Increased climate change awareness on a corporate level is leading to more investment – either direct or through funds – in start-ups that offer mitigation solutions. Asia is a key geography
Japan’s SkyDrive leads Asia in the niche but potentially society-altering category of flying cars. A $37 million Series B round marks the latest step in a long safety build-out and public acceptance process
Affirma Capital – formerly Standard Chartered Private Equity – has agreed to sell EMC Holdings, a South Korea-based waste and wastewater treatment business, to a unit of local conglomerate SK Corporation.
Development Bank of Japan has joined a JPY3.9 billion ($37 million) Series B round for Tokyo-based flying car developer SkyDrive.
Japanese private equity firm J-Star has acquired local waste management operator Sincere Corporation for an undisclosed sum.
Lever VC, a Hong Kong and US-based food tech specialist, has confirmed a $23 million first close for its debut fund, which will invest alternative protein start-ups globally with a strong focus on China.
Early-stage innovators across the region are leveraging both enterprise and consumer-facing models to address sustainability challenges with one eye on rapid commercialization
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Actis Capital has acquired a 400 megawatt portfolio of operating solar projects in central India from Acme Solar.
Xpeng Motors, a Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer backed by Alibaba Group and several PE and VC firms, has filed for a US IPO.
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Hana Financial has invested KRW100 billion ($85 million) in a portfolio of Korean waste to energy (WTE) projects being developed by Equis Development.
China has raised an initial RMB88 billion ($12.6 billion) for the first dedicated environmental fund launched by the central government.
Chinese electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Xpeng Motors has closed an extended Series C round of around $500 million from a group that includes Hillhouse Capital and Sequoia Capital China, as well as hedge funds Aspex Management and Coatue Management.
Clime Capital, a newly established cleantech investor based in Singapore, has launched a clean energy fund for Southeast Asia targeting $50 million.
The Rise Fund, TPG’s impact investment business, has purchased solar projects with a combined capacity of 970 megawatts from China-based Trina Solar for approximately $700 million.
Hong Kong and US-based food technology investor Lever VC has launched a RMB200 million ($28 million) fund dedicated to Chinese plant-based meat start-ups.
Horizons Ventures – a VC firm controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing – has joined a A$10 million ($7 million) round for an Australian start-up specializing in fungi-based carbon capture technology.
Big Idea Ventures, a US and Singapore-based food technology investor, has launched its debut fund with a target of $50 million. Asia is a core market.
Cathay Capital Private Equity has raised RMB820 million ($120 million) for its debut China smart energy fund, securing commitments from ALIAD, the venture capital arm of French industrial gases producer Air Liquide Group, among other investors.
Xiaolinggou Chuxing, the electric vehicle (EV) rental unit of Chinese carmaker Geely Auto Group, has raised RMB688 million ($97 million) in a Series A funding.
Japan’s Beyond Next Ventures has led a JPY800 billion ($7.4 million) Series A round for local cell-based agricultural technology specialist IntegriCulture.