Michigan Climate Venture

The first student-run climate impact group from the University of Michigan

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A first-of-its-kind, multidisciplinary university program at the intersection of ClimateTech and VC

Michigan Climate Venture (MCV) is a program housed in the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability which centers around a student-run investment fund targeting early-stage ClimateTech companies that have massive potential for rapid decarbonization.

The Venture is designed to provide a hands-on, transformational experience that prepares students for impactful careers addressing climate change — the defining challenge of our generation.

Over the course of the academic year, graduate students from schools across campus collaborate to source, screen, vet, and ultimately invest in and support deals aligned with MCV's mission.

Investment Thesis

Investment Thesis

MCV invests in early-stage ClimateTech startups, primarily pre-seed and seed, with moonshot potential to decarbonize the economy. Due to our location in the Midwest, our primary focus is on companies addressing challenges in agriculture, mobility, and materials with impact in the Great Lakes Region.

We provide patient capital and seek to fill the investment gap between grantmakers and venture capitalists that seek market rate returns.

We believe in the value of deep partnerships and provide portfolio companies with pro bono consulting services to help them solve challenges.

Food & Agriculture

Given MCV's location in the breadbasket of the US and the Great Lakes’ unique climate system, MCV aims to work with innovators improving input efficiency and scaling carbon sequestration related to food production and consumption

Materials & Circular Economy

The Midwest is home to some of the biggest names in materials and production. MCV seeks to partner with startups with technologies and solutions that decrease material and energy waste by reimagining the processes of design, production, consumption, and disposal

Mobility

Down the street from the Motor City, MCV supports startups with solutions that reduce emissions associated with the movement of people and goods, ranging from micro-mobility solutions to battery technologies and beyond

Portfolio

Portfolio

MCV launched in Fall 2021 and was thrilled to add ReJoule as the first startup in our portfolio.

Team

Team

Dr. Gautam Kaul

Advisor

Faculty Advisor, Finance

Aaron Friedman-Heiman

Co-Director of Recruiting & Culture

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Christopher Meyer

Director of Investment Mangement

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Daniel McGill

Co-Director of Education

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Dara Gill

Co-Director of External Relations

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Linnet Leon

Co-Director of External Relations

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Shriya Suriyanarayanan

Co-Director of Recruiting & Culture

MBA, 2023

Siri Kore

Co-Director of Education

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Vinayak Mishra

Director of Fund Operations

MBA, 2023

Janet Genser

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Jason Smullen

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2022

John Pontillo

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2022

Kyle Kasten

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Laura Dyer

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2022

Marney Coleman

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Mustafa Isik

Senior Associate

MBA, 2023

Nolan Woodle

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Olivia Rath

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2023

Zachary Nerod

Senior Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Angelo Gagliardi

Associate

MS Environmental Science + MS Signal Processing and Machine Learning, 2024

Ankit Mathanker

Associate

PhD Chemical Engineering

Annie Kartheiser

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2025

Drashti Thakrar

Associate

MBA, 2024

Gerardo Ampudia

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2024

Ian Corey

Associate

MBA, 2024

Jacob Kennedy

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2025

Josh Phan-Gruber

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2025

Koichiro Tachibana

Associate

MBA, 2024

Mackenzie Mock

Associate

MS Environmental Science, 2024

Nikunj Bhimsaria

Associate

MBA, 2024

Praveen Mahendran

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2025

Rob Squiers

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2025

Robert Brewer

Associate

JD, 2024

Valerie Crum

Associate

MBA + MS Environmental Science, 2025

Join us!

A hallmark of MCV is its multidisciplinary nature. We welcome graduate students from across the University of Michigan to apply. Examples include SEAS, Ross, Ford, Engineering, Information, and Law. Each discipline holds a different piece of the puzzle that will inform our investment research and decision making

Student recruiting for Fall 2022 has concluded. Join our interest list to be notified of future updates.

Questions for the leadership team can be sent to michiganclimateventure@umich.edu.

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Partners

Partners

Contact

Contact

Location

University of Michigan, School for Environment and Sustainability

Dana Samuel Trask Building, 440 Church St, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109

Climate Tech Founder?

If you’re a climate tech founder aligned with our investment thesis and would like to apply for funding and partnership with MCV, fill out the form below.

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