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.

Bridge the gap between founders and experts

Navigate the complex regulatory, funding and technical climate tech landscape through a community of incredible peers.

Immerse yourself in the climate tech space

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

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

Validate your climate tech idea(s) with a close-knit community of climate scientists and entrepreneurs. Network with project finance, VC, catalytic capital, and grant experts who help you secure funding.

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 second cohort kicks off July 10. Access to the program is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).*

Testimonials

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

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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

Kevin David

On Deck is going to be huge!

Thanks for letting me in when I was exploring what next after my stint at @AngelList.

Joined @beondeck in June 2020, met my co-founders in August, raised a seed round late last year. Team of 11 now, building a MVP with a few creators.

Matias Sanchez

Couldn't recommend this enough. If you're writing for the internet or writing in general, this is the community you never knew you needed.

Kai Faust

My experience with On Deck in 2020:

- Several deep friendships and that I expect to last a lifetime.

- Warm intros to customers, talent and advisors.

- Access to capital (Raised $100K+ during ODF6)

- $20K+ in perks (AWS, DocSend, and more)

I kinda feel like crying. So grateful.

Coco Liu

The word “community” didn’t have a meaning to me until I joined @beondeck.

Wallace Torres

My On Deck journey:

- A community of incredible entrepreneurs all who can switch between emotional support and strategic guidance depending on what you need that moment

- What LinkedIn is supposed to be

- Exposure to lots of company building perspectives

Can’t recommend enough.

Matt Restivo

I thought I knew talented people. Then I joined @beondeck.

Kavir Kaycee

I feel like being part of multiple fellowship programs. Might become bankrupt that way 😂

Dom Potter

For me @beondeck is so exciting because it is becoming a platform for bundling of the many strands of identity of ambitious people who want to change the world.

Hugo Amsellem

I wanted to write again and @BeOnDeck launched the Writer Fellowship.

Then I wanted to start a podcast and they announced the Podcast Fellowship.

Now I'm thinking about becoming a YouTuber...

TAKE MY MONEY.

Luba Yudasina

One of the best decisions of the last 2 years was joining @beondeck. So grateful to witness their growth first hand ❤️

Thank you @eriktorenberg and @david__booth for building something this special!

Sunil Rajaraman

I'm decently networked in tech. But I joined @beondeck on the advice of @hnshah and @tylerwillis. I learned that networks need refreshing.

On Deck opened me up to a new set of amazing people I will invest in, be friends with, and follow for life.

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.

Max Greenwald

Masterclass in launching & iterating: @eriktorenberg, @david__booth, @btaleisnik and the @beondeck crew.

Something wild being announced every week it seems. Incredibly hard to launch & iterate on community too. By doing it with humbleness and transparency they are crushing it.

Brian Bagdasarian

The @beondeck experience is one that you could only get if you were on the inside of Silicon Valley previously.

Community + insight + vision + a ton of amazing people with amazing ideas.

Curriculum & Speakers

Some of the speakers 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.
INCLUDING...
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:

Deep Friendships

Our virtual fellowship programs 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!

Community Diversity

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.

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 of the On Deck community.

Apply for the Climate Tech Fellowship

The second cohort kicks off July 10. Access to the program is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).*

FAQ

Who should apply?

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.
Is this for climate scientists & experts or entrepreneurs & technologists transitioning into the climate tech space?

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.

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

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.

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 happens during and after the ten weeks?

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.

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 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

Is this a fully remote program?

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.

Do you have scholarships or other financing options available?

Yes!

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.


How long will I have access to the community?

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.

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