Join ARPA-E, Baruch Future Ventures, and Energy Impact Partners Live at the SOSV Climate Tech Summit

Breakout Panel #5

At the SOSV Climate Tech Summit (Oct. 25-26 / free & virtual / register now), we are gathering the biggest names in climate tech. Don’t just watch from the sidelines—join live breakout sessions to meet with top investors and organizations. Sessions start with a brief presentation followed by a Q&A. We’re pleased to announce three more:     

The U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) “advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment.” Since 2009, ARPA-E has granted $3.06 billion in R&D funding to 1,326 energy technology projects with awards ranging from $500,000 to $10 million. The agency solicits proposals using Funding Opportunity Announcements (Open FOAs), which currently cover EV battery technology, negative emissions mining, reprocessing used nuclear fuel, and more. Dr. Daniel Cunningham, Acting Associate Director for Technology-to-Market at ARPA-E, will lead the session.

Baruch Future Ventures (BFV), founded by legendary investor Tom Baruch, believes the solution to resource scarcity lies in accelerating commercialization in the five critical areas: energy systems, food security, water quality, air quality, and healthcare. BFV’s recent investments include Electra, which aims to decarbonize iron and steelmaking, Prolific Machines, a cultured meat startup, and LuxWall, a provider of vacuum insulated glass that reduces emissions from buildings. Tom Baruch will host the session. 

Energy Impact Partners (EIP) is a climate tech fund with over $2.5 billion under management. The firm aims to connect startups with its industrial partners, an approach that has led to more than 350 contracts worth over $1 billion for its portfolio companies. The session will be hosted by Shayle Kann, Partner at EIP and leader of its Frontier Fund, which focuses on deep decarbonization. He has led investments in Boston Metal, which produces steel using electricity, and unicorn Form Energy, which innovates battery technology for electric grids.

Breakout sessions run in parallel to the main stage presentations, which will be available on demand after the Summit.

Register today for the SOSV Climate Tech Summit to join the breakout sessions.  

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The Speakers

Dr. Daniel Cunningham

Dr. Daniel Cunningham is the Acting Associate Director for Technology-to-Market at the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), where he leads the Technology-to-Market (T2M) team in supporting the energy technology development programs and preparing teams and technologies for commercial markets. Daniel provides leadership, strategy, and management experience to advise technical teams in developing and executing an effective commercialization strategy. 

Tom Baruch

Tom Baruch currently invests in early stage companies focused on resource scarce and climate sensitive markets out of his family office, Baruch Future Ventures (BFV). Tom is founder and Emeritus Partner at Formation 8, an advisor to 8VC and ClearSky Power & Technology Fund, and a Senior Advisor to Bill Gates’s Breakthrough Energy Ventures. In 1988, Tom partnered with New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and 3M Corp to form CMEA Capital, where he managed $1.2 billion of capital across seven funds and personally led investments resulting in 18 IPOs. 

Shayle Kann

Shayle Kann is a Partner at Energy Impact Partners and renowned expert on the future of energy and climate. He leads the firm’s efforts in deep decarbonization, investing at the frontier of climate tech. Previously, Kann built and ran GTM Research, the market intelligence arm of Greentech Media, which was acquired by Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ: VRSK) in 2016.