Meet William, Whitney and Daniel

In 2020, Piva’s Summer Associate Program (SAP) was launched to provide hands-on experience in energy & industry venture investing, to passionate MBA students looking to build a career in venture capital. Last year’s program, while challenging during the pandemic, was a great success. We learned tremendously from the six deep dives completed and uncovered numerous new exciting deals, while Summer Associates earned their first VC chops.

The SAP is designed to empower aspiring venture capitalists to build a unique investment thesis, learn about the venture ecosystem, and build their own networks. Throughout the program, each associate tackles two deep-dive topics…


VELO³ᴰ Enters Next Phase of Growth

In March, VELO³ᴰ, a leader in additive manufacturing (AM) for high-value metal parts and Piva’s portfolio company, announced that it will merge with JAWS Spitfire Acquisition Corporation, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) run by Barry S. Sternlicht and Matthew Walters. The transaction values the company at $1.6 billion and positions VELO³ᴰ for growth in the exploding market for 3D printing. The company currently works with companies like Honeywell, Boom Supersonic, Chromalloy, and Lam Research. We are excited to continue our partnership with the company into its next phase of growth. …


Addressing Climate Urgency by Building a More Sustainable Future

Solidia is taking the concrete making industry into the 21st century

In today’s world, the effects of global warming and climate change are no longer a risk that exists in our future but something we are facing head on with record-breaking temperatures that have led to droughts, floods, destructive wildfires, hurricanes, and melting glaciers. In fact, before the pandemic, the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere climbed to a level last seen more than 3 million years ago. …


With the world’s population expected to hit 10 billion by 2050 (an increase of 28 percent from 2020), farming on a massive scale appears to be necessary to feed everyone. At the same time, agriculture already uses almost half of the world’s vegetated land. It consumes 90 percent of all the water used by humanity and generates one-quarter of the annual global emissions that contributes directly to global warming. Yet today, hundreds of millions of people remain hungry.

It begs the question: do we face the no-win choice of feeding the world or killing the planet? A clear rethinking of…


Investing in people at Piva has been a primary focus as we continue to grow and expand as a firm. Following a momentous year, beginning with the announcement of our first fund back in December 2019, we set out to hire superstar talent that aren’t only passionate and big thinkers, but are engaged, decisive, and connected — and bring immense value to Piva and our portfolio companies. …


Today, we’re seeing incredible innovations driving the great industrial and energy transition forward — but perhaps one of the most impressive areas is in material innovation. This includes breakthrough chemistry and novel materials that have enormous potential to transform and drive sustainable consumer behaviors. Consider the impact of having alternatives to key materials our society has come to rely on that has proved detrimental — think fuel, coal, plastics, the production of meat and so on.

While plant-based meat and dairy has gained mass-popularity with companies such as Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat or Ripple — a lesser-known area that stands…


Meet Meng, Jonathan & Roxanne

When we launched our first fund back in December 2019, Managing Partner and CEO Ricardo Angel and I were very intentional about building a strong, diverse team to help us carry out our mission to invest in the new era of industry and energy. People, after all, are the greatest assets of any organization in any industry — venture capital is no exception.

What’s equally important, however, is to create opportunities for the younger generations to learn and develop skills. We should always be thinking about how best to prime the next generation of investors and not only arm them…


Digital Manufacturing Solution by VELO³ᴰ

As economies around the world start to re-open from the coronavirus lockdowns, there’s still quite a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds. At Piva, we believe the world that emerges from this crisis will be even more focused on solutions that increase our resilience to shocks of all kinds and we remain committed to innovators who are making this our new reality.

As such — we recently invested in digital manufacturing innovator VELO³ᴰ, joining their $28M Series D funding round. Together with top-notch investors such as Bessemer Venture Partners, Playground, Khosla Ventures and TNSC, we’re very much looking…

Adzmel Adznan

Partner @PivaVC

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