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Apr 03, 2024

Insider Insights: MassCEC Information Session

Insider Insights: How Social Impact Funders Think
Insider Insights: How Social Impact Funders Think

Join us for i-lab's series on social impact funding insights. Discover what funders seek and their criteria in 3 sessions!

MassCEC funds climate solution innovation to meet Massachusetts emission reduction goals while growing the state's clean energy economy. They make direct equity and venture debt investments in early-stage companies across the climatetech landscape. Through the funding MassCEC awards, they work to discover, scale up and more equitably distribute technologies and business models that use less, and cleaner, energy.

MassCEC representatives will share insights on how their funding process works, what non-negotiables they screen for in determining innovations to fund, and tips for positioning your work for investment. Come prepared to ask questions!


Maddy Zeliff is a Program Manager on the Technology to Market Team at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Maddy received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management, with a concentration in sustainability, from UMass Amherst. David Wilson is a Senior Investment Associate at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. He was previously in charge of business development and fundraising for a solar PV technology venture. He began his career working on CERAWeek, the leading energy industry conference. David holds a MBA degree from the University of Cambridge and a BS (Physics) from the University of Virgina.


Julia Berman is an international development consultant with expertise in fundraising, communications, strategy, and leadership coaching, and a track record of scaling mission-driven organizations. She was most recently chief partnerships officer at Muso, where she led resource mobilization and communications to raise over $80 million, with a compound annual growth rate of 35%. Along with extensive experience in the global health sphere, she has worked to support investigative journalism and political campaigns. Julia holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Boston University, where she focused on human rights and democratization in Francophone Africa.


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