Is a COVID-fuelled cleantech boom possible?


In 2020, we all stayed home. And nature was healing, right?

Turns out 2020 tied for the hottest year on record. And, honestly, climate change is right up there on the existential dread charts, second only to perhaps a readily available vaccine.

Sounds like now is a really good time to talk about cleantech.

“Macro risks are hot right now.”

Over the course of Black Swan, we’ve tracked how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted different tech sectors. Where did interest wane, or explode? Is the growth in a given sector fuelled by different math or a different mindset?

Still, I was surprised to hear from Graeme Millen, Director, Technology Banking at Silicon Valley Bank, that cleantech is undergoing a shift due to COVID. Perhaps not on the scale of healthtech, but as you’ll hear on this podcast, cleantech has as many if not more contingencies required for success. And Millen believes those conditions are currently in play to provide the opportunity for real change.

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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.

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