The State of Cleantech Venture Capital Investment

Venture Investments in cleantech have dropped 44 percent since their high in the second quarter of 2008. Even though investors are being more cautious, there are still plenty of opportunities out there for early stage companies looking to get funded. In this podcast, we’ll hear from some prominent venture capitalists about the state of the industry.

Bruce Pasternack, a venture partner with CMEA Capital and Peter Korn, a venture attorney with Sonnenschein, Nath and Rosenthal ask: “Are these are the worst of times for venture capital?”

Ira Ehrenpreis, a general partner with Technology Partners, talks about why these are actually the best of times for venture capital as it relates to cleantech.

Stephan Dolezalek, managing director at Vantage Point Venture Partners, describes some of the challenges in bringing companies public.

And Ethan Zindler, head of North American research for New Energy Finance, explains why the political environment is creating the perfect conditions for the growth of early-stage cleantech companies.

This panel was recorded at the Renewable Energy Finance Forum in New York City.

Inside Renewable Energy is a weekly audio news program featuring stories and interviews on all the latest developments in the renewable energy industries.

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