Andy Mercy is an entrepreneur and investor who uses his mountaineering and start-up experience to bring innovation and inspiration to new markets. Since the age of 19, when Andy lived in Senegal, Africa, working with local farmers, Andy has had a passion for sustainability and social enterprise. Extended mountaineering expeditions on ice and snow honed his leadership style and passion for the environment. He went on to found AngelPoints in 2000, an enterprise software company that pioneered the corporate social responsibility movement by powering the philanthropy and sustainability programs of the world’s biggest corporations, mobilizing millions of employees in communities. AngelPoints was purchased by Vista Equity Partners in 2011 and became a part of Blackbaud. He then opened two restaurants in San Francisco focused on serving globally inspired, locally sourced food. Today Andy is 100% focused on addressing the challenge of climate change and believes that biochar is an important key to finding scalable and profitable solutions. He lives in Mill Valley, CA with his wife, three kids, two dogs, two cats and 40,000 bees, finding inspiration on the trails of Mt. Tamalpais.