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Green tech startups see boost in patents and investment partnering with government

last modified Mar 19, 2019 04:35 PM

Collaboration between government and startups could help meet the climate challenge while growing small businesses. Findings could inform discussions on Green New Deal or any “forward-looking policy package” say researchers.

Latest research on hundreds of new green technology companies in the US shows the patenting activity of a startup climbs by over 73% on average every time they collaborate with a government agency on “cleantech” development – from next-generation solar cells to new energy storage materials. The study also found that every time a cleantech startup licensed a technology developed by a government agency, the company secured – on average – more than double the amount of financing deals when compared to similar startups: a 155% increase one year after taking out a licence.    

“Our findings suggest that some of the signs commonly used to track innovation and business success, such as patents and financing, increase when new cleantech companies partner with US government departments or labs,” said study co-author Professor Laura Diaz Anadon.

 

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Click here for the study published in the journal Research Policy

 

Image credit: Photovoltaic array at the National Wind Technology Center near Boulder, Colorado, NREL