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Edinburgh-Professor Francesco Pomponi joins Berlin-based climate tech investor Extantia Capital

Francesco Pomponi – New Head of Carbon Maths 

Berlin, 15th July 2021

Extantia Capital has appointed Francesco Pomponi as its new Head of Carbon Maths. In this position, he will be responsible for the entire range of topics related to the calculation and measurability of CO2-reducing technologies, which serve as the basis for the Berlin-based venture capitalist’s investment decisions.

Francesco Pomponi is an interdisciplinary trained engineer with a PhD in life cycle assessment and environmental sustainability. He already has more than 10 years of professional experience in this rather young research field. Before joining Napier University in Edinburgh, he worked for the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, where he remains affiliated to the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). He has also published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals, for which he is also a regular reviewer.

“I am particularly keen to put my academic research into practice to combat climate change,” says Francesco Pomponi. “Extantia Capital is committed to a unique path as a venture capitalist: economics and ecology always see eye-to-eye when making startup investment decisions.”

Sebastian Heitmann, founder and partner at Extantia Capital: “Especially when it comes to the topic of CO2 reduction, one is dependent on resilient methods of scientific calculation. Francesco Pomponi, with his impressive academic expertise, will be instrumental in helping us find breakthrough technologies in the climate sector.”

About Extantia Capital

Extantia Capital is the first European venture capital investor that supports startups in the development of deep decarbonisation technologies and their measurable contribution to climate protection. In addition to capital, the firm provides know-how from its founding partners. They are part of a network of high-profile and experienced investors, entrepreneurs, university partners and climate experts. The current portfolio includes GA Drilling, Bloom, betteries and Ineratec. View Extantia team