We invest in digital solutions to climate change.
We fund climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Digital, to us, means software and simple hardware.
BUOYANT INVESTMENT THESIS
Digital Solutions to Climate Change:
We invest in software and simple hardware that helps adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Seed & Series A
Mitigation & Adaptation
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We’re hands-on partners.
As a 100% woman-owned firm, we believe in building high-performing, diverse teams.
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Invest in and actively support founders creating high impact digital solutions in our fight against climate change, while delivering exceptional outcomes for our stakeholders.
Our calling is to create a climate-resilient world where current and future generations flourish and nature is restored.Our Core Values
OUR LIMITED PARTNERS
Buoyant is proud to work with some leading corporations and institutions as investors.
Managing General Partner
25 years in energy + tech. Founded two companies, sold one, advising fellow founders, & serving on boards of directors along the way.Read Amy's full Bio
Business exec. & entrepreneur with a passion for bold climate solutions.Read Allison's full Bio
The Buoyant team has deep expertise in energy transition and supporting ambitious startups that are tackling existential climate issues. They have been invaluable in connecting us with financiers and asset owners in the utility-scale solar ecosystem, so we can power their digital transformations and build and maintain more solar assets.”
The team at Buoyant is far more than your typical VC. Even before the docs were finalized, they got heavily involved in helping with lead generation, partner introductions, and strategy alignment. Invaluable at board meetings, and always ready to review investor materials, as well as refine messaging and provide feedback on all aspects of the business. Couldn't be happier to have them on my team.”
We are so grateful for the Buoyant team's commitment to supporting Beni! They played a huge role in syndicating our round, bringing in new investors and helping us structure our approach. We could not have had a successful (and oversubscribed) round without them. I am excited to continue to work with Amy & Allison as fellow female leaders in climate tech.”
Amy and the team at Buoyant have brought invaluable knowledge of the US climate space to FloodFlash. This has been vital as our business has expanded to a new continent from our beginnings in Europe. I feel Amy’s support in the boardroom where she is a clear and challenging voice of leadership, and in the market as a source of new leads, information, and customers.”
Co-Founder & CEO, FloodFlash
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Amy Francetic is co-founder and Managing General Partner of Buoyant Ventures, a new venture fund in Chicago with $81M AUM that invests in digital climate solutions for energy, transportation, agriculture, water, and the built environment.
Her career spans over 20 years of high technology entrepreneurship, private equity, and research. Amy previously founded and led Energize Ventures, a $165mm venture fund that invests in digital energy technologies.
She also co-founded and served as CEO of technology accelerator Evergreen Climate Innovations (formerly Clean Energy Trust,) which has invested in over 40 early-stage clean energy companies across the Midwestern US. She now serves as Chair of its Board of Directors. Amy also held roles at private equity firm MVC Capital, and at Stanford Research Institute where she worked on an early version of the voice recognition technology that became Siri. Earlier in her career, she was co-founder and CEO of a consumer technology company that was funded by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen, and that she sold to the Danish toy company, Lego Systems. Amy also helped fundraise for mobile gaming company, GluMobile, on whose board she served until it went public on the NASDAQ.
In addition to the Evergreen Climate board, Amy serves on the boards of Buoyant Ventures portfolio companies FloodFlash, ReelData, Beni, and Raptor Maps. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In 2020 Crain’s recognized her for the third time as one of Chicago’s Top 50 Technology Leaders. In 2019 she was honored by Streetwise as one of the “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans.” In 2015 she was an Emerging Leader at the Chicago Council for Global Affairs. In 2014 she was awarded the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award from the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and Leading Woman in Technology from the Illinois Technology Association. Amy is a regular lecturer in energy and entrepreneurship at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago’s Law School. She has a BA from Stanford University.
Amy lives in Lake Forest, IL with her husband and two teenage daughters.
Allison Myers is a co-Founder and General Partner of Buoyant Ventures, an early-stage venture
fund focused on digital solutions for climate.
Allison spent almost a decade as an executive at Accenture Strategy developing
transformational strategies for large corporations in the energy, mobility, and built environment.
Her work focused on customer, regulatory, business model, and innovation strategies
leveraging digital technologies to drive speed and scale. As a leader within her practice, she
published thought capital and oversaw Accenture Strategy's MBA internship program.
Allison started her career at a healthcare start-up, acquired by Walgreens focused on aligning care
costs with care complexity.
Allison received her BA from Dickinson College and her MBA at the University of Michigan,
where she was an Associate for the Michigan Social Venture Fund. In 2021 she was a Chicago
Council for Global Affairs Emerging Leader. Today Allison sits on the board of Michigan Climate
Venture, a student-run climatetech fund at the University of Michigan.
Allison lives in Denver and spends her free time enjoying the outdoors in every season.