Since you’ve read this far, you must be a little Climatetech curious. However, if you need more convincing then here we go:
First, you solve a big problem.
By working in ClimateTech you are choosing to devote your time and energy towards solving the biggest challenge that modern humanity has ever faced. Climate change. I’m hard-pressed to find a better way to contribute to the planet than turning up to work each day to further this mission.
Hayden’s colleague, Leonie Mekel, thinks so too: “It’s always the first thing that I mention about my work that: “we invest in technologies for the sustainable energy transition” it’s such a nice feeling working towards a common goal like this”.
Second, ClimateTech is hot.
The war in Ukraine saw the EU scramble to capture new energy sources meanwhile, rising sea levels are causing 1,000 year weather events to happen almost monthly. These factors mean “climate change” and “energy crisis” are words on everyone’s mind currently.
Governments, corporations, VCs and other investors are funnelling money into climate research and technology to solve these problems. Meaning there is a ton of opportunity to grow, learn and develop in this sector.
Hayden’s colleague, Ellen Smeele, put it best: “ClimateTech is growing so fast. I’ve seen so much opportunity to develop. Now is the time to get involved as it’s just not a stagnating industry at all.”
Some old words of wisdom in tech are: “fall in love with the problem, not the solution.”
Same logic applies here.
First, think about what part of the climate challenge you want to solve and then find the solution that’s solving it. Ask yourself:
- What part of climate change do you feel is most important to you?
- Where can you make the biggest contribution to solving that?
It isn’t sensible to work for a carbon capture solution if you think that cracking fusion energy is the way to tackle the problem. Hell, maybe you’re into batteries and hate the lack of available performance improvement data, I don’t know.
The point is, it doesn’t matter what you do but more important that you are passionate about it. To quote the co-founder of SET Ventures, Rene Savelsberg “It’s gotta be in your DNA.”
At SET, we’re focused on the energy part of the climate problem because that’s where we feel we can make the biggest impact. Everyone uses energy, everyone needs it. So, let’s make it CO2 free.
Plus, energy remains by far the biggest reason for our warming planet (think of all the CO2 released into the atmosphere from coal and oil extraction, energy to heat and cool our homes etc.) so we feel this problem is critical to fixing our planet.
But solving energy isn’t necessarily what everyone should be doing, the ocean needs cleaning up too after all!
Second, think carefully about what TYPE of company you want to work for. Do you want to work for a startup, non-profit or similar solving just one problem like Hydrogrid – a software platform that optimises hydropower plants? Or do you want to work for something like a VC or government entity that invests in companies solving a range of problems like SET Ventures?
Hayden chose the VC route because he identified energy as the problem to solve and he likes seeing a range of solutions to that. But there are literally 100s of VC firms working in areas of ClimateTech and Sustainability that are doing great work. 4Impact, Climentum, Rubio, Ponooc and Kiko Ventures are just a few that spring to mind.
There’s also 1,000s of startups, corporates, NGOs and others working on specific challenges like deforestation or sustainable agriculture for example. All of these are vying for your attention, all you need to do is take the first step.
So, the question is, what are you waiting for?