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Limping Economy Threatens Clean Tech Gravy Train


San Francisco Chronicle
October 1, 2008


Clean Technology startups enjoyed another banner quarter in Q3, taking in $2.6
billion in venture capital investments, with 43% of that going to California
companies. The most active investors were all from the Bay Area and included
four venture capital funds and Google. So far, $6.6 billion has been invested in
clean tech startups this year-- more than all of last year. Year over year,
investment in Q2 and Q3 was up 17% and 37%, respectively.

But all is not well. Experts predict that the economic slowdown (can we finally
say "recession" yet?) will impact the industry hard. Industries such as biofuels
which are not as far along as other alternative energy sectors on the
development curve, threaten to get hit the hardest.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

"One of the quarter's top investors - Wilber James of Rockport Capital Partners
- said that although investments in clean technology will continue, venture
capitalists will be more cautious about their investment partners and about how
much money startups need to break even. "Nobody can just assume the public
markets will be available in two or three years," he said. "

The three sectors that raised the most money were thin films for capturing solar
energy, smart power grids and algae for producing fuel.

Record capital again flows to clean tech [San Francisco Chronicle]

Clean Technology startups enjoyed another banner quarter in Q3, taking in $2.6
billion in venture capital investments, with 43% of that going to California
companies. The most active investors were all from the Bay Area and included
four venture capital funds and Google. So far, $6.6 billion has been invested in
clean tech startups this year-- more than all of last year. Year over year,
investment in Q2 and Q3 was up 17% and 37%, respectively.

But all is not well. Experts predict that the economic slowdown (can we finally
say "recession" yet?) will impact the industry hard. Industries such as biofuels
which are not as far along as other alternative energy sectors on the
development curve, threaten to get hit the hardest.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

"One of the quarter's top investors - Wilber James of Rockport Capital Partners
- said that although investments in clean technology will continue, venture
capitalists will be more cautious about their investment partners and about how
much money startups need to break even. "Nobody can just assume the public
markets will be available in two or three years," he said. "

The three sectors that raised the most money were thin films for capturing solar
energy, smart power grids and algae for producing fuel.

Record capital again flows to clean tech.

 

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