First, get in line.
When you have billionaires like Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, and Richard Branson involved, you'll get lots of entrepreneurs knocking on the door.
Second, the bar is high.
Breakthrough Energy Ventures only invests in "technologies with the potential to reduce at least half a gigaton of greenhouse gases every year, about 1% of projected 2050 global emissions."
Third, they invest across the spectrum of company stage and scale. See below.
Fourth, their investments can cover a wide range of sectors with the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This was pretty mind-expanding when I first saw this. #WayMoreDiverseThanSolar
Finally, to get a sense for who they've already invested in, check out their portfolio companies here.
You feeling confident yet?
If not, then let's settle for hopeful -- that is, optimistic that the world has groups like BEV investing in world changing solutions led by high performance CEOs.
Screenshots from Breakthrough Energy Ventures website
Finally, climate change entrepreneurs are not seeking concessionary financial returns. We're not after sacrifice (though personally, I love it). It's about "yes, and" not "no, but."
We're about abundance and shareholder capitalism.
But, as speakers at this week's Sustainable Business and Social Impact conference at Duke University's business school noted, sometimes we should be fine with "great" financial returns, not "maximizing" financial returns at all costs to other stakeholders.
Photo from Jason Rosewell on Unsplash