Women and BIPOC Climate CEOs | 100+ Pages of Sustainable Infra and Agtech Deals
Plus, a meditation headband for biohacking, kelp as a climate solution, hippie granola vs. too many hills, and can you do XYZ forever?
Before we hop in, my invitation to you from last week still stands. But I’ve lowered the bar to make it easier.
My wife told me I was bat-sh*t crazy asking you to share this newsletter with 10 folks. True that. True that.
So (drum roll, please)…
🎁 Here is my upgraded, super simple invitation for you.
If you make a LinkedIn or Twitter post about our humble newsletter, and email me one sentence about why you read it, then I’ll put your name in my special Tilley hat.
Next, on Friday, December 10, I’ll pick five lucky souls (?) to take part in two mastermind sessions with me (e.g., group brainstorming, strategy, new tools).
And I’ll give those five winners, and their companies, a shout-out in a future newsletter issue.
I appreciate your help spreading the word about climate finance and personal optimization — because we all might be F’d if we don’t bring more folks to the “climate solutions team” ASAP. 🙃
📙 100s of pages of recent transactions in climate and sustainability.
I hereby grant you permission to geek out.
Nomura Greentech produces these mouth-watering summaries of dozens of recent project finance, venture, and M&A deals in energy, sustainable transportation, agtech, solar, wind, storage, and more.
Get your reading groove on here:
🌿 Our podcast — The Biggest Kelp Company in the USA.
On another episode of our Climate Torch podcast, I caught up with Briana Warner, CEO of Atlantic Sea Farms, which is dedicated to making a powerful and positive impact on the health of our customers and oceans by creating craveable and innovative products made from sustainably farmed sea greens, all while expanding opportunities for Maine's fishing communities.
Here’s an excerpt:
What does your company do? What makes you unique versus the competition?
Atlantic Sea Farms is a first-mover in the fresh seaweed market. We are completely vertically integrated seaweed aquaculture company focused on a mission to help Maine’s fishermen adapt to a rapidly changing climate while also mitigating some of the effects of ocean acidification. We believe that good food should do good and we create craveable, nutritious kelp-based products that help drive demand for kelp grown by Maine lobstermen. We currently supply more than 85% of the domestically line-grown kelp supply in the U.S. and work with 27 fishermen along the coast of Maine who farm kelp in their lobster off-season. We create all of the kelp seed from scratch, give it to all of our partner farmers for free and provide technical assistance and a buy-back guarantee for every single blade of kelp that they grow.
What’s the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you — outside of your own family?
Believe in me. This experiment of building a totally new industry with a completely vertically integrated supply chain is insane – and my staff, our partner farmers, our shareholders, my family…they all believe we can do it even though no one else ever has. That is some powerful stuff right there – and it drives me daily.
🙌 Women- and BIPOC-led climate ventures.
If that describes you (or a friend), and the company is post-revenue or has raised $10M+, then I’d LOVE to hear from you.
Cohort #3 of our Climate Mastermind has three spots left, and they might have your name written on them.
We begin in January — New year. New tribe. New possibilities.
Here’s our blurb.
Entrepreneurs for Impact is the only private executive mastermind community for CEOs, founders, and investors fighting climate change. Our members help each other scale more quickly, make bolder decisions, attract and retain talent, get outside of their echo chambers, and not be so lonely at the top. Today’s highly curated members represent over $4B in market cap and are influencing corporate priorities and infrastructure much bigger than that. These highly vetted cohorts of 11 high achievers catalyze personal and professional development via monthly meetings, quarterly workshops, an annual summit, a member-only Climate Investor Database, 1:1 coaching calls, and a Slack group. Here are some sample CEO members.
🤯 Biofeedback for meditation hacking.
This is another pending Christmas present of mine — The Muse Headband.
It’s another wearable that helps folks meditate better and increase their ability to focus.
Here’s their blurb:
Muse is an EEG device widely used by neuroscience researchers around the world. It uses advanced signal processing to interpret your mental activity to help guide you.
When your mind is calm and settled, you hear peaceful weather.
Busy mind? As your focus drifts, you’ll hear stormy weather that cues you to bring your attention back to your breath.
Yep, that’s right — a wearable and corresponding app to track electrical activity among brain cells using seven different receptors in the headband.
And they continue to elaborate:
After each session, you’ll see how you did through a series of graphs and charts in the Muse meditation app.
Muse will show you how your brain, heart, breath, and body did from moment to moment through simple, easy-to-understand graphs and charts.
That’s all, folks.
Make it a great week, because it’s usually a choice.
🏃 P.S. Are you sprinting, or running a marathon?
Whether it’s a business venture or a personal commitment, I try to ask myself this:
Could I do this forever?
Sometimes we need to push hard to get over a metaphorical hill.
But if we choose to tackle too many hills for too long, there might no amount of hippie granola that can recharge our batteries to keep going.
Dr. Chris Wedding
Founder and Chief Catalyst, Entrepreneurs for Impact
The Only Private Executive Mastermind Community for CEOs, Founders, and Investors Fighting Climate Change