Bennett Cohen

Bennett has spent over 15 years at the intersection of energy, mobility, sustainability and innovation, spanning venture capital, startups, large corporations and consulting. Before joining Piva Capital, Bennett established Shell’s venture capital arm in San Francisco, where he led investments focused on the future of energy and mobility, including Ample and Aurora.

At Piva Capital, Bennett has led investments in Menlo Micro, Urbint, Boston Metal, Sense Photonics, and Plantible, and established the firm’s ESG framework for venture capital investing. He currently chairs the global Climate and Sustainability interest group of Kauffman Fellows, which collectively invests over $300M per year into climate-tech.

Before moving into venture capital, Bennett was based at Shell headquarters in Europe, where he helped develop the strategy that underpins the company’s division focused on renewable power and fuels. Prior to Shell, Bennett was a Consultant at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), where he reported directly to Amory Lovins, and a Director of Business Development at CPower, a demand response startup that was acquired by Constellation in 2010.

Bennett is passionate about sustainability, entrepreneurship, and technology. In his spare time he enjoys being with his family, getting outside, reading science fiction, and practicing yoga.

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