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Cooper Rinzler

Breakthrough Energy Ventures

Cooper is a technologist and entrepreneur with a history of building and leading teams to develop and commercialize technologies in early stage ventures.  He is currently focused on enabling entrepreneurs to translate innovation into scaled climate impact and creating the frameworks and investment vehicles that support the efficient development and deployment of solutions to the most recalcitrant challenges in climate. 

Cooper has created and operated companies in the geothermal, energy storage, materials, metals and minerals, semiconductor, food and agriculture, nuclear, emissions mitigation, and retail industries.  He has more than 100 patent filings totaling over 4,000 claims. 

Cooper also continues to advise a diverse set of organizations defining new asset classes for investment in climate change mitigation and climate tech innovation.  He serves as a Director of the Hertz Foundation, an organization dedicating to enabling the most talented scientists and engineers in our country to have careers of deep impact.

Cooper is a Hertz Fellow with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and a joint AB in Physics and Engineering Physics from Harvard University.