Earlier this month, Portland-based Clean Edge Inc. released its annual “U.S. Cleantech Leadership Index” which lists the highest ranking states and metro areas based on their activities around clean energy, renewable technology adoption, investment and innovation. The report gives unique insight into the intersection between a city's public and private support with the growth of the industry within its borders. Here is where Phoenix lands on the report as well as other key findings.
A dynamic subset of entrepreneurship focuses on the “cleantech” industry, which is a broad term encompassing energy, water, manufacturing and other alternative solutions designed to improve efficiencies, consumption, and more. Regardless of the variety of innovations being created in this sector, cleantech entrepreneurs face unique challenges beyond the traditional startup development lifecycle.