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

SCALE FOR CLIMATETECH NOW RECRUITING FOR COHORT 4

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Scale For ClimateTech is recruiting for Cohort 4! Avoid costly mistakes and navigate the manufacturing landscape with one of the few programs in the country that supports innovators step-by-step, from prototype to mass production. 

The program is designed for early- to growth-stage hardware companies that are developing products that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are addressing the climate crisis. Register here for one of the many events that allow you to experience what the program is like and see if it’s the right fit for you. Applications close Sept. 13, 2021.

Community Opportunities

Apply to Pitch at VERGE21 by August 13th

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Apply to pitch at VERGE 21 by August 13, 2021. Accelerate is a fast-pitch competition featuring entrepreneurs with innovative technologies advancing climate technologies. Selected finalists will pitch to thousands of thought leaders. 

Join more than 10,000 leaders online — from private and public sectors, utilities, solution providers, investors and startups — who are advancing systemic solutions to address the climate crisis through five key markets: clean energy, sustainable mobility, carbon removal, regenerative food systems, and resilient infrastructure. Apply to Accelerate today: https://bit.ly/2VrcG9u 

Annual FUZEHUB Commercialization Competition Application Opens August 2nd

Fuzehub will be holding its annual Commercialization Competition with applications opening on August 2 and closing August 31, 2021. Companies pitch the commercialization potential of their technology or product with an opportunity to win up to $50,000. 

This competition is intended to help small and medium (SME) size manufacturing and technology companies further develop their prototype in an effort to pursue additional investment and customers as well as strengthen their “go-to-market” strategies, as they move from new product/production method to marketplace.

Get more information here.

NEWS

“The Element of Change is in the Air” — Twelve, Formerly Opus 12, Raises $57 Million in Series A Funding

In the beginning of July, Opus 12 unveiled its new name and brand, Twelve. Co-founders, Dr. Kendra Kuhl, Dr. Etosha Cave, and Nicholas Flanders, laid out their plans centered on carbon transformation to build a fossil-free future.

“Carbon transformation reduces emissions from supply chains, closes the carbon loop, and provides a viable pathway to a fossil-free future. Using CO₂ in place of fossil fuels in Twelve’s target applications could address nearly 10 percent of global carbon emissions.” Read the full letter and check out their new video here.

In addition to the new look, Twelve locked in $57M in new Series A funding. Lead investors were from the Capricorn Technology Impact Fund and Carbon Direct Capital Management, as well as DCVC, Munich Re Ventures, Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, Breakout Ventures, and Evok Innovations. Check out the full write up here at businesswire.com.

Alchemr Receives $1.15M In Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Part II Award and Secures Paid Pilot Demonstration with Repso

Alchemr, makers of low-cost responsive water electrolyzers, was awarded $1,150,000 for its work green hydrogen production. 

The project, AEM Water Electrolyzer for Hydrogen Production from Offshore Wind, is aimed at developing a seawater-fed water electrolyzer, coupled with offshore wind turbines, for green hydrogen production. The Venture For ClimateTech Cohort 1 member’s goals are to decarbonize many sectors with green hydrogen, increase national energy security, and provide flexibility to the power grid. Key to this realization is lowering the cost of green hydrogen production. 

In addition, Alchemr has secured its first paid pilot demonstration with Repsol, the largest hydrogen producer in Spain and pioneer in low- to zero-emission fuels! Alchemr will demonstrate its anion exchange water electrolyzer stack at Repsol’s facilities late next year, bringing Alchemr a big step closer to producing green hydrogen at less than $1.50/kg before 2025.

Read the full announcement here.

Tarform Electric Motorcycles Featured in Forbes

Tarform, Scale For ClimateTech cohort 1 member was featured in Forbes ‘How Tarform Is Creating A New Breed Of Electric Motorcycles: Stylish, Sustainable And Built To Last’. 

Forbes contributor, Afdhel Aziz, sits down with Tarform founder, Taras Kravtchouk, to find out more about his journey, and the company’s vision of the future of two-wheeled transport.

Read more here

Innovator Spotlights

E-Zinc Announced as Finalist for AWS Clean Energy Accelerator

E-Zinc, Scale For ClimateTech Cohort 3 member, was announced as one of ten finalists for the inaugural AWS Clean Energy Accelerator.

“…selected startups will receive technical, business, and go-to-market mentorship from AWS clean energy experts, up to $50,000 in AWS Promotional Credit through AWS Activate, and collaboration opportunities with AWS energy customers, industry leaders and members of AWS’ Partner Network (APN) who are looking for clean energy solutions.”

E-Zinc developed a breakthrough electrochemical technology for low-cost, long-duration energy storage in physically-free zinc metal.

