London, UK, July 6th, 2023 – Connect Earth has appointed a Board of Directors after finalising a $5.6m seed round in March 2023, raised with a mission to decarbonise the financial sector. Zixin Pan and Stewart Holness join the board alongside executive directors Alexander Lempka (co-founder and CEO) and Nick Carmont (co-founder and CTO).
Founded in 2021, Connect Earth supports financial institutions in offering their retail and SME customers transparent, compliant and actionable emissions insights and carbon accounting, driven via Connect Earth’s API technology.
Zixin Pan is an Associate Director at Gresham House Ventures, who led the funding round in March. Prior to joining Gresham House, Zixin spent 8 years in the Energy industry, working across various business lines including Trading, Retail and Renewable Energy Solutions. During her time as a Senior Investment Associate at Shell Ventures, she focused on early-stage equity investments into fast growing startups in the Future of Mobility and CleanTech, across Europe, China and India. Zixin’s experience in Sustainability and Sustainable Finance will bring valuable industry insights to the company, fostering future growth.
Stewart Holness is an experienced Chair who has helped two startups float onto the NASDAQ and works with a number of businesses on their growth, funding and exit strategy. With his engineering and marketing background, he has led and exited multiple businesses in Europe and the US. Stewart is also Chair of Amulet Hotkey, Sova, Kindeo, Mo, MetaCompliance and DanceRace plc.
“I am very excited to welcome Stewart and Zixin to our board,” says Alexander Lempka. “Zixin’s background in sustainability will help us gain insight into the newest trends and opportunities, and with her strong network in venture investing and the financial industry, we couldn’t think of a better non-executive director to have on our board. Additionally, Stewart’s experience as a Chair for multiple companies will help us steer the business into the right direction. The know-how that he gained during his time as an executive in FinTech and adjacent industries will be invaluable to our company.”
About Connect Earth:
Founded in 2021, Connect Earth is a London-based environmental data company that democratises easy access to sustainability data. With its carbon tracking API technology, Connect Earth is on a mission to empower people to make sustainable choices and bridge the gap between intent, knowledge and action. Connect Earth supports financial institutions in offering their individual and SME customers transparent insights into the climate impact of their spending.