The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Show

The startup pitch contest for companies that move the world forward!
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Solar Monkey
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wicow Animal Agriculture IoT

What is The Startup Tank?

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

Watch the Latest Session of The Startup Tank!

Upcoming Startup Tank Dates

Apr 3rd @ 8am PST (5pm CET)

Apr 17th @ 8am PST (5pm CET)

May 1st @ 8am PST (5pm CET)

May 15th @ 8am PST (5pm CET)

Presented by 4WARD.VC's Climate Accelerator

4WARD.VC’s “Partner in Clime” Climate Accelerator is disrupting the outdated venture industry with the world’s most hands-on, sales & traction-focused accelerator for elite early stage climate companies.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 Clime to help grow and scale your impact and ambitions, learn more and apply here.

In addition to our “Partner in Clime” 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

Featured Investor Panelists
Ubermorgen Ventures
4impact vc
Forward Energy Ventures
Buoyant Ventures
C3 Investment Syndicate logo
Zero Carbon Capital
extantia net zero circle
OGCI Climate Investments
Nomea VC
CNB Capital
Peak Capital
Elaia Partners Climate VC
wingman ventures
Climate Capital
Aera VC
Orbit Startups - SOSV

Frequently Asked Questions

Investor FAQs

Why invest via 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.

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.

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.

What is the minimum I can invest?

The minimum is $1000+ per deal, depending on the allocation we secure in the round.

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

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

Is there a setup fee?


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.

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.

Can non-accredited investors invest?

Yes, for certain deals (depending on jurisdiction).

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

What is carry?

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.

Startup FAQs

Does it cost anything?

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.

If I apply, can I pitch?

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.

Will there be other investors there as well?

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.

What is the advantage of an SPV over individual investors?

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.

How does it affect our the cap table?

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 🙂

How much does the 4WARD.VC invest?

It depends on allocation and investor interest, but typically at least $100-500k via our syndicate.

How much have companies raised since being on The Startup Tank

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.

Startup Tank Archive Videos

Mar 6th with Pear VC & IndieBio

Feb 20th with Anthropocene Ventures, Reciprocity ROI & Trellis Road

Feb 6th with Resolve Partners & E2DJ

Jan 23rd with Elemental Excelerator, SET Ventures & Social Wealth Partners

Jan 9th with Clean Energy Ventures, Finca & Aligned Climate Capital

Dec 19th with Nucleus Capital & Rockstart

Dec 5th with Unreasonable Group

Nov 21 with Ananda Impact & Yabeo

Nov 7th with Vectors Capital, Prepare4VC & Include Ventures

Oct 24th with ClimatEU, East.VC & Mighty Capital

Oct 10th with Vala Capital and Aegon Asset Management

Sept 26th with Energy Transition Ventures

Sept 12th with Shell Ventures, Leanox and Wi Venture

Aug 29th with OGCI and Anthropocene Ventures

Aug 15st with gener8tor and Capital Nature

Aug 4th with Zero Carbon Capital and SOSV

July 25th with FEV, Buoyant Ventures and UVC Partners

July 11th with Nomea VC and Extantia Capital

July 20th with Ubermorgen Ventures and Norrsken VC

June 6th with Climate Capital and C3

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