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Insights on climate startup innovations & climate investing

𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐲𝐚 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐡 & 𝐇𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐮 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐚 𝐕𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 – 𝐀𝐬𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫 @ 𝐂𝐋𝐈𝐌𝐀𝐅𝐈𝐗

Priya & Himanshu 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘶𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘦 them 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘭𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘱 & 𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘬𝘦𝘺 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥

𝑨𝒔𝒌 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑰𝒏𝒗𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓 is an interactive series we run at CLIMAFIX that derives key insights from climate investors on high impact innovations, key drivers for startup success and more.

This series is done 𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐋𝐈𝐌𝐀𝐅𝐈𝐗 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭 2023, 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐚’𝐬 𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐩 𝐬𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭, organized by Energy Alternatives India & THE ENERGY CONSORTIUM – IIT MADRAS.

In this post, we have Priya Shah & Himanshu Sharma of Theia Ventures sharing their perspectives.

Theia ( ) is a tech focussed venture capital firm with a huge interest in climate tech, and with an emphasis on seed stage capital. They count some rather exciting startups in the climate tech / deep tech intersection in their portfolio.

I have had the opportunity to interact with both Priya and Himanshu multiple times over the past one year, and I can see the deep interest they show in figuring out what’s next that can make a big impact. Reckon that also explains their frequent trips to IIT Madras Research Park (IITMRP) :-), which also happens to be the venue for the CLIMAFIX 2023 Summit!

Their answers provide you with an excellent list of things that are hot and could be hot very soon. So do read them. (


𝐏𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲, 𝐈 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧𝐩𝐮𝐭𝐬:

1. 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘵𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘩 – I have not seen too many investors think about this sector, at least not articulated this way. But if buildings are responsible for 40% of all energy consumption and about 30% of all energy related CO2 emissions, I reckon they merits focussed VC attention.

2. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘴𝘩 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘢 𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘤 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘥: Indian corporates provide opportunities to climate tech startups to sample their solutions as a starting point for much larger B2B contracts. Good news is, most corporates are waking up to the opportunity in decarbonization, so this definitely is an activity that can make a dramatic difference to the Indian climate startup ecosystem. And this is the reason we are trying to get a wide range of corporates to be present at this year’s CLIMAFIX Summit.

Read their insights here 👇

Thank you Priya & Himanshu.

We take this opportunity to thank our sponsors that help us run these useful programs in the run-up – Akshayakalpa Organic, Illumine-i , BLUEBELL ENERGY LTD, Capital-A (Manjushree Capital Advisors), Anicut Capital LLP, Oorja Energy Engineering Services

See my LinkedIn post on this topic

About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

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