Clean tech is jumping in on the seed venture capital deal phenomena as evidenced by the latest venture deals data in our Q3 Venture Capital Quarterly Report. Although seed venture deals are still dominated by the internet sector, the past quarter marked a five quarter high for green tech seed venture deals.
In a prior research brief, we talked about the news in green tech not being bad even though venture capital funding levels were down significantly in Q3 2010. The reason for the optimism being that clean tech deal activity was healthy in the quarter with solid strength in green software (for example, smart grid software). And it is these types of green tech deals that are seeing seed venture capital investment. As can be seen below, the median deal size for seed venture deals in green tech was $300,000 which is less than the seed deal sizes in the internet sector which stood at $800,000 in the quarter. Of course, more capital intensive areas of clean tech a la renewables, energy storage, etc aren’t seeing seed types of deals so these deals will likely be relegated to a certain type of clean tech investment.