Funding Models for Clean Energy Startups

Even though clean energy has experienced a rapid rise in popularity in recent years, funding firms (e.g., venture capital, private equity) have struggled to identify and fund startups that are successful in this field. Through a case study analysis of successful and unsuccessful clean energy startups, this research will answer the question of why startup funding outlets have failed to recognize key factors that determine the success and profitability of clean energy startups. With climate change and environmental issues such a prevalent issue from both an economic and a social perspective, it is vital to understand why the clean energy funding model has failed in this industry even at a time when clean energy is becoming more competitive and more popular when compared to other forms of energy.

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