For Crispin Leick, managing director of EnBW New Ventures, a passion for energy technology came early in life, and was supercharged later on when he became a father and saw his time horizons change from years to generations ahead.
As head of energy generation and utility company EnBW’s corporate venturing unit, Leick and his team focus on three main areas where they can have the biggest impact, namely the electrification, digitalisation, and decentralisation of the energy system.
He joined me on the podcast to talk about EnBW’s approach to these areas and how the energy investment landscape has changed, particularly in the context of the European energy industry.
We also dove into a number of learnings he has taken as he embarks on his 15th year as a CVC investor. We talk about why he advocates for an evergreen fund structure – the reasons for which go far beyond just the ability to be patient with one’s capital – as well as the value that CVCs can get from taking LP positions in other funds, why he believes CVCs should focus primarily on the financial end of the spectrum, and perhaps most interestingly, why he believes – unlike many other CVC practitioners – that corporate venturing units would do well to report to a CFO.