The SF Climate Braintrust is an interactive one-day program that brings 10 Bay Area climate-tackling startups and their challenges to a roundtable of experienced academic and business leaders for solutions.

This event is organised by the World Economic Forum Global Shapers San Francisco Hub in partnership with Echoing Green, building on a successful pilot last year in New York City. 



At The Braintrust, entrepreneurs will bring a current challenge they are facing to a round-table of experienced climate, academic and business advisors to solve. The day will involve interactive workshops, facilitated sessions, and networking, focused on creative and collaborative support to improve the impact of local climate solutions.


This format has been successfully pioneered in September 2017 at The World Economic Forum offices in New York. Our program brought together 32 advisors and 6 facilitators for an action packed day of climate impact for 14 entrepreneurs:


Meet our previous entrepreneurs:

Aesop Technologies

Nisha Witt

“The Braintrust is the type of event that I am unable to experience in Virginia. This event offered me a platform and opportunity to connect with individuals that are experts in my field of work, which is very rare in my case. I would highly recommend the Braintrust to anyone and everyone who may need external opinions or ideas on how to strategically and efficiently run their business.”  Aesop's overall goal is to supply and disburse advanced solar technologies in parts of the world where renewable technology is not ideal.


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Lightfoot Market

Sarah Sproviero and  Kristin Hanczor

"The organizers created a warm community within the first hour, which helped me as an entrepreneurs open up about my vulnerabilities and true challenges. As a result, the feedback and aid I received from advisors was focused, poignant and more helpful than I could have imagined. I left the Climate Braintrust equipped with an expanded network, a plan of action and a stronger mindset as a leader. This event had soul! "  Lightfoot Market is a platform for sustainable businesses. 


Clean Tech Innovatum

Kyle Herman

"A big sense of community was established. I felt like I had found people encountering exactly the same issues I was having, and the advisors present were well aware of the difficulties. I have begun to contact VCs and am looking for funding. The format was endearing and earnest. It equalized all participants. Truly unique!" The Clean Tech Innovatum platform culls data from patent and finance databases around the world in real-time to give our clients an immediate and lucid picture of the clean-tech industry.


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Red Hook Check-in

Aran Baker and Valentina Branada

Using a co-design process, Red Hook Check-in creates a model for a new community-based service focused on disaster preparedness for NYC neighborhoods most impacted by climate change. The project is designed to bridge the gap between isolated, medically fragile residents and advanced care/services


Propagate Ventures

Ethan Steinberg and Jeremy Kaufman

Propagate Ventures is on a mission to scale agroforestry into a cornerstone of agriculture. We work with farmers to design and install tree-crop systems that work in tandem with existing farm operations. Together with brands and investors, we build certainty in supply and bridge project level capital needs. Our turn key solution for agroforestry deployment, unlocks regenerative agriculture as an asset class.


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Carbon A List

Christopher Jospe

“Having the opportunity to articulate my idea to a multidisciplinary sounding board of experts and network with mission-oriented entrepreneurs was invaluable. I left with a number of action items and new relationships that will last a life time.”

Carbon A List is building a market mechanism to make it easier to connect buyers and sellers in the carbon removal ecosystem. 



Stephanie Ulrich

“The Braintrust was an opportunity for me to interact with passionate peers and mentors who pushed me to think bigger and bolder about the climate problem I am trying to solve.”

MONICA brings urban energy consumers together with local, clean energy producers in one common marketplace platform. Think "Airbnb for clean energy". 


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Green Gas

David Cooch

Green Gas is a funding mechanism that builds public investment in game-changing climate solutions. Green Gas embeds carbon offsets into gasoline purchases. We integrate directly onto gas pumps, as well as personal debit cards, offering the public convenient, affordable, and highly visible opportunities to offset their gasoline’s carbon footprint.



Ridge Montes and Jonathan Hecht

Impakt addresses two problems: environment and labor. We are working with NYU Stern’s Center for Business and Human Rights to determine concretely what factors to include in our reports so that a concrete difference will be made in labor practices. We don’t just want the appearance of doing good, but to actually do good.


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Amer Jandali

“Exceptional experience design. Non-threatening, open space that was facilitated with my best interests in mind. I felt heard, seen and well taken care of the entire time.”

DJ turned social innovator. Amer's world shifted when he saw a film about plastic bags, now he's committed to creating low-waste products starting with the world's first wearable tote bag. 


The Braintrust will be held on Wednesday September 12th from 9:00am to 6:00pm at The World Economic Forum 1201 Ralston Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129

We would love to have you join us!