Who’s got money for cleantech?

Renewable Energy Focus

Following the financial crisis, are things getting easier for early stage cleantech companies and those ripe for investment?

New funds such as the launch of the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund give grounds for hope (at least for cleantech start-ups in the USA). As Susan Preston explains in the article download (pdf) on the right, her California organisation is set to address the cleantech funding gap with a “seed-stage venture fund”.

  • On pages 6 and 7, Gina Domanig of Emerald Technology Ventures (not an angel but a VC fund), offers some valuable advice on getting funding.
  • On pages 8 to 13 we hear it straight from the horses mouths: cleantech companies that have had to run the gauntlet of funding to get where they are today – two UK marine energy companies, Pulse Tidal and Green Ocean; BNRG, an Irish Solar company expanding in Eastern Europe, and Solarpro, a Bulgarian company;
  • Next we shift perspective, and case study two of the indices that track cleantech activity – see pages 14 to 17;
  • And finally, on pages 18 to 20 we present a view on Intellectual Property in the cleantech sector, and how it can be used to influence a company’s development.

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