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Stanford Climate Ventures

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About the course

Winter 2021 course description coming soon!

Stanford Climate Ventures (SCV) is a unique project-based course that provides Stanford students with a platform and educational/experiential framework to develop, launch, and successfully build high-impact new clean-tech and climate-tech ventures. In the Fall 2020 quarter, SCV will be held as a 1 hour per week seminar series entitled "Big Ideas & White Space in Climate-Tech Entrepreneurship". The purpose of this seminar series is to 1) educate students on the key elements of the most important high greenhouse gas impact problems in climate-tech and white spaces in those problem areas that are ripe for new company explorations, and 2) incubate high-potential new company creation concepts for future project-focused Stanford Climate Ventures quarters. Seminars will be delivered by instructors and outside industry and academic climate-tech experts.


Because of coronavirus restrictions, the Fall 2020 version of SCV will be slightly different from the traditional SCV experience. We will be resuming the project-based, traditional SCV experience during Winter 2021. 

Impact Numbers

Since 2016, Stanford Climate Ventures has been the launchpad for 45 distinct projects, resulting in 25 new companies. These companies have raised over $46.5M in funding to pursue further development, and SCV companies can be found in 9 different countries on 5 different continents.

Teaching Team

Stanford Climate Ventures is led by two Precourt Energy Scholars with decades of energy technology, business, and policy expertise:

  • David Danielson: managing director of Breakthrough Energy Ventures, former assistant secretary of energy efficiency and renewable energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (
  • Joel Moxley: founder of Foro Energy and Rho AI; founding investor at Zero Mass Water, Rubicon Global, and Pie Insurance (

They will help with idea formation and creation of interdisciplinary teams who research, analyze and develop detailed launch plans for high-impact ventures in the context of a new energy development framework offered in this course.  

2020-21 ENERGY 203 Course Details

Offered every autumn, winter, and spring quarter. Meets Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30 PM PST on Zoom for Fall 2020-2021.

If you have additional questions please contact course assistants Juliana Lu-Yang ( and Paul Walter (