LA Venture: FullCycle’s Kyle Adkins On Addressing the Climate Crisis Piece-by-Piece

Minnie Ingersoll
Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen and host of the LA Venture podcast. Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was the COO and co-founder of $100M+, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. Minnie studied Computer Science at Stanford and has an MBA from HBS. She recently moved back to L.A. after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California. In her space time, Minnie surfs baby waves and raises baby people.
FullCycle Climate Partners' Kyle Adkins

As climate change forces industries to radically shift their approach, FullCycle Climate Partners’ Kyle Adkins is eagerly investing in the tech that can address the crisis.

On this episode of L.A. Venture, Adkins talks about the climate tech landscape and FullCycle’s innovative model, which focuses not only on investing in a given company, but also the projects it has in development -- including building large physical plants and infrastructure to support it.

"Because our model is not something that is widely seen in the market today, [our portfolio companies] might be looking to raise [up to] $40 million. But the vast majority of that is actually to fund that first commercial facility " said Adkins.

FullCycle’s investment into both the platform and the infrastructure enables the startups that they are funding to attract customers because often customers don’t want to take the risk of partnering until they can see the promised large-scale manufacturing in operation.

"It’s caught in this ‘chicken or egg’ dynamic where you can't build the facility unless you know that the commercial demand is there. But then you can't get the commercial demand if you don't have the facility," said Adkins.

One of FullCycle’s recent deals was with fashion industry disruptor, Evrnu. The company takes textile waste, breaks it down and regenerates it into new fibers and pulp for new textiles. Its clean process has attracted collaborations with companies including Levi's, Target and Adidas.

Adkins says he likes to invest in companies like this because the fashion industry is a significant contributor of carbon emissions.

Instead of attempting to address global warming’s likely impact over the long term, Adkins said the investment firm focuses on the coming 20 years.

"If you can tackle those short lived climate plans, you're going to get a higher return on investment in a shorter timeframe in terms of your climate impact," said Adkins.

dot.LA Engagement Intern Joshua Letona contributed to this post.

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Energy Shares Wants to Offer You a Chance to Invest in Green Energy Startups

David Shultz

David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

Energy Shares Wants to Offer You a Chance to Invest in Green Energy Startups
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These investment opportunities, however, have typically been inaccessible for everyday retail investors until much later in a company’s development–after an IPO, usually. Meaning that the best returns are likely to be captured by banks and other institutions who have the capital and financing to invest large sums of money earlier in the process.

That’s where Pasadena-based Energy Shares comes in. The company wants to help democratize access to these investment opportunities and simultaneously give early-stage utility-scale energy projects another revenue stream.

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Why These Ukrainian Entrepreneurs Are Making LA Their Home

Aisha Counts
Aisha Counts is a business reporter covering the technology industry. She has written extensively about tech giants, emerging technologies, startups and venture capital. Before becoming a journalist she spent several years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.
Why These Ukrainian Entrepreneurs Are Making LA Their Home
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Fleeing war and chasing new opportunities, more than a dozen Ukrainian entrepreneurs have landed in Los Angeles, finding an unexpected community in the city of dreams. These entrepreneurs have started companies that are collectively worth more than $300 million, in industries ranging from electric vehicle charging stations to audience monetization platforms to social networks.

Dot.LA spent an evening with this group of Ukrainian citizens, learning what it was like to build startups in Ukraine, to cope with the unimaginable fear of fleeing war, and to garner the resilience to rebuild.

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