Climate Change for VCs

This 6-week course for venture investors presents the latest in climate science and solutions, and explores ways that investors can make a meaningful and profitable difference in the climate crisis.
Next cohort Starts:
August 2021
Starting in 7 Days
100% Online
8+ Expert Guest Lecturers
Founder Workshops
6 weeks / 5 hours per week
Practical Projects
Hands-on Sourcing & Diligence

Prepare for the coming climate disruption


Learn the latest climate science and today's solution landscape

The world is moving on climate. Whether you are an associate, angel, or GP, this is the place for you to dive into the latest science to understand climate change and its impacts, and to evaluate new opportunities in mitigation, sequestration, adaptation, and resilience.


Expand your climate venture network

Meet a global community of climate investors, entrepreneurs, and experts. This community is open to you forever and will keep growing with future cohorts. We’ll continue to host community events even after the program.


Build your climate portfolio thesis

Bring a nuanced climate lens to all your new investments and your existing portfolio. Build your fund’s climate narrative and walk away with your own climate investment thesis.

... was just outstanding in its quality of course program,  quality of speakers and the community value among peers! It really helped me to learn and think what I/we can do to tackle the climate crisis through our investment work.
Teruhide Sato
Founder and CEO
World-class Instructors and Guest Lecturers
Susan Su
Climate Investor and Head of Portfolio and Growth, Sound Ventures
Program Creator
Susan is head of portfolio at Sound Ventures, where she enables investment activity and accelerates portfolio growth. Her responsibilities at Sound include operational and relationship-based portfolio management, strategic growth advising for portfolio companies, sourcing new deals, and identifying follow-on opportunities.

Formerly a startup operator in product, growth and marketing, Susan has spent time building and leading teams at Stripe, Reforge, AppSumo and 500 Startups. She is also an angel investor and startup advisor to early stage companies focused on materials innovation, commerce infrastructure, and sustainable fintech.

Susan’s climate change journey started with personal interest driven by a love for nature and concern for our environment. She now believes climate change is the biggest opportunity area of our time, and is devoted to surfacing and enabling world-changing climate innovation.
Mehrad Yaghmai
Assistant Instructor
Mehrad comes from a product & operations background working with corporates, family offices and startups in the Middle East, where he spent the last decade. He currently resides in Sacramento, California.

He was the co-host of the UAE startup podcast, Streams of Progress, where he interviewed startup founders, investors and public figures. As a former founder and alumnus of the Dubai Future Accelerator, he has worked with wide ranging technical teams and policy makers to realize innovative projects.

