Our critical infrastructure is more connected than ever — and that’s a double-edged sword.

April 2021

By: Juan Muldoon, Partner, Energize Ventures

At Energize Ventures, we believe that software can be a powerful tool driving the transition of energy and sustainable industry. There is an important digital layer that allows electricity grids, transportation networks, data centers, manufacturing plants, and telecommunication providers to operate massive complex systems efficiently. Hardware, software, and advanced data analytics solutions combine to operate and improve the world around us. The way we interact with assets — whether that is wind turbines, substations, assembly robots, or our bank accounts — is digital.

Today, anything that can be optimized through software could…

April 1, 2021

The energy transition is happening faster than even the Energize team expected. Decision-makers with market influence — from federal and state governments to large corporations — are rolling out ambitious renewable energy goals and commitments at a pressing pace. This decade will now bring monumental changes in our energy infrastructure. And with that change comes great opportunity.

At Energize, we focus on making investments that accelerate digital transformation in energy and sustainable industry. Due to the rapidly changing landscape, we are now witnessing how software is enabling and accelerating the energy transition. For example, software can help businesses in energy…

March 2021

One of the many things that makes Energize unique as an investor is our hands-on and team-oriented approach to investments. Since day one, it has been a priority for us to secure a board seat (and sometimes more than one) with each company we invest in. Why? We want to have a direct role in helping our companies make informed decisions that support growth, navigate business development in energy and sustainable industries, and represent all stakeholders in the company. …

Energize Ventures invested in Fast Radius’ $56M Series B Financing Round

By: Katie McClain, Partner at Energize Ventures

Energize Ventures is excited to announce our investment in Fast Radius, the leading provider of cloud manufacturing solutions.

The Chicago-based company previously closed its Series B financing led by UPS in April 2019, and Energize was thrilled to join the round in February 2020. In addition to providing capital, our investment will continue to help the company accelerate the expansion of its software platform, identify and launch new applications, and scale its production-grade cloud manufacturing capacity.

Making New Things Possible

In 2019 when we first met the Fast Radius team and had the opportunity to explore their…

Aren’t you glad it’s over?!

It’s somehow already March, which means we’re officially approaching the one-year mark of our worlds completely changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While 2020 will always be a year to remember, we believe it’s important to reflect on our accomplishments despite the many curveballs thrown our way. To our portfolio, investors, corporate partners, and the broader venture and energy ecosystems at-large: we’d like to thank you, because every step forward has truly been a collective effort. On that note, we’d like to share with you our version of a highlights reel from this unforgettable and unusual year:

By: Tyler Lancaster, Principal at Energize Ventures

The impact of severe weather on the energy systems in Texas and other Midwest states right now is unprecedented, and in many ways nearly impossible to prepare for. While we recognize that this crisis can’t be attributed to one single source of energy, one thing is abundantly clear: In the face of extreme weather events caused by climate change — whether you operate wind or natural gas or solar or nuclear — embedding resilient, redundant equipment is mission-critical to staying online in sun, snow, sleet and hail — or subzero weather in Texas, of all things! At Energize we are…

February 8, 2021

Volta Industries, Inc., the industry leader in commerce-centric electric vehicle (EV) charging networks, today announced that it has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Tortoise Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: SNPR), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). When the transaction closes, the combined company is expected to be publicly traded under the symbol “VLTA”. The pro forma enterprise value of the transaction is about $1.4 billion.

Volta will use this financing to further expand their network to meet the growing demand for electric vehicle infrastructure. Founder and CEO Scott Mercer will continue to lead…

Energize Ventures co-leads a $50M Series E growth round

February 4, 2021

By: Katie McClain, Partner, Energize Ventures

Energize Ventures is excited to share a new milestone in our partnership with DroneDeploy, the leading enterprise drone data company. Energize co-led the company’s $50 million Series E financing with AirTree. Other investors in the round include Bessemer Ventures Partners, Scale Venture Partners, Emergence, AngelPad, Uncork Capital and Frontline Ventures. The funding brings DroneDeploy’s total capital raised to $142 million, the most of any drone data company. DroneDeploy will put the new capital towards accelerating expansion into Europe, expanding products beyond aerial capture, and exploring opportunities for strategic acquisitions.

The software…

Join us in welcoming Kevin Stevens

February 2, 2021

Energize is thrilled to welcome a new member to our investment team! Meet our principal, Kevin Stevens, who joined us in January.

Kevin brings more than a decade of experience in the energy and renewables space, with roles spanning business development, product marketing and finance. But if you ask him, you’ll learn his career in energy started well before his first post-graduate job. In fact, Kevin’s ties to the industry run generations deep.

“Growing up, I was exposed to the day-to-day operations of an electric utility because my father and grandfather worked in the industry,” said Kevin…

Join us in welcoming Eileen Waris

February 2, 2021

Energize is thrilled to welcome a member to our investment team! Meet our new associate, Eileen Waris.

Eileen joined Energize in January after completing her MBA and Master’s in Environmental Science at Stanford University. With a background spanning corporate sustainability, cleantech investing and business development, Eileen brings a unique mindset to our investment team. During her time at Stanford, she worked with the Westly Group and Tyson Foods. While at Westly, Eileen focused on deal sourcing and diligence in the energy, mobility, and smart cities sectors. …

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