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2013

Cleantech Evolution
ColoradoBiz | Jan 14, 2013
Rex Northen, executive director of the Cleantech Open, talks about how the event has evolved

2012

Getting a charge out of cleantech
ColoradoBiz | Dec 17, 2012
Milliken buys GeoTree Technologies
Denver Business Journal | Dec 17, 2012
Hank Scott at the Cleantech Open
Planet Profit Report | Dec 05, 2012
Ashley Grosh at the Cleantech Open
ColoradoBizTV | Nov 30, 2012
Hydrovolts Wins 2012 Global Cleantech Cluster Association Award
AltEnergyMag.com | Hyrovolts | Nov 20, 2012
Australia’s enLighten Looks for LED Support Abroad
Greentech Media | Katie Tweed | Nov 19, 2012
Clean Tech Accelerator Funds New Ideas for Global Renewable Energy Applications
Renewable Energy World | Charles W. Thurston | Nov 16, 2012
Scores of clean tech company CEOs pitched their leading-edge ideas to seed capital angels and venture capitalists at this year's Clean Tech Open 2012 Global Forum, in San Jose, California. Held at the Hayes Mansion on November 8 and 9, the meeting is the culmination of numerous regional competitions by the organization, which has helped over 600 companies raise over $660 million in financing since 2006. After a 10-minute business plan pitch heard by over a thousand attendees, company finalists were quizzed by a panel of judges to compete for hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in start up capital.
Ocean Wave Energy Technology and Oregon’s Process
TriplePundit | Nov 15, 2012
2010 CleanTech Open Semi-Finalist, CPT (Columbia Power Technologies) of Corvalis, OR is currently preparing a full-scale device after successfully testing at fractionally-scaled levels at OSU’s Hinsdale’s Wave Research Lab and in the Puget Sound.
Origami-Inspired Kayak Folds Into Compact Carrying Case
Wired | Allison Arieff | Nov 15, 2012
Willis’ work is all about making nature more accessible to — and appreciated by — city dwellers. He’s done work the California Public Utilities Commission and led a finalist team for the California Cleantech Open, the nation’s premier competition for green technology startups. His lunar resonant streetlights, designed in collaboration with his wife and design partner, architect Kate Lydon, as well as artist Christina Seely, was an award-winning proposal for streetlights designed to respond to ambient moonlight, dimming and brightening each month as the moon cycles through its phases. The project won the Metropolis Next Generation Prize in 2007.
Electric Motor Innovator Claims Cleantech Open Grand Prize
HEVT 2012 Transportation
SustainableBusiness.com News | Nov 14, 2012
Cleantech Open Announces Winners of 2012 Accelerator & Competition
EarthTechling | Beth Buczynski | Nov 14, 2012
One Northwest startup a finalist at 2012 Cleantech Open
Sustainable Business Oregon | Christina Williams | Nov 13, 2012
None of the Northwest startups sent to the 2012 Global Cleantech Forum this month took home a grand prize, but a British Columbia company won the Green Building category title. GR Green of Burnaby, British Columbia in Canada, won the nod as the best green building-oriented startup for its recycled roofing product.
University of Phoenix and The Cleantech Open Partner To Accelerate Sustainable Technologies in the United States
Apollo Group | University of Phoenix | Tim Cox | Nov 08, 2012
University of Phoenix and The Cleantech Open Partner To Accelerate Sustainable Technologies in the United States (via PR Newswire)

PHOENIX, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third year, University of Phoenix® and The Cleantech Open are collaborating to promote the formation and development of cleantech startups. University of Phoenix is the official education partner of The Cleantech Open, which provides the opportunity for…


Election Voices: Silicon Valley Execs on Obama Win
San Jose Business Journal | Diana Samuels | Nov 07, 2012
Democrats are certainly more supportive of the cleantech industry than Republicans, but Obama's re-election likely won't change much, said Rex Northen, executive director of the Redwood City-based Cleantech Open accelerator program.
An Oregon Startup Competes in National Cleantech Open
Public News Service | Nov 06, 2012
HILLSBORO, Ore. - A made-in-Oregon start-up company competes this week in a national contest for clean-technology ideas and inventions. The Cleantech Open started with 1400 applicants, and it's down to 21 finalists for the judging.
CleanTech Open Innovators Inspire Patriotism, Hope
Earth & Industry | Maria Surma Manka | Oct 23, 2012
Midwestern Sensibilities: Report from North Central Cleantech Open
Cleantech Blog | Richard T. Stuebi | Oct 22, 2012
Cleantech Open Announces Six Western Region Finalists
EarthTechling | Beth Buczynski | Oct 22, 2012
The Cleantech Open, a nationwide green business accelerator competition, recently announced six teams of entrepreneurs who are one step closer to the first place prize of cash, promotional services and press coverage. The U.S. is divided into seven regions, and the latest round of finalists are all from the Western Region, which includes the competition’s home state of California.
Dominican launches interdisciplinary program for Green MBA and science
North Bay Business Journal | Eric Gneckow | Oct 15, 2012
Cleantech Open Showcases Emerging Technologies
MN2020 Hindsight | Will Nissen | Oct 15, 2012
Cleantech Open Announces 2012 Finalists
Energy Priorities | Denis DuBois | Oct 15, 2012
The Relationship of Art and New Technology in LA’s Clean Tech Corridor
Untapped Travel | Lynette Woo | Oct 15, 2012
In April of 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced the launch of Clean Tech LA, a collaborative effort of the Los Angeles Business Council, the Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce and the city’s research universities, to foster a breeding ground for companies looking to develop businesses in green technology. The vision’s physical manifestation culminated in plans for the Los Angeles Clean Tech Corridor in the heart of the historic warehouse district, with utopian artist renderings of futuristic, glittering, energy-efficient buildings and proposals for eco-friendly green spaces.
Cleantech Open to Host Prestigious Entrepreneurial Competition in Dublin, CA
Around Dublin | John M. Zukoski | Oct 12, 2012
On October 12th, the Cleantech Open will host the Western Region Judging and Awards in Dublin, CA. Participants will compete for $250,000 in cash and services and an overall chest prize of nearly $1 million. The Cleantech Open finds, funds, and fosters entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. “Since we began the program in 2006, the Cleantech Open has helped nearly 600 cleantech startups with business training and access to mentors, commercial partners, and investors,” said Rex Northen, executive director of the Cleantech Open. “Eighty percent of those companies remain visible today and have collectively raised more than $660 million in external funding.”
New sliding jetliner seat designed to speed up boarding
USA Today | Nancy Trejos | Oct 12, 2012
Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open Finalist Molon Labe Designs featured in USA Today
2 Colorado companies named Cleantech Open regional finalists
Denver Business Journal | Mark Harden | Oct 12, 2012
The Cleantech Open Rocky Mountain Region on Friday named three companies as regional finalists for a business accelerator program, two of them from Colorado.
Denver firm designs airline seat that slides
Los Angeles Times | Oct 12, 2012
Navillum Nanotechnologies
University of Utah | Oct 12, 2012
EcoFactor Completes $8 Million in Venture Financing
MarketWire | EcoFactor | Oct 11, 2012
REDWOOD CITY, CA, Oct 11, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- EcoFactor(R), a leading residential energy management service provider, today announced the closing of $8 million in venture funding. The latest round includes funding from new investor Aster Capital, and additional financing from Claremont Creek Ventures and RockPort Capital Partners.
Homes made out of milk bottles; networked water purifiers and other winners from the Cleantech Open
Vyykn 2012 Air, Water, & Waste
Vyykn 2012 Air, Water, & Waste
GeekWire | Denis Du Bois | Oct 11, 2012
Sixteen cleantech startups from around the Northwest gathered in Portland this week to learn which lucky three would represent the Pacific Northwest in the national Cleantech Open business competition in November.
New Sliding Plane Seats: A Brilliant Idea?
Smarter Travel | Ed Perkins | Oct 11, 2012
Cleantech Open Unveils Three Northwest finalists
GR Green 2012 Green Building
Vyykn 2012 Air, Water, & Waste
Vyykn 2012 Air, Water, & Waste
Sustainable Business Oregon | Christina Williams | Oct 10, 2012
The Cleantech Open startup competition announced this week the finalists from the Pacific Northwest that the organization will send to compete in the Cleantech Open Global Forum, the final competition held in San Jose, Calif., next month. The winner of the competition will receive $250,000 in cash and services.
Sliding airline seat the secret to boarding a plane faster?
Herald Sun | Kate Schneider | Oct 10, 2012
Cleantech Open Sees Best of Midwest Cleantech Startups
CleanTechnica | Joshua Hill | Oct 08, 2012
The Cleantech Open bills itself as the largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to “find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges.” Its North Central regional program, founded in 2010, will be holding its 2012 Innovation Expo & Awards event in Minneapolis on Thursday, October 18.
Tech-focused acceleration programs for startups and entrepreneurs
Examiner.com | Michal Lenchner | Oct 08, 2012
Corporate Philosophy: People, Planet & Profit
SolenSphere Renewables 2012 Renewable Energy
Herald and News, Oregon | Devan Schwartz | Oct 06, 2012
Adam Burwell likes to summarize his corporate philosophy with three P’s: People, Planet and Profit. The 29-year-old student is teaming up with one of his professors to launch a business venture the pair hopes will help the planet and change the solar energy industry. On Monday, they’ll show their design in a regional semifinal that could project them to an international stage.
Company in race to create alternative fuel for coal plants
HM3 Energy 2011 Renewable Energy
Sustainable Life | Jordy Byrd | Oct 06, 2012
Hiroshi Morihara’s wife said he looked bored. She suggested he invent something. The result of this suggestion, paired with Morihara’s ingenuity, may change the world. Morihara is the CEO and founder of HM3 Energy. The Gresham-based company, formed in 2008, has developed a proprietary process to turn sustainably harvested biomass — forest waste like tree limbs, bark, tree tops and agricultural residue — into economically viable clean fuel that can replace coal in coal-fired power plants.
Event Notice: The Emerging Technologies Summit Oct 15-17
Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council | Tim Cox | Oct 03, 2012
The Emerging Technologies Summit Presented by the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council The ET Summit is the insiders' biennial conference on advanced technologies and implementation approaches for the $35+ billion ecosystem of energy efficiency, demand response, customer-facing smart grid, and related programs. Founded in 2004 and organized by the California energy utilities, California Energy Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission, the ET Summit highlights recent developments and best practices to generate and validate new measures and practices for utility and government programs. The intended audience is leading technologists, entrepreneurs, researchers, utilities, regulators, and investors.
MN Innovation Update - Fall 2012
Minnesota Star Tribune | Ernest Grumbles III | Sep 28, 2012
Cleantech Open - N. Central Region Innovation Expo and Awards - October 18 The Cleantech Open is a national accelerator and competition that identifies and supports great new clean and green technology companies. The Twin Cities is the site of the North Central Region's Innovation Expo and Awards. Winners get to move on to the national competition, with support resources and a chance at a $250,000 grand prize.
Q&A: Pterofin borrows wind turbine design from bird wings
GeekWire | Denis Du Bois | Sep 26, 2012
Seattle-based Pterofin has copied designs from nature to develop eye-catching turbines for wind and hydro power. That has earned the company several awards, most recently a semifinalist position in the 2012 Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open. I chatted with Pterofin founder and inventor Wallace Kempkey to get the whole story.
National elections: Boom or bust for Oregon’s cleantech industry?
Sustainable Business Oregon | Bryon McCann, Cleantech Open PNW | Sep 25, 2012
The election outcome is likely to have a disproportional impact on emerging sectors such as clean technology, where a well-targeted policy by either candidate could spur growth and development or — conversely — a weak or missing one would leave us lagging behind our international competitors.
Cleantech Open Projects Limbering Up For The Big Final
Opinno | Nacho Florez | Sep 20, 2012
T-minus six days until the final decision is made to support projects by companies dedicated to developing cleaner green technology. This coming Tuesday, September 27, Pamplona, Spain will host the 3rd edition of Cleantech Open Spain (CTO) at the Baluarte Navarre Conference Centre and Auditorium. The capital of the Chartered region is indeed the most appropriate place for this initiative due to its implication in the development of clean energy through the support offered by the Sociedad de Desarrollo de Navarra (SODENA).
ZenRobotics Embraces the Four R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Robots
VentureBeat | Rebecca Grant | Sep 18, 2012
ZenRobotics has raised $17 million by creating Wall-E for industry. The company brings together high technology and recycling to address the world’s trash problem. Its flagship product is the ZenRobotics Recycler, an artificial intelligence system that separates raw materials from waste. The Recycler uses sensors like cameras, 3D laser scanners, metal detectors, and Near Infrared Radiation (NIR) to analyze waste. It then sorts through to reclaim raw materials and remove contaminants.
NADAC Systems Turns Off the Lights, and More, to Save Energy
NADAC 2010 General
NADAC Systems LLC 2009 General
NADAC Systems LLC 2012 Energy Efficiency
GeekWire | Denis Du Bois | Sep 06, 2012
Portland-based NADAC Systems has developed technology that saves energy by switching off unoccupied spaces. That recently earned the company a semifinalist position in the 2012 Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open. I met up with NADAC’s CEO, Miodrag Ognjenovic, to find out more.
Solar Concentrator Design Enables Reduction of PV Surface Area by Factor of 1000
SolenSphere Renewables 2012 Renewable Energy
TreeHugger | Derek Markham | Sep 05, 2012
One of the semifinalists in the 2012 CleanTech Open is developing a unique solar concentrator that is capable of reducing the surface area needed for photovoltaic (PV) panels by a factor of 1000, can harvest the thermal energy generated in its enclosed design, and is made from 50% post-consumer recycled plastic.
Cleantech Open's Ali Adler Celebrated As One of Boston's Top 25 Innovation Amplifiers
boston.com | Scott Kirsner | Aug 31, 2012
I have been asking a pretty straightforward question over the past few weeks, on Twitter and by e-mailing my best-connected contacts: who has been most active in 2012 at working to make Boston's innovation economy better? I've curated that list, and woven in some names of my own, to come up with 25 people who are dialing up the innovation level in what is already a pretty innovative place. They're educating recent college grads about careers at startups, encouraging well-off individuals to try angel investing, organizing meetups and throwing parties, and setting up new collaborative workspaces. A key criteria was whether they were involved with starting something new, taking over an existing entity, or expanding something that already existed, this year.
