Early stage venture capital has been hard to come by for cleantech start-ups in recent years, with more investments going to more established companies. While some venture capital firms remain active in the cleantech space, a number of specialized firms have struggled to raise new funds, and other diversified funds have abandoned cleantech, perhaps choosing to focus on internet or software instead. Both dedicated and diversified funds have shifted to favor later-stage opportunities and capital-efficient models.
However, new funding sources have begun to emerge. Cleantech start-ups looking for seed money are now turning toward incubators, accelerators, family offices, government grants, corporate partnerships, and other non-traditional sources to grow their businesses. What other new models for early stage funding exist for cleantech start-ups? How will early stage backers adapt to a new landscape and the evolving definition of cleantech? Will these new early stage funding options disrupt the venture capital model – the original disruptive source of funding?
For this invitation-only breakfast session, we invite Bay Area emerging start-ups, incubators and accelerators, venture capitalists investing seed/Series A funding, government or university programs for start-ups, and any others working in cleantech and seed funding. You will have a chance to hear from – and meet with – representatives of leading cleantech accelerators and others working with, and funding, early stage start-ups.
Join us February 4th to learn more about this exciting topic – preference will be given to companies that have claimed and updated their i3 profile.
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Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 8:30 - 11:00 am
Location: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Moderator: Bob O'Connor
Founder & Managing Director
Founder & Managing Partner
The Westly Group