Capricorn Cleantech Fund

Capricorn Cleantech Fund invested in European innovative growth companies in a broad range of cleantech areas.

Within our cleantech practice we use the following formal definition:

Cleantech embraces a diverse range of products, services and processes that

  • harness renewable materials and energy sources,
  • dramatically reduce and optimise the use of natural resources,
  • or cut or eliminate pollution and toxic wastes
  • and add economic value by significantly lowering cost and improving profitability.

Clearly Cleantech is more a regrouping of investment themes rather than a category of its own.

Capricorn Cleantech Fund held its final closing in August 2008. The fund had € 112 million in committed capital

Capricorn Cleantech Fund is supported by the European Union through the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).



Success stories

Punch Powertrain

Punch Powertrain [Belgium] develops and produces continuously variable transmissions (CVT) for passenger cars. The factory in Sint-Truiden, Belgium produces the key components for its factory in China. As an independent supplier the target customers are the independent automotive OEMs in high growth markets. The development roadmap is focused on increasing fuel efficiency and on cost reduction.