Climate Ventures 2.0

Climate Ventures 2.0

GoodCompany Ventures launched Climate Ventures 2.0 in 2014, in collaboration with the White House’s Climate Data Initiative.  CV2 offers a platform to present data and technical resources of the CDI collaborators as a rich opportunity to mobilize entrepreneurial responses, and the proven process to identify and develop exemplary innovations into entrepreneurial success stories that can make a real impact on climate threats.

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Climate Ventures 2.0 will launch four phases, based on the model that GCV has refined over the past 5 years:

I) Mobilize: GCV will organize research with its founding partner, the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, to reframe climate threats to water and food security as actionable targets for entrepreneurial innovation, (i) segmenting and quantifying the economic impact of climate threats, (ii) identifying available data sets and technology resources and potential use cases, through interviews with CDI contributors and (iii) prioritizing demand, through interviews with resilience experts. The resulting opportunity roadmap will enable the CDI participants to speak collectively to the entrepreneurial community in a way that invites collaboration and calls for action.

II) Source: Social entrepreneurs will be selected for CV2 via a global sourcing campaign. In addition to GCV’s established network of pipeline partners, GCV is partnering with CDI participants that host innovation competitions to fast-track their finalists.

III) Accelerate: These engagement efforts will culminate in a White House selection event at which a panel of climate experts will select 10 finalists to participate in our intensive 12-week accelerator. Our core curriculum requires the entrepreneurs to work through a structured strategy curriculum, based on weekly challenges and peer-critiques. For CV2, our curriculum and mentoring capacity will be augmented by climate and technology advisors from among the CDI participants.

IV) Launch: In GCV’s experience, private capital can be engaged to support the launch of social enterprises, but only after a pilot designed to test key assumptions has demonstrated the efficacy of both the innovation and its delivery model. Our accelerator identifies the key risks that may pose barriers to investment and designs efficient proof-of-concept pilots to be implemented through the global networks of resilience initiatives associated with the CDI. Upon completion of the accelerator, GCV supports the fundraising efforts of its entrepreneurs through impact investor showcase events in select cities.


We know that the impacts of climate change are immenent, but preparing for them requires cross sector collaboration, the custom development of cutting-edge technologies, and distribution channels to ensure accurate placement.  

Climate Ventures 2.0 aggregates and coordenates all of the information and resources in order for publicly held social and environmental problem sets to be translated into market opportunities for entrepreneurs, the best of whom will receive world class acceleration with input from subject matter experts and end users, as well as pilot opportunities in select cities globally.


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Piloting innovations where theyre needed most




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