Are you intrigued by the opportunities in climate tech investments but have some questions about how to get started? Let's dive into some common questions to help you better understand this field:

What should I do if I want to invest in climate tech startups but lack knowledge in this field?

Start with education and research. Study technologies with significant climate impact and understand key subsectors within energy, transportation, agriculture, and waste. Join climate tech communities, attend events, and collaborate with experienced investors to gain insights.

How can I ensure my investments have a positive climate impact?

Focus on startups that directly mitigate or remove emissions, help adapt to climate change, or provide valuable climate-related data. Ensure they have a clear strategy for achieving these goals and monitor their impact through reporting and assessments.

Should I invest in hardware or software-based climate tech startups?

While software plays a role, impactful climate tech solutions often involve hardware components. Hardware-based startups may offer higher potential for reducing emissions and delivering substantial returns.

How can I diversify my climate tech investment portfolio?

To cover a wide range of climate impact areas, create a diverse portfolio. Invest in startups addressing various sectors within climate tech, such as energy, transportation, agriculture, and more.

Are there timing opportunities in climate tech investments?

Yes, the climate tech market is rapidly expanding, leading to temporary lower valuations. Consider entering the market during these phases to potentially benefit from later valuation rebounds.

How do I evaluate a climate tech startup's potential?

Conduct thorough due diligence, including technical evaluations, climate impact assessments, and financial analysis. Look for startups with strong teams, a scalable business model, and clear strategies for achieving their climate goals.

Are there specific climate impact metrics to consider?

Consider startups that can have a significant impact on reducing CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions. Look for solutions that directly contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Can I expect quicker exit opportunities in climate tech investments?

Yes, some climate tech startups may offer faster exit opportunities compared to traditional VC investments. Plan for shorter exit timelines, as some startups may be acquired early in their lifecycle.

How can I align with the European Union's climate tech taxonomy?

Consider investments that align with the European Union's taxonomy for sustainable activities. This alignment can open opportunities for additional grants and government funding.

Is it possible to invest in climate tech startups from multiple countries?

Yes, you can invest internationally in climate tech startups. Seek deal flow from different regions and collaborate with other investors to build a diversified and impactful portfolio.

By keeping these questions and answers in mind, you can navigate the world of climate tech investments and contribute to a sustainable future while achieving potential financial returns.

This article has been written inspired by a talk by Federico Giannetti, Leader of COREangels Climate, during a 2023 Business Angels Talks. Business Angels Talks are monthly online webinars for angel investors