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Cleaner, Cheaper and More Sustainable

Whether it’s in the realm of energy, or water, or agriculture, or health, at iSelect, we believe in profitably doing more with less. We view resource efficiency not as a sustainability challenge to be won, but an opportunity for smart innovations to carve out a place in the market. iSelect is doing this by supporting companies that are driving this change — helping commercial real estate companies save 20-50% of their energy bills, helping farmers reduce their water usage by up to 30%, and creating sustainable new sources of natural products such as rubber.

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iSelect Portfolio Companies

iSelect focuses on early-stage resource efficiency companies that are poised to help push the next sustainability revolution forward. We deliberately invest in companies that can make a positive impact on our society, as well as on the bottom line.

Developer of refrigeration systems designed using thermally-driven heat pump architectures. The company’s refrigeration cycle is designed with embedded thermal energy storage, designed to save supermarkets on their low temperature cooling costs and for developing world agricultural applications, to convert 50 degree solar thermal energy into 10 degree refrigeration without electricity, high precision components, or moving parts enabling super markets to avoid peak energy expenses and cool with greater efficiency.
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More than just an energy dashboard, the Bractlet platform provides real time analytics, highly predictive forecasts, and continuous, automated energy saving measure identification and ROI analysis for individual buildings and portfolios. Bractlet collects real-time environmental, building- level and equipment-level data, and combines with physics-based simulation technology for a comprehensive approach that allows us to find, forecast, and verify the most effective savings measures.
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Agrilyst helps indoor farm operators use data to make more profitable production decisions. Agrilyst tracks and analyzes all farm data in one place, enabling growers to optimize plant performance and reduce operating expenses.
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Agrible sells software that connects the agricultural supply chain from field-to-market, providing critical sustainability, agronomic, and yield data. In an era when consumers demand to know what is grown (e.g., GMO vs non-GMO) and how it is grown (e.g., sustainable, organic, etc.), Agrible is the only solution that provides verifiable visibility from what goes in the ground to what goes in the package, with implications on how agricultural products are grown, traded, transported, processed, and labeled.
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Benson Hill Biosystems, Inc. is a crop design platform that taps the natural genetic diversity of plants to develop healthier, more sustainable and higher yielding food choices. Using its cloud biology computational platform CropOS™, Benson Hill evaluates millions of genetic options, identifying those that optimize traits such as crop yield, nutritional value and resource efficiency with 10X the predictive value of standard methods. The Company then uses plant breeding, transgenics and/or genome editing, including proprietary, patented CRISPR methods, to develop seeds for planting – all in half the time and cost of conventional methods. Benson Hill has made the platform available to partners for use across a broad spectrum of applications from breeding to genome editing to transgenics. Breed, powered by CropOS™, provides decision support that can reduce typical breeding cycles by up to 50%. Edit, powered by CropOS™, which launched in 2017, enhances target selection and optimizes design of genome editing approaches.
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Holganix produces and sells 100% organic plant probiotics that significantly reduce the need for fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and water while improving plant vibrancy and yield.
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Kultevat, Inc., based in St. Louis, MO, combines genetic breeding and chemical process engineering to produce natural rubber from Russian dandelions. There is a strong need to develop a domestic source of natural rubber. Russian dandelions can be grown across wide swaths of the U.S., and produce rubber that matches the characteristics of rubber derived from rubber trees.
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Meet Our Selection Committee

Our Resource Efficiency Selection Committee consists of industry and subject matter experts who help guide iSelect’s investment decisions. With firsthand experience and a true pulse on the industry, we consider these individuals key to our success in finding and investing in resource efficiency innovation.

Chas Eggert

Charles R. (Chas) Eggert has 40 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry with a proven track record of creating value for startups and large global businesses. Chas is an operating partner focused on specialty chemical investments with A …

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PJ Piper

Mr. Piper has extensive experience in start-up company development in founder, investor, board member, and executive roles. His experience encompasses intellectual property assessment, building strong development and management teams, raising private i …

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David Waserstein

Mr. Waserstein is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of SOIL Funds Management, LLC. The firm targets control and semi-control investments in resource efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable businesses. It’s inaugural fund, Sustainab …

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Russ Conser

Mr. Conser has very deep and broad experience in emerging energy technology, and is an expert in both theory and practice corporate innovation and venturing. Russ currently serves as a board member to StarRotor Corporation, on the Executive Committee o …

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michael ware

Mr. Ware is the founder of Advance Capital Markets, Inc. a private investment firm with a long and successful track record in the energy and power industries. He served as a financial advisor and then Managing Director to Good Energies (GEI). Mr. Ware …

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Paul Nelson

Mr. Nelson has over 20 years of energy, entrepreneurial, business management and technology development/research experience.  He is currently managing partner at Saoradh Energy Partners LLC and was recently president of Ward Alternative Energy (a Saora …

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Resources and News

Agrilyst: Developing New Tools to Help Indoor Farmers Thrive

Agrilyst: Developing New Tools to Help Indoor Farmers Thrive

Based in Brooklyn, NY, Agrilyst’s SaaS-based platform provides indoor farmers with data-driven insights to make more profitable production decisions, optimizing labor cost efficiency and improving crop yield. With Agrilyst, indoor growers create seeding plans, schedule harvests, assign tasks, manage climate and nutrient density, and forecast yield, sales, and varietal performance.

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Agrilyst Closes Strategic Funding Round

Agrilyst Closes Strategic Funding Round

Agrilyst, the intelligence platform for indoor farms, is pleased to announce the recent closure of its latest strategic fundraising round. New investors included iSelect Fund, Argonautic Ventures, Horizons Lab and Onlan Capital Ventures, with existing investors Compound and New York State Innovation Venture Capital Fund joining as a follow-on.

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