Which 100 companies will have the most significant market impact in the next 5-10 years?
Cleantech Group has designed the Global Cleantech 100 to achieve two unique objectives that distinguish it from other lists: the list offers a fair representation of global innovation and private company creation, and it is not our editorial voice, but the collective opinion of hundreds of individuals within the wider global cleantech innovation community. The question we are seeking to answer is: According to the world’s cleantech community, which 100 of today’s private cleantech companies are the most likely to make the most significant market impact over the next 5-10 years? We answer this question in four phases, only allowing independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange to qualify for consideration.
Nominations come from 4 sources:
This year, 9,900 companies were nominated, which was then filtered by a scoring system to a short list of 325 companies for consideration by our expert panel.
The scoring system rewards companies that have multiple validations across multiple sources, to align with our objective to synthesize and represent collective opinion. Therefore, a company that has completed numerous market transactions (tracked through i3connect.com), been nominated by multiple people in the market —both publicly and within our expert panel—and appeared in third-party rankings, will tend to score better under our methodology than a hidden gem that few know about and vote for.
The 86 expert panelists evaluated the 325 shortlisted companies based on the following three criteria:
The expert panel could vote positively OR negatively for up to 50 companies in the shortlist and were invited to provide commentary.
A combination of data from Phase I and Phase III are pooled together, and adjusted as much as possible for geographic or other biases. Companies with the greatest number of points overall made it to the final 100.
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