Continuing our mission of raising awareness around the threat of climate change, inspiring more investors to join the climate fight, and deploying capital in the most critical transition humanity has ever faced, we are excited to announce the ultimate category winners of the 2021 Climate 50 list!
2021 Top leading Climate Tech investors
Climate 50 is an annually published list of the Top 50 most recognized Climate Tech investors. The 2021 list below represents the most impactful climate investors helping founders realize novel solutions that move us towards a more sustainable energy transition and planet. Started in 2020, when 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 capitalist contributing to this significant journey to net zero.
The Climate 50 ranking methodology was created by Contrarian Ventures. We sought to craft a methodology that would incorporate metrics that define a great investor. We reached beyond traditional financial performance metrics, taking into account less traditional metrics such as the founder's voice, and a recognizable VC brand. Lastly, we did not forget you - the climate community. Your voice also counts.
In the 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 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework, and only included 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 seven 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 Dealroom.co. Each direct metric has its own weighting. All seven direct metrics combined represent 80% of the final Investor Score.
Seven direct metrics are as follows:
Metric #1. Companies invested (2021): number of investments into new companies in 2021.
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): number of portfolio companies valued from $100M to $1B.
Metric #4. Exits (2021): number of exits completed by the investor in 2021.
Metric #5. Exits (last 10 years): number of exits completed by the investor in the last 10 years.
Metric #6. Unicorn portfolio companies (with a valuation of $1B+): number of portfolio companies valued over $1B that have Unicorn status.
Metric #7. SDG-related companies invested / total companies invested (2021): Ratio of SDG-related investments to the total number of investments into new companies in 2021.
Indirect metrics take into account the non-investment related activity of the investor. Three indirect investor metrics were taken into account while calculating the overall Investor Score. Each indirect metric has its own weighting. All three indirect metrics combined represent 20% of the final Investor Score.
Three indirect metrics are as follows:
Metric #8. Brand awareness score: an aggregated number of total followers in all social media platforms combined (LinkedIn, Twitter and Medium).
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 into a single score on the Landscape platform.
Metric #10. Public score: number of public votes cast for the investor by the public on the Climate50.com platform by 21st of April, 2022.
The final Investor Score is derived based on 10 distinct metrics, and investors are ranked accordingly in the final Climate 50 list. The list is dynamic, Metric #10 will change during the voting period, and the final Climate 50 list will be published on the 25th of April 2022. The cut-off time for public votes is the 21st of April, 2022, 23:30 GMT.