Online Training

ESG & Sustainable Innovation

for Venture Capitalists​ & Private Equity

16 Hours / 40+ Speakers / Flexible Schedule

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Lead the sustainable transition to build businesses that deliver value to people, planet and profit.

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About this course

The future of Venture Capitalism is closely tied to the future of our planet and society. What lies ahead is not set in stone, and it is up to us to prepare, foresee and shape the future of our industries and ventures.

As ESG Taxonomy becomes central in business, it is essential to understand its mechanism in order to secure long-term profits and return on investment.

As a future-oriented institute committed to fostering positive changes for a regenerative and equitable planet, we designed this course to provide you the knowledge and tools needed to create a competitive advantage through green investing & innovation.

Learn from 40+ high-class innovators, futurists, business leaders and impact makers and stay ahead of the green transition!

Learning Outcomes

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Course Outline

Curriculum 3
The first module, “Purpose & Leadership”, will cover what needs to change considering the global state of affairs and how to bridge the sustainability gap through a smarter and regenerative economy.
Get to know frameworks to better understand sustainability-driven investments and business models that drive profit as well as value for people & the planet.

In the second module of this course we’ll discuss Climate and Energy. We will guide you through Sustainable Development Goals numbers 7 and 13. 

SDG 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

SDG 13 – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to: 

  • Report evolution of climate action and policies and assess future actions
  • Infer the importance of evidenced-based decision-making and its relationship with technology
  • Examine climate action from the personal, organisational and societal point of view
  • Determine the role of tech companies in the search for solutions such as green hydrogen and air removal of CO2
  • Describe the solutions for carbon accounting and the use of blockchain to overcome social challenges

In the third module of this course we’ll cover our Biospheres. We will guide you through Sustainable Development Goals numbers 2, 14 and 15.

SDG 2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG 14 – Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

SDG 15 – Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to: 

  • Describe the challenges of global hunger and how innovation can tackle them
  • Recognise the role of alternative proteins and micro-algae in the construction of a more sustainable food chain
  • Outline the importance of sustainable and environmental agricultural technologies for an healthy biosphere
  • Examine how flooding affects the biosphere and possible technological solutions to it
  • Theorise the history and evolution of food and assess probable sustainable futures in the field

In the fourth module of this course we’ll discuss Health and Society. We will guide you through Sustainable Development Goals numbers 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10.

SDG 3 – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

SDG 4 – Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG 6 – Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

SDG 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to: 

  • Describe the concept of futures literacy and explain its importance in building desirable futures.
  • Understand how to innovate towards building “people-first” societies.
  • Demonstrate how gender-led investment contributes to delivering some of the SDGs.
  • Illustrate genomic data gathering as a path towards increasing global health.
  • Recognise the importance of innovating in the global access to potable water and sanitation and improved air quality.

In the fifth module, we build on Cities & Communities to address the surrounding infrastructure to promote resilience and sustainable development. You will understand how through collaboration and digitalisation we can connect cities while driving meaningful sustainable actions on climate change. We will guide you through Sustainable Development Goals numbers 9 and 11.

SDG 9 – seeks to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation

SDG 11 – Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to: 

  • Gain insights into how cities are changing and how to harness it  
  • Learn the opportunities of a resilient future-proof city 
  • Learn the framework to address smart-city needs and how you can contribute using the stakeholder approach
  • See why collaboration is one of the key factors in create vibrant and equal cities
  • Learn about the digital fabrication revolution and how is affecting how cities will look and operate

In the sixth module, we look into unlocking our future economies through new methods of production and consumption that help secure the planet’s resources for future generations. We’ll guide you through Sustainable Development Goals numbers 8 and 12:

SDG 8 – Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG 12 – Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to: 

  • Learn about how tech intersects with sustainability goals and how it is getting us to the SDGs faster than ever
  • Exploring how our values systems can fundamentally change both the processes and outcomes of what we do
  • Gain insights into how local materials with global information will transform global supply chains
  • Learn about consumers who feel overwhelmed by the scale of the climate crisis and how to empower them

In the seventh module we look at d Private & Public Partnerships. This looks into speeding up the governmental development process to mobilise different parts of society (academia, private sector, civil society) around common goals. We address the strategic use of R&D procurement to bring about innovative solutions. We’ll guide you through Sustainable Development Goals numbers 1, 16 and 17:

SDG 1 – End poverty in all its forms everywhere

SDG 16 – Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

SDG 17 – Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

By the end of this module, you’ll be able to: 

  • Gain insights into how to harness the various stakeholders necessary to create resilient change
  • Understand how new models of businesses work to secure profit, help the planet and create lasting social good. 
  • See the potential of the “moonshot approach” to investing
  • Learn from some of the most successful venture capitalist that create resilience through impact investing in people and companies
  • Understand new perceptions of law to harness its potential to create positive change

As the closing bookend to LISIE, this module focuses on concrete steps for active participants. The final chapter is designed to solidify your learnings and help you get involved by taking your ideas from your mind to implementation.

Understanding the SDGs through the lens of the ESGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) present a wide range of opportunities for businesses to make a difference – they can be used to manage Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting and create long-term financial value.




SDG through the lens of ESG 18

Who you will learn from

Marc Buckley
Marc Buckley

United Nations Advisor, SDG Advocate

Dr. Mariana Bozesan
Dr. Mariana Bozesan

Full Member of the Club of Rome; Author, Co-Founder, AQAL Capital

Harald Neidhardt 2
Harald Neidhardt

Curator & CEO, Futur/io Institute

Dr. Tatiana Kazakova
Dr. Tatiana Kasakova

Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose

Pablo Rodriguez Futurio
Pablo Rodriguez

Director, Office of the CTO, Google

Bernhard Kowatsch
Bernhard Kowatsch

Head of World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator

Riel Miller
Riel Miller

Head of Futures Literacy, UNESCO, Paris

Dianne Dain
Dianne Dain

Chief Innovation & Initiatives Officer, World Humanitarian Forum

Jessie Baker
Jessi Baker

Founder & CEO, Provenance

Sumit Jamuar CEO Global Gene Corp
Sumit Jumar

Co-Founder & CEO, Global Gene Corp

Vaitea Cowan
Vaitea Cowan

Enapter co-founder; Forbes 30 Under 30

Christoph Beuttler
Christoph Beuttler

Head of Climate Policy at Climeworks



Meet the fast growing community online and discuss related topics in private groups.

Learning is self-taught and individualized, in contrast to other Futur / io Masterclasses that include co-creation in our live workshops

Besides innovation, we are taking deep dives into sustainability & execution!

We are realizing Wake-up Calls with our speakers and you can buy Ask Me Anything-tickets to meet them in small groups

No, the courses are available inside our platform, where you will be able to connect and network with other participants.

At the end of each lesson and each module, we will have a short quiz or challenge to test your learning.

A traditional Master’s programme is academically rigorous and usually takes place over two years. The pace of change is so fast more rigorous institutions aren’t able to  adapt quick enough.Our course takes place over eight weeks and has a greater focus on execution, than traditional academically-focused masters programmes.

As for now, the lectures are all in English without subtitles. We are open to learn of your needs should you require the course close captioned in other languages – this would first only be available to complete groups. Please get in touch with our team via

We have 2 weeks money back guarantee – Just message 

Yes, participants from anywhere in the world are eligible to participate.

As soon as we received the payment. You can start immediately if you pay with credit card and paypal. It takes up to 5 working days if you pay via bank transfer.

Yes, upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate. 

Contact Us

For team requests or further questions, you can reach out to us.

Joana will be happy to support you with customised offers for the needs of your team or corporate.

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Joana Pinto

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