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Episode 20: Roundtable with Fairly Made, Dexter Energy & Hellas Direct


28 May 2024


Welcome to the latest episode of Sustainability Talks, the podcast delivering real talk on the future of sustainability and innovation, brought to you by ETF Partners, Europe’s original sustainability and impact venture capital firm.

In this episode, our Partner, Zoë VanderWolk hosts a special roundtable discussion with some of the founders of our esteemed portfolio companies including Fairly Made, Dexter Energy & Hellas Direct. This dynamic conversation explores the challenges they faced, the victories they’ve celebrated and how technology has been an indispensable ally in their journey to drive sustainability forward.

Our guests also share practical advice and insights for other businesses looking to tread the path of sustainability, ensuring that the road to a greener future is one that we could all embark on together.

Meet Our Guests

Alexis Pantazis is the Co-Founder of Hellas Direct, a company redefining insurance with a focus on transparency and customer empowerment, proving that even traditional sectors can pivot towards more sustainable practices.

Laure Betsch is the Co-Founder of Fairly Made, a company transforming the fashion industry by providing unparalleled transparency and promoting ethical manufacturing processes.

Hubert Penn is the CCO & Co-founder of Dexter Energy, a company at the forefront of utilising AI to optimise energy usage for businesses demonstrating the power of technology in achieving efficiency and sustainability.

Listen to this special roundtable episode below or on your favourite podcast platform HERE, and find out more about our guests below.

Alexis Petasis

Alexis Pantazis is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hellas Direct. Prior to Hellas Direct, he was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs where he led principal investing and new strategic initiatives for the firm in the European investment management field. A former strategy consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, he also worked for Miramax Films in New York and the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission in Brussels. Alexis is a Fulbright and British Chevening Scholar, a Robert & Diane Levy Fellow and has been honoured with the prestigious EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Cyprus 2022.

Find out more about Hellas Direct on ⁠hellasdirect.gr/en⁠

Laure Betsch

Laure Betsch is the co-founder of Fairly Made, a Parisian start-up founded in May 2018 which helps fashion companies become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Betsch, a graduate of Parisian management school IESEG, teamed up with high-school friend Camille Le Gal to jointly set up Fairly Made, with the goal of “helping labels create collections that are both attractive and sustainable.” Fairly Made is based in Paris in the sustainable fashion incubator La Caserne, and is a green tech company that advocates a more environmentally friendly fashion, with sustainability as its driving principle.

Find out more about Fairly Made on ⁠fairlymade.com ⁠

Hubert Penn

Hubert Penn is the founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Dexter Energy, where he helps build and commercialise the industry’s leading AI-based forecasting and trade optimisation services. He started his career in private equity after which he kickstarted a leisure business. Hubert holds an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from TU Delft and is a Certified Management Accountant.

Find out more about Dexter Energy on ⁠dexterenergy.ai⁠