Startups hoping to transform our energy future face enormous challenges. They have more significant capital needs and longer paths to market than software startups favored by investors. They rely on large, slow-moving, risk-averse corporations as critical customers, deployment partners, and acquirers. They must navigate complex market, regulatory, and policy landscapes that favor incumbents and challenge disruptors.

That is why we have built Third Derivative: a global, vertically integrated engine for climate innovation. We bring startups, investors, corporations, and market, regulatory, and policy insights into the same program, working closely together toward a common goal: to increase the success and speed to market for climate innovation.

How do we do it? Simple: we find, fund, hone, and scale the most-promising advanced energy technologies to achieve larger, faster reductions in global carbon emissions.
Learn more about our inaugural group of startups: Cohort 417.

Founded with purpose

Tackling the climate crisis is a once-in-a-generation, trillion-dollar economic opportunity. And none of us can do it alone. That’s why Rocky Mountain Institute and New Energy Nexus founded D3 in early 2020.

Rocky Mountain Institute is one of the world’s leading clean energy think-and-do tanks, with nearly four decades of experience working across markets, policy, and regulation. New Energy Nexus is a globally respected entrepreneur support organization that knows how to attract, cultivate, and connect high-potential startups.
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We are accelerating the rate of climate innovation together... by creating a network that includes venture funding and corporate partners seamlessly integrated from the beginning. These partners help to select and coach startups during the accelerator program, increasing their odds to attract follow-on investment and forge strategic partnerships on sales, development, and manufacturing. All of this infused with unprecedented insights into market, regulatory, and policy contexts so crucial for climate and energy innovation.

We all came together for one simple reason: The climate crisis isn’t waiting. The world needs a healthy global innovation engine to identify and massively scale new solutions that speed the clean energy transition. Traditional VCs, advanced energy startups, and corporation innovation teams struggle working in isolation. Our vertically integrated climate innovation engine solves those problems… so the ecosystem can thrive.

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