Martin was born in Saarbrücken in 1969. He graduated with a doctorate degree in Chemistry from the University of Saarland with a focus on Nanoparticle Composites and Smart Coatings. Martin founded Kraftblock (formerly Nebuma) together with his co-founder Susanne in 2014.
He filed his first patent in 1998 and has 20 years of experience in material development, production and sales. As the Head of the Department of Ceramics he developed the Department of Polymer Nanoparticle Composites at the Institute for New Materials, University of Saarland. Subsequently he headed the Smart Coatings division at ItN Nanovation AG.
Martin always had a deep passion for innovation: he started inventing at the age of 12 with the ambition to change our world for the better.
Susanne was born in Sindelfingen in 1970 and moved to Saarbrücken to study business administration. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Saarland.
Prior to Kraftblock Susanne held executive positions as CFO and later on CEO of the parent company of Trucktec International and in banking. Susanne has always been passionate about innovation, nature and sustainability.
As Head of Finance Susanne handles finance and accounting, HR, IT and business administration.
CEO Frank Thelen
Freigeist Capital – previously known as e42 – is a privately-owned investment firm working with visionary founders to fund and build disruptive technology companies.
The firm is best known for its seed investments in Lilium, Neufund, Wunderlist (acquired by Microsoft), MyTaxi (acquired by Daimler) and KaufDa (acquired by Springer).
CEO Kees Koolen
The mission of Koolen Industries is to enable everyone to contribute to and participate in the energy transition. Generating clean energy from wind and the sun, and developing solutions that store, transport and deliver this energy, we provide consumers with an autonomous life that is independent of the grid.
Koolen Industries is a group of companies that cooperate to offer complete, integrated clean energy solutions to companies and consumers. Whether it is about solar energy, lithium batteries, charging infrastructure or a combination thereof; Koolen Industries can make customers’s wishes reality.
Since its inception in 2019, Koolen Industries has brought a number of companies into its fold. These include solar panel installations company BonGo Solar, lithium battery maker Super B, energy storage company Smart Grid, electric charging infrastructure firm Floading Energy, green ammonia company Proton Ventures, mobile energy storage with solar panels company GreenBattery, flow battery developer Elestor, cloud-based mobile energy storage platform provider Skoon Energy, EIT InnoEnergy, which invests in sustainable energy start-ups across Europe, AI robotics company Aziobot and Hardt Hyperloop.