Climate Change for VCs

This 6-week intensive for venture investors is followed by a year-long membership. You’ll get the latest in climate science and solutions, and explore ways that investors can make a meaningful and profitable difference in the climate crisis.

  • 100% online
  • 8+ guest experts
  • Investment committee workshops
  • 6 week intensive & year-long membership
  • Live, collaborative projects
  • Hands-on sourcing & diligence

Prepare for the coming climate disruption

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    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.

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    Expand your climate venture network

    Join a global community of climate investors, entrepreneurs, and experts. The year-long community membership includes monthly live events and open access to all of Terra’s climate education materials.

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    Build your climate portfolio thesis

    Bring a nuanced climate lens to all your new investments and your existing portfolio. Build your climate investment thesis, and access continued learning covering emerging sectors and trends.

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... 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.

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Teruhide Sato

Founder and CEO, BEENEXT, Singapore

World-class Instructors and Guest lecturers

Susan Su

Partner, Toba Capital

Program Creator

Susan Su is a Partner at Toba Capital, focused on investing in climate innovation through both direct investments and fund investments. Prior to joining Toba, Susan was head of portfolio and growth at Sound Ventures, where she enabled investment activity and accelerated portfolio growth. 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. Susan is an alumna of Stanford University, and lives in Seattle.

Mehrad Yaghmai

Program Director

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

Matt Eggers

Investor and Company Builder, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Abe Yokell

Managing Partner & co-founder, Congruent Ventures

Sarah Kearney

Founder and Executive Director, PRIME Coalition

Dr. Amol Phadke

Deputy of the International Energy Analysis Department at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory

Ben Wolkon

Manager of Sustainable Investments, MUUS Asset Management Co.

Chris Paige

Sustainability Consultant, Climate Interactive

Dr. Harish Hande

Social Entrepreneur; CEO, SELCO Foundation

Register for the Open House

Sep 29th, 2021 at 9:00 am US Pacific Daylight Time (12pm ET / 6pm CET)

RSVP to the upcoming program Open Houses

  • We will discuss how the membership helps investors prepare an investment thesis in an fast-evolving climate innovation landscape
  • The program team will share insights into their climate investment journey
  • You will meet the team and ask questions about the upcoming cohort
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Meet our alums

Our alums are climate-passionate investors at institutional venture funds, family offices, private equity shops, accelerators, corporate venture capital and more.

Your membership starts with a 6-week intensive

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What you can expect from the 6-week intensive

The membership starts with a 6-week intensive that’s tailored to venture investors with hands-on learning, bleeding-edge analysis, and network expansion opportunity. We incorporate weekly live discussions with experts and founders in climate tech during the intensive, and monthly sessions for the rest of the year.

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    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
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    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
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    Community of Colleagues

    Join a curated community of other investors passionate about climate action and seeking to build meaningful relationships throughout the year-long membership:

    • Active, invite-only community of senior professionals with unique experience and expertise to share
    • Group discussions, debates, and deal sharing
    • Facilitated 1:1 matching
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    Drop-In Investment Committees

    A chance to tap into the collective knowledge of our community to review deals and engage in guided discussions around climate impact and returns.

    • Share deals you are exploring with a committee of peers for feedback and diligence support
    • Gain a first-hand understanding of the investment decision-making process

Pricing and expected commitment

Price

Climate Change for VCs and Investors

/ 6-week intensive + 1-year membership Need-based financial aid

  • 6-week intensive, followed by a year-long membership experience
  • Each intensive 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
  • 20+ live seminars with Guest Lecturers, also available for later viewing

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 during the 6-week intensive + 2 hours / month thereafter) to dedicate to the experience
  • 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)
Price

Climate Change for VCs and Investors

/ 6-week intensive + 1-year membership Need-based financial aid

  • 6-week intensive, followed by a year-long membership experience
  • Each intensive 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
  • 20+ live seminars with Guest Lecturers, also available for later viewing

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