Sustainability innovation makes the production or consumption of energy, water and other critical resources more efficient, profitable, and sustainable. Terawatt avoided the pitfalls of “cleantech” investing by financing companies that are commercially focused, independent of government incentives, and insulated from commodity price fluctuations—deals that are compelling
by investment standards of risk and return and not only by sustainability criteria.
The “cleantech” boom-bust cycle has played out. The result is fewer investors, favorable macroeconomic trends still in place, more commercially focused technology innovation and experienced entrepreneurs embracing the opportunity. With its unique approach to sustainability investing, Terawatt has earned the reputation as a leading early-stage sustainability investor.
Sectors: Energy & Water Tech, Ag Tech, Food Tech, Waste-to-Value
Software is technology innovation in cyberspace; Hardware is technology innovation in the physical world. The former has revolutionized the latter: capital and time required for hardware innovation has declined dramatically. The proliferation of low-cost and open sourced platforms has started a revolution in hardware innovation. With our investment in MC10, Terawatt
was one of the earliest East Coast firms to recognize this trend. Boston/Cambridge is a hub of hardware innovation, and Terawatt has built strong relationships with local incubators, robotics industry veterans and university spin-outs.
Sectors: Wearable Electronics, Quantified Self, Robotics, 3D Printing
The growing threat of cyber-attacks, and the vast array of ever more sophisticated attacks and attack points, is being met by a surge of cyber-security entrepreneurship. A successful investment in the space by the Terawatt GPs combined with GP operational experience and network provides us access to the best companies and the best teams. Cyber-security technology is not optional for businesses, governments or individuals. With our experience and network, Terawatt is well-positioned to capitalize on this rapidly growing industry.
Sectors: Enterprise Security, Critical Infrastructure, Personal Data
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