Saving the world - Rex Northen interviewed by CBS
Banmiller on Business | Brian Banmiller | Aug 25, 2012
The clean tech gurus are gathering; and they’re fighting for efficiency. Rex Northen is executive director of the Cleantech Open. A company that started in California’s Silicon Valley and has spread across the country to the rest of the world. It began in 2006 by a group of business leaders who saw clean technology coming and also saw the potential for clean tech companies to fail. “That wouldn’t matter if the start ups were developing some new table but it does matter if the technologies they’re developing can help change the planet.”
8 End-of-Summer Contests for Small Businesses
Intuit Small Business BLog | Liz Magill | Aug 21, 2012
30 Finalists Selected for MoonBots Competition
Dexter Industries | Aug 19, 2012
Firefighters test new firefighting gel
KTBC Austin | Aug 14, 2012
Q&A: Solensphere looks to make solar power cheaper and more reliable
SolenSphere Renewables 2012 Renewable Energy
GeekWire | Denis Du Bois | Aug 13, 2012
‘Cleantech 2.0’ creates lots of help for startups
Mass High Tech | Jim Schakenbach | Aug 09, 2012
“We use the competition to bring together all the cleantech stakeholders in the region and provide acceleration services to early-stage cleantech companies that have been around for at least six months to a year,” says Adler. “These are way beyond the idea stage – they’re serious entrepreneurs looking for resources to help them grow.” In addition to the competition, the northeast regional Cleantech Open also hosts a number of entrepreneurial workshops and seminars, including almost a dozen this summer in support of the competition.
Local progressive talk radio returns to northern Nevada Read more: Sparks Tribune - Local progressive talk radio returns to northern Nevada
Daily Sparks Tribune | Aug 08, 2012
Chip Evans, MBA, is the former Chairman of the Democratic Party of Washoe County, former member of the Executive Board of the Nevada State Democratic Party and a veteran of campaign field operations in Washoe since 2004. He was named one of the 50 Most Influential Democrats in Nevada by a national political journal, is a regular political pundit on “Nevada Newsmakers” and is frequently quoted in the Reno Gazette Journal. He is currently the Nevada Director of Cleantech Open and Principal Consultant for the Evans Consulting Group.
‘Cleantech 2.0’ creates lots of help for startups
Mass High Tech | Jim Schakenbach | Aug 06, 2012
Along similar lines, national accelerator Cleantech Open, based in San Jose, Calif. with a Northeast office in Boston, hosts a regional business competition-based accelerator program for startups based in New England, New York and New Jersey, which culminates in a regional finals event, this year held Oct. 9 in Cambridge. According to Northeast Regional Director Alexandra Adler, the Cleantech Open accelerator and competition operates a little differently than most university-based business plan competitions.
Olympic champion Missy Franklin’s dad is Cleantech Open regional chief
Denver Business Journal | Cathy Proctor | Aug 01, 2012
Richard Franklin, regional director of the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open business-plan competition, might have a new, bigger title these days: Summer Olympics champ Missy Franklin’s dad. The 17-year-old from Centennial, who attends Aurora’s Regis Jesuit High School, has wowed many with her swift course across the pool. At this writing, she has landed a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle and a bronze in a relay event, and has more events to come.
Q&A: Startup’s innovation boosts renewable energy output
Global Green Energy Corp 2012 Renewable Energy
GeekWire | Denis Du Bois | Jul 30, 2012
Global Green Energy in Tumwater has hardware that solar power system owners use to feed renewable energy into the electric grid. To find out more, I talked with Global Green Energy co-founders Don Moss, President and CEO, and Zachary Butler, Vice President.
Alphabet Energy Takes Prize at Global Entrepreneurship Competition
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Jul 24, 2012
Alphabet’s waste-heat recovery technology takes second place at the bizBarcelona 2012 Summit, a gathering of 12,000 entrepreneurs and investors.
Pareto Point Industries Honored by Cleantech Open
Pareto Point 2012 Transportation
Machinery Lubrication | Jul 23, 2012
Pareto Point Industries (PPI) has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2012 Cleantech Open competition for its Parallel-Flow Oil Bypass Filtration (PBF) system. PPI is now eligible for regional and national awards, totaling $1 million in cash, products, services and media recognition.
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 Shaping Up to be Biggest Year Yet
PRWeb | Jul 20, 2012
Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition: Finalists from more than 20 countries unveil potential breakthrough cleantech ideas in one of six industry categories; air water and waste, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, smart power and transportation. For the first time, a sub-competition is being held specifically for young cleantech entrepreneurs (from ages 10 – 24).
Q&A: Cleantech startup links business decisions to energy costs
Distributed Energy Management 2012 Smart Power
GeekWire | Denis Du Bois | Jul 19, 2012
Distributed Energy Management has business intelligence software that analyzes the energy data from smart meters, or any other data source, and correlates it to business operations. I chatted with founder Jimmy Jia, who holds a BS and MS in Material Science and Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the University of Oxford, to learn more about the Bremerton-based startup company.
LED Engin appoints three new executives
LEDs Magazine | Jul 16, 2012
Seth Halio joins LED Engin as its first Chief Financial Officer. With over 25 years of senior financial management experience, Seth has been CFO at both public and private venture backed companies. His broad experience includes fast-growing technology companies as well as consumer products companies, including Spectra-Physics, Ocular Sciences, Diamond Foods and California Microwave. Seth is a graduate of Bucknell University and participates in the CleanTech Open and Pacific Community Venture mentoring programs.
Retailers, led by Ikea, make big moves into on-site renewables
Environment & Energy Publishing | Daniel Cusick | Jul 13, 2012
Others are following Ikea's lead in droves. And they are doing so for more than the boost in public status that comes from the greening of their businesses. Rahul Raj, Wal-Mart's director of sustainability, told attendees of last month's Cleantech Open conference in Santa Clara, Calif., that the retailing giant, which ranks second on the Fortune 500 list, aspires to meet all its future electricity needs with renewable energy. Currently, 22 percent of Wal-Mart's global power demand is met using renewable resources, and it has signed some of the largest power purchase contracts among U.S. retailers. Raj said that in California, the company plans to have rooftop solar panels installed on 75 percent of its stores by 2013, according to an AOL Energy report from the event.
Refugee secures future with Oregon security system
NADAC Systems LLC 2009 General
NADAC Systems LLC 2012 Energy Efficiency
DJC Oregon | Lindsey O'Brien | Jul 13, 2012
NADAC Systems also is a semifinalist for the Pacific Northwest region in the national Cleantech Open competition. Ognjenovic hopes that will be a springboard to help him secure the $300,000 still needed to finalize Smart Dragon software. He also expects to seek $500,000 to $800,000 more to devise a market approach and make NADAC Systems profitable.
Oregon startup touts device that converts exhaust to electricity
DJC Oregon | Lindsey O'Brien | Jul 10, 2012
The patented Exhaust Capturing Electrical Regeneration Device (ECERD) is essentially a group of mini wind turbines that mount onto cooling towers, vents or fan decks. When the exhaust from a building’s HVAC system blows out, the device turns that by-product, which Gilbert calls “synthetic wind energy,” into electricity.
Two Arizona State University, Student-run Companies Selected as Semi-finalists in Cleantech Open
reNature, Inc 2012 Air, Water, & Waste
Smrten 2012 Smart Power
ASU | Jul 05, 2012
reNature Inc. and SmrtEn, two Arizona State University (ASU) student-led companies, have placed as semifinalists in the Clean Tech Open’s 2012 Rocky Mountain Regional competition. The Cleantech Open, the world’s largest cleantech accelerator program, holds regional competitions to filter semifinalists into their national competition. The Rocky Mountain regional competition included more than 50 entries from 6 states including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. The 20 semifinalists will now compete for regional prizes totaling $20,000 in cash and services as well as a bid to the national competition.
Puralytics' New Solarbag Technology Uses Sunlight To Deliver Sustainable Fresh Water To Retail Customers
Water Online | Jul 05, 2012
Puralytics recently launched the retail version of the SolarBag, a water purification system that uses sunlight-activated nanotechnology to produce safe and sustainable fresh water. The 3-liter SolarBag is the first non-powered, non-chemical system to ever exceed the requirements by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Standard and Protocol for Water Purifiers. The portable product has applications for a wide range of situations including camping, backpacking, boating, international travel and emergency preparedness.
A Look at 12 New Technologies that Could Change the Biofuel Industry (2)
Mercurius Biofuels 2010 General
Biofuels Digest | Jul 01, 2012
Why it’s hot: It’s a low capex solution. According to the founders, Mercurius Biofuels biorefinery technology will be economically viable at a petroleum price of approximately $50 /bbl without subsidies – and offers a dramatically lower $3 / capex per annual gal. of capacity, compared to many other biofuels hopefuls.
Cleantech Open 2012
Energy Blog | Jun 30, 2012
When Walmart And Renewable Energy Collide
EarthTechling | Jun 29, 2012
A Look at 12 New Technologies that Could Change the Biofuel Industry (1)
Biofuels Digest | Jim Lane | Jun 28, 2012
Kiverdi is in the class of gas fermentation companies – like, say, Coskata, INEOS Bio or LanzaTech, and a modular bolt-on to syngas production processes, such as commercially available gasification or steam reforming technologies. Their differentiating point? The ability to produce a wide range of commercially useful mid- and long-chain carbon molecules using proprietary microbes, co-designed bioreactors, and integrated operations. The result? In prospect, a high margin, low Capex waste-conversion technology that can use agricultural carbon-based wastes, natural gas (particularly stranded natural gas), biogas, LPG, or petcoke, to manufacture petrochemical replacements and drop-in fuels.
How to Ride Out a Recession in Cleantech: UK Sector Thrives on Infrastructure
AOL Energy | Felicity Carus | Jun 27, 2012
Willetts told the Cleantech Open Conference in Santa Clara, California, that UK policy provided a stable environment for clean energy development. The Renewable Heat Programme was a world first incentive to generate heat through renewable sources like biomass and solar. The Green Deal was introduced last year under the Energy Act 2011 to eliminate upfront costs to energy efficiency upgrades in homes and businesses to "further decrease the barrier for adoption of those technologies," he said.
Cleantech Open Western Region Announces 2012 Competition Semifinalists
Montana Associated Technology Roundtables | Jun 25, 2012
The western region of the Cleantech Open (http://www.cleantechopen.com) announced that 47 semifinalist companies have been selected to represent the region in the world's largest and most successful cleantech accelerator program. These regional semifinalists were selected from a talented pool of more than 100 cleantech entrepreneur teams from across California, Hawaii, and Nevada that applied to enter the western region competition this year.
TetraKO Approved for Grant to Develop a Bio-Based Class B Fire Suppressant
Fire Engineering | Jun 25, 2012
TetraKO, LLC, the fire suppression subsidiary of EarthClean Corporation, announced that the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) of Minnesota has approved a cost-share grant in the amount of $300,000. The monies, funded by AURI, the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, are for TetraKO to develop a Class B or Class A & B fire suppressant.
Best Advice I Ever Got: Rebeca Hwang
Inc. | Jun 22, 2012
The co-founder and CEO of YouNoodle, explains how simply reframing the problem--and your perspective on it--can change your business and your life.
Sioux Falls Renewable Energy Startup Advances in National Competition
Argus Leader | Jun 22, 2012
Sioux Falls-based Peppermint Energy has been chosen to compete in the regional semifinals of the national Cleantech Open, a competition that awards more than $1 million in prizes.
Fort Collins Company Carbo Analytics a Semifinalist in Cleantech Open
Coloradoan.com | David Young | Jun 21, 2012
A Fort Collins renewable energy company with ties to the brewing industry has been selected as a semifinalist for the The Rocky Mountain region of the Cleantech Open.
Arizona Lands 9 Companies in Cleantech Open Regional Semifinal
Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O'Grady | Jun 20, 2012
Promoting Low-Carbon Innovation at Rio+20
The Energy Collective | Meg Crawford | Jun 20, 2012
Rex Northen from Cleantech Open stressed the steps and best practices that countries and business can take to find, foster, and support innovators and entrepreneurs and build innovation "ecosystems."
Cleantech Open Names Semifinalists
Mass High Tech | Don Seiffert | Jun 20, 2012
In what’s being touted as the “American Idol” of environmental and energy tech businesses, the national Cleantech Open competition has announced 39 semifinalists from the Northeast - more than half of which are from Massachusetts - have entered the accelerator phase.
Meet the Cleantech Open Northeast Semifinalists
BostInno | Walter Frick | Jun 20, 2012
Yesterday, Cleantech Open Northeast, the regional branch of one of the nation-wide cleantech business accelerator announced the semi-finalists that would participate in this year’s program. CTO has a hybrid competition/accelerator model and received 77 applications in the Northeast, 39 of which were selected to enter the accelerator.
SwiftTram Advances in Cleantech Open
Boulder County Business Report | Beth Potter | Jun 20, 2012
Rapid-transit company Swift Tram Inc. is a semifinalist for a clean-technology contest and program that ultimately could mean more than $250,000 for the company. Boulder-based Swift Tram plans to manufacture coaches and other components needed for an electric automated rapid-transit system starting in 2015, according to the company website. Clean technology - or clean tech - is the general term used to describe renewable-energy companies.
NDSU Research team is a finalist in the National Cleantech Open Competition
Switch 2012 Transportation
WDAY South Dakota | Jun 20, 2012
Have you ever wondered how much energy you waste on a daily basis? Thanks to an NDSU Research team, you may be able to find out. The team is a finalist in the National Cleantech Open Competition for their creation - Switch. Switch is the first software of its type that allows people to access their energy consumption levels of their homes or businesses; all done by a cell phone or computer.
Cleantech Open Semifinalists Selected
Littleton Independent News | Jun 20, 2012
The Rocky Mountain region of the Cleantech Open has announced that 20 semifinalist teams have been selected to represent the region in the world’s biggest and most successful cleantech accelerator program. Of the semifinalists, three teams are from the Denver metro area: Hydrant-Flush, Air, Water and Waste category, Westminster; Sunshine Bottling, Renewable Energy category, Englewood; and Vortex Tools, LLC, Energy Efficiency category, Littleton.
