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Interviews with CEOs and investors tackling climate change — Startups. Finance. Better habits. Deep work. Recommended books. Hosted by Dr. Chris Wedding: Former private equity investor, 3x entrepreneur, occasional monk, Duke University professor, and Mastermind leader for climate CEO peer groups. www.entrepreneursforimpact.com

Entrepreneurs for Impact Dr. Chris Wedding

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Interviews with CEOs and investors tackling climate change — Startups. Finance. Better habits. Deep work. Recommended books. Hosted by Dr. Chris Wedding: Former private equity investor, 3x entrepreneur, occasional monk, Duke University professor, and Mastermind leader for climate CEO peer groups. www.entrepreneursforimpact.com

    Impact Investment Solutions for the $1 trillion Charitable Investment Market — Adam Rein, Cofounder of CapShift

    Impact Investment Solutions for the $1 trillion Charitable Investment Market — Adam Rein, Cofounder of CapShift

    PODCAST GUEST BIOS:

    CapShift empowers philanthropic, donor-advised funds, and financial institutions (along with their clients) to mobilize capital for social and environmental change. They are a turnkey impact investment solution for the $1 trillion charitable investment market. 

    Adam Rein is the Cofounder and Chief Investment Officer. Since 2014, he has served as a Managing Director for MissionPoint Partners, an impact investment advisory and asset management firm. Previously, Adam co-founded Altaeros, an MIT startup bringing affordable broadband to rural communities. Adam is also a co-founder of Greentown Labs, the largest climate tech incubator in North America. Previously, Adam worked as a strategy consultant for Bain & Company. Adam has an MBA from MIT Sloan, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from Yale University.

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    QUESTIONS THAT WE COVERED:

    Business


    What does your company do? What makes you unique versus the competition?
    What is one mistake that you see many CEOs making?
    What are 1-2 lessons you’ve learned about funding your growth with outside investors?

    Personal


    If you had to start over, what are 1-2 tips you’d give yourself in order to be faster, more effective, and higher impact?
    What are some habits and routines that keep you focused, healthy, and sane — e.g., meditations, exercise, productivity hacks?
    What recommendations do you have for our audience — books, podcasts, quotes, tools?
    What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you — outside of your own family?

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    PODCAST HOST:

    Entrepreneurs for Impact is on a mission to help climate innovators grow faster with new investment capital, share best practices among peers, expand their networks, and reach their full potential.

    Our three offerings include:


    Climate CEO Mastermind Peer Groups — Our invite-only cohorts of 12 executives catalyze personal development and business growth via monthly meetings, annual retreats, and 1:1 coaching and strategy calls. Today’s highly curated Mastermind members represent over $8B in market cap or assets under management.
    Online course on "Funding Your Climate Tech Startup" — Two-week boot camp offering 500+ climate investor list (with emails), a 5-step process for raising capital, the top 10 startup funding mistakes, and much more. The next live, online course is June 1 to 14. It's capped at only 25 students.
    Newsletter — A 3-minute weekly summary of climate tech, startups, better habits, and deep work.

    Programs are led by Dr. Chris Wedding — 3x founder, $1B of investment experience, and Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill professor, with 60,000+ professional students taught, 25 years of meditation, an obsession with constant improvement, and far too many mistakes to keep to himself.

    • 43 min
    It's Getting Hot in Here — 2x Valuation Increase for the SOSV Climate Tech 100

    It's Getting Hot in Here — 2x Valuation Increase for the SOSV Climate Tech 100

    In this episode, I'm once again trying a new format, something less formal. A solo recording where I talk through a few recent news stories in climate tech finance.

    Let me know if you like it.


    https://twitter.com/DrChrisWedding
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherwedding/

    In this show, I cover two topics:

    (1) Highlights from my newsletter


    💸 2x valuation increase — SOSV Climate Tech 100 list.
    ☀️ New report — How to finance a “First of a Kind (FOAK)” project.
    😵 Are you an unconscious leader?
    READ MORE: https://entrepreneursforimpact.substack.com/p/its-getting-hot-in-here-2x-valuation?s=w

    (2) My new live course on climate tech funding


    June 1 to 14
    1-2 live class sessions per week
    1-2 optional live Q&A sessions per week
    Enrollment capped at 25 students
    500+ climate investor list (with emails)
    5-step process for raising capital
    4 tools for assessing your competitive edge
    9-step method for improving your 1-page business plan
    10 top startup funding mistakes to avoid
    Network of peers to support you
    ENROLL HERE: https://maven.com/entrepreneurs-for-impact/fund-your-climate-tech-startup

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    PODCAST HOST:

    Entrepreneurs for Impact is on a mission to help climate innovators grow faster with new investment capital, share best practices among peers, expand their networks, and reach their full potential.

