Tech 4 Climate Podcast

Tech 4 Climate Podcast


Welcome to the Tech 4 Climate Podcast

During the show, you will have the opportunity to meet the best climate tech founders, investors, and experts from Silicon Valley and around the globe. 

They will share their stories and personal journeys into this growing and exciting industry, giving you some insight into the ecosystems can that help you participate in the fight against climate change and benefit from the opportunities it can present.

How it works

The podcast is divided into 2 short interviews:

Part I :
“Meet the Guest Speaker”

During the first part, you will get to know our speakers, what they do and their perspectives on the climate crisis, and how ClimateTech is changing the game.

Part II :
“What’s my Secret Sauce?”

You will learn from the speakers; their secret sauce on how to and share with you their unique expertise on topics such as fundraising, management, strategy, etc, to help you to become a better leader in your field.


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Episode #28: Meet the Founder series


Beth Zonis

Senior Director @ Cleantech Open Northeast

Part 1: Meet the Founder:

During this special episode of our Founder series, we are sitting down with Beth Zonis Senior Director @ the Cleantech Open Northeast chapter and 4 of the finalists from the 2021 program. The Cleantech Open initiative emerged in 2005 out of the MIT Enterprise Forum and eventually grew over the years until it formally became the CleanTech Open in 2011.  They are considered  the world’s oldest and largest cleantech accelerator, providing entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch a successful cleantech company. Its mission is to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. 

I was excited to host this special episode and learn more about the Cleantech Open and the 4 incredible entrepreneurs deploying exciting innovations in the fight against climate change. In this episode, following the CleanTech Open introduction from Beth, we will hear from Francesco Benedetti, CEO & Cofounder at Osmoses. Osmoses is on a ​​mission  to eliminate the energy waste associated with chemical separations by using efficient membrane technology, reducing costs for their customers and carbon emissions for the environment! The second founder presenting is  Andrew Lee, Co-founder at Innovia GEO Corp which is providing energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling solutions to owners, developers, and other stakeholders involved in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and homes. The third pitch is with Tim Guiterman Co-Founder at InfiSense, a sensor and software company that provides clean, consistent, and actionable data to the businesses that are solving today’s toughest problems, including decarbonization, quantifying sustainability with ESG data, and growing food indoors with higher yields and less resources. Finally we will hear from Chao Yan, Scientist at Princeton University and Founder at Princeton NuEnergy which develops advanced technologies for recycling Li-ion batteries based on their extensive IP in handling cathode and anode materials.

Finally you will learn how you can get involved in their exciting journey deploying  innovations in the fight against climate change.

#28 Anthony Baker, Founder and CEO @ Satellite Vu

Meet a Space geek who, after 20 years in the aerospace industry, dropped his comfortable paycheck to build a satellite company from scratch that can help make better decisions in the fight against climate change.

#27 Mike Winterfield Founder, & Managing Partners @ Active Impact Investments

Discover the adventurous story of Mike Winterfield and his passion for getting “lost in nature”, building high performing teams and creating impact at scale through investments & support of early stage climate startups with Active Impact Investments.

#26 Mihir Pershad, CEO @ Umami Meats

From US to Asia meet Mihir Pershad, the Bioengineer & serial entrepreneur who is growing seafood without the fish by crafting sustainable cultivated seafood from a lab.

#25 Mehrad Yaghmai, Program Director @

From Dubai to California, Mehrad invests and teaches others to invest in Climate Tech.

#24 Derek Handley, Co-Founder and Managing Partner @ Aera VC

Astronaut in waiting, Serial entrepreneur, founder CEO of a non-profit (BTeam) co-founded by Sir Richard Branson, and now an impactful investor with Aera VC. Meet Derek Handley, who believes in the amazing potential of the human spirit to build solutions for global problems such as Climate Change.

#23 Dr. David Miller, Co-Founder @ Clean Energy Ventures

From successful Telco Entrepreneur, to investing in startups which have the potential to mitigate 2.5 gigatons of CO2 by 2050, discover the story of Dr. David Miller with Clean Energy Venture.

