Investment interest from the private equity and venture capital community in the cleantech sector has increased dramatically over the last few years. Growing political and commercial awareness of the need for investment in cleantech, particularly to combat ever increasing environmental challenges, has continued to drive this activity. This has led to a steady rise in the number of dedicated cleantech funds and to an increase in investment mandates from funds with a more generalist approach, viewing cleantech investment opportunities as part of a diversified portfolio.
Norton Rose LLP and Cleantech Investor have together conducted a survey to canvass opinion from the private equity and cleantech communities, seeking input from investors, cleantech companies, advisers and consultants all of whom are active in cleantech business. The survey has been undertaken to support an enhanced understanding of the challenges facing investment in this sector, to pinpoint some current trends that appear to be developing and to stimulate further discussion. A particular thank you to all of our respondents for participating in this survey.