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Ep.#51: Is Israel poised to be a climate tech leader? Meet Itamar Weizman, Partner at Firstime VC.
Episode 5114th July 2022 • The Tech 4 Climate Podcast • Guillaume de dorlodot
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From politics to publishing, and now venture capital, Itamar Weizman

provides a fascinating look at the climate tech landscape in Israel and

beyond.

Ep.#51 Itamar Weizman @ Firstime VC - Tech4Climate Podcast by Startup

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PART 1: Meet the investor


In today’s episode, we are speaking with Itamar Weizman, Partner and

Head of Climate Investments @ Firstime VC, one of the key players of the

climate tech landscape in Israel. Itamar’s career began in non-profit

activism with Greenpeace and political campaigning, but a few years ago,

he made the shift toward climate and came in to lead climate tech at

Firstime VC. He now also runs a non-profit publishing company to promote

sustainable thinking in Hebrew.


I was excited to have Itamar on the show and to learn from his extensive

knowledge of the climate tech ecosystem in Israel. It was particularly

interesting to learn what advantages he thinks Israel brings to the

table in terms of the global ecosystem, and why Israel is such a leader

in foodtech, transportation, and mobility. Above all, Itamar provided

an interesting glimpse of how he arrived at leading climate tech at

Firstime VC, and what his journey looked like along the way, peppered

with book recommendations and the seminal studies he learned from that

informed his thinking.


In this episode, Itamar explains his drive to protect humanity from

itself. In doing so, he explains how he joined Firstime VC, how he

partners with founders, and how he measures impact versus greenwashing,

to ensure that his fund truly contributes to climate efforts. Most

importantly, he explains how he maintains his optimism on how we can

solve climate change, despite the challenges, and how he avoids feeling

demoralized about the challenging times ahead..


Part 2: My secret sauce:

In the second part of the show, Itamar gives a run-through of what he

looks for in the companies he invests in. Itamar is a self-professed

podcast and book enthusiast, so he also gives an extensive list of the

podcasts and books that have been useful to him in understanding the

climate tech space.


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