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The CLIMAFIX Summit is India’s largest climate startup summit, organized by EAI & Energy Consortium – IIT Madras. Ashita Gupta(moderator) of Merak Ventures, shares her thoughts on Waste Management at CLIMAFIX Summit 2022, Nov 22, 2022, at the IIT Madras Research Park, Chennai.

The panel participants were:

Kern Agrawal – Carbon Loops (Watch their presentation – here)

Elangkathir Raja – EETA6 (Watch their presentation – here)

Santosh Kumar – Li-Circle  (Watch their presentation – here)

Abhishek Gorle – EcoOrbit (Watch their presentation – here)

In the dynamic landscape of venture capital, Merak Ventures emerges as a source of hope for early-stage B2B companies, particularly those championing climate technology. With a strategic focus on climate innovation, Merak Ventures launched an accelerator program called ClimAct, designed to foster startups dedicated to mitigating environmental challenges. At the heart of this initiative lies a commitment to addressing one of the most pressing issues of our time: Waste Management.

Merak Ventures: Pioneering Climate-Tech Investments

Merak Ventures is known for investing in early-stage B2B companies that are developing new technologies with significant environmental benefits. While they’re open to all industries, they have a keen interest in climate-friendly technology. Merak Ventures uses its resources to help startups that are ready to change the game in their respective industries while also reducing carbon emissions.”

The Climate Accelerator: Empowering Environmental Entrepreneurs

Central to Merak Ventures’ mission is the ClimAct, a groundbreaking program designed to nurture and propel early-stage startups in the climate-tech space. Through this initiative, promising entrepreneurs gain access to vital resources, including upfront capital of $200,000, mentorship from industry experts, invaluable connections to venture capitalists, and opportunities to secure series A funding. Additionally, participants benefit from infrastructure credits and immersion in vibrant investor and founder communities, amplifying their chances of success.

Waste Management: Redefining Sustainability

Merak Ventures underscores the importance of Waste Management as a pivotal component of their climate-focused agenda. By reframing waste as an opportunity rather than a liability, they challenge conventional notions and advocate for innovative solutions aimed at waste reduction and value creation.

Waste Reduction at Source: A Paradigm Shift

Merak Ventures believes that the key to managing waste sustainably starts with cutting it down at the source. Instead of just using things up and throwing them away, they suggest we need to change how we think and act. This means being more mindful about what we use, redesigning products to produce less waste, and using resources smarter. By doing this, businesses can make less waste, which helps the environment and makes their operations run better.

Unlocking Value Through Circular Economy Principles

Merak Ventures’ approach is the adoption of circular economy principles, which emphasize the regenerative and restorative potential of Waste Management practices. By closing the loop and repurposing waste streams into valuable resources, businesses can create new revenue streams, enhance resilience, and reduce reliance on finite resources. From upcycling and recycling to innovative bio-based solutions, the circular economy offers a blueprint for sustainable development and economic prosperity.

As Merak Ventures continues to lead investments in climate innovation, Waste Management emerges as a critical frontier in their quest for environmental stewardship and economic resilience. Through strategic partnerships, bold investments, and visionary leadership, Merak Ventures is ready to catalyze a paradigm shift towards a more sustainable and prosperous future. 

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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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