Bio-based companies rank in Global Cleantech 100

Good pick for Capricorn Venture Partners.

The 2014 Global Cleantech 100 companies were announced on October 6, 2014 at the Global Cleantech 100 Gala in Washington, D.C . The annual selection of 100 top cleantech companies is made from 6,000 companies from 60 countries by an expert panel arranged by the Cleantech Group. Collated by combining proprietary Cleantech Group research data, with over 11,000 nominations and specific input from an expert panel, these companies represent the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech—the companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges.

Capricorn Venture Partners scores a hat-trick in this prestigious list

Three Capricorn Venture Partners cleantech companies  were recognised in the distinguished Global Cleantech 100 list. The three companies were among a number of bio-based organisations, clearly demonstrating the power of innovation in the renewable chemical sector.

Capricorn Venture Partners is one of the major investors in Avantium (converting biomass into next-generation bioplastics, chemicals and fuels). The company was listed for the fifth consecutive year and was also named European Cleantech Company of the Year. FRX Polymers(producing environmentally-friendly flame-retardant plastics) and Green Biologics (who has developed environmentally-friendly microbial biotechnologies to produce bio-based butanol), were also named in the Cleantech 100 list.

Additionally, Avantium and FRX Polymers were two of the three companies on the ‘Lust List’, having received the most peer validations from the expert panel without any negative cases made against them.

 Dr Jos B. Peeters, Managing Partner at Capricorn Venture Partners, said, “Being able to spot talent is essential for success in the cleantech sector. It is particularly rewarding for us when our portfolio companies’ success stories are recognised.”

Capricorn Venture Partners is an independent European manager of venture capital and equity funds, investing in innovative European companies with technology as competitive advantage. It is based in Leuven, Belgium and licensed by the FSMA (the Financial Services and Markets Authority in Belgium).

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