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And the Winner Is...

Posted by at 12:30 PM, 11/18/2010


Congratulations to Pacific Northwest company Puralytics for winning the 2010 National Grand Prize.  OnChip Power from the Northeast Region and EarthClean from the North Central Region were the two runners up, and were also their regions' winners.  INOTEC won the Rocky Mountain Region and pureSolar won the California Region.

There were three additional winners during the 2010 Awards Gala. Silicon Solar Solutions from the North Central Region won the Business Competition People's Choice Award for their exciting on-stage demonstration.  Abeo A/S from Denmark took home the Global Ideas Competition People's Choice Award for their enthralling idea and video. BioVantage from the Rocky Mountain Region took home the National Sustainability award.

Congratulations to all of the companies for their stellar performances throughout the competition and on-stage!

You can read all the press about these various companies here.

And join us on YouTube to watch the 1-minute videos of all 18 regional finalists,plus find plenty of interviews from the winners backstage, insight into the competition and judging, and much more.

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2010 Judging Update from San Jose

Posted by at 3:00 PM, 11/16/2010



Finalist judging is now complete and the judges are in ardent deliberation . . . the judging criteria they are using to choose the winning team includes: 

  •  Concept/Product
  •  Product Feasibility
  •  Market
  •  Financial/Profit Potential
  •  Sustainability
  •  Team



We've received excellent feedback from the teams being judged. Silicon Solar Solutions, stated "the panels of judges were excellent. They clearly had a wide breadth of knowledge and were able to ask probing technology questions in addition to general business strategy. If we gain nothing else but their feedback, we have already won. We received some incredibly useful pointers for our demonstration to a large audience." 

Puralytics remarked that "the feedback on the business plan was universally positive and the interest in the technology seemed genuine. All the constructive feedback was in line with what we predicted the hang-ups for the panel would be. Direct feedback is always appreciated and the judges (for the most part) came across as direct, unbiased and objective" 


And Rory Faber of Stramit Strawbord had this to say:  "The Cleantech Open judging was well organized and went OK. It was a room full of smart, well-informed people who wanted to dig deeper so I was glad to be fully prepared.

Personally, I feel Stramit Bio-Board is not  “very sexy” compared to other gizmos. But Stramit really works; it has a proven technology and a field-tested product, so we’re ready to go! Stramit Bio-Board will make a real difference to a cleaner and greener world!"

And finally, Suntulit really appreciated the wide range of expertise areas from the judging panel. "The final judging session was a great experience.  With the stakes so high and the scrutiny more intense, we got a really good sense of where we did great and where we can further improve.  With the more diverse panel, we now also have a better understanding of which points to emphasize based on the background of the investor.   I can’t wait to get on the fundraising circuit and make some noise!”

Stay tuned for the Grand Prize Winner Announcement LIVE Tomorrow at the Center for Performing Arts in San Jose at 5pm. We look forward to seeing you all there for live demos, voting, and life-altering announcements. 

Visit for more information. Last minute registration can be found at


Written by Kailani Swenson


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