Climate Tech Progress to be Thankful For


For ClimateTech’s monthly newsletter highlighting upcoming opportunities for climate innovators, thought leaders, and community connectors.

Learn For ClimateTech is Live!

Scale For ClimateTech has supported 67 companies through our programming, contributing to  $414M+ funds raised, $33.5M+ revenue earned, and 35k+ units manufactured across the participating companies. Now we want to share that knowledge with everyone.

After a year of beta testing – is live! The new online platform offers a library of manufacturing best-practices, assessments, and templates to any one creating hardware climate tech solutions looking to ramp up their manufacturing capabilities. Get started with the Product Stage Assessment to unlock a customized roadmap tool for you and your company to navigate the complex world of manufacturing.

Cohort News

Mars Materials Closes $660K in Oversubscribed Pre-Seed Round

At the end of last month, Mars Materials closed its Pre-Seed round at an Oversubscribed $660K with Untapped Capital, Prithvi Ventures, Climate Capital Collective (C3), Overlap Holdings, and BlackTech Capital in addition to angel investments from Jonathan Azoff, Nate Salpeter, and Brian Andrés Helmick. According to the Mars Materials team, this funding round will support producing samples of Mars’ product for testing with global acrylamide manufacturers.

Read more about the announcement here.

KLAW Industries Awarded $500K from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

KLAW Industries, developer of a cement replacement derived from post-consumer glass, has been awarded $500K from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to expand its operations in Binghamton and further develop the technology behind its low-carbon concrete replacement. KLAW Industries was founded at the Koffman Incubator in 2019 and is a current participant in the Scale For ClimateTech program.

Read the full announcement here.

Community Energy Labs (CEL) Receives Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant

The Department of Energy’s SBIR program recently awarded CEL with Phase II funding for the team to continue testing and developing its building control solution, which will make smart energy management accessible and affordable for community building owners. CEL’s main objectives for the Phase II funding is to perform prototype testing through simulations and in the field to better scale its product. 

In addition, CEL recently was welcomed into Cohort 11 of the Elemental Excelerator

Read more about CEL’s SBIR Phase II plans here and Elemental’s newest Cohort here.


Winona Satcher, Māhkers Studio CEO and Founder, Featured in Latest Episode of Lead With Who You Are with Dia Bondi

This past month, Winona Satcher,CEO and Founder of Māhkers Studio, joined Dia Bondi on Lead With Who You Are to share her founder story. In the episode, Winona and Dia explore what it truly means to lead with who you are and discuss the intersection of design and equity.

Find the full episode here.


Voltpost Awarded $50K by Peer-Selected Investment in Sustainability Subscribed Accelerator

As a part of Village Capital and Zuora’s Sustainability Subscribed Accelerator–a four-month investment-readiness program–cohort participants evaluated each other through an investor lens, using eight specific investment criteria that leverage Village Capital’s venture investment levels. Voltpost and Benchmark Labs were ranked “most investment ready” and each will receive $50K in grant funding from Zuora.

Read the full press release here.

Want to learn more about Voltpost? Book a Voltpost demo at Newlab here or set up a call to discuss Voltpost seed investment opportunities.

Cohort News

Climate Tech Funding Landscape Featuring Kim Zou, Co-founder of Climate Tech VC
Mon., December 5, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST.

Want a better understanding of how to get your company to stand out in front of investors? Get insider expertise from Kim Zou as she talks about the current state of climate tech investing at this year’s American-Made Network Summit. Her company, ClimateTech VC, offers data-driven insights on the climate tech market and highlights leading companies and voices working to bend the climate curve.

Register here

Founder Insights with Jack Greco
Tue., December 6, 2022, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Jack Greco, co-founder of ACV Auctions, and startups from the Western and Finger Lakes regions of New York are getting together to share their insights and tips for entrepreneurs in the Western/Finger Lakes Region. Seats are limited. Register here.


Scale For ClimateTech’s Exhibition & Celebration
Wed., December 7, 2022, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM EST

Join us for a full-day exhibition and celebration of the cohort companies of Scale For ClimateTech, and local manufacturers and ecosystem partners of hardware solutions addressing the climate crisis. The event includes speaker presentations, small-group fireside chat sessions, networking, and tech demos. Lunch provided; seats are limited. Register here.


Hardware Holiday Party at Newlab
Thu., December 15, 2022, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

The Hardware Holiday Meetup is back at Newlab for another Hardware Holiday Party, sponsored by URBAN-X. Beer, wines, and delicious food will be provided plus a live jazz band playing holiday classics. Attire is informal and holiday sweaters are highly encouraged. Bonus points if yours lights up or has interactive elements.

RSVP here or on Eventbrite.

Pipeline Partners

Last Call for Applications for Cohort 7 of Chain Reaction Innovations

Develop your clean energy or climate tech startup with the support of Argonne National Laboratory’s Chain Reaction Innovations program. Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) is a two-year fellowship program for innovators focused on clean energy and science technologies.

Fellows receive:

  • Up to $110,000 per year for salary stipend, and $12,000 for travel plus moving expenses.
  • Benefits include healthcare, with family options.
  • Up to $220,000 for technical work at Argonne.

Entrepreneurs with clean energy and climate technology innovations who can leverage Argonne’s resources are encouraged to apply here by Nov. 30 at 5:00 PM CST.

Applications are Now Open to Join the Founder Fellowship

The Tech Incubator at Queens College (TIQC) is partnering with the New York City Economic Development Corporation on the Founder Fellowship, a program providing diverse tech founders across NYC with the resources they need to scale their startups.

The Founder Fellowship seeks to catalyze the next generation of transformative startups based in NYC, with a focus on startup founders traditionally underrepresented and underserved in the tech industry. 

Learn more and apply here by December 16, 2022. Questions? Reach out to them at


Accelerate Your Startup at Luminate

If you’re working on a solution that’s enabled by optics, photonics, or imaging, apply to Luminate. The program awards $3M in funding annually to companies developing emerging solutions in almost every industry, from anywhere in the world. Participation in the six-month accelerator program is primarily virtual with select weeks in-person.

To learn more, attend an info session listed below.

December 1, 2022 at 1:00 PM – How Luminate Advanced My Startup.  Register here

January 4, 2023 at 1:00 PM – Tips for Applying to Luminate. Register here

Apply here by January 9, 2023.

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is Now Recruiting for Cohort 6

LACI is currently welcoming applications from founders with solutions that address clean energy, zero emission transportation, smart cities, and circular economy. LACI’s goal is to help cleantech startups scale by providing investment support, equity earn-back, industry market access and more.

If you are looking for support to expand in Southern California, applicants are encouraged to apply here byJanuary 6, 2022. 

What's The Consensus

The answer to last month’s question, “From your experience, which of the following categories is the largest obstacle for climate tech founders?” is… Access to Financial Capital, with 85.7% of the vote. Here’s the breakdown:

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