    Our three offerings include:


    Climate CEO Mastermind Peer Groups — Our invite-only cohorts of 12 executives catalyze personal development and business growth via monthly meetings, annual retreats, and 1:1 coaching and strategy calls. Today’s highly curated Mastermind members represent over $8B in market cap or assets under management.
    Online course on "Funding Your Climate Tech Startup" — Two-week boot camp offering 500+ climate investor list (with emails), a 5-step process for raising capital, the top 10 startup funding mistakes, and much more. The next live, online course is June 1 to 14. It's capped at only 25 students.
    Newsletter — A 3-minute weekly summary of climate tech, startups, better habits, and deep work.

    Programs are led by Dr. Chris Wedding — 3x founder, $1B of investment experience, and Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill professor, with 60,000+ professional students taught, 25 years of meditation, an obsession with constant improvement, and far too many mistakes to keep to himself.

    • 9 min
    118 Climate Tech Startups to Watch + Join My Live Class June 1 to 14

    118 Climate Tech Startups to Watch + Join My Live Class June 1 to 14

    In this episode, I'm trying a new format, something less formal. More like a conversation with you. And much shorter than usual.

    Let me know if you like it.


    https://twitter.com/DrChrisWedding
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherwedding/

    In this show, I cover two topics:

    (1) Highlights from my newsletter


    🌤️ 56 early-stage climate startups to Google (Diamond List)
    🏆 62 world-changing companies tackling the climate crisis (Fast Company)
    🏀 Can you jump 44 inches into the air and dunk a basketball? (Two books to help you play to your strengths)
    READ MORE: https://entrepreneursforimpact.substack.com/p/-118-climate-tech-startups-to-watch?s=w

    (2) My new live course on climate tech funding


    June 1 to 14
    1-2 live class sessions per week
    1-2 optional live Q&A sessions per week
    Enrollment capped at 25 students
    500+ climate investor list (with emails)
    5-step process for raising capital
    4 tools for assessing your competitive edge
    9-step method for improving your 1-page business plan
    10 top startup funding mistakes to avoid
    Network of peers to support you
    ENROLL HERE: https://maven.com/entrepreneurs-for-impact/fund-your-climate-tech-startup

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    PODCAST HOST:

    Entrepreneurs for Impact is on a mission to help climate innovators grow faster with new investment capital, share best practices among peers, expand their networks, and reach their full potential.

    Our three offerings include:


    Climate CEO Mastermind Peer Groups — Our invite-only cohorts of 12 executives catalyze personal development and business growth via monthly meetings, annual retreats, and 1:1 coaching and strategy calls. Today’s highly curated Mastermind members represent over $8B in market cap or assets under management.
    Online course on "Funding Your Climate Tech Startup" — Two-week boot camp offering 500+ climate investor list (with emails), a 5-step process for raising capital, the top 10 startup funding mistakes, and much more. The next live, online course is June 1 to 14. It's capped at only 25 students.
    Newsletter — A 3-minute weekly summary of climate tech, startups, better habits, and deep work.

    Programs are led by Dr. Chris Wedding — 3x founder, $1B of investment experience, and Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill professor, with 60,000+ professional students taught, 25 years of meditation, an obsession with constant improvement, and far too many mistakes to keep to himself.

    • 19 min
    Investing Millions for Carbon Negative Projects — Stacy Kauk, Head of Sustainability at Shopify

    Investing Millions for Carbon Negative Projects — Stacy Kauk, Head of Sustainability at Shopify

    PODCAST GUEST BIOS:

    Shopify is a leading global e-commerce platform where "millions of the world's most successful brands sell, ship, and process payments anywhere." Nearly 600M shoppers made a purchase from a Shopify merchant in 2021, and around $496B has been sold on Shopify by merchants to date.

