On Deck Climate Tech Fellowship (ODCT)

Come together to build world-changing climate companies

The Climate Tech Fellowship is a 10-week program for startup and climate experts looking to start, join, invest in, and advise climate tech companies. We combine a network of subject matter experts, sessions by world-class innovators, and curated resources to help you take the next step in your climate career.

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Application deadline: December 27, 2020
Kick-off: Early January, 2021

Bridge the gap between founders and experts

Navigate the complexity of starting and growing a podcast with intimate workshops, peer editing, distribution and growth frameworks and much more.

Immerse yourself in the climate tech space

Validate your climate tech idea(s) with a close-knit community of climate scientists and entrepreneurs. If you are currently or will fundraise, network with project finance, VC, catalytic capital, and grant experts who can help.

Find partners and expand your network in the space

Same mission, different backgrounds. Join a diverse network of experts dedicated to building impactful solutions together. The Climate Tech Fellowship is the ideal place to find your next partners, investors, advisors, and friends.

Validate & fund your climate idea

It’s no secret that the climate tech ecosystem is complex, from rapidly changing regulations to new technologies. 
We invite founders, investors and climate experts to share their insights on trends and opportunities in climate tech on the record.

Join a community of entrepreneurs and climate experts

Community is the core of the Climate Tech Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal scientists, experts and founders participating in our first cohort.
Sedale Turbovsky
Founder, OpenGrants
Peter Light
Cleantech Builder
Aina Abiodun
Former CEO, 8fit
Clea Kolster, PhD
Director of Science, Lowercarbon Capital
Michael Keating
Founder, Scoot
Monica Varman
Venture investor, G2VP
Aaron Bell
Climate AI, Google
Etosha Cave
Founder, Opus-12, PhD
Kathleen Egan
Founder, Ecomedes
Cassandra Xia
Founder, Work on Climate
Sierra Peterson
Climate Investor
Jamie Alexander
Director, Drawdown Labs

Apply for the Climate Tech Fellowship

The first cohort kicks off March 6. Access to the program and the community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).
Apply Now
Application deadline: January 30
Kick-off: March 6

Testimonials

Our Fellows are the heartbeat of our community. Here's what they have to say.

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Van Nguyen

Life after @beondeck is crazy good! The network is so powerful. @Auroreserete’s ODF cohort hasn’t even started yet and despite that she has helped me connect with 4 potential customers in completely new/different markets in record time. Thank you!

Vartika Manasvi

Join @beondeck for its 3Cs formula —> Community + Character + Culture

All of that is very practical, generosity of its members is real, serendipity is digital, connections are meaningful and all friendships are very humane!

This is best ‘Give First’ culture on the internet.

Michael Houck

Pre @beondeck: Vague ideas + working alone + unclear paths forward

Post @beondeck: More defined ideas than I have time for + 2 cofounders who love to hustle + a growing, unique business

Bocar Dia

Two words review of @beondeck: AMAZING EXPERIENCE 🙌. And a prediction: it will become the default place entrepreneurs go (back) to throughout their career to start/explore what's next. Life is too short to wing it when there is already a place to find amazing folks to work with.

Meeta Sharma

Choosing to be a part of #ODW1 was easily the best decision of this year. I found a group of people who are invested in each other's growth and the growth of the creator ecosystem at large. Cannot recommend it enough.

Griff Foxley

Said it before, will say it again. On Deck Writers Fellowship continues to be a profound learning community of electric content and collaboration. Can't recommend enough.

Quintin Woods

Founders 🤝 Angels

Instead of sticking all your money in a 1% yield savings account, invest in the future. @beondeck is the best place to do that!

Terry Xu

Joining On Deck is like getting 1000+ mentors, 1000+ thought partners, 1000+ accountability partners, and 1000+ followers instantly.

It's too good to be true, but it's true.

2021 will be the year where On Deck becomes known to all new entrepreneurs.

Dave Nemetz

After a week in the @beondeck ODW1 writer fellowship, I'm pumped about the future for interdisciplinary communities. It's awesome to join a group from diverse professional backgrounds over a shared passion.

Props to @eriktorenberg for what he is building.

Anuj Abrol

Been thinking about the On Deck (@beondeck) team

They’re building an unstoppable startup machine

Monopoly on up and coming founders, talent, and investors 🔥

Amiran Yaghout

You have to apply and get in but the @beondeck fellowship (ODF) Slack is the closest I've come to living in the future. If you are thinking of starting a startup or are pretty early stage, there's no community where you'll learn more.

Jacob Peters

Thanks to @beondeck I got reconnected with @FranklinBi last night from our days at @jpmorgan.

Seriously such an incredible community – serendipity and genuine connection without any transactional feeling. Highly recommend to anyone with a startup itch.

Joey DeBruin

Not only is community the new scarcity, it's absolutely a cold-start problem. Before @beondeck, I hated "networking." After, I have the opposite problem: too many genuinely energy-adding connections which keep branching out into more.

Mike MacCombie

The quality of ODF companies that pitched today were fantastic - congrats to the whole @beondeck team for putting together that demo day.

Kai Faust

I’m **very** impressed with @beondeck’s Founder Fellowship. It’s super well run. The entire experience has been smooth, valuable, and fun. Clearly a lot of work goes into running this operation.

