Recent Deals – 12 July 2019


Louis Brasington
Agriculture & Food: AeroFarms, a developer of aeroponic systems to grow greens at high yield densities in urban vertical farms, raised $100 million in a Series E round. The investment round was led by IKEA, and included existing investors Wheatsheaf and ADM Capital, as well as Mission Point Capital, GSR Ventures, and Alliance Bernstein. Founded in 2004, the US company provides aeroponic modules that grow leafy greens in a cloth medium under LED lighting. These modules can be stacked inside... Read More »

Three Ways Singapore is Driving a Sustainable Future through Innovation


Stephen Marcus
From smart cities to agriculture projects, water consumption to air quality, Singapore is pushing hard on sustainable innovation. But what makes the city a leading driver for sustainability in the region and beyond?It’s not just a matter of developing and using the latest sustainable technologies. Singapore is the center of a productive ecosystem with the resources, support and reach that start-ups, investors, multinationals and governments need to transform industry and act on global opportunities.Here are three things that demonstrate Singapore’s... Read More »

Paris is on Track to Become the European Capital of Cleantech – are Foreign Investors Ready?


Jules Besnainou
European cleantech has been thriving in the past five years. In this period, investment into start-ups has more than doubled to $5.2 billion deployed over 566 deals in 2018, representing 28% of global cleantech deals. For the first time in years, France was one of the top two EU destinations for investment, places typically held by the UK, Germany and Israel. As it benefits from a wave of innovation and capital, a friendly government and looming Brexit, France could claim... Read More »

Food News: Motif Ingredients – Microbes to Meat, the Race is on…


Chris Sworder
The news about Ginkgo Bioworks spinning out Motif Ingredients signals an acceleration in the race to create an alternative meat. Plant-based meat has opened the door to consumer acceptance. Now the challenges are overcoming production bottlenecks and improving the taste, feel and versatility of the products. With $90 million of fresh capital, an impressive set of investors and a pedigree from Ginkgo Bioworks, the race is on. Spotlight on burgers Plant-based burgers are making the news, with the latest offerings including the UAE-based... Read More »

Cleantech’s Four $1,000,000,000 Sectors


Josh Gilbert
Introduction Our Quarterly Investment Monitor has just been released, including a round-up for 2016 to help understand the trends driving the past year’s cleantech investments. For the first time since 2011, we had four cleantech sectors pass the $1 Billion mark in global venture capital investment last year –Transportation, Energy Efficiency, Solar and Agriculture. In this blog post, we’ll go behind the numbers to have a look at some of the specific innovations and companies driving the growth and diversity... Read More »

Highlights of our Investment Summit: Trends & Opportunities in Energy’s Emerging Future


Ken-Ichi Hino
On October 20th, Cleantech Group and Enovation Partners, in collaboration with our sponsor Stifel, convened an invitation-only executive summit in New York City focused on the emerging investment opportunity sets and trends in energy for 2017 and beyond. The discussion-focused event helped facilitate a day of shared viewpoints from the attendees, which included investors, corporates, utilities, innovators, and other stakeholders in energy. The morning sessions elicited perspectives on the investment opportunities and challenges, and how those differ across capital classes... Read More »

Where industrial biotech fundraising is still seeing success


Leo Zhang
From our previous blog post, we highlighted the evolution of smart grid venturing – how smart gird innovation today is all about the internet-of-things (IoT). In this blog post, we will highlight how venture investments in industrial biotech have shifted over the past 10 years. Venture capital investment in industrial biotech, especially to many in Silicon Valley, is considered a thing of the past. Companies such as KiOR, Cobalt Technologies, and Range Fuels have all but failed to disrupt the... Read More »

How Plants and Crops are Transforming our Food System


Leo Zhang
The agriculture & food sector has seen a wide range of companies gaining traction over the past few years, ranging from food waste reduction technologies to companies aiming to revolutionize the current food system. For instance, technological breakthroughs in sensing and monitoring have enabled food processors and restaurants to better manage their inventory to prevent excessive food wastes, while the emergence of resource sharing-based business models help distribute food that would otherwise become waste. As part of this transformation of the... Read More »

Growing Hardware Start-ups: Inside EcoMachines Incubator


Tom Turula
As the saying goes, hardware is hard. Entrepreneurs face tough hurdles from the outset – from expensive IP and prototyping to complex manufacturing, supply chain or piloting setup – before they are able to attract venture capital investment and take on the world. As a result, a new breed of hardware incubators and accelerators have emerged to guide scientists and engineers through early stage pitfalls. Dr. Ilian Iliev, who last year co-founded London-based EcoMachines Incubator Ltd, provides us with insight... Read More »

China’s Smog Triggers Investment in Air Pollution Mitigation


Wendy Bao
During the opening keynote at Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2014, Cleantech Group CEO, Sheeraz Haji, stepped on the stage while wearing a facemask commonly seen in China. Attendees immediately realized his reference to the infamous air pollution problem in China. According to China’s Development Research Center of the State Council, smoggy weather costs China approximately $100 billion a year. To mitigate such loss, Chinese government plans to invest $290 billion for air pollution treatment technologies from 2013 to 2017, said... Read More »