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BES’23: The Pitch Tent Highlights

Every year we invite the world’s most up and coming purpose-led businesses to apply to be part of the Blue Earth Summit Pitch Tent, to find, fund and scale businesses that are providing solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems.

Offering the opportunity to be spotlighted as one of the top high growth, high impact companies positively disrupting their industry, over 1,000 applications spanning both impact sectors and stage applied. 100 ventures were then selected to be named in our BE100, a hand-picked list of the most progressive companies with the potential to deliver long term business success. 

Of the top 100, 30 companies were chosen by the advisory board to pitch their businesses, products and concepts live at the Summit. This culminated in a dynamic display of innovative solutions geared towards supporting today’s most complex challenges, with the top six selected to pitch in the final; Allye Energy, Waterhaul, Ripple Energy, Grubby, Enso Tyres and Waterbear.

Among the judges for the final were John Lake from Seedrs, Caroline Thomson from Natwest, Joe Hill from JCDecaux Nurture and Angel Investor, Tamara Hill Norton (Exited Founder – Sweaty Betty). 

Waterbear took home the People’s Choice Award, while all six received valuable intent for investment from leaders in the audience. 

From this year’s cohort, there is an intent to raise £537m+ with an average raise of £1.2m per business. Leveraging the support of the 233 investors in attendance who collectively manage £10 billion in AUM, the Ventures Team aims to facilitate meaningful investments that will drive these businesses toward ultimate fundraising success.

Blue Earth Summit and their Ventures Team are on a mission to continue to identify and empower disruptive, impact-driven entrepreneurs on their fundraising journeys. Join the network to keep up to date on game-changing investment opportunities. 

A big shout out to Krystal Hosting, Natwest, JCDecaux and Seedrs who were our Pitch Tent partners for 2023, and to OVO for the live stream.

Watch the live pitches of the six finalists from this year’s Blue Earth Summit Pitch Tent below:

Allye Energy

Allye are at the heart of the energy transition. By shifting the world to renewables, they’re promoting local grid resiliency while helping individuals, communities, and society access green energy in a sustainable way.


Waterhaul utilise the strongest form of plastic in our oceans to produce sustainably recycled eyewear. Eyewear that meets the technical demands of adventure, ocean-exposure and UV protection, but also act as ‘symbols of change’ for our oceans. Waterhaul sunglasses frames last a lifetime, because they are made from nets that would last decades in the ocean.

Ripple Energy

Ripple is about people coming together to do incredible things for our planet. The company has been crowdfunded by nearly 4,000 individual investors who share a vision of making clean energy ownership affordable and accessible for everyone, everywhere.

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Forget about sloppy ready-meals and ordering another takeaway. The joy and satisfaction of cooking food from scratch is where it’s at. But if you’ve spent decades using meat and dairy as core ingredients, you need a bit of culinary know-how to avoid munching on rabbit food. That’s where Grubby comes in…

Enso Tyres

All tyres wear down, creating air pollution. Most tyres are also inefficient, limiting range. ENSO is a tyre technology company that makes better tyres for electric vehicles, to extend EV range and reduce pollution.


WaterBear is the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Enjoy award-winning documentaries, enlightening short films and impactful series. Find out more about exceptional organisations on a mission to save our planet by watching films with impact, for free.

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