Energize Capital, a Chicago-based climate software investor, has achieved a significant milestone with the official closing of its second growth fund, securing an impressive $300 million.
This accomplishment has propelled the firm’s assets under management to a remarkable $1.2 billion, surpassing $860 million in committed capital from LPs (Limited Partners).
The successful growth fund close was anchored by founding partner Invenergy, a prominent sustainable energy and infrastructure developer, and received strong backing from a diverse group of strategic, institutional, and impact LPs.
Notable investors include CDPQ, Credit Suisse, SE Ventures (the corporate venture arm of Schneider Electric), GE Renewable Energy, Xcel Energy, Caterpillar, and HASI, among others.
Energize Capital’s Focus on Sustainable Innovation Fuels Expansion
Led by managing partner John Tough, Energize Capital is a specialized investor in climate software companies, aiming to scale sustainable innovation in the rapidly evolving energy transition space.
Since its inception in 2016, the firm has invested in 26 climate software companies, deploying over half a billion dollars through venture capital and growth equity strategies.
With the recent growth fund close, Energize Capital is better positioned than ever to support enduring late-stage climate software companies.
The expanded growth equity strategy allows the firm to provide not only capital but also operational support to these innovative businesses, driving their scaling efforts amidst favorable economic tailwinds.
The Demand for Growth Capital in the Climate Market
The timing of Energize Capital’s growth fund closure is suitable, as the demand for growth capital in the climate market is soaring.
Over the past 24 months, more than 2,000 early-stage climate companies have received institutional funding, and approximately 200 of these companies might seek growth capital in the next two years.
However, the supply of late-stage funding is lagging, with just $1 available for every $3.24 demanded, according to Pitchbook data.
Looking Ahead: Energize Capital’s Path to Continued Success
As Energize Capital enters a new growth phase with its expanded strategy and name change, it aims to solidify its position as a go-to partner for climate entrepreneurs on their scaling journey.
With a strong track record and a focus on asset-light digital climate solutions, Energize Capital is well-poised to thrive in the dynamic landscape of sustainable innovation.
As the global demand for climate solutions intensifies, Energize Capital’s role as a leading climate software investor continues to be pivotal in shaping a greener and more sustainable future.
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