In our 2011 Global Cleantech 100 report, we reported on the corporations with the most engagements (partnerships or investments) with Global Cleantech 100 companies on the 2011 list. It’s clear that there is a mutually beneficial relationship between corporation and startups: Corporations need start-ups to source innovation; start-ups need corporations to scale innovation. Quarter by quarter, year by year and from one event to the next, we see these relationships unfold through direct investments, research and development partnerships, and even mergers & acquisitions. The question now is which corporations are leading the way? Have more Global 100 companies benefited from corporate investments and partnerships?
In 2011, the top five most active corporations engaged with 50 of the Global Cleantech 100 companies. GE led the way with 22 investments. Siemens, Google, IBM and PG&E rounded out the top five.
The top 20 corporations from our 2011 Global Cleantech 100 Report
2011 marked a record year for Cleantech mergers & acquisitions with $41.6 billion involved across 395 transactions, an increase of 155% from 2010. However, we’ve seen the M&A trend slow down a little in 2012 (especially with venture-backed European Cleantech companies). In the 2Q 2012 Cleantech Investment Monitor Briefing, we reported M&A transactions involving clean technology totaled 51 transactions in 2Q12, of which totals were disclosed for 12 transactions totaling $13.5 billion.
2Q 2012 Notable Corporate Investments in Global Cleantech 100 Companies:
- BASF invested in Nano H2O
- Siemens Venture Capital invested in Coulomb Technologies
- Monsanto invested in Sapphire Energy (2010 list)
In addition to investments, we continue to see a number of new relationships being formed. And, a number of new corporations are entering into these agreements with 2011 Global Cleantech companies.
New Corporate Relationships with 2011 Global Cleantech Companies Announced Post October 2011:
- Boeing – 5 relationships tracked to date
- SAP – 4 relationships tracked to date
- British Gas -4 relationships tracked to date
- ABB – 4 relationships tracked to date
- Royal Dutch Shell -4 relationships tracked to date
While we cannot reveal the final numbers until our Global Cleantech 100 Summit and Gala in Washington, DC this October 1-2, it’s clear that corporations are still actively investing and partnering with these leading cleantech companies. Who will be among the top 20 corporations in 2012? Which corporation will take home the “Corporation of the Year” award? I hope you will join us in DC to find out!
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