20 Women in climate tech part 7

20 Women Driving The Future of Climate Tech: Part 7

At Startup Basecamp, we are working to accelerate capital deployment toward climate tech, regardless of the race, gender, or creed of the founders. In an effort to support an underrepresented group within the sector, we present Part 7 of our quarterly series of 20 women in climate tech. 
 
Every installment of this series celebrates a new victory that shows we are ever closer to reaching gender equality in climate tech. This time around it’s the news that Amazon is committing $50 million to women-led tech companies or incubators and accelerators that favor women-led entities. An example of a successful, women-backed VC fund is Buoyant VC based out of Chicago, which just raised $76 million to back climate-tech startups in the biggest-ever debut of a woman-owned US venture fund not based on the coasts. 
 
To do our bit for the amazing climate tech VCs and startups, we have been highlighting women in leadership roles across the industry. In this ongoing series, we aim to highlight the female founders who are both creating the technology needed to address climate change and those helping drive and finance it. These role models inspire us to keep creating and supporting climate innovation and, in doing so, spur on the positive feedback cycle for other climate-focused women!
 
For more useful resources on female founders and investors in climate tech, we recommend taking a look at our first editions of Women Driving the Future of Climate Tech: Part 1Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6 as well as HolonIQ’s list of 2021 Female Founders.
 
As this is our 7th installment, we now have 140 women driving the future of climate change, so we invite you to check out our full running list of all 140 women.
 
If you know of any female-led teams doing or funding climate-positive work, we hope you share it with us in this form.

1. Crystal Sacca

Founding Partner

Firm: Lower Carbon Capital

Climate Action Area:
Climate Tech

Company Mission: Lowercarbon Capital backs kickass companies that make real money slashing CO2 emissions, sucking carbon out of the sky, and buying us time to unf**k the planet.

2. Leah Bowes

Co-founder, COO

Company: CrowdSolve

Climate Action Area: Community Solutions

Company Mission: CrowdSolve helps you build and test climate innovations — from idea to business launch.

3. Roisin
Mc Cormack

Co-founder, COO

Company: GKinetic

Climate Action Area: Renewable Energy

Company Mission: Our solution has the potential to be a truly ground-breaking contributor to the renewable energy industry. Using innovative concepts and designs, sound engineering principles and a collaborative approach, we are leading the research and development of our kinetic turbine devices.

4. Caroline Busse

Co-founder

Company: Nadar

Climate Action Area: Forestry

Company Mission: Our vision is to enable transparent forest protection by utilising satellite data and artificial intelligence.

5. Kirsten Dunlop

CEO

Firm: Climate-KIC

Climate Action Area:
Climate Tech

Company Mission: EIT Climate-KIC is the EU’s climate innovation initiative, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and resilient world by enabling systems transformation. Headquartered in Amsterdam, it operates from 13 hubs across Europe and is active in 39 countries.

6. Paige Whitehead

Co-founder and CEO

Company: Nyoka

Climate Action Area: Energy Production

Company Mission: We engineer proteins to create light! Born out of Vancouver, British Columbia, our mission is to rid the world of toxic chemiluminescence, and replace all applications with our bio-based light.

Co-founders

Company: WATS

Climate Action Area:
Waste Management

Company Mission: WATS (Waste Administration Tracking Software) brings a digital dashboard full of waste-focused features to guide business operators, facilities managers, and sustainability teams in their new and ongoing engagement with waste reduction and the circular economy.

9. Amy Woolley

Head of Relations

Firm: Rockstart

Climate Action Area:
Green tech

Company Mission: We invest in ambitious founders with groundbreaking visions for a regenerative and sustainable future.

10. Cozette Wachtmeister

Co-founder and CEO

Company: Removement

Climate Action Area:
Carbon Management

Company Mission: In addition to calculating emissions, we are Sweden’s first platform that connects companies with innovative, fast and validated ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

11. Deanna MacDonald

Co-founder and CEO

Company: BunkerTrace

Climate Action Area: Logistics

Company Mission: BunkerTrace is the only company in the shipping sector able to track and trace bunker fuels with 100% accuracy. We add non-invasive molecular markers to fuels to provide evidence of origin, authenticity, and quality and digitalise the bunker supply chain to give actionable insights for reporting and compliance.

12. Brianna Welsh

Co-Founder and CEO

Company: Reneum

Climate Action Area: Carbon Management

Company Mission: Reneum is creating the first green marketplace to accelerate the energy transition. Focusing on the production of green energy rather than carbon drawdown, we offer a novel approach to environmental action. We use blockchain to fund renewable energy, leveraging the technology to verify every clean megawatt-hour produced and trace the journey of every single dollar spent.

13. Fleur Engelberts

Program Director, Renewable Energy & Net-Zero, Sustainability

Firm: Startupbootcamp

Climate Action Area: Climate Tech

Company Mission: Our global family of 20+ industry-focused programs supports startups with direct access to an international network of the most relevant mentors, partners, and investors to help them scale.

14. Tiya Gordon

Co-founder and COO

Company: itselectric

Climate Action Area: Mobility

Company Mission: Drivers can’t transition to electric vehicles without affordable and convenient EV charging infrastructure. itselectric partners with city property owners to unlock access to untapped electricity supply while they earn passive income.

15. Linda Fanney

CEO

Company: Alor

Climate Action Area: Energy Storage

Company Mission: Alor was established for the purpose of developing and later producing sustainable aluminum batteries. The aluminum batteries will accelerate energy transitions in fisheries, agriculture, transport, and industry.

16. Sofía
Ramírez Bernini

Co-founder

Firm: 1point8

Climate Action Area:
GHG Capture

Company Mission: We develop scalable, fast and cost-effective technologies to increase the global CO2 absorption potential.

17. Melissa Cheong

Managing Partner

Firm: Blackhorn VC

Climate Action Area: Deeptech

Company Mission: Blackhorn Ventures is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in companies using breakthroughs in engineering and science, coupled with the infrastructure of the Information Revolution, to redefine resource productivity.

18. Diz Petit

Founder and CEO

Company: LiquiDonate

Climate Action Area: Waste Management

Company Mission: Our technology enables retail stores to donate their unsellable goods to nonprofits and schools nationwide while savings millions of dollars each year.

19. Erin Bobicki

Co-founder and CTO

Company: Aurora Hydrogen

Climate Action Area: Hydrogen

Company Mission: Aurora Hydrogen is developing a technology that uses efficient microwave energy to heat methane in the absence of oxygen and water (pyrolysis) to produce hydrogen and solid carbon with no direct CO2 emissions.

20. Rebecca Hu

Co-founder

Company: Glacier

Climate Action Area:
Waste Management

Company Mission: Our mission is to end waste, and our first product is the world’s most affordable, high-performing, and space-efficient AI-powered robot for sorting recycling.

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