Founders seeking financing for their startups often turn to venture capital (VC) companies.
One of the joys of running the business I do is my regular interaction with a fabulously diverse range of both entrepreneurs building great cleantech businesses and the investors that entrust their money to them. The delicate balance between the two keeps the extraordinary progress of our industry moving forward at such a pace. In view of this I have written this free e-book, How to Access Venture Capital Finance.
In recent months, I’ve interviewed a variety of VC investors and here we have captured for you the best advice from five of them. Later, I also feature a full-length interview with Jelena Markovic of Baywa Ventures where we discuss the people side of investment and how founders and leaders can grow the perfect team.
You can hear each contributor's full biography and conversation on the Leaders in Cleantech podcast, but in this book I highlight key advice from four top specialist cleantech VCs, Dan Goldman of Clean Energy Ventures, Tomas Kemtys of Contrarian Ventures, Petr Mikovec of Inven Capital and Robert Trezona of the IP Group. We look at what a venture capital investor is looking for in an entrepreneur in order to make the decision to invest.
How can cleantech founders position themselves for investment? What are the criteria most VCs apply and what are the crucial pieces of advice every entrepreneur in this space needs to know?
I hope this guide will help entrepreneurs navigate the tricky waters of finding and securing investment. We have compiled the very best and most useful advice from the very top of the cleantech venture capital profession into this document so you can access it in one central place. It represents an indispensable guide to what VCs think and what they want from founders and entrepreneurs.
Here are some of the most important takeaways:
1. Leverage Your Network
3. Think from the Lens of an Investor
4. Remain Critical
5. Do Not Be Discouraged
6. Know Your Elevator Pitch
7. Understand Your Product and Traction
8. Have a Vision and a Clear Growth Plan for Your Business
9. Master the Financials and Limitations
10. Highlight Your Team
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David Hunt is a prominent figure and thought leader in the clean energy sector. Hailed as a leading green entrepreneur by the Financial Times, David also presents at industry events such as EcoSummit, Energy Storage Europe and Fully Charged Live. David is a frequent contributor to trade publications such as Energy Storage News, Solar Power Portal, PV Tech, Clean Energy News and Smart Cities World. His industry insights have been quoted in UK broadsheet newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and the Sunday Times. Being well versed in business and economics, he has also lent his voice to the likes of BBC Radio Four and ITV’s 6 O’clock news. A cleantech expert and industry insider, David specialises in the clean energy and eMobility sectors. His drive to accelerate these growing markets led him to set up Hyperion Executive Search Ltd, a talent acquisition company specialising in the clean energy space that incisively places talent where it’s needed. Hyperion has been helping businesses grow and succeed since 2014 and recently expanded its operations in Europe with a new office in Munich. David’s headhunting team now operates across EMEA and the US. Before this, David co-founded an award-winning multi-technology renewable energy installation business, sat as a policy board member with the UK Renewable Energy Association, and was a member of PRASEG (Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group). The ‘This week in cleantech’ podcast is a platform for David and invited experts to share and review the biggest, and most interesting news stories in the cleantech sector each week, providing expert opinion, analysis and insight. It is anticipated that the podcast will be a catalyst for the further growth and development of the cleantech revolution.