Acknowledging leading investors in the sustainable energy transition

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Winners 2020

1st annual Climate 50 list of 2020 was launched in times when Climate dialogue needs to accelerate and should be on each government, corporate and investor agenda. This ranking is a tribute and inspiration for the climate community, and we hope it will act as a reference point for investors, LPs, and most importantly — entrepreneurs! Check the category winners of the inaugural Climate 50 list.

Top early
stage VC
Aster
Founded in 2000, Aster is an early-stage VC financed by Alstom, Plastic Omnium, Schneider Electric, Solvay and the European Investment Fund, among others, with €520 million raised across all funds. They have successfully exited 15 companies with 3 IPOs under their belt and are one of the most active early-stage investors globally.
Top
growth VC
Khosla Ventures
Founded in 2004, Khosla Ventures is a leading venture capital firm. Founded by Vinod Khosla, one of the most vocal climate tech investors, his firm manages over $12 billion across all funds and has invested in 300+ companies with a significant focus on climate tech.
Top
corporate VC
Next47
Founded in 2016, Next47 is a global venture firm backed by Siemens AG's on a mission to empower the world’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs to fuel the industries of tomorrow. With €1 billion AUM in their first flagship fund, the firm has already invested in 30+ companies worldwide and has started an internal Next47 Accelerator program.
Public’s
favourite VC
ETF Partners
Founded in 2006, ETF Partners is a European venture capital firm based in London. ETF Partners supports talented entrepreneurs and management teams with investment capital and experience. ETF Partners creates value by investing in and supporting great European companies that deliver Sustainability Through Innovation.

2020 Top leading investors in the sustainable energy transition

Climate 50 is an annually published list of the top 50 most recognized investors within the energy transition. These 50 investors help founders realize novel solutions that move us towards a more sustainable planet. As the global momentum around climate change builds, this list aims to recognize the important contributions these organisations make in our journey towards net-zero. Below check the inaugural Climate 50 list of Top 50 leading climate tech investors globally.

