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Maya Climate snaps €1.2M to help allocate investments for nature-based carbon projects digitally

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Maya Climate, a Berlin-based global project financing platform for natural capital projects, has secured €1.2M in a pre-seed funding round led by Germany’s High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF). 

Antler (which also backed Tapline, Locad), the Berlin Angel Fund, and other technology founders and carbon market veterans also participated in the round. 

The German startup will use the capital to fund growth and product development. Further, the company will use the funds to grow its team in Germany, particularly for technologists and natural capital experts. 

The funding announcement comes amid research suggesting that the investment market for Nature-based Solutions (NbS) will accelerate to $100B annually by 2030. 

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) are increasingly recognised as one of the most effective and scalable solutions to avoid and remove carbon from the atmosphere. 

However, the project developers are often facing high capital costs at launch. Therefore, there is an urgent requirement for capital solutions to bridge the gap between the project start and the first carbon credit issuance. 

Financing natural capital projects

Two German entrepreneurs Christian-Hauke Poensgen and Till Tornieporth, who previously built legal tech software and consulting corporates on carbon procurement, co-founded Maya Climate in 2022 to build a digital financing platform for natural capital projects.

Maya Climate aims to remove the bottleneck of early-stage conservation and restoration projects in forestry, agricultural land and wetlands, and coastal ecosystems that generate revenues through carbon, biodiversity, or other environmental markets.

The platform connects project developers with institutional investors on a single platform that digitises project origination, risk assessment, and due diligence. 

Since its inception, the German platform has on-boarded a series of large-scale projects, raising more than $100M in project financing. 

Till Tornieporth, co-founder at Maya Climate, comments, “Carbon & biodiversity markets are seeing great interest from professional investors, as well as large emitters that increasingly pursue direct investments in early-stage project stages to ensure the highest quality of their portfolios. But access to this fragmented & complex market remains a challenge. We are here to enable investors to build best-in-class nature capital portfolios.”

Christian-Hauke Poensgen, co-founder at Maya Climate, comments, “We are incredibly excited for HTGF, Antler, and a range of mentors and industry experts to join us! With their strong ties to the German financial sector and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, our new partners enable a great positioning for Maya to scale investments into Natural Capital.”

Daniela Bach, Senior Investment Manager at HTGF, comments, “Nature-based solutions play a key role in tackling the climate crisis, and with the Maya Climate platform, projects can be launched faster and more easily. We are impressed by the speed of the founding team gaining great momentum in a fast-growing market.”

Christoph Klink, Partner at Antler, comments, “We are very grateful to have been with Till, Christian-Hauke, and the entire Maya Climate team right from inception. The team is tackling a tremendous challenge for the planet, and we are excited to back such a strong and mission-driven team.”

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