EnVest is an invite only event that connects top environmental investors with the most compelling environmental companies and investment opportunities. The goal is to accelerate the environmental economy to protect our planet, while generating returns for investors.

Member Investors


EnVest screens each member to ensure they are actively deploying capital (namely pre-Seed to Series B at $1-30M) into the environmental field. Members can attend the annual main event and investor salons throughout the year, as well as receive exclusive access to environmental deal flow. Some of our committed environmental investors include:


Advisory Board


Ira Ehrenpreis, DBL Ventures
Geoff Eisenberg, Ecosystems Integrity Fund
David Griest, SJF Partners
Catha Groot, Radicle Impact
Jake Hanft, Schmidt Marine
Adrian Horotan, Safer Made
Rob Kaplan, Circulate Capital
Thomas Knowles, Gratitude Railroad

Chris Larson, New Island Capital
Rob LeClerq, AgFunder
Brock Mansfield, Salmon Innovation Fund
Jason Scott, Encourage Capital
Mike Veilings, Aquaspark
Kelly Wachowitz, Catch Invest
Marisa de Belloy, High Tide Foundation
Peter Bryant, The Builders Initiative
John Robinson, Mazarine

Ira Ehrenpreis, DBL Ventures
Geoff Eisenberg, Ecosystems Integrity Fund
David Griest, SJF Partners
Catha Groot, Radicle Impact
Jake Hanft, Schmidt Marine
Adrian Horotan, Safer Made
Rob Kaplan, Circulate Capital
Thomas Knowles, Gratitude Railroad
Chris Larson, New Island Capital
Rob LeClerq, AgFunder
Brock Mansfield, Salmon Innovation Fund
Matt Mulrennan, Oceans X Prize
Jason Scott, Encourage Capital
Mike Veilings, Aquaspark
Kelly Wachowitz, Catch Invest

Investors: Request an Invitation to Attend

This event is designed by and for active environmental investors, fund managers, family foundations, and venture philanthropies – to meet a curated lineup of green startups. Applications are subject to vetting. EnVest screens each investor member to ensure they are actively deploying capital into environmental companies.

Entrepreneurs: Request to be a Presenting Company

(Closed for 2020, apply for 2021) Presenting companies are vetted early stage environmental companies with a core technology or service providing clear sustainability benefits. Strong preference for previews to groups raising next year. We take referrals from member investors, and an expert advisory board selects the finalists.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is EnVest?

EnVest is the world’s leading environmental investing event. Through an invitation-only format it connects the best environmental investors with the most compelling environmental companies and investment opportunities. The goal is to accelerate the environmental economy to help protect our planet, while generating returns for investors.

EnVest is built around key environmental economy segments. Both invited investors and presenting companies are selected based on their ability to impact: Energy & Transportation, Clean Air & Water, Forests & Wilderness, Food & Agriculture, Fisheries & Oceans, and Waste & Circular Economy.

EnVest is a passionate, carefully curated ecosystem of the world’s leading environmental investors, start-ups, and philanthropists who believe in the power of capitalism and entrepreneurship to revolutionize our protection of the environment. EnVest is not a research or educational event. There are no panels or speakers educating attendees about the world’s environmental challenges.

The event is meant to be an efficient way to deploy more capital into environmental companies and their innovations with the goal to generate $1 billion of early stage investing by 2030 through connections made at EnVest.

Where and when is EnVest?

Due to COVID-19, we are going virtual in 2020 on the week of 18 November, and final details will be sent via our newsletter. EnVest 2021 is being planned for San Francisco in the Fall, and we plan to host EnVest each year until 2030. EnVest has been held twice, in October 2017 in Seattle and November 2018 in San Francisco. These events showed EnVest can drive significant early stage investment into the space, and can succeed across multiple geographies. We are seeking to host smaller investor salons throughout the year in 2021 to continuously source deals, and accelerate investment in the environmental economy.

What does it cost to attend and become a member?

$1000 for investors (~$300 if virtual in 2020)
$250 for presenting companies (~$100 if virtual in 2020)

Ticket price includes attendance, receptions, meals, and a pre-event dinner (for investors) at the annual main event as well as year-round membership in EnVest. Tickets are limited to those investors and companies who are accepted and receive a request to attend, and the event sells out. EnVest can provide discounts to founders having any financial issues, and does not ask for equity in the presenting companies. Ticket prices will be discounted for going virtual in 2020.

