Partner in Clime
Growth Program

Helping top climate VCs accelerate portfolio's growth
Investment / Advisor Portfolio
EExion EV Battery Startup
Public Goods DTC Startup
Applied Bioplastics
Mycocycle Construction Biotech white
Innovia GEO geothermal HVAC
REplace Energy
Maas Loop white
DOTS fertilizer nitrate sensing

Partnering with Top Climate Investors

We aren’t your “typical” beginner’s program accelerator here to give generic advice. We don’t take cohorts of 10-50+ companies to index the market. We don’t even invest…

Welcome to a new type of post-VC growth accelerator – The Partner in Clime Growth Program: the hands-on hustling partner to top VC funds to help portfolio companies grow, scale, fundraise (if needed) and accelerate progress 5-10x… Which derisks your investment, drives markups and helps to raise follow-on funds.

How it Works?

We partner with a VERY select number of top climate & sustainability investors (3-5) and become the “outsource” portfolio support and massive growth partner your fund CANNOT be to allow elite but small VC funds the ability to compete with and outhustle/outperform the mega funds in your support, acceleration and value-add for your portfolio companies.

Causing the companies to grow and scale faster and more great founders and deal flow to come your way (because “founder friendly” doesn’t cut it).

We leverage the world’s largest local-to-global climate community, plus our 250+ industry mentors (and their networks) and our major platform and reach to supercharge select VC’s portfolio companies.

Put Simply:

  1. You invest in top climate startups
  2. They enter our Partner in Clime Growth Program
  3. We “overwhelm” them with intros, partnership, growth and fundraising
  4. They see major results with sales/pilots/partnerships & funding
  5. And you leverage that plus improved deal flow to raise larger and larger funds

It’s that simple. You focus on LPs & investing. We focus on growth, support & scaling.

Worth a chat? We only have availability for 1-2 other VC partners at the moment so let us know if you’re interested in upleveling your portfolio and your fund’s reputation & results.

Key Benefits:

  1. Powering PORTFOLIO’s Growth with 50+ warm intros to corporates, clients, customers & pilots to land portfolio serious traction (goal of 2-5 major pilots/customers) and prove out their tech – because once ABinBev, Johnson Matthey, Pepsi, Porsche or Unilever are onboard, it’s easy to get the other clients.
  2. Amplifying PORTFOLIO’s Network with 250+ mentors (places like Honda, HSBC, Lufthansa, DOE, Shell, Bayer etc…) looking to help our companies and make connections, 14k+ Climate Techies (seeking partnerships, decarbonization and potential investments) and our systems and process to help you scale your outreach, sales & marketing.
  3. Building PORTFOLIO’s Sales Engine with our cold outreach, sales, marketing and partnerships templates and playbooks.
  4. Raising PORTFOLIO’s Next Rounds with helping on pitching and pitch decks, dozens of warm intros to world class VCs (you’ve seen our VC database), featuring portfolio on The Startup Tank and in our various newsletters and Climate Techies channels.
  5. Landing PORTFOLIO’s Grant Funding with sessions from our experts to help unlock billions in governmental grants and tax credits.
  6. Unlocking PORTFOLIO’s Expert Team with free personalized sessions with our sales & corporate relations, legal & IP, financial model, hiring & HR and deeptech/industry specialists.

The 12 Week Program

NOTE: Everything is 100% customizable to your portfolio and their company/stage/needs… we are not some template program for two dozen founders, but a completely personalized partner in clime here to help your portfolio succeed!

Week 1:

  • Program onboarding (with Notion, Airtable, templates, automations etc…)
  • Goal Setting & strategic outlining
  • Getting set up for growth & scaling
  • Intense Climate Tech networking
  • Mentor networking and helpful introductions

Week 2:

  • Systematic biz dev outreach (Email + Linkedin with provided templates)
  • Access to ALL of our unfiltered corporate/client/govt/consultant databases for warm intros
  • Strategic corporate & partner intros: 50+
  • Setting up/perfecting your investor updates emails

Week 3:

  • Continued outreach/biz dev
  • All Things VC Funding: Pitching & Pitch Decks
  • Free Personalized Sessions:
    • With our legal counsel on DD and IP issues
    • With our climate tech patent attorney

Week 4:

