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 found, join, invest in, and advise climate tech companies. It is a space for fellows with deep and diverse subject matter expertise to exchange ideas, accelerate each other’s careers, and build impactful climate tech startups.
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Bridge the gap between founders and experts
Immerse yourself in the climate tech space
Find partners and expand your network in the space
Validate & fund your climate idea
Join a community of entrepreneurs and climate experts
Clea Kolster, PhD
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The fellowship is for accomplished experts in the climate and/or startup space who are interested in starting, scaling, joining, or advising climate tech companies.
To be a good fit, you are:
- Already involved in climate tech or committed to transitioning into the space.
- A 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.
All of the above. Broadly, it’s for anyone looking to start, join, or otherwise support or partner with climate tech startups.
Whether you are an entrepreneur obsessed with solving our climate challenges, a scientist looking to bring deep, technically complex solutions to market, or looking to join, partner with or support climate tech companies, ODCT provides the structure and framework for spontaneity, fruitful collisions and serendipity that create the grounds for truly innovative and scalable climate tech businesses.
The fellowship builds a space for fellows to explore ideas, meet collaborators, and start, grow, or support companies in the climate tech space. Through ODF, On Deck has already launched 200+ companies that have raised over $250m. We are focusing on climate to create serendipity for truly innovative and scalable climate tech businesses.
Many great entrepreneurs and technologists want to help solve the paramount problem of our times, but they often don't know where to start or who to talk to. And many climate tech experts want to build companies alongside entrepreneurial talent. But right now, their communities are generally siloed with little overlap. This fellowship bridges that gap.
ODCT will bring together 150 startup and climate experts and help them navigate the complex regulatory, funding and technical landscapes through a community of incredible peers. Ultimately, the fellowship's goal is to accelerate the speed at which talented people can contribute to the climate tech space through community, content, and structure you’ll need for the next 70+ years of climate innovation.
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.
To accelerate the speed at which talented people can contribute to the climate tech space, we will help fellows meet their goals through networking and serendipitous connections with other talented and committed people in the climate tech space. This community of high caliber scientists, experts and operators will follow you deep into your ever-evolving climate tech career.
The 10-weeks consiste of a mix of event formats and tools so that fellows can meet and engage with each other. These include mastermind sessions, office hours, deep dives into climate tech topics and fireside chats with top leaders in climate, tech, and their intersection. The fellowship will culminate in a 4-day build weekend to hack on existing projects/startups or build something new from scratch.
There will also be ongoing Slack conversations, and access to our On Deck directory. In fact, many Fellows tell us that the most valuable part of the fellowship is exploring the directory/Slack, and reaching out to other Fellows to set up 1:1 conversations.
To help you navigate it all, the ODCT team will support fellows in leveraging the On Deck Slack and Directory for efficiency in use, developing relationships, and navigating resources.
After the program, you'll have access to the climate tech alumni community slack channel and directory. You'll also have access to certain events and the community calendar, where you'll be able to attend and organize your own community events for all climate tech fellows, current and alumni.
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 a minimum of 3 hours per week in On Deck Climate Tech. Some fellows will find themselves wanting to spend up to 10 hours a week, given their goals and the value they’re getting back.
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
Yes: ODCT will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve spent the past few ODF cohorts mastering the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.
Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.
Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their situation.
While many eligible applicants do have the means to support themselves, many others don’t. We’re excited to be able to offer scholarships thanks to the generosity of alumni and partners.
There are no fees to apply so please submit an application to be considered for the fellowship — we only ask about financial assistance requirements after fellows have been accepted in order to avoid discrimination during the evaluation process.
After the fellowship, you’ll retain access to your cohort and be able to subscribe to membership for continued access to the On Deck ecosystem.