Acknowledging leading investors in sustainable energy transition

Voting deadline 28th of February, 2021

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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.

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

Timeline

  • List reveal date
    15th of January, 2021
  • Voting deadline
    28th of February, 2021
  • Final list reveal
    1st of March, 2021
  • Nomination event
    22nd of April, 2021
Organizers
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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.

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1st
Company name: Energy Impact Partners
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 12
Founded: 2015
Notable Portfolio Company Name: ring
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: AIEnergyCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
2nd
Company name: Khosla Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2004
Notable Portfolio Company Name: DoorDash
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechRoboticsAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth AmericaSouth America
3rd
Company name: Aster
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2000
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Uber
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantech
HQ Country: France
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
4th
Company name: Kleiner Perkins
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 2
Founded: 1972
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Uber
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechRoboticsAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeNorth America
5th
Company name: High-Tech Gründerfonds
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sunvigo
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityCleantechMobility
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:Europe
6th
Company name: ETF Partners
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 36
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Enablon
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergySustainability
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:Europe
7th
Company name: Next47
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sila Nanotechnologies
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIMobilityRobotics
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
8th
Company name: Founders Fund
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 4
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SpaceX
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityEnergyCleantechAIRobotics
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeNorth AmericaSouth America
9th
Company name: Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 3
Founded: 2015
Notable Portfolio Company Name: QuantumSpace
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
10th
Company name: Elemental Excelerator
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: OhmConnect
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
11th
Company name: Plug & Play Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
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: BMW i Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2011
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Carbon
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: CleantechMobility
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
13th
Company name: Shell Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 1996
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Aurora (automotive)
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIMobilityEnergy
HQ Country: Netherlands
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeNorth America
14th
Company name: Collaborative Fund
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Dandelion Energy
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechMobilitySustainability
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificNorth AmericaEurope
15th
Company name: Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 4
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Angaza
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: SustainabilityAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEuropeSouth America
16th
Company name: Norrsken VC
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 6
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Einride
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: Mobility
HQ Country: Sweden
Investment Geography:Europe
17th
Company name: Clean Energy Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SparkMeter
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
18th
Company name: Demeter
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Solairedirect
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechSustainability
HQ Country: France
Investment Geography:Europe
19th
Company name: BP Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2012
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Beyond Limits
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIEnergyMobility
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
20th
Company name: ArcTern Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 8
Founded: 2012
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sheertex
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityMobilityCleantech
HQ Country: Canada
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
21st
Company name: Contrarian Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 8
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Zoomo
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityEnergy
HQ Country: Lithuania
Investment Geography:Europe
22nd
Company name: Future Positive Capital
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 4
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Cowboy
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: SustainabilityAIMobilityEnergyRobotics
HQ Country: France
Investment Geography:Europe
23rd
Company name: Future Energy Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2020
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Intertrust
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechMobilityAI
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:EuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
24th
Company name: Congruent Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 3
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sense Photonics
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantechAIRobotics
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
25th
Company name: ABB Technology Ventures (ATV)
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Hailo
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantechAI
HQ Country: Switzerland
Investment Geography:North AmericaAsia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & Africa
26th
Company name: The Engine
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityAICleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
27th
Company name: Macquarie Capital
Geography: Asia-Pacific
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 0
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
28th
Company name: Powerhouse Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SparkMeter
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantechAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
29th
Company name: Robert Bosch Venture Capital
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2007
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Graphcore
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIMobility
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
30th
Company name: Chrysalix Venture Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2001
Notable Portfolio Company Name: General Fusion
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: Canada
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
31st
Company name: Emerald Technology Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2000
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Visedo
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechAI
HQ Country: Switzerland
Investment Geography:EuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
32nd
Company name: Fifty Years
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Advano
