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Venture For ClimateTech is a non-profit global venture studio + accelerator program. We source the most promising ClimateTech innovators from around the world and offer them hands-on support until they are ready for first customers, pilot runs, and investment. 

 

Applications for Cohort 2 of Venture For ClimateTech are now closed. 

Why Venture For ClimateTech?

To help secure a brighter, more sustainable future, we must address the gap in support and funding for early-stage innovations that exists today. Venture For ClimateTech does this by building a diverse coalition of founders, investors, innovators, and technical experts committed to catalyzing new ClimateTech solutions.

Following a venture studio + accelerator model, we source the most promising ClimateTech innovators from around the world and offer them hands-on support until they are ready for first customers, pilot runs, and investment. Throughout our annual cohort-based virtual program, founders will have support to build strong teams and tackle commercialization challenges.

Watch a past webinar to learn more and assess if participation is right for you.

Cohort Support

Conduct customer discovery to test your innovation within true market realities.

Validate the Market Opportunity

Conduct customer discovery to test your innovation within true market realities.
Turn your vision into reality with tools, mentor-driven education, connections, and coaching.

Get Comprehensive Support

Turn your vision into reality with tools, mentor-driven education, connections, and coaching.
Launch your ClimateTech business with up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding.

Secure Funding

Launch your ClimateTech business with up to $100,000 in non-dilutive funding.
Prepare your inventory, distribution, quality assurance, logistics, and fulfillment plans to deliver high-quality products, on time.

Access Free or Discounted Services Through Our Perk Partners

Prepare your inventory, distribution, quality assurance, logistics, and fulfillment plans to deliver high-quality products, on time.
Tap into our diverse ecosystem and get help with early hires.

Build a Robust Team

Tap into our diverse ecosystem and get help with early hires.
Get manufacturing support through Scale For ClimateTech and introductions to other programs when you’re ready to move your prototype into production.

Gain a Pathway to Scale

Get manufacturing support through Scale For ClimateTech and introductions to other programs when you’re ready to move your prototype into production.

The 2021 For ClimateTech Global Innovation Challenge Winners

In conjunction with the Venture For ClimateTech inagural recruitment, the For ClimateTech Global Innovation Challenge aimed to help early-stage climate tech innovators connect to funding, resources, expand their ecosystem, and the communities their innovations will be impacting.

Mars Materials
Mars Materials - Mars Materials (“Mars”) is commercializing technology that converts CO2 and biomass into low-cost and low-carbon feedstock used

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Clean Ocean Coatings
Clean Ocean Coatings - For shipping companies who need an antifouling solution our product Ecoating is a toxin-free coating which

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Alchemr
Alchemr offers validated, stable and scalable water electrolyzers that generate hydrogen at cost parity with fossil fuel-derived hydrogen. The promise

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Each winner received $10,000 USD; tailored one-on-one feedback with Lisbeth Kaufman, North America Lead for Accelerators and Incubators for Amazon Web Services; and media recognition for their solution.

Program Timeline

Our 2021 Cohort is in Session.
Meet the 2021 Cohort.

Phase I:
May 16, – July 15, 2022
Cohort 1 teams selected
Mentor Madness
Customer Discovery
Business Model Canvas

Phase II:
July 15 – September 15, 2022
CXO Candidate Matching
Story Telling
Investor Bootcamp
Demo Day

Phase III:
September 15 – November 15, 2021
Business Development
Partnership and Pilot Building

*Dates are tentative.

Venture For ClimateTech Team

Board of Advisors

Kelly-Belcher
Kelly is a managing director for SVB and leads the Energy & Resources Innovation (ERI) team in Texas, Boston, and

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Catherine-Bérubé
Catherine is Vice President, Sustainability, Investor Relations and Public Affairs at Cycle Capital Management and Ecofuel. She handles public and

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Amy-Francetic
Amy is Founder and Managing General Partner of Buoyant Ventures, a new venture fund in Chicago that aims to invest

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Rasha Hasaneen
Rasha is the Vice President of Innovation and Product Management Excellence for Trane Technologies. She is a seasoned executive and

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Seth-Levine
Seth is a partner and co-founder at Boulder-based Foundry Group focusing on making early-stage technology investments, participating in select growth

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Kate-Moore
Kate manages strategic partnerships on behalf of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

