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Welcome to an event that energizes our broader For ClimateTech (FCT) Community by creating opportunities for meaningful interaction, learning, and knowledge sharing in order to advance early-stage climate innovation. Since Venture For ClimateTech — the venture studio and accelerator hybrid — launched late last year we have brought together hundreds of innovators, leaders, and industry experts committed to supporting early-stage climate innovation. Additionally, our founders were selected from more than 600 teams spanning over 64 countries. Over the past few months, we have seen them successfully expand their ideas, teams, and vision.

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Investor Sessions

In addition to one-one-one investor matching with Venture For ClimateTech, check out the investor workshops with experts in bias and climate investment trends. 

A Deep Dive Into Climate Investment Trends and Technologies


Firms have already closed more climate funds in 2021 than in the previous five years combined, according to Pitchbook. Additionally, there has been a 3,750% increase in total venture funding in the climate tech space at $16.1 billion since 2013. What does this mean for the future of climate investment and how can current and future investors better understand the opportunities and challenges in the space? 

Join Carta and For ClimateTech for a discussion with leading investors exploring the climate solutions, science, and trends that will define investing in climate for years to come.

Implicit Bias Workshop and Discussion

As climate investment increases and the VC funding gap for founders from underrepresented backgrounds, we know that a barrier remains to getting the best solutions that can solve the climate crisis to market due to bias. Uncovering implicit bias and understanding the role investors must play to address their own is crucial as this industry expands and we all aim to protect people and the planet. Join SecondMuse and Visible Hands for a workshop and discussion aimed at generating empathy and understanding for diverse founders’ experiences and tactical ways to be part of the solution.

This convening is an opportunity to engage around implicit bias in the investment process, identify opportunities to improve performance by reducing bias, and commit to more equitable practices in the investing space.

Day 1 Speakers

12:00 PM ET, September 15, 2021

Speaking on “Nietzsche: A Philosophical Discussion on Entrepreneurship & Climate” Inspired by their new book, The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book for Disruptors.

Brad Feld

Brad Feld

Managing Director
Foundry Group

Dave Jik

Dave Jilk

Serial Entrepreneur

Jacqueline Ros Amable

Jacqueline Ros Amable

Managing Director
Venture For ClimateTech

Katie MacDonald

Katie MacDonald

Director of Technology to Market
NYSERDA

1:00 PM ET, September 15, 2021
Session A

Water & Climate Tech
Water is one of the bedrocks of life, and we’re already starting to feel the effects of climate change on water, especially when it comes to clean water availability. Join this session to hear about the nexus of water and climate change, and what the future holds for innovation in the space.

Session B

Climate Fintech
As the Fintech space grows, it becomes more imperative to leverage financial mechanisms in the fight against climate change. Join us to talk about the nexus of environmental projects and personal finance.

Jennifer Chin

Jennifer Chin
Director of Conservation Innovation
The Nature Conservancy

Tom Ferguson

Tom Ferguson
Managing Partner
Burnt Island Ventures

Lacey Reddix
Founder and CEO
OLOKUN MINERALS

Allison Myers

Allison Myers
Co-Founder and General Partner
Buoyant Ventures

Ruth Foxe Blader

Ruth Foxe Blader
Partner
Anthemis

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Aaron McCreary
Climate Fintech Lead
New Energy Nexus

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William Wiseman
Co-Founder and CEO
Seeds Renewables

2:00 PM ET, September 15, 2021
Session A

The New Cool: The Future of Air Cooling
Freons from cooling continue to be a significant driver of global warming, and more sustainable HVAC solutions hold the key to decreasing climate impacts from the buildings and industrial sectors. Join our board member Rasha Hasaneen from Trane Technologies and our V4C team, Dynamic Air Cooling, to talk about challenges and innovation in the space of heating and cooling.

Session B

Electrifying Neighborhoods & Communities
Despite the continual growth of the electric vehicle industry, access to public charging stations continues to be a major barrier to adoption. Due to aging infrastructure and varying landscapes, the best way to ensure access to consistent charging for all users requires thougtful solutions.

Rasha Hasaneen

Rasha Hasaneen
Vice President of Innovation and Product Management Excellence
Trane Technologies

Pavel Panasjuk
CEO and Co-Founder
Dynamic Air Cooling

Vida Asiegbu

Vida Asiegbu
Principal
Energy Impact Partners

Paul Francis

Paul Francis
CEO
KIGT

Kristen

Kristin Barbato
Founder & CEO
Build Edison

Jeff Prosserman
Founder and CEO
Voltpost

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Day 2 Speakers

12:00 PM ET, September 16, 2021

Fireside Chat with Jigar Shah moderated by Chante Harris. 

Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah

Managing Director
Loan Programs Office
Department of Energy

Chante-Harris

Chante Harris

Director of Climate Investment & Partnerships
Venture For ClimateTech

12:30 PM ET, September 16, 2021
Session A

Flights of the Future: Air Travel Never Looked Greener

Looking to eclipse recent triumphs made by Blue Origins and Virgin Galactic, New Frontier Aerospace promises flights to anywhere on Earth in under 2 hours for a fraction of the carbon footprint. Come join us to hear JetBlue and New Frontier talk about the importance of moonshots in flight technology, and its impact on the climate.

Session B

Accelerating the Future of Renewable Energy

 As we transition to grids backed by renewable energy, intermittency continues to be one of the biggest challenges to wind turbines. Atrevida is advancing the future of renewable energy with their patented blades that optimize shape in real-time to increase energy generation. Come join them, Lou Schick (Clean Energy Ventures), and Nneka Uzoh (Greentech Noir) as they discuss the most pressing challenges facing wind and the most promising innovations on the horizon.

Mike Lightman

Mike Lightman
NYSERDA Consultant & Venture Partner at Republic

Stephen Snyder

Stephen Snyder
Operations Principal
JetBlue Technology Ventures

Bill Bruner

Bill Bruner
Founder and CEO
New Frontier Aerospace

Lou

Lou Schick
Director of Investments
Clean Energy Ventures

Nneka Uzoh

Nneka Kibuule
Senior Vice President
Aligned Climate Capital

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Claudia Maldonado
Founder and CEO
Atrevida

1:30 PM ET, September 16, 2021
Session A

Profitable Green Solutions for Industrial Transformation

One of the most potent pathways to decarbonization is through hydrogen production, and momentum behind it is growing. Come hear from Ecolectro and Alchemr about what they are doing to capitalize on that momentum to bring us closer to a future powered by clean fuel.

Session B

Carbontech as a Catalyst for Mitigating Climate Change

Carbon emissions remain the single largest contributor to greenhouse gases, and its mitigation is central to the fight against climate change. Join us for an exciting session as our two carbontech startups, Mars Materials and Polaris Renewables, discuss innovation in the space and why their technologies represent pathways to a carbon-neutral future.

Gabriel Rodriguez

Gabriel Rodriguez
Co-Founder and CEO
Ecolectro

Laureen

Laureen Meroueh, PhD
Founder and CEO
Alchemr

Ben Hubbard

Ben Hubbard
CEO
Nexus PMG

Jay Onda

Jay Onda
National Venture Capital Association

Clea-Kolster-SQ

Clea Kolster
Lower Carbon Capital

Frederic Clerc

Frederic Clerc
Urban Future Lab

Aaron Fitzgerald

Aaron Fitzgerald
CEO and Co-Founder
Mars Materials

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Philip Pienkos
Founder and CEO
Polaris Renewables

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