Family Offices, Pensions Pledge Billions to Early-Stage Cleantech Companies

Start-up cleantech companies are getting more support from investors and philanthropists to help them cross the death valley curve, with three separate organizations promising hundreds of millions of dollars to help for-profit companies, and their new technologies, get off the ground.

The three groups were announced at the White House Clean Energy Investment Summit last week, which featured comments from Vice President Joe Biden renewing the Obama administration’s support for clean tech innovations. Among the news at the event was a new consortium of institutional investors that have pledged to invest more than $1 billion in companies that will produce “impactful and profitable solutions to climate change.” Investors in the new group include the University of California and the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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