Plusnet Pioneers

Leigh Purnell, Petalite

Petalite founder, Funding Pioneer

Leigh founded and runs Petalite, a start-up business that has developed the World’s Fastest Charging Battery System offering 100% recharge in under 15 minutes. Leigh’s background as a project manager, innovator and his keen interest in energy technologies and implementations (both throughout working and academic life) led him to start Petalite Limited in 2014.

The company was launched after receiving a share of £100,000 from Innovation Birmingham’s Low Carbon Accelerator programme and following this, Leigh launched a media campaign to secure a further £300k investment and ran a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

He also has been on other ludicrous expeditions including the World’s Longest Journey by Taxi and World’s Highest Journey by Taxi which led him to write a book.

See Leigh’s tips in our video on 5 golden rules to raise finance and take your business to the next level.


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