💸 30 Women Angel Investors in Climate to Know

Meet the female entrepreneurs, investors and consultants writing checks for early-stage climate startups

More than half of women investors (51%) consider the founders' gender to be highly important.

That’s compared to 6% of male investors in a recent study by The American Angel.

That’s why women angels have a vital role to play to support female entrepreneurship in ClimateTech.

With more women angel investors writing checks to early-stage founders, more capital can flow to women-led impact startups.

Who are currently underfunded compared to male founders and risk falling short of their full potential. 

And so to connect the dots between investors and startups, we’re profiling 30 women angel investors in Climate who are on a mission to close the gender investment gap.

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Let’s meet them:

🇳🇱 Anke Huiskes - a startup operator and angel investor building NP-Hard Ventures

Anke has been an angel investor for almost 10 years and is co-founder of Planet Positive, a ClimateTech angel syndicate, and ANGELS.vc, a women-led community of accredited angel investors.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Caroline Halliday - driving change through private and social enterprises

Caroline’s focus is on clean technology, the environment and projects which provide nature-based solutions to reduce carbon emissions and improve biodiversity. 

🇺🇸 Cheshta Balwani - using time, money and expertise for a sustainable future

Chesta is an expert in the distributed infrastructure and renewable energy space and an angel investor in new and sustainable ways of doing things including the circular economy and TransportTech.

🇺🇸 Christina Caljé - investing in financial empowerment, energy transition and climate

Christina has mentored 40+ start-ups, invests as an angel and currently sits on the board of multiple accelerator programmes, venture capital funds, start-ups and government entities. 

🇸🇪 Christine Ahlstrand - a track record as an angel and growth investor in Nordic tech

Christine is Founder of climate VC fund, Course Corrected. She is part of DHS Venture Partners network with a mission to support the next generation of top entrepreneurs by investing early in visionary founders.

🇦🇹 Conny Hoerl - an entrepreneur with a passion for angel investing

Conny supports founders to realise their mission by investing in ambitious founders of health and sustainable tech startups.

🇸🇪 Cristina Stenbeck - a business woman, angel investor and entrepreneur

Cristina has written cheques for some of Europe’s largest ClimateTech companies and is the principal owner of Kinnevik AB, one of the largest family-controlled companies in Sweden.

🇵🇹 Elsa Hermal - an exited founder turned angel investor

Elsa brings her experience as a founder and invests her time and money in impact and regeneration projects for build purpose-led businesses.

🇳🇱 Elizabeth Kleinveld - an experienced startup matchmaker and ecosystem builder

Elizabeth is a VC and Founding Partner of Great Stuff Ventures and mentor and angel investor in ClimateTech.

🇪🇸 Eugenia Dunaeva - combining investment with commercial expertise for positive change

Eugenia is the Founder and Managing Director of Ultralite Consulting, with experience in creating, scaling and optimising business opportunities as well as open innovation and M&A.

🇺🇸 Helena Wasserman - on a mission to unleash 1 Million climate founders

Helena helps founders building scalable solutions to fix the climate crisis with fundraising, sales and growth, is Co-Founder of Investors for Climate and Helena Inc. and has a portfolio of 10 climate startups and funds to date.

🇺🇸 Gaby Peña Fraga - former founder with a track record of building resilient teams

As an angel investor, Gaby’s focus is on climate startups and mission-oriented social sector innovators.

🇬🇧 Irene Maffini - an experienced investor, start-up operator and advisor

Throughout her career, Irene has invested in 30+ sustainability companies including circular economy and next-gen materials. She has mentored and advised 90+ ClimateTech companies on building and scaling globally.

🇸🇪 Jane Walerud - Stanford Alumni, serial founder, angel investor, mentor and coach

Jane is Executive Chair of materials startup Graphmatech and Co-Founder and Executive Chair of carbon capture startup Paebbl. She has invested time and money in 15 startups to date.

🇨🇦 Jennifer Turliuk - an exited founder turned angel investor

Jennifer invests in companies making a positive impact in the world with technology and works as a scout for multiple investment syndicates and funds.

🇳🇱 Jinna Li - accelerating solutions that combat climate change

Jinna is a Co-Founder and investment syndicate lead at Endgame Capital, investing from pre-seed to Series A stages in ClimateTech startups working towards the endgame of net-zero emissions. 

🇩🇪 Kerstin Bock - backing diverse founding teams across Climate and HealthTech

Kerstin runs a boutique agency for scale ups and is an active mentor and advisor to several start-up initiatives and VCs.

🇩🇪 Kiana Mardi - a founder and operator turned VC/angel

Kiana invests in purpose-driven founders who build technology companies in order to make the world more sustainable, inclusive and healthy, from Pre-Seed to Series A.

🇺🇸 Kirsti Chou - backing tech companies with a positive impact on the environment

Kirsti actively invests in Cleantech and ClimateTech companies from pre-seed through series A stage in the US and Europe.

🇫🇷 Lorraine Strauss - 12+ angel investments in innovation, GreenTech and circular economy

Lorraine is Co-Founder of Leia Capital, a Business Angel fund led by women, to finance early stage companies, led by women.

🇬🇧 Lydia Guett - bringing a decade of experience in sustainable and impact investment

Lydia’s focus is on empowering women and entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds in ClimateTech who are developing disruptive solutions to the world's most challenging problems.

🇬🇧 Meganne Houghton-Berry - angel investor, mentor and strategic marketing consultant

Meganne brings over 25 years’ experience in marketing and is an active angel investor with a portfolio including many female backed startups across new materials, agtech and watertech.

🇬🇧 Puja Balachander - exited founder turned climate angel

Puja is Director of Venture at Carbon13, where she supports pre-seed/seed stage ClimateTech startups to accelerate their progress. She also mentors and angel invests in early-stage climate startups personally through syndicates and accelerators. 

🇬🇧 Samia Qader - a Senior Principal at Climate VC, Climate angel and mentor

Samia has over 15 years of experience in technology and finance. She is an active angel investor in ClimateTech and serves as a mentor for the Third Derivative and Carbon13 accelerators.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Sarah Ronald - founder working on systemic change while angel investing

Sarah has invested in many early stage founders and technologies, in the hope that these companies grow, create jobs and positively impact how we work and live for a more sustainable future. 

🇨🇭Soheila Yalpani - Pre-Seed to Series A angel investor

A Co-Founder, Board Member, COO and investor enabling the transition to a resilient, sustainable future.

🇬🇧 Sokhiba Mukhitdinova - writing cheques for pre-seed/seed startups in ClimateTech and FinTech

Sokhiba is an Investment Principal as well as a VC Scout for several early-stage Climate VCs and PE firms and a mentor for ClimateTech accelerators.

🇺🇸 Supriya Booth - Harvard and Stanford Grad, turned angel investor

Supriya is passionate about the role of technology in international development and is engaged in the ClimateTech community as an angel investor.

🇳🇴 Susanne Gløersen - a mentor, fungi angel investor and Syndicate Lead

Susanne brings 12 years of experience in sustainability across the financial sector. She has been active in the venture space for several years and is Syndicate Lead at The Fungi Investment Collective. 

🇫🇷 Vera Baker - 30+ angel investments in sustainability and ClimateTech

Vera is a Venture Partner at Unconventional Ventures and brings over 15 years of experience in operations, strategic communications, and fundraising to back early-stage climate founders.

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