Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund

The Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund is an early-stage investment fund that supports seed-stage technology startups developing technologies that aid in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund invests in promising early-stage technology companies and related projects that:

  • Reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment to the Chesapeake Bay and its local tributaries, specifically from:
  • Agricultural lands including cropland, pasture, and animal production
  • Urban and agricultural stormwater runoff
  • Other nonpoint sources such as septic systems
  • Mitigate climate change impacts by reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions from the energy, transportation, and agricultural sectors
  • Utilize natural filters and living resources to reduce nutrients, sediment, and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Provide climate adaptation or resilience benefits

The Fund provides access to dilutive capital to qualified companies and projects as described below:

Investment Type: Preferred Equity, Convertible Debt, SAFE Notes

Initial Investment: Up to $150,000; all-in including follow-on investment(s) of up to $300,000

The Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund is looking for companies that meet the following criteria:

  • Company can demonstrate a positive impact on the Chesapeake Bay as a result of their solution
  • 50% of full-time employees must be located in Maryland
  • Economic benefit to Maryland (incl. green job creation)
  • Potential to generate market returns
  • Seed stage: companies in beta-to-launch-to-early commercialization development stages (i.e. advanced beyond prototype)
  • Seeking to raise less than $1,000,000
  • Valuation/Valuation Cap less than $10,000,000
  • Clear milestones with reasonable chance to achieve (including funding)
  • Evidence on the path to product-market fit
  • Technology is a novel approach

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please submit a pitch deck to

Industries of Interest

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Chesapeake Bay Seed Capital Fund Team

Advisory Board

  • Jolene Gurevich - Director of Fellowship Experience, Breakthrough Energy
  • Andrew Rose - Managing Director - Agriculture and Food, Global Deployment Partners
  • Dan Goodman - Managing General Partner, Sandy Spring Climate Partners
  • Mike Ravenscroft - Managing Director, Maryland Momentum Fund
  • Faith Davis - Lead, Climate Change Investment Initiative, Exelon Corporation
  • John Paul Moscarella - international clean energy and climate finance executive
  • Mike Ducker - Associate Director, Maryland Energy Innovation Accelerator (MEIA)

Investment Executive Committee

  • Bill Bentley - Robert E. Fischell Distinguished Chair & Inaugural Director of the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland
  • Dean Chang - Chief Innovation Officer, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Greg Oler - Chief Financial Officer, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Stan Smith - Managing Director, UMCP Ventures
  • Nigel Long - Senior Managing Director, Trade Street Advisors (non-voting)

University of Maryland, College Park Venture Funds (UMCP Ventures)

  • Sarah Lane - Center Director (Maryland Department of Natural Resources)
  • Stan Smith - Managing Director (Office of the Chief Innovation Officer)
  • Scott Christensen - Manager (Mtech)
  • Anntoinette Barbour - Business Operations (Office of the Chief Innovation Officer)
  • Sammy Popat - Donor/Investor Relations (Office of the Chief Innovation Officer)

Portfolio Companies

Neighborhood Sun is bringing community solar to the 80% of Americans who cannot access rooftop solar.

N5 Sensors is commercializing sensor technology to detect wildfires.

Datakwip integrates with your existing systems and fills in your data gaps to provide energy consumption, cost, and improvement insights — no hardware needed.

Dynamhex makes carbon emissions measurement, reporting, and reduction easier.

PaverGuide creates clean runoff by advancing permeable pavement through lowering costs, improving pollutant removal, and reducing environmental impacts.

Aqualith Advanced Materials is commercializing new battery technology including an ultra-high energy cathode, a novel silicon anode, and a non-flammable aqueous electrolyte.

Manta Biofuel is using algae to make a cost-competitive, renewable replacement for crude oil.

Advanced Bionutrition offers environmentally sustainable and science-based bioactive stabilization and delivery solutions to the agricultural industry.