The wildfires that ravaged California last year, prompted him to embark on his climate journey. As he dug deeper into the climate space, he realized the economic and impact potential of the problems that founders were addressing. He currently works with climate entrepreneurs — advising and angel investing in early-stage startups tackling climate across a broad range of industries.
Previous Guest Lecturers
Dr. Charles Fletcher
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Earth Sciences at University of Hawaii at Manoa
Dr. Charles “Chip” Fletcher is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Earth Sciences at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawai at Manoa. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Honolulu Climate Change Commission. For his work in service to government agencies and public groups, he was the 2006 recipient of the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community. He has also received (2001) the Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service. In 2011 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized his professional work with an Environmental Achievement Award in Climate Change Science and in 2018 he was given the Leadership Award by the Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO), a coalition of organizations with a role in hazard risk management in the Pacific region.
Matt Eggers
Investor and Company Builder, Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Matt is a seasoned cleantech leader, investor, and advisor with 20 years of experience delivering results in diverse companies. Currently, he is an Investor and Company Builder with Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1.1 billion, patient capital fund dedicated to building companies that will have a massive impact on greenhouse gas mitigation. He also serves on the Board of the Institute for Market Transformation. Matt’s recent past experience includes serving as a Vice President with Yardi Energy, Vice President of Sales, North America for Tesla, and the Vice President of Operations for Sunrun, a national leader in home solar power service. His earlier experience includes leading the stack operations team and serving as Director of Product Management at the fuel cell company Bloom Energy. Before Bloom, Matt worked for Genentech where he led the commercial launch of Herceptin Adjuvant, a breast cancer drug with >$1 billion in sales.
Sarah Kearney
Founder and Executive Director, PRIME Coalition
Sarah Kearney is the Founder and Executive Director of PRIME Coalition, a public charity based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that partners with philanthropists to place catalytic capital into market-based solutions to climate change. PRIME works closely with foundation grantmakers, DAFs, corporate donors, and individuals/family offices to facilitate investments into early-stage investment opportunities that are optimized for climate impact, attractiveness for commercial co- or follow-on investment, and fitness for philanthropic capital. Before PRIME, Sarah served as Executive Director and Trustee of the Chesonis Family Foundation, a grantmaking organization that supports transformational energy research, development and deployment. Based on her work, Sarah has been inducted into the Raven Society at the University of Virginia, and awarded the 2012 MIT Ronald Heller Entrepreneurship Award, 2014 Caltech Resonate Award, 2014 Echoing Green Fellowship, the MIT Technology Review’s 2014 35 Innovators Under 35, and the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30.
Dr. Amol Phadke
Deputy of the International Energy Analysis Department at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
Dr. Amol Phadke is a Staff Scientist, Lead of the India Research Program, and Deputy of the International Energy Analysis Department, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is also a Senior Scientist at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley. Currently his work is focused on grid scale battery storage, heavy-duty electric vehicles, deep renewable energy penetration in the India power sector, and appliance and equipment efficiency in several emerging economies. Amol has published over 80 journal articles, research reports, and conference papers. His work has been featured in the Times of India, Economic Times, The Hindu, and Nature Magazine, India. He regularly advises the national government, utilities, and regulators in India on energy policies and programs. Amol has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Government College of Engineering, Pune, India, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley.
Chris Paige
Sustainability Consultant, Climate Interactive
Chris is a sustainability consultant and systems thinker with experience in government, inside two Fortune 500 companies, and in the nonprofit sector. She is collaborating with Climate Interactive to grow its impact and profile in the world of sustainable business. As Climate Director for the City of Seattle, Chris oversaw the city’s efforts to meet their greenhouse gas reduction goals. Prior to her work in government, she was Director of Energy and Environment at Amazon and Global Director of Energy and Sustainability Strategy at Yahoo!. Chris also worked at Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based “think-and-do tank”. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Dr. Harish Hande
Social Entrepreneur; CEO, SELCO Foundation
Dr. Harish Hande is an Indian social entrepreneur with over 23 years of grassroots experience in meeting the requirements of underserved communities. He is the co-founder of SELCO Solar Light Pvt Ltd and is presently the CEO of SELCO Foundation. Today SELCO’s interventions have impacted more than 500,000 poor households across 6 Indian states, while focusing on Innovation and Ecosystem building, for which Harish was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award (widely called the Asian Nobel Prize) in 2011. Harish is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and a Masters and PhD from University of Massachusetts, US. He co-founded SELCO in 1994-95 after experiencing benefits of solar energy in rural areas of Dominican Republic and Sri Lanka. Harish is recognized as a pioneer of rural energy service across the globe. He and his company have received many national and international awards including the reputed Zayed Future Energy Prize in 2018 and the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship – 2018.
Andrea Barber
CEO and Co-founder, Ampaire (hybrid electric aviation startup)
Andrea Barber Andrea Barber is the CEO and Co-founder of Rated Power, a deep tech company based in Spain, that offers pvDesign a cloud-based software to instantly optimize and carry out the design and engineering of large-scale solar plants. pvDesign software has optimized over 1000GW of solar energy in more than 130 countries by its more than 600 users. pvDesign has collaborated in the construction of 288 projects worldwide, which translates into 17.3 GW of power generation equivalent to the consumption of 9 million households worldwide. Additionally, this results in an annual reduction of 12 million tons of CO2 and an annual decrease of18 million oil barrels. Prior to founding RatedPower, Mrs. Barber worked as a country manager in Latam and as head of business development at a Spanish multinational engineering services company, where she led the opening, expansion, and operations of the company in Brazil and Chile. Andrea is ranked 30th in the current Choiseul 100 Spain ranking of "Future Economic Leaders". And she has been chosen by Forbes as one of "The 100 Most Creative People in Business from Spain".
