In a report titled Moving Electrons, investment firm Village Capital highlighted the transportation sector as the next big focal point for cleantech investors seeking opportunities to support firms and sectors that are likely to significantly reduce carbon emissions. The report, which was co-sponsored by the Autodesk Foundation, is a collaborative piece based on feedback from an advisory board Village Capital assembled, including Generate Capital President Jigar Shah, Hewlett Foundation Environment Program Officer Marilyn Waite, CleanChoice Energy co-founder Richard Graves and BP Venture Advisor Miriam Eaves. The authors chose to focus on the transportation industry because of its status as the single largest source of carbon dioxide emissions. Continue Reading Village Capital Report Highlights Transportation as New Focus For Cleantech Investors

Last Wednesday UPS agreed to purchase up to 46 million gallons of renewable diesel over the course of the next three years from the energy companies Neste, Renewable Energy Group, and Solazyme.  The agreement is the centerpiece of a plan to displace 12 percent of the petroleum-based fuels in UPS’s ground fleet by 2017 – a significant next step in what is fast becoming a trend of corporate investment in biofuels and other renewable forms of energy.  Read on for more on the UPS deal and the growing trend it embodies.

Continue Reading UPS Deal Continues Trend of Corporate Biofuel Commitments

Last week, Cleantech Open Northeast announced the exciting launch of their 2015 start-up accelerator program. Cleantech Open, the oldest and largest cleantech start-up accelerator program in the US, is once again calling for the best and brightest new ideas in generation, efficiency, distribution and storage, chemicals and advanced materials, transportation, water, waste, and other critical fields. Mintz Levin is thrilled to continue to support and sponsor this incredible opportunity for young cleantech companies.

Applications are due by May 1st.

The program gives all participants access to world-class, tailored mentoring from experienced cleantech business experts and a national network of influencers, entrepreneurs, and investors. The start-up accelerator program offers cleantech entrepreneurs the chance to compete for 4-6 winning packages of $20,000, as well as a top national prize of $200,000.

There is a fee to apply to the program – but if you apply by March 1st, there is a discounted rate. Click here to register and get started on your application, and make sure to check out the FAQs if you run into any questions. We wish everyone the best of luck in the competition!