Mick Liubinskas is a climate tech activator and investor.
He co-founded Climate Salad to help build climate-focused startups and help the world get to and beyond net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Climate Salad is Australia's largest network of climate tech entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors. Mick has helped build 100’s tech companies with Pollenizer, Startmate, muru-D, and Austrade in San Francisco, and Stanford's School.
In 2022 Mick helped develop the Climate Tech Industry Report, the first-ever in-depth analysis of the Australian and New Zealand climate tech industry, and the Climate Landscape Report which includes global data, taxonomy and top 1,000 climate tech companies Climate Tech Investments. He is actively involved with a number of Climate Tech projects including:
- Ripe Robotics: using computer vision, AI, and robotics to reduce the billions of dollars of food wasted at farms each year.
- Cecil Earth: unlocking the carbon value of millions of hectares of nature - EnergyLab - climate and clean technology-focused accelerator
- Startmate: a technology accelerator with a big climate tech focus
- As well as Terra.do, Phoenix Hydrogen, Akua, Spira, Elio, Tynt, Alga Biosciences
Mick programmed his Commodore 64 at age 8, sold computer networks at age 17, raised capital for a business at 22, and ran marketing globally for Kazaa at 26. For the past 18 years, he has co-founded four technology startup companies, including three years in San Francisco. This has included evaluating 1,000’s ideas, building the first products, getting the first customers, launching globally, raising capital, closing businesses, selling businesses, and all the emotional rollercoaster rides in between.
In 2017 he wrote a novel to inspire teenage girls into the world of STEM, called She’s Building A Robot. It is accompanied by a series of interviews with women with careers in robotics, technology, science, and maths. Mick was the co-founder of Pollenizer which started 25 companies. He was also a co-founding investor and mentor at Startmate and Spreets which sold to Yahoo for $40m in 13 months.
He was also the co-founder of muru-D - Telstra’s tech accelerator which invested in 200 businesses across Australia and South East Asia and ASX-listed Woodward.
Mick is known as Mr. Focus due to his strong drive for starting small and fast, doing fast testing on the road to success, and avoiding entrepreneurial distractions. He, Phil, and the team from Pollenizer wrote a workbook called Startup Focus which sold 5,000 copies. He also loves being a dad, surfing, playing football (the round ball variety), and singing bad karaoke.