As a vertically integrated engine for climate innovation, our unique combination of accelerator + venture funding + strategic partner network offers an unprecedented ecosystem for supporting corporate innovation, venture, and R&D divisions.

We’re cultivating the most-promising, early-stage startups addressing billion-dollar markets in the areas of hard science, hardware, software, and business model innovation… and harnessing the power of corporate partners to give the most-promising solutions pathways to scale.

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  • Achieving our commitment to be carbon negative by 2030 will require the development of new carbon reduction and removal technologies. We look forward to serving on the Third Derivative advisory board and working with its member organizations to help accelerate the commercialization of global early-stage climate technologies.
    JoAnn Garbin, Director of Innovation, Datacenter Advanced Development, Microsoft
  • Technology solutions play a critical role in addressing some of the world’s most-pressing challenges, including climate change. At AT&T, we’re using technology to help both mitigate and adapt to climate change. By setting ambitious climate-related targets, we’re addressing our own impact, and we’re working with customers to help them reduce their emissions. We are excited about the opportunity to serve as a founding member of D3 because this project has the potential to scale climate solutions in our industry and beyond. We believe RMI’s efforts, combined with the other stakeholders, can meaningfully move the needle for clean tech.
    Susan Johnson, Executive Vice President, Global Connections & Supply Chain, AT&T
  • Supporting emerging technologies and small businesses focused on issues like energy efficiency, resiliency, and renewables is essential to address the causes and impacts of climate change, create jobs, and build a more sustainable economy. Our collaboration with D3 provides Wells Fargo an opportunity to contribute to a cleantech ecosystem seeking to advance climate innovation and lead a just transition to a low-carbon economy.
    Mary Wenzel, EVP and Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Wells Fargo
  • It's more important than ever to support the development of innovative companies with solutions for a more sustainable energy future. Third Derivative’s ability to close the gap between academics and scalable technology is essential to deploy solutions at an accelerated pace to help tackle climate change. We are proud to be joining them on this journey.
    Geert van de Wouw, Vice President, Shell Ventures
  • Low-emission and zero-emission energy innovations are critical needs for large-scale carbon emission reductions across all sectors of the global economy. Third Derivative is taking on the critical work to identify and accelerate the availability and viability of such clean energy innovations, and connecting them with companies to develop and deploy them at scale. FedEx is proud to be a founding member of this innovative approach to transition to a cleaner energy future. It is part of our mission to connect the world responsibly and resourcefully. With this investment, FedEx is able to apply its technical and business expertise to one of our society’s greatest challenges—our future.
    Mitch Jackson, Vice President, Environmental Affairs & Chief Sustainability Officer, FedEx Corporation

Supporting innovation, venture, and R&D divisions


Uncovering solutions

Our global network of corporate partners gets first access to world-changing startups. With an annual cohort of 30–50 solutions from around the world, we identify and de-risk startups to meet the specific technology needs of corporate partners, especially in areas where corporate commitments such as climate goals seem difficult or even impossible to achieve.

Seamless investment opportunities

Each startup selected for the accelerator receives a $100k convertible note. We also bring $250M+ of follow-on funding from investor partners to fill in a technology's gaps between "too early" and "ready." This preps selected startups to be able to work most effectively with corporate partners, and facilitates better deal-making between startups, corporates, and investors.

Maximizing startups’ potential

We coach startups on investability, business models, and monetization pathways in a bespoke environment. Applying RMI's unparalleled market insights, policy access, and networks gives corporate innovations a superior advantage.

Addressing billion-dollar markets

Corporate partners give startups their best shot at reaching scale, especially in complex value chains that are hard for startups to otherwise break into. At the same time, we're raising the market tide in key areas such that it raises all our corporate boats.

Become a corporate partner.

Because together, we can accelerate the rate of climate innovation.


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