Nneka Uzoh
Director of Energy Innovation, Elemental Excelerator
Nneka leads Elemental’s energy vertical and supports energy portfolio companies on their path to scale, leveraging her experience incorporating innovation and new technology into PG&E and NextEra. With a clear understanding of customer needs and operational constraints, Nneka helps entrepreneurs with grid-tied solutions find opportunities to scale impact. Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Nneka brought creativity and design thinking to PG&E’s Customer Care team working to digitize the customer experience, and before that, on portfolio and resource management for gas and electric operations. She also worked at NextEra Energy Resources in Florida in a variety of finance functions including project valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and energy trading. Nneka is a Bay Area native that lived around the country before coming home to California. She received a Bachelors in Finance from Hampton University, a Masters of Finance with Energy Specialization from Tulane University, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Deepinder Singh
CEO and Co-founder, 75F
Deepinder Singh co-founded 75F after having designed some of the world’s fastest core networks for Tier 1 service providers like AT&T, NTT and Verizon. With almost 25 years of experience in electronics and computing, he’s brought a wealth of embedded products to the market. His key goal in every endeavor is to simplify operational complexity and make products intuitive. 75F does just that — as the only IoT-native or continuously commissioning Building Management System on the market today, 75F is making commercial buildings browser ready in a traditionally manual and complex industry. 75F has won support from some of the biggest names in energy and technology, including Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy and Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest.
Doug Bernauer
CEO, Radiant Nuclear
Doug is the CEO of Radiant Nuclear. Doug previously worked for over a decade at SpaceX. Radiant is developing the first portable, zero-emissions power source that works anywhere. Its patented portable nuclear microreactor is the brainchild of former SpaceX engineers who have experience quickly bringing real products and innovations to market. Radiant’s clean-energy solution uses safe fuels that have already been extensively tested by the Department of Energy, materials that have already been used in prior nuclear designs, and a nuclear core design based on sixty years of progressive innovation. By combining proven nuclear technologies with cutting-edge engineering techniques proven to accelerate development time, Radiant can offer a low cost, portable renewable power source that can be an alternative to fossil fuels for both military and commercial applications.
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May 27th and June 3rd, 2021 at 8:00 am US Pacific Daylight Time
In the Open House:
  • We will discuss how the course helps investors prepare an investment thesis in a fast-evolving climate innovation landscape
  • Program Director Susan Su will share insights into her climate investment journey
  • You will get the chance to meet the team and ask questions about the upcoming cohort
Meet our alums
Our alums are climate-passionate investors at institutional venture funds, family offices, private equity shops, accelerators, corporate venture capital and more.
D’Arcy Coolican
Andreessen Horowitz
Robert Wolk
Princeton Alumni Angels
Kyla Westphal
X, The Moonshot Factory
Sam Jacobs
Revenue Collective
Winisha Smith
Techstars Social Impact Accelerator
Tabong Kima
Auldbrass Partners
Meredith Englund
Bejul Somaia
Lightspeed India Partners
Vid Micevic
Unreasonable Group
Alex Mitchell
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Lauren Goglick
Michael Luciani
NextGen Venture Partners
Alex Roetter
Moxxie Ventures
Julie H. Park
Teruhide Sato
Mayur Singh
The Green Collective
The program breakdown
Week 1
The Climate Problem Today
To gain an understanding of the scope and scale of the climate challenge as it stands today, we’ll review the most current research and hear from leading climate scientists working to help policy makers and the public mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Week 2
A Survey of Climate Solutions
A changing climate presents opportunities to solve for adjacent challenges that touch every aspect of society. We’ll survey, analyze and opportunity-size emerging solution sets in climate mitigation to understand the most promising areas to invest time, money and attention.
Week 3
The Triple Bottom Line: Measuring and seeking returns on climate, capital and society
How does solving for climate change solve for everything else, and what’s different between today’s climate tech ecosystem and “clean tech 1.0?” We’ll explore frameworks for evaluating and foreseeing pitfalls, and for identifying climate projects that deliver real, measurable multi-fold impact alongside returns.
Week 4
Climate Tech Deep Dive
Climate is an operating system, not a single vertical. This week, we’ll dive into major climate verticals and conduct independent sector research to deepen our understanding of the specifics within transportation, circular economy, data, carbon markets and more.
Week 5
Ensuring Climate Companies' Success
Sitting at the intersection of science, policy and human behavior, companies have a unique set of support needs. We’ll look at how reimagining portfolio services for a climate portfolio can help increase companies’ chance of success, and help funds differentiate in an increasingly crowded market.
Week 6
Telling Your Story in Climate Venture
Narrative is everything. We’ll explore how climate communications have evolved with a look at the latest data and research on proven communication strategies, and translate that to how you can tell your story as a climate investor.
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Personalized and relevant instruction
The program is tailored to venture investors with hands-on learning, bleeding-edge analysis, and network expansion opportunity. We incorporate several live discussions with experts and founders in climate tech.
Expert Seminars
Twice a week, you will meet experts in interactive small-group sessions for:
  • Presentations involving deep dives on the topic of the week
  • Energetic Q&A with expert speakers
  • Chance to interact with your cohort members
Hands-On Projects
Through the group and individual projects in the program you will:
  • Build real investment proposals and get feedback
  • Create your fund’s climate narrative and investment thesis
  • Build a network to help you source future deals
Community of Colleagues
Join a curated community of other investors seeking to build meaningful relationships and fight climate change:
  • Active community of senior professionals with unique experience and expertise to share
  • Group discussions, debates, and deal sharing
  • Facilitated 1:1 matching
Founder Workshops
You will also meet founders in the climate tech space to:
  • Learn about the latest technology and opportunities in their fields
  • Understand first-hand the challenges and needs of founders in the space
Pricing and expected commitment
Climate Change for VCs
$ 1,990 /  6 Weeks
Need-based financial aid

