Chelsea Burns is an analyst, an operator, an investor, and a rock climber. She is the founder of Escaladora Ventures and part owner of Pura Roca, an indoor climbing gym in San Pedro, Costa Rica. In addition to climbing, gender lens investing and environmental sustainability are the leading themes behind her investment thesis. She is a member of Pipeline Angels, whose mission is to teach women and non-binary femmes how to become better angel investors. It challenges the traditional norms of angel investing: from the people who traditionally invest to the entrepreneurs that traditionally receive capital. Pipeline Angels’ goal is to build a network of female and non-binary femme investors that will create capital for female and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs.
Chelsea has a decade of experience working in the water and energy efficiency space. Previously she was the COO of Urban Energy Group, an ESCO that finances and installs LED lighting projects across Washington State. Currently, she is back to consulting work. She holds dual BAs in International Relations and Anthropology and dual MAs in International Relations and Natural Resources & Sustainable Development.
Chelsea Burns was left with an inheritance following the passing of her father. She decided to use her wealth to become a sustainable angel investor – investing in impactful early stage companies. Read more about her story.