24 Sep '12, 7pm

Better, Faster Corporate Venture Investment in Cleantech: Venture capital firms are pulling back from the gree...

Better, Faster Corporate Venture Investment in Cleantech: Venture capital firms are pulling back from the gree...

Venture capital firms are pulling back from the greentech sector. The number of cleantech-focused VC partners is thinning . The greentech IPO market is stingy at best. There have been just 27 venture-backed cleantech M&A deals worth more than $50 million over the last ten years. VC investment in solar and smart grid has long since peaked and we are in an era of painful startup attrition in solar. Cleantech VC is having a hard time. Perhaps a relative brightspot in the cleantech investment landscape has been the increased involvement of corporate VC arms and strategic investors. Corporate venture investment in cleantech was $620 million in Q2 2012, up 319 percent from Q1 2012, according to CB Insights . This year, late-stage funding from firms such as Monsanto, BASF and Wanxiang Group have funded Sapphire, NanoH20, and GreatPoint Energy, respectively. Five of the top ten VC...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Better-Faster...

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