Funding Early-stage Innovation for Building Energy Systems

December 24, 2014 | State of the Market Report

Venture capitalists across the globe are sitting on record piles of uninvested cash, totaling $114 billion at the close of 2014. Investors are increasingly chasing later-stage deals in an effort to de-risk their portfolios. The building energy system technology segment took in $944 million in 2014, rising against the broader cleantech decline. In aggregate terms, the rise equates to $2.64 billion from 2012-2014, rising to the highest level seen in more than 15 years. Despite the robust capital inflows into building energy system technologies, exits over this period have been confined to IPOs in the HEM space, and a frenzy of acquisitions in the lighting space. Stoked by crowdfunding and private equity cash, we expect to see further exits in hardware and BEMS software in the near term.

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Alex Herceg, P. Eng.


Aditya Ranade, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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