The Power of Student Energy Entrepreneurs

February 9, 2015 by Scott Burger

Entrepreneurship in the energy industry is alive and well, but strong entrepreneurial ecosystems are key to encouraging and sustaining innovation. While cleantech investing has taken quite a hit in recent years, there are trends that suggest hope for a low-carbon future are far from gone.[read more]

The State of Cleantech Entrepreneurship in 2014

June 20, 2014 by Rob Day

I put "sector" in quotation when talking about the cleantech sector because we all know that this is really a collection of a wide variety of markets and applications gathered under a consistent investment thesis. Cleantech isn't a sector; it's a lens for finding big opportunities across sectors.[read more]

Can 'Impact Investors' Save the Day for Cleantech Entrepreneurs?

March 4, 2014 by Rob Day

I am writing this column while en route to a meeting of LPs on the subject of “impact investing.” Last week, I also attended a meeting of family office investors on the same subject. Impact investing is a growing trend and discussion topic. Can it make a difference for cleantech entrepreneurs and markets?[read more]

Top 5 Things Cleantech Entrepreneurs Fail to Understand About Raising Venture Capital

October 17, 2011 by David Gold

As a venture capitalist, I review hundreds of business plans each year and physically meet with roughly a hundred 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. Here is the top five…[read more]

How to Build a Cleantech Company Without Huge Investment Capital: A Case Study

May 19, 2010 by David Gold

While many cleantech companies require very large amounts of capital in order to get to market, there is a quiet group of cleantech companies bucking that trend.  Companies like Heartland Biocomposites (Green Building Materials), RealTech (Water Testing) and TerraLUX  (LED Lighting) all built significant and growing businesses...[read more]

My $100 solar power deal…in Ghana

May 11, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Meet Georgina Teye. She sells plastic housewares–baskets, bowls, mugs and the like–at an outdoor market in Somanya, Ghana. She’d like to install solar-powered lanterns at her shop, which is also her home, so that she can remain open later and so that her three children can study at night. I’m loaning her $100. I made the loan through a...[read more]

Wisdom from Wharton: Cleantech Talk

February 23, 2010 by Scott Edward Anderson

"Twenty years from now, we will look back on how we get energy the same way we look back at how we got information twenty years ago," Steve Cohen said in launching the first of two cleantech panels at last Friday's Wharton Entrepreneurship Conference 2010. "Current Trends and Opportunities in Cleantech," moderated by Cohen, an energy...[read more]

Making Green from Green

August 20, 2007 by Tim Haab

As I ease myself back into the drudgery of Ohio daily life after 10 days suffering through 85 degree cloudless days in Hawaii, it may take me a few days to get back up to my normal frantic posting pace.  Anyway, here's a quick example of how going green may attract capitalists the old fashioned way...by offering big payouts:Mankind'...[read more]