Investment in cleantech as a whole is increasing – 102 deals were completed in 2006, resulting in over £270m of investment across Europe, with 40% of all European venture-backed cleantech companies located in the UK. However, the findings also reveal that over 45% of all cleantech deals received public sector support in the UK, compared to a European average of just 14.7%. In addition, in the £200,000-400,000 range, the public sector participated in 50% of all disclosed deals. The existence of public sector-backed investment bodies, such as the UK Carbon Trust, and many UK DTI R&D grants, has meant early stage cleantech companies have received the funding they require to get to the next stage.
Nutrisens management team, led by CEO Georges Devesa, retains a significant stake in the company
Intention to list comes four years after the GP acquired the company via its fourth fund
Online optician has previously received VC funding from investors including Grazia Equity and Goldman Sachs
Platform will enable smaller investors to put their secondaries stakes up for sale