Cleantech Open 2012 Semifinalist Companies Have a Shot at the Big Time
Energy Priorities | DenisDu Bois | Jun 20, 2012
Pacific NW Semifinalists for Cleantech Open Announced
GeekWire | Molly Brown | Jun 16, 2012
Seventeen Pacific Northwest companies made it to the semifinals of the Clean Tech Open, noted for their efforts in keeping it green.
Cleantech Open Western Region Announces 2012 Competition Semifinalists
Cleantech Open | Tim Cox | ZingPR | Jun 15, 2012
48 companies have been selected to compete in the Western region competition; 6 of them will face off against teams from around the nation in a quest for $1 million in prizes and the prestigious national cleantech title.
Northwest Cleantech Open 2012 Semifinalists Announced in Seattle
SeattlePI | Dens Du Bois | Jun 14, 2012
Cleantech Open director John Martin announced 17 startups who will continue into the nearly year-long incubator and competition. The regional semifinalists have passed the first round of judging and have a chance to make it to the national final competition in November.
Cleantech Open names 17 Northwest finalists
Sustainable Business Oregon | Christina Williams | Jun 14, 2012
The Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open announced Thursday its 2012 class of early-stage companies that will represent the region in the national startup competition. The semifinalists — seven of them from Oregon and greater Portland — were selected from a pool of entrepreneurial companies from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.
Indow Windows Completes Series A Financing
VCAonline | Jun 12, 2012
PORTLAND, OR, June 12, 2012-- Indow Windows, an award-winning thermal window insert manufacturer, today announced that it has closed a $1.3 million Series A investment round to fund sales, marketing, and operations as part of a national expansion. The round was led by Vision Ridge Partners, a Boulder, Colorado clean tech-focused venture capital firm, with members of the Northwest Energy Angels (NWEA) investing a total of $225,000 to close out the oversubscribed round.
Arctic Sand gets $6.6M, says more on the way
MassHighTech | Don Seiffert | Jun 11, 2012
Power converter chip company Arctic Sand Technologies Inc. has raised $6.6 million in equity out of a $9.1 million offering, according to the Cambridge company’s first filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Tucson tech: One-stop development shop
Arizona Daily Star | David Wichner | Jun 05, 2012
ZERE Energy and Biofuels, Inc. Awarded Nearly $1 Million Dollars from the California Energy Commission
ZERE Energy and Biofuels | Marisa Zuzga | May 31, 2012
Congrats to alumni company ZERE Energy and Biofuels: they've just been awarded $1M by the California Energy Commission to demonstrate their fuel-flexible CHP system.
Massachusetts Incubator Will Provide Incubation Services & Mentoring to Save Energy Systems
Clean Energy Alliance | James Groelinger | May 31, 2012
Save Energy Systems Inc., headquartered in Beverly, MA, develops energy efficiency technology. Its patented Demand Limiting Controller (DLC) is an energy management system for businesses that enables small to mid-size commercial facilities to save significant costs on their electric bill. The Company is allied with North Shore InnoVentures, Mass Technology Leadership Council, Boston ENET, and is participating in the MassChallenge and Clean Tech Open. http://www.SaveEnergySystems.com.
Sustainable Business: Pure breakthrough in cleaning water
Puget Sound Business Journal | Emily Parkhurst | May 11, 2012
A small company in Beaverton, Ore. has figured out a way to use the sun to purify water. Puralytics developed bags coated with a solar or LED-activated mesh that uses nanotechnology to kill pathogens and break apart toxins in the water. The company was the national grand prize in the annual Cleantech Open competition in 2010, and has won numerous awards from local and national organizations.
The state of technology in Minnesota
Minnesota Star Tribune | Dan Carr | May 06, 2012
Minnesota has also become a very active gathering place for tech-savvy programmers, developers, entrepreneurs, investors, seekers and executives. There are dozens of tech forums, social media forums, interactive media forums, creativity forums, accelerators and meetups taking place almost daily. Some recent examples: MHTA, MinneBar, The Collaborative, MIMA, Pecha Kucha, Drupal Camp, eyeo, Predictive Analytics, MinneWebCon, Andriod Camp, Mobile March, MinneWIC, MN Cup, Startup Weekend, Ignite, Minnov8, Tech.MN, The Line, Cleantech Open, TiE, Mojo, Project Skyway and Economic Gardening.
Contests kick off to boost Arizona green, cleantech industries
Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O'Grady | May 04, 2012
Clean-tech industries are garnering more interest as groups in Arizona and beyond work to boost the sector as a key emerging part of the state’s economy. The Cleantech Open is recruiting companies for its annual competition that provides prizes for winners, and the Green Chamber of Greater Phoenix is working to help startups with a contest of its own.
Contests kick off to boost Arizona green, clean-tech industries
Phoenix Business Journal | Patrick O'Grady | May 04, 2012
In Search of a YCombinator/TechStars for Cleantech
BostInno | Walter Frick | Apr 30, 2012
Though MassChallenge has accepted cleantech companies into its competition in the past and will continue to do so, this year it has chosen to partner with the regional branch of the Cleantech Open, a business competition and accelerator (more on CTO later).
Finalists in DOE’s 1st Ever Clean Energy Business Plan Competition to be Announced Source
CleanTechnica | Zachary Shahan | Apr 30, 2012
The competition’s 30 or so finalists (out of 83 teams from 34 universities) will be announced today and tomorrow at Caltech. These finalists will all be “automatically accepted into the Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy (GTEA), offered by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at UC Davis, June 25 – 27, 2012.” The top 3 FLoW finalists will be semifinalists in the 2012 Cleantech Open competition.
The collective impact of reducing energy & water consumption on college campuses
Examiner.com | Michal Lenchner | Apr 27, 2012
This week, a three-week nationwide competition that challenges college and university campuses to reduce electricity and water consumption, the Campus Conservation Nationals, ended, where 150 colleges and universities participated across the US. Results and winning schools will be publically announced on May 1st on the Campus Ecology program's website, which conducts the competition every year, and is run by the National Wildlife Federation.
TODAY: Third Annual UC Hastings Cleantech Roundtable in San Francisco
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Apr 13, 2012
Leaders from across the cleantech community to engage in a lively roundtable discussion about key legal issues facing cleantech companies. Mr. Tran (a Cleantech Open alum) to highlight how new patent workflow tools can establish “first to file” status and reduce costs.
Upcoming small business competitions
CNNMoney | Kitt Walsh | Apr 13, 2012
The Redwood City, Calif.-based Cleantech Open is an organization that runs the world's largest accelerator. The accelerator helps entrepreneurs find, fund, and foster ideas addressing urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. EarthClean, which was a national runner-up in 2010, invented a water enhancer called TetraKO that helps firefighters. Three months after placing third in the 2011 Cleantech Open business competition, EarthClean secured $1 million in funding.
Progress Minnesota: Atmosphere Recovery Inc.
Finance & Commerce | Frank Jossi | Apr 12, 2012
Even though Atmosphere Recovery Inc. was one of four upper Midwest finalists selected for the national Clean Tech Open competition last year, CEO and founder Ronald Rich was still not particularly optimistic that his company had any chance of winning. Atmosphere Recovery’s laser gas analyzers are not particularly easy to explain or understand, a hindrance in a green energy world where comprehending a new twist on a solar panel does not require a Ph.D. Yet Rich came away with the national prize, beating 20 other finalists and bringing home an award of $250,000 in loans and services.
Interview with Deane Little, New Sky Energy
techrockies.com | Apr 12, 2012
How do you take carbon dioxide, and turn that into something more useful (and less polluting and harmful) to mankind? Boulder-based New Sky Energy (www.newskyenergy.com) thinks it has the solution, using CO2 in the atmosphere to create industrial chemical products. The firm has been recognized for its technology efforts, most recently by Imagine H2O, and the Clean Tech Open, and we thought it would be interesting to hear about the company. Deane Little is CEO and CSO of the company, and told us a bit about the technology the firm is developing.
Interview with Deane Little, New Sky Energy
techrockies | Apr 12, 2012
Upcoming Small-Business Competitions
CNNMoney | Kitt Walsh | Apr 10, 2012
The Redwood City, Calif.-based Cleantech Open is an organization that runs the world's largest accelerator. The accelerator helps entrepreneurs find, fund, and foster ideas addressing urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. EarthClean, which was a national runner-up in 2010, invented a water enhancer called TetraKO that helps firefighters. Three months after placing third in the 2011 Cleantech Open business competition, EarthClean secured $1 million in funding. Eligibility: Entrants must fit one of the competition's six cleantech categories: air, water and waste; energy efficiency; green building; renewable energy; smart power, green grid and energy storage; and transportation. Must be a startup with less than $1 million from private third-party funding or $5 million from all other sources of funding. Teams must have a minimum of two people with at least one team member being a United States resident, citizen, or legal alien.
Northwest Cleantech, Start Up Your Engines
SeattlePI.com | Denis Du Bois | Apr 05, 2012
The Pacific Northwest Regional Cleantech Open launched its 2012 season. A stellar panel shared insights into the early stages of a cleantech startup. Cleantech entrepreneurs gathered in Seattle and Portland this week to hear what they should expect in the Cleantech Open, an annual incubator and business plan competition. For those who decide to submit their applications (due by May 8th) and embark on the nearly year-long journey, CTO Operations Chair John Martin spelled out the itinerary of meetings, deadlines and ceremonies. The rewards for successfully navigating that trip range from $10,000 to $250,000 in services and cash.
Sustainable: New biodegradable plastic bag is in the works
Finance & Commerce | Drew Kerr | Apr 03, 2012
CycleWood has already found success at several entrepreneurial competitions since introducing its lignin-based biodegradable bags, including the Wal-Mart Better Living Business Plan Challenge, San Diego State University’s Venture Challenge and a first-place award in the Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup in Arkansas that earned the company $20,000. The company was also a 2011 finalist in the Cleantech Open in the South Central region and is now among three finalists in the material science category for a 2012 Edison Award, which is expected to be announced April 26.
Cleantech Open partners with NIREC to expand to region
Northern Nevada Business Weekly | John Seelmeyer | Apr 02, 2012
Entrepreneurs weary of Interstate 80 between Reno and San Francisco are catching a break. CleanTech Open, a nonprofit that finds, funds and fosters startups in clean-energy and related technologies, is launching a Nevada chapter. The organization based in Redwood City, Calif., sponsors a high-profile competition with $1 million in prize for entrepreneurs, and it provides intensive training and mentoring to companies that participate in the competition. About 20 companies from Nevada have participated in the CleanTech Open in recent years. Founders of one of them, Reno-based Load IQ LLC, received invaluable guidance about its markets and its financial planning, says Chief Executive Officer Hampden Kuhns. But Kuhns says he wearied of traveling from Reno to San Francisco through 2011 to participate in CleanTech Open events. Nicola Kerslake, who participated in CleanTech Open as a founder of Sparks-based Clausius Technologies, says the time savings of a program close to home will be significant to harried entrepreneurs. “It’s going to make a huge difference,” says Kerslake. The new Nevada chapter of the organization was created as a partnership between CleanTech Open and the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization. Chip Evans, a veteran entrepreneur from Reno who leads the Nevada chapter as a volunteer, says the new chapter will allow entrepreneurs in the state to tap into networks of experts, both in Nevada and California, without the big travel commitments. Launched in California in 2006, CleanTech Open now works with entrepreneurs in 33 states. Out of the 581 companies that have participated, more than 40 percent have raised external capital, says Erik Steeb, western regional director for CleanTech Open. Although some investors have cooled on the clean energy sector, Steeb says CleanTech Open companies raised $154 million in capital in the past 12 months. Participating companies are limited to those that have raised no more than $1 million from external sources and $5 million from friends-and-family sources. Technologies represented in the program include energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, smart power, transportation and conservation and pollution control. Five companies in Nevada already have applied for this year’s program, Evans says. (For details, see cleantechopen.com.) CleanTech Open plans meetings in northern Nevada this month to roll out its competition and coaching program to business owners. Details of those meetings hadn’t been set last week.
Cleantech Open Northeast 2012 Competition Launches With Optimism From Entrepreneurs
BostInno | Walter Frick | Mar 29, 2012
Today’s cleantech founders have it easy according to Peter Vandermeulen, founder and CEO of 7AC. Well, at least compared to companies like his that got off the ground in 2009, when capital was hard to come by. But Vandermeulen, who closed a $2.3 million series A earlier this month, told entrepreneurs assembled at last night’s Cleantech Open Northeast launch party, that the environment for cleantech startups was improving, and that their companies could benefit from participating in the accelerator.
New Sky Energy Wins Prestigious Imagine H2O Wastewater Prize
Wall Street Journal | Press Release | Mar 29, 2012
Company recognized for its innovative technology that converts wastewater and CO2 into highly valuable 'carbon negative chemicals'
Lucid Partners with Seattle 2030 District to Dramatically Reduce Commercial Building Energy Usage in Downtown Seattle
Lucid | Tim Cox | Mar 26, 2012
Lucid, the pioneer provider of real-time energy monitoring and display systems for buildings, announced a partnership with the Seattle 2030 District to provide energy and water monitoring for commercial buildings in Downtown Seattle. Lucid’s Building Dashboard® will empower managers and tenants to track performance and conserve resources. The Seattle 2030 District is a public/private partnership of more than 60 members, including Architecture 2030, 19 property owners and managers, the City of Seattle, King County, and numerous professional and community stakeholders. Their aim is to enroll nearly 88 million square feet of buildings in Downtown Seattle and leverage a variety of resources to meet the energy, water and CO2 reduction targets called for by Architecture 2030 in the 2030 Challenge for Planning. The target is to reduce energy use, water consumption and CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030.
Chevron sponsors green technology at Cleantech Open, invests in renewable energy
VentureBeat | Sarah Mitroff | Mar 24, 2012
The Cleantech Open, a competition that helps launch new green tech companies, held its launch event Friday night at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. The event brought together nine clean tech companies to exhibit their products or clean tech services.
Cleantech Open offers startups access to cash
Sustainable Business Oregon | Matthew Kish | Mar 23, 2012
Cold-calling venture capitalists is pointless. Even for those with solid business plans and strong management, dialing Bay Area financiers out of the blue is less productive than buying lottery tickets. That’s where the Cleantech Open comes in, says Hiroshi Morihara, CEO of Gresham-based HM3 Energy Inc. Now in its fourth year in the Pacific Northwest, the competition is a way for emerging green businesses to win cash and professional services. Its goal is to “find, fund and foster” the next generation of sustainable businesses.
