2021 has already seen multiple climate-focused fund launches. London-based One Planet Capital launched a fund for green tech, fintech, and sustainability-based B2C businesses, while Hollywood’ Iron Man’ actor Robert Downey Jr has founded FootPrint Coalition Ventures to invest in high-growth, sustainability-focused companies.
The Digital Twin market is booming; worth $4bn last year, it is expected to be $48.2bn in 2025. Forbes has forecast that 500 major world cities will rely on Digital Twins operationally within five years – Cityzenith has already signed $4.5m worth of commercial Digital Twin contracts this year.
Cityzenith is expanding to meet even higher demand for Digital Twin capability as the post-COVID-19 ‘Build Back better’ initiative grows; it has just passed a $2.5 million milestone en route to a $10 million Regulation A+ crowdfunding investment raise.
Cities produce more than 70% of global carbon emissions (source: UN) and that’s why Cityzenith’s Clean Cities – Clean Future mission has pledged to donate SmartWorldOS™ to key cities around the world, one at a time, to help the most polluted become carbon neutral.
The financial world used to think environmental issues couldn’t generate viable rewards, but another climate-focused fund, Congruent Ventures, believes a tipping point has been passed.
Congruent raises investment specifically for Climate Change solution start-ups and, with $300 million under management after closing its second fund at $175m,
managing partner and co-founder Abe Yokell said:
“If you brought up the word ‘cleantech’ to any institutional investor allocating to venture ten years ago, they would do their best to avoid the meeting, but now, there’s a fundamental belief there will be significant financial returns investing broadly in climate tech over time.”
Congruent’s portfolio includes electric vehicle charging provider Amply, which raised $13.2m last year from investors including Soros Fund Management and Siemens. Digitally controllable electrical panel company Span raised $20m in January through Congruent, with investors including Munich Re Ventures’ HSB Fund and Amazon’s Alexa Fund.
And Congruent itself is well-founded, with investors including UC Investments, the Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund, Three Cairns Group, Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust, and Surdna Foundation, among other institutions, foundations, and family offices.
Regulation A+ crowdfunding companies are also seeing investment, such as Digital Twins market leader Cityzenith, who recently launched their international ‘Clean Cities, Clean Future’ campaign as part of the Race to Zero movement.
Cityzenith is based in Chicago with offices in London and New Delhi.
Cities worldwide generate 70% of the world’s carbon emissions, but Cityzenith’s AI Digital Twin platform technology can help property asset management groups, city planners, and developers reduce emissions and move to carbon neutrality in the next ten years.
Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen said at the launch of the ‘Clean Cities – Clean Future’ initiative: “We have to help the most polluted urban centers become carbon neutral, and we plan to do this by donating the company’s Digital Twin platform SmartWorldOS™ to key cities, one at a time, after every $1m we raise. We’re able to do this because of the recent surge of investment we’ve had as part of our $15m raise.”