06 Feb '12, 11am

Why Sinking Cleantech Investment Data Aren't the End of the World

Why Sinking Cleantech Investment Data Aren't the End of the World

In cleantech, as in most realms of emerging technology, venture capital acts as a sort of incubator for the youngest, most promising technologies. That's why it's a cause for concern when venture capital investment slows or shrinks. That's just what happened last year. In 2011, venture capital investment in early-stage cleantech companies fell by 4.5 percent, to $4.9 billion, compared with the 2010 tally, according to a round-up of full-year data by Ernst & Young published Feb. 1 , based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource. Whether this downtick is cause for concern is open to argument. The question links to hot-button issues being debated in Congress, on the campaign trail, and in the media. I, for one, believe that given the headwinds facing cleantech, the numbers are cause for optimism. They're good news, but I wish they were better. To make my half-full case, note tha...

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