Charting the Future Towards 2032: Three industries to keep an eye on over the next 15 years


Richard Youngman
Charting the Future Towards 2032 was the theme of our recent 15th Cleantech Forum San Francisco. Some focus was given to the idea of imagining how things might develop over the next 15 years, given our 2017 starting point, itself a result of where the last 15 years has taken us. This three-part blog series is intended to provide some perspectives to help you get set for the year and the years ahead, drawing on my own keynote at Cleantech... Read More »

Charting the Future Towards 2032: Funding the next wave of industrial innovation companies


Richard Youngman
“Charting the Future Towards 2032” was the theme of our recent 15th Cleantech Forum San Francisco. Some focus was given to the idea of imagining out how things might develop over the next 15 years, given our 2017 starting-point, itself a result of where the  last 15 years has taken us. This three-part blog series will provide some perspectives to help you get set for the year and the years ahead. It will draw on my own keynote from the... Read More »

Scale and speed: China’s USP in cleantech. Solving urban wastewater challenges.


Richard Youngman
For some years, we have been monitoring the growing number of examples of where Asian and western organizations are coming together to address environmental challenges for mutual economic benefit. In the past 12-18 months, we have felt that there is a definite uptick in the activity levels. This has been confirmed by an analysis we just completed on the 100 companies we will release as the latest edition of the Global Cleantech 100. In the 6th edition, 20 of the... Read More »

Scale and speed: China’s USP in cleantech. Tackling China’s polluted arable land problem


Richard Youngman
For some years, we have been monitoring the growing number of examples of Asian and western organizations coming together to address environmental challenges for mutual economic benefit. There is a definite uptick in the activity levels in the past 12-18 months. Here is the latest example, and some interview-style thoughts from the CEO on tackling the China market as a small foreign innovation company. The Deal. Today, NexSteppe, founded in 2010 and twice a Global Cleantech 100 company, announced a new partnership... Read More »

Back to the Future, Back to Cleantech Group


Richard Youngman
Back to the Future day (October 21, 2015) recently came and went, another reminder if we needed one of the impossibility of seeing how things will truly pan out in 30 years’ time. Back to the Future is a good way to describe my feelings today, as I take on the challenge of leading the next chapter for Cleantech Group (CTG).  (If you have not already heard, I have teamed up with Enovation Partners, a fast-growing consultancy platform focused on... Read More »

Chapter 3 for Cleantech: The Deployment of Innovation Chapter? Thoughts and Wishes for 2016+


Richard Youngman
The start of 2016 feels like a good moment for a reflective piece, on the one hand, and a look forward one, on the other. I have a real sense that momentum is building towards a defining and breakthrough 2020’s. COP-21 has just passed. Perhaps our global leaders will take climate change seriously after all, now that the scientific evidence is stronger, the runway for mitigation shorter, and business and finance has been taking some early steps down the multi-decade... Read More »

More with Less: The Makings of the 2020s are with us Today


Richard Youngman
The concept of “More with Less” was always central to the founders of Cleantech Group’s vision of the emergent innovation theme they coined as cleantech in 2002. Doing more with less (less inputs, less costs, less environmental impacts), aka resource productivity and efficiency, was highlighted in the first presentation I ever saw from Cleantech Group in 2007 on its explanation of the cleantech innovation theme – and why it mattered. “More with Less” is as relevant today as then –... Read More »

One Bed, One Dream: some learnings from the 2013 China Cleantech Tour


Richard Youngman
November 3-8 I had the honor and pleasure of leading Cleantech Group’s 3rd annual Cleantech Tour of China, an intense week of activities to help 13 companies and investors meet key players in China, to learn about the market and to think through potential entry strategies and partners. Over the week we met with over 100 organizations. Had I written a summary letter to the group, summarizing the experience and the learnings, this is what it might have looked like.... Read More »

One Bed, Two Dreams: The Critical Lesson From Our 2012 China Cleantech Tour


Richard Youngman
同床异梦 The stereotypical view of China for a western technology company has typically been, and still is for many: this is a place where I can source low-cost goods, but this is also a place where I could lose my shirt – and/or my cherished Intellectual Property (IP). In cleantech, particularly, an alternative and more sophisticated view is emerging. That China is actually a potentially huge market for the right sustainable products and a source of capital, and that it... Read More »

Re-imagining (and Re-tooling) Cleantech in Europe and beyond


Richard Youngman
Last week we hosted our 9th European Cleantech Forum, where we took on the task of “re-imagining cleantech”. The event set new attendance records. Conventional wisdom would suggest that, in its ninth year and with the cleantech moniker out of fashion in investment circles, this event should show signs of being past its peak. And yet, the more committed and enlightened of you keep coming – our sincerest thanks for that – and more new faces, new companies and new... Read More »