Catalyst Conversation: Venture Capital and Financing Green Energy during Economic DeclineJan 06

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Venture Capital and Financing Green Energy during Economic Decline

The recession has sunk many industries over the past 10 months. The financial and auto industries have taken the brunt of the economic decline but what effect/affect has the economy played in the investment and innovation of green tech?

GCG focuses on the mixed reports on the investment in green tech by Venture Capital firms and the role the Federal Stimulus Package plays in generating “Green Jobs” and growing a sustainable green industry side by side of with revitalizing the economy. Key discussion points included financing woes shrinking Ausra’s big solar plans, Cleantech squeezed by drop in financing, effects of the stimulus package

The roundtable identified the financial dilemmas for funding Green Start-ups during economic turbulence, opportunities in Green and Clean Energy initiatives where funding is currently available, and gained an understanding of the Green Energy Initiative

Key questions included:

  • What will drive innovation in the Green Energy initiatives? Will Federal funds provide sustainable financing to start-ups in this emerging market?
  • What Green Energy Projects have the most economic and environmental promise? How will these projects stay afloat?
  • How can we define success in New and Alternative Energy initiatives? Is there sustainable funding and skilled labor to support these drastic swings?
  • What opportunities can GCG members identify in being bridge builders between financing and green projects?

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