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.
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
GCV Curriculum Matrix:
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.
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.
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.