“Believe in yourself. Don’t be too shy — especially when fundraising.”
Stockholm-based Charlotta Holmquist is a seasoned entrepreneur who built up experience in an impressive array of sectors — from online gaming to Fintech — before landing on her true calling: climate change.
Reflecting on the decision to enter the climate economy, Holmquist recalls: “About ten years ago, I felt I wanted to use all my experience for something purposeful that can have true impact.” So, along with her husband Trued, she founded BL!XT in 2018.
Behind the plucky and disruptive language on BL!XT’s website sits a simple but challenging idea: That reimagined software and hardware technology can help companies better control electricity usage. Two years after its founding, the company claims it’s the only company to develop miniature, solid-state circuit breakers for the residential electricity market.
“Our mission is bold,” Holmquist explains. “While many others patch together existing products in nice shiny boxes, we think fundamentally differently, starting with an ideal solution rather than what is already available.”
Using software and digitization to upgrade the grid was a disruptive idea for conservative energy markets, but the venture won fans from the start, attracting partners in industries ranging from shipping to space travel.
“Since circuit breakers are omnipresent where electricity is used,” notes Holmquist, “we’re a game-changer for industries — we can reduce energy usage and enable more renewable energy use, while increasing electrical safety.”
As a rare woman entrepreneur in this space, Holmquist has advice for others: “Try out your idea on real customers as early as possible. Believe in yourself. Don’t be too shy — especially when fundraising.”