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: SustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEuropeAsia-Pacific
33rd
Company name: Urban Us
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: ChargeLab
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
34th
Company name: Closed Loop Partners
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2014
Notable Portfolio Company Name: AMP Robotics
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: CleantechRoboticsAISustainabilityEnergy
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
35th
Company name: Fifth Wall
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Allbirds
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: Cleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
36th
Company name: Social Impact Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 2
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: PreAct Technologies
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityAISustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
37th
Company name: Munich Venture Partners
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2005
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Relayr
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityCleantechEnergy
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:Europe
38th
Company name: Cycle Capital Management
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2009
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Enerkem
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechAI
HQ Country: Canada
Investment Geography:North AmericaAsia-Pacific
39th
Company name: eCAPITAL entrepreneurial Partners
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 1999
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Sonnen GmbH
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: AISustainabilityEnergyCleantech
HQ Country: Germany
Investment Geography:Europe
40th
Company name: OGCI Climate Investments
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2014
Notable Portfolio Company Name: GHGSat
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: CleantechMobilitySustainabilityEnergy
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
41st
Company name: EnerTech Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 1996
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Powerside
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: EnergyCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
42nd
Company name: Maniv Mobility
Geography: Middle East & Africa
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2015
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Hailo
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityAI
HQ Country: Israel
Investment Geography:Middle East & AfricaEuropeNorth America
43rd
Company name: Clean Energy Trust
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: 75F
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechSustainabilityMobility
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
44th
Company name: Artesian Capital Management
Geography: Asia-Pacific
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2004
Notable Portfolio Company Name: 5B
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantechRoboticsAI
HQ Country: Australia
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeNorth AmericaMiddle East & AfricaSouth America
45th
Company name: Mustard Seed
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Switchee
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityEnergyCleantech
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:Europe
46th
Company name: National Grid Partners
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2018
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SparkCognition
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: AIEnergy
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Middle East & AfricaAsia-PacificEuropeNorth America
47th
Company name: Energy Foundry
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Span
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergySustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
48th
Company name: Better Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Ride Report
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: CleantechSustainabilityMobility
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North AmericaEurope
49th
Company name: Future Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2018
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityAICleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
50th
Company name: Samsung Catalyst Fund
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Wefox
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: MobilityAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
51st
Company name: Wireframe Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Span (Energy Storage)
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: CleantechEnergyMobility
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
52nd
Company name: Schneider Electric (SE) Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2019
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Claroty
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
53rd
Company name: Toyota AI Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Joby Aviation
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: RoboticsMobilityAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
54th
Company name: Blue Bear Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Everactive
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: CleantechAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
55th
Company name: Building Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 1
Founded: 2017
Notable Portfolio Company Name: enVerid
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechSustainabilityRobotics
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
56th
Company name: Autotech Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: SpotHero
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityAICleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:EuropeNorth America
57th
Company name: Lux Capital
Geography: North America
Investor Type Growth
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2000
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Zoox
Investor type: Growth
Focus industry: MobilityRoboticsAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
58th
Company name: Fontinalis Partners
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2009
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Ike Robotics
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: MobilityAIRobotics
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
59th
Company name: Equinor Energy Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 1991
Notable Portfolio Company Name: ChargePoint
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: EnergyCleantech
HQ Country: Norway
Investment Geography:Middle East & AfricaEuropeNorth America
60th
Company name: Constellation Technology Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2010
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Proterra
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: EnergyMobilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
61st
Company name: Baruch Future Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2012
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Fervo Energy
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyCleantechAI
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:North America
62nd
Company name: InMotion Ventures
Geography: Europe
Investor Type Corporate
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2016
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Lyft
Investor type: Corporate
Focus industry: Mobility
HQ Country: United Kingdom
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeNorth America
63rd
Company name: Factor[e] Ventures
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0
Founded: 2013
Notable Portfolio Company Name: Zola Electric
Investor type: Early stage
Focus industry: EnergyMobilitySustainabilityCleantech
HQ Country: United States
Investment Geography:Asia-PacificEuropeMiddle East & AfricaNorth America
64th
Company name: Prime Coalition
Geography: North America
Investor Type Early stage
Number of Public Votes 0