Green private equity is a vital funding mechanism that helps entrepreneurs and companies secure sustainable venture capital. Capital for private equity is raised from retail and institutional investors, and can be used to fund new technologies, expand working capital within an owned company, make acquisitions, or to strengthen a balance sheet. The majority of private equity consists of institutional investors and accredited investors who can commit large sums of money for long periods of time. Private equity investments often demand long holding periods to allow for a turnaround of a distressed company or a liquidity event such as an IPO or sale to a public Here are 12 leading green private equity firms (in alphabetical order):
A leading investment banking group specialising in the commercial opportunities created by the low carbon economy. It advises and invests in companies who recognise that combating global warming is both a necessity and an economic imperative.
A private equity firm which, through its relationship with New York Private Bank & Trust, provides long-term capital and management support to leading middle-market companies in the environmental industry.
Generation Investment Management LLP is dedicated to long-term investing, integrated sustainability
Their mission is to be the premier global private equity firm dedicated to making profitable investments that significantly improve the environment and the quality of life. In multiple markets and under varying market conditions.
GPF offers innovative real estate investment and consulting products designed to deliver superior financial and environmental returns.
A family of sustainable venture capital-type funds. The funds were conceived in response to the expanding acceptance to investing with a triple-bottom line approach: The creation of positive financial, social, and environmental value.
Investing in small-cap growth companies both private and public that are innovators in clean technology. The goals are strong financial returns, preservation of capital, and making a difference by growing clean companies.
Light Green Advisors (LGA) is a Seattle-based asset management firm that specializes in environmental sustainability investing.
Engages in socially responsible investing as part of a comprehensive investment strategy. They are responsible for the creation of one of the first socially responsible Common Trust Funds in the country.
Designs and manages customized social venture funds investing in companies with strong environmental, community, and workplace practices. Each Fund also has a community investment or philanthropic component.
CMGI’s affiliated venture capital group, provides venture capital to early stage cleantech companies. It also supports mid-stage technology companies. Formed in 1995, @Ventures has funded more than 75 software, Internet, and energy technology companies.
Established to invest in companies in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors in the US and Europe.
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