Web Portal Connects Green Companies with Global Financing
The Cleantech-Capital.net Web portal is set to launch in July to connect green companies with global cleantech investors. The portal is designed to generate investor leads and inquiries for cleantech companies raising capital across all areas of the investor spectrum, from angel and venture capitalist funding to major project finance and infrastructure funding. Cleantech-Capital.net touts a pre-established investor network with more than 2,000 cleantech investors.
Cleantech opportunities are published at the Web site and are collated into a monthly venture report, which is emailed to a global network of registered cleantech investors. The company says it’s free to join the investor network and there is no charge to add an opportunity to the report. Submissions will be checked and edited before they are released to the public under a “no name” reference number basis.
Adrian Asfar, founder of Cleantech-Capital.net, says the aim of the Web portal is to deliver an efficient introductory mechanism and to put investors in direct contact with real cleantech opportunities.
Private-sector investments in green or sustainable technologies declined 48 percent in the first quarter of 2009, according to a recent report from the Cleantech Group and Deloitte. The total amount invested globally — $1 billion across 82 companies in the U.S., China, India and Europe — represents a 41 percent decline compared to the fourth quarter of 2008.
Despite a global downturn in cleantech IPOs, the TMX Group, which owns and operates the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV), added 30 new listings to its cleantech portfolio in 2007-2008 and three in 2009, reports the CleanTech Brief. More than 11 companies are now at the application stage for the Canadian exchanges.
The TSX Group exchanges consist of more than 114 cleantech businesses that have raised $2 billion in equity in 2007-2008, and traded shares worth $15 billion in 2008, reports CleanTech Brief. The cleantech listings come from a variety of sectors, including renewable power generation, technology and manufacturing, waste and water treatment, transportation, energy efficiency and agriculture.
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