Azeem Azhar's Exponential View

How will the future unfold? What is the impact of technology on business & society? As technology reorders the world in which live, who will be the winners and who will be the losers? Join Azeem Azhar, curator of the Exponential View newsletter, in deep conversation with the world's leading thinkers and practitioners exploring these and other important questions. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.


episode 2: Funding Innovation to Fight Climate Change

The climate crisis is the defining issue of our age, and to fight it effectively, we’ll have to redesign our world. That requires money and technological innovation – but it also demands knowledge of local communities, and policymaking. Dawn Lippert works at the intersection of all of those issues.

She’s the founder and CEO of Elemental Excelerator, a non-profit incubator that helps climate-focused startups deploy their technologies. In September 2021, Elemental spun out a $60m venture-capital fund that will help entrepreneurs tackling climate change to scale their solutions more rapidly. She joins Azeem Azhar to discuss how innovative climate tech companies can make it to market, and why workers at Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are flocking to the fight against climate change.

They also discuss:

  • The real-world challenges climate tech investors need to understand.
  • What Silicon Valley investors need to learn to work in climate tech.
  • Why climate impact investing is about more than reducing greenhouse gases.


Further resources:

  • Elemental Excelerator: global non-profit at the intersection of climate, innovation and equity
  • Ampaire: electric aircraft with real utility
  • Dimensional Energy: transforming CO2 from waste to resource


 2021-10-13  36m