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Clockwise from left: Victoria Beasley of Prelude Ventures, Amy Francetic of Buoyant Ventures, Joshua Posamentier of Congruent Ventures, Ben Kortlang of G2VP and Carmichael Roberts of Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

Five Climate Tech Investors to Watch

Photo: Clockwise from left: Victoria Beasley of Prelude Ventures, Amy Francetic of Buoyant Ventures, Joshua Posamentier of Congruent Ventures, Ben Kortlang of G2VP and Carmichael Roberts of Breakthrough Energy Ventures.

These are busy times for the venture capital investors backing startups tackling a range of tough-to-crack climate problems, from global warming to a shortage of clean water.

VC investors have poured a record $30.8 billion into climate technology startups so far this year, a nearly 50% increase from all of last year, according to data firm PitchBook. These investors are betting on more hits like electric vehicle maker Rivian, whose market value topped $150 billion after its listing debut this month. And they are hoping to avoid the failures, like Solyndra, that burned green energy investors a decade ago.

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