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Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Bill Gates Jack Ma Jeff Bezos John Doerr Vinod Khosla


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Total investments 122
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 84
Rounds per year 15.25
Lead investments 17
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 1
Key employees 5

Areas of investment

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy
  • CleanTech
  • Manufacturing
  • Sustainability

Breakthrough Energy Ventures appeared to be the VC, which was created in 2015. The fund was located in Europe if to be more exact in France. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the Paris.

The fund is constantly included in 7-12 investment rounds annually. The important activity for fund was in 2019. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. Speaking about the real fund results, this VC is 53 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations.

Among the most popular fund investment industries, there are Chemical, Energy. For fund there is no match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - United States. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight QuantumScape, Pivot Bio, Commonwealth Fusion. Besides, a startup needs to be aged 6-10 years to get the investment from the fund. The fund has exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 4 or 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little.

The usual cause for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Breakthrough Energy Ventures, startups are often financed by Pangaea Ventures, Volkswagen Group, Sand Hill Angels. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are The Engine, Sofinnova Partners, Prelude Ventures, LLC. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by OGCI Climate Investments.

The fund was created by Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Jeff Bezos, John Doerr, Vinod Khosla. The overall number of key employees were 5.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Waste Management
$100M17 Jan 2023 San Bruno, California, United States

Kodama Systems

$6M15 Dec 2022 Andover, Massachusetts, United States


Business Information Systems
Cloud Data Services
$9M14 Dec 2022 Oakland, California, United States

Arkea Bio

$12M12 Dec 2022 Reno, Nevada, United States


$14M21 Nov 2022 Toulouse, Midi-Pyrenees, France

Dandelion Energy

Consumer Goods
Customer Service
Renewable Energy
Service Industry
$70M15 Nov 2022 New York, New York, United States


Information Technology
01 Nov 2022 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


$50M19 Oct 2022 Illinois, United States


Renewable Energy
$85M06 Oct 2022 Boulder, Colorado, United States
ClearFlame Engine Technologies Raises $17M in Series A Funding

– ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a Geneva, Ill.-based startup dedicated to the development of net-zero engine technology, secured $17m in Series A financing.
– The round was led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures with participation from Mercuria, John Deere and Clean Energy Ventures.
– The company intends to use the funds to commercialize its engine technology for the long-haul trucking, agriculture and power generation sectors.

Lilac Solutions Announces $150 Million Series B to Scale Lithium Supply for the Electric Vehicle Era

– Lilac Solutions announced a $150m Series B financing round led by Lowercarbon Capital and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates.
– The round was also joined by Mercuria Energy Trading and Valor Equity Partners; existing investors Breakthrough Energy Ventures and The Engine also participated in the round.
– Lilac has developed a new ion exchange technology to increase production of lithium from brine resources.
– Lilac will use the new funds to ramp production of the company’s unique ion exchange beads, expand its teams of engineers and field operators, and deploy the technology globally.
– Most of the world’s lithium is contained in brine resources – naturally occurring deposits of salt water. These brines are abundant, but resource developers have struggled to bring projects into production due to a lack of cost-effective technology.


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