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About Us

Global Cleantech Capital (GCC) is a growth-stage venture capital firm investing to scale exceptional companies into new market leaders in the clean energy, mobility, smart cities and fintech sectors. GCC invests in entrepreneurs and teams building companies that integrate technology to accelerate the green shift. 

Founding partners managed four successive funds over the past 20 years in the clean energy sector. Based in Amsterdam investing in primarily in Europe and the US, we leverage our deep commercial, finance and renewable networks to help scale portfolio companies.


Energy Transition


Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 requires rapid transitions across all sectors. The investment required to drive this shift towards sustainable consumption is $1-2T annually. GCC helps accelerate the shift through investments in growth companies leveraging new technology, digital solutions and new business models in the three most carbon-intensive sectors: energy, buildings and transport. Additionally, the net-zero transition creates huge demand for digital solutions in finance and in data to assess risk, carbon accounting and ESG reporting.


GCC has invested in sectors that advance sustainability over the past two decades and continues the commitment today. GCC believes that companies that use ESG aspects as a ‘tool for value creation’ have superior offerings to existing propositions, which will ultimately generate more robust returns and result in a more sustainable business. By considering ESG in our investment selection, we believe that we can identify and capture these value-adding opportunities and mitigate risks. GCC is a signatory of UN Principles for Responsible Investing (UNPRI).


Dr. Paul Kloppenborg

CEO & Partner

Paul has over 20 years of experience in private equity, having previously been CEO of Entrepreneurs Fund. Paul currently serves on the board of portfolio company Nacero. Previously, Paul was Head of Business Development at Koop Holding Infrastructure, Head of Business Development at Carrier1 and Head of Business Development at Arcadis. Paul holds a BBA from Nyenrode Business Universiteit, an MSc from Delft Technical University and a PhD from Erasmus University.

Christie Franchi


Christie has over 20 years of venture and private equity investment experience in the cleantech sector. Christie is on the board of portfolio companies Nacero and Crowdz. Formerly, Christie was a member of the Investment Team at Entrepreneurs Fund and Director Global Strategic Change Energy & Financial Services at Andersen Consulting. Christie holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA from Vanderbilt University.

Jan van Veldhoven


Jan has over 20 years of private equity experience. Jan was CFO of Entrepreneurs Fund and previously Director Investment Planning and Capacity Purchasing at Carrier1. Jan holds a BSc from Delft Technical University and an MBA from University of Twente.

Praveen Emmanuel

Investment Manager

Praveen has over 5 years investment banking experience in the TMT sector for both Goldman Sachs and Barclays in London.


Praveen holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Cambridge. 

Joris Vos


Joris has over 20 years of experience in private equity legal and tax and over 30 years of experience in the legal profession. Previously, Joris spent 13 years within the COFRA Group and Entrepreneurs Fund. Joris holds a law degree from University of Utrecht.

Caroline Roberts

Office Manager

Caroline uses her background from large consulting firms in operations, change management and knowledge management to support the team with a wide range of administrative, marketing, accounting, data and deal management coordination. Caroline previously worked at Arthur Andersen, Hitachi Consulting and BAE Systems. She holds qualifications in business studies, marketing and is a certified Knowledge Manager

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