Lucid Joins the White House’s Green Button Initiative
Lucid | Tim Cox | Mar 22, 2012
Lucid, the pioneer provider of real-time energy information systems for commercial buildings, announced that it will support “Green Button” data from utilities – energy usage data provided in a standardized, electronic format. Green Button support means that Lucid’s flagship product for tracking energy consumption on the Web, Building Dashboard®, can be delivered at less cost and at a broader scale for commercial buildings across North America.
Spinning Wastewater Into Gold: Imagine H2O’s 2012 Water Innovation Prize Winners
National Geographic News | Brian Clark Howard | Mar 22, 2012
Electric car charger testing in a box
GigaOM/Earth2Tech | Katie Fehrenbacher | Mar 21, 2012
Gridtest System’s CEO Neal Roche tells me in an interview on Tuesday that there’s a significant amount of investment being made — by both the charger makers and the charger network developers — into making sure electric car chargers are compatible, as well as into charger research and development. “There are 75 to 100 companies that have entered the electric car charging market. Anyone who can bend metal is trying to build a charging station,” said Roche.
Gridtest nabs some seed money
VentureBeat | Sarah Mitroff | Mar 21, 2012
Gridtest Systems tests the safety and efficiency of electric vehicle charging stations. The company announced Tuesday that is has received an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels.
Oregon BEST hires entrepreneurs-in-residence
Sustainable Business Oregon | Christina Williams | Mar 21, 2012
The Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center, known as Oregon BEST, will announce Thursday the hire of two entrepreneurial executives to help small businesses and university researchers commercialize products. Dennis Powers and Karl Mundorff will join the state-supported organization, which serves as a signature research center supporting the green building and clean technology industries. Working part-time, the entrepreneurs-in-residence will support Oregon BEST's grant-supported commercialization program. Powers comes to Oregon BEST as co-founder of VectorPoint Ventures LLC, a private equity firm. He is a seasoned electronics industry executive and investor. Mundorff has a decade of experience in cleantech as CEO of BioReaction Industries. He is also a volunteer with the Northwest Cleantech Open program and an adjunct professor at Concordia University.
Cleantech Open Alum Gridtest Systems Secures Angel Funding
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Mar 20, 2012
Gridtest Systems Inc., an independent provider of high-value test and measurement tools for electric vehicle (EV) charging, announced it has closed a seed investment round with Pasadena Angels and Tech Coast Angels. This initial round of external investment enables Gridtest Systems to accelerate the launch of its first product, the EV Emulator EVE-100L, which solves critical test and measurement problems for R&D labs of major charging system manufacturers and product suppliers.
Cleantech Venture Competitions
Cleantech Blog | Richard Stuebi | Mar 20, 2012
Also being held this summer, and not just limited to clean energy ventures, is the Cleantech Open, another business plan tournament that involves bigger prizes and leads even to a global competition in the fall. (The Cleantech Open currently appears to be lacking a Midwest region — something I hope to be a part of remedying for future years.) If you want to get into this contest, entry applications are due May 8.
Cleantech Open announces Nevada chapter
Reno Gazette-Journal | Mar 20, 2012
Cleantech Open, the world’s largest clean energy accelerator and business competition, announced the opening of a Nevada chapter, as well as a new partnership with the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization. An introductory session will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Desert Research Institute, 2215 Raggio Parkway, Reno. Cleantech Open has awarded more than $5 million in cash and services throughout its history, with 581 companies taking part in the program and raising more than $660 million in external funding.
Wells Fargo Publishes 2011 Environmental Finance Report
Well Fargo Blog | Stephanie Rico | Mar 20, 2012
A few of the highlights of the 2011 Environmental Finance Report (PDF*) include: - Approximately $450 million in capital deployed to solar photovoltaic projects, doubling total investment in the sector to more than $900 million - Approximately $200 million in wind project investments, increasing total wind investment to date to more than $1.6 billion - Over $1.5 billion in loans to LEED®-certified commercial buildings and community development projects - More than $150 million in loans to commercial banking and community banking cleantech customers
MEDIA INVITE: Cleantech Open 2012 National Competition Launch Party at NASA Ames Research Center
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Mar 16, 2012
■ Save the date: 5:30-8:00 pm, Friday, March 23, 2012. ■ Members of the media are invited to join the Cleantech Open for the inauguration of the 2012 Competition. ■ Learn about Cleantech Open’s goals, programs, and plans for expansion as the world’s biggest and most successful cleantech business competition embarks on its seventh year. ■ Experiencing foods from NASA’s own chef, accompanied by organic wines. ■ Astronauts!
Solar, Wind, and Biofuels Markets rise 31% to $246.B, despite ongoing economic turbulence.
Clean Edge Inc. | Ron Pernick | Mar 13, 2012
Clean Edge annual report finds rapid expansion in global deployment and improving cost-competitiveness for solar and wind.
Grants help clean-tech firms reach abroad for new markets
Denver Business Journal | Cathy Proctor | Mar 09, 2012
Cleantech Open Looks Globally For Great Ideas
EarthTechling | Kristy Hessman | Mar 08, 2012
What started as a California-centric business competition with a few dozen entries has grown to become a nationwide cleantech event. Of course, we are talking about the Cleantech Open Accelerator and Competition. Founded in 2006 by a group of entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, the competition has grown across state lines and is now setting its sights globally. The mission: to find, fund and foster the next great cleantech ideas. “What we aim to do is attract innovators with great cleantech ideas to enter our competition,” Tim Cox, PR chair with the Cleantech Open said in a recent interview with us.
Alphabet Energy Secures Additional $2 Million in Strategic Capital
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Mar 07, 2012
Alphabet Energy Inc., innovator of thermoelectric products for waste-heat recovery, has secured $2 million in debt financing from Hercules Technology Growth Capital. The investment, which follows last quarter’s $12 million Series A equity financing led by TPG Biotech, provides Alphabet Energy with the means to accelerate its plans to acquire capital equipment as the company continues the build-out of its new Hayward facility in the San Francisco Bay Area.
FLoW competition offers university students $200,000 and the chance to start a clean energy business
USC Stevens Institute for Innovation | Feb 16, 2012
FLoW's student teams will also get the chance to participate in top entrepreneurial training programs in clean energy. Finalists will be automatically accepted into the Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy (GTEA), offered by the Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at UC Davis, June 25 – 27, 2012. The national and international Cleantech Open (CTO) will accept the top three FLoW competition finalists as semifinalists in the 2012 Cleantech Open competition including attendance in the Cleantech Open National Academy-West Coast.
Indow Windows garners news award nomination
Salem News | Feb 15, 2012
Indow Windows announced today it is a finalist in the energy and sustainability category for the 2012 Edison Best New Product Awards, which honor innovation and excellence in the development, marketing and launch of new products and services.
Indow Windows garners news award nomination
Salem News | Feb 15, 2012
Indow Windows announced today it is a finalist in the energy and sustainability category for the 2012 Edison Best New Product Awards, which honor innovation and excellence in the development, marketing and launch of new products and services.
BioVantage Resources – A Golden Startup Dedicated to Clean Water
Boulder.me | Jennifer Roberts | Feb 14, 2012
Minnesota companies aim for greener living through chemistry
Twin Cities Pioneer Press | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo | Feb 11, 2012
Lots of entrepreneurs boast about "eating their own cooking," but Doug Ruth takes it to a whole new level. The CEO and founder of EarthClean, a clean-tech startup in South St. Paul, will pop a fingerful of his company's TetraKO firefighting gel into his mouth to prove it's nontoxic. EarthClean's product, made of 50 percent cornstarch, is a goopy example of how the green-chemistry movement is starting to grow beyond the seed stage.
Industry interview: Susan Kunz of Biovantage Resources
Planet-Profit Report | David Shwartz | Feb 06, 2012
Company focuses on water reclamation and taking biofuel from lab to maket
Mango Materials changes waste gas into bioplastics
Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal | Feb 03, 2012
The business: Mango Materials Inc. produces biodegradable plastics from waste biogas (methane) at a competitive price versus oil-based plastics. Mango Materials produces its plastic (polyhydroxyalkanoate) in powder form that is converted into a variety of plastic products such as children’s toys, electronic casings, water bottles and food packaging containers. Building on patented research from Stanford University, Mango Materials uses waste biogas that would otherwise enter the atmosphere from landfills, agricultural facilities and wastewater treatment plants.
Startups scramble for investments, attention in new D.C. competitions
Environment & Energy Greenwire | Gabriel Nelson | Jan 24, 2012
Cleantech Open alum Leva Energy wins $250K award to demonstrate efficacy of clean-air burner tech
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Jan 19, 2012
Leva Energy Inc., the cleantech company that leverages hot-water and steam boilers to produce clean and cost-effective electric power, has been awarded $250,000 by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s Technology Advancement Program. The award green-lights Leva to fabricate and install a Power Burner 100 at a designated host site, where it will undergo testing and validation to demonstrate that it can enable local businesses to meet the District’s stringent clean-air certification requirements.
Cleantech Open expands to mid-Atlantic region
Cleantech Open | Josh Greene | Jan 04, 2012
ICF International is hosting the Northern Virginia Technology Council Smart Energy Committee’s January meeting, where Joshua Greene, partner at Patton Boggs LLP, will discuss the expansion of the Cleantech Open to the region.

2011

GreenVolts seeks to be Apple of high-end solar
CNET | Martin LaMonica | Dec 14, 2011
GreenVolts is blasting the equivalent of 1,300 suns onto a solar cell to survive in the cut-throat solar industry. The Fremont, Calif.-based start-up today announced it has raised an additional $35 million and unveiled a redesigned large-scale solar array. The series D funding brought $20 million from industrial conglomerate ABB which will market GreenVolt's solar system to businesses and utilities.
The cleantech Academy Awards
Planet-Profit Report | Michele Chandler | Dec 06, 2011
And the winners are.
Portland Startup Indow Windows Wins Big in Cleantech Open
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Denis Du Bois | Nov 18, 2011
The Northwest’s rock star in the global 2011 Cleantech Open is Indow Windows of Portland, Oregon. The team brought home some serious glass from the Open’s finals in Silicon Valley. Indow Windows was named last month as the Northwest region’s Sustainability winner, giving the company a shot at the contest’s top echelon of prizes in the final judging rounds November 16.
Tech and biotech: Green builders in Wisconsin take honors in nationwide contest
Wisconsin State Journal | Judy Newman | Nov 18, 2011
Green building concepts helped two Wisconsin companies score awards in a nationwide clean technology competition last week, the Cleantech Open National Business Competition, in Redwood City, Calif.
Atmosphere Recovery, Eden Prairie, wins national Cleantech green award
Pioneer Press | Leslie Brooks Suzukamo | Nov 18, 2011
An Eden Prairie startup has become the first Midwest winner of the Cleantech Open, a national contest based in California's Silicon Valley that searches for the best new clean-tech companies. Atmosphere Recovery, which was founded in 1994, makes a unique laser-based gas analyzer system. The system results in more- efficient industrial processes for such things as steel making and biofuels production, company CEO Ronald Rich said.
Cleantech Open Announces Winners of 2011 National Business Competition and Global Ideas Competition
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Nov 17, 2011
The Grand Prize of $250,000 goes to Atmosphere Recovery, which makes laser-based gas analyzer systems for efficient manufacturing and advanced energy process control. Runners up in the National Business Competition are Indow Windows and PK Clean. Indow Windows also wins the 2011 National Sustainability Award. Energy Hub and Power Assure win 2011 Alumni Awards. Biofiltro of Chile wins the Cleantech Open 2011 Global Ideas Competition.
Cleantech Open announces winners
GigaOM earth2tech | April Kilcrease | Nov 17, 2011
Twenty-one cleantech startups from across the U.S. competed for a grand prize of $250,000 in seed investment and services at this year’s Cleantech Open Business Competition. On Wednesday night, the not-for-profit organization awarded the national grand prize to the winner in the renewable energy category, Atmosphere Recovery, which makes laser-based gas analyzer systems for efficient manufacturing and advanced energy process control.
Cleantech Open Awards Best Of Innovation
EarthTechling | Nino Marchetti | Nov 17, 2011
Cleantech Open – the “Academy Awards of Clean Technology” as some call it – wrapped up its yearlong pursuit of the most innovative clean tech start ups in San Jose, California this week as it announced the winners of its competition. The event, which we’ve been tracking through the regionals held earlier this year, helps bring prestige and greater recognition to all those who make it to the end, not to mention a nice cash prize in seed investment and related services.
Flying greener: reducing aviation carbon emissions is a viable option
Examiner.com | Michal Lenchner | Nov 17, 2011
What else is new in green transportation? Meet Sylvatex biofuels, a Silicon Valley, California company that has won numerous awards and "Most likely to succeed" label at industry conferences and venture funding competitions, including Silicon Valley LAUNCH and PortTechLA, as well as funding and support through the San Francisco’s Greenstart accelerator program.
Clean Tech Open: Whole Tree Structures wins national green building award
Journal Sentinel | Thomas Content | Nov 17, 2011
Firms from the Upper Midwest won awards and funding in a national clean tech business competition Wednesday night. The national grand prize was awarded to Atmosphere Recovery Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn., which makes laser-based analyzing systems for manufacturing processes.
Local Co. Wins Cleantech Open National Grand Prize
Twin Cities Business | Nataleeya Boss | Nov 17, 2011
Atmosphere Recovery, which makes a system to increase the energy output from gas- or liquid-based energy processes, was named the grand prize winner at the Cleantech Open 2011 Global Forum.
Sustainable: Eden Prairie company competing for $250,000 at Cleantech Open
Finance & Commerce | Frank Jossi | Nov 09, 2011
A square white metal box with a book-size computer screen sits mounted inside Atmosphere Recovery Inc.’s Eden Prairie office. It contains a laser gas analyzer that will soon travel to the control room of a landfill site outside Milwaukee.
Cleaning Coal
Planet Profit Report | Nov 01, 2011
Veritek Coal Processing CEO Dale Zink, a Cleantech Open finalists, talks at the 2011 Clean Tech Open about the process his company uses to remove impurities from coal before it’s burned.
