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 who participated 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
Kathleen Egan
Founder, Ecomedes
Etosha Cave
Founder, Opus-12, PhD
Ryan Allard
Former Senior Fellow of Transport and Buildings, Project Drawdown
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 $2,490 (or four installments of $625). After acceptance, we’ll award need-based scholarships through the On Deck Access Fund.

Testimonials

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

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Nick Singh

On Deck helped me realize that writing was a viable career. As a Software Engineer in SV, thought founding a tech startup was the only path. Then ODF1 happened.

12 months later, and I got a book on the way & a newsletter with 44k subscribers. Big fans of @david__booth & team!

Matt Harris

At @BainCapVC we are huge fans of @beondeck, and thrilled to be involved in this Fintech Fellowship. We need more builders in fintech, and this program will be part of building, and diversifying, the pipeline.

Aashni Shah

I'm in @beondeck #ODF4 for the last few weeks and it's easily the best decision I've ever made. It's a perfect combination of what I love about school - fun, engaging, incredible community and lots of valuable knowledge without the tests.

Plus the community is so so helpful!

Dipti Desai

@beondeck has created an unparalleled product, community & a loyal, authentic member base like I’ve never seen before. In my time in SV I’ve seen many attempts at creating communities large & small. On Deck is magical because the team behind it is just relentless & good people.💕

Todd Goldberg

Teaming up with @beondeck here.

Whoever I hire will get to participate in On Deck's Chief of Staff Fellowship.

It’s an incredible community to connect with and learn from others doing the CoS role.

I'll cover the cost.

Enzo Cavalie

The fellowship still hasn't started and I just received gold nuggets.

Crazy how @beondeck is able to attract talented people with a great willingness to share and help others.

CS Freeland

Wish I was a part of every @beondeck cohort lol. What a badass concept, and they are really changing the game. Can’t wait to see the outcomes next year.

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 🔥

Roy Bahat

Communities like @beondeck are creating a new way to learn how to get going on making something new, together with others.

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.

Kevin Huang

Online education will evolve to become more social.

@beondeck is a prime example. It is, without a doubt, one of the most transformative learning experiences I've had in my adult life.

I am very grateful for being a part of this community.

Katherine Lynn

I continue to be impressed with the overall program, caliber of fellows, and the ODF employees! (Plus some sweet music playlists during events and I got to practice rap w/ @eriktorenberg during kickoff.)

Happy to be in ODF5!

Anthony McGuire

Highly recommend that people apply to the On Deck Writer Fellowship! It has been a gamechanger for me--one of the best programs in the world!

Vensy Krishna

If I had to describe my experience:

On Deck is like college, except it is what college is supposed to be like in the 2020s.

Terry Xu

HOOOOOOOLY! The @beondeck kick-off event is beyond my wildest imagination on how an online community can be run.

On Deck Sessions

Learn from renowned climate tech leaders and your peers through frequent knowledge-sharing sessions.
Fireside Chat with Bill McKibben
Fireside Chat
Fireside Chat with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

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Founder and Senior Adviser Emeritus of 350.org

Fireside chat

Fireside Chat with Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben
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Founder and Senior Adviser Emeritus of 350.org

About this session

Bill McKibben is founder and senior adviser emeritus of 350.org. His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. In this talk he discusses how to talk about climate change in a way that motivates action, how to address the scale of the problem with big systemic changes, and many other topics of interest.

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Catalytic Capital in Climate Tech
Speaker Series
Catalytic Capital in Climate Tech

Amy Duffuor, Principal at Prime Impact Fund

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and Alicia Seiger, Lecturer, Innovator, and Catalyst at Stanford Law School

Fireside chat

Catalytic Capital in Climate Tech

Amy Duffuor, Principal at Prime Impact Fund
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and Alicia Seiger, Lecturer, Innovator, and Catalyst at Stanford Law School

About this session

Join us for an introduction to catalytic capital and a discussion about the role it plays in the advancement of climate tech companies!

About the speakers:

Amy Duffuor is a Principal at Prime Impact Fund, with responsibility to identify and evaluate investment opportunities, serve on company boards, and manage investments toward business and impact goals. Her professional background spans business, finance, and impact across three continents.

