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The i6 Green Challenge: Accelerate Your Clean Energy Business in Washington

The Cleantech Open is collaborating with the Innovate Washington Foundation (IWF), the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), South Seattle Community College, the City of Seattle and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) to implement the i6 Green Challenge Program from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

We are looking for companies seeking an opportunity to demonstrate and validate the latest energy efficiency devices, controls and instrumentation, distributed generation, electrical storage systems, electric vehicle charging equipment and other energy efficiency related technologies.

What types of companies are ideal candidates for the i6 Challenge program?

Cleantech startups and businesses seeking to demonstrate and validate the latest energy efficiency devices, controls and instrumentation, distributed generation, electrical storage systems, electric vehicle charging equipment and other energy efficiency related technologies will benefit from this program. Many participating companies will have reached the product introduction stage; will be in the process of validating their products in the marketplace; and/or will have customers.

A qualification criteria is that a company must already have, or plan to have, a physical presence in the state of Washington (for example, a state office).

Regardless of the stage your company may be at however, every company that applies and meets the minimum qualifications will receive at least a basic level of service from the i6 Challenge liaison team, along with an introduction to the NBETH Proof-of-Concept network in Washington State, if appropriate.

Primary benefits for participating companies

Companies that qualify for inclusion in the full service program will receive no-cost commercialization services during the initial phases of acceleration from the i6 Green Challenge liaison team, and will have the option to work with an i6 Challenge Advisor with specialized expertise and in most cases, previous experience at the board of director / board of advisor level.

The Northwest Building Energy Technology Hub (NBETH)

A key focus of the i6 Green Challenge program is the Northwest Building Energy Technology Hub (NBETH) -- a statewide proof-of-concept center and regional test bed for building energy technology development and commercial acceleration. NBETH coordinates, leverages and amplifies existing assets to create a network of technology test sites for building efficiency solutions and provides the physical space and data capability to monitor, optimize and aggregate those test sites to create an integrated regional hub. It serves entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders, researchers and the public by bridging the data and communication gaps between and among existing and new building innovations.

The role of the Cleantech Open under the i6 Challenge Program

The role of the Cleantech Open in this partnership is to find, fund and foster qualifying cleantech companies that wish to participate in the program.

Once enrolled in the program, i6 Green Challenge companies benefit by getting connected to a wide range of strategic resources based on their specific needs and priorities. In a nutshell, the goal of the i6 Green Challenge team within Cleantech Open is to help participating companies get whatever they need to succeed, whether that be from investors, advisors, or strategic partners. involved in the i6 Green Challenge Proof-of-Concept Center.

Acceleration and commercialization services offered under the i6 Challenge Program include but are not limited to:

  • Fundraising (debt, equity, grants and contracts)
  • Executive search and recruiting
  • Go-to-market strategy and updates
  • Sales and business development
  • Financial services
  • Legal (corporate, IP, contracts, NDAs)
  • Industry expertise and connections
  • Manufacturing planning and services
  • Technology expertise, including independent technology validation

The Cleantech Open i6 acceleration process

  1. Identify your top challenges, needs and priorities
  2. Provide advanced advisory services with required expertise
  3. Help find solutions to your business challenges and connect product testing to regional test beds
  4. Make introductions to reference customers and qualified investors, and assist with funding closure and terms
 


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Innovate Washington
Puget Sound Regional Council
South Seattle Community College
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
City of Seattle