We want to bring carbon removal to a global scale – by turning buildings into carbon sinks!

ecoLocked was formed from the strong desire in each of us to contribute to climate change mitigation - and to do it fast, and where it’s needed most. Knowing that the pace of industrial emission reduction is insufficient, we realized that the 1.5° target can only be reached with the additional fast scale-up of carbon removal technologies.

In September 2021, we started building ecoLocked with the aim of providing scalable end applications for biochar insetting in buildings, with maximum impact and performance for the construction industry. One of our core beliefs is that environmental impact and economic value can not only be reconciled but actually reinforce each other in sustainable value chains.

In 2022, we raised initial public and venture funding and opened our own laboratory and manufacturing space near Berlin. In 2023, we validated our solution on a commercial scale with multiple industry partners and released our first products for precast applications. We have been supported by multiple prestigious Accelerator programs including Carbon2Value and RESPOND.

We are not slowing down and are proud to present our diverse team of multidisciplinary experts and climate impact enthusiasts!

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Meet the Founders

Mario is an economist and passionate about harmonizing business and nature - using the power of technology. He holds a PhD in Corporate Finance/Sustainable Business and spent six years at BCG, working on industry decarbonization and biodiversity. In his free time, Mario enjoys biking, hiking, and reading about politics and society.

“We urgently need to scale up long-term carbon removal. And that requires scalable and permanent sinks where we can create value from carbon: buildings!”

Mario Schmitt

CEO & Co-founder

strategy | finance | operations

Steff is an expert in developing scalable, sustainable business models. She has been a Climate Action Fellow with the World Economic Forum, setting up a global coalition to commercialize emerging climate tech. She has been a Principal with BCG, specializing in Climate & Sustainability. In her downtime, Steff likes to read and be active outdoors.

“The concrete industry needs an easy-to-deploy and affordable solution to meet their 2030 emissions commitments”

Steff Gerhart

CCO & Co-founder

G-t-M | partnerships | supply chain

Micheil is an environmental scientist and mechanical engineer with significant research and industrial experience in the UK, China, and Germany. When not working on climate solutions, Micheil enjoys making music and biking, and has even cycled from the UK to Hong Kong!

“I am motivated to be working on technical innovations that create value from biochar and support the transition to a low-carbon society. Creating practical solutions from new ideas and realizing the resulting impact is what it is all about!”

Micheil Gordon

CTO & Co-founder

product | technology

Mario Schmitt

Mario is an economist and passionate about harmonizing business and nature - using the power of technology. He holds a PhD in Corporate Finance/Sustainable Business and spent six years at BCG, working on industry decarbonization and biodiversity. In his free time, Mario enjoys biking, hiking, and reading about politics and society.

“We urgently need to scale up long-term carbon removal. And that requires scalable and permanent sinks where we can create value from carbon: buildings!”

Mario Schmitt

CEO & Co-founder

strategy | finance | operations

Steff Gerhart

Steff is an expert in developing scalable, sustainable business models. She has been a Climate Action Fellow with the World Economic Forum, setting up a global coalition to commercialize emerging climate tech. She has been a Principal with BCG, specializing in Climate & Sustainability. In her downtime, Steff likes to read and be active outdoors.

“The concrete industry needs an easy-to-deploy and affordable solution to meet their 2030 emissions commitments”

Steff Gerhart

CCO & Co-founder

G-t-M | partnerships | supply chain

Micheil Gordon

Micheil is an environmental scientist and mechanical engineer with significant research and industrial experience in the UK, China, and Germany. When not working on climate solutions, Micheil enjoys making music and biking, and has even cycled from the UK to Hong Kong!

“I am motivated to be working on technical innovations that create value from biochar and support the transition to a low-carbon society. Creating practical solutions from new ideas and realizing the resulting impact is what it is all about!”

Micheil Gordon

CTO & Co-founder

product | technology

Our Team

Nsesheye Susan Priebe

Head of R&D

Chinmay Save

Chief of Staff

Miriam Straub

Senior People & Communications Manager

Gilberto Nery

Senior Product Manager

Giorgio Ponte

Business Development Manager

Alejandro Castilla

Senior Operations Manager

Rawia Dabbebi

Senior R&D Engineer

Feras Tajra

Senior Concrete Technologist

Simon Mlynek

Senior Business Development Manager

Riccardo Ambrosini

Junior Impact Manager

Sepanta Golchin

Junior Marketing Manager

Mostafa Sallam

Junior Concrete Technologist

Muhammed Usman

Working Student Operations

Ricardo Fabián Rodríguez Avilés

Production Manager

Ubaid ur Rehman Siddiqui

Junior Lab Technician

Katharina Brunner

Junior People & Finance Manager

Sanchit Sharma

Working Student Business Development

Advisory board

Jeffrey Katz

"We are more than convinced that ecoLocked has the talent and the technology to fundamentally alter the climate impact of the construction industry."

Christian von Olshausen

“With ecoLocked, we unlock biochar's endless potential for economic and ecologic, carbon-negative value chains.”

Martin Unger

"We were super impressed by the team's drive and conviction to tackle this gigantic issue."

Andy Bonsall

"Counteract are really happy to support ecoLocked. We are all about scalable CDR solutions – so the enormous potential for biochar in concrete caught our attention, and the strength of ecoLocked's team, vision and technology convinced us."

Values

Excellence

We strive for excellence and continuous growth in everything we do

Integrity

We are open to change and regularly reassess our role and impact

Fairness

We act with fairness and respect

Teamwork

We collaborate and support each other towards a common goal

Accountability

We take ownership and lead by example

Creativity

We nurture creativity

Curiosity

We are fueled by curiosity

Balance

We provide environments for individuals to thrive and find balance