#32 Investing in a Net Zero Future with Louis Schick, Director of Investments at Clean Energy Ventures
In the tenth and final episode of season three, TNZL explores the lessons of a technologist with a rich history of environmental-focused innovation.
From teacher to engineer to hedge fund manager and now as the leader responsible for ensuring his portfolio companies can reduce global greenhouse gases at scale, Louis (Lou) Schick has quite a story to tell.
Thankfully he is quite a good storyteller. Lou is a contrarian with a strong moral compass who is determined to innovate a net zero future. He’s spent the majority of his career peering over the edge at earth’s carrying capacity and figuring out how we can avoid reaching it.
Lou has more than twenty years of experience as a technologist and investor. In his investing role at Clean Energy Ventures, Mr. Schick works with deal teams to source, screen and diligence new investments, as well as support portfolio companies on technology, markets, strategy and commercialization.
Prior to joining Clean Energy Ventures, Lou was a co-founder, partner and CTO at NewWorld Capital, and served as a Managing Director at Ritchie Capital. From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Schick held a variety of positions at General Electric’s Corporate Research and Energy groups. Mr. Schick facilitated GE’s entrance into both solar and wind energy, and led GE’s solid oxide fuel cell program.
Lou was trained as a physicist and co-authored papers in accelerator physics, space physics, and biophysics as well as earning ten granted US patents. He holds a BS in Physics from Union College; an MS in Physics from Cornell University.
Clean Energy Ventures or CEV is helping founders build a cleaner future by investing in early-stage climate tech companies.
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- Limits to Growth Report: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Limits_to_Growth