The introduction of new technologies in the Cleantech sector, such as home automation, the internet of things or big data, has made it possible for investors and companies that were reluctant to invest in this sector to invest recently, such as Google that it has acquired Netsby $3.200M. Nets is a manufacturer of home devices such as thermostats and smoke alarms.
Cleantech TICS companies driven by venture capital
Within "cleantech tics" companies, there are sectors that have gained particular strength thanks to the support of venture capital, such as applications that aim to reduce car pollution and all companies dedicated to the internet of things, which enable energy savings.
Among the applications that aim to reduce pollution, we find companies that seek to reduce the use of vehicles in circulation, such as Lyft, ride-sharing platform. Lyft has received six rounds of funding since its inception in 2007, the most recent of which was in April 2014, in which it Third Point VenturesAlibaba, Andreessen Horowitz, Mayfield Fundn and the founding partners have raised $250M .
In the field of the Internet of Things, we find companies seeking greater energy efficiency such as Building roboticssoftware that optimises the temperature in the workplace. This American company, created in 2012, received last year 2013 a $1.10M round of funding from Google Ventures, Claremont Creek Ventures, Formation 8, Red Swan, Navitas Capital, Jeff Hammerbacher, Travis Putnam.
Cleantech TICS investments in Spain
In Spain there have also been several investments in the Cleantech sector.
Optimitive a startup from the Basque Country, which develops artificial intelligence solutions to optimise energy efficiency in large industrial centres, has received a €1.4 million ($1.9 million) round of funding from thanks to the Surge accelerator.
Dexmadedicated to Energy Management B2B, as a manufacturer of Energy Management Software for the Building, Tertiary and Industry markets, counts among its investors with Entrecanales Foundation and Fides Group.
"The growing interest in the sector is leading to the creation of funds and networks such as, Abra Invest. a network for the materialisation of business opportunities between investors and financiers and the promoters of innovative business projects in the field of clean technologies. With the aim of making it easier for cleantech projects with potential to access financial resources and investors in an effective and efficient way, multiplying their chances of success," says Diego, an expert in alternative financing of the group.
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