ASU spin out wins Cleantech Open Regional competition
ASU NEWS | Oct 29, 2011
Arbsource, a spin out company from Arizona State University, is the winner of the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open regional final for the Air, Water and Waste category. Arbsource uses biotechnology to transform wastewater treatment from a costly energy liability into a valuable resource for food and beverage companies.
Funds in the sun
ColoradoBiz | Oct 27, 2011
Brian Duke of Focused Sun talks about the unique way his company combines solar heating and electricity at the 2011 Clean Tech Open.
Job summit highlights small-tech wizardry
Star Tribune | Dee DePass | Oct 26, 2011
There were gee-whiz innovations and high-tech jobs for the taking at the Governor's Job Summit in St. Paul on Tuesday. A dozen fresh-faced tech firms showcased engineering jobs and "over-the-top" products that included James Bond-like spyware, fire retardants made from corn and plug-in conversion kits for cars at the summit's "Innovation Hall." Recon Robotics in Edina, TLC Precision Wafer Technology and ReGo Plug In, both of Minneapolis, and EarthClean of South St. Paul were among firms handpicked by Gov. Mark Dayton to showcase their products and growth potential.
New start-up bringing advanced smart window to market
+Plastic Electronics | Sara Ver-Bruggen | Oct 25, 2011
Explains Burnett: 'We are developing an electrochromic [EC] thin-film for windows. It is similar to other EC technology in most ways. It is different in that our product turns reflective to light and heat, whereas other EC technologies turn dark and therefore absorb heat.'
A promise of cheaper cleaning of coal impurities
PPR | Allen Best | Oct 23, 2011
Wondrous in its abundance, horrible in the repercussions from its burning, coal is a pickle. Can the sulfur, mercury, and other pollutants unleashed into the atmosphere from its burning be removed more easily? Veritek proclaims a breakthrough process in which the impurities can be removed prior to burning. It would seem that coal-producers and electrical utilities would be beating a path to the door of Veritek’s Denver-area offices. But the company first has to move the technology from the laboratory into a pilot-scale demonstration. To accomplish that, it seeks $1 million from investors.
The envelope, please…
CO Biz | Eric Peterson | Oct 20, 2011
"Entrepreneurs aren't born-they're made," L. Hunter Lovins says. "We know how to do it. Organizations like the Cleantech Open allow entrepreneurs to learn and grow."
The envelope, please…
ColoradoBiz | Eric Peterson | Oct 20, 2011
Presenting the regional finalists at the Cleantech Open
Concrete plastic
Planet Profit Report | Oct 19, 2011
Jay Buerger of Balkrete Custom Aggregates talks about the unique product his company creates with recycled plastic at the 2011 Clean Tech Open.
North Central Cleantech Open Finalists Picked
Earth Techling | Laura Caseley | Oct 18, 2011
Three finalists from the Cleantech Open have been announced as representatives of the North Central region in the national competition this November. The three, Atmosphere Recovery from Eden Prairie, Minnesota; FORTECO of Hartland, Wisconsin; and Whole Trees Structures, based in Stoddard, Wisconsin; were chosen from a pool of 20 semifinalists from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Thanks, CTO!
Planet Profit Report | Oct 18, 2011
Osiris Stevens, president and CEO of NextStep Electric, talks about how the Clean Tech Open has helped his company.
The Recycling Biz
ColoradoBiz | Oct 18, 2011
Patrick Tierney, CEO of Mirror Image Ventures, talks about attracting investors at the 2011 Clean Tech Open.
Cleantech Open Announces Winners in California, North Central, and Rocky Mountain Regions
Green VC | Oct 13, 2011
The Clean Tech Open (CTO), a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups, recently announced the finalists for its 2011 competition in three of its regional competitions.
Clean tech company EarthClean goes global with new contract
The Line | Elizabeth Millard | Oct 12, 2011
If all goes as planned, firefighters in Japan and South Korea will be racing to fires with innovative technology from Minnesota.
Cleantech Spotlight: Dragonfly Solutions
ColoradoBiz | Oct 11, 2011
STORY IN BRIEF: Co-founder L. Brent Ivie has 31 years in the electronics field and a 2002 sale of a company to Honeywell. He and Dragonfly co-founder Jaqueline Zielenski have a joint provisional patent on energy-saving technology that results in more efficient use of electricity in schools, businesses, and homes.
Atmosphere Recovery, Sheerwind Get Cleantech Awards
Twin Cities Business | Christa Meland | Oct 11, 2011
Atmosphere Recovery was named a regional winner and won a prize package worth up to $20,000—and Sheerwind won a regional sustainability award, which includes $10,000 in cash and in-kind services; both will compete at a national competition next month.
Cleantech Open regional winners announced
Denver Business Journal | Cathy Proctor | Oct 10, 2011
Planet Profit Report--GeoTree Technologies
ColoradoBiz | Oct 10, 2011
S. Amir Hoda, CEO at GeoTree Technologies, a Rocky Mountain region finalist at the 2011 Cleantech Open, talks about how his company’s product makes it possible to replace aging infrastructure from the inside out.
Planet Profit Report--US e-Chromic LLC
ColoradoBiz | Oct 10, 2011
2011 Clean Tech Open finalist Loren Burnett, president and CEO of US e-Chromic LLC, talks at the about the window film his company is developing that will cut energy costs by as much as 40 percent. Burnett will represent the Rocky Mountain region in this year's competition.
Green-tech firms win key backing for work
Star Tribune | Neal St. Anthony | Oct 09, 2011
A couple of young Minnesota companies that make substitutes for petroleum-based products are getting some traction. EarthClean Corp. of South St. Paul has signed a three-year, $4.3 million contract with South Korea's SAM JOO S.M.C. Co., an industrial coatings and clean-technology firm based in Seoul. The deal was inked during Gov. Mark Dayton's recent trade mission.
Wisconsin firms named Cleantech Open finalists
Wisconsin State Journal | Thomas Content | Oct 07, 2011
Wisconsin firms were two of the three winners Thursday night at the Cleantech Open North Central region business competition in Minneapolis.
Eden Prairie firm makes finals in Cleantech Open
Star Tribune | Neal St. Anthony | Oct 07, 2011
Two Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network clients win regional clean tech contest
UW Colleges | Oct 04, 2011
Two out of three winners at a regional clean technology competition are UW-Extension small business clients, who have received business counseling or other services through the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network or the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center Network.
Cleantech Open: Turning Possibility into Reality
Triple Pundit | Desmond King (Chevron) and Rex Northen (Cleantech Open) | Oct 02, 2011
Oil companies and cleantech startups have more in common than you may think. Both are constantly looking for ways to turn what’s thought to be impossible, into possible; and make the possible profitable.
Governor Dayton and Delegation Return from South Korea Trade Mission
Office of the Governor | Oct 01, 2011
During the trade mission, Doug Ruth, CEO and founder of EarthClean, a clean technology company, signed an agreement with SAM JOO S.M.C. Co., Ltd., a clean technology and industrial coatings company based in Seoul, South Korea, establishing SAM JOO as the exclusive EarthClean distributor for South Korea. EarthClean produces TetraKO water enhancer, an innovative and environmentally friendly alternative to existing firefighting technology.
Dr. Graham Fisher, Chief Scientist at MEMC, Joins Alphabet Energy’s Technical Advisory Board
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Sep 27, 2011
Alphabet Energy Inc., maker of thermoelectric materials for waste-heat recovery, has named Dr. Graham Fisher to its technical advisory board. Dr. Fisher is currently chief scientist at MEMC, were he leads the emerging technologies research group. MEMC is a global pioneer in wafer technologies and one of the largest suppliers of polysilicon and silicon wafers for the semiconductor and solar industries. The company sells its products to device manufacturers around the world.
NASA and The Cleantech Open Partner in Robotics Challenge
NASA | Tim Cox | Sep 22, 2011
NASA has selected The Cleantech Open of Redwood City, Calif., to manage the agency's Night Rover Challenge that will culminate in a competition in fall 2012. The event is a new Centennial Challenges prize competition seeking revolutionary energy storage technologies for future space robotic rover missions. NASA is offering a prize purse of $1.5 million to challenge winners.
Cleantech finalists gear up: Businesses make pitches in regional competition
MetroNorth/MileHigh | Mikkel Kelly | Sep 21, 2011
Semifinalists in the Rocky Mountain regional Cleantech Open sharpened their sales pitches and business plans in a clinic the last week of August in Denver.
Alphabet Energy Raises $12 Million in Series A Financing, Led by TPG Biotech
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Sep 15, 2011
Alphabet Energy Raises $12 Million in Series A Financing, Led by TPG Biotech. Pioneer of silicon-based thermoelectric technology for generating electricity from wasted heat accelerates product development. Initial Investors Claremont Creek Ventures and CalCEF Clean Energy Angel fund also participate in the financing.
Tekne Awards finalists announced
Star Tribune | Wendy Lee | Sep 15, 2011
Congrats to Cleantech Open Semifinalist LEDSquad / Lighting House USA - they are also a Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Awards finalist!!
Planet Profit Report--Richard Franklin
ColoradoBiz | Sep 09, 2011
Dick Franklin, regional director of the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, talks about how the competition has evolved and grown.
Contests spotlight renewable and clean-tech companies
Finance & Commerce | Jeremy Stratton | Sep 07, 2011
Although the Minnesota Cup and Cleantech Open may be referred to as “startup” competitions, five Minnesota companies making strong showings in the contests’ renewable energy, green building and clean-tech divisions are beyond the birthing stage.
CTSI Announces Top 10 Defense Energy Technology Solutions
Reuters | PR Newswire | Aug 18, 2011
Companies to Present in Honolulu at Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit September 13
Alphabet Energy Appoints Lean Startup Expert Eric Ries To Strategic Advisory Board
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Aug 17, 2011
Alphabet EnergyInc., maker of thermoelectric materials for waste-heat recovery, has named Eric Ries to its strategic advisory board.
Wells Fargo Sponsors The Cleantech Open
Wells Fargo | Lisa E. Davis | Aug 14, 2011
The nation’s biggest clean-technology competition finds entrepreneurs with big ideas for transforming their markets and creating jobs.
On The Cusp: Clean Tech And Investors
AolEnergy | Felicity Carus | Aug 04, 2011
Grundfos Partners With Cleantech Open To Develop Energy-Efficient Solutions For Global Water Challenges
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Jul 13, 2011
Grundfos is now a sponsor of the Cleantech Open! Henrik Skov Laursen a panelist at tomorrow's investor conference.
Why the days of the internal combustion engine are NOT over
GigaOm | Katie Fehrenbacher | Jul 05, 2011
Last week I interviewed a startup called Grail Engine Technologies, which was a recent finalist in the North-Central Cleantech Open. Grail Engine Technologies has been developing an efficient two-stroke engine that the company says uses less fuel but is more powerful than larger engines and could be sold commercially in about two to five years (see video).
A battery startup flows toward launch
earth2tech/GigaOM | Ucilia Wang | Jun 27, 2011
Will flow batteries — large tanks of liquid batteries — be a key technology to help deliver more clean power for the grid? Flow battery startup EnerVault is getting closer to commercializing that vision, and has completed the design of its prototype battery and is counting on a demonstration project next year to help the company launch its technology into the market in 2013, EnerVault CEO Craig Horne told us.
Suntulit, 2010 Finalist, Among GE Ecomagination Home Challenge Winners
Greentech Media | Katherine Tweed | Jun 23, 2011
Suntulit’s air conditioning control system uses data such as room temperature and occupants of a room at any given time to learn user needs and offer ways to reduce utility bills by as much as 30 percent.
Fire suppression turns green
FireRescue1 | Jamie Thompson | Jun 21, 2011
TetraKO is a corn starch-based water enhancer that can be pumped through standard fire equipment
Five MN Cos. Named Semifinalists in Cleantech Open
Twin Cities Business | Jake Anderson | Jun 21, 2011
Of the 20 semifinalists chosen from the Cleantech Open’s 10-state North-Central region, five are based in Minnesota.
Startup competitions move to next stage
Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal | Katharine Grayson | Jun 20, 2011
The Cleantech Open on Friday named the 20 semifinalists for its North Central region, which covers Midwest states.
EcoFactor: Using big data to reduce home energy by 17%
GigaOm Earth2Tech | Katie Fehrenbacher | Jun 09, 2011
EcoFactor, a startup that uses big data tools to act as a new brain for connected thermostats, has some stellar results from ten different trials where it automated the process of turning up and down consumer’s thermostats. The company, which launched at the end of 2009, says that on average its services can reduce a person’s home energy use by 17 percent compared to a programmable but non-optimized thermostat.
EcoFactor Cuts House Power by 17 Percent
GreenTechMedia | Michael Kanellos | Jun 09, 2011
EcoFactor -- the home energy management company that says it can cut your power bills by taking over your thermostat -- says it can cut utility bills by 17 percent a month compared to a programmable thermostat left for you to control. The company also claims it can outdo demand response companies.
EcoFactor: Our users see big energy savings
CNET/GreenTech | Candace Lombardi | Jun 09, 2011
Homes using EcoFactor for controlling their heating and cooling have seen on average a 17 percent reduction in energy use, the company announced Thursday. In conjunction with local utilities and home service providers, Silicon Valley-based EcoFactor collected data from homes in both pilot and commercial programs using two-way thermostats connected to the company's software platform.
What you need to know about flow batteries
Reuters (via earth2tech) | Ucilia Wang | Jun 08, 2011
The federal government has doled out billions of dollars for all sorts of energy storage technologies for powering cars and building a smarter electric grid. Utilities have benefited from this largess by applying and receiving funds to carry out energy storage demonstration projects. Flow battery developers such as Primus Power and EnerVault are working on projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
SJMerc Wiretap: Cleantech Open
San Jose Mercury News | Peter Delevett | May 26, 2011
After I wrote the other day about Greenstart, a new San Francisco incubator for cleantech startups, I got a note about the Cleantech Open, a business-plan competition that has doled out $5 million to environmental startups in the past five years. The deadline for this year's contest is Friday; to learn more, see www.cleantechopen.com.
