Financing Cleantech SME Innovation: Setting an Agenda

Robyn Owen*, Geraldine Brennan, Fergus Lyon, Theresia Harrer

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The need for a clear research and policy agenda to assist early stage Cleantech financing has never been greater. These businesses may hold important keys to unlocking vital globally game changing technologies to tackle climate change. This article provides an overview of recent academic literature and proposes a research agenda for early stage Cleantech small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) finance. With growing interest in how to support innovations that tackle the climate emergency, there is a need for evidence that can assist the private sector, civil society organizations and policymakers in finding more effective ways to encourage impact investing and other finance for early stage Cleantech SMEs. This research agenda will therefore contribute to sustainability transitions in key sectors and the development of a sustainable low carbon economy.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalIEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1168-1172
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 512 Business and Management
  • cleantech
  • early stage innovation
  • finance
  • policy
  • research agenda
  • small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME)


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