Sam Salih
Investment Manager, Centrica Innovations

Sam is an Investment Manager at Centrica Innovations (CI). Established in 2017 by international energy and services company, Centrica, CI aims to invest £100m in new technology and innovations that will transform the way we live, work and move. He has previous experience starting and building businesses, having established one of the UK’s first multi-utility companies and grown it to over £2m revenue whilst raising investment from high-profile investors such as the founder of Gumtree. After exiting in 2015, Sam has been active within the corporate innovation space through work with the UK Government and helped establish EDF Energy Blue Lab within the start-up ecosystem by leading its collaboration with Cisco and UCL. At Centrica, Sam works to make investments in early-stage businesses and is leading the Centrica Business Challenge; a trial focused programme which seeks to find, collaborate with and invest in the best start-ups. Find out more about Centrica Innovations at



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Wednesday 11th September 2019
Oxford Brookes University,
Headington Campus