Graham Oakes founded Upside Energy in 2014 following successful participation in the Nesta Dynamic Demand Challenge. The company has since received over £800k of grant funding from DECC and Innovate UK, and raised over £500k of seed investment. It has built a cloud service that coordinates thousands of batteries and thermal energy stores on domestic and small business sites to smooth the flow of energy across the grid. This service will commence commercial operation in early 2017. Graham is a systems engineer with 30 years experience working for firms such as Cisco, Intel, Sapient and Vodafone. He holds a PhD from Imperial College and is a Chartered Engineer, FBCS and FRSA.