Slideshow: U.S. Leads World in Cleantech Investing

Cleantech pundits like to point out that the rest of the world is cleaning America’s clock in green technology.

But this isn’t entirely true if you look at venture investing. Especially if you look at the recently completed first quarter, when U.S. venture capitalists accounted for 79% of the global capital dispersed to cleantech startups.

It was the highest percentage since 2002, according to the Cleantech Group.

In our previous cleantech slideshows, we’ve covered the quarter’s solid rebound. First-quarter cleantech investment dollars were up 13% from a year ago and 52% from the fourth quarter to $2.57 billion, according to the Cleantech Group.

While deal volume lagged, it was still up 18% from a year ago. The quarter’s 159 deals proved to be the lowest total since mid-2009 and fell 19% from the fourth quarter’s 189.

Slideshow: Solar Still Drives Cleantech Investing

Solar continued to be the driving force behind cleantech investing in the first quarter as venture capitalists shifted dollars to more mature, later stage companies.

The quarter saw investors worldwide pour $2.57 billion into 159 companies, a 13% increase in dollars from last year, according to the Cleantech Group. The majority of the money – 93% – went to follow-on rounds.

Surprisingly, this more cautious environment was fertile ground for solar deals. Solar startups attracted $641 million, or 24% of total dollars, as several big deals led the way. The next closest industry sector was transportation, with less than half the committed dollars.

Slideshow: Life Sciences Deal Flow Falls, But Invested Dollars Creep Higher

Venture investors are stoked to the max on social networking and consumer Internet companies peddling daily deals or moneymaking online services. But as hot as frothy Web deals have become, life sciences transactions remain cold. GPs know it is hard to make money on complicated early-stage drug discovery, and public market IPO investors are less […]

VC Confidence Index Hits Highest Point In Three Years

Silicon Valley venture capitalists are feeling more upbeat about business conditions than they have at any time in the past three years, according to a survey of VC sentiment. An uptick in fund-raising and a more welcoming IPO market lifted spirits in the first quarter, boosting the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index to 3.91. […]

VCs Put More Money to Work in Fewer Deals in Q1: Report

Investment dollars inched higher in the first quarter as venture capitalists favored later stage deals and returned with interest to cleantech and life science, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.

U.S. venture firms put $5.9 billion to work in the first three months of 2011, a 13% rise from Q1 2010 and a 5% increase from the fourth quarter, according to the report.

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