As the world grapples with the crippling effects of climate change and its far-reaching ramifications on humanity, the time has come to shift our focus from fear and resignation to instilling hope and building solutions. To navigate this shift, we must undergo “The Great Transition”, one that requires us to think, act and behave differently. At the heart of this transition lies our capabilities to innovate and the critical lever of catalytic capital.Time: 12:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET
Addressing the Capital Challenge: Early-Stage Climate Tech Solutions with Jane Woodward
The urgent need to combat climate change has never been more apparent. Yet, early-stage climate tech ventures face significant challenges in attracting the capital necessary to bring their innovative solutions to market. This gap represents not only a market failure but also a missed opportunity to accelerate the transition to a sustainable future.
In 2021, Jane Woodward, Managing Partner of WovenEarth Ventures, with over three decades of experience in teaching at Stanford and investing in energy transition and decarbonization, identified this critical challenge. She recognized that the market for US early-stage climate tech was poorly understood and that the timing was ripe for intervention. Many investors were understandably hesitant to invest in early stage, given the small, young, and technical nature of most funds in a rapidly evolving and complex market. Jane’s insights led to the creation of WovenEarth, a curated and highly diverse fund of funds designed to address these challenges.
During this live fireside chat and audience Q&A, Impact Entrepreneur’s Laurie Lane-Zucker welcomes Jane Woodward to discuss the difficulties faced by early-stage climate tech companies in attracting capital. They will explore examples of fund managers and co-investments within WovenEarth’s portfolio, Jane’s insights about the urgency of the climate situation, and the broader opportunities that impact entrepreneurs and their climate tech solutions offer to help mitigate this extremely challenging situation.
Join us for an enlightening conversation that goes beyond investment strategies to delve into the heart of the climate challenge and the innovative solutions that hold the promise of a sustainable future.
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Join our next Coffee Chat with social entrepreneur and author David Gaines to discuss employee wellness in the workplace. As social enterprises, the reason why we work so hard is very clear: to support social initiatives. However, we can sometimes forget that the group of people we can have the most impact with are those on our teams. And the better our teams work together and learn to have a healthy work/life balance, the more impact we can have within our organizations. So while serving our teams and employees are not our primary organizational focus, ensuring a healthy culture should be one of our highest priorities. In this Coffee Chat, we will be free to ask questions and learn from each other about various employee wellness initiatives that have worked and why they are so important to focus on.
Join Social Enterprise Alliance for Coffee Chats, an informal, practical, skills-building discussion to help you grow your impact-focused enterprise. Bring your cup of coffee or sit down with your lunch as we explore a key social enterprise topic and tap into the unique expertise of our incredible community. No matter your stage of growth or business model, you’ll walk away with new insights and connections to the social enterprise community! This virtual event is FREE and open to all who are looking to start or grow their social enterprise venture.
This Coffee Chat features David Gaines, CEO of La Terza Roasterie and author of “Radical Business: The Root of Your Work and How it Can Change the World.”
Register here and join us on Thursday, October 19th at 12pm CT. We look forward to seeing you at this informative, valuable learning session!
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT