The Cleantech Group hosted its annual gala in Washington D.C. yesterday to reward the top-100 private companies. The ceremony marks one of the most difficult years for the cleantech sector. I talked to Richard Yougman, Managing Director for Europe and Asia at the Cleantech Group, and reviewed the big trends this year.
The Cleantech Group has one of the most advanced tools, the I3 platform, to track M&A and VC investment deals in cleantech. It regroups diverse sectors such as renewable energy, transportation, water, etc. "Energy efficiency is getting stronger and stronger in the portfolio" stated Richard Youngman, "Paybacks are relatively fast". Here are my top-5 picks for cleantech companies that have not been acquired or gone IPO. Energy efficiency is well represented with three of the top spots.