Dream Climate Tech Launchpad
Supporting Black and Brown Entrepreneurs Building Climate Tech Solutions at Scale
About the Program
Dream Climate Tech Launchpad, with support from Dream.org, is a milestone-based investment readiness program that will support Black and Latinx-led climate tech startups, especially those building solutions in the Built Environment, Electric Transportation & Infrastructure, Food Systems, the Circular Economy, and Carbon Tech sectors.
These solutions will also create a localized impact for communities of color that have been historically excluded from the clean energy transition.
Who Should Apply?
Village Capital is looking for 8-10 Black or Latinx-led startups focused on addressing the following areas:
Built Environment (Heating & Cooling, Energy Efficiency, and Construction Tech) including efficient heat pumps, improved insulation, financing solutions, or clean/circular construction materials.
Electric Transportation and Infrastructure (EV Charging, Battery Technology, and Models that Promote Greater Access) including greater access to EVs and charging stations, improved charging efficiency, vehicle-to-grid (V2G), alternative production and recycling methods for batteries, or wireless charging.
Food Systems (Sustainable Protein Production, Farming, and Food Waste Tech) including alternative & cultivated proteins, vertical & precision, alternative packaging, upcycled food, and increased access to affordable, nutritious meals.
Circular Economy (Circular Textiles, Plastics, Automotive, and Electronics) including resale fashion, sustainable clothing, elimination of packaging, recyclability tech, ride-sharing, remanufacturing of parts, or product-as-a-service.
Carbon Tech (Carbon-to-Value, Carbon Utilization, and Carbon Accounting) including carbon-to-value applications in building materials, agtech, new materials, and platforms to help organizations track and monitor their carbon emissions data.
Meet the Cohort
Eligible startups must have:
Legal incorporation as a for-profit entity
Scalable solution that tackles one of the above mentioned areas, specifically impacting low-to-moderate income communities and communities of color in the US
Headquartered or with operations in the US
Market-based solution that tackles the challenges above
Have a minimum viable product (MVP), and raised less than $1.5M in equity
Have at least one full-time founder based in the US
Have meaningful customer or business validation (not limited to revenue, it can also be successful pilots, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships)
The green economy will see another boom in the coming decade, especially with climate tech now accounting for about a quarter of all venture capital funding and adopting the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, unlocking $369B in federal investment for climate. While this growth is urgently needed–it also must be ensured that all perspectives are valued in the entrepreneurial landscape and that solutions are deployed equitably throughout communities.
There is abundant evidence revealing the outsized social impacts transitioning to a green economy will have on communities of color, as they have long faced environmental injustices that have had permeating effects throughout their lives. Climate Tech solutions have the power to advance economic mobility, health outcomes, and opportunities–impacts that can often be overlooked when analyzing viability through just emissions reduction potential and business model sustainability.
Our curriculum is tailored to help your company identify early milestones and prepare for your next round of capital. Additionally, there will be one intensive virtual interactive and tailored workshop, including an emphasis on fundraising, business development, and opportunities to build deeper connections within the cohort.
Chat with an investment analyst who will coach you 1:1 on building a financial model, identifying unit economics, and using financial metrics.
Dream.Org will provide a pool of USD $30,000 in non-dilutive, equity-free grants to be split evenly among cohort companies for participation and completion of the accelerator program. Two (2) companies from the cohort will be selected by their peers to receive grants of USD $10,000 each from Dream.Org to further scale their solutions.
Get featured on Village Capital & Dream.Org’s program website and other collateral.
Access to Abaca
Scale your business faster by identifying the right capital for you and planning your next milestones for growth.
Build 1:1 connections with investors, strategic partners and potential customers.
May 15, 2023
June 20, 2023
August 2, 2023
July - October 2023
October 23-26, 2023
In-Person Program Summit (San Jose, CA)
Join us at VERGE 23
At VERGE 23, seize the opportunity to join Village Capital and engage in The Innovation Imperative – an invite-only, half-day session uplifting underrepresented climate tech leaders. Organizations will unite to boost women and BIPOC innovators in the climate tech ecosystem. Dive into conversations and solutions by requesting an invitation here.
Ten Startups Selected for the Dream Climate Tech Launchpad Program
Learn more about the ten Black and LatinX-led startups from the US that have been selected to take part in the Dream Climate Tech Launchpad fellowship program.
Village Capital and Dream.Org Put Out Call for Climate Tech Startups Advancing Environmental Justice in Underserved Communities
Village Capital and Dream.Org launched Dream Climate Tech Launchpad, a milestone-based fellowship program for Black & Latinx-led startups innovating in the climate tech space and working to ensure a green transition for all.
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