  • Building your next round’s fundraising strategy
  • Finalizing initial Sales and/or Investor decks
  • Identifying target VCs
  • Preparing investor outreach (with provided templates & tricks)
  • Free Personalized Session with our climate grants specialists

Week 5:

  • Continued business development push
  • Closing 1st new pilots / customers?
  • Unfiltered access to our Climate VC network (for intros)
  • Free Personalized Session with our Fractional CFO on Building your Financial Growth Models

Week 6:

  • Perfecting your Sales and/or Investor Deck
  • Practicing your Sales and/or Investor Pitch

Week 7:

  • Free Sales and/or Investor Deck audit with our design team
  • Systematic investor outreach (for companies looking to fundraise)
    • Plus strategic intros to at least 20-50+ Climate VCs

Week 8:

Week 9:

  • Continued fundraising & business development
  • More introductions to partners, investors & clients
  • Free Personalized Session with our Climate Tech HR specialist on hiring

Week 10:

  • Hopefully getting several major pilot projects and terms sheets
  • Post-fundraise strategy and KPIs to hit

Weeks 11&12: Program Wrap Up and next steps…

The Terms

We partner with top climate VCs to help their companies grow and scale faster and share in the upside. Reach out to matt @ 4ward . vc for more details.


Because NO ONE works harder or smarter for their companies, no one’s better connected in the climate space and NO ONE wants it more.

We spent the last two years building the world’s largest local-to-global climate community, a robust 250+ mentor network and connections to top corporate, VC and governmental players to accelerate collaboration and impact at scale.

Then we perfected our hands-on accelerator with 7 incredible companies before deciding rather than be just another investor, why not focus on what we do best: helping and scaling startups through network, connections and our mass platform exposure?

Hence partnering with top funds to become your post-investment growth program for your portfolio – so you can focus on what you do best: raising funds and picking amazing companies… And we can handle the growth and company support!

BONUS PERK for FUNDS: Now you can market yourselves as more than just “founder friendly,” but have truly differentiated value and network to provide your portfolio companies 🙂

Our Portfolio

Dozens of Corporates & Universities We Work With

For Pilots, Partnerships and Your Sales Pipeline




Columbia University

Johnson Matthey



University of Michigan


Caravel Group

Philip Morris









Arizona State University

Department of Energy (DOE)



