February’s New Frontiers in Climate Tech


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


Last Call to Apply to Venture For ClimateTech

Applications to join cohort 4 of Venture For ClimateTech (V4C) are closing March 1, 2024. This non-profit, global venture accelerator program is working to identify and support the most promising climate tech innovators from around the world who are working on solutions to address climate change.

Get program benefits including: 

  • Up to $50,000 in non-dilutive funding
  • Weekly one-on-one mentoring and coaching
  • Tailored curriculum and programming
  • Investor matching and introductions

Sign up for our last info session, Open Q&A with Venture For ClimateTech, on February 29, 2024 at 10:00 AM EST to ask any questions related to your application and the program. 

Register for the info session here or start your application here

Apply to the V4C Global Innovation Challenge by March 5

Venture For ClimateTech is excited to announce the launch of the Global Innovation Challenge! Thisinitiative is helping to address the urgent need for climate tech solutions by bringing innovators into a support community.

📍All applicants receive access to New York’s climate tech resource map

🌐Semi-Finalists receive an invitation to participate in the virtual Global Innovation Challenge 

⚙️Event Finalists get to participate in  the V4C 2024 Bootcamp 

💰Challenge Winners receive benefits including  a $10,000 in cash prize 

Apply here before the March 5, 2024 deadline.

Find Funding

The Empire Technology Prize is Offering $10 Million for Clean, Tall-Building Heating Solutions 

New York’s buildings account for one third of New York State’s GHG emissions, and 70% of New York City’s. The $10M Empire Technology Prize is looking for innovators to develop and/or demonstrate centralized, clean heating or distribution solutions that avoid expensive and disruptive installation in New York—solutions that can either work with existing steam or high temperature hot water distribution systems, or do not require these systems to be removed. Up to seven finalists will be selected into the prize and collectively eligible for $7M in funding. Applications are open until March 22, 2024.

Learn more and apply here.

Cohort News

Evercloak Raises $2M in an Oversubscribed Seed Round

Evercloak, a cohort 3 Scale For ClimateTech alum, is manufacturing graphene-based membranes for dehumidification to significantly reduce the energy use and associated greenhouse gasses-related to building cooling. This new funding will allow Evercloak to scale up its manufacturing, strengthen its commercial team, and give the world a more sustainable way to cool buildings.

Read the full release here

Pulsenics Officially Collaborating with Hyzon Motors

Pulsenics, a provider of advanced impedance spectroscopy and data solutions from cohort 4 of Scale For ClimateTech, announced that its collaborating on a project with Hyzon Motors, a global supplier of hydrogen electric vehicles.This project aims to decrease the cost of hydrogen heavy-duty trucks so that they can be cost competitive to conventional diesel engines. The proprietary technology will give a real-time look into the internal conditions of Hyzon Motors fuel cells.

Read the full press release here.


Twelve was Featured on Bloomberg Originals’ Show An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet

An Optimist’s Guide to the Planet captures Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s search for people across the globe who are helping drive humanity toward a brighter, more sustainable future. On February 8, 2024, the new show featured Twelve, maker of the breakthrough technology that eliminates CO2 by turning it into essential products that traditionally are made from fossil fuels. Twelve participated in cohort 3 of Scale For ClimateTech. The Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Kendra Kuhl, also went live on Bloomberg Media’s segment “The Close” to talk about the show and their technology.

You can watch the episode here

US Cities Run Snow Plows on BioDiesel, Thanks to Optimus Technologies

The cities of Ames, IA, Madison, WI, and Washington, DC have utilized Optimus Technologies’ Vector System for its snowplows this winter, which are now using 100% biodiesel (B100) as the decarbonization solution for their heavy-duty fleets. Each city equipped its fleets with the Vector System to fight the cold temperatures at the end of January. The use of Optimus Technologies was covered in Biofuels International Magazine

Read the full story here


Mars Materials Successfully Relocates Pilot Reactor to Shell Technology Center

Mars Materials produces low-cost, low-carbon acrylonitrile (used to make plastics) using captured-CO₂ and bio-based feedstocks. Recently, the company relocated their pilot reactor from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO to the Shell Technology Center in Houston, TX. The move is part of a collaboration with Shell, Brown & Root Industrial Services LLC, and Raum Industries.

Watch the recap video here

Manufacturing & Supply Chain News

Manufacturer Spotlight: PEKO Precision Products

PekoPEKO Precision Products, founded in 1966, is a full-service contract manufacturer based in Rochester, NY.  Its end-to-end contract manufacturing services support the turnkey manufacturing of industrial machinery, higher-level assemblies, precision assemblies, enclosures, welded frames, hardware, and instrumentation at any stage of the product life cycle, including new product development, design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA) engineering, systems integration, and contract assembly. PEKO has been a longtime partner of Scale For ClimateTech in working towards cleaner manufacturing practices and supporting cleantech startups. Learn more and connect with PEKO here

Accelerator Opportunity

Cleantech Open is looking for the world’s most promising startups in the cleantech industry! Do you have an idea that has the potential to solve an environmental or energy challenge? Apply to the 2024 accelerator to gain access to a full business development program that includes expert mentors, investor networking opportunities, industry connections, and a chance to compete regionally and nationally for cash prizes and in-kind services to launch your venture.

To learn more and apply, visit https://bit.ly/2024APPLY.