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Decarbonise transport

BY LAUNCHING NEW CLIMATE VENTURES
ABOUT DSV

Deep Science Ventures is creating a future in which both humans and the planet can thrive.

We use our unique venture creation process to create, spin-out and invest into science companies, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures.

We operate in 4 sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Agriculture and Computation, tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.

 

The Challenge

In transport, depending on aspects like the load factor, travel distance and available infrastructure, we believe that Diesel, Gasoline and Kerosene will still lead the way for the coming decades, accounting for 37% of CO2 emissions from end-use sectors and thus leading to significant global warming. Electrification of personal vehicles through the development and application of battery technologies is a well-established solution to decarbonisation with 4.1% of global cars sales being EV. The application of these developing battery technologies to other transportation needs, for example short-medium distance (<400km/day) light commercial vehicles or local bus services, is largely inevitable. However there is still a large swathe of transportation needs which will not be met by battery technologies namely medium to long distance aviation, maritime and heavy duty truck haulage (500-2000 km/day), mostly due to the weight of today’s batteries. To accelerate a transition to carbon neutral alternatives and reducing the CO2 emissions in the transport sector we need to drive innovation and identify economical solutions to produce alternative energy vectors but also to distribute and apply them. 

 

Our take on building new ventures in this space

The solution space for carbon neutral fuels is vast and under-explored. For instance, imagine a long haul ship with a tank of the size of a pumpkin, where one filling powers the engine for decades without causing CO2 emissions. This would be possible if we were, for example, able to break the psychological dread constraining nuclear powered maritime. Beyond nuclear, there is a universe of carbon neutral drop-in replacements, there is the possibility of massive reductions to the prohibitive cost of e-fuels production, there is the opportunity for whole-system energy efficiency optimisation (rather than merely focusing on fuel density), and many more.

 

Join us to build these ventures

You’ll join DSV as the first Founder in the Decarbonising Transport opportunity area and work with us to develop concepts for, and spin-out a new climate company as the CEO or CTO.

Taking up a Founder role at DSV differs quite significantly from the entrepreneur in residence (EIR) role in other funds or venture studios. Instead of scouting for existing technologies which might overcome a specific challenge, you will start with identifying the areas where there is neglect or repeated failure yet potential solutions exist if considered from a different perspective, mapping the limitations to existing approaches at the specific and macro-level and considering the constraints of the broader ecosystem (capital, expertise, IP, knowledge, competition). You will start to build a company, iteratively determining the optimal solution for the problem, and DSV will guide you through every step of the process.

 

Our offer

Exploration: Deconstruct the Decarbonising Transport opportunity area and identify possible approaches for venture spin-out.

We offer mentorship and guidance through weekly deep dive work sessions, access to our opportunity insights and knowledge base, access to a global network of experts, access to a community of other science Founders working on launching their own companies, and a curated collection of resources and proprietary tools.

 

Building: Build a team of co-founders and advisors around the most promising approach(es).

We offer Co-Founder(s) sourcing and assessment via our proprietary tools, advisory board sourcing, advice on technical and commercial investment milestones, co-development of technical roadmap and go to market strategy, investment readiness pre-launch with further focus on technical and commercial proof, customer development support.

 

Accelerating: Secure capital and focus on technical proof-of-concept development with the support from our industry partners.

We offer £250k pre-seed investment, access to our industry network, advice on follow-on fundraising strategy, including introductions to seed investors and potential customers from our global network, support with term sheet negotiation, supporting grant applications to leverage further non-dilutive funding and value uplift and access to a community of seasoned science founders in our portfolio.

 

Additionally, we provide a monthly stipend of £2,916 so that you’ll have guaranteed income before you’re able to secure the pre-seed investment. In other words, we pay you to start your own company. We also cover pre-investment expenses that are crucial for the development of the idea/project.

 

Our impact

In the past 2 years, we have built and invested in 6 brand new companies in the climate sector across high performance materials, energy storage, green hydrogen production and carbon capture. In doing this, we have partnered with, and our companies have received funding from, the world’s leading climate-focused institutions and investors.

Previous Founding Analysts: Gael’s journey

Gael joined DSV with no specific ideas, IP or team members. He left having built both a direct air capture company Mission Zero and a green hydrogen company Supercritical Solutions.

He had the option to join either team as a co-founder, and chose to work full time with Mission Zero as it better suited his skillset. Mission Zero is developing a radical new form of bio-inspired direct air capture. 18 months after incorporation they have:

Secured a carbon removal pre-purchase agreement with Stripe worth up to $1.5m;
Raised pre-seed from DSV and our partners, and an oversubscribed seed round with top-tier climate investors, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures;
Had their DAC pilot development funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its inaugural DAC & GGR competition;
Participated in the Net Zero Technology centre’s (NZTC) Tech X accelerator program, winning the Equinor award;
Secured a number of commercial agreements worth multimillions including the UK’s largest offtaker of CO2.
• Won Elon Musk’s XPRIZE

 

Who should apply

We’re after deep technical domain expertise in chemical or mechanical engineering ideally related to engine or fuel cell design

OR

expertise in chemistry or bioprocess engineering with a focus on fuel production.

Additional interests: nuclear chemistry, logistics, global transport systems, energy storage.

Needless to say that a strong desire to build a company to make a huge positive impact towards the net zero energy transition is a must, you cannot wait to get started!

ABOUT DSV

Deep Science Ventures is creating a future in which both humans and the planet can thrive.

