Sectors bucking the trend

In light of the current economic climate and recent media coverage of goings on in the financial community, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking that securing funding as a small business is all doom and gloom. Here at, however, we know different and thought we’d lighten the mood slightly by mentioning a few of the industry sectors that are bucking the trend and managing to maintain a continued investor interest.

  • Clean Technology / Renewables: A rapidly growing market over recent years, the cleantech sector covers all manner of clean energy production methods, carbon reduction and storage methods, recycling and green finance models. Recent notable events in the funding community have included investments in carbon capture technologies, recycled plastics, smart grid technologies, solar energy and the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. It also looks like this trend is set to continue as large investment companies set aside significant amounts of capital for future investment in the sector.
  • Cloud computing / Software as a Service (SaaS): As an industry sector,
    this spans the following areas: e-commerce, cloud computing,
    infrastructure software, enterprise software, gaming and mobile
    applications. These areas have seen a high volume of investments in
    recent months, especially on the continent, and promise to maintain
    continued growth as technology that provides access to shared
    resources, software and information on the internet becomes ever more
    popular with consumers.

This is not an exhaustive list and both areas span a huge variety of technologies that continue to attract investor interest. From this it easy to see that there are plenty of opportunities for securing funding around, despite what general media reports would have you believe.

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