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:
September 21, 2021
Closing in: 53 Days
- 100% online
- 8+ guest experts
- 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.
Founder and CEO BEENEXT Singapore
World-class Instructors and Guest lecturers
Climate Investor and Head of Portfolio and Growth, Sound Ventures
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 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
Investor and Company Builder, Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Founder and Executive Director, PRIME Coalition
Dr. Amol Phadke
Deputy of the International Energy Analysis Department at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
Sustainability Consultant, Climate Interactive
Dr. Harish Hande
Social Entrepreneur; CEO, SELCO Foundation
CEO and Co-founder, Ampaire (hybrid electric aviation startup)
Director of Energy Innovation, Elemental Excelerator
CEO and Co-founder, 75F
CEO, Radiant Nuclear
Meet our alums
Our alums are climate-passionate investors at institutional venture funds, family offices, private equity shops, accelerators, corporate venture capital and more.
Techstars Social Impact Accelerator
Wolk Capital Partners
X, The Moonshot Factory
Lightspeed India Partners
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Julie H. Park
NextGen Venture Partners
The Green Collective
The program breakdown
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 and Investors
/ 6 Weeks Need-based financial aid
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 and Investors
/ 6 Weeks Need-based financial aid