Start-up: A brighter future for ventilation

The key thing about the partnership is the sense we have of driving it, says Ventive’s technical director Tom Lipinski of the start-up’s ongoing relationship with Climate-KIC.

A Shell Springboard finalist in 2013, Ventive has won £950,000 in investment since joining Climate-KIC’s incubator programme in 2012. The good news continues with a move into Birmingham offices this year.

Ventive’s passive ventilation with heat recovery technology retains up to 97 per cent of a building’s heat, introducing a temperate airflow via a patented heat exchanger and roof cowl. Benefits include lower fuel bills, less damp, and better air quality.

For Tom Lipinski (pictured above, immediate left of Ventive product, with Climate-KIC’s West Midlands team), an important driver of the company’s early success has been the proactive support of Henriette Lyttle-Breukelaar (above, front left), Climate-KIC’s innovation lead in Birmingham. Besides exposure to potential clients, this support has given Ventive access to major shows.

Climate-KIC’s commitment also boosts the confidence of would-be investors, as Tom explains. ‘One of our business angels has invested in the network before, and I’m sure that helped when it came to our turn.’

With an eye on making even more of Climate-KIC, Ventive is a host for next year’s industrial placement programme, Pioneers into Practice. ‘We’re big fans,’ says Tom. ‘It brings in new blood and helps us demonstrate a commitment to employing locally.’

Ventive’s focus today is on the value optimisation of two existing products and the launch of a third. For Tom Lipinski, Climate-KIC’s support is key to the company’s ambitions for rapid expansion in the Birmingham area. ‘What I like most about this partnership is the idea that we’re driving it. Climate-KIC can only help you as much as you want to be helped.’