Sheeraz Haji is co-Director of the Cleantech to Market program to which he brings entrepreneurial, climate tech, and investment experience. He’s the founder and managing partner of zipdragon ventures (ZDV), a firm providing seed capital to industry cloud startups. Sheeraz is an investor passionate about the power of software-as-a-service (SaaS) to transform vertical markets such as energy, mobility, and the built environment.
Sheeraz has co-founded, run, and invested in numerous startups. Sheeraz has led investments into fifteen startups operating at the nexus of climate tech and digital. He advises ENGIE New Ventures, a leading corporate venture fund. He currently serves as a board member or observer of Upstream Tech, Ndustrial, Gridium, SiteCapture, and kWh Analytics. He also serves on NREL’s Investor Advisory Board.
Prior to founding zipdragon ventures, Sheeraz served as CEO of Cleantech Group and played a pivotal role in the transformation towards cleaner energy and resource efficiency. Sheeraz co-founded and served as CEO of GetActive Software, which pioneered SaaS for nonprofits. He led GetActive’s merger with Convio and served as Convio’s President. Convio went public on the NASDAQ and was acquired for $325m post-IPO. Sheeraz started his career as an environmental engineer at Environ and a consultant at McKinsey & Company.
Sheeraz earned degrees in environmental engineering from Brown University and Stanford University. When he’s not working, Sheeraz enjoys family (including the dog) time, cycling, chess, skiing, and ceramics.
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