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North American Venture Capital Flows into Clean Technology Companies
The discussion around investing in low-carbon technologies
often centers on investment in technology development. This is
clearly a result of recent interest in low-carbon technologies from
the venture capital (VC) community. According to the Cleantech
Venture Network, a group that tracks capital flows to clean technology companies, clean technology investments totaled roughly $2.9 billion for 2006, representing an 80% increase over 2005 and a 140% increase over 2004. The group also reports that in the fourth quarter of 2006 investment in the space
ranked fourth in size as an industry segment, behind software,
biotech and medical devices and equipment. VC interest has
been driven in part by more ready exit strategies in the form
of IPOs. London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) has
witnessed over 26 clean energy IPOs or secondary offerings
since late 2004.
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