YCombinator popularized startup demo days. Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den revolutionized the investor pitch. The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Show (brought to you by 4WARD.VC), is the best of both, bringing top sustainability, cleantech and impact startup founders to pitch climate VCs looking to fund world-changing companies
If you’re combating climate change by building the next sustainable development (SDG) superstar or circular economy unicorn and looking to fundraise from top tier VCs and angel investors, you’ve come to the right place
Apr 3rd @ 8am PST (5pm CET)
Apr 17th @ 8am PST (5pm CET)
May 1st @ 8am PST (5pm CET)
May 15th @ 8am PST (5pm CET)
4WARD.VC’s “Partner in Crime” Climate Accelerator is disrupting the outdated venture industry with the world’s most hands-on, sales & traction-focused accelerator for elite early stage climate companies.
We invest $100k for 5% in CRAZY ASS, world class climate founders tackling MASSIVE problems in areas including Food & Agriculture, Construction & Manufacturing, Commerce & Circularity, Recycling & Waste Reduction, Energy & Renewables, Transportation & Mobility and open up our network and that of our 50+ industry expert mentors to unlock unparalleled growth and scaling through a process we call “networked growth hacking” involving warm introductions to dozens (if not hundreds) of potential customers, corporates, partners and investors.
If you’re interested in more than just cash and looking for a true Partner in Crime to help grow and scale your impact and ambitions, learn more and apply here.
In addition to our “Partner in Crime” Climate Accelerator program, 4WARD.VC also has a climate investor syndicate to allow accredited investors to participate in the post-program investments in our portfolio companies.
For more information and to see if you qualify, please visit: 4WARD.VC/syndicate
In addition to increased deal flow and exposure to promising companies, investing via a syndicate is just more convenience. We find great startups, negotiate good terms, diligence the company and provide you with a deal memo and manage all of the legal aspects of setting up and running the SPV.
An SPV is a Special Purpose Vehicle, i.e., an LLC investment vehicle that we use to invest collectively in a startup.
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.
The minimum is $1000+ per deal, depending on the allocation we secure in the round.
No. All investments are 100% optional for all members.
For some deals, we use Assure (a portfolio company btw 🙂 and there is a variable per deal fee starting at $4k-9k depending our allocation.
For other deals, we use Leva which charges 1% of funds raised.
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.
Yes, for certain deals (depending on jurisdiction).
NOTE: That Americans must be accredited investors in order to participate.
Carry stands for carried interest, which is a share of the profits. We charge a standard 20% for our syndicate which is paid out in exchange for negotiating the deal, performing due diligence, crafting the deal memo and setting up/running the SPV.
Of course not! Participating in The Startup Tank is 100% free and if 4WARD.VC’s syndicate decides to invest in your company, our investors cover the small fees of setting up each SPV.
After you apply, we vet all startup applicants and pick only the very best to invite to present at The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Show.
Yes. And all Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Show sessions will be recorded as well and shared to further increase your exposure and help attracts investors and talent to your company.
With an SPV, there is only ONE line on your cap table – which keeps things clean for future investors. It also connects you with up to 249 investors who become vested in the success of your company and can be super helpful for your business in the future.
Because our syndicate creates a separate SPV which then invests in the company on our members’ behalf, that means only one new entry on your cap table and only one investor to report to 🙂
It depends on allocation and investor interest, but typically at least $100-500k via our syndicate.
Presenting startups have told us they’ve raised $10.5M+ to date since pitching on the show and the top companies from each session say interested investors are reaching out to them as a result of their pitch to learn more and set up follow-up meetings.