While headlines in the United States paint a gloomy picture of the state of the cleantech industry, a closer look reveals a very different picture. The challenges facing the cleantech industry are undeniable, but the fundamental opportunities and the rapid pace of technological innovation translate into a set of prospects that, in many ways, are even more promising than the over-hyped cleantech rush of the past few years. Major corporations, prominent investors, and innovative startups continue to bring new technologies to market and fuel radical shifts in business models.
In this webinar, Ira Ehrenpreis, a well-recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the cleantech sector who was responsible for Technology Partners’ investments in Tesla Motors, as well as several of the leading private companies in the wind, battery/storage, and solar sectors, presents an overview of the sector’s evolution to date, the forces at work today, and where future opportunities lie for cleantech entrepreneurs, technology developers, and investors. Ehrenpreis’ presentation is followed by a freewheeling dialogue with Pike Research managing director Clint Wheelock, in which they will explore today’s cleantech investment landscape and the drivers necessary to create the next generation of cleantech successes.
- The cleantech investment landscape
- Macroeconomic factors affecting the cleantech industry
- Trends in cleantech investing
- The role of innovation in the cleantech sector
- How cleantech fits with IT and life sciences within the VC sector
What does this webinar answer?
- What are the macroeconomic factors affecting the cleantech industry at the moment?
- How are the underlying strengths and weaknesses of the cleantech industry different from the well-publicized bankruptcies and shortfalls?
- Where do VCs and other investors see the opportunities in cleantech?
- What shifts in strategy are necessary for cleantech startups to thrive?
- What are the emerging trends in cleantech investment?
- How do the challenges and opportunities facing the cleantech industry today differ from those of 3-5 years ago?
Who needs to attend?
- Cleantech entrepreneurs
- Technology developers
- Corporate strategy and marketing executives
- Government agencies
- Industry associations