Q&A with Ibrahim Al Husseini of FullCycle
FullCycle is an investment firm creating the world’s most efficient platform to solve the climate crisis. By backing companies, and their projects, to accelerate the deployment of proven, climate-restoring technologies, FullCycle is taking immediate action to reverse the effects of climate change – with compelling financial returns for investors. The strategy of working with companies leveraging commercially-viable technologies across multiple infrastructure projects results in stable cash flow from projects as well as the appreciation in the value of the portfolio companies themselves.
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What makes FullCycle different than other funds?
"We’re an investment firm backing companies that can deploy proven, climate-restoring technologies now. Our view is simple yet profound: we can’t afford to wait for new technologies to develop – and we don’t need to.
That’s why we focus on deployment, as opposed to development. FullCycle backs companies, and their projects, to accelerate the deployment of scalable technologies that can begin reversing the effects of climate change immediately – with compelling financial returns for investors. This strategy of working with companies leveraging commercially-viable technologies across multiple infrastructure projects results in stable cash flow from projects as well as appreciation in the value of the portfolio companies themselves."
What factors will FullCycle consider as it invests in new companies and expands its portfolio?
FullCycle looks for companies that are making an impact today. We source market-ready technologies that can be scaled out of the gates. For instance, Synova, a Netherlands-based company that turns waste into a natural gas substitute, was FullCycle’s first investment. Synova sells to municipal government or industrial hosts, and the technology costs less to install and operate, demands less resources, and creates minimal environmental impacts in comparison to conventional waste management systems. Really, it’s about turning waste, which is a major burden on the planet, into something extremely valuable for the world. We’re excited about Synova – and similar deals in the pipeline - because when fully deployed, Synova plants could generate nearly 15 percent of the world’s energy needs and save five gigatons of CO2 equivalent annually.
Will private capital ultimately be able make a significant impact on reversing the effects of climate change?
Yes. We believe that the climate crisis is one of the greatest economic opportunities of our lifetime – and that leveraging private capital in a thoughtful and strategic way will help us tackle this existential challenge. That’s not to say government inaction is OK – it is not. But the private sector can make a significant impact. We aim to ensure that investors no longer need to choose between their personal financial interest and the greater interest of the planet – and that’s critical when it comes to mobilizing private capital. The technology to fight the climate crisis already exists - we just need the will and the means to invest in those solutions.
Ibrahim Al Husseini of FullCycle
Ibrahim AlHusseini is the founder and CEO of FullCycle, an investment company that is reversing the effects of climate change by accelerating the deployment of climate-restoring technologies.
AlHusseini – a renowned entrepreneur, investor and environmentalist – has started and sold numerous businesses and raised half a billion dollars of capital to back dozens of companies. He was also an early investor in Tesla Motors, Bloom Energy, Aspiration Inc., Thrive Market, and CleanChoice Energy, among others. AlHusseini made his initial fortune from his college dorm room, after starting a nutraceutical distribution company and selling the business in 1997.
Raised in Saudi Arabia by parents who are Palestinian refugees, AlHusseini moved to the U.S. for college in the early 1990s. He sits on the board of more than half a dozen organizations that focus on the positive development of our environment and humanity. AlHusseini is also the managing partner of two waste-to-value funds that accelerate the adoption of the world’s leading waste-to-value technology.