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Energize Capital raises $300 million growth equity platform as market for climate software matures to new level of scale

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Firm surpasses $1.2 billion in assets under management; changes name to Energize Capital to reflect go-forward investment strategy 

CHICAGO, July 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Energize Capital (formerly Energize Ventures), a leading climate software investor, today announced the close of its second growth fund, bringing the firm’s total capital commitments for its growth equity platform to $300 million. This close brings Energize’s assets under management to $1.2 billion, surpassing $860 million in total committed capital from LPs. To reflect this extension of strategy into growth equity and to position itself for future growth, the firm has changed its name to Energize Capital. Under the expanded strategy, the investment firm will continue to support enduring climate software businesses as they scale amidst significant economic tailwinds.

The official close of Energize’s growth platform comes at a time when growth capital is in high demand – especially for the climate market. According to CTVC data, more than 2,000 early-stage[1] climate companies received institutional funding in the last 24 months. If even just 10% of those companies reach the growth stage, that means roughly 200 climate companies will be looking to raise growth capital in the next 24 months – but growth capital providers are in short supply. According to Pitchbook[2], the demand-supply ratio of late-stage funding is at a decade high, with just $1 of funding available for every $3.24 demanded.

“As the market for climate software matures and companies grow into billion-dollar valuations, growth equity investors have access to an abundant pipeline of enduring businesses in climate for the first time,” said John Tough, managing partner of Energize Capital. “At Energize, we intend to be the go-to partner for entrepreneurs as they scale – from venture capital to growth equity and beyond.”

“Our belief when founding Energize was that access to Invenergy, its entrepreneurial culture, assets and people create a strategic advantage for an investment platform in the rapidly scaling energy transition space,” said Michael Polsky, chair of Energize’s investment committee and CEO of Invenergy, the leading sustainable energy and infrastructure developer and an anchor investor in Energize. “The expansion of Energize’s strategy validates this approach, and we look forward to continued partnership in this next phase of growth.”

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Energize’s expertise is scaling asset-light digital climate solutions that enable the new energy economy. With its new growth equity strategy, Energize can continue providing capital and operational support to enduring late-stage climate software companies. To date, Energize has made seven investments out of its growth funds, including a recently announced investment in PVcase’s $100 million round, as well as follow-on investments in its venture capital portfolio companies Sitetracker, DroneDeploy, and Aurora Solar, which is one of the most valuable climate software companies today.

“When Energize was founded in 2016, our guiding thesis was that the transition to a sustainable economy represents a generational transfer of capital, and that it would require digital technologies to enable and accelerate scale,” said Tough. “Seven years later, our ambition remains unchanged, but the opportunity for climate software has skyrocketed beyond expectations. For example, our portfolio’s software revenue has grown from $100 million to nearly $400 million over the past three years. Unveiling our growth strategy and announcing the shift to Energize Capital represents our commitment to scale our strategy to grow with our entrepreneurs and the maturity of the space.”

Across its four funds spanning venture capital and growth equity, Energize is backed by a diverse set of LPs representing strategic, institutional, impact and family office investors. In addition to Invenergy, Energize LPs include CDPQ, CAPROCK, Credit Suisse, HASI, Xcel Energy, and other institutional capital providers.

To date, Energize has invested in 26 climate software companies accelerating the transition to sustainable energy through its venture capital and growth equity strategies. Energize closed its first $165 million venture fund in 2018, followed by a $330 million vehicle in 2021. In 2022, the firm added 12 new team members and deployed $260 million across its portfolio.

About Energize Capital
Energize Capital is a leading climate software investor focused on scaling sustainable innovation. Founded in 2016 and based in Chicago, to date Energize has funded 26 companies and deployed more than half a billion through its venture capital and growth equity strategies. Anchored by founding partner Invenergy, the firm is backed by strategic, institutional, and impact LPs including CDPQ, Credit Suisse, SE Ventures (corporate venture arm of Schneider Electric), GE Renewable Energy, Xcel Energy, Caterpillar, HASI and more. For more information on Energize, please visit www.energizecap.com.

