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SuperReturn Energy Transition
4 - 5 June 2024
Hilton BerlinBerlin

Valerie Gardner
Managing Partner at Nucleation Capital


Valerie Gardner is the managing partner of Nucleation Capital, a climate-focused venture capital fund investing in ventures innovating in advanced nuclear and deep decarbonization.

Previously, Valerie had served as CFO and General Counsel for two tech start-ups. One failed and one succeeded spectacularly, providing Valerie with deep insights into what makes for successful ventures. Subsequently, she began investing and founded Tiemann Investment Advisors, now with $300 million under management.

In 2012, Valerie learned that nuclear generated 2/3rd of the clean electricity produced in the US and began to explore the industry, attending the first advanced nuclear summit in 2016. She followed the advanced nuclear sector’s exciting developments until 2021, when she launched Nucleation Capital to provide investors with better access.

Valerie holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a JD from Northeastern University, a BA from Colgate University, a pilot’s license and lives in Silicon Valley.

Agenda Sessions

  • Calling on nuclear power as a tool for decarbonisation