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4WARD.VC Portfolio

EExion EV Battery Startup

EExion has developed breakthrough supercapacitor battery technology at the renowned Bar Ilan University that requires no pollutive or expensive rare materials like Lithium or Cobalt, charges scooters and EVs in minutes, not hours and lasts 20-30x longer without degradation. EExion’s technology is going to revolutionize both the constant-use e-mobility and energy storage markets.

SEED – Jul 2022

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Mycocycle has developed truly circular sci-fi technology, mushrooms that consume petrochemical-based trash from construction & demolition and turn it into valuable, sustainable fillers for construction materials. Their nature-based, patent-pending, scaleable solution transforms trash into treasure, tackling the $212B+ C&D waste management industry while preventing 2.94tons of CO2 per ton of trash processed.

SEED – Oct 2022

Applied Bioplastics plant based hybrid plastics

Applied Bioplastics has pioneered a patent-pending recyclable bioplastic created from mixing 30-40% ordinary plant fiber with traditional polymer resins for a resulting bioplastic that’s at cost or cheaper than conventional polypropylene with 30-40% less CO2 emissions!

SEED – Oct 2022

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
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
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 them/Matt enough - their network & hustle is incredibly valuable.
Dror SoferCEO of EExion
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
Nicholas WeberCEO of Voltiris
Matt has been an incredible supporter of our company and took a genuine personal interest in the growth of our product and customer base. His expertise in growth hacking has been instrumental in developing creative GTM strategies and acquiring more users. He is pleasant to work with, responsive, and fits really well into our team of doers.
Vlad CazacuCEO of Flowlie
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's team to scale the business, create value for our investors and accelerate the positive climate impact we're creating.
Greg LaptevskyCEO of Myro
Matt has been very much willing to help and gave a lot of interesting insights and ideas. Very lovely working with people like that, who are truly passionate about climate tech and are happy to guide startups in the right direction.
Julia SemeniukCEO of BuzzUp

Personal Portfolio

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Assure Services is the largest provider of VC fund administration and SPV services for the private investment market worldwide. There simple platform, KYC/AML compliance and legal services allow fund managers and syndicators like 4WARD.VC to focus on what they do best, investing in promising ventures.

SEED – 2019

DOTS Fertilizer Agtech

DOTS is a spinout from the prestigious Ben-Gurion University and have developed an IoT sensing device/system for real-time nitrate and fertilizer monitoring, allowing farmers to increase margins 2.5x by preventing $80B/yr in overused fertilizer waste, which would otherwise end up contaminating local water supplies.

SEED – Jul 2022

Public Goods DTC startup

Public Goods is a DTC subscription consumer brand producing and selling premium, sustainable, paraben/toxic-chemical free personal care, grocery and household products at an everyday affordable price.

SEED – Aug 2017

Climate Crop biotech seed startups

Climate Crop is a biotech seed company fighting climate change by drastically increasing carbon capture and crop yields across all plant species (incl. 2x CO2 capture in trees) through genetic protein modification developed at Israel’s acclaimed Weizmann Institute.

SEED – Aug 2022

Applied Bioplastics plant based hybrid plastics

Applied Bioplastics has pioneered a patent-pending recyclable bioplastic created from mixing 30-40% ordinary plant fiber with traditional polymer resins for a resulting bioplastic that’s at cost or cheaper than conventional polypropylene with 30-40% less CO2 emissions!

SEED – Oct 2022

Green Jets Emissionless Electric Jet Engines

Green Jets team of ex-Rolls Royce engineers have spent the last 2 years and £14M in governmental grant funding to create and patent a next-gen electric jet engine to decarbonize the future aviation.

SERIES A – Oct 2022

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Flowlie is disrupting the outdated venture capital industry with a simplified deal flow and back office management system for  startup fundraising to reduce the friction in startup fundraising and VC investing, especially for syndicates like 4WARD.VC.

SEED – Sept 2022

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Tesseract designs and builds ultra sustainable, high-performance spacecraft propulsion systems for next generation micro cubesat installations.

