Climate Investing: Transition our society to net zero with a sound financial return
According to the agenda of UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021, in order to help our society transition to net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach, at least $100bn in climate finance per year is needed by 2020 from developed countries.
Venture capital funding plays a key role to enable sound new technologies and business solutions to hit the market. The past 10 years have witnessed a boom and bust of venture investments in the area of “clean technologies”. With the promising signals of global government’s net zero commitment, and increasingly mature clean technologies such as solar, wind and electric vehicles, venture investments in climate space have reached all time high in 2020. However, despite the hype, climate investing space is complicated with policies and technology uncertainties. In this course, we aim to provide an overview of the current government policies, industry trends and much needed solutions in the climate space. Additionally, we will cover specific resources that investors should be aware of when investing in climate technologies, in order to have reasonable financial return expectations.
In this course, you will...
Learn current global climate policies and mandates, and what those mean for industry opportunities
Understand the challenges in investing in clean technologies and how to avoid them to achieve sound financial returns
Sharpen your fundamental investment skills by working on real deals with lively discussions with industry experts
Learn what solutions are really needed to combat climate challenges
Meet like-minded climate investors and form a co-investing network
This course is for...
Venture fund managers
Family offices foundations
who want to gain a comprehensive knowledge and network on climate investing should participate in the course
Professors and Industry Expert Lecturers
Professor Ilya A. Strebulaev
Professor Strebulaev is an expert in corporate finance, venture and angel capital, innovation financing, corporate innovation, and financial decision-making. He also is the founder and director of the Stanford GSB Venture Capital Initiative.
The David S. Lobel Professor of Private Equity and Professor of Finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Jane Ge is both a seasoned climate tech investor and a policy researcher. She is an affiliate researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab on clean energy and climate policy research. Jane is the founder of Vectors Angel, and was previously with Goldwind Capital (Corporate venture at Goldwind), Tsing Capital (China Environmental Fund) and UC Berkeley's deep tech accelerator CITRIS Foundry.
Managing Partner at Vectors Angel, Policy Researcher
Yixing Xu is the Research Director of Breakthrough Energy Sciences. Breakthrough Energy is the umbrella name of several organizations, founded by Bill Gates in 2015, that aim to accelerate innovation in sustainable energy and in other technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He works with a diverse team of research scientists, data scientists, software engineers for projects related to clean energy.
Research Director of Breakthrough Energy Sciences
Alex Luce is an investor, materials scientist, and technology enthusiast. As a Partner at Creative Ventures, he invests in entrepreneurs tackling the most pressing global macroeconomic trends, including demographic changes straining our healthcare system, secular labor shortages, and the effects of climate change.
General Partner, Creative Ventures
Jason Putnam Gordon is a results-oriented corporate attorney practicing in the Venture Capital and Emerging Growth Companies group in Polsinelli's San Francisco office. He has a passion for working with investors, experienced entrepreneurs, and seasoned executives to make their vision a reality.
Corporate Attorney, Polsinelli
Yi Jean Chow
Yi Jean Chow is an Investment Principal at Future Energy Ventures, the venture and collaboration platform of E.ON, a multinational European utility. Prior to FEV, she worked in strategy consulting, and at energy start-ups focused on industrial efficiency, building energy management, machine learning, and blockchain technologies.
Investment Principal, Future Energy Ventures
Hara is a globally-minded climate tech innovator and practitioner. As a venture investor, she worked alongside entrepreneurs building and scaling next-generation energy, transport, and manufacturing solutions. Having advanced climate solutions across maturity stages, across verticals, and on four continents, she is now dedicated to accelerate the rate of climate innovation.
Head of Investments and Fund Partnerships, Third Derivative
Format and Duration :
Duration : 5 weeks
Dates : Saturdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. from August 21 to September 18
Format : Mix of speaker lectures and real company due diligence
Tuition fee : $2900 (financial aid available for current student or individuals who can provide evidence of financial difficulty; 50% discount if you have invested or committed to invest in a Vectors Angel syndicate in the future)
Application due : August 14th
For more information :
5 Week Course Plan
GUEST SPEAKER : LEADING CLIMATE TECH VENTURE CAPITAL FUNDS
CASE STUDIES, DEAL DISCUSSION
Climate investing Basics
Topic 2 : Venture Capital basics
Topic 3 : Due diligence process
overview specific to climate
Financial and Legal Basics
Topic 4 : Financials & basic
Topic 5 : Term sheets, contracting,
Policy market driver and opportunity area deep dive
Topic 6 : An overview of climate
policies and government
Topic 7 : Market presentations in the
sustainability areas (market