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Did you miss the TechCrunch Live event this week? This is fine. You can watch the event here. The show is on hiatus next week due to TechCrunch Climate Event at Berkeleybut we’ll be back on June 22nd with Mike Ghaffari of Canvas Ventures and Walker Drewett of NuBrakes.
Libby Wayman, Partner at Breakthrough Energy Ventures (Bill Gate’s climate investment firm), and Gia Schneider, co-founder and CEO of Natel Energy, join me on this edition of TechCrunch Live.
Gia Schneider delivered a presentation that attracted the attention of investors, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures. As she explains during the episode, the company’s success was far from a one-off. The project started in 2005 and the company was founded in 2009. At first, Natel Energy considered government subsidies as a way to finance development without increasing the company’s capitalization.
Libby Wayman explained in detail how startups can apply for and use grants. This is the process she recommends for companies like Natel Energy.
Eventually, as Natel Energy developed its technology and business, the company sought out venture capital and won against Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Learn how Natel Energy fits into the Breakthrough investment thesis and what the firm looks for when investing in companies.
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