Amy Francetic

Managing Director
Buoyant Ventures
Board Member, Clean Energy Trust
Amy is founder and Managing General Partner of Buoyant Ventures, a new venture fund in Chicago that aims to invest in digital climate solutions for energy, real estate, industry, insurance, transportation and agriculture. She previously founded and led Energize Ventures, a $165mm venture fund that invests in digital technologies that optimize energy equipment and infrastructure. She oversaw the Fund’s investment activities and operations. Her career spans over 20 years of high technology entrepreneurship, private equity, and research.

Amy also co-founded and served as CEO of technology accelerator Clean Energy Trust which has invested in dozens of early-stage clean energy companies across the Midwestern US. Amy also held roles at private equity firm MVC Capital and Stanford Research Institute. Earlier in her career, she was co-founder and CEO of a tech company that she sold to Lego Systems, and she helped fundraise for mobile gaming company, GluMobile, on whose board she served until it went public on the NASDAQ.
Amy serves on the board of directors of Clean Energy Trust and the Advisory Boards for the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Museum of Science and Industry.

In 2019 she was honored by Streetwise as one of the “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans,” in 2018 she was recognized by Crain’s Chicago as a Tech 50 leader, in 2014 she was awarded the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award from the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and Leading Woman in Technology from the Illinois Technology Association. She has a BA from Stanford University. She lives in Lake Forest, IL with her husband and two teenage daughters.
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