As federal stimulus funding for cleantech development runs out, market activity is shifting to safer technologies with quicker and more predictable returns, according to a mid-year update from Peachtree Capital Advisors, an investment bank that offers advice on mergers and acquisitions. The “2011 Mid-Year Greentech M&A (merger-and-acquisition) Review” notes... Read more
A new US-based consortium plans to invest $1.4 billion of private capital in clean technology companies over the next five years. The Cleantech Syndicate is a group of 11 prominent families from across the US  with a collective net worth of more than $30 billion. The organization’s planned investments... Read more
China, now a leader in everything from cleantech investment to carbon emissions, can expect to see its star keep rising in 2011. However, the business atmosphere there promises to show much more volatility in the coming year … with uncertain implications for outside investors. Companies ranging from Apple to... Read more
With cleantech and green technologies becoming ever more important at the global level, it’s no surprise that startups in those areas have taken a record number of spots in the latest list of Technology Pioneers announced by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Of the 31 new companies judged to... Read more
Cleantech companies sell technology products and services that solve environmental problems, ranging from traffic monitoring solutions to bioplastics made from sewage sludge to new solar cell technology. These exciting new products and solutions offer the promise of creating a more sustainable world, while transforming the global economy. Climate change,... Read more
Alistair Darling’s proposal for a green investment bank is a laughable gesture for the benefit of the growing green brigade. The public-private initiative would inject £2bn to boost offshore wind energy and jobs — and he says this is one way to move out of recession. The £2bn is... Read more
Do you remember that wonderful moment when the internet was invented? Or when mobile phones suddenly appeared everywhere? Of course you don’t. That’s because these life-altering technologies didn’t spring up ready for market overnight, but evolved, often behind the scenes, for years before we were ready to use them... Read more
There’s good news and bad news on the cleantech and environmental business front. The good news first: more venture capitalists and private equity investors see an initial public offering (IPO) being likely for one of their green investments in the next year or two. And now the bad news:... Read more
Four fast-growing and innovative firms last night won recognition last night at the inaugural Cleantech Connect 2009 awards ceremony. Held in London’s St James’, the event was organised by GP Bullhound with Schroders Private Banking as a premium sponsor. A 150-strong crowd of entrepreneurs and investors from Europe’s cleantech... Read more
The CEOs of 12 Irish cleantech firms are prowling for potential investors and partners in Silicon Valley this week during Enterprise Ireland’s first-ever dedicated Clean Tech Trade mission. The mission aims to help Ireland’s innovative companies meet with their California counterparts, link up with strategic partners and showcase their... Read more