Acknowledging leading investors in sustainable energy transition
Voting deadline 28th of February, 2021
2020 was a year of wake up.
The world’s most profound scientists tell us that 2020 was the point of no return. From this point onwards - coordinated, comprehensive, and long-term focused climate action must be taken.
Technology has been the main enabler of coordinated, comprehensive, and long-term solutions to world’s most pressing problems in the past. In previous instances, venture-backed businesses proved to be most capable in delivering technology that addresses society’s most pressing problems and moved it forward. This time is no different - technology is by far the most reliable solution to climate change.
Climate 50 is an annual list that aims to recognize the most impactful global climate investors allocating capital to entrepreneurs building cutting edge technology moving us closer to net-zero planet.
List reveal date15th of January, 2021
Voting deadline28th of February, 2021
Final list reveal1st of March, 2021
Nomination event22nd of April, 2021
Top 50 leading investors in sustainable energy transition
Climate 50 is an annually published list of 50 mostly recognized investors, that spot companies ahead of the curve and make big, bold bets to help founders realize novel solutions that move us towards a more sustainable energy transition and planet. Started in 2020, where the global momentum around climate change was building towards a crescendo, we ought to not to forget and recognize the world’s most important venture capitalists contributing to this significant journey to net zero.
In Climate 50 ranking, Venture Capital investors are ranked based on 10 distinct metrics. We have split the metrics into two separate groups: Direct and Indirect metrics.
Direct metrics take into account the investment activity of the investor. We used the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework provided by the United Nations and only included the investments that directly and indirectly contribute to the climate change fight by matching with one of the eight SDGs: 1. Clean water and sanitation (#6)
2. Affordable and clean energy (#7)
3. Industry innovation and infrastructure (#9)
4. Sustainable cities and communities (#11)
5. Responsible consumption and production (#12)
6. Climate action (#13)
7. Life below water (#14)
8. Life on land (#15)
There are six direct investor metrics used in our methodology. Each metric was taken into account while calculating the overall Investor Score. All data for the direct metrics were provided by our data partner Dealroom.co. Each direct metric has its own weight. All six direct metrics combined represent 75% of the final Investor Score.
Six direct metrics are as follows:
Metric #1. Companies invested (2020): number of investments into new companies in 2020.
Metric #2. Companies invested (last 10 years): number of investments into new companies over the last 10 years.
Metric #3. Portfolio companies (with a valuation from $100M to $1B): a number of portfolio companies valued from $100M to $1B.
Metric #4. Exits (2020): a number of exits the investor has done in 2020.
Metric #5. Exits (last 10 years): a number of exits the investor has done throughout the last 10 years.
Metric #6. Unicorn portfolio companies (with a valuation of 1B+): a number of portfolio companies valued over $1B that have a status of a Unicorn.
Indirect metrics take into account the non-investment related activity of the investor. Four indirect investor metrics were taken into account while calculating the overall Investor Score. Each indirect metric has its own weight. All four indirect metrics combined represent 25% of the final Investor Score.
Four indirect metrics are as follows:
Metric #7. Brand awareness score: an aggregated number of total followers in all social media platforms combined (LinkedIn, Twitter and Medium).
Metric #8. Inclusive community score: a score to identify if an investor has been contributing toward building a more inclusive sustainable energy transition community and has initiated at least one of the following: a podcast, newsletter, specialized event or conference, incubation or acceleration program, dedicated co-working space or diversity-related initiatives.
Metric #9. Founders score: a scoring metric based on our partner’s – Landscape.Ventures platform and methodology, which represent a founder’s voice on different qualitative aspects such as approachability, response time and professionalism aggregated to a single score on the Landscape platform.
Metric #10. Public score: a number of public votes cast for the investor by the public on the Climate50.com platform by 28th of February, 2021.
The final Investor score is derived based on 10 distinct metrics and investors are ranked accordingly in the final Climate 50 list. It is a dynamic list, as Metric #10 will change through the duration of the voting period, and the final list of Climate 50 will be published on the 1st of March. The cut-off time for public vote is the 28th of February, 2021, 23:30:00 GMT.