For Innovators

Climate Ventures 2.0 will focus on acceleraing innovations in Water and Agriculture generally, but for this cycle, will take a narrower focus on innovations in water quality monitoring, sensor technologies, and stormwater management.  To fully resource our entrepreneurs, we've pulled together Data Scientists, Climate, Food, and Water experts, successful entrepreneurs, a network of early stage investors, and 10 cities with expressed interest in embracing Ag & Water innovation.  Graduates will hit the ground running with direct access to city officials who they will come to know over the course of our program, and investment from angels and VCs who have worked with us and our graduates routinely over the years.  

Our entrepreneurs create, define, penetrate and come to own new, social markets. We think that global challenges - like climate resilience - posit enormous business opportunity.  Our job is to figure out how to navigate a complex cross-sector landscape. We have spent a lot of time working on this, and our results back us up. Our first 40 graduates have now gone on to close over $60M in private capital, with feature recognition in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and FastCo among many others.

We think that new solutions are created most measurably, effectively and sustainably when entrepreneurs are engaged as agents of change, using proven processes and market incentives to drive powerful outcomes. Climate Ventures 2.0 offers a platform to present data and technical resources of the White House Climate Data Initiative consortium as a rich opportunity to mobilize entrepreneurial responses. Our goal is to identify and develop a exemplary innovations into scalable, well-funded entrepreneurial success stories.

Your Experience

Through the twelve-week program, we do a deep dive into each business model itself, exposing and working through issues with value proposition, design, entity formation, financial and social projections, capital and execution strategy. 

 Here is what entrepreneurs can expect:​

  • A non-equity $25,000 GoodCompany Ventures Impact Grant per selected team
  • The most rigorous business and financial development programming, averaging $10mm in investment per cohort
  • One-on-one mentoring from policy experts, Fortune 500 industry advisors and investors
  • Connection to global network of advisors, investors and peers through USAID's Global Innovation Exchange
  • Opportunity to pitch for investment at private investor events in NYC, DC and SFO
  • Opportunity to pitch for $75,000 in pilot funding
  • Curated pilot opportunities within the Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities Network and the Delaware River Basin
  • Free 24/7 office support for cohort, within Benjamin’s Desk, Philadelphia’s largest entrepreneur co-working network
  • Priority access to our portfolio of resources for anything else you might need

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The William Penn Foundation has generously supported the first cohort of Climate Ventures 2.0 as an innovation engine that can leverage public, philanthropic capital and industry resources to activate deal flow for private, prospecting capital. Both Greenberg Traurig LLP and Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC are generous sponsors of Climate Ventures 2.0. 

Capital Coaches

GoodCompany Ventures challenges social entrepreneurs to meet the expectations of market-rate investors. To meet the challenge, our entrepreneurs need timely, structured feedback from early-stage investment professionals as we work with them to design scalable, profitable, investable business models for social impact.


Andy Ziolkowski
Managing Director of Cultivian Sandbox

John Moore
Executive Chair of Impact PHL

Karen Meidlinger
Managing Principal of Mazarine Partners 

Clifford David
President and CEO of Conservation Economics 

Margaret Berger Bradely
Director of Investment Partnerships
Ben Franklin Technology Partners 

Tom Balderston
Managing Principal of SustainVC 

Beth Cohen
Director of Global Emerging Growth Services
Greenberg Traurig

Chris Bentley
Senior Advisor of Serious Change Investments


John Simon
Managing Partner of Total Impact Capital
Senior Director of Medical Credit Fund

Taryn Goodman

Taryn Goodman
Senior Director of NatureVest

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Benjamin Bingham
CEO and Founder of 3Sisters Sustainable Management

Oltac Unsal
Oltac Unsal
Investor in Residence at USAID
Development Innovation Ventures

Marc Kramer
Executive Director of Private Investor's Forum
President of Kramer Communications

Rehana Nathoo
Vice President of Social Innovation
Case Foundation

Dorrit Lowsen
COO of Change Finance

Mary Vincent
Science and Technology Advisor, YStrategies


Jessica Droste Yagan
Partner and CEO of Impact Engine

Stacy Swann
CEO and Founding Partner of Climate Finance Advisors

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David Luk
Principal, Safeguard Scientifics

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David Oehm
Managing Partner of Enable Impact

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Katrin Burt
Managing Director of Syngenta Ventures

Industry Advisors

GoodCompany Ventures challenges social entrepreneurs to meet the expetations of market-rate investors. To do so, our entrepreneurs need timely, structured feedback from professionals with market expertise as they challenge industry-specific assumptions in the development of their business model. 

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Jerry Lynch
Chief Sustainability Officer of
General Mills

Dave Stangis 
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility at
Campbell Soup

Tyler Erickson
Senior Developer Advocate of
Google Earth Engine

Story Bellows 
Chief Innovation Officer of
the Brooklyn Public Library

Sophia Tu 
Senior Manager of Corporate Citizenship

Ellen Hwang
Program Manager for Innovation Management
City of Philadelphia 

Anthony Pagano
Senior Engagement Manager of

JP Finnell
Senior Director

Sally Gutierrez
US EPA Director
Environmental Technology Innovation
Development, Support Program