Cleantech capital isn’t dead – just harder to get. Christa Wagner Vinson is program manager for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, which offers up advice and support for startups raising capital. Vinson offered her thoughts at ExitEvent, a news partner of WRAL TechWire.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – A sold-out crowd packed HQ Raleigh for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster’s recent Growing Your Cleantech Venture event. They were hungry to hear what three premier venture capital experts had to say about the current landscape for securing investment and how companies can access it.

Capital for cleantech ventures has become increasingly tough to tap in the past five years.

Three top cleantech venture experts—Scott Henneberry, vice president for smart grid strategy at Schneider Electric in Raleigh, Julien Creuzé, senior associate with Aster Capital in San Francisco, and Dave Kirkpatrick, managing director at SJF Ventures in Durham—shared their knowledge and insights on sources of venture financing available for growing companies and how they should approach securing the right type of investment in the current funding environment.

We reached out to three people who attended the event—venture experts in their own right—to find out what they found most valuable. Here are the key takeaways they said growing companies should know.

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