The State of Cleantech Investment

Absolute pleasure to discuss the state of cleantech VC with Monica Varman of G2 Venture Partners. We dove deep into late stage cleantech investment, how covid affected the investment landscape for supply chains and food startups particularly, the agtech technologies she is most excited by, how her experiences at Tesla and McKinsey influences her approach to investing and much more! 

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Replacing Plastic with AirCarbon – E49

Great to chat with Mark Herrema, cofounder and CEO of Newlight Technologies, a biotechnology company producing advanced sustainable materials! We discussed how they use naturally occurring microorganisms to eat greenhouse gases and produce a material called AirCarbon which can replace many uses for plastics, their 18 year journey to build such a disruptive technology, how the investing landscape for climattech has changed over the last few years and more!

Scaling Aeroponic Farming

Great to chat with Charlie Guy, Co-Founder at LettUs Grow, a company which builds aeroponic technology for indoor and vertical farms! We discussed how aeroponics differs from hydroponics, how their MVP developed into their current product, plant circadian rhythms, how universities can better support startup development and more! 

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Building the Refillable Revolution!

Great to chat with Caren McNamara, founder and CEO of Conscious Container, a company with a refillable glass bottle system to reduce Single-Use Packaging Waste! We discussed the state of global recycling, the pros and cons of glass as a container, how customers think about the aesthetics of reused bottles, the importance of transparency as you build an MVP and more!

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reBLENDING Wasted Food

Great to get into the details with Kathryn Bernell CEO and founder of reBLEND, company making high quality smoothie pops from delicious but misshapen fruits and vegetables. We discussed how they built a low waste supply chain,  how sustainably minded CPG companies think about margins, how important branded fridges in pilates studios were to their initial traction, how they track their sustainability metrics and much more!

http://carbotnic.com/reblend

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Making the World’s Waste Visible, Verifiable and Valuable

Really great to speak with Michael Groves, co-founder and CEO of Topolytics, a data analytics company that is making the world’s waste Visible, Verifiable and Valuable! We discussed why tracking waste is so important, how they utilise multiple data sources to generate insights, how monetization in cleantech has evolved over the years, the pros and cons of building a startup in Edinburgh and much more!

https://carbotnic.com/topolytics

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The Natural Carbon Revolution

Delighted to speak with Oliver Bolton, CEO of Earthly, a company which makes it easy for businesses to invest in the most effective nature-based climate solutions! We discussed the need for greater natural carbon solution funding, how they think about the carbon permanence of different approaches, the importance of having a strong and independent science board, which approaches have the greatest scalability, how path to entrepreneurship and much more!

https://carbotnic.com/earthly

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A New Method to Sequester Carbon?

Great to chat with John Lin cofounder and President of Exaquest Carbon, a research nonprofit developing a new carbon sequestration technology which slows down the decomposition of biomass! We discussed the pros and cons of different biomass carbon sequestration technologies, why understanding decomposition is so important to climate change, what is next for their research, his interesting path to working on this problem and more! 

https://carbotnic.com

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Enabling the Circular Economy


I learned so much from Garry Cooper, CEO and cofounder of Rheaply, a company which is an exchange platform for organizations to visualize, quantify, and utilize their physical assets. We discussed how a cart in a university laboratory was the genesis for Rheaply, how they are targeting the $630 billion of underutilized US asset capacity, the future of the circular economy, the importance of market place dynamics and gamification design principles to their product, how he thinks about customer feedback and shipping product, and much more!

Cleaning Up Manure Lagoons!

Really great to chat with Karen Schuett, co-founder and CEO of Livestock Water Recycling (LWR), a company cleaning up manure lagoons and reducing the climate footprint of farms! We discussed the multiple pivots along the way, why manure lagoons have such a massive impact on climate, their approach to working with farmers, the importance of good data to their technology, why agtech is so exciting right now and much more!

https://carbotnic.com/lwr

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Karen is also a new member of Canada’s Clean 50 list! https://clean50.com/honourees/karen-schuett/