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Accelerating the energy transition

Alex is based in Houston, Texas, the global eco-centre of the oil and gas industry. It is from the epicentre of the energy sector that Alex created Climate Impact Capital, who invests in technology-driven, disruptive early-stage companies that have the potential to accelerate the energy transition and significantly reduce climate change risks.

Alex is a global expert in energy and his insights on what is needed to transition the global economy to renewable, stable and affordable energy are compelling.

In this episode, Alex has some sensational advice for all founders, but particularly those focused on energy and are looking to get traction with large energy players.

Alexander Rozenfeld

Managing Director and Founder at Climate Impact Capital

How Founders can embrace non-dilutive strategic funding to help scale their impact

Awesome human alert.

Jodie and Matt from Tractor Ventures are both startup to exit Founders who understand the challenges faced by founders, especially the capital raise journey. They have created a powerful alternative funding vehicle which helps great businesses get growth capital without having to give away large amounts of equity in their business. They really care about the founders that they are on a mission to support.

Matt and Jodie have some wonderful advice for founders, especially around how we can all do better to embrace and support women-led businesses. A must view episode for founders looking to learn about how non-dilutive funding works.

Which global champion of impact should we celebrate next? Reach out and let us know.

Jodie Imam & Matt Allen

Tractor Ventures

How corporations must embrace innovation and impact investment

In the words of Buddha – “radiate boundless love towards the entire world”.

There are few people in the world who are as purpose-driven as Stephan Straus. A 30 year corporate turnaround expert, Stephan now leverages his career turning around loss making $billion + revenue business, for impact.

A buddhist and passionate believer in impact innovation, Stephan is on a mission to help large corporations to embrace innovation and impact investment to delight their customers, become great corporation citizens and attract and retain talent – for people and planet to prosper.

Stephan Straus


Leveraging systems thinking to ClimateTech

Leading an impact VC fund or a venture studio or a impact philanthropic group is hard work for any team. Doing all three simultaneously is crazy! But that is exactly what Thao Nguyen and her team at Earth VC are doing.

The way they capability stack their venture fund, philanthropic arm and a venture builder is brilliant and hugely impactful for people and planet to prosper. Learn how they do it and what advice Thao has for impact ventures.

Thao Nguyen


Global impact investor and epic story teller

Amit Grover is a New Zealander of Indian origin, now shaking up the global impact investment landscape. Raised by a single mother in India, Amit is passionate about gender equality and sustainability and drives his passion through management consulting and venture capital, supporting early-stage impact entrepreneurs.

Amit has also agreed to join the EarthTech Global Advisory Board. We are proud to have him. He has deep lived experience – having built, lost and re-built everything. Eg. At the lowest point in his entrepreneurial and life journey, this ex-Fortune 500 executive washed dishes and cleaned public toilets and qued up outside city missions for free meals.

This is a story built for Hollywood.

Amit is a true inspiration.

Amit Grover

Grover & Company

Global CleanTech Investment and the Power of Music

Our first guest on the EarthTech Podcast is Mickael Kanfi – Operating Partner at Inerjys Ventures.

Mick and his team at Inerjys are challenging the status quo in the Cleantech sector. They see the barriers to the adoption of clean technology are primarily economic.

In this episode, Mick talks about his journey from being a startup to exit founder in the digital creative space into global impact venture capital. We discuss the how his fund helps to bridge the gap between great Cleantech innovation in need of customers and projects, which provide investors a steady stream of income, but need the innovation to ensure they are as efficient and scalable as possible.

Mick also has come great advice for impact founders, looking to raise capital.

What led Mick to switch from agency to cleantech Venture Capital is a question of pure core values. Listen to Ant and Mick as they discuss impact, investment and being human.

Of note, the Intro and Outro music on the EarthTech Podcast has been created by none other than Mick Kanfi, under his artist name: Knafo.

Mick Kanfi

Inerjys Ventures