SCG Chemicals

Texas A&M

National Grid



Louis Dreyfus

Heritage Group

Octopus Energy

Franz Haniel


Citi Group




Georgia Tech


Finless Foods


Impact Hub


Breakthrough Energy


First Republic Bank

Deutsche Energie-Agentur


Octopus Energy



AMAG Group


Startup Nation

Anheuser Busch

Transition Global


Startup Basecamp




Doral Energy

Edible Planet Ventures

Blue Invest


Sustainable Aero


BMW Foundation

A Sample of Our 200+ A Team Advisors & Mentors

A Massively Connected Network

Elie Goldfarb

Ventures: Lufthansa Innovation Hub

Travel, Aerospace, Transportation

Stanley Ng - New Energy Nexus

Stanley Ng

Program Director: New Energy Nexus, SE Asia Lead: Third Derivative

Energy & Cleantech, SE Asia Markets

Nadav Steinmetz

General Partner: Nomea VC

Batteries, Material Science, Climate Adaptation

Julien Fredonie - Honda

Julien Fredonie

Head of Partnerships: Honda Research Institute Europe

Mobility, Automotive, Energy, Transit

Parikshit Sharma - IndieBio

Parikshit Sharma

Partner: IndieBio, SOSV

Biotech, Foodtech, Agtech

Liliya Chechel - Shell Ventures

Liliya Chechel

Investor: Shell Ventures

Oil & Gas, Energy, Infrastructure

Guneet Banga - Caravel Group and Aera VC

Guneet Banga

Exec Director: Caravel Holdings
General Partner: Aera VC

Martime, Shipping & Logistics, Clean Energy

Arjun Arya - PMI

Arjun Arya

Senior Zero Carbon Engineer: Philip Morris International

Energy, Decarbonization, Hydrogen, Circularity

Jim Lockheed - JetBlue Ventures

Jim Lockheed

Investor: JetBlue Ventures

Aerospace, Transportation, Space

Rocco van der Berg - Unilever

Rocco van der Berg

Innovation Lead: Unilever Foundry

Food and Ag, Personal Care, CPG, Supply Chains

Tina Tosukhowong

Investment Director: TDK Ventures

Advanced Materials & Biomaterials

Kristin Rickert

Innovation Portfolio Director at Johnson Matthey

Energy, Chemicals, E-Fuels, Fuel Cells, Transportation

William Bao Bean - SOSV and Orbit Startups

William Bao Bean

Founding Partner: SOSV & Orbit Startups

Mobile, Developing Markets

Björn Heinz - Yara Growth Ventures

Björn Heinz

Investment Director: Yara Growth

Foodtech, Agtech, Biotech

Laurent Guengant

Global VP of Environmental Div: Hitachi

Renewables, Mobility, Manufacturing

Of all the people I have worked with so far, Matt’s been the most active and helpful in terms of introductions. He has made tons of great intros to relevant potential investors and collaborators, and I am extremely happy we are working together. He is also very communicative and a great partner to think with and bring ideas to communication and messages
Yehuda BorensteinCEO of Climate Crop
Matt, I would like to thank you very much for what to do. When you said that the acceleration program will provided me with a lot of value, I couldn't believe it. But after yesterday I am sure it will be. I already have 5-6 meetings booked. I just finished a meeting with ABinBev and they invite us to an acceleration program with a budget of $100K
Pawel CiesielskiCEO of Maas Loop
4WARD.VC invested in EExion's seed round and has been instrumental from day one in helping us connect to great investors, prospective clients and strategic partners. Can't recommend Matt/4WARD.VC enough - their network & hustle is incredibly valuable.
Dror SoferCEO of EExion
Matt and his connections within ClimateTech have been super helpful over the past few months. He helped us tremendously in closing our first financing round!
Rene HaasCEO of NeoCarbon
I have been working with Matt for the past few months, he is very dynamic, well-connected, and resourceful. More important (at least for me), Matt is smart and thinks broadband regarding the market, the market approach, and in general. I interact with Matt periodically and get his ideas, feedback, guidance, and insights as to how to approach various matters, mostly focused on funding, but also as a “second opinion” in general about running the startup – for me, it is very helpful.
Rafi LeviCEO of DOTS
We’ve enjoyed every aspect of our collaboration with 4WARD.VC and Matt. From the first day, Matt has opened his network to us and helped us make valuable connections in the climate ecosystem
Nicolas WeberCEO of Voltiris
4WARD.VC, led by Matt Ward, has been our super connector in more ways than one. I'm excited for our growing partnership with 4WARD.VC's team to scale the business, create value for our investors and accelerate our positive climate impact.
Greg LaptevskyCEO of Myro

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the terms for VC partners?

Not to publish on a public page 🙂

Let’s chat. matt @

Which VCs are you working with?

Please reach out as some investors prefer discretion.

Can you help our portfolio get grants?

Yes, we will definitely try. That’s part of the program as well, equipping your companies with the help, resources and programs they need to non-dilutively fund their company and drive their business.

Does it cost anything?

The program doesn’t “cost” startups anything.

We set up mutually beneficial relationships with our VC partners to align incentives for max results.

Can companies pitch on The Startup Tank?

Of course!

They will get their chance once they’ve finished the program and are ready for primetime.

Will you help our portfolio with fundraising?

Next to helping them get 2-3 new clients and/or pilots during the program, helping them with fundraising is the point 🙂

Our goal’s to help your portfolio raise their round within 2-3 months of completing the program (if needed) and we introduce them to 20-40 targeted investors (and CVCs) in our network to get them in the door and get great co-investors onboard.

Investors We Work Closely With
At One Ventures
Nomea VC
Future Energy Ventures
Pale Blue Dot
C3 Climate Capital
Climentum Capital
extantia net zero circle
Nucleus Capital
Ubermorgen Ventures
WiVenture Climate VC
UVC Partners
Capital Nature Israeli Cleantech VC
Buoyant Ventures
Zero Carbon Capital

Invest alongside us in top companies moving the world forward!

Our Incubator & Accelerator Partners
gener8tor - climate accelerator and VCgener8tor - climate accelerator and VC
carbon13 climate venture builder program
HAX hardware accelerator from SOSV
IndieBio biotech accelerator
labs:02 Israeli climate accelerator
techstars climate accelerator
Third Derivative Climate Accelerator
Greentown Labs climate incubator
Cleantech Open
Elemental Excelerator
Joules Accelerator