As a vertically integrated engine for climate innovation, our unique combination of accelerator + venture funding + strategic partner network offers an unprecedented ecosystem for finding more and better investment opportunities.

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 matching them with needed capital to reach scale.

Become an investor partner.

  • It is incredibly hard for investors to source, vet, and execute investments across the many varied climate solution sectors. We see enormous value in Third Derivative applying RMI's market knowledge and networks to cultivate a pipeline of game-changing climate tech ventures validated by corporate partners. We are excited to make seed investments in those startups and our ability to work with them over the duration of the program should dramatically increase their investability by the time they are ready for follow-on funding.
    Jan van Dokkum, Chairman, Imperative Ventures
  • Commercializing climate tech is challenging. Third Derivative is a globally unique, systems-level solution to a systems-level problem. We're excited to participate in a program that gives us new deal flow, better diligence, and interactions with other players in the energy sector.
    Shelby Chen, Managing Partner, Tsing Capital

End-to-end investor engagement


Robust dealflow

We source an annual cohort of 30–50 of the world's best startups. Investor partners participate in due diligence, selection, and coaching, providing them with much better dealflow insight than a 5-minute demo day pitch.

Streamlined investment opportunities

Each startup selected for the accelerator receives a $100k convertible note. We also bring $250M+ of follow-on funding available from investor partners interested in software as well as hardware, hard-science, and business model innovation.

Maximizing startups’ potential

We coach startups on investability, business models, and monetization pathways in a bespoke environment during the accelerator program. Regulatory and market insights from Rocky Mountain Institute provide unparalleled expert context too-often missing from other programs.

Addressing billion-dollar markets

Our global network of corporate partners can serve as customers; as development, manufacturing, and sales partners; and as co-investors and acquirers. This gives startups and your investments their best shot at reaching scale.

Become an investor partner.

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


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