In 2021, climate tech startups raised nearly $40 billion to address the effects of climate change. Despite the tech downturn, investors are still writing checks for startups with a clear path to delivering results. This collection of climate tech pitch decks highlights how budding companies have successfully sold their impact-driven visions to investors.
In the past, the largest share of climate-related investments went to mobility and energy. But the scene is evolving quickly. Recently, climate tech startups have received funding to build businesses in carbon accounting, food tech, sustainable fashion, logistics, and other industries.
We’ve rounded up 15 pitch decks that climate tech startups used to secure pre-seed to Series C funding between 2020 and 2022. Together, they provide a blueprint for founders and leadership teams looking to craft compelling stories that will secure their financial future — and grow their impact.
1. Infinited Fiber Company
Stage: Series B
Investors: H&M Co:Lab, Adidas, Valve Ventures, Nidoco
Founded by Petri Alava and Ali Harlin in Finland, Infinited Fiber Company has attracted investment from retail giants who are betting on circular fashion. Check out their short deck, which includes their vision, credentials, and an exploration of Infinna™ — their regenerated textile fiber.
2. Ubiquitous Energy
Stage: Series B
Investors: Andersen Corporation, ENEOS, Safar Partners, Hostplus, Red Cedar Ventures, Riverhorse Investments
Founded in 2011, Ubiquitous Energy has taken steady steps to become a world leader in transparent solar technology — semiconducting materials that remain transparent while converting light into electricity. In recent years, they’ve increased their funding to scale up commercialization of their patented technology, UE Power™. Here’s the deck they’re using to raise Series C for their blueprint manufacturing line.
3. Space Forge
Investors: SpaceFund, Type One, World Fund, SpaceVC, Starbridge Venture Capital, Quiet Capital, Kencoa Aerospace
Space Forge closed 2021 with Europe’s largest seed round. The startup’s goal is to build fully returnable satellites that can manufacture super materials in space. Check out how they packaged their lofty vision into a story that resonated with space tech and climate tech investors — and secured funding that was four times their original target.
Stage: Series A
Investors: Index Ventures, Insight Partners, Salesforce Ventures, LocalGlobe
Sylvera develops machine learning-based tools that analyze visual data — for instance, satellite imagery — to boost the accountability and credibility of carbon offsets. Founded in 2020, the startup closed their latest funding round in January 2022. See how they’ve packaged the problem, solution, methodology, product, and credentials into one concise presentation deck.
Stage: Series A
Investors: Index Ventures, Eka Ventures
Founded in 2020, Sourceful provides a sourcing and supply chain platform that helps clients find environmentally sustainable packaging for their products. See how they weave in industry terms like Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to translate their impact on supply chains into market opportunities for potential investors.
Stage: Series A
Investors: Spark Capital, Pathbreaker Ventures, Anorak Ventures, Formic Ventures
Framework has built its business on a simple premise: give people what they want. The company takes e-waste destined for the landfill and turns it into consumer electronics that are wallet- and planet-friendly. The success of their flagship product — the lightweight, customizable, and long-lasting Framework Laptop — helped them close their latest round just eight months after their seed round.
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Investors: Visionaries Club, Lowercarbon Capital, Breyer Capital
Pledge helps businesses score points with eco-conscious consumers by embedding sustainability into the customer journey. It’s climate action made easy — companies can use the platform to measure, reduce, offset, and report their greenhouse gas emissions. Check out the deck that Pledge used to raise their seed round and launch their product.
8. Juicy Marbles
Stage: Series A / Seed
In 2021, Juicy Marbles’ plant-based filet mignon business became the first investment for World Fund — Ecosia’s $350 million fund that backs startups focused on decarbonizing the planet. Food tech companies and startups driving behavioral change can take a cue from Juicy Marbles’ mouthwatering deck, which enticed investors in a crowded market.
Investors: Theia Ventures, Social Alpha
Founded in 2020 by a fourth-generation textile and fashion entrepreneur, Canvaloop has invented proprietary technology and infrastructure to convert agricultural waste into textile fibers. See how they prepared their pre-seed deck to answer key investor questions about their product, operations, traction, differentiation, and growth plans.
Stage: Series A
Investors: Keen Venture Partners, HV Capital, Headline, 468 Capital, Adjacent
Klima is a Berlin-based climate app that gives users ways to immediately take quantifiable climate action. Building on their success with early-consumer adoption, they raised the biggest Series A investment for consumer climate apps. They’ll be using the funds to create their B2B offering, “Klima for Teams,” and expand beyond Germany.
Stage: Series A
Investors: Five Seasons Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Good Seed Ventures
Founded in 2018, Vly supposedly went through 400 iterations of product development to arrive at their core product: a yellow split pea-based milk alternative. The company will use their latest funding round to upscale in Europe and the UK. Have a look at how they used a mix of brand illustrations, simple stats, and process diagrams to convince their investors to drink Vly — and write the check.
Investors: Cherry Ventures, Jens Lapinski, Paul Forster
Climatiq is a certified B-Corp startup. It enables companies to measure carbon emission metrics with a few lines of code that can be easily integrated into existing tech stacks. In just ten slides, they show how their data infrastructure service can apply to a variety of use cases and support business operations like ESG (environmental, social, and governance) reporting.
13. Toucan Protocol
Investors: Draft Ventures, Quiet Capital, Shine Capital, Earthshot Ventures
Toucan Protocol’s recent round has shown that investors are still willing to invest in imaginative solutions — in this case, an open climate finance ecosystem in Web3. Discover how they assembled storytelling elements, facts, and figures to introduce regenerative finance to investors and mainstream media such as WIRED.
HelioRec was awarded the biggest grant from Greentech Europe 2022’s first cohort, which was initiated by the VISA Foundation and Village Capital. Now, the early-stage startup is fundraising a seed round to scale its pilot projects. See how HelioRec prepared its competitive landscape, pricing model, and business roadmap slides to attract “strategic and cleantech-oriented investors.”
Investors: AdvantEdge, Micelio
In India, 15% of emissions result from a lack of energy storage. To address this, Sheru has developed a cloud-enabled platform that aggregates idle EV (electric vehicle) battery capacity — and allows renewable power producers to store excess energy on demand. Check out the infographics on slide 4 of their pitch deck to see how the system works.
Funding our future
Although climate tech investment is growing, it’s still not where it needs to be. In 2021, a PwC report on climate tech revealed that the technologies capable of reducing future emissions by 80% had received just 25% of investment since 2013.
We launched the Fund Our Future pitch deck collection to showcase 40 innovative companies — and the solutions they’re creating to address the biggest threats to our environment.
Sitting on your own game-changing idea? Lucia Payo, the co-founder of Exakt Health, has some advice: “Start pitching your business (idea) early to find out what makes people want to learn more — or stop listening. That’s how you’ll develop a story that gets people’s attention.”
Here’s a selection of professionally designed startup pitch deck templates that you can use to get started for free.
For more inspiration, check out these 15 successful pitch decks from female-founded startups.