Five Perspectives on an Emerging Market: Challenges with Clean Tech Private Equity

Posted: 21 May 2019

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Eric R. W. Knight

University of Sydney Business School

Date Written: November 5, 2010

Abstract

Private equity investment in technologies which deliver low carbon energy has grown as an area of both economic and social performance. This article offers a perspective on some of the challenges in the industry. It relies on case studies drawn from thirty five interviews with leading clean tech investment managers across Silicon Valley, New York and London. The findings suggest that despite the long-term growth opportunities, some investors have struggled to find attractive risk-reward premiums in early stage investments.

Keywords: clean tech, private equity, venture capital, long term investment, institutional investment, economic geography

Suggested Citation

Knight, Eric R. W., Five Perspectives on an Emerging Market: Challenges with Clean Tech Private Equity (November 5, 2010). https://doi.org/10.3905/jai.2012.14.3.076. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1905404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1905404

Eric R. W. Knight (Contact Author)

University of Sydney Business School ( email )

Cnr. of Codrington and Rose Streets
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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