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[1] Seed through Series B
[2] Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor Q1 2023

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Avalanche Joins Forces with Stripe: Transforming Crypto Purchases Across the US

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Avalanche, a leading blockchain platform, has partnered with Stripe to enhance the accessibility of its ecosystem. This strategic collaboration integrates Stripe’s fiat-to-crypto onramping capabilities directly into Avalanche’s C-Chain, enabling retail users to purchase the native cryptocurrency, AVAX, without the complexities of traditional crypto exchanges.

Integration and User Experience Enhancement

The integration aims to simplify the process of acquiring AVAX by embedding Stripe’s onramp as a customizable widget within various Avalanche decentralized applications (dApps). These dApps include decentralized exchanges (DEXes), NFT platforms, and digital wallets, facilitating a seamless and streamlined user experience. By leveraging Stripe’s infrastructure, users can easily fund their accounts using various payment methods, including ACH transfers and credit/debit cards.

Core Wallet Integration

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A key component of this collaboration is the integration into Core, Avalanche’s native ecosystem wallet developed by Ava Labs. Core wallet users can now directly fund their wallets via the Stripe widget, making it easier to engage with the Avalanche network. The wallet setup process is straightforward, allowing new users to create accounts using Gmail or Apple ID, thereby reducing the barriers to entry into the crypto space.

Addressing Web3 Challenges

This integration addresses several challenges commonly faced in the Web3 ecosystem, such as the “cold start problem,” where users lack initial funds to participate in transactions. Stripe’s onramp handles essential elements like KYC, payments, fraud prevention, and compliance, allowing dApps to focus on enhancing user experience rather than dealing with regulatory complexities.

The initiative is supported by key players in the Avalanche ecosystem, including GoGoPool, Avvy, Pakt, zeroone, Halliday, The Arena, Shrapnel, and DeFi Kingdoms. These partners, offering services from decentralized naming and gaming to financial and social interaction platforms, stand to benefit from the increased ease of access to digital asset transactions.

Promoting Web3 Adoption

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The collaboration between Avalanche and Stripe goes beyond simplifying transactions; it also aims to bridge the gap between traditional finance and the emerging Web3 landscape. By integrating a familiar and secure payment system, the partnership ensures that users, both new and existing, can navigate the cryptocurrency ecosystem with greater ease and confidence.

The leadership from both Ava Labs and Stripe has expressed enthusiasm about the partnership. Akash Gupta, Head of Consumer Products at Ava Labs, highlighted the commitment to user-centric solutions and broader adoption of digital currencies. John Egan, Head of Crypto at Stripe, noted that the initiative aligns with Stripe’s mission to democratize access to Web3 technologies, making them safer and more accessible to a global audience.

This strategic partnership is expected to accelerate consumer adoption, deepen user engagement, and reinforce Avalanche’s position as a leader in the blockchain industry.

Source: blockchainreporter.net

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BIGG Digital Assets Enhances Crypto Investigator Training with New Modules

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BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (CSE: BIGG, OTCQX: BBKCF), a prominent player in the Digital Asset, Blockchain, and Metaverse industries, has expanded its educational offerings through its subsidiary, Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG). This expansion includes two new advanced training modules within the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI) program, aiming to meet the increasing demand for specialized expertise in cryptocurrency investigations and compliance.

Overview of the New Advanced Training Modules

  1. Module 9: Hacks and Exploits in the Cryptocurrency Space
    • This module focuses on the various techniques employed by cybercriminals to exploit blockchain networks and digital assets. It includes comprehensive case studies of significant cryptocurrency hacks and exit scams, providing participants with a deep understanding of these threats. The training covers how to detect early warning signs and implement best practices to mitigate risks. Additionally, it addresses the role of the dark web in these activities, giving insights into how these criminal networks operate.
  2. Module 10: Cryptocurrency Compliance and Risk Management for Financial Institutions
    • Targeted at compliance officers, risk managers, and executives, this module provides in-depth training on establishing robust risk management frameworks and controls within financial institutions. It covers essential regulatory requirements, risk assessment methodologies, and due diligence processes necessary for safeguarding against cryptocurrency-related risks. This module also offers a standalone certification, Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Compliance (CCI-C), emphasizing its critical relevance in today’s regulatory landscape.

