LEIF and its clients are regularly cited and quoted by leading newspapers and magazines. LEIF Chairman Tom Whitehouse, a former BBC and Guardian foreign correspondent, writes the monthly ‘Clean Deal’ column for Global Corporate Venturing, the world’s leading corporate venturing publication. (Some of his columns are also on the LEIF blog site). This gives LEIF the opportunity to communicate our clients’ stories to the widest possible audiences, which feeds back into their business development and investment campaigns. A sample of articles is provided below, most of which are behind pay walls so a short extract is included.
“We are seeing the emergence of a surprising constellation of different types of investors, such as oil and gas companies, and very wealthy families putting their money into water technologies,” says Tom Whitehouse, chairman of the London Environmental Investment Forum, an advisory business that connects investors with new clean technologies. “There are huge water scarcity problems across the world, which have to be solved and water is also becoming a strategic issue.”
Venture capital: Corporate investors will reap long-term rewards
Tom Whitehouse, chairman of the London Environmental Investment Forum, says: “Cleantech is almost always capital-intensive, so some argue that it isn’t a sector for venture capital. That might be true for financial venture capital, but it is not true of corporate venture capital, which has a long-term outlook and, more importantly, the ability to bring clean technology to market.”
“Advanced materials are of increasing importance in the clean deals being done by a widening group of corporate VCs. Once the domain of oil and chemicals, other industries have increased their venture activities in advanced materials over the last few years.”
SAEV will only invest in companies where we see a strong possibility that the technology will be adopted in Saudi Arabia. SAEV has an in-house business development team whose job is to connect our portfolio companies to the right technical specialists in business groups in Saudi Aramco, whether for piloting, commercial deployment, or for joint development projects.
“Although Airbus Group is a customer of Speetect’s products and services its captive market in Airbus would not be sufficient to turn it into a prosperous business,” says Gies. “By spinning-off this business the team is able to implement a dedicated business model to address a wide range of market segments such as water providers, cooling towers, semi-conductors, pulp and paper, cooling lubricants, cosmetics, food and beverages, hospitals and others,” he adds.
“A growing trend towards investment in water technology start-ups by global oil and gas companies has been revealed in a new report from the London Environmental Investment Forum (LEIF) in association with Global Corporate Venturing.”