Climate Insiders

Climate Insiders

Learn all the insights from Europe's top Climate Tech Founders and Investors. Listen to the stories behind the startup successes, understand the drivers of investment decisions, and become a true Climate Insider.


December 13, 2022 35 min

Lars Nordal Jensen is the Director of Fund of Funds investments at Vaekstfonden, the Danish Growth Fund.

Since 1992, The Danish Growth Fund has financed more than 5,400 Danish companies with a total commitment of more than €1.5 billion. The Danish Growth Fund invests equity and provides loans and guarantees for small as well as medium-sized enterprises in collaboration with private partners and Danish financial institutions

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Caroline Walerud is a Swedish entrepreneur and Partner at Walerud Ventures, a deep-tech investment company that focuses on early-stage green tech startups.

She also co-founded Volumental, a company that developed a cloud-based, 3D-scanning technology to create models to customize products and services. Walerud co-founded Volumental in 2012 together with three computer vision experts.

In this episode, we discuss:

- the most hands-on in...

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Marie Helene Ametsreiter is a General Partner at Speedinvest, an early-stage generalist fund based out of Wien in Austria, with more than €600m AUM and 40 investors based in Berlin, London, Munich, Paris, and Vienna.

Marie-Helene oversees their newly launched Climate Tech fund.

Marie Helene has a TON of insights to share:

- her perspective on the latest trends in Climate Tech in Europe

- the role of corporates in this transition

- whet...

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Irena Spazzapan is a Managing Partner at Systemiq Capital, a London-based climate fund and spin-off of Systemic Ltd.

Systemiq Ltd is an advisory and investment firm focused on climate, that helps build companies that have the potential to meaningfully accelerate the transition towards net zero.

Irena worked at Goldman Sachs for 13 years in Commodities, Gas & Power systems.

I love conversations with Irena because you're always ...

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Benjamin Kayser is a former French Rugby international with a 16-year-long career (he played 47 games with the French National Team, and hundreds in the French and English championships).

Benjamin is a Co-founder and Partner at Teampact Ventures, a Venture Capital fund that specializes in human capital.

Benjamin is a charismatic and inspiring character. He is living proof that the reconversion of former world-class athletes into Vent...

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Benjamin Joffe is a Partner at SOSV, a global deep tech fund with 1000 portfolio companies and $1.3B AUM. They focus on early-stage planetary and human health. 

They invest the very first checks at pre-seed via the startup programs HAX (hard tech), IndieBio (biology), Orbit (frontier markets), and dlab (blockchain). 

Benjamin started in an investing role in the HAX program in Shenzhen (invested in Opentrons, now a unicorn), and later...

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Christian Vollmann is the Founder and CEO at C1 / Circular Carbon Chemistry, a Berlin-based startup developing climate-friendly chemicals, for example, Green methanol.

He has been involved in over 70 start-ups to date and has built several companies from zero to successful exit, including a listing on the NYSE

We're receiving Christian on the show for his active involvement in the Climate Tech scene as both an entrepreneur and bu...

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Chris Wedding is an ex-Private Equity investor, 3x founder, professor at Duke University, a Climate CEO Coach, and a MONK !

Today's episode is a little special. Both Chris and I are running Climate Tech podcasts. The difference is that Chris has been doing it for a lot longer than I have, and he sits on the other side of the Atlantic, in the US.

We talk about both ecosystems, and give LOTS of tips to Founders, and folks looking t...

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Antoine Hubert is the CEO of Ynsect, the world's largest insect farming startup based out of France.

They were founded in 2011 and today they count more than 230 employees, have raised more than 450m EUR, which is half of ALL the investments made in the insect farming sector to date.

They are considered the FIRST Climate Tech unicorn out of France (or "soonicorn") and the only one in the insect farming space globally.

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    Lawrence Leuschner is the Co-founder and CEO at Tier, Europe's largest micro-mobility startup based out of Germany. 

    You can now ride TIER’s electric scooters, bikes and mopeds in over 130 cities, from London and Paris to Berlin and Dubai.

    They were founded in 2018 and today they count more than 900 employees, have raised more than $650m, and did 6 acquisitions to consolidate their leadership.

    There's a lot we will learn in th...

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    Christopher Burghardt is the ex-Managing Director Europe of ChargePoint, a US company that built the world's largest network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.

    They went public in March 2021 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and became the World’s First Publicly Traded EV Charging company.

    Today Christopher is a Venture Partner at 2150, an advisor to Goldman Sachs and an active Business Angel investing in startups an...

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    In this episode we go deep into Europe's alternative meat space and discuss whether startups will win this race against US companies and food giants like Nestle.

    Pascal Bieri is the Co-Founder of Planted, a Zurich-based startup developing meat from alternative proteins. 

    They produce alternative chicken, pulled pork, kebab and schnitzel and their products are available at restaurants and retailers across Switzerland, Germany, Aus...

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    Agate Freimane is a General Partner at Norrsken VC, a €125m Swedish early stage impact VC investing in technology that solves some of the world’s greatest challenges.

    She comes from investment banking at Morgan Stanley and then worked at a PropTech/Fintech startup: Brickvest.

    In today's show, we will discuss with Agate:

  • the state of Climate Tech in the Nordics
  • the correlation between impact and financial returns
  • What the current eco...
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    Pippa Gawley is the Founding Partner at Zero Carbon Capital, a UK Climate Fund investing in early-stage companies that are on a mission to fix climate change through deep science innovation

    She worked with eBay in the UK, moved to Silicon Valley and is one of the "re-immigrants" as she moved back to Europe.

    There's a lot we will learn in this episode from Pippa:

  • how to crack the diversity problem in VC and Climate Tech in ...
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    Alexander Langguth is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Übermorgen Ventures, an early stage Zurich-based venture firm with early investments in climate innovators like Sunvigo, carbo culture and delicious data.

    Alex has always shown a high level of transparency and collaboration with other Climate Tech investors. In this episode, I take you behind closed doors and give you maximum insights.

  • We discuss Ubermorgen's evergreen ...
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    Nick de la Forge is a General Partner at Planet A Ventures, a German early-stage ClimateTech fund investing in start-ups that have a significant positive impact on our planet. 

    I really appreciate Nick as a human being and for his unique value system.

    In this episode, we will be human, humble, and vulnerable and take you behind the scenes of raising and running a Climate fund.

    In this episode, we cover:

  • The serendipitous meeting that l...
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    This episode goes deep into Fusion energy which is essentially the energy produced by the Sun.

    Fusion makes SciFi become reality. If achieved, it could alter humankind forever. 

    So we're glad to have one of the leading Fusion companies in Europe on the show.

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  • Heike’s transition from Big Consulting at McKinsey to a Fusion energy startup.
  • Why Fusion is considered the Holy Grail of energy.
  • Picture of the world running on...
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    Hampus Jakobsson is a General Partner at Pale Blue Dot, a Swedish seed-stage ClimateTech fund investing in startups that reduce and reverse the effects of climate change.

    He was previously at BlueYard Capital, before that an angel with >100 angel investments. And before that, a serial founder.

    This is an EPIC conversation between two European Climate Tech fund managers. Hampus shares a TON of insights and opinionated views. You do...

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