Significance and Industry Impact

Lance Morginn, President of BIG, highlighted the growing sophistication of cyber threats in the digital asset space, driven by increasing global adoption of cryptocurrencies. The new modules are designed to equip professionals with the necessary skills and intelligence to identify and counter these emerging threats. This initiative reflects BIG’s commitment to providing up-to-date and practical training that addresses the current and future challenges faced by the industry.

Robert Whitaker, overseeing Law Enforcement Affairs at BIG, emphasized the continuous evolution of BIG’s curriculum to keep pace with the rapidly changing digital asset landscape. This approach ensures that professionals are well-prepared to deal with both technical and regulatory aspects of cryptocurrency investigations and compliance.

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Certification and Professional Development

The new modules complete the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Advanced (CCI-A) certification course, covering modules 6 to 10. This advanced certification is valid for one year, requiring a top-up course for renewal, which ensures that professionals remain current with the latest industry developments and best practices.

The foundational CCI certification has already been completed by over 2,500 professionals globally, including those from law enforcement, regulatory bodies, financial institutions, and the cryptocurrency sector. The courses are led by seasoned experts, including former federal agents and compliance officers, providing participants with invaluable practical knowledge and real-world insights.

Future Prospects

As the cryptocurrency industry continues to expand, the demand for specialized training and certifications like those offered by BIG will likely grow. These programs not only help professionals address existing challenges but also prepare them for future developments in the rapidly evolving digital asset space. Through these educational initiatives, BIGG Digital Assets Inc. and Blockchain Intelligence Group are making significant contributions to the security and integrity of the global cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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Source: cointrust.com

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Blockchain Intelligence Group adds additional modules and launches its Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Advanced Series

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BIGG Digital Assets Inc. has announced the launch of two new advanced modules in its Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI) training program through its subsidiary, Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG). This expansion reflects the growing need for specialized knowledge in the digital asset and blockchain sectors, especially as these industries face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.

New Modules Overview

  1. Module 9: Hacks and Exploits
    • This module provides an in-depth analysis of significant cryptocurrency hacks, exploits, and exit scams. It includes detailed case studies to help students understand the tactics employed by cybercriminals, identify early warning signs, and apply best practices for risk mitigation. The curriculum also covers the role of the dark web in facilitating these illegal activities.
  2. Module 10: Compliance and Risk Management
    • Aimed at professionals in financial institutions, this module covers comprehensive frameworks and controls for managing risks associated with cryptocurrencies. It includes regulatory requirements, risk assessment methodologies, and due diligence processes. The module offers a standalone certification, the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Compliance (CCI-C), which is particularly valuable for compliance officers and risk managers.

Certification Details

The completion of these two modules, along with previous ones, leads to the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Advanced (CCI-A) certification. This certification is valid for one year, after which professionals must complete a top-up course to maintain their certified status. The program is designed to equip investigators, compliance teams, and risk professionals with the latest intelligence and skills necessary to combat the challenges in the rapidly evolving digital asset landscape.

Industry Relevance

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As cryptocurrency adoption grows globally, the risks associated with blockchain networks and digital assets also increase. The introduction of these advanced modules is a proactive step by BIGG Digital Assets Inc. to address the need for continuous education and training in this dynamic field. The CCI program has already been adopted by over 2,500 professionals worldwide, including law enforcement, regulatory bodies, and financial institutions, demonstrating its critical role in enhancing industry standards and safeguarding against cyber threats.

Conclusion

BIGG Digital Assets Inc.’s continued investment in educational initiatives through the Blockchain Intelligence Group underscores the importance of preparedness and expertise in the cryptocurrency space. By staying at the forefront of training and compliance, the company supports the broader industry’s efforts to maintain security and integrity as digital assets become more integrated into global financial systems.

Source: globenewswire.com

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