About Matt

Serial entrepreneur turned business strategist and climate VC helping companies move the world.

WHY ME?Who is Matt Ward?

Partner & Climate Investor Lead @ 4WARD.VC
Host @ The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Show
Serial Founder and Startup Advisor with Multiple Modest Exits

I help founders and businesses change the world for the better with experienced growth, strategy, product and marketing support to deliver greater impact.

By bringing years of experience (and painful lessons learned) building/exiting 7-figure companies, helping others do the same and working as leading futurist, VC podcaster and climate syndicate lead, I help leading companies (from scrappy upstarts to the Fortune 500) take their business to the next level with a uniquely unconventional approach to strategy and growth.

If you’re building something meaningful in the world and your business needs a proven combination of multi-industry experience and outside-the-box thinking to help strategically scale your company, we should work together.

NOTE: Although I pay some of the bills coaching and advising top companies on growth and scaling, my primary focus is as a climate tech investor leading 4WARD.VC‘s climate syndicate, investing in the most promising early stage climate companies that move the world forward and as the host of The Startup Tank Climate Investor Pitch Show, the ultimate climate startup VC pitch contest.

To learn more about The Startup Tank and 4WARD.VC’s climate investor syndicate, please visit thestartuptank.com and apply here.

Matt Ward: Startup Coach & Business Consultant for Growth & Strategy

STARTUP & BUSINESS COACHINGFrequently Asked Questions

Can you really help me grow my business?


I have never met a startup or business I couldn’t help with aligning strategy and marketing to achieve faster, more scalable growth (nearly always without paid ads).

There are innumerable ways to grow a business and increase revenues, everything from acquiring more customers and reducing churn to tapping into additional revenue streams and improving your upsells and LTV.

And the strategy and best approach all depends on you and your unique business.

So, let’s work together to craft your tailored growth plan.

What industries do you specialize in?

In addition to a deep background in ecommerce & CPG, media & podcasting, B2B SaaS, consumer and climate tech, I work with numerous startups & companies in retail, B2B, healthtech, and Fintech/blockchain sectors (from early-stage to at-scale corporates) with services such as:

  • Development of Growth Marketing Plans
  • Strategic Business Development & Planning
  • Valuation & Fundraising Strategy
  • Leadership & Founder Coaching
  • Company Branding & Positioning
  • Business Model Innovation & Iteration
Do I really need a business coach?

If you have to ask, you already know. Here’s an in-depth article on the topic and why CEOs (and especially startup founders) should absolutely have a business coach, at least those interested in growing faster, building bigger and avoiding the common pitfalls of startups & leadership like burnout, overwhelm and failure to scale.

In summary: “If you’ve got a dream and it doesn’t require a team, you probably aren’t dreaming big enough!”

Can you help me with my pitch deck?


Thanks to working with and interviewing hundreds of VCs and angel investors and making several investments myself, I know exactly what to put (and not put) in your pitch deck and presentation. Let’s refine your pitch together and create your killer pitch deck that investors & VCs can’t ignore.

NOTE: This is also available as a done-for-you service as well if you prefer.

Rather do this yourself and practice later with me? That’s fine too. Here’s a free guide to help you get started.

Can you help me with my business plan?

Yes, although traditional business plans are a bit outdated in my opinion.

Instead, together we’ll craft your tailored business one-pager outlining all critical aspects of your business & marketing strategy and your business’ roadmap.

In a sense, we cut to the core of what it takes to build your company into something great – all in one page.

Interested? Be sure to reach out today as my capacity is limited. Or, just send me an email: matt@mattward.io

What does working together look like?

Business Coaching Clients:

If we decide to work together, I usually like to have a minimum commitment with coachees because:

  • I only want to work with founders & CEOs who are serious about success and the process.
  • It typically takes a little while to hit our stride and for you to truly see just how impactful the sessions and changes can be.

If you are willing to commit to building something great and putting in the work to make it happen, I am here to help!

Apply for one of my limited spots here or just send me an email: matt@mattward.io

Strategic Consulting Clients:

You need help, I deliver. Give me your goals and requirements and get done-for-you, proven help on everything from crafting pitch decks and marketing funnels to developing business and growth marketing plans to fuel your business’ future success.

How much does it cost to work together?

My fees depend on the type of company I’m working with and the capacity at which I’m retained. That is why it is definitely worth reaching out. We can almost always find a solution that fits your company’s stage of development and needs and helps you hit your ambitious business goals.

And fees are pretty relative when we’re able to 10x your growth & results – especially when it leads to you working less in the process.

Matt and his connections within ClimateTech have been super helpful over the past few months. He helped us tremendously in closing our first financing round!
Rene HaasCEO of Neocarbon
I have been working with Matt for the past few months, he is very dynamic, well-connected, and resourceful. More important (at least for me), Matt is smart and thinks broadband regarding the market, the market approach, and in general. I interact with Matt periodically and get his ideas, feedback, guidance, and insights as to how to approach various matters, mostly focused on funding, but also as a “second opinion” in general about running the startup – for me, it is very helpful.
Rafi LeviCEO and Founder of DOTS
Of all the people I have worked with so far, Matt’s been the most active and helpful in terms of introductions. He has made tons of great intros to relevant potential investors and collaborators, and I am extremely happy we are working together. He is also very communicative and a great partner to think with and bring ideas to communication and messages
Yehuda BorensteinFounder & CEO of Climate Crop
Matt has been an incredible supporter of our company and took a genuine personal interest in the growth of our product and customer base. His expertise in growth hacking has been instrumental in developing creative GTM strategies and acquiring more users. He is pleasant to work with, responsive, and fits really well into our team of doers.
Vlad CazacuFounder & CEO of Flowlie
We’ve enjoyed every aspect of our collaboration with 4WARD.VC and Matt. From the first day, Matt has opened his network to us and helped us make valuable connections in the climate ecosystem
Nicholas WeberFounder & CEO of Voltiris

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