We use our unique venture creation process to create, spin-out and invest into science companies, combining available scientific knowledge and founder-type scientists into high-impact ventures.

We operate in 4 sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Agriculture and Computation, tackling the challenges defining those areas by taking a first principles approach and partnering with leading institutions.

 

The Challenge

In transport, depending on aspects like the load factor, travel distance and available infrastructure, we believe that Diesel, Gasoline and Kerosene will still lead the way for the coming decades, accounting for 37% of CO2 emissions from end-use sectors and thus leading to significant global warming. Electrification of personal vehicles through the development and application of battery technologies is a well-established solution to decarbonisation with 4.1% of global cars sales being EV. The application of these developing battery technologies to other transportation needs, for example short-medium distance (<400km/day) light commercial vehicles or local bus services, is largely inevitable. However there is still a large swathe of transportation needs which will not be met by battery technologies namely medium to long distance aviation, maritime and heavy duty truck haulage (500-2000 km/day), mostly due to the weight of today’s batteries. To accelerate a transition to carbon neutral alternatives and reducing the CO2 emissions in the transport sector we need to drive innovation and identify economical solutions to produce alternative energy vectors but also to distribute and apply them. 

 

Our take on building new ventures in this space

The solution space for carbon neutral fuels is vast and under-explored. For instance, imagine a long haul ship with a tank of the size of a pumpkin, where one filling powers the engine for decades without causing CO2 emissions. This would be possible if we were, for example, able to break the psychological dread constraining nuclear powered maritime. Beyond nuclear, there is a universe of carbon neutral drop-in replacements, there is the possibility of massive reductions to the prohibitive cost of e-fuels production, there is the opportunity for whole-system energy efficiency optimisation (rather than merely focusing on fuel density), and many more.

 

Join us to build these ventures

You’ll join DSV as the first Founder in the Decarbonising Transport opportunity area and work with us to develop concepts for, and spin-out a new climate company as the CEO or CTO.

Taking up a Founder role at DSV differs quite significantly from the entrepreneur in residence (EIR) role in other funds or venture studios. Instead of scouting for existing technologies which might overcome a specific challenge, you will start with identifying the areas where there is neglect or repeated failure yet potential solutions exist if considered from a different perspective, mapping the limitations to existing approaches at the specific and macro-level and considering the constraints of the broader ecosystem (capital, expertise, IP, knowledge, competition). You will start to build a company, iteratively determining the optimal solution for the problem, and DSV will guide you through every step of the process.

 

Our offer

Exploration: Deconstruct the Decarbonising Transport opportunity area and identify possible approaches for venture spin-out.

We offer mentorship and guidance through weekly deep dive work sessions, access to our opportunity insights and knowledge base, access to a global network of experts, access to a community of other science Founders working on launching their own companies, and a curated collection of resources and proprietary tools.

 

Building: Build a team of co-founders and advisors around the most promising approach(es).

We offer Co-Founder(s) sourcing and assessment via our proprietary tools, advisory board sourcing, advice on technical and commercial investment milestones, co-development of technical roadmap and go to market strategy, investment readiness pre-launch with further focus on technical and commercial proof, customer development support.

 

Accelerating: Secure capital and focus on technical proof-of-concept development with the support from our industry partners.

We offer £250k pre-seed investment, access to our industry network, advice on follow-on fundraising strategy, including introductions to seed investors and potential customers from our global network, support with term sheet negotiation, supporting grant applications to leverage further non-dilutive funding and value uplift and access to a community of seasoned science founders in our portfolio.

 

Additionally, we provide a monthly stipend of £2,916 so that you’ll have guaranteed income before you’re able to secure the pre-seed investment. In other words, we pay you to start your own company. We also cover pre-investment expenses that are crucial for the development of the idea/project.

 

Our impact

In the past 2 years, we have built and invested in 6 brand new companies in the climate sector across high performance materials, energy storage, green hydrogen production and carbon capture. In doing this, we have partnered with, and our companies have received funding from, the world’s leading climate-focused institutions and investors.

Previous Founding Analysts: Gael’s journey

Gael joined DSV with no specific ideas, IP or team members. He left having built both a direct air capture company Mission Zero and a green hydrogen company Supercritical Solutions.

He had the option to join either team as a co-founder, and chose to work full time with Mission Zero as it better suited his skillset. Mission Zero is developing a radical new form of bio-inspired direct air capture. 18 months after incorporation they have:

Secured a carbon removal pre-purchase agreement with Stripe worth up to $1.5m;
Raised pre-seed from DSV and our partners, and an oversubscribed seed round with top-tier climate investors, including Breakthrough Energy Ventures;
Had their DAC pilot development funded by Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through its inaugural DAC & GGR competition;
Participated in the Net Zero Technology centre’s (NZTC) Tech X accelerator program, winning the Equinor award;
Secured a number of commercial agreements worth multimillions including the UK’s largest offtaker of CO2.
• Won Elon Musk’s XPRIZE

 

Who should apply

We’re after deep technical domain expertise in chemical or mechanical engineering ideally related to engine or fuel cell design

OR

expertise in chemistry or bioprocess engineering with a focus on fuel production.

Additional interests: nuclear chemistry, logistics, global transport systems, energy storage.

Needless to say that a strong desire to build a company to make a huge positive impact towards the net zero energy transition is a must, you cannot wait to get started!

Interviews ongoing for a full-time start asap

Interviews ongoing for a full-time start asap