Public Venture Capital Study


SEF Alliance
United Nations
New Energy Finance
Oak Foundation
1 January 2008

This report examines venture capital as a clean energy financing tool with a specific analysis of the role of public sector-sponsored venture capital. The report uses a selection of existing public venture capital clean energy funds in order to answer three questions: Is there a role for public venture capital in clean energy investment and are more such funds needed? If there is a role, where are public venture funds best positioned to help achieve clean energy innovation? What are core commonalities and differences between the appraoches, structures, and metrics of success for existing venture capital funds?