30 Sep '11, 3pm

Top 5 Things Cleantech Entrepreneurs Fail to Understand About Raising Venture

Top 5 Things Cleantech Entrepreneurs Fail to Understand About Raising Venture

They know what it takes to raise capital and to build a great fast-growing business. Cleantech companies, however, are much more likely to be led by first-time entrepreneurs who often struggle to create an ecosystem of experienced people around them. As a venture capitalist, I review hundreds of business plans each year and physically meet with roughly 100 entrepreneurs seeking capital. I have the advantage of doing this through the eyes of someone who has been on the other side of the table, having raised venture capital for my own start-up before becoming a VC. And while there are certainly numerous exceptions, there are themes I see across cleantech start-ups that are not specific to their technology or market but which nonetheless impede their ability to raise capital. Technology is necessary, but not sufficient. Many cleantech entrepreneurs are engineers or scientists...

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