Integrated Eco-Investor, Kyoto Planet Financial, Launches With 1/3 of Net Profit Going to Foundation



    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 27 /CNW/ -- Kyoto Planet Financial
formally launched today.  The firm is comprised of two key business groups:
Kyoto Planet Asset Management, which works with individual investors, and
Kyoto Planet Capital Partners, which invests in renewable energy and clean
technology companies.  Kyoto Planet Financial has a strong social and
environmental mandate and provides one-third of net profits to fund non-profit
initiatives around the world.
    "Kyoto Plant Asset Management gives individual investors the opportunity
to make their money grow while helping support important renewable energy and
green companies," said Damien Reynolds, Chairman and Founder of parent Kyoto
Planet Group, who has been a leading investor in natural resources and
renewable energy for more than 20 years, having raised more than $250 million
in capital for growing junior companies.  "Kyoto Planet Capital Partners is
committed to providing entrepreneurs and green companies unparalleled access
to knowledge, capital and services, by activating a range of financial tools
and services under one roof."
    
    Kyoto Planet Asset Management
    
    Kyoto Planet Asset Management provides investors with professionally
managed investments in global renewable energy and environmental technology
industries with large market potential through the Kyoto Planet Fund.  The
firm will invest in public and private renewable energy and clean technology
companies in areas that have breakthrough intellectual property and other
competitive advantages.  Approximately 25% of Kyoto Planet Fund is targeted to
invest in private equity, either directly or indirectly through Kyoto Planet
Capital Partners
    
    Kyoto Planet Capital Partners
    
    With five initial eco-friendly investments totaling approximately CDN$15
million, Kyoto Planet Capital Partners is a unique eco-investor that brings
together key financial management services for private companies in the areas
of renewable energy, clean technology, alternative fuels, and other
eco-focused sectors.  The principals of Kyoto Planet Capital Partners have a
proven record of creating value and have started with the company's initial
investments:

    
    Renewable Energy
    (*)  Finavera Renewables (TSX.V: FVR) is a publicly listed company that
       focuses on electricity production from wind farms and wave parks. It is
       also developing the AquaBuOY technology.
    

    
    Clean Technology
    (*)  Atlantic Hydrogen Inc is developing a technology called CarbonSaver
       that will provide an incredible future for the hydrogen market. Their
       innovative process produces Hydrogen Enriched Natural Gas on site via a
       cutting edge plasma burst process.
    

    
    Alternative Fuels
    (*)  Pan Asia Biofuels is a biodiesel company focused on producing and
       selling biodiesel made from the Jatropha plant. While its initial focus
       is within the South East Asian market, its long term strategy is to be
       a major producer for the global market.
    

    
    Other Eco Sectors
    (*)  Ecomaniacal Productions, a television production company based in Los
       Angeles which focuses on influencing behavior through eco-conscious
       programming for the mass media.
    (*)  cleanairpass is a company that provides a platform for both individuals
       and businesses to offset their carbon footprint.
    
    Kyoto Planet Capital Partners brings added value to innovative companies
in the renewable energy, clean technology, and eco-focused sectors.  In
addition to energy and cleantech sector expertise, the company offers
entrepreneurs access to financial management services, including investor
relations and grant relations.  For example, Kyoto Planet's grant relations
team specializes in helping renewable and eco-friendly companies win grant and
contribution funding from government and private sources with standard
technology grant solicitations, to periodic and location specific
opportunities.
    "Kyoto Planet has been a great fit for cleanairpass," said Bryce
Conacher, founder and CEO of cleanairpass.  "Access to their extensive
resources and expertise has been a key enabler to allowing us to rapidly scale
our business model.  Kyoto Planet Capital Partners isn't just about money,
it's about people, planet and profit."
    
    Investors with a Conscience
    
    As part of its mission, Kyoto Planet Financial has also committed to
giving one-third of its net profits to the Kyoto Planet Foundation.  The
Foundation, which is in the process of creating its charter, will work to
support non-profit initiatives in communities around the world.
    "Although we were founded on the belief that individuals and the private
sector must take the lead to address our planetary challenges, we also know
that additional help is needed in economically and ecologically challenged
communities," said Reynolds.
    
    About Kyoto Planet Asset Management Inc.
    
    Kyoto Planet Asset Management provides investors with professionally
managed investments in global renewable energy and environmental technology
industries with large market potential through the Kyoto Planet Fund.
    
    About Kyoto Planet Capital Partners Inc.
    
    Kyoto Planet Capital Partners is a global investment company with a focus
on investing in primarily private companies in the renewable and eco-focused
sectors.  Kyoto Planet Capital Partners also offers comprehensive services in
investor relations, grant applications and loans, and financial management.
    
    About Kyoto Planet Group
    
    Kyoto Planet Group is a socially responsible eco-conscious company
housing three distinct but interrelated entities: Kyoto Planet Financial
Services (trading as Kyoto Planet Capital Partners & Kyoto Planet Asset
Management), a vehicle to support and facilitate active investments in the
green sector; Kyoto Planet Enterprises, a division focused on practical
information, products and services for environmentally conscious consumers and
businesses; and the Kyoto Planet Foundation, established to award grants and
manage the non-profit activities of the company. For more information please
visit www.kyotoplanet.com.




For further information:

For further information: Helen Allrich of Weber Shandwick, 
+1-425-452-5402, hallrich@webershandwick.com, for Kyoto Planet Capital 
Partners Web Site: http://www.kyotoplanet.com

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