Samuel Z. Alemayehu


Samuel “Sam” Alemayehu is a co-founder and General Partner of C1 Ventures (C1V), which aims to invest in science and technology to support carbon-negative and resource-efficient industries. Sam has a background in entrepreneurship, having launched two companies while studying at Stanford University. He also worked at Venrock Associates, focusing on consumer media services. Sam has founded and invested in several companies across various industries, such as building a mobile gaming platform with over 50 million customers across 18 countries. Additionally, he co-founded Cambridge Industries Ltd (CIL) to implement infrastructure projects in emerging cities. As Managing Director, Sam developed the first municipal waste-to-energy facility in Africa, which has multiple functions, including recycling, brick production, industrial steam and insect farming. Sam is also an active global angel investor and sits on numerous non-profit and company boards. In addition, he is recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Technology Pioneer.