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
  • Third Derivative delivers cost-effective de-risking of curated early stage deal-flow, enabling us to consider investments in earlier stage companies. Also, leveraging RMI’s knowledge and ability to convene global energy stakeholders provides Emerald and our Global Energy Transformation Alliance a differentiated advantage.
    Gina Domanig, Managing Partner, Emerald Technology 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
  • Decoupling CO2 emissions from industrial activity has become a strategic imperative for many large companies. The time to invest in the decarbonization of hard-to-abate industries is now. Industrial carbon neutrality at scale is technologically feasible, but the math and complexity of the challenge are daunting. Ecosystem building and efficient hand-off between various technology, financial, policy, and industrial players will be key to accelerate decarbonization. The partnership with Third Derivative will allow us to leverage our industrial innovation legacy and to help our industry partners to achieve their carbon-neutrality objectives.
    Fred van Beuningen, Managing Partner, Chrysalix Venture Capital
  • Billions of dollars are being committed to funding clean energy solutions that are proven to make a difference. That’s great news, but to support the development and commercialization of novel technologies, we need a collaborative environment like Third Derivative where entrepreneurs can find experienced cleantech investors, thought leaders, and corporate partners driven to help them succeed. Skyview is delighted to bring our relevant investment and operational experiences to this exciting new venture.
    Matt Coleman, Principal, Skyview Ventures
  • Third Derivative is uniquely positioned to bring together investors, leading corporations, and other stakeholders to establish a new global innovation ecosystem to accelerate and scale the development of climate solutions. Our partnership with Third Derivative provides us not only with access to early-stage deal flow, but also access to Rocky Mountain Institute's decades of sector expertise, and introductions to industry experts and leaders.
    Chun Ding, General Partner, CRCM Ventures

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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