Big VC climate rounds: How do the check-writers think about later stages?

Founders in the rapidly evolving climate tech ecosystem want to know: How much capital and time do planetary-scale climate startups need? What is the right balance between equity investment and project finance? How do corporations, governments, and disrupted incumbents come into play? In this session at the SOSV Climate Tech Summit (Oct. 20-21), three leading late-stage investors will share their vision of what makes such startups attractive and how to play the long game for our planet. Register today. It’s free.

The panel will include Jeff Johnson, Managing Director of Temasek, one of Singapore’s sovereign funds. Representing over $225 billion in 2020, the fund invests in both public and private companies and has been a sustained and focused climate tech investor, in line with Singapore’s strategic grasp of its “wicked problem” with climate change.

Scott Jacobs will also join the conversation. He is CEO of Generate Capital, which brings capital and operational expertise to clean energy and infrastructure projects. With a fresh $2 billion raised in 2021, the firm funds projects around the world—including small-scale and early stage deals—with a long-term view.

Also joining the panel is Prelude Ventures‘ Managing Director Gabriel Kra, one of the most experienced climate investors in the ecosystem and a founding member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition. Prelude has made more than 40 investments in climate tech companies since its founding in 2013, including in energy storage, plant-based protein, micro-mobility, direct air capture, and more.


The SOSV Climate Tech Summit is taking place online on October 20-21. It is a gathering to support Climate Tech innovators and investors across all sectors.