Michigan Climate Venture

The first student-run climate impact group from the University of Michigan

Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on Earth, is an infinite game: the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all.

Paul Hawken

A first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary university program at the intersection of ClimateTech and VC

Michigan Climate Venture (MCV) is a program housed in the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability which centers around a student-run investment fund targeting early-stage ClimateTech companies that have massive potential for rapid decarbonization.

The Venture is designed to provide a hands-on, transformational experience that prepares students for impactful careers addressing climate change — the defining challenge of our generation.

Over the course of the academic year, graduate students from schools across campus collaborate to source, screen, vet, and ultimately invest in and support deals aligned with MCV's mission.

Investment Thesis

Investment Thesis

MCV invests in early-stage, pre-seed through series A, ClimateTech startups with moonshot potential to decarbonize the economy. Due to our location in the Midwest, our primary focus is on companies addressing challenges in agriculture, mobility, and materials with impact in the Great Lakes Region.

We provide patient capital and seek to fill the investment gap between grantmakers and venture capitalists that seek market rate returns.

We believe in the value of deep partnerships and provide portfolio companies with pro bono consulting services to help them solve challenges.

Food, Agriculture, & Land Use

Given MCV's location in the breadbasket of the US and the Great Lakes’ unique climate system, MCV aims to work with innovators improving input efficiency and scaling carbon sequestration related to food production and consumption

Materials & Waste

The Midwest is home to some of the biggest names in materials and production. MCV seeks to partner with startups with technologies and solutions that decrease material and energy waste by reimagining the processes of design, production, consumption, and disposal

Transportation & Mobility

Down the street from the Motor City, MCV supports startups with solutions that reduce emissions associated with the movement of people and goods, ranging from micro-mobility solutions to battery technologies and beyond

Portfolio

Portfolio

MCV launches Fall 2021 and will be actively sourcing startups join our portfolio as partners.

Team

Team

Dr. Gautam Kaul

Advisor

Faculty Advisor, Finance

Aaron Friedman-Heiman

Associate

MS Environmental Science, 2023

Chelsea Parker

Co-Director of Network

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2022

Christopher Meyer

Associate

MBA, 2023

Colleen Sain

Co-Director of Fund Operations

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2022

Daniel McGill

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Dara Gill

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Janet Genser

Co-Director of Network

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Jason Smullen

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

John Pontillo

Co-Director of Fund Operations

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Kyle Kasten

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Laura Dyer

Co-Director of Education

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2022

Linnet Leon

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Marney Coleman

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Mustafa Isik

Associate

MBA, 2023

Nolan Woodle

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Olivia Rath

Co-Director of Education

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Sam Buck

Director of Recruiting + Culture

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2022

Shriya Suriyanarayanan

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Siri Kore

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Sofía Camarero

Associate

MS Chemical Engineering + MS Environmental Science, 2022

Vinayak Mishra

Associate

MBA, 2023

Zachary Nerod

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Join us!

Student recruiting has concluded for Fall 2021.

If you're interested in joining later this year in a research capacity, or would like to stay up to date on club announcements, please use the link below to sign up for the student interest list.

MCV participants are required to attend the weekly two-hour education sessions on Fridays throughout the year, in addition to small team weekly meetings.

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Partners

Partners

Contact

Contact

Are you a founder or potential partner? Get in touch!

Location:

University of Michigan, School for Environment and Sustainability

Dana Samuel Trask Building, 440 Church St, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109