Aspire Climatetech

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Climatetech Startups Prepare for Investor Engagement with Aspire

Aspire Climatetech is a five-week in-depth, hybrid program that prepares startups for investor engagement. Investor-mentors work one-on-one with startups to simulate due diligence conversations and integrate feedback into deal room materials in real time. This program aims to prepare startups to raise equity investment.

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Read about our 2023 Aspire Climatetech cohort!

Why Apply?

Spend one-on-one time with investor-mentors
You will work with high-caliber investor-mentors throughout the program who have experience investing or partnering with startups like yours.

Vet your fundraising strategy
Startups will leave with a clear articulation of their investment needs, including the investment ask and planned milestones for the round. Take part in a mock board meeting to prepare yourself for fundraising and investor conversations.

Due Diligence Deal Room
Spend time creating and refining deal room materials
to use during the fundraising process. Invest your time and energy into a work product for a deal room discussion, not a demo day pitch.

Stress-test your startup
Work through real-world disaster scenarios with your team
to discover how to best prepare for the unexpected.

Collaborate and network
Connect with fellow founders and leverage the VentureWell investor network after the program ends.

Symbols with legend Vetted Mentors + Network + Clear Milestones & Ask + Due Diligence Deal Room + Stress Tests

2024 Investor-Mentors Include


Erika BlockErika Block headshot

Principal, Sticky Lab



Andrea Course headshotAndrea Course

Digital Innovation Program Manager, Shell



Marcia Dawood headshotMarcia Dawood

Venture Partner, Mindshift Capital

Chair Emeritus, Angel Capital Association


Ellington Ellis headshotEllington Ellis

Angel Investor and Entrepreneur, Expert in Circular Energy Storage Systems



Juliana Garaizar headshotJuliana Garaizar

Founding Partner, Energy Tech Nexus

General Partner, Malaika Ventures


Vance Jackson headshotVance Jackson

CEO, NEXX Consulting Group, and Angel Investor



Talona Johnson headshotTalona Johnson

Angel Investor and Cadillac International Product Manager, General Motors Company



Deb Kemper headshotDeb Kemper

Managing Partner, Golden Seeds Venture Fund



Brian Kerns headshotBrian Kerns

Angel Investor, Southwest Angel Network



Anne Maghas headshotAnne Maghas

Angel Investor and Entrepreneur, Milestone Growth Capital Institute



Domineca Neal headshotDomineca Neal

Investor/Entrepreneur and Mentor, Commune Angels



DC Palter headshotDC Palter

Angel Investor and Mentor Lead, Chemical Angel Network



Jennifer Soltis headshotJennifer Soltis

Social Impact Investing Professional and Advisor



Does Your Startup Qualify?

For each cohort, VentureWell selects 10-15 dedicated science- and engineering-based startups from across the nation that are launching high-impact inventions. Startups must be committed and competitive!

  • Team identified and startup formed. First-time founders with management team and key roles identified—no one-person teams. Incorporated as a legal entity by the beginning of the program.
  • High-impact inventions. Innovation has a clear positive impact, solves a real problem felt by customers, and has a compelling value proposition.
  • Early market validation. Validated customer segments and initial evidence of product-market fit. Articulation of economic value proposition and evidence of customer buy-in.
  • Intellectual property. Provisional patent(s) filed and assigned to the company or evidence of a clear pathway to the license.
  • Beyond proof of concept. Initial prototype developed and pilot studies/field trials underway.
  • Actively fundraising. Company has raised at least $25K (grants or equity) and is preparing for a round of equity investment within 12 months.

The Aspire Impact

  • 193 startups have participated in Aspire since 2015.
  • These teams have raised over $476M in follow-on funding since taking part in Aspire.
  • Our startups have an 82% venture persistence rate.

Questions? Email Patrick Beattie.

The Spring 2024 Aspire Climatetech program is offered in partnership with our generous sponsors, Greentown Labs, The Lemelson Foundation, and Cooley LLP.

Aspire Climatetech sponsors; logos for The Lemelson Foundation, Greentown Labs, and Cooley

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