Cleantech Investment in Minnesota Tops $96 Million in 2013

i3 market intelligence platform shows state’s 2013 deal volume at 16

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Cleantech Group™, provider of the i3 market intelligence platform and global consulting services, today announced preliminary 2013 results from its i3 data product. The firm reported that in Minnesota, clean technology venture investment during 2013 totaled $96,554,412.

According to data in i3, Minnesota’s top deals and their investors were:

  • BioAmber, a Biofuels & Biochemicals company, raised $25,000,000 from Hercules Technology Growth Capital in a Structured Debt round
  • Recovery Technology Solutions, a Recycling & Waste company, raised $16,500,000 from US Renewables Group in a Series A round
  • Cymbet Corporation, an Energy Storage company, raised $13,393,110 from Perseus, Cedar Point Capital, Dow Venture Capital, and Intel Capital in a growth equity round
  • SmartThings, an Energy Efficiency company, raised $12,500,000 from Greylock Partners, Highland Capital Partners, and First Round Capital in a Series A round
  • Biogenic Reagents, an Advanced Materials company, raised $9,500,000 from MVC Capital in a growth equity round

“Our i3 market intelligence platform tracked strong performance by cleantech public stocks: five of the top 20 best performing stocks of the Russell 3,000 in 2013 were cleantech companies,” said Sheeraz Haji, CEO of Cleantech Group. “Despite challenging IPO and M&A markets, we observed a number of positive 2013 exits including Climate Corporation, Waze, Silver Spring Networks, ecoATM, and Evogene. Our i3 data indicate that investors continue to shift away from capital intensive deals and move towards distributed generation, resource sharing, agriculture, and the digital oilfield theme.”

i3 tracks the latest deals, trends, and insight into innovation, with data for over 22,000 companies across 18 sectors. The product also allows users to identify innovation clusters around the world, drill down into taxonomy for 18 sectors, and pursue company discovery.

While the bulk of the data is only accessible by subscribers, a subset of data in i3, is available at no charge.

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Release Summary

Data in Cleantech Group's i3 market intelligence platform reveals clean technology venture investment in Minnesota during 2013 topped $96 million. Notable deals included BioAmber and SmartThings.


Cleantech Group
Millen Paschich, +1 415-233-9712