    Stacy Kauk is the Head of Sustainability and formerly Head of Ozone Protection and Head of Chemicals Management at Environment and Climate Change Canada. 

    She plays leadership roles in the $32M they've invested to support carbon-negative companies through their Sustainability Fund, and the new $925M commitment from Shopify, Stripe, Alphabet, Meta, and McKinsey Sustainability to do the same over ten years in the Frontier Fund.

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    QUESTIONS THAT WE COVERED:

    Business


    What does your company do? What makes you unique versus the competition?
    What is one mistake that you see many CEOs making?
    What are 1-2 lessons you’ve learned about funding your growth with outside investors?

    Personal


    If you had to start over, what are 1-2 tips you’d give yourself in order to be faster, more effective, and higher impact?
    What are some habits and routines that keep you focused, healthy, and sane — e.g., meditations, exercise, productivity hacks?
    What recommendations do you have for our audience — books, podcasts, quotes, tools?
    What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you — outside of your own family?

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    PODCAST HOST:

    Entrepreneurs for Impact is on a mission to help climate innovators grow faster with new investment capital, share best practices among peers, expand their networks, and reach their full potential.

    Our three offerings include:


    Climate CEO Mastermind Peer Groups — Our invite-only cohorts of 12 executives catalyze personal development and business growth via monthly meetings, annual retreats, and 1:1 coaching and strategy calls. Today’s highly curated Mastermind members represent over $8B in market cap or assets under management.
    Online course on "Funding Your Climate Tech Startup" — Two-week boot camp offering 500+ climate investor list (with emails), a 5-step process for raising capital, the top 10 startup funding mistakes, and much more. The next live, online course is June 1 to 14. It's capped at only 25 students.
    Newsletter — A 3-minute weekly summary of climate tech, startups, better habits, and deep work.

    Programs are led by Dr. Chris Wedding — 3x founder, $1B of investment experience, and Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill professor, with 60,000+ professional students taught, 25 years of meditation, an obsession with constant improvement, and far too many mistakes to keep to himself.

    • 43 min
    Software for corporations speeding to sustainability leadership — Mike Hanrahan (Co-founder) and Alyssa Rade (CSO) at Sustain.Life

    Software for corporations speeding to sustainability leadership — Mike Hanrahan (Co-founder) and Alyssa Rade (CSO) at Sustain.Life

    PODCAST GUEST BIOS:

    Sustain.Life is a software solution that futureproofs mid-cap businesses tackling climate change. This includes the following benefits: (1) measure, track, and manage carbon emissions, (2) identify areas to make operational changes that reduce emissions, and offset the rest, and (3) leveraging tools and reports to engage suppliers, employees, customers, and other key stakeholders.

    Mike Hanrahan is the Co-founder, Interim CEO, and Board Member. He is also the CEO of 4Sided, a firm that builds SaaS companies; former Co-founder of Jet.com; and former CEO of Intelligent Retail Lab at Walmart.

    Alyssa (Zucker) Rade is the Chief Sustainability Officer. She was formerly Director of Sustainability for Vornado Realty Trust and Environmental Designer at Atelier Ten.

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    QUESTIONS THAT WE COVERED:

    Business


    What does your company do? What makes you unique versus the competition?
    What is one mistake that you see many CEOs making?
    What are 1-2 lessons you’ve learned about funding your growth with outside investors?

    Personal


    If you had to start over, what are 1-2 tips you’d give yourself in order to be faster, more effective, and higher impact?
    What are some habits and routines that keep you focused, healthy, and sane — e.g., meditations, exercise, productivity hacks?
    What recommendations do you have for our audience — books, podcasts, quotes, tools?
    What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you — outside of your own family?

    -------

    PODCAST HOST:

    Entrepreneurs for Impact is on a mission to help climate innovators grow faster with new investment capital, share best practices among peers, expand their networks, and reach their full potential.

