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Countries to raise capital for cleantech

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Top Countries to raise capital for cleantech opportunitiesRecent report shows that China and Germany had overtaken US in terms of cleantech / environmental investments. This had caused some concerns in United States, fearing they maybe falling behind.The truth is, this comparison is based on amount of investment capital injected into green sectors. China is certainly showing its commitment to cleantech, it has invested in a number of significant wind farm and solar infrastructure projects in remote areas, which have resulted in significant increase in total capital invested. US is in a different phase, it is more looking at replacing existing infrastructure instead of rolling out completely new urbanization projects.Let’s sum up some findings and see which countries are best places to raise capital.USA: Why US is still a good place to raise capital for cleantech? • It still has access to a lot of capital, a lot of fund managers are actually sitting on cash, • It has a mature venture capital & private equity industry, • Many cleantech VCs are previous technology VCs and have good experience and networking, and• US is still a leader in many industries like energy efficiency, energy management, smartgridChina: The cleantech deals in China are funded by 3 sources: Government incentives, institutions (including VCs) and individual investors.• China’s policymakers have more unified policies in cleantech, which have introduced various policies to increase their green economy• New urbanization projects are adopting cleantech completely, many towns are 100% fueled by solar energy and wind farms, there is no legacy issue• China has a strategic interest in cleantech, to reduce its reliance on imported oil, gas, coal and uranium• Growing number of individual investors into cleantech industries, such as CEOs of car batteries manufacturers, solar panel companies manufacturers, and Taiwanese investors whom had made fortunes in China• Access to Chinese, Hong Kong, Singaporean and Taiwanese venture capital & private equity firmsGermany: Amongst all European markets, Germany has been very well regarded when comes to cleantech (and venture capital) investors.• German Government has policies in place to encourage green economies and investments, they see it as an important sector to create jobs• Germen Government had introduced funding programs way before US started the stimulus programs, it leads the world in terms of adopting wind energy and they are also global leaders in many solar technologies• German investors have been investing in global cleantech deals; and transfer them back into Germany• Germany has Europe’s largest workforce in the cleantech sector• Deutsche Borse is also home of most cleantech related companies, including many cleantech & environmental related funds and ETFsIsrael: Israel has been an outstanding destination for technology investors, such experience has also helped them to grow into the cleantech sector.• Multiple “silicon valley” style districts across Israel, which are now investing into cleantech sectors• Existing infrastructure and networks available for entrepreneurs• Israeli VCs are known to be some of the most aggressive, and most adventurous investors, they are willing to take risks• Israeli investors had started investing in China, Russia, India and Brazil since 1980s, they had started invested in cleantech sectors in these markets since early 1990s.• Israel has a real demand itself in terms of energy management and water management technologiesSingapore: Singapore had adopted the Israeli VC model in the 1980s, and it had successfully expanded its technology & environmental sectors though public-private partnerships.• Singapore’s venture capital industry is well funded by the Government, Temasek is one of the world’s largest private equity firm funded by Singaporean pension funds• Very clear policy to make Singapore as Asia’s leading destination for environmental sectors, Singaporean Government had invested in billions of dollars to set up infrastructure & R&D facilities• Access to multi-lingual and highly skilled professionals in cleantech & engineering sectors• Singaporean venture capital firms & fund managers are well known as risk takers, they are also global investors, they have invested in projects in Latin America and as far as Africa.This is our analysis of 5 markets today, we will include more later this week. Looking for investors for your cleantech opportunities? Visit [please contact me for website address] for our Global Green Investors Guide.
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