Investment in Clean Technologies Powered by Data & Artificial Intelligence

Industry

RealAssets

Technology

Infrastructure

Company Type

CleanEnergy

CleanTech

ElectricVehicles

EnergyTech

PowerRenewables

Waste Management

Water

Location

US

Size

+/- $105 million

Investment Type

Equity

Debt

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Helping Great Companies Grow

Overview

S CAP CT is seeking $105 million to invest in and/or acquire up to 15 CleanTech companies – unique approach powered by data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning

  • $5-10 million investment per company (controlling or non-controlling)
    • targeted exit multiple: 6-12x EBITDA
    • targeted regions: U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Israel
  • CleanTech sectors
    • electric mobility, energy storage and fuel cells, energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart water
    • reduces greenhouse gas emissions and pollution from energy and mobility
    • high-growth business models with reduced technology risk
    • emphasis on data analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning
  • Management team has over 60 years of experience in CleanTech, investment and management
    • deep sector knowledge, industry relationships and a global network to support cross-border, proprietary deal flow
Helping Great Companies Grow

Opportunity

  • Climate change is an existential threat and an enormous investment opportunity
    • air pollution from incumbent energy and mobility causes millions of deaths per year and increases respiratory disease such as COVID-19
  • Global primary energy consumption has grown rapidly, led by natural gas (over 40% of the growth) and renewables (14.5%)
    • electric power has absorbed about half of the global growth in primary energy consumption and accounted for about half of the increase in carbon emissions
    • transportation has been another major cause of carbon emissions, especially in urban areas
  • Digital transformation of infrastructure into sustainable energy has created an abundance of new investment opportunities with a global market value near $4 trillion
    • renewable energy – U.S. market projected to climb 45% to over $2 trillion in 2025
    • mobility – global electric vehicle market was about $162 billion in 2019; projected 22.6% CAGR to $803 billion by 2027
    • energy storage – global market expected to expand 14.9% CAGR to $546 billion by 2035
    • smart water – global market was about $500 billion in 2019; projected 12.9% CAGR to over $21 billion by 2024
    • funding and scaling is needed as regulatory & policy frameworks begin to adapt
Helping Great Companies Grow

Environmental Impact Investing

  • Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG)
    • high ESG-rated companies tend to have higher profitability  and lower business-specific tail risk
    • ESG firms have less systemic volatility and higher valuations
  • Advances in computing power and connectivity has enabled the use of data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning systems to be applied to CleanTech
    • driving capital efficiency, wider margins and higher returns
    • accelerating scalability, shortening time to profitability and path to exit
    • shifting market valuations higher based on software technology versus traditional manufacturing and industrial products
    • disruptive technologies in energy and mobility – aim to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon footprint
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Helping Great Companies Grow

Solution/Strategy

  • S CAP CT will invest in and/or acquire CleanTech companies – unique approach powered by data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Up to 15 CleanTech investments focused on stage and type for maximum value creation
    • controlling or non-controlling interest
    • high growth and margin potential enabled by the application of advanced software technologies
    • high ESG-rated companies
    • fiscally responsible
    • growth capital –  scalable with large potential markets
    • recurring revenue growth -based on paying customers (not pilot projects)
    • short time path to profitability
    • minimized technology risk
    • measurable impact addressing the challenges of Climate Change
  • Enhanced deal flow – access to proprietary cross-border networks through relationships with partners, incubators, accelerators, universities, agencies, governments, early stage accredited and institutional investors
Helping Great Companies Grow

Management

Kunal Sethi

Managing Partner, Founder. Over 20 years of experience in food, life sciences, environmental science, waste management, agribusiness and other industries. Led multiple clean energy transactions (upstream to downstream). Extensive background in mergers/acquisitions, asset securitizations and private equity. Started career at MetLife, later managing institutional investments at ABN AMRO, RBS and ANZ; led his team to record banking revenues while maintaining its position as premier investment banks through global and corporate economic turmoil. Bachelor’s in commerce from University of Mumbai, specialization in banking at Charles Sturt University and Monetary Authority of Singapore, and specialization in Environmental Science at Southern New Hampshire University.

 

Vivek Soni, PhD

General Partner. Over 30 years of global leadership experience as a senior executive, board member, investor and advisor. 15 years in CleanTech. Comprehensive technical and operations background including polymers, chemicals, materials, manufacturing processes and research/development. Manages the TiE Boston Angels. Board member of the holding company for the A.T.E. Group in India. Advisory Board for Massachusetts’ largest municipal electric utility. Prior roles included Venture advisor to Nomura International’s London-based New Energy and CleanTech Fund – focused on expansion stage venture capital deals; President of Corporate Technology Strategy & Services at the Aditya Birla Group; and senior technology roles at Polaroid and research and development at Shell. Long-time volunteer and judge for CleanTech Open Northeast. Frequent speaker on early stage investing and judge for various domestic and international business plan competitions. Mentor to numerous CleanTech companies through the VentureWell Aspire CleanTech national program. Executive Development Program graduate from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. PhD and MS in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

Robert F. Parker

Operating Partner. Over 15 years of experiences as an executive, advisor, banker, and project developer in Cleantech and renewable energy. Member of NYC’s Cleantech community with a passion for sustainably solving the world’s energy and environmental challenges by helping early stage companies grow and scale effectively and thrive over the long term. Provides advisory services to early-stage and growth cleantech companies on capital markets strategy, project finance, restructuring, and operations. Innovation Advisory Board of the NECEC (E.I.R. for NYSERDA). Adjunct Professor at New York University for CleanTech Finance & Entrepreneurship. MBA cum laude from Loyola University-Chicago. BA in International Relations from John Hopkins University.

 

Kedar Gupta

Board Advisor. Over 40 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur, business leader and investor. Co-founded the pioneering Solar PV company (GT Equipment Technology) which successfully commercialized cost-effective polysilicon production while offering full turnkey equipment and processing to global customers. Active investor in numerous startups, funds, and angel groups including co-founding ARC Energy (LEDs). Led corporate awards which included the 1998 New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500 for one of the 500 fastest growing technologies in the US, 2002 NH Exporter of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the 2005 National Small Business Environmental Exporter of the Year award from the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Awarded the Businessperson of the Year award from New England Clean Energy. Master and Ph.D. degrees  in Material Science from the State University of New York, Stony Brook. MBA from Lindenwood Colleges. B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur.

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