V4C Applications Kick-Off and Early Wins for 2024


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


Venture For ClimateTech Applications are Now Open

Venture ForClimateTech is actively seeking the next cohort of climate tech innovators! We’re looking for individuals from around the globe who are committed to identifying and accelerating groundbreaking solutions in four key sectors: buildings, transportation, grid, and industry. Entrepreneurs selected for Cohort 4 will receive up to $50,000 in non-dilutive funding, access to educational programming, and invaluable mentorship—all designed to expedite the journey of their climate tech innovation to market.

What’s even better? Entrepreneurs can participate virtually to launch and grow their projects at no cost and without sacrificing any equity in their companies.

Ready to take the leap? Prospective candidates can register for an info session through the link below to discover if Venture For ClimateTech is a perfect fit. 🌱Applications are open now through March 1, 2024.

Learn more and apply here.

Register for the Alumni Roundtable on Grid and Energy Storage Innovations

Venture For ClimateTech is bringing together our alumni founders in the energy storage and grid sector for an open discussion and Q&A about the latest innovations in the industry. Each member of this group of entrepreneurs has developed a solution in storage or generation and has gone through the Venture For ClimateTech program. Our distinguished panel of alumni will share their firsthand experiences navigating the dynamic landscape of grid technologies, offering valuable insights into the evolving trends and opportunities within the sector.

Register today here.

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 that 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.

Accelerator Opportunity

New Energy New York (NENY), a federally designated Battery Tech Hub, has launched ChargeUp, a new accelerator program dedicated to startups developing innovations for the battery and energy storage industry.  

The hybrid ChargeUp program provides an expert-driven, industry-specific curriculum to help startups advance their investor readiness, and connects them to resources within the rapidly growing tech hub in Binghamton. ChargeUp participants will receive $25,000 to use throughout the program, as well as follow-on investment opportunities, including up to $100,000 for technical development. 

To learn more, visit the NENY ChargeUp website or join an upcoming virtual information sessions:

  • Scale Your Startup at ChargeUp (Jan. 25, 2024, 1–2 p.m. EST) → Register here
  • Tips for Applying to ChargeUp (Feb. 8, 2024, 1 –2 p.m. EST) → Register here

Applications are due Feb. 23, 2024, and the program runs from April through September. For more information and to apply, go here.

Cohort News

The Healey-Driscoll Administration announced that Gencores is the grant recipient of $319,002 from the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2)

The Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2) grant will help support Gencores’ construction of a custom facility that will develop novel foam metamaterials for cost- and weight-sensitive industries, such as automotive and wind energy. Gencores’ new facility will promote testing and qualification of their novel low-cost, ultra-light, and thermally resistant material for the composite industry.

Read the full story in the Somerville Times here

Caporus Technologies Awarded a $206,500 SBIR Award 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced awards totaling $24 million for small businesses with Caporus Technologies being one of them. The award is to help develop engineered substrates for radiation-hard sensors in high-energy physics. The next-generation, high-energy colliders will require high-resolution detectors that can output data at high speeds and survive high radiation levels. This effort will develop new silicon-based detector technologies to enable future detectors for high-energy physics.

Read the full announcement here.


Richard Swartwout, Founder from Active Surfaces, Takes the Stage at TEDxBoston

Richard Swartwout, Founder of Active Surfaces spoke at TEDxBoston at the end of the year, highlighting the importance of capturing the Sun’s energy. Active Surfaces is a MIT spin out company and participant in Venture For ClimateTech that prints thin and flexible solar cells, unlocking new applications and unprecedented opportunities for scaling solar energy. 

You can watch the full talk here and see Richard’s post about his experience here.



GreenPortflio Was Featured in Crain’s Magazine for Its Beta Platform!

GreenPortfolio scores your investments and bank accounts on their climate impact so you know where you stand. Recently they were featured in Crain’s Magazine for releasing their beta platform. You can sign up for a free account with GreenPortfolio to assess your investment or retirement portfolio’s climate impact baseline, get your personal GreenPortfolio Score, see if your money is supporting fossil fuels, and explore greener alternatives. GreenPortfolio can also suggest where you can put your money for higher impact.

Get started today here or check out the feature in Crains here.

Manufacturing & Supply Chain News

Round 1 is Now Open for Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund Manufacturing Grants

As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub’s Manufacturing Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between not-for-profit organizations and small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies in New York State. Grants up to $65K are available to non-profits that partner with manufacturers on innovative projects that lead to the creation of valuable economic impact in NYS communities and the manufacturing sector.

Learn more and apply here.

Program Update

Venture For ClimateTech Welcomes Jenny Leung

Jenny Leung

Jenny Leung has joined Venture For ClimateTech as director of the accelerator program. Jenny will be working directly on programmming and mentoring alongside managing director, Jack Baron. Jenny is a 2x founder, UCLA MBA, first-generation graduate, and immigrant. After graduating from UCLA with a BA in Economics and a minor in Human Complex Systems, she spent the first part of her career supporting different roles at companies such as Disney, Mercer, Boeing, and Amazon. She later started two companies, with her most recent circular economy and sustainable fashion business going through an exit in 2019.

Connect with Jenny on LinkedIn.


Expert Spotlight: Scott Meyers

Scott Meyers

The For ClimateTech team thrives with a dedicated group of individuals who are fervently supporting the launch and rapid growth of climate solutions. This month we’re highlighting our program manager and all-around “team-hype man”, Scott Meyers. Scott develops and curates the programming that accelerates our cohort companies forward. Outside of developing startup curriculum, Scott can be found on a local hiking trail or national park. Read more to find out what fuels Scott in supporting climate tech companies and in exploring the great outdoors.

Read more about Scott Meyers here.