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Developing a Cleantech 2.0 Investment Strategy

A recent white paper published in accord with The Climate Solutions Collaborative (C2C) paints the current clean energy technology investment landscape and provides a primer for wealth owners, foundations, endowment managers, and family offices on developing a cleantech 2.0 investment strategy

The paper, Developing Your Cleantech 2.0 Investment Strategy, is co-authored by Rob Day, Co-Founder of the Cleantech, Renewable Energy and Environmental Opportunities Syndicate (CREO) and General Partner at Spring Lane Capital. CREO is a not-for-profit organization mobilizing private capital into low carbon and resource efficient solutions by working with a network of qualified family offices, private investors, and advisors. CREO’s partnership with Confluence Philanthropy, C2C, is a working group composed of leading philanthropies, investment managers, and family offices working to accelerate the flow of capital to address climate change. Working group members make and support one another in clean energy investments with an overall goal of bringing market-based climate solutions to scale and making the field of climate investing more connective, active, and effective.

In the paper, Day and co-author Matt Brown sketch the current landscape of cleantech investment, highlighting an initial lack of diverse capital infusion despite the sector’s market growth over the past decade. They describe how a few forward-thinking investors persisted in exploring new investment models in cleantech, and the authors go on to share the advice they learned from a series of interviews they conducted with several such investors. Touching on key elements of the space, from business model innovation to non-traditional investment vehicles, Day and Brown provide a crucial overview of the lessons that any new investor in cleantech should incorporate into their investment strategy. You can read the full text of the paper here.

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Thomas R. Burton, III

Member / Chair, Energy & Sustainability Practice

Tom Burton has helped to shape the clean energy industry by drawing on his passion for innovation. As a Mintz attorney, Tom counsels investors, entrepreneurs, and Fortune 100 companies. He also guides start-up organizations and accelerators to foster the next generation of energy leaders.