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Berlin-based World Fund raises €50 million to give new air to climate tech investment

World Fund, one of Europe’s leading climate tech VCs, has raised a further €50+ million from institutional LPs. New investors secured in recent months include KfW Capital, the investment arm of the world’s largest national development bank, Ignitis Group, the Lithuanian renewables-focused integrated utility, and a leading German reinsurance company.

“We see this as a strong signal for climate tech in Europe, especially against the backdrop of the venture capital slowdown,” said Daria Saharova, Founding Partner of World Fund. In the first half of 2023, the investment environment for climate tech had slowed – the levels of capital being invested and deployed across the sector dropped 57.6 per cent between Q1 2022 and Q1 2023. This development came as interest rates soared, and Europe entered a broader inflationary and recessionary environment. 

World Fund has bucked the trend, Daria added: “We are glad to see this renewed interest and commitment to climate tech. We are pleased to be attracting capital from across the board, with our investors ranging from large private partners to institutional investors and private individuals.”

Ignitis Group is pursuing venture investments with World Fund and others as part of an enhanced and targeted net-zero strategy. In the long term, the entity aims to create a 100 percent green and secure energy ecosystem in its home country of Lithuania and the Baltics.  

Darius Maikštėnas, CEO of Ignitis Group, commented:We are pleased to further our net-zero commitments by investing in climate tech through venture capital. We clearly see that this asset class is crucial for the energy sector in order to meet the EU climate and our strategy targets as well as maintain competitive advantage. We conducted an 18-month research and public tender process, where World Fund stood out among a competitive group of VCs due to its clear investment and climate methodology, ability to attract climate-focused investors and experienced team with a background in science, entrepreneurship and venture capital.” ”  

This fundraise is a clear example of renewed interest from institutional investors in climate tech, and should send a great signal to European entrepreneurs. Climate tech startup founders can be sure that this fresh injection of capital will directly translate into funding available to support their much-needed technologies. 

However, levels of investment into the climate tech sector are still far from those needed for Europe to meet its emissions goals. As BloombergNEF data – captured and analysed in World Fund’s white paper – indicates, funding volumes must urgently increase by 590% per annum to $4.35 trillion annually. This will take commitment from governments, LPs and VCs – and World Fund will continue to play an active part in campaigning for this goal.

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Stefano De Marzo
Stefano De Marzo
Stefano De Marzo is the Head of News at EU-Startups. He has been extensively covering startups, venture capital and innovation ecosystems, including contributions to numerous publications such as Sifted, Entrepreneur and Forbes. Through his work as an editor and writer, he continues to shape the narrative surrounding the best stories of the tech world.

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