Many cleantech entrepreneurs are in the tough place we commonly call the Valley of Death. Stable, but underfunded, which they need for growth. If this describes your company, find out what you should do.
This post looks at some of the financing and perception challenges that the renewable energy sectors need to meet in order to compete with the much better organized and currently profitable fossil energy sectors. The author would like to see a greater focus in the renewable sector on the specific needs of the companies in the industry and makes the argument that companies in the renewable sector need to do a better job in how they present their case if they want to compete with the red hot oil & gas sectors with investors.
China’s domination of the rare earth metals market potentially leaves almost every component of renewable energy vulnerable. There is speculation about the country’s reliability that it could decide to decrease or halt exports, and use the advantage to dominate the global market and choke off competitors.
cleantech fundingThe global recession has caused setbacks for companies from a variety of industries, including the clean technology industry, which suffered many funding pitfalls as a result. In spite of this, they should not stop looking for funding. Find out how to avoid these setbacks.