Scott Institute for Energy Innovation

Investing in Hardware Start-ups

December 02, 2021

11:00 a.m. ET


Three investment pioneers join the Scott Energy Institute to discuss the future of investment in infrastructure and energy.

As we near the end of 2021, what’s ahead in the energy and cleantech ecosystem landscape? What are investors focused on now, with infrastructure and energy on the forefront of the climate change mitigation worldwide?

Join the Scott Institute and three investment pioneers from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Wireframe Ventures to hear more about what resonates with them, what entrepreneurs should be considering, and how we can collectively make important investments happen.


Lily Bernicker is a Principal at Collaborative Fund, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on technologies that sit at the intersection of for-profit and for-good. At Collaborative Fund, she spends most of her time on opportunities related to healthcare and climate tech. Prior to her current role, she worked in management consulting and an accelerator based in Washington, DC.

Matt Eggers is an investor for Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), the $2B climate tech venture capital fund. His combined BEV and angel portfolio includes 75F Inc, ZeroAvia, WeaveGrid, Aeroseal, LuxWall, Zymergen, Omnidian, Phylagen, Energetic Insurance, Faraday Bicycles, and others. He serves on the board of 75F, ZeroAvia, Aeroseal, LuxWall, and Posigen and is a co-founder of Rooted Relationships.

Paul Straub is a co-founder & Managing Director at Wireframe Ventures, where he invests in founders on a mission to improve the health of people and the planet. He led investments in Electriphi (acq. by Ford), OpenInvest (acq. by JP Morgan), Span.IO,, LevelTen Energy, MycoWorks, Gridware, Near Space Labs, Full Harvest Technologies, Recurrent Auto,, and Renew Financial.