See the full announcement here

How to Maximize Resource Efficiency in Controlled Environment Ag Operations

Re-Nuble, Scale For ClimateTech cohort 1 member,  is hosting a webinar on Aug 4 at 9am about How to Maximize Resource Efficiency in Controlled Environment Ag Operations

Join Meena Sankaran, KETOS CEO, and Tinia Pina, Re-Nuble CEO, for a discussion about the most significant challenges and opportunities facing Controlled Environment Agriculture operations. In this webinar you will learn:

  • Why water management is important in the CEA industry
  • Challenges that soilless/indoor farms face when improving water management efficiency
  • How soilless operations (including vertical farms and greenhouses) can be more resource-efficient
  • Strategies for nutrient wastewater recovery
  • Which waste recovery solutions are best for your operation

Save your spot here

Climate Tech Opportunities at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works with Ken Rother

If you have an idea for a product that can help address climate change, our good friends at Rev: Ithaca Startup Works have a program for you. 

In this episode of Forward Faster we hear directly from Rev: Ithaca Startup Works Director, Ken Rother, about the opportunities that exist at Rev for innovators and the landscape of support for hardware entrepreneurs across New York State.

Check out the full episode here!

Meet Our Summer Interns

Olivia HeadshotOlivia Rotthoff
Program Intern | Scale For ClimateTech

“I am a 5th year Industrial & Systems Engineering student at RIT. I would like to one day work in an operations or a project management role. I am excited to learn more about the CleanTech industry and how I can support it in the future as an engineer. The entrepreneurial / start-up culture is new to me and I find that I learn something new everyday from the S4C team and NextCorps.”

Tobi HeadshotTobi Ayeni
Operations Intern | Venture For ClimateTech

“I’m from New York City and currently a prospective graduate student for a degree in Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. I’m a former ClimateTech founder myself, having combined my passions for the environment and entrepreneurship to create a renewable energy startup called Reclaim Energies. As an Operations intern for V4C, I’ll have the opportunity to help deliver curriculum to the inaugural cohort as well as aid in the outreach process for all the summer programming. I’m super excited to have the opportunity to interface with founders who are tackling some of the most pressing issues pertaining to climate change. Through this internship, I have the opportunity to learn core lessons and make connections that I’m sure will prove to be critical in the success of my next venture.”

Rob head ShotRob Stokes
Multi-Media Intern | Scale For ClimateTech

“I am an MFA Student at RIT working in film and video with emphasis in documentary production. My background is in fine art, with a BA from the University of Colorado, where I was born. I am excited to work with and interview professionals in the field, and get a deeper understanding of the state of the technology and the people here.”

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Program Updates

Join us for one of our many Community Events or Info Sessions!

Scale For ClimateTech is hosting a handful of events to help founders  get a better understanding of the program and ask specific questions to see if we’re the best fit for their company.

Upcoming Schedule

Information Session: Program Intro and Overview
Aug. 5, 2021, 10 AM to 11 AM EST
RSVP here

Brooklyn Cleantech Meetup
Aug. 5, 2021, 6 PM to 8 PM EST
In person at The Rockwell Place! Hosted by our friends at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, and sponsored by Ecogy Energy, SecondMuse, Newlab, & Urban Future Lab. RSVP here 

Ecosystem Session: Understanding Sustainable Manufacturing Assessments with NYP2I
Aug. 17, 2021, 10 AM to 12 PM EST
RSVP here

Information Session: Program Intro and Overview
Aug. 19, 2021, 8 PM to 9 PM EST
RSVP here 

Ecosystem Session: Scaling Your Business: Licensing to Acquisition
Aug 25, 2021, 12 PM – 2 PM EST
RSVP here

Ecosystem Session: Talking to Manufacturers
Aug 31, 2021, 10 AM – 12 PM EST
RSVP here 

Information Session General Overview & Open Q&A
September 9th, 2021, 11 AM – 12:00 p.m. EST
RSVP here 

Learn more about the program here.

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Program Updates

The For ClimateTech Summit

From August 24 to September 16, 2021, The For ClimateTech will be hosting a virtual Summit that energizes our broader Community by creating opportunities for meaningful interaction, learning, and knowledge sharing in order to advance early-stage climate innovation. 

This interactive weeks-long event will include the following:

  • 2 Investor workshops with experts in bias and climate investment trends
  • One-on-one investor matching with V4C companies
  • Opportunities to network with others across the climate tech industry

All of this will culminate with two days of panels, fireside chats, and keynotes with industry leaders from various sectors across the climate space to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities to explore solutions to the climate crisis together. 

Learn more about the event here.