Big companies aggressively jump into clean tech
USA Today | Jon Swartz | May 26, 2011
There is little doubt what VCs think: They poured $4.9 billion into domestic start-ups last year, up 40% from 2009, says market researcher Cleantech Group. The numbers suggest "strong long-term VC interest," says Sheeraz Haji, an analyst at Cleantech Group who notes that an increase in the average size of deals shows a "continued bias towards later-stage deals."
Jones Lang LaSalle Supports the Cleantech Open with Expertise and Capital Resources
PR Newswire | Jones Lang LaSalle | May 18, 2011
We're thrilled to welcome a top real-estate services firm as a sponsor! Jones Lang LaSalle, a leading global real estate services firm, today announced it will provide expertise and capital resources to teams and contestants in the Cleantech Open business competitions. Jones Lang LaSalle executives will serve as subject matter experts and mentors to competition participants, and potentially as judges of multiple regions of the 2011 edition of the nation's premier cleantech business competition.
Cleantech Open Targets South-Central U.S.
EarthTechling | Susan DeFreitas | May 11, 2011
Austin’s Cleantech Open finds, funds and fosters businesses from around the country that work to solve energy, environmental and economic challenges–and now, it’s showing some love for Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma with mentoring, training, access to capital and showcasing opportunities exclusively for cleantech start-ups from within its home region. The Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI)–the force behind the annual Cleantech Open–is currently seeking local, budding entrepreneurs in search of investment opportunities, expert advice, and the chance to compete nationally in its national competition, which offers a grand prize of up to $250,000 in cash and services, with an overall prize chest of more than $1 million (not to mention everlasting fame and glory). image via Siemens The CTSI and its partners in the tri-state area, including the Austin Technology Incubator, will coordinate efforts across metro hubs throughout the south-central region; judges in each region will choose around 15 semifinalists to advance for mentorship and judging at the regional level, and from there, top regional finalists will be eligible to receive prize packages worth $20,000 in cash and services, and to advance to the nationwide competition. Solution categories for the 2011 program include: air, water and waste; energy efficiency; green building; renewable energy; smart power, green grid and energy storage; and transportation. Companies with less than$1 million in private, third-party funding, less than $5 million from other sources of funding, and at least two people located within the three-state region are encouraged to apply online by May 24th.
Cleantech Open seeking entrants
Boulder Daily Camera | News staff | May 10, 2011
Officials for the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open — a business competition between cleantech entrepreneurs for cash and mentorship prizes — are soliciting applications from area clean technology entrepreneurs interested in participating in the third annual event. As part of the competition, entrants will receive one-on-one mentoring from industry members and feedback from judges. Additional educational and business opportunities and cash prizes are available for those who advance through the competition. To enter the competition, interested teams need to submit their application to www.cleantechopen.com by May 24 and pay an entry fee of $150 per team of professionals or $100 for student teams. Read more: Cleantech Open seeking entrants - Boulder Daily Camera http://www.dailycamera.com/business/ci_18034310#ixzz1M4t9JuQz DailyCamera.com
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 to Inspire Millions to Celebrate the World's Key Economic Driver: Entrepreneurship
BusinessWire | Cleantech Open | May 10, 2011
This fall, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) aims to touch more current and aspiring entrepreneurs around the globe than any event, ever. Thousands of activities in more than 100 countries will teach the power of entrepreneurship by showcasing creativity and innovative thinking. GEW 2011 will be held November 14 - 20, spurring new ideas, ingenuity and firm creation through local, national and global activities. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 in the U.S. In the U.S. last year, 1,313 partners hosted 3,286 activities with 445,896 participants. This November, all 50 states are expected to be represented again as plans for local activities continue to unfold in colleges, high schools, government agencies, entrepreneurial support organizations and communities everywhere. While each participating organization is encouraged to create its own unique event, GEW offers four featured activities that aspiring and existing entrepreneurs alike can participate in: Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition: The Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition seeks to find the best clean technology ideas from around the world - from revolutionary ways to generate clean energy, to better ways to filter water, to ideas about how governmental policies around climate change can foster new businesses, all new concepts are welcome. Finalists will deliver a five-minute pitch to an audience that includes 2,500 investors and entrepreneurs with a chance t winning $100,000 in support and services to help turn their idea into a business. For more information, visit www.unleashingideas.org/cleantech.
Stanford Student Becomes Youngest Venture Capitalist
MenloParkPatch | Maggie Beidelman | May 07, 2011
19-year-old Ernestine Fu is a venture capitalist, co-author of a book with the former dean of Stanford Law School, a philanthropist and a sought-after engineering student. Did we mention she's 19? "The only person who astonished me as much as Ernestine was Bill Gates when I met him for the first time," said Tom Kosnik, the Fenwick and West Consulting Professor for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. "Both have big brains, amazing energy, and love of the game." Kosnik is working with Ernestine and Cleantech Open on a project comparing the clean tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in Silicon Valley and Beijing.
Cleantech Open Expands Business Competition Into the South-Central U.S.
MSNBC/MarketWire | Cleantech Open | May 07, 2011
The nation's premier cleantech entrepreneurial competition has expanded its reach to give local talent an opportunity to contend for a grand prize of up to $250,000 in cash and services with an overall prize chest of more than $1 million. The Cleantech Open, which finds, funds and fosters businesses that work to solve energy, environmental and economic challenges, has expanded to provide mentoring, training, access to capital and showcasing opportunities to startups in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Cleantech Open Expands Business Competition
North American Windpower | May 06, 2011
The Cleantech Open has expanded to provide mentoring, training, access to capital and showcasing opportunities to start-ups in Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Week in review: Insert solar-industry heat pun here
CleanEnergyAuthority.com | Chris Meehan | May 02, 2011
Cleantech Open is again accepting applicants. The project helps innovators in the clean energy space find angel investors and helps them move their project—whether it be a new solar panel technology or water treatment option for developing nations—from research and development phase to commercialization.
Trends in tech: A status report on Colorado's top six tech sectors
Colorado Business Magazine | Eric Peterson | May 01, 2011
"You might use the headline, ‘Renewables under threat,'" says Adam Rentschler, a Denver-based cleantech consultant and executive, judging chair in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Cleantech Open. "The economics of renewable energy are sensitive to the price of legacy fuels," Rentschler says, specifically citing the flat pricing projections for the U.S. gas market. "Natural gas prices are now decoupled from oil. That's all based on where this stuff comes from." Rentschler says hydrological fracturing, or "fracking," will potentially uncork a century or more of natural gas for the country, threatening the economics of utility-scale wind and solar.
Cleantech Open gears up to find the next green energy innovation
CleanEnergyAuthority.com | Amanda Miller | Apr 26, 2011
The Cleantech Open may sound like a golf tournament, but it’s actually a tremendous opportunity for early-stage renewable and green energy technology to take root and find funding and investors. The event, created in 2006, invites innovators in the solar, wind, geothermal and all kinds of clean energy sectors to showcase their work and vie for an opportunity to be coached through the labyrinth of investment, development and commercialization opportunities and pitfalls.
Video Interview with Susan Preston: The Latest in Clean Energy
Triple Pundit | Connie Kwan | Apr 25, 2011
Many technologies come through Preston’s office. However, she identifies gaps in the battery and fuel cell areas, and creative financing models to help deploy new energy sources. Payback period for energy projects have reduced from over two years to one year or less today. And creative financing models are always in high demand when it comes to renewable energy. Have a fundable clean energy project? Compete in the Cleantech Open then seek out Susan Preston.
Solaris Synergy Eyes California’s Aqueduct for its Floating Solar Farms
Green Prophet | Susan Kraemer | Apr 22, 2011
In land-starved Israel, Solaris Synergy looks to reservoirs, rivers, and even the ocean for hosting its solar power stations. It was named one of Israel’s top two early stage environmental technologies at this year’s Cleantech Open IDEAS Competition.
Wells Fargo Signs On As National Sponsor of The Cleantech Open
CNBC/BusinessWire | Wells Fargo & Company | Apr 14, 2011
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE:WFC) announced it will be a national sponsor of the 2011 Cleantech Open -- the world's largest business plan competition that encourages the development of clean technology companies and innovation. Marking the first time a financial services company has joined as a national sponsor, Wells Fargo's investment will cover all seven regions in the Cleantech Open.
Open season for startup competitions
Minneapolis-Saint Paul Business Journal | Katherine Grayson | Apr 01, 2011
For Minnesota entrepreneurs ready to compete for everything from startup capital to mentorship, Spring is your season. On the tech front, there’s Project Skyway, which announced Friday that it’s accepting applications from entrepreneurs who want to participate in its business-accelerator program. Project Skyway expects to accept up to 10 startups into it its three-month program. The group will offer up to $6,000 in seed capital to each company founder, as well office space, mentorship and software-development expertise. Check out Project Skyway's website for more information. If you’re into clean tech, the Clean Tech Open is now accepting entries for its business competition for the North Central Region, which covers Minnesota and eight other states. You can find out more details here. Read more: Open season for startup competitions | Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
Puralytics: A Paradigm Shift in Distributed Water Treatment
Cleantech Insights / Cleantech Group | Mia Javier | Mar 31, 2011
Giant, centralized water utilities are faced with the difficult task of serving a growing customer base with limited funding and increased regulation. Advances in contaminant detection have put the spotlight on a class of ‘emerging’ contaminants that standard treatment systems are typically unable to address. While technology may be available to ensure regulatory compliance, often, such solutions are cost prohibitive or in some instances, create more problems than there were to begin with like the creation of a secondary waste stream. Yet while large water utilities serving populations of 100,000 or greater are well known (like LADWP, Thames Water) and perhaps get more press, there are classes of water users that fall in between household residential scale users and utility/ large industrial scale users. In the case of residential users, rural areas with much smaller populations (3,000 or less) require different types of water treatment systems than what are currently utilized by large utilities. Such users require cost efficient and regulatory compliant point-of-use (POU) or point-of-entry (POE) treatment solutions. Equally important for such systems is that they be simple to operate and require low maintenance. Similarly, smaller scale industrial and commercial users require cost efficient, easy O&M systems that can meet their purification requirements on either end (i.e. fresh water supply and wastewater water treatment). This scale of water users with business critical water needs and well defined purification requirements present a significant and often overlooked market opportunity. Founded in 2007, Oregon-based Puralytics is one such vendor that has developed a patent pending purification technology for laboratory wastewater treatment and well water treatment applications as their initial target markets. The technology addresses difficult to treat emerging contaminants mentioned above, including pharmaceuticals, endocrine disrupting compounds, petrochemicals, pathogens and heavy metals. According to the company, their systems function with an 80% reduction in operating expense and at 50% the energy consumption of competing systems. To boot, no consumables are required and the process does not produce any secondary waste streams. The technology is based on a photochemical system using two wavelengths of LED light to excite five photochemical processes. The first LED wavelength is matched to the photo disinfection and photolytic processes killing germs and breaking apart many chemicals. The second LED wavelength excites a nanotechnology coating on a fiber mesh which initiates photoadsorbtion and photo catalytic oxidation and reduction processes, which are highly effective at removing heavy metals from water and breaking apart any remaining organic and inorganic chemicals. The company currently has two product lines; the Shield and the SolarBag, both based on their patent-pending technology. The Shield 500 was introduced in Q210, targeting the industrial and commercial market with sales price in the $6,500-$8,500 range. Electrically powered, the Shield is a LED based purification stand-alone system or system component. The SolarBag, on the other hand, is at pilot stage, with full product introduction coming up quickly in Q211. The SolarBag is a direct sunlight activated photochemical water purification with applications in recreation, military, disaster relief/emergency preparedness, and 3rd world drinking water. The initial SolarBag 3L can purify 3 liters of water when placed in sunlight for 2 – 4 hours, and will be sold for $20-$30 in volume developing world markets, and $45-$60 in recreational applications. According to the company, their primary sales strategy will be to develop channel partnerships or OEM supply agreements with corporations and organizations that currently serve the target applications. Current identified partners include a market leader in ultrapure water for life sciences, a leading water component manufacturer seeking to expand to adjacent markets, a commercial waste water treatment supplier seeking to add secondary processes. The company shared that market and geographic distributor agreements have been signed for Western US States, Western Canada, India, ASEAN, and GCC countries. Backed with angel investment in the amount of $830,000 and an undisclosed grant from the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute, the company has made great strides with its small team of 7. Its annual revenue growth jumped from 182% in 2009 to 342% in 2010 and the company is now raising its Series A. Innovative water equipment vendors are faced with the difficult task of not only penetrating fragmented water markets but executing on a scalable product sales strategy. Puralytics appears to be off to a great start, and it will be interesting to observe the progress of the company as it continues to appeal to a distributed water use paradigm.
Boston-area colleges expand cleantech entrepreneurship programs
Mass High Tech | Kyle Aspach | Mar 30, 2011
Peter Rothstein, president of the New England Clean Energy Council, said the council’s fellowship program graduated 37 people over its two years, with more than a dozen going on to start cleantech firms in New England and others joining existing firms. Most of the companies that came out of the program have raised angel or seed money, or found customers, he said. Graduates include Lorraine Wheeler, experienced in mobile computing and now head of Qado Energy Inc., which develops software to integrate renewable generation into the smart grid, and Peter Vandermeulen, whose high-efficiency air conditioning firm, 7AC Technologies Inc., was a national finalist in last year’s Cleantech Open.
