Silicon Valley Bank was a mid-sized bank that catered to entrepreneurs in the tech sector. The bank was an early supporter of the climate tech and sustainability space, with over 1,500 clients across the industry.

But things quickly unraveled this month after SVB executives told investors they’d sold off a massive portfolio of mortgage bonds – creating a historic run on the bank and a government takeover.

For a couple days, it looked like many climate startups would lose their cash. They narrowly avoided a complete financial catastrophe after the Federal Reserve stepped in, but now many are pondering the longer-term consequences.

“They were early pioneers in cleantech, what became known as climate tech. They were here from the beginning. We’re gonna be missing them for a long time,” explains Prelude Ventures’ Gabriel Kra.

This week, the demise of SVB. What was the bank’s role in the industry, and happens with it gone?

We’ll talk with Gabriel Kra, managing director of Prelude Ventures. We’ll also profile two entrepreneurs with money tied up at SVB: Maria Intscher-Owrang, the CEO of Simplifyber; and Bryan Guido Hassin, the CEO of DEXMAT. 

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