Want to meet the top VCs, advisers, and thinkers in climate tech? Then sign up for the SOSV Climate Tech Summit (Oct. 25-26 / free & virtual / register now) and join the live breakout sessions, where firms will discuss their investment approach and take questions. Here are three more breakout sessions to put on your calendar:
Third Derivative (D3), founded by RMI and New Energy Nexus, is a collaborative climate tech ecosystem that aims to find, fund, and scale the world’s most promising climate startups. Its community includes $4T market cap of corporate partners, $7B AUM of investor partners, and 110 startups addressing climate challenges across all major emissions sectors. Join Jamie Hankins, Startup Portfolio Manager, to learn more about D3 and how its ecosystem can support your startup.
Since 2013, Prelude Ventures has been investing in the low-carbon economy. Today, the team manages a $1.5B+ platform dedicated to advancing frontier climate tech innovation across all categories. Their recent investments include Lightship, a maker of electric RVs, and Terabase Energy, which provides digital and robotic automation for utility-scale solar power plants. Join co-founder and Managing Partner Gabriel Kra and Principal Alex Harbour to learn how Prelude deploys $120M+ annually into climate tech.
We’re also proud to announce that summit partner Goodwin is also hosting a breakout session focused on legal topics for startups working in climate. Goodwin’s Climate Technology practice focuses on entrepreneurs, operating companies, and investors who are pioneers in the climate technology market. The law firm has advised some of the most significant deals in climate tech including Sam Altman’s Series E investment in Helion (check out Helion’s Summit session) and Lowercarbon Capital’s $800M fundraise (also featured on the main stage). Hosted by Goodwin attorneys Andrew Sparks and Samantha Deacon, the roundtable discussion will profile the firm’s current climate technology clients and their winning legal strategies for success and growth, as well as address questions from the audience.
These 30- minutes breakout sessions run throughout the Summit. Don’t stress about missing the main stage presentations—you can catch those on demand later.
Jamie Hankins is a Startup Portfolio Manager at Third Derivative, a collaborative climate tech ecosystem that accelerates startups and drives climate innovation. Jamie has nearly eight years of experience spanning global entrepreneurship, international development, climate policy and corporate finance. Prior to joining D3, Jamie spent three years as a Global Portfolio Manager at Endeavor where he oversaw a portfolio of 180+ high-growth startups spanning 40 markets.
Gabriel Kra co-founded Prelude Ventures in 2013, after almost 25 years as an investor, entrepreneur, scientist, activist, and ski-bum. Before launching Prelude Ventures, Gabriel spent four years as an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in its solar and semiconductor groups. He also was an early employee at venture-backed telecommunications and semiconductor start-ups, where he was instrumental in raising money, launching products, developing technology and getting acquired.
Alex Harbour is a Principal at Prelude Ventures, a climate tech fund deploying $1.5B across the low-carbon economy. Prior to Prelude, Alex was a founding employee and investor at Powerhouse, an innovation firm and seed fund backing software-enabled technology for clean energy and electric mobility. Alex is a 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy, a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, and an alum and founding member of the Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) Bay Area chapter.
Andrew Sparks is a partner in Goodwin’s Technology group and Co-Chair of the Climate Technology practice. His practice focuses on representing fast-growing emerging technology companies and the entrepreneurs who build them. Mr. Sparks has a broad range of experience in venture capital financings and corporate matters, including counseling founders in starting new businesses, capitalization structures, fundraising, strategic issues, negotiations with investors and acquirers, and M&A.
Dr. Samantha Deacon is a Senior Associate in Goodwin’s Technology and Life Sciences group and Co-Leader of the Climate Technology Practice, focusing on commercialization of intellectual property rights. Dr. Deacon advises on strategic transactions, including licenses and collaboration agreements, as well as wider commercial and R&D projects. Samantha holds an award-winning PhD from the University of Cambridge in Materials Science, where she focused on semiconductors for energy saving lighting.