CEO, NFW speaking at Rethinking Materials 2024

Innovation Spotlight: Reshaping the Future of Footwear: Design, Materials Selection and Recyclability

“There is $100 trillion put behind materials made from petrochemicals – that’s why it’s a miracle when shoes made like this show up, because it’s a drop in the ocean in comparison to the 80 years behind petrochemical products.” 

Luke Haverhals, Founder and CEO, NFW

Technology Showcase

Over the two days, twelve early-stage innovators pitched on stage to an industry panel, showcasing next-gen materials and highlighting solutions for end-of-life sortation and processing.

SEE PROFILES

Start-Ups pitching during the Technology Showcase at Rethinking Materials, May 14-15 2024
Start-Ups pitching during the Technology Showcase at Rethinking Materials, May 14-15 2024

What Delegates Said

“I have never been to an event like this, where I can meet both materials innovators and investors. A great opportunity to keep on top of trends and new technologies.”

Marie-Catherine Coquin, R&I Packaging Materials Director, DANONE-SAEME

“Very well-organised, allowing us to engage with a variety of potential partners, investors, and customers. We at Generation Food Rural Partners Fund are excited about the connections both we and our portfolio companies have made. Definitely looking forward to the next event!”

Frank Klemens, Managing Director of the Generation Food Rural Partners Fund (GFRP), BIG IDEA VENTURES

“Roundtables are great for having live conversations with a broad variety of perspectives with actionable insights. All relevant people are present at this summit, and there is a great deal of collaboration – how do we react collectively together rather than individuals.”

Pierre-Yves PaslierCo-Founder and Co-CEONOTPLA

“High quality speakers, cool ventures and insights into frontier of new materials. Amazing to meet people and get access to important stakeholders.”

Felix Philipp, Circular Economy & Materials Lead, LOMBARD ODIER

“Our networking sponsorship is a tip of the hat to our mutual commitment to enabling the open innovation ecosystem from emerging start-ups to global corporations that recognise that the fastest and (often) most cost-effective path to achieve their sustainability goals is to work with passionate and committed start-up entrepreneurs.”

Neil CameronPartnerEMERALD TECHNOLOGY VENTURES

Who Joined Us?

Here are just some of the global players and industry leaders who joined us at the Rethinking Materials summit:

Companies that joined Rethinking Materials 2024
Companies that joined Rethinking Materials 2024

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