501vc™ Investment Program
Clean Energy Trust makes seed investments on a rolling basis through its revolving 501vc® Seed Fund, which is capitalized by corporate and philanthropic contributions. Clean Energy Trust works to demonstrate that investing in and supporting early-stage cleantech innovation can yield financial returns and positive impact. We make direct investments in early-stage cleantech companies in order to help founders de-risk new technology, find early target markets, and support company development. We invest in companies across the Midwest and Mid-Continent United States. To date, we have invested in 27 companies in sectors like energy storage, clean water, efficient and smart building technologies, and advanced transportation. After we invest, we take a hands-on approach to helping companies reach the next level. We join the company’s board as an observer and work actively to help connect the team to pilots, demonstrations, grant opportunities, customers, and investors.