PRE-SEED – Jun 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Investor FAQs

1
Why invest via 4WARD.VC's syndicate?

In addition to getting access to our most promising post-accelerator companies, investing via a syndicate is just more convenient for most accredited investors as we vet startups, take them through our 10 week grow & scaling program and manage all of the legal aspects of setting up and running the SPV.

2
What is an SPV?

An SPV is a Special Purpose Vehicle, i.e., an LLC investment vehicle that we use to invest collectively in a startup.

3
Will I be on the cap table?

No. By joining our syndicate, you’re investing in membership of the SPV, which then invests in the company on your behalf – meaning no additional legal complications/obligations/fees for you.

4
What is the minimum I can invest?

The minimum is $3,000+ per deal, depending on the allocation we secure in the round.

5
Is it mandatory to invest or take my pro-rata rights?

No. All investments are 100% optional for all members.

6
Is there a setup fee?

Yes.

For most deals, we use Vauban and there is a variable per deal fee starting at $4.9k + 1% of funds raised.

7
What does it mean to be an accredited investor?

While accreditation laws vary based on jurisdiction, in the USA, an accredited investor is designated by the SEC to mean either you’re net worth (excluding your home) is > $1M or you earned more than $200k/yr for at least the past two years.

8
Can non-accredited investors invest?

Yes, for certain deals (depending on jurisdiction).

NOTE: That Americans must be accredited investors in order to participate.

9
What is carry?

Carry stands for carried interest, which is a share of the profits. We charge either a ) a standard 20% for our syndicate or b) 2% mgmt fees and a 10% carry, which is paid out in exchange for negotiating the deal, performing due diligence, crafting the deal memo and setting up/running the SPV.

10
Can I also invest into the accelerator itself?

If you are interested in learning more about our Partner in Crime Accelerator, please send me an email 🙂

Startup FAQs

1
What are the advantages of 4WARD.VC vs a traditional accelerator?

If you read the details about 4WARD.VC’s Partner in Crime Climate Accelerator program and know Matt Ward, you already know the answer. You won’t be part of some nameless, faceless cohort – we’ll be down & dirty partners in crime, leveraging our network, systems, hustle and 50+ mentors to help you power your business forward.

It’ll be intense, but it will be worth it 🙂

2
How much does 4WARD.VC invest?

For seed stage companies, we invest $100k for 5%.

For pre-seed, we do $50k for 5%.

And after the program, we open the round to our syndicate as well which can add anywhere from $50-500k, depending on LP interest.

3
Are the terms negotiable?

No – see our 4WARD.VC’s Partner in Crime Climate Accelerator program page for more details.

If I/we don’t bring 10-100x the value of a measly 5% of your company, we’re doing something wrong. Between clients, investors, grant funding and scaleable growth, we plan to 2-4x your valuation within 10 weeks – no scammy Google/FB ads to “fake” your J-curve growth necessary!

4
Does it cost anything?

Is that a joke? Of course not!

Any accelerator that charges you money is a scam.

5
Will you help me with fundraising?

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

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

6
Can you help me get grants?

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

7
Can I pitch on The Startup Tank?

Of course!

You will get your chance once you’ve finished the program and are ready for primetime.

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Why choose 4WARD.VC?

We like to say to founders: “we won’t be the biggest check on the cap table, but we will bring the biggest heart, hustle and network.”

Becuase VC is no longer about just cash, it’s about value, hustle and TRULY helping portfolio companies succeed. And you can ask our founders: NO ONE does it better.

We aren’t just “founder-friendly”, we’ve built the world’s largest network of engaged, active climate investors, corporates and LPs through pure grit and outreach and continue to grind everyday for our companies with intros, media, partnerships, pilots and more.

“Of all the people I have worked with so far, Matt’s been the most active and helpful in terms of introductions.”

– Yehuda Borenstein, CEO of Climate Crop

Investors We Work Closely With
Launch Fund by Jason Calacanis
Draper Associates
At One Ventures
Peak Capital
Nomea VC
Future Energy Ventures
Pale Blue Dot
C3 Climate Capital
Climentum Capital
extantia net zero circle
Nucleus Capital
Ubermorgen Ventures
Pirate Impact VC
WiVenture Climate VC
UVC Partners
Capital Nature Israeli Cleantech VC
Buoyant Ventures
Zero Carbon Capital

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