Cleantech Group Names 2019 Global Cleantech 100 – Top Private Companies in Clean Technology


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – January 28, 2019 – Cleantech Group released the tenth Global Cleantech 100 report at its annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. 

The Global Cleantech 100 is a guide to the most innovative and promising companies poised to impact the market and the future of global industries in the next five to ten years. From transportation and logistics to agriculture, energy, food, chemicals and resources, the report covers six sectors and provides analyses of the themes and trends shaping the market and corporate investment. Get the full report

“Our tenth edition is dominated by innovations for the future of food and mobility, and a decentralized and digitized future not only for energy, but for the industrial world more generally,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group. “This is a far cry from the dominance of hardware, solar and biofuels in the inaugural Global Cleantech 100 in 2009.”

Selection process

The 2019 Global Cleantech 100 brings you the innovators in sustainable innovationsTo qualify for the Global Cleantech 100, companies must be independent, for-profit and not listed on any major stock exchange. This year, 13,900 companies from 93 countries were nominated. The selection process combines Cleantech Group’s research data with qualitative judgements from nominations, third party awards, and insight from a global 87-member expert panel comprised of leading investors and executives from a wide-range of industrial corporations active in technology and innovation scouting. From pioneers and veterans to new entrants, the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community and results in a list with a powerful base of respect and support from many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem. The list is sponsored by Chubb.

Special awards

In addition to unveiling the list, Cleantech Group presented a series of awards during the Global Cleantech 100 Awards Dinner held 28 January on the opening night of the 17th Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

Company of the Year was awarded in each of three regions to the highest-ranked company from that region:

  • North America: Impossible Foods, the creator of the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger.
  • Europe & Israel: Bestmile, a developer of a fleet management platform designed to operate and optimize fleets of autonomous vehicles.
  • Asia Pacific: Cnano Technology, a manufacturer of multi-wall carbon nanotubes.

Other categories:

  • Rising Star of the Year, given to the highest-ranked new entrant on this year’s list: Volta Charging, a promoter and builder of free electric vehicle charging enabled partnerships with advertising sponsors.
  • Early Stage Company of the Year, given to the highest-ranked early stage company: Apeel Sciences, a developer of organic, non-toxic food coatings that lengthen shelf-life.
  • Graduate of the Year, awarded to the most impressive exit (as rated, by the financial investors in the expert panel) of a list alumnus.  The exit must have happened in the 12 months prior to the cut-off date: nuTonomy, a developer of software for self-driving cars.
About Cleantech Group

Cleantech® Group provides research, consulting and events to catalyze opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. At every stage from initial strategy to final deals, we bring corporate change makers, investors, governments and stakeholders from across the ecosystem the access and customized support they need to thrive in a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient future.

The company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco with a growing international presence in London. Our parent company, Enovation Partners, is based in Chicago.