The “Judges’ Award” congratulates the company that has demonstrated the best overall performance. This year, it was awarded to Chris McBean, CEO of ELeather.

The Awards dinner was attended by more than 125 industry leaders, including CEOs from top companies spanning almost all sustainability sectors, along with figures from Europe’s most prominent investment funds.

The CleanTech industry has presented many challenges to its companies and investors in the recent past, but the consensus at the Connect Awards was clear: the renewables ecosystem has reached significant scale and the prospect of continued growth and innovation is undisputable.

The event celebrated the achievements of some of the fastest growing and most innovative companies, whilst also providing a unique networking opportunity event for executives, investors and industry thought leaders.

Seven awards were given out, including a new award for “Deal of the Year”, created in response to the increasing number of successful exits in the sustainability sector.

The annual event was organised by GP Bullhound, the technology investment bank. GP Bullhound Connect 2016 was sponsored by InnoEnergy, CleanPath China, Lingang Group, and RUSTONJenkins, alongside media and brand sponsorship from Tesla, London & Partners, Zaha Hadid Architects, Cleantech Magazine, and Cleantech Group.

The Award winners are:

Fastest Growing Company: SaltX Technology
Fastest Growing Larger Company: Tantalum Corporation
One to Watch: Hydrogenious Technologies
Most Innovative: Organica Water
Outstanding Leadership: EcoVadis
Deal of the Year: Punch Powertrain
Judges’ Award: ELeather

A full list of the finalists can be found on

GP Bullhound reveals the winners of the Connect Awards 2016

The Connect Judges this year are:

David Aitken (Head of Incubation, The Carbon Trust); Robert Bahns (Director of Technology Ventures, Imperial Innovations); Mark Daeche (Co-Founder, First Utility) Andrea Davi (CEO, Envirogen); Ian Jenkins (Founder, RUSTON Jenkins); Hans Mehn (Co-Founder & Partner, Generation Investment Management); Professor Ferdinand Panik (Head of the Institute of Sustainable Energy and Mobility, University of Applied Science in Esslingen); Matthew Pencharz (Board Member, Off Grid Energy / MSP Strategies) Patrik Schumacher (Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects); Jigar Shah (Co-Founder, Generate Capital); Patrick Sheehan (Founder & Partner, Environmental Technologies Fund); Andre Shortell (Partner, GP Bullhound) Mark Tapscott (Corporate Sales Manager, Tesla Motors); Matias Torrellas (Portfolio Manager, InnoEnergy); Bill Weil (Partner, Greencoat Capital); Richard Youngman (CEO, Cleantech Group); Yunwei Zhao (Deputy General Manager, CleanPath China).


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