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Access to Green Tech Investments in the Built Industry

The built environment is one of the largest contributors to climate change and the most at risk from its effects. Innovative technology and business models can change the way we design, build, and operate to create a more resilient and sustainable future. Venture capital opportunities abound but are hard to identify at an early stage. 

Shadow Ventures is is currently seeking co-investors with deep knowledge in the intersection of sustainability and the built environment to give this portfolio an unfair advantage. 

 

 

 

Who Invests in this Portfolio?

Institutions & Industry

For institutional investors focused on sustainability initiatives looking to partner with vetted and diligenced startups from experts, this fund was created to benefit you.

 
Individuals

This fund allows individuals to diversify their portfolios at very approachable minimums. This is industry and peer-driven investing for accredited investors.

Why Invest in Green Buildings?

Incremental innovations to the current built environment structure will not advance the industry in a meaningful and impactful way. The existing structure is antiquated and must be disrupted to create the value needed to meet the rapidly changing demands of the industry. Even with the advancement of emerging technology trends like AR/VR, robotics and automation, big data/IoT/connected job sites, blockchain, and BIM, the industry still struggles with labor shortages, addressing demand, sustainability needs, cost controls, affordability, and efficiency gains. So the industry, increase the value of other innovations, and tackles industry challenges. The answer: industrialized construction technology

  • Climate Risk is an Investment Risk: The built environment is seeing marked growth in the number of startups rethinking the way we design, build, and operate.

  • Ubiquity & affordability of tech: Unlike a decade ago, owners, lenders, appraisers, builders, designers, and subcontractors carry smart devices. The basic technological platforms are already on-site and readily used by all parties for the first time.

  • Environmental Crisis: Global countries and private organizations are facing a crisis concerning the climate, evolving sustainability standards, and infrastructure needs of growing urban populations.

  • Growing Sustainable Investing: Climate change is the most important ESG issue accounting for $4.2 trillion in assets under management. Firms, like BlackRock, are explicit in climate impacts in their investments.

  • New Legislations: Regulators at the state and local levels in the US have enacted laws targeting the built environment with aggressive emissions reduction targets, similar to Europe and Asia. 

  • Resilience as Risk Management: Real estate is one of the asset classes most impacted by climate change. About 35% of REITs properties are exposed to climate hazards. Resilience must be a factor in assessing investment risk.

Investment Mediums & Options 

Why Add Venture Capital to Your Portfolio?

Driven By Experts

Many experienced finance professionals invest significantly in venture capital and up-and-coming tech companies.

Performance-based

Diligence and portfolio management is conducted by Shadow Ventures, an industry-leading VC firm investing in property technology.

Fund Diversity

No putting all your eggs in one basket. With a portfolio of five startups, investors have significant diversification.

Backed by Industry

Startups are vetted by expert customers and Shadow Ventures, giving our portfolio an unfair advantage.

Venture Partners

Bill Higginbotham, CEO at ET Environmental Corporation
Engineer and entrepreneur, Bill’s career spans 44 years in earth sciences, environmental, and construction management. In 1975, he founded his first company focused on solar energy, Research Energies Corporation. After starting ET Environmental in 1993, Bill spent nearly 25 years expanding the  business before his next entrepreneurial endeavor. In 2018, he started Higginbotham Strategic Investments, a seed-stage private equity company. Bill is also a limited partner in Shadow Ventures’ Fund 3. He is a frequent guest lecturer and adjunct professor at his alma mater Georgia Tech. Bill is actively involved in multiple volunteer and philanthropic efforts.   

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Robert Ioanna (PE, LEED AP), Senior Principal, Board Member at Syska Hennessy Group
Robert is the New York office leader and eastern regional practice leader for Syska, responsible for all engineering and consulting services, business development, and operations. He continues to oversee key client relationships and projects. Rob leads Syska’s work in MEP systems design for some of the most prestigious buildings in the world. His team’s upgrade of a legacy data center system in a live environment for AIG received the Uptime Institute Brill Award. He is a member of the local 7×24 Exchange Metro NY Chapter, a 14-year member of the Long Island chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a member of Building Design + Construction’s 40 Under 40 2016, and a recipient of ENR New York’s 2014 Top 20 Under 40. He has authored numerous technical articles and presented at industry conferences.

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Ethan Stein, Strategic Partnerships Consultant  
Ethan Stein is an accomplished entrepreneur and problem solver with a focus on the technology space. He launched his first venture as a teen, seeking to revolutionize event ticketing. He’s  brought this same hunger for innovation to the technology space, ensuring businesses have a cost-effective way of protecting their data. His cyber security enterprise, partnered with one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act website, earned Stein the coveted “Business of the Year” award at the 2015 Jewish People’s Choice Awards. 

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Abe Kruger, Partner at SK Collaborative
Abe honed his expertise in sustainable construction over the last 15 years as a contractor, educator, and consultant in residential construction. He has designed, implemented, and evaluated energy efficiency programs for over thirty electric and gas utilities, including ENERGY STAR new homes, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, low-income weatherization, and HVAC tune-up programs. Abe holds numerous industry accreditations, including Certified Energy Manager (CEM), LEED AP HOMES, LEED AP Neighborhood Development, LEED Green Rater, BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional, and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Trainer and Rater. He is a member of the national Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Board of Directors. Abe has a Masters in Building Construction from Georgia Tech.

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Ron Jarvis, Chief Sustainability Officer at The Home Depot
Ron Jarvis is the Chief Sustainability Officer for The Home Depot. He is responsible for aligning the company’s business strategies with its social, environmental and sustainability objectives. Ron also leads the company’s SER factory audits, Utility Rebates, Product Safety departments, and he is the chairman of the Home Depot Environmental Council. Ron joined The Home Depot in 1995 as a merchant. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including divisional merchandise manager, national product merchant, global product merchant, vice president of merchandising and senior vice president of pro and tool rental.

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Greg Foliente, Professor, Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne
Greg leads interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, education, consulting and collaboration initiatives that advance innovation in the built environment, energy and urban systems sectors, with a primary focus towards improved sustainability, liveability and resilience. His knowledge, experience and interests span the full life cycle of knowledge development from academic research, to applied R&D and their translation into practice, policy and standards, and commercialisation. 

Shadow Ventures Lead

Anastasia Simon, Managing Director
Anastasia has over a decade of experience leveraging technology to drive marketing, with a focus on developing strategies and programs for high growth tech startups. Her background includes traditional, digital, and experiential marketing; content strategy, strategic messaging, and media relations. In addition to managing day to day Labs operations, she oversees logistics for all internal and external Shadow events including Shadow Summit.


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Technology that is disrupting and advancing multifamily construction, management, and tenant experience.

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Technology to disrupt how we design and build the next generation of sustainable buildings.

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Startups focused on building and construction in order to change the built environment.

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