6 week duration, with ~5 hours of time commitment per week

Each class has fellows split into groups of 20-25 with extensive skills, background, and passion

100% online, with instructors available via Zoom, Slack and email

8+ live seminars with Guest Lecturers, also available for later viewing

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A vibrant, global community
Every participant also joins Terra.do's vibrant Slack community of 500+ fellows, mentors, and instructors from all our programs. This is your space to meet and collaborate with climate professionals, researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors tackling massive problems like decarbonization, sequestration, adaptation, and resilience on a global scale.
Fellows love Terra.do
I learned so much from presentations and projects and enjoyed engaging with the other investors in the group. It also reinforced for me how much I love being an operator and was so drawn to the founders we met throughout the course.
Lauren Fraser
CrowdTangle at Facebook
I've been following climate news, but didn't realize how little I'd taken in. Taking a structured course really helped me understand the ecosystem of climate change in it's entirety and where to look for further information about any topic.
Yohei Nakajima
General Partner
Untapped Capital
I had access to more climate change learnings and the climate change venture investment community in 6 weeks of Terra.do than I had learned in the past many years.  I highly suggest the investment if you are in the space or thinking about it.
Scott Miller
Head of Global BD & Partnerships
...was an incredible experience.  The team puts so much thought, energy, and passion into the curriculum and you have a unique opportunity meet and network with an incredible and diverse group of operators and investors.
Sam Jacobs
Founder and CEO
Revenue Collective
I found Terra's Climate Camp for Investors to be a great resource for meeting others interested in climate, while also expanding my knowledge of sustainability and ways to make an impact.
Simran Suri
Equal Ventures
Who is this program for?
The program is for anyone looking to invest funds in early-stage companies building climate solutions in any sector. Analysts, associates, partners, angels, accelerator leads, family funds - all are welcome.

You’re looking to understand the space, build your climate thesis, and invest in climate companies

You want to understand the climate impact of your current investment portfolio

You want to network with other investors and founders in climate

You have sufficient time (5 hours/week) to dedicate to the program

You’re not an investor or don’t want to invest in climate tech companies

You don’t have the time to commit to a deep dive right now (you can always apply for later cohorts)

Climate Change for VCs
$ 1990 /  6 Weeks
Need-based financial aid

6 week duration, with 5 hours of time commitment per week

Each class has fellows split into groups of 20-25 with extensive skills, background, and passion

100% online, with instructors available via Zoom, Slack and email

8+ live seminars with Guest Lecturers, also available for later viewing

Apply now
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