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Who We Are

Established in 2015 by Bill Gates and a coalition of private investors concerned about the impacts of accelerating climate change, Breakthrough Energy supports the innovations that will lead the world to net-zero emissions. Breakthrough Energy is a network of entities and initiatives, including investment funds, nonprofit and philanthropic programs, and policy efforts linked by a common commitment to scale the technologies we need to achieve a path to net zero emissions by 2050. We’re building on the proven model of public-private partnerships that Gates has already used to transform health, education, and public welfare around the world. Breakthrough Energy is encouraging the development of new net-zero energy technologies, championing policies that speed innovation from lab to market, and bringing together governments, research institutions, private companies, and investors to expand and enhance clean-energy investment.

The organization’s efforts include:

  1. Breakthrough Energy Ventures

    Backed by many of the world’s top business leaders, Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) invests in companies that leverage innovative technologies to help address climate change. BEV has more than $1 billion in committed capital to support bold entrepreneurs building companies that can significantly reduce emissions from agriculture, buildings, electricity, manufacturing, and transportation.

    BE Ventures

  2. Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe

    Breakthrough Energy Ventures Europe, a €100 million pilot fund and partnership with the European Commission to help decarbonize the European economy.

    BE Ventures Europe

  3. Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada

    Breakthrough Energy Solutions Canada, a $30 million effort with the Canadian government to accelerate clean-energy technology similarly there.

    BE Solutions Canada

  4. Breakthrough Energy Coalition

    The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of private-sector leaders, institutional investors, and entrepreneurs supporting the development and scale-up of these net-zero innovations.

    BE Coalition