Curriculum & Speakers

Some of the fellows joining us for our first cohort:
Albert Wenger
Emily Reichert
Jigar Shah
Mary Catherine Lader
Kate Gordon
Jane Zelikova
Ilan Gur
Jason Jacobs
Introduction

Navigating the Climate Tech Fellowship

Learn how to navigate ODCT and interact with fellows.
Navigating Climate Tech

Understanding the climate tech ecosystem

Learn about the history and current status of climate tech.

The future of climate tech

Hear from a few of the people shaping the direction of this industry

Direction setting

Figure out what you want to do next and get help attaining it
Sector-specific Programming

Climate deep dives

Learn from outside experts and peers in your cohort.
Entrepreneurial Programming

Climate Business Model creation

Learn from top climate tech leaders willing to share their personal journeys with fellows.

Fundraising

Understand best practices for grant-writing, project finance, raising from VCs and more.

Policy, Regulation, and Legal

Learn how to navigate building and growing a climate tech company in a rapidly changing world.
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Mastermind Groups
Meet with a small group of fellows throughout the fellowship to share knowledge and contacts.
Building Weekend
Hack on existing projects/startups or build something new from scratch during 4 days.
Climate Library
Full access to a carefully curated Climate Library with copious literature on climate tech.

The On Deck Method

We're building a modern educational institution that redefines how community and learning come together. Being part of any On Deck program means you’ll have access to a community of world-class professionals. With every new program we launch and cohort we start, your network gets stronger.

Here are the cornerstones of the On Deck experience:

Peer to Peer

Our 8- to 10-week-long virtual fellowships provide members with community, education, and support. This is a place for cohort-style learning, but also deep personal connections.

Unparalleled Knowledge

There are limitless opportunities for learning and sharing here. You’ll get access to expert speakers, office hours, build weekends, and our session library full of curated content. Dig in!

For All Identities

We’re proud to have a community diverse in culture, thought, and life experiences. This enables revolutionary ideas, inclusive solutions, and boundless growth opportunities.

Scaled with software

We’re building in-house tools to improve how we share community knowledge, aligned opportunities, and helpful connections.

Engineered serendipity

When everyone is going through a shared experience and seeking similar goals, incredible things happen. It’s like walking into a party where everyone is single. FUN.

Spirit of Service

One of the things we love most about our community is how willing and excited members are to support one another. This spirit is the strong heartbeat at On Deck

Apply for the Climate Tech Fellowship

The first cohort kicks off March 6. Access to the program and the community is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).
Apply Now
Application deadline: January 30
Kick-off: March 6

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODCT, you are probably:

* Already involved in climate tech or committed to transitioning into the space.
* At least a little bit entrepreneurial, with an independent spirit. While you don’t need entrepreneurial aspirations to be in this fellowship, you should be or want to be a part of the climate tech startup community.
* Eager to be an active participant in a growing community, as much of the value of On Deck comes from the network and peer-to-peer connections.

What's the goal of the On Deck Climate Fellowship?

For fellows in the program, we hope to help you make the greatest possible impact to help solve the climate crisis, mostly through networking and serendipitous connections with other talented and committed people in the space.

The fellowship is meant to build an amazing community and peer learning environment of world-class climate tech talent. Ultimately, our hope is to be a force multiplier for the space at large, helping accelerate the speed at which talented people can contribute to the climate tech space.

Is this for scientists or entrepreneurs?

Both, and it’s also for anyone looking to start, join, or otherwise support or partner with climate tech startups.

You may be a climate scientist, policy expert, investor, founder or employee at a climate tech company. Otherwise, you are likely an entrepreneur, tech employee or part of the corporate workforce in other industries determined to make a positive impact through a climate tech startup.

What does it cost? What do I get as a participant?

For the inaugural cohort, we’re offering the program at an early-bird rate of $1,990. We have limited scholarships available for each cohort

As a participant, you get access to:

A 10-week program & curriculum, including live and recorded programming, breakout sessions and mastermind groups.
On Deck’s online community and On Deck Directory. You’ll be able to search and filter the Directory and Slack community to learn more about your peers and ask or answer questions.
Climate-specific and cross-program build weekends with special guests and partners.
And ultimately, the life-changing opportunity to build relationships with high potential scientists, experts and operators. This community will likely follow you deep into your ever-evolving climate tech career.

What is the time commitment?

The power of this program is in the community, and like any community, you get back what you put in. You should plan to invest 2-5 hours per week in On Deck Climate Tech.

The events and curated resources are designed to help you leverage time, networks, and resources to your advantage. Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

* Attend everything and “gorge” yourself on knowledge until you explode
* Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
* Or just search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one

What if I'm not based in the US?

We accept fellows from around the world.  For this first cohort, the majority of sessions will be in North American time zones, but recordings will be available to Fellows at any time.  Fellows from Asia are welcome to join, but we expect to have fewer sessions in Asian-friendly time zones this first time around.

What are the demographics of the Fellowship?

We’re aiming to build a cohort that is diverse across race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, national origin, professional background, age, viewpoint, and subject matter—you name it!

Since this is the first cohort of ODCT, we don’t yet have specific demographics for this program, but we released a demographic breakdown for ODF5 that can serve as a useful comparison.

What are the Guiding Values of On Deck?

You can view our values here, but to summarize: Service, Sacredness, Respect, and Gratitude.

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