Eric is an Associate at Lowercarbon Capital, where he empowers exceptional people to build game-changing climate technology. Eric gravitates towards climate solutions that take serious capital and time to scale, including synthetic biology, CO2 valorization, and nuclear fusion. He sees solving climate change as the defining challenge — and in fifty years, the defining achievement — of our century.

Before joining Lowercarbon, Eric was a Civil and Environmental Engineering master’s student at Stanford University focused on nailing the techno-economics and scale-up of biological solutions in food and agriculture and CO2 electrocatalysis. During his master’s, Eric was a summer investor at G2 Venture Partners and independently advised early-stage biotech and agriculture start-ups.

Prior to getting his master’s, Eric worked at McKinsey & Company. There he helped biotech companies perfect their product launches, worked with investor-owned utilities to decarbonize their energy assets, and externed at climate unicorn Arcadia.

His passion for climate tech began when he studied Bioengineering and Finance as a dual-degree student in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania. Eric found his true calling outside of the hours he spent pipetting, when he handily won an electricity bidding simulation in a clean energy class (the prize for which was…an Enron mug).

As a born-and-raised New Yorker growing up around too few trees and too much income inequality, Eric’s climate journey started early. He first took action as a teenager, launching a community agriculture program to bring farm-grown foods to the city. Eric currently lives in San Francisco and spends his spare time playing tennis, throwing slightly off-center pottery, and escaping into nature every chance he gets.


Eric Helfgott