In Colorado, Green VC bucks the Economy. [Pharmaca, Solar, Ethanol]

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 29, 2009
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Want money? Word on the street is VC, Venture Capitol, has all but dried up. Well, not in Colorado—esp if your would-be company is ‘green.’ Excerpt:

Puls said the increase “was driven largely by significant deals closed by two companies,” Fort Collins-based AVA Solar Inc. and Broomfield-based Range Fuels Inc.

AVA Solar, which manufactures thin-film photovoltaic modules, took in two infusions of venture capital totaling $145 million in 2008.

Range Fuels, which develops cellulosic ethanol-production technology, received $158 million in two deals.

Puls said the clean-technology industry “is receiving a lot of attention due to local and national campaign initiatives as well as the country’s increased focus on finding cleaner, more efficient ways to use energy.”

About 44 percent of Colorado’s VC dollars in 2008 went to clean-tech companies, Puls said.

Companies making medical devices and equipment garnered the second-largest VC chunk, 15 percent.

Other large VC deals in 2008 besides AVA Solar and Range Fuels:

• SomaLogic Inc. of Boulder, which develops proteomics systems and applications, received $35 million.

• Ice Energy Inc. of Windsor, which develops energy storage, advanced cooling and refrigeration products, received $33.2 million.

• Lanx Inc. of Broomfield, which specializes in systems and implants for spinal surgery, received $25 million.

• Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc. of Boulder, which sells prescriptions and natural remedies, received $22.1 million in two deals.

• Sierra Neuropharmaceuticals Inc. of Aurora, which makes pharmaceuticals for direct-to-the-brain treatment of neurological diseases, received $20.6 million in two deals.

• Accera Inc. of Broomfield, which develops therapeutic treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, received $20.3 million.

Here’s the rest of the article.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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