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1st
Company name: Khosla Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 76
Founded: 2004
Notable Portfolio Company Name: QuantumScape
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechRoboticsAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth AmericaSouth America
2nd
Company name: Energy Impact Partners
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 99
Founded: 2015
Notable Portfolio Company Name: ring
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: AIEnergyCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
3rd
Company name: Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 53
Founded: 2015
Notable Portfolio Company Name: QuantumScape
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
4th
Company name: Capricorn Investment Group
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 49
Founded: 2001
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Joby Aviation
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: CleantechEnergyMobilityAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
5th
Company name: Aster
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 25
Founded: 2000
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Uber
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantech
HQ Country: France
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
6th
Company name: High-Tech Gründerfonds
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 13
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sunvigo
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityCleantechMobility
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:Europe
7th
Company name: Urban Us
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 150
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Future Motion
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEuropeSouth AmericaMiddle East & Africa
8th
Company name: Elemental Excelerator
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 18
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: OhmConnect
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
9th
Company name: Kleiner Perkins
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 11
Founded: 1972
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Uber
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechRoboticsAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeNorth America
10th
Company name: ETF Partners
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 2022
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Enablon
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergySustainability
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:Europe
11th
Company name: Plug & Play Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 18
Founded: 2006
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Einride
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechRoboticsAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth AmericaSouth America
12th
Company name: Next47
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 8
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sila Nanotechnologies
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIMobilityRobotics
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
13th
Company name: Founders Fund
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 11
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SpaceX
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityEnergyCleantechAIRobotics
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeNorth AmericaSouth America
14th
Company name: Clean Energy Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 512
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SparkMeter
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
15th
Company name: Collaborative Fund
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 7
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Dandelion Energy
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechMobilitySustainability
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificNorth AmericaEurope
16th
Company name: Future Energy Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 142
Founded: 2020
Notable Portfolio Company Name: GridX
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechMobilityAI
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:EuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
17th
Company name: Shell Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 16
Founded: 1996
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Aurora (automotive)
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIMobilityEnergy
HQ Country: Netherlands
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeNorth America
18th
Company name: BMW i Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 4
Founded: 2011
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Carbon
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: CleantechMobility
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
19th
Company name: IP Group plc
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 31
Founded: 2001
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Ceres Power
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: Energy
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:Europe
20th
Company name: Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 82
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Angaza
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: SustainabilityAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEuropeSouth America
21st
Company name: Macquarie Capital
Geography: Asia-Pacific
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 7
Founded: 1969
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Arcadia Energy
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantech
HQ Country: Australia
Investment Geography:North AmericaEuropeSouth AmericaAsia-PacificMiddle East & Africa
22nd
Company name: Almi Invest Greentech
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 25
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Renewcell
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: Sweden
Investment Geography:Europe
23rd
Company name: Demeter
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 11
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Solairedirect
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechSustainability
HQ Country: France
Investment Geography:Europe
24th
Company name: ArcTern Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 42
Founded: 2012
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sheertex
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityMobilityCleantech
HQ Country: Canada
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
25th
Company name: Emerald Technology Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 14
Founded: 2000
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Rhombus Energy Solutions
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechAIMobilitySustainabilityRobotics
HQ Country: Switzerland
Investment Geography:EuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth AmericaAsia-Pacific
26th
Company name: BP Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 18
Founded: 2012
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Beyond Limits
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIEnergyMobility
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
27th
Company name: Future Positive Capital
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1941
Founded: 2019
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Cowboy
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: SustainabilityAIMobilityEnergyRobotics
HQ Country: France
Investment Geography:Europe
28th
Company name: Renewal Funds
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 140
Founded: 2008
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Opus One Solutions
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: Canada
Investment Geography:North America
29th
Company name: The Engine
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 12
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityAICleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
30th
Company name: Norrsken VC
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 37
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Einride
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityEnergySustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: Sweden
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaAsia-PacificMiddle East & Africa
31st
Company name: Cycle Capital Management
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 102
Founded: 2009
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Enerkem
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechAI
HQ Country: Canada
Investment Geography:North AmericaAsia-Pacific
32nd
Company name: OGCI Climate Investments
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 44
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: GHGSat
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: CleantechMobilitySustainabilityEnergyAI
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
33rd
Company name: Congruent Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 28
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sense Photonics
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantechAIRobotics
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
34th
Company name: Chrysalix Venture Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 19
Founded: 2000
Notable Portfolio Company Name: General Fusion
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityCleantechRoboticsAI
HQ Country: Canada
Investment Geography:North AmericaEuropeAsia-Pacific
35th
Company name: ABB Technology Ventures (ATV)
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 5
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Hailo
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantechAI
HQ Country: Switzerland
Investment Geography:North AmericaAsia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & Africa
36th
Company name: Lux Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 19
Founded: 2000
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Zoox
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: MobilityRoboticsAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
37th
Company name: Contrarian Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 68
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Zoomo
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityEnergy
HQ Country: Lithuania
Investment Geography:Europe
38th
Company name: EnerTech Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 337
Founded: 1996
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Ushr
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechMobility
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
39th
Company name: Fifth Wall
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 9
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Allbirds
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: Cleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
40th
Company name: eCAPITAL entrepreneurial Partners
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 9
Founded: 1999
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sonnen GmbH
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: AISustainabilityEnergyCleantech
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:Europe
41st
Company name: Social Impact Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 65
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: PreAct Technologies
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityAISustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
42nd
Company name: Clean Energy Trust
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 25
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: 75F
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechSustainabilityMobility
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
43rd
Company name: Powerhouse Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 34
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SparkMeter
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantechAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
44th
Company name: Katapult Ocean
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 116
Founded: 2018
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Evoy
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: Sustainability
HQ Country: Norway
Investment Geography:North AmericaEuropeSouth AmericaAsia-PacificMiddle East & Africa
45th
Company name: National Grid Partners
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 40
Founded: 2018
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SparkCognition
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIEnergy
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Middle East & AfricaAsia-PacificEuropeNorth America
46th
Company name: Closed Loop Partners
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 6
Founded: 2014
Notable Portfolio Company Name: AMP Robotics
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: CleantechRoboticsAISustainabilityEnergy
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
47th
Company name: Fifty Years
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 9
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Advano
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: SustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEuropeAsia-Pacific
48th
Company name: HG Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 7
Founded: 2018
Notable Portfolio Company Name: P2 Science
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityCleantechEnergySustainability
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
49th
Company name: Schneider Electric (SE) Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 22
Founded: 2019
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Scandit
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechRoboticsSustainability
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
50th
Company name: Energy Foundry
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 41
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Span
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
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Timeline

  • List reveal date
    15th of January, 2021
  • Voting deadline
    28th of February, 2021
  • Final list reveal
    1st of March, 2021
  • Awards event
    22nd of April, 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 always been the main enabler of coordinated, comprehensive and long-term solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. Looking back, venture-backed businesses have proven to be the most capable in delivering those solutions. This time is no different – technology is the only way to move us close to our net-zero objectives.


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 a net-zero planet.

Nomination Categories:

1. Top early stage VC
Investors focusing from pre-seed to Series A
2. Top growth VC
Investors focusing on rounds beyond Series A
3. Top corporate VC
Can only qualify as a corporate that focuses on sustainable energy transition investments directly, and not through FoF strategy
4. Public’s favourite VC
An investor which received the most public votes throughout the voting period
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