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Pulakesh Mukherjee
Pulakesh is Managing Partner at Imperative Ventures. Before Imperative, Pulakesh spent ten years at BASF Venture Capital sourcing and executing

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Alejandro-Castro-Perez
Alex is currently heading IKEA Energy Services — a business on a mission to democratize clean energy. He also leads

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Ramsay-Siegal
Ramsay is a Partner at Earthshot Ventures, a new venture capital fund launched to support entrepreneurs tackling climate change. The

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Lou Schick
As Director of Investments for Clean Energy Ventures, Lou brings more than twenty years of experience as a technologist in

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Katie MacDonald
Katie is a climate leader with over a decade of experience in international development, non-profit leadership, political organizing, business acceleration,

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Headshot of Zach Nies
Zach Nies is Managing Director at Techstars for the Boulder program and a member of the faculty at the University

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Brandi Colander
Brandi Colander is an attorney and sustainability practitioner with public policy expertise who has testified before Congress and state governing

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Operating Team

Jacqueline-Ros-Amable
Jackie brings immense experience in supporting and growing innovation ecosystems, from Canada to Argentina, as well as her own journey

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Chante-Harris
Chante is a champion of launching innovative companies and solutions across some of the fastest-growing industries through successful go-to-market strategies

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Devin-Sandon
In his role as New Venture Specialist, Devin works to recruit, develop, and support the growth of early stage ClimateTech

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Chris Carpenter
Chris handles all marketing, community outreach, and editorial content for the Venture For ClimateTech and Scale For ClimateTech programs, including

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Frequently Asked Questions

The goal of Venture For ClimateTech is to accelerate innovations likely to have substantial climate impacts for all, and which have potential for adoption in NYS. In particular, we want to offer a path to help entrepreneurs whose highly impactful innovations face unique barriers to commercialization through normal processes due to long paths to market and high capital intensity, along with other more traditional startups.

Venture For ClimateTech is designed to help you quickly and effectively address the biggest risks in launching your venture. It’s a three-phase, 30-week program that seeks to help you build the team, knowledge, and personal network you need to succeed, while providing the capital, community, access to talent, and connections to make the journey faster and smoother.

We broadly are interested in companies developing technologies which have the potential to substantially reduce GHG emissions globally, and in the state of New York in particular. This often means technologies related to transportation, built environment, energy grid, energy storage, energy generation, or more broadly climate tech. We support software, hardware, and business model innovations.

We work with early-stage entrepreneurs and solo founders, some of whom will not yet have formed a legal entity. We are looking for pre-seed, meaning you may have raised money through grants but no significant amount from institutional investors. We are happy to have a conversation about other resources in our ecosystem which might be appropriate, or whether you might be a fit for our Scale For ClimateTech program! So don’t be shy, we are here to help!

We can work with companies located anywhere in the world, but we do want the technology to have potential applications in New York State.

Applications for the first Venture For ClimateTech cohort are open from December 14th  through March 4th, 2022. Click here  to apply.

The top candidates for the program will be invited to a bootcamp the week of April 11th, and will then make a pitch to the selection committee the week of April 26th. The cohort will be announced on May 3rd.

The program will run for 30 weeks from May 9th – November 28th.

This is a part-time program spread over several months. It’s meant to help you launch, but not to take away your ability to make ends meet. Some weeks will be more intense than others, particularly at the beginning of the program, but you can expect to spend about 10-15 hours a week on your company through the program.

Applications are now being accepted for cohort 2, closing March 4th, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST. You can apply by following the link here.

Startups will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The potential carbon equivalent reduction impact of the technology or service
  • The business opportunity makes sense, is substantial, and there is evidence of market interest
  • The founder or founding team is sharp, motivated, self-aware, and coachable
  • The company is of an appropriate stage, and is positioned to benefit substantially from participation in the program
  • The startup product or service has a clear fit with the NYS ecosystem, in terms of having the opportunity for a presence, partnerships, or a market within the stage
  • The solution addresses and/or involves underserved communities in development or application

Participation in Venture For ClimateTech will require 10-15 hours a week, which includes instructional and mentoring time, and time working on your company. You can participate concurrently in other accelerator or incubation programming outside of Venture For ClimateTech; however, we ask that you dedicate the necessary time to fulfill the requirements of this opportunity.

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We match all program participants with a dedicated mentor who can expertly address each company’s specific needs.
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