02 May '11, 11pm
Jobs and the Cleantech VC Boom
As the Cleantech sector is still largely comprised of innovative small businesses, many of which are now moving to the next phase of their trajectory, such an impressive infusion of fresh capital as seen in Q1 can only mean greater opportunities in the near term. While some pundits of the VC business overall may question whether this could be another “bubble”, and only time will really tell, a look back at the pre-recession levels of investment indicates that we are now back to that level, at least on a quarterly basis. Assuming the economy as a whole has gained enough strength to continue expanding as government supports are withdrawn, we should expect to see the cleantech engine shift into a higher gear and continue to claim an increasing share of the available VC and Private Equity pie. It is a capital- and people-intensive model, after all.