Rishi Sunak & Bill Gates attend Cleantech for UK launch event with leading cleantech start-ups, accelerators and investors

On 15 February, eight leading UK cleantech start-ups, businesses and investors came together to launch Cleantech for UK, a coalition with combined funds of over £6 billion, which aims to pave the way for a new generation of global cleantech champions in the UK. The initiative, which met for the first time at Imperial College London, is supported by Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy and organised by Cleantech Group.

The founding coalition members were joined by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Bill Gates, and three leading UK cleantech companies for the launch event, where participants discussed how the UK can lead the world in pioneering clean solutions on the path to net-zero emissions.

UK cleantech venture capital investment was £3.2 billion in 2022, equalling the record-breaking amounts of 2021. This is especially remarkable in a cooling global venture capital climate, but the UK must go further and faster to maintain competitiveness.

“Investing in renewables and clean tech is one of the best ways to strengthen our energy security, create better-paid jobs and grow the economy.

“With the launch of Cleantech for UK, a new generation of talented British businesses can be confident that they have the backing they need to unlock green solutions to some of the biggest challenges we face.

“This shines a light on the strength of UK innovation – and our ability to find new ways of doing things to drive economic, social and environmental progress.”
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak
“The UK has all the ingredients to become a major player in the global push to build a net-zero emissions future, including world-class research facilities and forward-looking investors. It’s great to see cleantech businesses, innovators, and policy makers coming together to advance UK climate leadership”
Bill Gates

The Cleantech for UK coalition’s objective is to supercharge UK cleantech innovation. The UK is home to excellent scientific research and a thriving innovation scene. But this world-leading capability is not consistently translated into world-leading cleantech scale-ups.

“To secure the enormous benefits on offer to those brave enough to lead the transformation of our industrialised economies to cleaner, decarbonised and resource-efficient versions of themselves will require innovation in all facets. Yes, technological, but equally in financial instruments and in policy-making. I believe a period of intense dialogue, experimentation and hyper-collaboration is needed for the UK to deliver on its net zero goals, its economic growth ambitions, and its national security.”
Richard Youngman

CEO, Cleantech Group

Founding members of the coalition are: Imperial College London's cleantech accelerator Undaunted, Clean Growth Fund (cleantech venture capital investor), Kiko Ventures (cleantech venture capital investor), Breakthrough Energy Ventures (cleantech venture capital investor), Just Climate (climate-led investor), Legal and General Capital (alternative asset platform). The work of the coalition will be facilitated by Cleantech for UK.

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Cleantech for UK is a new initiative to establish a dialogue between the UK’s policy-making community and those living the reality of creating, incubating, investing in and scaling cleantech companies. Cleantech for UK is powered by Cleantech Group and supported by Breakthrough Energy. Similar programmes in continental Europe include Cleantech for Europe, Cleantech for France, Tech for Net Zero Allianz, Cleantech for Nordics and Cleantech for Baltics.

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