Macquarie Capital Venture Studio with R/GA

The Macquarie Capital Venture Studio with R/GA is a platform designed to promote innovation in InfraTech, the convergence of infrastructure and technology.

Macquarie Capital Venture Studio with R/GA is a unique initiative to identify and promote companies with the potential to accelerate industries including utilities, transportation, and environmental services.

Seeking to capitalize on emerging technologies and market opportunities across the infrastructure value chain, the Studio provides select B2B, B2C, and B2G companies with financial capital, access to Macquarie Capital’s vast industry network and specialist knowledge, and expertise from R/GA’s award-winning strategists, technologists, designers, consultants and more.


At Macquarie, we are at the forefront of emerging technologies that are transforming industries, particularly around real assets.

Michael Silverton, Senior Managing Director
Head of Macquarie Capital, Americas

Our focus

The year-long Studio will be split into three modules and culminate in a Demo event in 2019 where companies will have the opportunity to present to an audience of potential investors.

Example areas of interest

  • Energy and Renewables
  • Utilities (Power, Water, and Waste)
  • Transportation
  • Smart Cities and Grids
  • Batteries and other storage technologies

Sample Technologies

  • AI/Machine Learning
  • Blockchain
  • Internet of Things
  • Drones and Robotics
  • Sensors

Meet the participating companies

Electrification beyond the grid

FreeWire is a leading manufacturer of mobile and flexible electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions and zero-emission, quiet mobile power for grid edge applications. Its products offer control over when power is used, stored and delivered, enabling new models for charging and management of EVs, alleviating utility infrastructure constraints, and providing power when noise and pollution are major constraints to operations.

Company website

Reimagining how industries see

Hangar develops software that drives robotics-as-a-system platforms that are designed for requesting, acquiring, processing, storing and distributing data as gathered by autonomous robotics (drones). Much of the firm’s work is implemented by an array of capital, construction and infrastructure support industries. Hangar believes that drones, the sensors they carry and the data created will transform the modern economy by enabling companies and entire industries to re-engineer their operations. 

Company website

Control system cyber security

Mission Secure is a leading provider of control system cybersecurity to some of the world’s largest organizations in the defense, energy and transportation industries. The MSi Platform takes operational technology cybersecurity to all levels of control systems while maintaining the benefits of a networked environment that can be deployed and managed by a non-IT professional.

Company website

Simply smarter solar

Sunfolding designs, manufactures, and sells solar trackers that offer cost and performance breakthroughs to stakeholders across the solar industry. Trackers move solar panels with the sun to maximize a power plant’s energy yield. Sunfolding’s flagship tracker, the Sunfolding T29™, moves using a proprietary, air-based component – the AirDrive. The AirDrive replaces dozens of electromechanical parts and structural complexity, reducing a solar power plant’s costs through easier installation, minimal maintenance, and intelligent land use.

Company profile

Empowering efficient finance

T-REX is a leading provider of managed data services and analytical software for complex markets. A full investment lifecycle solution, T-REX combines sophisticated SaaS technology with big data and asset class expertise to drive down the cost of capital and reduce risk exposure for renewable energy and other esoteric asset classes. By empowering efficient, transparent finance in these markets, T-REX creates significant investment opportunities across $500 billion in new assets every year, benefitting developers, originators, investment banks, rating agencies, accounting firms and investors.

Company website

Perfecting your water

Zero Mass Water’s mission is to make drinking water an unlimited resource. Its SOURCE hydropanel creates drinking water by simply combining sunlight and air - made possible by the application of advanced materials science, thermodynamics, and controls technology. Zero Mass Water puts the power of safe, high-quality water production into the hands of every person in nearly every climate and corner of the world. Zero Mass Water is headquartered in Scottsdale, Az., with installation partners across the world.

Company website

Discover the companies in module two

Discover T-REX

T-REX drives transparency and efficiency across the investment lifecycle of complex assets

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In the news

MCVS adds three companies

FreeWire, Mission Secure and T-REX join the program’s second module

In focus

Beyond the buzz

How drones are powering new possibilities for big data.

In focus

Follow the sun

The air-powered technology that is boosting the economics of solar energy.

In focus

Endless reservoir

Seeking sustainable water solutions, new technology pulls drinking water from the air.


Drones disrupt aviation and infrastructure

With the number of commercial drones set to quadruple in the US over the next four years, the technology has the potential to transform the aviation sector.

In depth

Watch: a spotlight on Sunfolding

Innovation is key for continued expansion of solar energy across the US. Macquarie Capital Venture Studio participating company Sunfolding has created a solar tracker powered by air that may change the financial dynamics of solar energy. Watch to learn why we’re excited to be a part of its growth story.

InfraTech: the transformative catalyst

Technological innovation is reshaping the infrastructure landscape. This intersection of infrastructure and technology, known as InfraTech, has accelerated the growth and viability of renewable energy, more widespread adoption of autonomous, machine learning drones and a viable solution for accessing pure drinking water in remote areas across the globe.

In the news

Macquarie Capital and R/GA Ventures launch MCVS

Macquarie Capital and R/GA Ventures announce the launch of the Macquarie Capital Venture Studio with R/GA.

Is your company accelerating innovation in infrastructure or energy?

Apply now to take part in the Macquarie Capital Venture Studio with R/GA

About Macquarie Capital

Macquarie Capital combines grounded thinking with innovative approaches to develop transformative ideas and realize greater possibilities for our clients - our partners.

We look beyond convention to connect our clients with ideas and opportunities others don’t see, while our global platform, specialized expertise and comprehensive services allow us to deliver what others can’t.

Our capabilities encompass corporate advisory and a full spectrum of capital solutions, including capital raising services from equity, debt and private capital markets and principal investments from Macquarie’s own balance sheet. These offerings are reinforced through our deep sector expertise in aerospace, defense and government services, consumer, gaming and leisure, financial institutions, infrastructure and energy, real estate, resources, services, telecommunications, media and technology sectors.

Macquarie Capital Sponsors

Michael Silverton

Senior Managing Director, Head of Macquarie Capital, Americas

Larry Handen

Senior Managing Director, Head of Principal, Macquarie Capital Americas, Europe and Asia

Allison Harden

Senior Vice President, Principal Transaction Group

Rob Kupchak

Senior Managing Director, Head of Americas, Infrastructure and Energy

Stephan Feilhauer

Senior Vice President, Principal Transaction Group

Looking beyond convention

See how Macquarie Capital creates new possibilities and delivers real impact to our clients - our partners

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