Day Three: Char Tank!

December 9, 2021 · 11:30 am – 3:00 pm ET (U.S.) / 16:30 – 20:00 UTC
(*Denotes invited speakers.  Keep checking back as program is updated.)

Session 3a: Financing Biochar Opportunities

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET (U.S.) / 16:30-17:30 UTC

Investor interest in funding biochar companies has gone from a trickle to a torrent over the past few years and is likely to keep increasing over the next few decades. This panel includes investors that have or are planning to invest in biochar opportunities. They will share what makes them invest or not invest in different types of companies. They will also discuss what biochar companies need to do in order to attract investments from various types of funders.

  • Andy Mercy, Tam Brands LLC
  • Hansjörg Lerchenmueller, Lerchenmueller Consulting
  • Thomas Casten, Casten Family Foundation

Networking Break

12:30 – 12:50 pm ET (U.S.) / 17:30-17:45 UTC

Session 3b: Biochar Start Ups Perspective on Investors Prospecting

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2021
  • 12:50 pm – 1:50 pm ET (U.S.) / 17:50-18:50 UTC

Over the past decade many biochar companies have started with high hopes and low budgets only to fold a few years later due to lack of capital. Recently a growing number of biochar companies are successfully raising needed funds for expansion. This panel features various biochar entrepreneurs that have gone through the venture capital vetting process and received funding. They will share their experiences and recommendations for other biochar start-ups looking for investors.

  • Hansjörg Lerchenmueller, Lerchenmueller Consulting, Germany
  • Allison Dring, Made of Air, Germany
  • Mike Woelk, Corigin, United States
  • Bryan Eagle, Glanris, United States

Char Tank Videos

1:50 pm – 2:05 pm ET (U.S.) / 18:50-19:05 UTC

  • VOW ASA
  • New Earth
  • Biomass Controls
  • Go Biochar
  • Neochar

Session 3c: The Future of Biochar

  • Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • 2:05 pm – 2:30 pm ET (U.S.) / 19:05-19:30 UTC

Biochar start-ups that are looking to raise capital are invited to submit three-minute videos to prospective investors. Videos should include the following information:

  • Overview of your company and offerings
  • What feedstock are you using, volumes producing
  • What co-products can be valorized
  • What market are you addressing (i.e. who are your buyers, what needs are you filling)
  • How are you getting your product to market
  • How much money are you looking for and how will you use it
  • Credibility of management team
  • Kathleen Draper, International Biochar Initiative
  • Tom Miles, U.S. Biochar Initiative

We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:

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