Deloitte unit touts cheap accounting for start-ups
Boston Herald | Donna Goodison | Mar 27, 2011
As it nears its 10th anniversary in June, the Deloitte & Touche Tech-Venture Center has grown from 20 clients and a 4 percent share of the audit market for VC-backed companies in New England to 100 clients and a 31 percent market share. The Waltham center, which houses Deloitte’s early-stage technology and life sciences practice, provides deeply discounted audit and tax services to venture-backed start-ups that otherwise couldn’t afford the services of a Big 4 accounting firm. The goal is to ultimately convert them to regular Deloitte customers when — or if — they grow and hopefully become public companies. Hot sectors include software as a service, clean-tech and security and privacy as the world moves to cloud computing. “Anywhere the VCs are investing, we’re focused on those companies,” said Stephen Zamierowski, director of the 40-employee Tech-Venture Center. “Cash is king” to young companies that need to spend most of their funding on product development and customer acquisition, according to Zamierowski, and many of them go global right off the bat. “Deloitte has global resources, so we’re obviously very helpful to these companies,” he said. Twelve of the approximately 250 start-ups that the center has worked with over the last decade have gone public — a below-average period for initial public offerings following the dot.com crash in 2000. Companies that it guided from incubation to IPOs include Woburn’s LogMeIn Inc. and A123 Systems Inc., the Watertown maker of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and battery systems. Meanwhile, about 30 percent of VC-backed companies get acquired, and half fail. “It’s about supporting lots of small companies, and only a (small) percent of them make it and become successful,” Zamierowski said. “The great thing is that entrepreneurs will try again. We’re building relationships that are long-term.” To foster those relationships, Zamierowski spends about a third of his time working with pre-VC-backed companies. His work includes coaching entrants in the Cleantech Open Business Competition and the business plan contests at Harvard Business School and Tufts. Meanwhile, Steve Ingram, a partner and the center’s venture capital practice leader, spends a lot of time at Bentley, his alma mater, and other universities. The center also opens its space for the entrepreneurial community to hold business meetings — especially virtual companies and those with substandard office space — and events. Deloitte followed the money trail to Waltham after the major venture capital firms started moving there in the mid-1990s, seeing an opportunity after the tech bubble burst. ”We thought there would be a rebound,” Ingram said. “We saw the VCs retracting a bit but planning for future growth.” And Waltham is the place to be, according to Ingram. VC firms headquartered in Waltham include Polaris Venture Partners, Matrix Partners, North Bridge Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Charles River Ventures. And while Cambridge and Boston may be where the incubators are located, once those companies get going and funded, many move to more inexpensive space in the suburbs. “There’s as much money on (Route) 128 as there is in Cambridge,” Ingram said. “Waltham is a hotbed. Burlington is a hotbed.” And while there’s been a dearth of IPOs in the center’s first decade, what’s resulted is pent-up demand, according to Ingram. Investors have waited patiently — six, eight, nine years — to cash out of companies, and investment banks are looking for growth stories.
Cleantech Investing
Greentech Media | Rob Day | Mar 25, 2011
ve received a ton of helpful feedback after putting out the Cleantech Venture Capital in 2015 presentation; thanks much to everyone for the thoughts and reactions. Glad to see it sparking some thinking and conversation out there, which is why I did it. I'll post a follow-up here in a while. In the meantime, I'm finding myself spending a not-insignificant amount of time on two "extracurricular" projects lately, the Clean Economy Network (where I'm co-chair of the board of the CEN Education Fund) and the Cleantech Open (where I'm serving as the chair of the Northeast regional competition/organization, Ignite Clean Energy). It's not like I don't have a ton of direct investor activities occupying my time. Since I joined Black Coral Capital in mid-2009, we've made five direct investments (and I work with the boards of 4 of those firms) and four LP commitments, and we are evaluating new investment opportunities and working to support our existing portfolio on an ongoing basis. So clearly, I've decided these nonprofits are priorities for me. While working on these extracurriculars is a significant strain on my schedule, it's something that I believe is important for doing my job well as a cleantech investor.
Cleantech Entrepreneurs, Start Your Engines
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Denis DuBois | Mar 24, 2011
The 2011 Cleantech Open’s Pacific Northwest Region organizers hosted launch parties this week in Portland and Seattle, kicking off a long series of events in the nation’s largest business plan competition for cleantech startup companies. This is the sixth year for the Cleantech Open, which began in California after taking root from MIT’s Ignite Clean Energy competition. Both were intended to strengthen their regions’ chances of becoming a hub of cleantech economic development.
Alumni Spotlight: Leaders in Green Technology (EDC Technologies & Redwood Renewables)
North Bay Business Journal | Jeff Quackenbush | Mar 21, 2011
Tom Faust Chief executive officer, Redwood Renewables; 6 Endeavor Dr., Corte Madera 94925; 415-924-8140; www.redwoodrenewables.com An entrepreneur for 25 years, Tom Faust, 60, started Redwood Renewables in 2003 to produce photovoltaic arrays that look like and are installed like roof tiles rather than on various types of brackets and mounts on top of conventional shingles or tiles. The company holds four patents on the SolTile technology, which was a finalist in the green building category of the 2007 Clean Tech Open competition. Redwood Renewables received a $1.4 million grant to develop a complementary “cool roof” tile that reflects 30 percent to half the heat energy. The company has received a purchase order from a roofing company to produce $30 million in SolTile units. —Jeff Quackenbush Terry Pfaff President, chief executive officer, EDC Technologies; 50 Executive Dr., #A, Rohnert Park 94928; 707-829-8011; www.savegas.com Terry Pfaff, 56, started EDC in San Jose in 1984 to develop systems that allow companies to manage energy use, primarily of natural gas, across a number of facilities. The company relocated to Sebastopol in 1989 and expanded to Rohnert Park last year. Though the company has supplied systems to PG&E customers over the years, EDC currently has contracts with San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas to supply control systems to the lodging and senior housing providers. These installations often lead to installations elsewhere in the end users’ facilities nationwide, according to Mr. Pfaff. Growth in work has increased steadily, particularly in the past four years, and he expects it to continue for the next two years. The greening of business has propelled demand for EDS’ tools and services, as has the growth of Internet-linked “smart” building management systems. EDS won the smart power category in the 2006 Clean Tech Open competition. “A lot has been spurred by the economy, but for the most part our customers do not buy into it because it’s green,” he said. “It is a tool to better manage properties and increase property values overall.” —Jeff Quackenbush
Cleantech competition begins in Portland
Portland Business Journal | Mar 18, 2011
The Pacific Northwest portion of the national Cleantech Open competition will kick-off in Portland on Tuesday, with Oregon companies hoping they have the same success as last year. The Cleantech Open started in 2006 as the California Cleantech Open and has since expanded nationwide, hosting regional competitions in five regions across the country. Read more: Cleantech competition begins in Portland | Portland Business Journal
Congrats to alumnus Hydrovolts for winning the Water-Energy Nexus Prize from Imagine H2O!
TechCrunch-GreenTech | Lora Kolodny | Mar 17, 2011
A competition designed to accelerate innovation in water technology, Imagine H2O, chose a winner last night in San Francisco for its Water-Energy Nexus Prize: Hydrovolts.
Seeking Traction with Investors? You’ve Got Two Minutes
Triple Pundit | Mary Catherine O'Connor | Mar 15, 2011
Last week, Triple Pundit enjoyed fly-on-the-wall status at a pitch session between cleantech entrepreneurs and a panel of cleantech investors from leading Bay Area firms. Thirteen entrepreneurs took their pitches to the podium, each were given two minutes to describe their product or service, and each then fielded questions from the panel. Once the Q/A ended, the investors gave each entrepreneur frank assessments of where the pitch worked and–more importantly–where it failed.
North Central Cleantech Open Launches Second Annual Competition
Electric Energy Online | Electric Energy Online | Mar 15, 2011
Three Cleantech Open Alumni Startups to Watch
Fast Company | Ariel Schwartz | Mar 15, 2011
Last week, Fast Company had the chance to sit in on a venture-capital pitch session featuring a number of startups that have in the past participated in the Cleantech Open, a series of competitions that provides funding and advice to cleantech startups. Below, we look at three of the companies with the most compelling pitches.
SolarNexus enhances its software platform for solar installers
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Mar 01, 2011
New automation and customization features save solar installers hours of data re-entry; SolarNexus Pro provides contractors with an unlimited number of user licenses, as well as electronic submission of CSI rebate applications.
Alphabet Energy Awarded $1.48M In SBIR Phase II Contracts
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Feb 24, 2011
Early-stage company with breakthrough thermoelectric technology for waste-heat recovery continues course toward commercialization with award of two SBIR Phase 2 contracts for delivery of field-test products to Air Force and Army.
Waste heat-powered thermoelectrics find investors
CNET Green Tech blog | Martin LaMonica | Feb 24, 2011
On Thursday, another thermoelectric company, Alphabet Energy, said it has received two contracts worth $1.48 million from the U.S. Air Force and Army. The San Francisco-based start-up, which licensed technology developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will develop prototype thermoelectric chips for mobile power generation products that run on waste heat.
OnChip Power, aiming a shrink ray at bulky transformer 'bricks,' raises $1.8 million from Venrock
Boston Globe | Scott Kirsner | Feb 21, 2011
Last week, MIT Sloan student and OnChip Power CEO Vanessa Green was signing the papers on her company's first round of funding: $1.8 million from Venrock and Arunas Chesonis, chairman of PAETEC Holding and an MIT alumnus. OnChip is commercializing new power electronics technology developed at MIT's Laboratory for Electromagnetic and Electronics Systems. Essentially, it aims to reduce the size of the transformer "brick" required by many high-tech devices to convert alternating current to direct current, and ramp down the voltage from the 120 volts that spills from a standard wall outlet. Green says the company will likely focus on LED lighting applications first, where the transformer must be integrated into the bulb itself.
Startup America Gives Cleantech Entrepreneurs a Leg-Up
Triple Pundit | Mary Catherine O'Connor | Feb 17, 2011
U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills on Wednesday revealed details of a pilot program through which it is working with four cleantech business accelerators across the country to provide mentoring to 100 entrepreneurs in the cleantech arena. CleanTECH San Diego, the Clean Energy Trust in Chicago, the CleanTech Open in the SF Bay Area and the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization are the four business accelerators that will take these 100 cleantech startups under their wings.
Startup America Launches Entrepreneurial Mentor Corps for Budding Business Owners
Fast Company | Ariel Schwartz | Feb 17, 2011
The EMC, launched this week by U.S. Small Business Administrator Karen Mills, will provide funding to four clean energy-focused private business accelerators with the expectation that the accelerators will mentor 100 small companies. They will receive mentorship (two mentors for each startup) from the four accelerators--Cleantech San Diego, the Clean Energy Trust, the Cleantech Open, and the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization. Once startups have completed their mentor partnerships, they will be expected to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair to Showcase Opportunities 2/16 in Berkeley
Green Jobs Network | Tim Cox | Feb 08, 2011
Green Jobs Network (http://www.greenjobs.net), a leading resource for people seeking jobs that focus on environmental or social responsibility, will hold its inaugural Green Jobs & Entrepreneurship Fair on February 16 from 1:30 - 5:30 pm at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California. This program is sponsored by green recruiter Redfish Technology (http://www.redfishtech.com) and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) at Cabrillo College (http://go.cabrillo.edu/bec).
Cool Energy Announces First Customers for SolarHeart Engines
Cool Energy press release | Tim Cox | Feb 08, 2011
Cool Energy, Inc., a developer of clean energy heat and power systems, today announced that it has received its first two customer orders for its novel renewable energy Stirling engines. Two European institutional customers have purchased the engines for separate solar power development projects to provide solar heat and solar electricity from a single system.
Gearing Up For Growth, Alphabet Energy Hires Manufacturing VP, Moves to San Francisco
ZingPR | Tim Cox | Feb 01, 2011
Gearing Up For Growth, Alphabet Energy Hires Manufacturing VP, Moves to San Francisco. Sylvain Muckenhirn to head process engineering and manufacturing as cleantech startup with patented waste-heat recovery technology prepares for scale-up.
Alphabet Energy’s Waste-Heat Recovery Tech Is Out Of The Lab
TechCrunch-GreenTech | Lora Kolodny | Feb 01, 2011
A company that makes systems to turn waste-heat into electricity, Alphabet Energy has officially moved its technology out of the lab and into pilot production, the company announced today. The company recently hired manufacturing technology veteran, Sylvain Muckenhirn, as their vice president of manufacturing. He will lead Alphabet Energy’s effort to begin fabless, volume manufacturing of its technology in time to deliver it to early customers in 2012 and 2013. The company also moved into San Francisco offices, and out of their early stage UC Berkeley space.
Alphabet Energy: From the Lab to the Factory
GigaOm - Earth2Tech | Katie Fehrenbacher | Feb 01, 2011
Startup Alphabet Energy, which is developing materials and devices that convert waste heat into usable electricity, is one of those companies that sounds really cool, but you don’t actually know what they’re specifically making. Well, the company told me this week that by 2012 they will deliver products to customers, and throughout 2011 will be moving from the lab into the factory.
Firefighting gel attracts venture investors
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Neal St. Anthony | Jan 21, 2011
One such fledgling company, EarthClean, just raised another $1 million from individual investors, and is more than two-thirds of the way to its $3 million goal.
Innovation in Managing Water
Huffington Post | Andrew Winston | Jan 18, 2011
Last week we asked, "Is Water the Next Carbon?". Although our short answer was "no," we believe that managing water will become a critical business skill for the 21st century. Need drives innovation, so this week we want to highlight some of what is happening in the new markets in water. First, even large companies are carving out new niches to help businesses and communities manage water scarcity.
Silicon Solar Solutions Receives SBIR Award to Develop Thin-Film Solar Cell Technology
NanoWerk | Jan 05, 2011
Silicon Solar Solutions is awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant effective January 4th, 2010. The focus of the SBIR is to develop Silicon Solar Solutions' award winning technologies for thin-film solar cells. The process, denoted TAIC, replaces the most costly and time consuming steps in the creation of traditional polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. The proprietary TAIC process creates a thin film of large grain polysilicon by crystallizing amorphous silicon. The size of the grains produced using this method (shown to the right) are ninety times larger than conventional methods and are produced in a fraction of the time.

2010

GreenVolts Looking to Raise Close to $40M
NewsDate | Dec 28, 2010
GreenVolts, a startup which builds solar concentrating photovoltaic systems (CPV) that use both solar cells and mirrors, is raising even more funds. On top of raising $7.5 million in debt in August, GreenVolts is looking to raise $38.8 million in equity funding, according to an SEC filing, and has closed on $22.44 million of the round from existing investors Oak Investment Partners. The 5-year-old company, which won the California Cleantech Open in 2007, previously announced a contract with northern California utility PG&E to build a 3 MW power plant that was planned to go online first in 2009, and then in 2010. According to blogger Edgar Gunther earlier this month, this (photo to the left) is what’s up at the spot of the Byron, California-based so-called GV1 project. I’m not sure if the project is fully up and running or not (doesn’t look like it), and I’m waiting to hear back more on its status from the company.
Nanotechnology company Xolve gets $2 million in first-round funding
Wisconsin State Journal | Dec 23, 2010
Xolve, a young company based on nanomaterials discovered at UW-Platteville, has landed $2 million in its first round of funding. Investors include DSM, a Dutch life sciences and material sciences company, and the Nordic Group of Companies, based in Baraboo.
