20 May '11, 4pm

How Incubators Will Help Start-Ups Lead the Clean Tech Revolution

Interesting article. I agree some clean tech start-ups do seem to be almost paradoxically weak in sustainability practice & principles. As you point out, ‘clean tech’ is almost too broad a description to be useful in understanding why that is. When one recognizes that clean tech companies are really just slightly reinvented semiconductor companies, electronics manufacturers, plastics manufacturers, etc, etc; it’s less surprising clean tech leaders can be tone deaf to sustainability. They’ve come from long standing industries with organizational cultures that don’t necessarily have sustainability in their vocabulary. Susty incubation could be a great part of the solution – creating new leadership mindset. There’s also the challenge then of finding funding sources who will back untested leaders. That second part is non-trivial. Maybe concurrently we need to better educate th...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/clean-tech-start-up/c...

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