For the eighth year running, Cleantech Group (CTG) is proud to present the annually-refreshed Global Cleantech 100 list, our barometer reading of the global innovation community's shifting views on which companies, and which types of companies, are most likely to have big commercial impact in a 5-10 year timeframe. The companies represent the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech and that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges.
The final 100 would not be one person's 100; there is much disagreement and conflicting opinion on what and who is working. The final 100 is therefore, by its very nature, a compromise, the median of all those opinions, delivered to us directly as part of our annual research exercise. We pull together thousands of data-points, objective and subjective, quantitative and qualitative, from all over the world, with the end objective of identifying where the consensus of sentiment and opinion seems to lie amongst the international cleantech community.
We therefore do not definitively state any year's 100 to be the best or top companies in the world, as that would need a common measure or metric. They do, however, stand for where "consensus sentiment" lies both in terms of which companies active in sustainable innovation are in favor and are more commonly admired, and perhaps even more importantly for what kind of sub-sectoral areas and themes are in vogue.
What is most exciting to us, is the privilege of seeing and reading these viewpoints and interpreting them as part of our annual barometric read of the shifting sands within global sustainable innovation. Yes, there are 101st companies, unlucky not be on the list, and individual disappointments that go with that. However, this program is more focused on what this year's list tells us, relative to previous years, about this innovation and investment theme and where it is all going. We hope you find our list and accompanying report thought-provoking and our read of the state of the market useful to you in planning the coming months.Read our FAQ
Who can qualify for the Global Cleantech 100 list?
Any independent, for-profit cleantech company that is not listed on any major stock exchange, or is not a majority-owned subsidiary of another company.
What is considered cleantech?
Cleantech Group uses more than 700 unique identifiers to classify companies in important areas of innovation, organized by 18 over-arching categories. To see how our 18 cleantech sectors are broken down, please visit our i3 sectors page.
Who can nominate for this award?
Nominations are open to any market participant through the Global Cleantech 100 website. Those interested in doing so are asked to nominate a minimum of three qualifying companies and a maximum of nine. Nominations must adhere to the ‘Lust List principle’ – meaning if you nominate your own company (or one you are part owner of), you must nominate at least two others that you admire (where you have no association). See our Methodology.
How/where/when can I nominate companies?
The facility to nominate is open most of the year but the deadline to make that year’s edition is May 31st each year. Click here to nominate
What should I expect once I have nominated?
We receive thousands of nominations on thousands of companies – and so, for the majority of companies, they should expect no contact from us. Cleantech Group will only make contact with shortlisted candidates and subsequently to the final 100 and any other award winning companies in the July-September timeframe each year. The list will be announced publicly at the annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco, and all press will be embargoed until then. The next edition of the list will be revealed and celebrated at the 2017 Cleantech Forum San Francisco, January 23-25.
How can I increase my chances of getting on to the Global Cleantech 100?
Cleantech Group, according to its Methodology, pulls from a number of public sources and expert panel opinion. We encourage cleantech companies to create or update their profile on i3 to ensure we have not missed any important public data such as past investment history or new customers/partnerships. We pride ourselves on this list coming out of a robust system, and not a “popularity contest”, so getting all of your friends and family to nominate you will not give you better odds.
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