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Six takeaways from a climate-tech boom

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: The resurgence of climate-tech startups is marked by significant venture capital investments in a range of fields, from green steel to nuclear fusion 
The optimism is tempered by previous lessons emphasizing the importance of market demand, the pitfalls of hubris, the challenge of scaling physical products, learning from Solyndra's failure, the influence of politics, and the necessity of economic viability for startup survival

🔭 The context: This climate-tech boom is reminiscent of the cleantech 1.0 era (2006-2013), which ultimately saw many failures 
Despite the past setbacks, current investors and entrepreneurs are hopeful, backed by more funding and greater demand for cleaner products 
Yet, the lessons from cleantech 1.0’s collapse offer a cautionary tale for today's climate-tech ventures

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The advancement in climate-tech is crucial for global efforts to mitigate climate change 
Successful deployment of these technologies could lead to significant reductions in carbon emissions and help in transitioning to sustainable industrial processes

⏭️ What's next: The trajectory of climate-tech startups will be shaped by their ability to adapt to market needs, political shifts, and economic challenges 
Effective strategies and a keen understanding of past cleantech hurdles will be key to their longevity and impact in the fight against climate change

💬 One quote: “Rule number one: do not have people invest in a category who do not know about the category” (Matthew Nordan, Azolla Ventures)

📈 One stat: Billions of dollars are being invested in climate-tech startups across various sectors, indicating a significant shift towards sustainable technology development

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