    Our three offerings include:


    Climate CEO mastermind peer groups — Our invite-only cohorts of 12 executives catalyze personal development and business growth via monthly meetings, annual retreats, and 1:1 coaching and strategy calls. Today’s highly curated Mastermind members represent over $8B in market cap or assets under management.
    Online course on "Funding Your Climate Tech Startup" — Two-week boot camp offering 500+ climate investor list (with emails), a 5-step process for raising capital, the top 10 startup funding mistakes, and much more. The next live, online course is June 1 to 14. It's capped at only 25 students.
    Newsletter — A 3-minute weekly summary of climate tech, startups, better habits, and deep work.

    Programs are led by Dr. Chris Wedding — 3x founder, $1B of investment experience, and Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill professor, with 60,000+ professional students taught, 25 years of meditation, an obsession with constant improvement, and far too many mistakes to keep to himself.

    • 51 min
    Synthetic Biology to Rethink Heavy Industry — Moji Karimi, CEO of Cemvita Factory

    Synthetic Biology to Rethink Heavy Industry — Moji Karimi, CEO of Cemvita Factory

    PODCAST GUEST BIO:

    Co-led by Cofounder and CEO Moji Karimi, Cemvita Factory is reimagining heavy industries for the net-zero economy via a portfolio of nature-inspired microbial solutions for the oil and gas and mining. Their work focuses on carbon-negative biomanufacturing, biomining, and subsurface biomanufacturing.

    Moji is a carbon-negative entrepreneur and a technology futurist. His mission is to create a sustainable future where humans have applied technology to balance the rate of climate change. A future where humans live in harmony with nature. As an operator, he has a track record of taking a range of multidisciplinary ideas to market.

    He started the company with his sister, Dr. Tara Kojimi, who has devoted her academic and professional careers to studying biological systems and applying natural principles in the service of creating biologically-inspired technology.

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    QUESTIONS THAT WE COVERED:

    Business


    What does your company do? What makes you unique versus the competition?
    How are you funding your growth — e.g., revenue, VC, CVC, government grants, M&A? What are 1-2 lessons you’ve learned along the way?
    Outside of your current business, what other 1-2 climate or sustainability sectors seem like promising areas in which to start a business? What might those solutions look like?

    Personal


    If you had to start over, what are 1-2 tips you’d give yourself in order to be faster, more effective, and higher impact?
    What are some habits and routines that keep you focused, healthy, and sane — e.g., meditations, exercise, productivity hacks?
    What recommendations do you have for our audience — books, podcasts, quotes, tools?
    What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you — outside of your own family?

    -------

    PODCAST HOST:

    Entrepreneurs for Impact is on a mission to help climate innovators grow faster with new investment capital, share best practices among peers, expand their networks, and reach their full potential.

    Our three offerings include:


    Climate CEO mastermind peer groups — Our invite-only cohorts of 12 executives catalyze personal development and business growth via monthly meetings, annual retreats, and 1:1 coaching and strategy calls. Today’s highly curated Mastermind members represent over $8B in market cap or assets under management.
    Online course on "Funding Your Climate Tech Startup" — Two-week boot camp offering 500+ climate investor list (with emails), a 5-step process for raising capital, the top 10 startup funding mistakes, and much more. The next live, online course is June 1 to 14. It's capped at only 25 students.
    Newsletter — A 3-minute weekly summary of climate tech, startups, better habits, and deep work.

    Programs are led by Dr. Chris Wedding — 3x founder, $1B of investment experience, and Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill professor, with 60,000+ professional students taught, 25 years of meditation, an obsession with constant improvement, and far too many mistakes to keep to himself.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

cochese111 ,

Great Format and Guests

Each episode has a nice mix of clean tech, self improvement, inspiration, and humor. Dr. Wedding asks some great questions. He and his guests share unique insights and life stories. Highly recommended!

Nate Cole's Podcast Reviews ,

Great Climate Tech Podcast

Chris does a great job of getting high quality guests that are working to drive impact within the clean-tech industry. Guests range from newly public company CEOs to Seed and Series A cofounders. Chris focuses on both understanding their companies as well as their path to entrepreneurship and the personal habits that keep them motivated. Would definitely recommend.

AB201212 ,

Good insight content

I have listened to a few of the episodes and have found them engaging and educational. The topics discussed and the guests Chris hosts offer the listeners some timely and thought provoking content.

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