#22 Alex Teng, Chief of Staff @ Fifty Years VC

From his work at Caltech Labs running Climate change studies to his role at Fifty years VC supporting portfolio companies and investments decisions with his deep science background, discover the unique story of Alex Teng.

#21 Candice Ammori, Founder & Director Climate Tech @ On Deck

Learn more about the power of “community” and how connecting with talented, like minded individuals can drive innovations to accelerate the fight against climate change.

#20 Chiara Cecchini, CEO & Co-Founder @ Future Food Americas

Learn more about the state of Food Tech industry today and how its innovation can accelerate the fight against climate change.

#19 Karolina Ling-Vannerus, Founder & CEO @ Circulate

From her passion for Freeskiing, to working at McKinsey an launching the first B2B marketplace for sustainable packaging, discover the story of Karolina and Circulate.

#18 Sophie Purdom, Co-founder @ ClimateTech VC

From Blog Post to the ClimateTech Newsletter, Discover the story of ClimateTech VC co-founders.

#17 Ryan Kushner, Co-founder and Director of Startups @ Third Derivative

From Burning man, to writing a book, and dedicating his whole career to supporting ClimateTech founders, discover the unique story and insights from Ryan Kushner.

#16 Josh Santos, Co-founder and CEO at Noya

From a spreadsheet to +300k unique visitors, Climate Base helps you find the right job at a company or organisation that fights Climate Change.

#15 Troy Carter, Founder and CEO @ Earthshot Labs

Learn how their unique open-source machine learning models can incentivise better land use management contributing to solve ecological collapse at a global level.

#14 Jacqueline van den Ende, Co-founder at Carbon Equity

Good for your financial returns, good for the planet. Discover a new way to put your money to work for the climate while increasing your odds of making significant returns.

#13 Kimberly Baker, Director of Innovation at Elemental Excelerator

“It takes a village to empower founders tackling Climate Change”. Discover how Elemental Excelerator is bringing an enormous contribution into it.

#12 Robert Luo, Founder & CEO at Mi Terro

Mi Terro’s unique proprietary tech allows agricultural waste to be upcycled into compostable biomaterials to replace plastic and paper for food, fashion & packaging.

#11 Ryan Bethencourt, CEO at Wild Earth

Discover how Wild Earth are creating clean protein pet foods that are healthier for your pet and better for the environment.

#10 Federico Garcea, Co-founder & CEO @ Treedom

From selling Italian Gelato to launching the 1st online community to plant 1.9M trees remotely with local farmers.

#9 Bergur Sigfússon, Head of CO2 capture and injection at CarbFix

Learn more about the science and opportunities to turn C02 into stones with Carbfix.

#8 Andreea Constantinescu, Partner at Planet First Partners

From Goldman Sachs to ClimateTech VC’s. Discover the incredible story of Andreea and Planet First.

#7 Sylvain Carle, Senior Director at SecondMuse

From Tech To ClimateTech! Learn how Sylvain made the jump to support early stage Climate Tech founders.

#6 Lubomila Jordanova, CEO & Co-Founder at Plan A

Plan A in the fight against Climate Change.

#5 Chris Stern, CEO and Co-founder at CarbiCrete

Carbicrete’s innovative Carbon-negative concrete process is the new weapon to tackle the 10% of Global C02 emitted by the concrete production.

#4 Fridtjof Detzner &  Nick de la Forge, Co-founders of Planet A

Discover how Planet A’s team is driving their investment decisions using a quantitative approach to validate and measure impact as their central metric of success.

#3 Lisa Gautier, CEO and Co-founder of Hackyourcloset

From Spotify to Fashion: How Lisa is changing the way you can access clothes with style and impact.

#2 Heidi Lindvall, General Partner at Pale Blue Dot

From a human rights journalist to co-founding one of the Top European ClimateTech funds with 100+M USD under management.

#1 Ryan Shearman, Co-founder & CEO of Aether Diamonds

Discover how the world's first Sustainable Diamonds are made of CO2 captured in the air.


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Edition #4
December 16th - 2021


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