Climate Founders
Climate Founders

Climate Founders

Starting & scaling a climate tech company by Dom Potter (@dompotter)

Welcome to Low Carbon Business School's Climate Founders, the resource I wish I'd had when starting MadeFrom.
This is part of a number of resources I've created that builds on my experience working within the minutiae of complex value chains of large companies on how to shift their business models low carbon.

Most recently this was as IKEA's first Entrepreneur in Residence and I've just come back to the UK with my family after four wonderful years in the forest of Sweden where I went deep on all things climate and decarbonisation.

I've also been an investor and mentor to a few dozen climate tech companies and am now building my own - Madefrom - which is the defining work of my lifetime.

The opportunities to make a big impact on climate are abundant in the opaque but crucially important value chains that render ideas into the everyday products we wall use. I want to help anyone on a mission like mine to re-wire mass production to be the engine that renews our world.

I've put these resources together for anyone who wants to understand how to make a difference on climate - whether you want to start something new or do change the company you work for from within.

Hope it is useful in your journey and please reach out if I can help you on your path to making a difference. We need you.

Dom

Why do we need more Climate Tech startups?

As we progress closer to the irreversible damage of the climate crisis, it is becoming abundantly clear that the transition to a low carbon economy relies upon low carbon business models.

The reality is that we really need companies to be regenerative. To have a net positive impact on the world over the course of their entire lifetime.

The outer reaches of aspiration for a regenerative company is to be able to say to their customers, their colleagues and themselves: we fixed a broken world whilst meeting the needs of millions of people in their daily lives.

But how do we get there? Where do we even start? And how should I be thinking about starting a company in this space?

Hang on, isn't Climate Tech hard?

Yes, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can actually make it easier in the long run. Sam Altman said it best in his post on Hard Startups.

The opportunities in Climate Tech are abundant. The trick seems to be finding the right places to look and building a business model where commercial success is not in tension with positive planetary impact.

And a quick note on the inspiration behind building Climate Founders around my day job: Steve Schlafman and the Founder Library which should be your starting point for digging into the main startup topics.

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Notes on building a Climate Tech startup
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Why Climate Tech?
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Climate Founder Bookshelf
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Fundraising (coming soon)
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β€œWhat you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

Dr Jane Goodall, Scientist & Activist

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Let me know what we should add to the Climate Founders or what you would like to see at hello@lcbs.io

With thanks to Maisie Law and Catherine Gray who pulled together many of the resources on Climate Founders.

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