Category: Blog

Climate technology

The number of exits of climate technology companies dedicated to sustainability has quadrupled in 4 years.

There were 104 exits of climate technology companies in the transportation, energy and agriculture sectors last year, four times more than in 2017, when the number was just 24, according to data from Silicon Valley Bank. The EIP Climate Tech Index for Sustainable Companies also saw significant growth, rising roughly 200% from the start of 2017 to the end of April 2022, nearly 70 percentage points higher than the Nasdaq index. We believe this is helped by, among other things, the climate policies of states.

investment

Up to 60% of investment in climate-tech flows into mobility. Yet this sector produces only 16% of emissions. Industry is the biggest emitter with 31%.

Mobility is the most heavily funded sector in climate technology despite not being a major emitter of greenhouse gases. Between 2013 and the first half of 2021, the global value of VC investment in this category was $132 billion, or 61% of all VC investments in climate-tech. Energy accounted for 15% of investment, food and agriculture 12% and industry, manufacturing and resource management 9%. We believe that the distribution of investment in the Czech Republic is similar.

Ukrainian war startups

The war in Ukraine has permanently changed the startup environment, interest in investments has temporarily dropped by 37%.

The war is impacting Czech and global startups. Interest in investing has dropped by 37% since the conflict began. In February alone, the volume of investments dropped by almost a third. We believe that there will be recovery over time, but the market will change permanently. The biggest opportunities will be within sectors that have emerged to address current issues, with sectors that focus on sustainability and self-sufficiency becoming more attractive in particular.

energy independence

How can we switch from using Russian fossil fuels to being energy independent in Europe? We have to put the Green Deal back on the table, but revamp it.

While the people of Ukraine defend themselves against the Russian army, Europe is still withdrawing natural gas from rich reserves in Russia’s Siberia. With Putin holding this strategic material in his hands, it is much harder for the EU to effectively help Ukraine. What’s the solution? Europe needs to be energy independent through an updated Green Deal.

cop26

What COP26 brought to our planet? Slight progress and hope for more constructive action to come.

The COP26 Conference in Glasgow didn’t bring us the certainty of keeping the Earth’s rising temperature at 1.5 C degrees, but it did give us signs of hope in other important areas. There was a promise made by these governments to come back next year with Paris-aligned near-term targets of stronger 2030 emissions reduction. Let’s dig down further into COP26 outcomes, to better understand the current situation.

Agriphotovoltaics

Agriphotovoltaics, the synergy between solar panels and agriculture has the potential to solve 2 global problems.

When it comes to solar panels, one of the key requirements is their adaptability. Solar panels need to be installed in different shapes, in different places, made from different materials and installed at different angles too. In fact, adaptability is an aspect that is most in focus in the R&D of renewable resources. And we will introduce you one of the solutions called Agriphotovoltaics.