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About us

We are a community of about more than 200 mentors, experts and investors who are keen to build a high-performance ecosystem for climatetech founders.

As managing partner Markus Sudhoff leads the operations and closely works with the startup founders. He co-founded three companies in the areas of software, hardware and fintech, invested in AI and software start-ups as angel investor and mentored more than 40 Startups as Mentor in Residence at Founders Foundation. With the goal to build the world's most entrepreneurial climate initiative he founded Climate Founders in 2020, already worked with 140 teams in various fields like hardware, biotech, nature based solutions, marketplaces or software in the Climate Founders Pre-Acceleration Sprint and helped the 11 Accelerator teams to raise their first funding and to enter the market successfully.

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As freelance analyst Franziska Ponick manages the dealflow and application process and supports Markus in operations and due diligence. In the last years she helped to build the curriculum and knowledgebase of REACH, the startup incubator of University of Muenster and later gathered a lot of experience in sales in the VC-backed startup Edyoucated.



Jochen Berger

Impact Investor @ CF Equity

"Sound business plans and positive contributions to the community and the environment should not be mutually exclusive."

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