Climate tech investments reached $32 billion, marking a 30% decrease from the previous year, yet still outperforming the broader venture market, which saw a 39% decline. Despite the downturn, climate tech demonstrated resilience, bringing the sector's total funding since 2020 to $142 billion, with a notable 29% increase in investments during 2023.
In other words, climate tech is still attracting strong investments, but the speed of its investment growth is slowing down.
So what is expected to happen in 2024?
What are the key trends influencing climate tech investing?
What technologies have the potential to break out?
To answer these questions, we’ve brought together leading climate investing experts from North America and Europe — and an economist to drive the discussion on the macroeconomic trends.
Murray McCaig (Co-Founder and Managing Partner at ArcTern Ventures)
Murray is an experienced entrepreneur, founding and building two successful venture capital-backed startups from idea to exit: Spotnik Mobile, a wireless technology startup, and EnviroTower, an advanced water treatment company. Prior to ArcTern, Murray was the managing director of the family office, RSL Investments, and a principal with the McKenna Group, a Silicon Valley-based management consulting group. Murray is also a former Olympian who competed for Canada in the 1992 Barcelona games.
Iris ten Have (Head of Science at Extantia)
Iris is a trained chemist (PhD) turned into a climate tech venture capital investor. During her research years at the University of Utrecht and Stanford, she primarily worked on the fundamentals of converting CO2 into sustainable fuels. As Head of Science at Extantia, she combines science with investing to make gigaton-scale impact.
Thomas Mosk (Economist & Lecturer at Queen Mary University London)
Thomas' expertise lies in the boundaries of corporate finance, financial intermediation and political economics. Thomas was previously Ph.D. researcher at Tilburg University and visiting Ph.D. researcher at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, postdoctoral researcher at the Center of Excellence SAFE, the University of Zurich and visiting scholar at New York University.
What do you think will define climate tech in 2024? Register for the webinar below and share your ideas and questions with our panel of experts, as we dive into the trends that will shape the future.