The Wharton Energy Network and Wharton Alumni Angels welcome you to the first event in our “Intro to Climate Tech” series. This series aims to introduce the Wharton alumni community to the fast growing area of Climate Tech, showing you ways you can catalyze breakthrough innovations that accelerate the energy transition.
Our kickoff event is a fireside chat with Jason Jacobs, founder of My Climate Journey (MCJ). Jason’s story as an entrepreneur turned community builder and investor will inspire you to embark on your own climate journey.
The fireside will be moderated by Carlos Vadillo (WG’15), Vice President in the Venture Capital Group at Silicon Valley Bank and Head of Global Expansion with Wharton Alumni Angels.
Date & Time:
Thursday, February 10, 2022
4:00pm PT / 7:00pm ET
This is a virtual panel. Zoom details will be sent out to RSVP'd guests upon registration.
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About Jason Jacobs - Founder, My Climate Journey
Jason Jacobs is a longtime software entrepreneur who turned his focus toward climate change several years ago while searching for a line of work with meaning. He dove in headfirst—learning from experts in the field and then sharing that information with his audiences, at first through a newsletter and then through a podcast, called My Climate Journey (MCJ).
The MCJ podcast has nearly 200 episodes, with interview guests that include luminaries across the climate space, spanning technology, investing, development, and policy. The MCJ podcast recently launched the Startup Series, a weekly show dedicated to showcasing new climate tech startups, with the goal of helping founders raise visibility for their startups while helping investors, aspiring founders, aspiring employees, and others to better understand the climatetech startup landscape.
Building on the momentum of the MCJ community, Jason launched the MCJ Collective, an early-stage climate tech fund that uses AngelList’s rolling fund structure. MCJ Collective invests in early-stage climate tech startups – primarily pre-seed, seed, and series A – across a wide range of sectors.Startups and accredited investors alike that are interested in partnering should email [email protected] to learn more.
About Carlos Vadillo - Vice President, Venture Capital Group, Silicon Valley Bank
Carlos Vadillo (WG’15) is a lead in innovation, design strategy, and venture capital with 14 years of experience. He is currently working with the Venture Capital Group at Silicon Valley Bank, and is Head of Global Expansion for the Wharton Alumni Angels.
Previously, Carlos was the founder of Trigger Point Collective, an innovation and design thinking consulting practice. Additionally, Carlos has also worked as an entrepreneur when he Co-founded Agribots, a system designed for crop surveillance, cost accounting and activity tracking in agriculture. In a previous life, Carlos was in investment banking but changed his career trajectory when he realized how fascinating the entrepreneurial and venture capital ecosystem is.
About Wharton Energy Network
The Wharton Energy Network (WEN) is the alumni association for energy professionals at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. With over 4,500 members, WEN aims to power the energy transition through connections and opportunities for sustainable wealth creation. Our mission is to support Wharton alumni and the broader Penn community in leading the energy transformation by providing a central hub for forging connections and fostering lifelong learning about the business future of energy and climate. Learn more at whartonenergy.com.
About Wharton Alumni Angels
Founded in 2016, Wharton Alumni Angels is an active angel investment group composed of University of Pennsylvania alumni and non-Penn alumni who have joined their angel community. Their members are entrepreneurs, senior business executives, and institutional investors with a global reach. Wharton Alumni Angels' over 250 members in 15 countries have invested in more than 50 early stage companies. Wharton Alumni Angels members seek to add value 'beyond the deal' and actively provide mentoring and assistance to young companies. They are enthusiastic about entrepreneurs and passionate teams pursuing their dreams. Through a global membership and the Wharton alumni community, the organization has a deep network and close relationships with venture capital funds, other angel networks, and innovation ecosystems worldwide to cultivate the growth of start-ups. Wharton Alumni Angels participates most often in seed and Series A investments, and occasionally later-stage rounds and does not focus on specific verticals or industries. Learn more at whartonalumniangels.com.