Bringing the world’s leading environmental investors together

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EnVest seeks to catalyze the Environmental Economy – bringing together active investors who believe we can use capitalism to address many of the world’s environmental challenges.

EnVest is not a research or educational event. There will be no panels or speakers educating attendees about the world’s environmental challenges. Shaped by investors, for investors, EnVest curates deal flow for committed investors who aim for market rate financial returns while respecting, improving and sustaining our environment.

Founding Sponsor

Advisory Board

Ira Ehrenpreis, DBL Ventures

Geoff Eisenberg, Ecosystems Integrity Fund

David Griest, SJF Partners

Catha Groot, Radicle Impact

Jake Hanft, Schmidt Marine

Adrian Horotan, Safer Made

Rob Kaplan, Circulate Capital

Thomas Knowles, Gratitude Railroad

Chris Larson, New Island Capital

Rob LeClerq, AgFunder

Brock Mansfield, Salmon Innovation Fund

Matt Mulrennan, Oceans X Prize

Jason Scott, Encourage Capital

Mike Veilings, Aquaspark

Kelly Wachowitz, Catch Invest


Some of the committed environmental investors who attend EnVest include:

Ira Ehrenpreis

“EnVest was an incredibly good and efficient use of time. Anyone interested in finding the next great company and interfacing with a great community of like minded investors should attend.”

Ira EhrenpreisManaging Partner at DBL PartnersDBL Partners
Brock Mansfeld

Private capital has always been a primary driver of innovation and scale, and the Environmental Economy will be no different. But private capital requires quality investment opportunities and strong smart syndicates to thrive. Getting the world’s most committed environmental investors together to evaluate high quality opportunities makes EnVest a “can’t miss” event for me.

Brock MansfeldManaging Partner, Salmon Innovation FundSalmon Fund
Adrian Horotan

“The best part about EnVest is the companies that they manage to put together. Really, really well curated event…among the best ones I’ve seen.”

Adrian HorotanGeneral Partner at Safer MadeSafer Made
Howard Fischer

It is more important and timely than ever before for investors to back ground-breaking companies addressing climate change, energy systems, transportation, etc. I look forward to attending EnVest to meet serious, active investors, and inspiring entrepreneurs who together will help solve these issues while earning meaningful positive returns.

Howard FischerCEO of Basso Capital and Co-Founder of Gratitude RailroadGratitude Railroad
Jim Kim

History has shown that technology is the sustainable solution to addressing global environmental challenges.  What excites me about EnVest is the opportunity to interact with passionate entrepreneurs who are driven to solve our biggest problems.

Jim KimFounding Member and Partner at Builders VCBuilders VC
Trevor Zimmerman

EnVest is an event whose time has come. We are in a unique period of history that will be characterized by unprecedented opportunities for investment in resource-efficient technologies. I’m looking forward to connecting with the entrepreneurs and other investors leading this revolution at EnVest.

Trevor ZimmermanCo-Founder and Managing Partner Blackhorn VenturesBlackhorn Ventures


EnVest is an investment conference shaped by and for sophisticated, active investors. As such, it is designed to allow attendees to see multiple opportunities that fit their asset class and environmental themes. These themes include: Clean Air & Water, Energy & Climate, Waste & Pollution, Food & Agriculture, and Fisheries & Oceans.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is EnVest?

Envest is an environmental investing event bringing together the world’s leading environmental investors and the world’s best environmental investment opportunities.

The primary goal of Envest is to generate meaningful investment into high quality environmental opportunities across a spectrum of private asset classes. The secondary goal of Envest is to bring together the world’s leading environmental innovators and investors in one place to share thoughts on how to use capitalism to address the world’s environmental challenges i.e. how do we create the “Environmental Economy.”

Envest is not a research event, or a series of panels educating its members about environmentalism and impact capitalism. It is a “for investors, by investors” investment event for those committed to deploying capital across asset classes, with the aim of creating jobs and economic growth while respecting, improving and sustaining the environment.

Why is EnVest happening now?

EnVest’s guiding statement is a quote from US President Theodore Roosevelt:

“We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.”

Never has this statement been more true, or the need for solutions more urgent. We believe that competitive capital and innovation have a key role to play in these solutions, so developed an event specifically designed to accelerate deployment of competitive capital into the Environmental Economy.

What are EnVest’s key operating principles?

The EnVest team has identified 5 key principles guiding our work and events:

  1. It is our national moral obligation to preserve our natural resources for future generations.
  2. Investing in the Environmental Economy can generate competitive returns
  3. Action, not talk.
  4. Write checks, learn somewhere else.
  5. We are stronger together.

What will make EnVest successful?

We define the success of EnVest in three ways:

  1. The amount of money invested into environmental opportunities as a direct result of EnVest;
  2. The number of investment opportunities that receive investment as a direct result of EnVest; and
  3. The number of organizations that hold simultaneous events the same week as EnVest.

What will happen at EnVest?

The core of EnVest will be a one day investment conference on Thursday, November 8. This conference will provide curated investment opportunities for investor attendees, broken down by asset class and subject. The focus is on private asset classes including seed, venture, growth capital and private equity.  Non-profits and government programs are not included as asset classes.  Investment subjects include air & water, waste & pollution, forests & wilderness, fisheries & oceans, and food & agriculture.  

On either side of the one day conference (Wednesday, November 7 at 5pm and Thursday, November 8 at 5pm), we will hold social events aimed at giving investors and management teams the chance to share ideas and ambitions around environmental investing.

Who leads EnVest?

EnVest is led by a small Steering Committee, supported by a large Advisory Board broken into vertical specific committees.  The Steering Committee is responsible for overall event direction and event details. The Advisory Board committees are responsible for identifying, vetting, and preparing investment opportunities for their respective theme.


Learn more about the EnVest community and join a network of innovative investors committed to our natural world.

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