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Brief sector updates on solar and nanotech; Poseidon raises $610k

Rob Day: January 31, 2006, 9:24 PM
  • Nanotech investments doubled over the last year, according to Small Times, with a major portion of investments going to later-stage companies (does this mean that exits are being delayed?).
  • Noticed that Poseidon Resources, a water tech project developer, recently raised $610k, according to a brief mention in this article. For more information on Poseidon, check out this article, or their website.

Cleantech investor news

Rob Day: January 31, 2006, 8:21 PM
  • Investors continue to move into cleantech private equity, with the news today that Paladin Private Equity Partners is going to be launching a new cleantech-focused private equity firm, targeting $200M in total commitments, with Calpers providing a $40M lead. The company will target California-based small- and mid-cap investments.
  • The good folks at Cleantech Venture Network are bringing us a new useful tool, as they announced that the Cleantech...

Cleantech investing — a view from Israel

Rob Day: January 24, 2006, 3:10 PM
This site tends to focus on North American cleantech investing, since that's where yours truly resides, but there is also a lot of rapidly-growing cleantech VC interest in other areas such as Europe, Asia, Israel, and elsewhere.

Today, Jack Levy of Israel Cleantech Ventures was kind enough to add his thoughts and perspective on the current state of cleantech investing in his neck of the woods:

With a remarkable track record in innovative technologies, Israel is widely regarded as one of the leading markets for venture capital investing, but the growing cleantech market is only now attracting attention. As U.S. venture funds raise more capital to deploy in cleantech companies, we expect...

Two big cleantech fund closing announcements

Rob Day: January 21, 2006, 10:10 PM
  • PE Week Wire also reported on Friday (will provide link when available) that DFJ Element has made an interim close of $114M of a targeted $225M fund.
Congrats to both funds! It's very encouraging for the industry to see such LP interest in dedicated cleantech funds.

In one recent presentation I had the pleasure of attending, the speakers identified that there...

NanoGram, Franklin Fuel Cells, and Intelliburn announce raises

Rob Day: January 19, 2006, 1:46 PM
  • Speaking of nanotechnology, nanotech process innovator NanoGram announced an $18.7M round of financing, led by Technology Partners, and including existing investors ATA Ventures, Nth Power Technologies, Bay Partners, Harris & Harris Group, Rockport Capital Partners, Institutional Venture Partners and SBV Venture Partners. Harris & Harris also put out a separate PR describing their portion of the raise. NanoGram's technologies have applications in optical, electronic and energy applications -- the latter highlighted by the participation of several dedicated clean energy and cleantech investors.

Nanotech debate continues, solar momentum questions, and Safe Hydrogen

Rob Day: January 16, 2006, 10:22 PM
  • As we've mentioned before, there is both great optimism (see posts here, here and here) and great concern about the green and clean potential for nanotechnology. Thanks to Charlie Kireker for pointing out this NPR coverage of the topic, spurred by a recent report by a former EPA staffer. It's a good, brief recap of the ongoing debate, which cleantech investors should be paying careful attention to...