tech disruptor & founder, Pavegen
Clean-tech and sustainable energy
Creativity & innovation
The future of cities
Laurence is the Founder and CEO of Pavegen. Headquartered in London with an R&D centre in Cambridge, Pavegen manufactures an award-winning flooring that instantly converts kinetic energy from footfall into off-grid electricity and data.
Laurence launched the business in 2009, having graduated with 1st class honours in Industrial Design and Technology from Loughborough University. He filed the first patents from his bedroom with £200. Since then, Pavegen has scaled across the world, installing more than 200 permanent and experiential projects in 30 countries.
Laurence has worked with the world’s most iconic companies including Adidas, Coca-
Cola, Formula E, Heathrow, Samsung and Shell. Recent highlights include creating the world's largest energy harvesting floor with Google to launch the company's new flagship smartphone in Berlin.
To promote his clean-tech vision, Laurence has also partnered with influencers including serial solar entrepreneur Akon, football legend Pelé
and global innovator Will.I.Am .
Laurence's entrepreneurial savvy and technical knowledge continue to attract global media coverage. Recent articles include pieces by the BBC, CNN, Financial Times, Forbes, Huffington Post, The Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Wired. The Daily Telegraph describes him as a boy genius.
Laurence attended trade missions in China and Italy with former British Prime Minister
David Cameron, and visited New York and Chicago with the Mayor of London, Sadiq
Khan. Laurence spoke at SXSW 2017. He has
attended the UN’s +20 Climate Conference, Innovate UK and DMZ 2.0 with Steven Wozniak in South Korea. He also gave a number of talks to support the UK Government's Department of
International trade at COP23. The significant achievements of Laurence and Pavegen have
been recognised with numerous awards and accolades, including:
CityAM Top 10 Digital Innovators, 2018
SXSW 2017 Smart Cities Interactive Innovation Award
Maserati Top 100, 2017
Top 50 Powerlist 2016 by Estates Gazette (#23)
UK Bloomberg Business Innovator 2016
Eco Entrepreneur of the Year at the GB Entrepreneur Awards 2015 & 2016
The Europas Awards, Best Clean Tech Start-up 2016
2 Degrees Award for Energy and Carbon Management (Long-Term Payback)
Through his extraordinary vision and energy, Laurence has established himself as one of the world's most exciting disruptors, thought-leaders and communicators on clean tech and entrepreneurship.
His speeches are shot through with passion and optimism. He has recently delivered talks in Las Vegas, at the RSA, the latest London Tech Week and GITEX - Dubai's leading technology event. He has also spoken at TED events in Germany, Brazil, USA and the UK, as well as for organisations such as the UK Government's Department for International Trade.
"Laurence combined his enthusiasm and knowledge of the clean-tech sector with a number of real world examples and messages for people to take away feeling inspired. The Pavegen demo took the group by storm with crowds of people jumping on the tile and powering lighting after the main event." --- Christelle Langenhoven, Social Investment Manager for Enterprise Development, Shell UK
"Laurence is a truly excellent and inspiring speaker, who had the audience on the edge of their seats. His story of innovation, rapid growth and international expansion was enthralling and left the audience hungry for more of his unique insights. I had widespread feedback from delegates that Laurence was one of the most excellent speakers they had seen in a long time." --- Frankie Brewer, Event Director, Brexit and Global Expansion Summit
"When Laurence gave his keynote address at the United Nations he transformed and inspired the room. With more than 600 youth delegates from around the world present, I could not have asked for a better speaker." --- Tami Kesselman, Co-chair, United Nations Youth Assembly
"Laurence is an innovator and entrepreneur, with boundless enthusiasm that motivates the audience to challenge their thinking. Laurence summarises key entrepreneurship points succinctly and leaves audiences inspired to explore and deliver new concepts." --- Diageo Western Europe, Innovation Summit
Meet the clean-tech CEO who compares his company to Apple and Tesla - Business Insider (2016)