Scaling at Speed: A New Approach to Business Building

Cathal Hughes

Investment Associate at bp LaunchPad

as recorded on 15 April 2021 as part of Innov8rs Connect on SDG's, Climate & Impact Innovation

Three unique worlds are evolving and converging at such pace, leaving many of us scrambling to see where the dust will settle: the energy world, tech world and the investment world. This rapidly changing environment and state-of-play means that new methods, models and techniques will be required. It will take a hybrid approach, that has sufficient flexibility to roll with the punches but most importantly – build scalable energy businesses at pace.

In this session you will learn:

- About the transition that BP is set up to embark upon: what it will take and how we plan to do it.
- About BP’s innovation ecosystem – how we engage with internal ideas and external opportunities across levels of business growth stage
- Our unique business-building scaling engine – Launchpad. Set up with the sole purpose of building transformative new ventures at breakneck speed.
- Share our lessons learnt to date and hopes for the future.

About the speaker

Cathal Hughes is an Investment Associate at BP Launchpad – where his role is to originate and invest in disruptive energy tech start-ups that have huge scaling potential to impact upon the net-zero transition of BP and the planet. A Dublin native, prior to Launchpad he assisted Irish cleantech companies developing their business in the UK market.

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