Venture Catalysts for the Clean Economy

Partnering with innovators to drive scale, profit, and impact

About Us

ABOUT PURE ENERGY PARTNERS

Capital Formation. Business Development. Strategy. Marketing.

Pure Energy Partners is a strategic advisory firm that designs and executes commercialization strategies in partnership with entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate innovators.
We invest our human capital and relationships across a portfolio of startups and creative initiatives to spark a cleaner economy.


CORE TEAM

We are a small, nimble, highly experienced, highly networked group. Think of us as a clean economy special forces team. We commit our know how, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit to quickly create significant value for our portfolio
companies and projects. We also leverage our extensive global network to identify the best investors, clients, partners, providers, or talent who can best accelerate their growth.

NICHOLAS EISENBERGER

NICHOLAS EISENBERGER

Managing Partner

Nicholas Moore Eisenberger is the Managing Partner of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that invests in high­ potential clean economy companies and partners with innovators to ... read more.

SAMEER RASHID

SAMEER RASHID

Partner

Sameer Rashid is a versatile entrepreneur, early-stage investor, and storyteller focused on the convergence of technology, energy, and resources. Over the course of his career, Sameer has successfully ... read more.

NED HORNEFFER

NED HORNEFFER

Senior Analyst

Ned Horneffer has been working with clean economy projects and companies for six years. Ned joined Pure Energy Partners after graduating from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Honors) in Sustainable ... read more.

Extended Team

Sarah King / Senior Advisor
Alison Smith / Senior Advisor
Rodi Blokh / Alumnus
Ida Hempel / Alumna
Armelle de Vienne / Alumna
Vasilis Hrstidis / Alumnus
Silpa Kaza / Alumna
Josh Curry / Alumnus
Nick Turchak / Alumnus

Network

Our network is broad and deep and includes leading organizations and individuals from across the clean economy and related energy, infrastructure, and information technology sectors. Depending on our clients’ needs, Pure Energy is able to tap the expertise of a broad variety of specialists in business strategy, marketing, finance, public policy, and technology who make up our extended team.

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Nicholas Eisenberger

Managing Partner

Nicholas Moore Eisenberger is the Managing Partner of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that invests in high­ potential clean economy companies and partners with innovators to drive scale, profit, and impact. In the carbon removal space space, Nicholas and his team led the successful fundraising effort for the Carbon XPRIZE and now lead the Circular Carbon Network in partnership with XPRIZE. He is also a Senior Advisor to Global Thermostat, a CO2 direct air capture company and a co­founder and a Director of the CREO Syndicate, a network of family office investors focused on opportunities in the clean economy, where he leads CREO’s Carbon Removal Committee. Previously, Mr. Eisenberger was an investor at Churchill Capital, one of the first pure play cleantech venture firms, and later founded and led several pioneering companies in the digital and clean economy sectors. Called by Fortune one of the clean economy’s “go­ to guys,” Mr. Eisenberger is recognized for his groundbreaking work with global companies, including GE and its multi-billion ­dollar ecomagination initiative, which he helped guide from launch. Mr. Eisenberger holds degrees from Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

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Sameer Rashid

Partner

Sameer Rashid is a versatile entrepreneur, early-stage investor, and storyteller focused on the convergence of technology, energy, and resources. Over the course of his career, Sameer has successfully identified and developed innovative markets, partnerships, and strategies across different sectors including EVs, grid modernization, smart cities, carbon-to-value, and organic waste. Sameer is an early investor in HEVO Power and Numina, companies that are modernizing cities and sustainable mobility.

In 2005, Sameer co-founded Think 21, an organic waste recycling startup that was acquired in 2009 by Kleiner Perkins- and Waste Management-backed Harvest Power, a leader in next-generation organics management. Sameer joined Pure Energy Partners shortly after its launch. At Pure, he has worked with a variety of organizations and co-founded the Circular Carbon Network, a network focused on increasing capital flow in the carbon-to-value space and SuperCollider, an early-stage investment vehicle. Along with the Pure Energy team, he raised the funding for the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE.

