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“Cleantech”: What’s In a Word?

September 5th, 2012

At SJF Ventures this summer, we have been debating the words we use for our investment strategy.   After more than a dozen years, three funds and 35 portfolio companies, our strategy is more refined than ever.   However, we are encountering confusion or negativity around the word “cleantech”, particularly among U.S. institutional limited partners. We chose... [Read More]

SJF Hosts Next CleanLinks New York on June 13

June 6th, 2012

Register Now to Attend the next CleanLinks New York Forum and Reception. Opportunities in Clean Web and Green IT Wednesday, June 13, 2012 from 5:30pm-8:00pm SNR Denton Offices 1221 Avenue of the Americas (49th Street) New York City For more information and to register, see here

CleanLinks Forum and Reception, Cleantech CEO Panel, April 19, Raleigh

March 30th, 2012

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5:00-7:30pm, McKimmon Center, Raleigh Register Here. Hear the journey of three North Carolina cleantech start-ups and learn about their experiences in building credibility with customers, managing periods of high growth and raising venture capital. Featured Speakers Anthony Atti, President & CEO, Phononic Devices, Inc. Sidney Hinton, President & CEO, PowerSecure,... [Read More]

CleanLinks RTP Forum and Reception, Feb. 9, Durham

January 24th, 2012

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012, 5:30-8pm, American Underground, Durham Register Here. Interested in learning more about one of the top global CleanTech investment firms?  Attend this upcoming presentation and networking reception to connect with ABB Technology Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of the ABB Group, one of the world’s largest engineering companies. Speakers: Grant... [Read More]

The Quest by Daniel Yergin – a global energy fable, but what is the moral?

November 25th, 2011

I recently finished The Quest – Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World, by Daniel Yergin.   I would recommend it for anyone wanting a comprehensive overview of energy and willing to commit to a long, but well written 720 pages.  The book is quite comprehensive, dealing with oil, natural gas, coal, electricity, renewables,... [Read More]

CleanScapes Investment Provides Win-Win-Win with Recology Merger

November 8th, 2011

November 8, 2011 On November 1, SJF Ventures’ portfolio company CleanScapes, a Seattle-based recycling and waste collection firm, closed a merger transaction with another leading West Coast firm, Recology, the largest U.S. employee-owned company in the waste and recycling industry. The deal was a strong win-win-win for customers, employees, shareholders and the environment.  The two... [Read More]

After Solyndra: Cleantech Investing Still Makes Sense

September 23rd, 2011

Given the recent bankruptcies of U.S. solar manufacturers Solyndra, Spectrawatt and Evergreen Solar, some are asking if cleantech investing is viable.  At SJF, our cleantech portfolio companies are achieving good results, particularly utilizing capital efficient, innovative business models that can thrive in the U.S. market.  These firms are applying new business models to a variety of well established... [Read More]

Apply by September 12 to be Part of the Cleantech Network!

September 9th, 2011

Do you want to accelerate your business’ success? Do you currently or plan to have operations in Appalachia? Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in this year’s SJF Cleantech Mentorship Program!  Applications for the first round of participants in the mentorship program are due by the end of the day on September 12. This expanded... [Read More]

Call for Cleantech Entrepreneurs in Appalachia, Deadline September 12th!

August 16th, 2011

SJF Institute, in partnership with Appalachia Regional Commission,  is proud to announce an exciting opportunity for Appalachian-based cleantech entrepreneurs to participate in the SJF Cleantech Mentorship Program.  All early stage entrepreneurs located within the Appalachia region helping to grow businesses serving the fields of energy & efficiency, recycling & waste, sustainable agriculture, water management, green... [Read More]

“First-Ever” Guide to NC’s Clean Energy Economy Released

July 18th, 2011

Highly-Valuable Information Compiled Together in “2011 NC Clean Energy Data Book” RALEIGH – What is North Carolina’s clean energy economy – and what does it encompass?  What are our state’s clean energy resources, installed projects, business and job creation opportunities, and what regions of our state are leading the way?  The NC Sustainable Energy Association... [Read More]