Prior to Prime Impact Fund, Amy was a renewables and power investment banker at Bank of America. There, she worked with CEOs of public and private companies to raise investment capital including the IPO of Sunnova (NYSE: NOVA), a residential solar company initially valued at approximately $1 billion. Before her stint on Wall Street, Amy ran early-stage social venture accelerators around Southeast Asia for a Singapore-headquartered impact investing firm called Impact Investment Exchange. Earlier in her career, Amy was a management consultant at State of Flux, a London-based consulting firm that specializes in supply chain and procurement. She serves as a board member for Prime Impact Fund portfolio companies Clean Crop Technologies and Noon Energy in addition to serving on the board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC). Amy holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.Phil with Distinction from the University of Oxford, and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Alicia Seiger is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and leads sustainability and energy finance initiatives at Stanford Law, Graduate School of Business and the Precourt Institute for Energy. Alicia serves as Managing Director for both the Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance and the Sustainable Finance Initiative. Her work focuses on business and financial innovations to accelerate the transition to a decarbonized, equitable, and climate resilient global economy.

In 2018, Alicia was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli to serve on the first-ever Decarbonization Advisory Panel for the $209 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund. She also serves on the boards of Ceres and PRIME Coalition, and co-founded Stanford Professionals in Energy (SPIE). In 2014, she created Investing in a New Climate, an investor workshop series to help asset owners manage climate risk and capitalize on innovation opportunities.

A serial entrepreneur and pioneer of new business models, Alicia has been designing and executing climate and energy strategies for businesses, foundations, investors, and NGOs since 2004. She has served on the management teams of multiple startups, including at TerraPass, a pioneer of the US carbon offset market, and Flycast Communications, one of the world’s first web advertising networks.

Alicia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she also worked as a case writer for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and a BA in Environmental Policy and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University. A native of Silicon Valley, Alicia lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two daughters.

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Grand Challenges of Deep Decarbonization
Speaker Series
Grand Challenges of Deep Decarbonization

Shayle Kann

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Partner at Energy Impact Partners

Fireside chat

Grand Challenges of Deep Decarbonization

Shayle Kann
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Partner at Energy Impact Partners

About this session

Shayle Kann is a Partner at Energy Impact Partners, a $1.5bn venture capital firm investing in companies shaping the energy landscape of the future. He leads the firm's efforts in deep decarbonization, investing at the frontier of climate tech, and is co-host of the popular energy podcast The Interchange.

In this session, Shayle talks through his grand strategic vision for decarbonizing the economy, including a long-term roadmap for decarbonization and tactical steps to get there.

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Curriculum & Speakers

Some of the speakers who joined us for our first cohort:
Albert Wenger
Emily Reichert
Shayle Kann
Mary Catherine Lader
Kate Gordon
Jane Zelikova
Ilan Gur
Jason Jacobs
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Introduction

Navigating the Climate Tech Fellowship

Learn how to navigate ODCT and interact with fellows.
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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
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Sector-specific Programming

Climate deep dives

Learn from outside experts and peers in your cohort.
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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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Building

Build Sprint

The fellowship will culminate in a 3-week build sprint to build on existing projects/startups or something new from scratch. Investors will have the opportunity to mentor and advise these builds and/or join an investor focus group during this time.
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Mastermind Groups
Meet with a small group of fellows throughout the fellowship to share knowledge and contacts.
Build Sprint
Hack on existing projects/startups or build something during the last 3 weeks of the program.
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 $2,490 (or four installments of $625). After acceptance, we’ll award need-based scholarships through the On Deck Access Fund.

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 330+ 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 brings together ~150 startup and climate experts and helps 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?

We’re offering the program at $2,490. Applications submitted before 5/14 will get access to Early Bird Pricing of $1990. We also have scholarships available for each cohort through the On Deck Access Fund.

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 opportunity to build relationships with high potential scientists, experts and operators. This community should 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-week program consists 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 3-week build sprint to build on existing projects/startups or something new from scratch. Investors will have the opportunity to mentor and advise these builds and/or join an investor focus group during this time. 

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.

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 accepted participants 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. Learn more about the scholarship and sponsorship processes.

How long will I have access to the community?

After the fellowship ends, you’ll maintain access to your cohort and community.

How can I sponsor fellows who participate in ODCT?

Thanks for asking!

You would be directly supporting a climate tech leader in a less fortunate situation. Learn more about donating to the On Deck Access Fund here.

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