Before his foray into sustainable technology and entrepreneurship, Sameer was a credit trader at Deutsche Bank, covering energy and industrial sectors. Sameer is a graduate of The George Washington University, where he studied Economics. Sameer lives in Brooklyn with his wife Kate and his son Noah.

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Ned Horneffer

Senior Analyst

Ned joined Pure Energy Partners after graduating from the University of St Andrews with an MA (Honors) in Sustainable Development. At Pure Energy, he leads project management and a broad variety of portfolio project research activities.

During his time at University, Ned initiated a Jatropha biofuel cooperative in Botswana and successfully completed a charity car rally from London to UlaanBaatar, Mongolia using vegetable oil for fuel. Ned’s senior thesis examined Masdar City as a model for sustainable urban planning in the Middle East.

Ned’s professional interest in clean technology began early on when he worked for Acidophil, LLC, a life sciences- and green chemistry-focused venture creation firm founded by Philip Goelet, PhD and Nobel laureate Sydney Brenner, MD PhD. Ned researched metabolic pathways in plants and bacteria which produce high-value polymers commonly derived from petroleum. Ned also assisted with the launch of ZuvaChem Inc., a company based around a novel technology to synthesize isoprene (natural rubber) from genetically engineered cyanobacteria.

In his free time, Ned is an avid squash player, sailor, and horseback rider.

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Mark LaVine

Business Development Associate

Mark is a business development and communications professional who has worked with some of Silicon Valley’s most successful brands. Mark has experience guiding companies across a variety of stages, including established, venture-funded, and boot-strapped startups.
In 2009, Mark began his career at The OutCast Agency, named one of six “Insurgent Agencies of 2010″ by ADWEEK, a mid-size communications and digital/marketing firm that represents technology industry leaders and disruptors. In his role there, he developed and executed communications programs and launch campaigns for AdMob (acquired by Google), Benchmark Capital, Netflix, Nike, OpenTable, Palm, Quicken, VMware, Wealthfront, Yahoo! and Zimbra (acquired by VMware). Then, Mark ran communications for the Firefox suite of products at Mozilla, where he was responsible for driving communications strategy, writing product announcements and coordinating launch logistics.

Mark joined Pure Energy Partners after founding his own communications consulting firm, which provides communications and PR services to startups in the cleantech / clean energy space. Mark graduated from University of Denver with a BA in International Studies (Honors) and enjoys soccer, cycling, skiing, and adventure travel.

Services

Accelerating Growth in the Clean Economy

Pure Energy Partners accelerates the commercialization of clean economy solutions through capital formation, business development, strategy, and marketing. We focus on three types of opportunities in the clean economy:
1Incubating new ideas with game changing potential
2Accelerating the commercialization of promising emerging companies
3Assisting mature businesses to capture clean economy opportunities



CAPITAL FORMATION

captialAccessing capital remains difficult for clean economy innovators. Leveraging a diverse, global network of investors, we help our portfolio companies develop and execute smart capital formation strategies to secure financing from strategic and entrepreneurial sources including family offices, super angels, corporates, institutional investors, and others.


STRATEGY

strategyClean economy market conditions are constantly shifting. As experienced strategy advisors to some of the world’s most senior business leaders, we help develop and execute disciplined commercialization strategies that have a single-minded focus on leapfrogging barriers and dramatically accelerating growth.


Business Development

bizdevCommercial success depends on customers, revenue, and effective channels to market. With deep expertise in sales and an extensive network of corporate relationships, we assist our portfolio companies to identify and develop strategic commercial partnerships that can fuel breakthrough growth.


MARKETING

marketingMarketing innovative clean economy solutions, often against conventional incumbents, is a complex challenge. Building on decades of missionary marketing for companies large and small, we develop creative branding, marketing, and communications strategies that present a differentiated, customer-focused, emotionally-resonant value proposition to key audiences.

Portfolio

Partners to Clean Economy Leaders

We are partnering with some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors to accelerate the commercialization of promising clean technologies — and our transition to a clean economy.
We work hand-in-hand with our portfolio organizations as advisors, partners, board members, and special project leaders. And we anchor some of the most influential, multi-party market development initiatives in the industry.

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Pure Energy Partners is headquartered in New York City, but you can also often find us in San Francisco, London, Toronto, and other global cities where we have significant business.

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