The state of Montana has a diverse, innovative and entrepreneurial community and workforce, and an increasingly desirable quality of life, that have contributed to Montana producing companies and leaders in environmental remediation, wind and solar technology, and innovations in the clean technology sector.
The Montana CleanTech Alliance’s (“MCA”) mission is to be a resource for clean technology industry in Montana by increasing cleantech jobs, company growth, access to capital, investments and improving Montana companies’ ability to compete in the global marketplace.
What is “CleanTech”?
Cleantech is new technology and related business models that offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges.
Montana’s established and growing cleantech industry segments currently include:
- Air and Environment (Environmental Remediation)
- Water and Wastewater (Water Resource Technologies)
- Recycling and Waste
- Materials (Pharmaceuticals, Progressive Chemistry)
- Transportation (Fuels)
- Energy Generation (Renewable Energy)
Rivertop RenewableFounded with technology innovated at the University of Montana, and with encouragement of business, academic and environmental leaders, Rivertop Renewables® was founded in Missoula in 2008.
16 May 2013
On May 10, 2013, Cleantech Group, Silicon Valley Bank, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati hosted a Power Breakfast focused on Advanced Materials, featuring participants from BASF Venture Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Dow Chemical, Applied Materials, and a number of promising startups in the space.
From graphene’s astounding material properties to cleaner polymer feedstocks, advanced materials innovations are quietly transforming cleantech behind the scenes. In our 1Q13 Quarterly Investment Monitor, we asked if Advanced Materials could be the dark horse of the cleantech sector. After a dynamic discussion during our quarterly Power Breakfast, the answer looks to be a resounding yes.
The conversation opened with investors’ interest areas in this space. While the VCs favored disruptive technologies that could upend entire industries, corporates leaned toward incremental innovations to augment their core materials capabilities. All parties agreed on the difficulty of adapting entire supply chains to new materials, as well as the application discovery process to determine target markets in the first place.
Last week’s discussion also turned to the importance and difficulties of forging successful partnerships. Besides capital, corporate partnerships can provide startups with support from business units, access to customers, pilot …