What are the benefits of membership?

Members can attend the annual event to see pitches from top environmental companies and will receive a quarterly newsletter about environmental investing announcements from other members and presenting companies, invites to regional investor salons, and sneak previews at upcoming deals. Member logos are recognized on the EnVest website.

Why is EnVest happening now?

The decade from 2020-2030 may be one of the most important in human history, as we need to transform our entire economy to help save our planet. Environmental entrepreneurs are needed more than ever, and EnVest brings them an incredible opportunity to pitch in front of an exclusive network to grow their innovations and companies. At the same time, environmental investors are constantly seeking good quality deal flow that has been vetted. EnVest is an efficient, action-oriented event that fosters these relationships to deploy the resources needed to protect the environment. Environmental investing is still a nascent field which needs community building, collaboration, and attracting more investors into the fold, so EnVest also hopes to help grow this field and empower this ecosystem.

What will make EnVest successful?

We define the success of EnVest in three ways:

  1. The amount of money invested into environmental opportunities as a direct result of EnVest;
  2. The number of investment opportunities that receive investment as a direct result of EnVest; and
  3. The number of member investors that return to EnVest in subsequent years.
What will happen at EnVest?

The core of EnVest is normally a one-day investment conference, with more days if going virtual. This conference will provide curated investment opportunities for investor members, broken down by asset class and subject. Companies pitch their ideas before programmed time for networking and any discussions on deals. The focus is on private asset classes including seed, venture, growth capital and private equity. On either side of the one-day conference there are social events aimed at giving investors and management teams the chance to share ideas and ambitions around environmental investing.

Who leads EnVest?

In 2020 Matt Mulrennan became the CEO of EnVest. Prior to joining EnVest full time, Matt served on the Advisory Board for the 2017 and 2018 EnVest events, recommending and vetting ocean-based companies. Matt was the Director of the Ocean Initiative at the XPRIZE Foundation for six years working on fundraising, designing, and operating prizes for innovations that solve the ocean’s grand challenges. He also worked as a marine scientist at ocean conservation group Oceana, as a lab researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and as an advocate on congressional and environmental campaigns. He was one of 20 candidates nominated for the 2018 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award and was the Grand Prize winner of the Con X Tech Prize a prototyping competition for conservation technology. He is a public speaker and community builder, with a passion for supporting entrepreneurs, innovations, and investors working to preserve the environment. His work has been featured in various media outlets; Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, BBC, and National Geographic. Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Miami University and a master’s in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.

EnVest is also supported by its Co-Founders Brock Mansfield and Nancy Reid, a small Steering Committee, and a larger Advisory Board broken into vertical specific committees. The Advisory Board committees are filled by experts in their fields responsible for identifying, vetting, and preparing investment opportunities for their respective theme.

Metrics


$130+ Million

Invested in presenting environmental companies to date via EnVest members

3 to 1

Minimum ratio of environmental investors to presenting companies

Top 50

Experts vet applications and select up to 50 top environmental companies to pitch

$1 Billion

2030 goal for the total amount of curated early stage deals to accelerate the environmental economy

Sponsorship


CATALYST SPONSOR

THE BUILDERS INITIATIVE

CATALYST SPONSOR

SEED SPONSOR

SEED SPONSOR

SEED SPONSOR

“EnVest is the best investor event out there in the climate space. We rely on it to meet a curated set of high-impact companies.”

Marisa de Belloy, Executive Director,  
High Tide Foundation – Catalyst Sponsor

Sponsorship Opportunities:

EnVest is seeking sponsors – Seed, Impact, and Catalyst Levels – to support the event and the growth of the environmental economy.

Sponsor benefits include:

  • Over 100X return for sponsor money invested into innovative environmental companies each year
  • Necessary community building for early stage environmental investing
  • Recognition in website, programming agenda, public relations, and signage
  • Introduce presenting companies in thematic investment rooms (Food and Agriculture etc.)
  • Year-round ‘first-look’ introductions with leading environmental companies

DISCLAIMER

EnVest does not provide advice, endorsement, analysis or recommendation in connection with investment in any company or fund attending the event. EnVest does not make any warranty related to the adequacy, accuracy or completeness of information provided by any company or fund. Investors must conduct their own due diligence in connection with any investment, including but not limited to legal, tax and investment advice.