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How to start a weather business

How can you raise the funding you'll need, what funding options are there and what are the pros and cons? And what will potential investors or lenders want in return? What about your business plan and how important is the management team? And who are your potential customers and do they need what you're planning to sell them? 

This Webinar is your opportunity to find out first hand from the experts – people who've launched their own successful weather-related businesses, and those with the money and expertise to finance new startups. 

This webinar, which took place on Wednesday 18 November 2020, is of value to: 

  • Entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers seeking to set up a commercial weather enterprise
  • Existing businesses seeking to diversify into the weather sector
  • Investors seeking to understand the opportunities associated with extreme weather & climate change
  • Existing weather-related businesses wanting to know more about new business startups in the sector

Part of the InterMET.digital webinar series on New Customer and Market Opportunities for Weather Technology, Data & Climate Services.

Dr. Sheldon Drobot - Sr. Manager, Strategy & Technology, Space Systems Sector, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris Technologies

Dr. Jan Dutton - CEO, Prescient Weather Ltd

Alan Richards - Partner & Co-founder, West Hill Capital

Dr. Sheldon Drobot

Dr. Sheldon Drobot

Sr. Manager, Strategy & Technology, Space Systems Sector, Space and Airborne Systems, L3Harris Technologies

Sheldon is the Principal, Space Exploration, and the Principal, Noble Causes for L3Harris Space & Intelligence. He's charged with strategic planning and new business development. In this role, he's developed a new program to modernize developing world weather services, creating the strategic business plan, connecting with funding authorities, and organizing a core international team to respond to future tenders. He's
also started new programs in hyperspectral remote sensing, synthetic aperture radar, and smart cities.

Dr. Jan Dutton

Dr. Jan Dutton

CEO, Prescient Weather Ltd

Jan is the CEO of Prescient Weather Ltd. and ClimBiz Ltd. His career spans positions at Weather Ventures, Earth Networks, Storm Exchange, Schneider Electric, and DTN. Dr. Dutton’s career objective is to enable business decision making based on weather and climate information.

He received a dual degree B.A. in Physics and Science and Technology Studies from Colby College in Waterville, ME in 1994. He received a Ph.D. from the Penn State Department of Meteorology in 2000. He also received an MBA from the Smeal College Business at Penn State in 2000. His dissertation focused on the simulation of interannual climate variability using regional climate models.

Alan Richards

Alan Richards

Partner & Co-founder, West Hill Capital

Alan Richards, Partner & Co-founder, West Hill Capital 

Alan has more than 30 years’ experience in investment analysis, corporate finance and venture capital with companies including Barclays, HSBC and Maple Securities before co-founding West Hill in 2003. West Hill invests around £60 million annually in early stage companies across a range of sectors including software, digital platforms, fintech, cleantech, medtech and bio-industrial.

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