Startup Fridays S2 Ep. 9: ‘We need to accelerate corporate adoption of climate tech from startups’ — Pratap Raju
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Our guest today is Pratap Raju, founding partner of Climate Collective, an organisation that is building a platform to accelerate climate tech startups in India, by catalysing stronger linkages between the startups and large corporate buyers and users of their solutions. He is also the founding partner of a VC fund, Climate Seeds Fund, providing seed-stage funding to climate startups. Climate Collective also has a dedicated programme to encourage women entrepreneurs in climate tech.
Pratap grew up in the US, and his early career was as a trader, economist and banker, including a brief stint at JP Morgan where he was a Power and Gas M&A Analyst. He came back to India to become an entrepreneur and tried his hand at various things, including starting a film and TV commercials company, where he co-wrote the story and dialogues for a Bollywood comedy, ‘Bas Yun Hi,’ starring actress Nandita Das.
The birth of his children got him thinking about the world that the next generations would inherit and that led him to zero in on climate change, and he started Climate Collective in 2016.
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