Xolve Inc. raises $2 million
JS Online | Kathleen Gallagher | Dec 23, 2010
Xolve Inc., a young nanotechnology company that grew out of research at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, said Thursday it has raised $2 million. The funding round included two strategic investors: DSM, a global Dutch materials and chemicals company, and the Nordic Group of Companies, which includes Flambeau Plastics in Baraboo and Columbia Par Car in Reedsburg. NEW Capital Fund, Appleton, and Peak Ridge Capital, a Boston-based firm with offices in Madison, also participated. "We continue to be impressed with the breadth of commercial applications for Xolve's core technology and are excited about the opportunity to be working with both Wisconsin as well as international investors," Jason Smith of Peak Ridge said in a statement.
Water Purification Technology Takes the Prize at 2010 Cleantech Open
Chevron | Dec 15, 2010
Puralytics, a three-year-old company based in Oregon that created a water-purification system that utilizes LED lights, won the Cleantech Open on November 17 in San Jose, Calif. The Cleantech Open has provided support and financial resources to emerging California companies since 2006.
Health: No more needles
NewStraighTimes | Dec 13, 2010
MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW talks to Dr Chew Heng Hai on the advantages of using his patented intravenous drip that does away with the use of syringes and needles DR Chew Heng Hai’s idea for the EZ Flush came about after witnessing his father’s painful experience as a cancer sufferer, having to go through repeated intravenous infusions.
Many Possible Directions for Green Entrepreneurs
Ecopreneurist | Jeff Cain | Nov 29, 2010
The Cleantech Open finals were last weekend, and there were a wide array of really interesting companies among the finalists. Water purification, solar power, energy efficiency, green building materials – all the usual suspects were represented. And they were all cool companies doing great things. But there were two companies that were a little outside the mainstream, showing that there are all kinds of sectors for green entrepreneurs to address.
National cleantech award goes to water purification technology innovator
ZDNet | Heather Clancy | Nov 29, 2010
In a sure sign of the clean-tech sector’s shifting priorities, a water purification technology company called Puralytics has won the 2010 National Cleantech Open competition. The Puralytics technology is designed to work by using LEDs or natural sunlight to remove contaminants such as petrochemicals or trace pharmaceuticals from water without creating wastewater or other chemicals that have their own environmental baggage. The Puralytics nanotechnology creates five different photochemical reactions to achieve this. The Cleantech Open prize money of $250,000 will go toward helping establish a following among industrial and commercial facilities. But ultimately, the company has set its sights on small and remote rural communities.
Puralytics makes a splash at Cleantech Open
San Jose Mercury News | Dana Hull | Nov 26, 2010
Companies that desalinate seawater or remediate sewage rarely grab headlines, and water technology startups have typically struggled to attract interest from the venture capital community. Electric-vehicle makers and smart grid companies seem to generate all the buzz. Water is often overlooked within the cleantech industry. But that's beginning to change. One of the signs: Puralytics, an Oregon startup that uses LED lights to purify water and protect it against bacteria, clinched the Cleantech Open last week. More than 300 companies from regions across the country entered the influential cleantech business competition, and this marks the first time in the contest's five-year history that a "water" company has won.
Cleantech Open announces winners, including light-powered water treatment
Los Angeles Times | Nov 25, 2010
Now that the Cleantech Open –- the self-described Academy Awards of the clean-technology industry -– is over, we have some new, young companies to watch. The grand prize winner, water treatment company Puralytics, now has $250,000 under its belt, $100,000 of it in the form of a seed investment. The Beaverton, Ore., start-up created a technology that uses light from LEDs or sunlight to remove contaminants from water.
Puralytics CEO On Cleaning Water With Light, Winning The Cleantech Open
GreenTech | Nov 25, 2010
The Cleantech Open— a prestigious annual competition for U.S. tech startups that protect, restore, and reduce the negative impact of humans on the environment— announced its 2010 winners this week. Puralytics, a clean water startup from Beaverton, Oregon, took first prize.
From Pure Water to Better Building Materials, Cleantech Open Awards Newest Wave of Green Thinkers
TreeHugger | Nov 24, 2010
The Cleantech Open, one of the most prestigious events for start-ups in the industry, has announced the winners of this year's competition. The winners earn the sort of recognition from venture capitalists that most start-ups only dream of. The winners this year highlight some of the best ideas of the year, and we are likely to see them in the marketplace in the near future. Check out who they are -- from algae-based water treatment to super-light building materials.
At Cleantech Open, less is more
CNet | Nov 24, 2010
This year's Cleantech Open 2010 Business Competition winner, announced last week, is Puralytics, a company developing photochemical water purification products. Since 2006, the Cleantech Open has offered a venue for competition among green tech start-up companies looking for funding. Winning alumni of the contest include Cool Earth Solar, Green Volts, and Micromidas. This year's winner, Puralytics, is an Oregon-based start-up that uses natural sunlight or LED lighting as the catalysts to remove pathogens, petrochemicals, and pharmaceuticals from waste water. Its processes under development have applications for both industrial manufacturing facilities and small rural communities. Puralytics will receive $250,000 in a combination of cash and services from sponsor companies.
2010 Cleantech Open Awards Gala
Posit Partners | Nov 24, 2010
For five years, the Cleantech Open has been on a mission ”to find, fund, and foster the big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges.” For the past two of those years, Posit Partners has been an in-kind sponsor, providing one-on-one consulting and webinar instruction for companies in the annual business competition. This year, we were honored to attend the 2010 Cleantech Awards Gala in San Jose, to see in person how 18 startups positioned themselves to attract support.
Danish Abeo Global Winner at the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition 2010
Technolister | Nov 24, 2010
Danish startup Abeo has been racking up the awards for rethinking an everyday construction material — concrete. Abeo won the competition in front of a crowd of 1200 international investors, experts and competitors. The final was held in Sillicon Valley, San Francisco. Abeo A/S, founded in June 2010, is licensing a new method of constructing concrete buildings which can reduce cost and Co2 emissions by up to 50 percent. The company calls such buildings super-light structures. The super-light structure technique was invented by a Danish professor called Kristian Hertz and first published in the delightfully named “Magazine of Concrete Research” in 2009.
From Pure Water to Better Building Materials, Cleantech Open Awards Newest Wave of Green Thinkers
TreeHugger | Jaymi Heimbuch | Nov 24, 2010
The Cleantech Open, one of the most prestigious events for start-ups in the industry, has announced the winners of this year's competition. The winners earn the sort of recognition from venture capitalists that most start-ups only dream of. The winners this year highlight some of the best ideas of the year, and we are likely to see them in the marketplace in the near future. Check out who they are -- from algae-based water treatment to super-light building materials.
Cleantech Open Announces Winners of 2010 National Business Competition and Global Ideas Competition
PitchEngine | Nov 23, 2010
The Cleantech Open today released the complete list of winners that were announced at the 2010 Cleantech Open National Awards Gala and Expo. Dubbed the "Academy Awards of Clean Technology," the event marked the grand finale of the Cleantech Open's yearlong National Business Competition, as well as the culmination of the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition, which included entries from the winners of national Cleantech Open competitions in 20 countries, including the United States. Hundreds attended the daylong festival of cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship in San Jose, which was attended by the movers and shakers of the fast-growing cleantech industry -contestants, alumni teams from previous years, mentors, venture capitalists, and sponsors.
University of Arkansas Team Wins Cleantech Open People’s Choice Award
University of Arkansas Newswire | Nov 23, 2010
Participating as a finalist in the Cleantech Open business plan competition, Silicon Solar Solutions LLC, a University of Arkansas research-based startup, received the “People’s Choice” award at the Cleantech Open National Awards Gala and Expo, held in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 17.
Oregon water purification startup takes home the Cleantech prize
Planet-Profit Report | Nov 22, 2010
Last week’s Cleantech Open — the nation’s Academy Awards for sustainability-focused startups — spotlighted dozens of young companies from across the country involved in green building, clean transportation, smart power and renewable energy. But it was Puralytics, an Oregon company that uses LED light to remove impurities from water, that beat out 17 other finalists to win the prestigious business competition’s top national prize at an awards ceremony held on Nov. 17 in San Jose, Calif. For the three-year-old Beaverton-based firm, the award translates to a package of cash and professional services worth about $290,000.
Sexy, Fast, Green, and Waaay Less Than A Tesla
KNSD-TV | Nov 19, 2010
What's yellow, red-hot, and green? The ultra cool, ultra light sportscar we ran into at the Cleantech Open, Silicon Valley's way to let VCs (and potential employees) roam through just about everything that's moving in the clean tech space. We saw lots of good ideas for solar, alternative fuel, and wind, and then, outside the demo floor, a pretty good idea for your next car.
Puralytics wins Cleantech Open competition
David Baker | Nov 19, 2010
An Oregon startup company that uses LED lights to purify water has won the fifth annual Cleantech Open, a nationwide competition to find and promote promising green technologies. Puralytics, based in Beaverton, will receive a package of cash and services worth about $290,000. The 3-year-old company beat out a field of 17 other finalists to take top honors at an awards ceremony in San Jose on Wednesday night.
US cleantech award goes to water purifying company
CNBC | Nov 18, 2010
An award for the best U.S. cleantech company of 2010 went to a water purification firm, attracting welcome attention at a time when capital is hard to come by but surprising even the firm's founder. Mark Owen, chief executive of Cleantech Open grand prize winner Puralytics, admitted that he had initially viewed cleantech as having more to do with clean energy, but a venture capitalist assured him he could win the prize if he took part. "I'll have to thank him," he said while accepting the award on Wednesday night in front of an audience of hundreds in San Jose, California -- the hub of U.S. cleantech investment. Second place for the award, backed by the venture capital arm of oil company Chevron Corp, went to a OnChip Power, and third place went to a EarthClean -- whose CEO drank some of the environmentally friendly fire retardant on stage to prove its green credentials. Owen, asked what the award meant beyond the $250,000 prize package of investment and services, said it gave investors another reason to consider putting in some money.
US cleantech award goes to water purifying company
Reuters | Nov 17, 2010
An award for the best U.S. cleantech company of 2010 went to a water purification firm, attracting welcome attention at a time when capital is hard to come by but surprising even the firm's founder. Mark Owen, chief executive of Cleantech Open grand prize winner Puralytics, admitted that he had initially viewed cleantech as having more to do with clean energy, but a venture capitalist assured him he could win the prize if he took part. "I'll have to thank him," he said while accepting the award on Wednesday night in front of an audience of hundreds in San Jose, California -- the hub of U.S. cleantech investment.
18 finalists compete in the Cleantech Open business competition
San Jose Mercury News | Dana Hull | Nov 16, 2010
Since its founding five years ago, the Cleantech Open has become cleantech's most influential business competition. EcoFactor, a Redwood City start-up that makes "smart" thermostats, won the Grand Prize in 2009 and went on to raise $5.9 million in venture capital. This year, 300 teams from five regions across the country entered the competition with hopes of winning the $250,000 Grand Prize. The field was narrowed to 81 semifinalists, then 18 finalists, including six from California. Five regional winners and a Grand Prize winner will be announced Wednesday at an awards gala at The Center for Performing Arts in San Jose. Tickets are still available for the day-long expo and networking event, which is expected to draw about 2,000 people.
Seattle solar power startup wins GE Ecomagination award
TechFlash | Nov 16, 2010
What if you could easily convert the sun's rays into power in your home? That's the idea behind Clarian Power, a Seattle startup which has created what it calls a SmartBox Solar Module.
FogBusters' Water-Cleaning Waste-to-Energy Technology Vies for Cleantech Open's 2010 National Prize
MSNBC | Nov 16, 2010
Novel technology that efficiently cleans industrial wastewater while it captures oil in the water to use as biodiesel feedstock has made FogBusters a market success and a finalist contending for the Cleantech Open 2010 National Prize. FogBusters was selected as the winning California team in the Air, Water and Waste category of the Cleantech Open's prestigious annual competition, and will now compete for the grand prize at the Cleantech Open National Awards Gala and Expo, to be held in San Jose on November 17.
Green fuels bubbling up
The Star | Nov 15, 2010
A SHEFFIELD University professor's invention for speeding up the production of biofuels has been chosen to represent the UK at the world's biggest clean-technology competition. Professor Will Zimmerman got his inspiration for the award winning innovation, which boosts the growth of algae that turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into fuel, from the way children blow bubbles. His system, which has already won the AXA Insurance Cleantech Open UK ideas competition, is cheaper and uses significantly less energy than existing technology – saving up to 80 per cent in some cases.
ZenRobotics Robot Recyclers Go for Green in the CleanTech Open
New York Times | Nov 15, 2010
For such an essential part of the green economy, recycling remains a dirty, messy business. Enter ZenRobotics, which adds artificial intelligence to industrial robots to enable them to recycle construction waste. The company recently won Finland’s CleanTech Open competition and will represent the country at this week’s Cleantech Open Global Ideas Final.
Early Stage Symposium follow up
SustainableWork | Rick Terrien | Nov 14, 2010
Cleantech Lessons from the Rocky Mountain Region
Colorado Biz Magazine | Nov 14, 2010
Editor Mike Cote talks with mentor and workshop chair Jerry Healey about lessons learned at the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open.
UW spinout Nanocel advances to Clean Tech Open finals
TechFlash | Nov 13, 2010
Nanocel, a University of Washington spin out which is developing liquid-cooling technologies for electronics equipment in data centers, has advanced to the final round of the national Cleantech Open. The Seattle company will be one of 17 startups from across the country to compete for the top prize at an event to be held November 17 in San Jose, California.
Suntulit in the Race to Win Cleantech Open's 2010 National Prize
MSNBC | Nov 12, 2010
Offering an ambient intelligence product, SMART HVAC -- the first fully automated climate control system that fine-tunes temperatures in every room while cutting energy usage -- has catapulted Suntulit into the race to compete for the National prize at the Cleantech Open National Awards Gala and Expo to be held in San Jose on November 17.
Pure Solar looking to raise $5 million for expansion in Silicon Valley
San Jose Business Journal | Nov 12, 2010
A little known Pleasant Hill-based startup is celebrating its coming out party as it looks to relocate to the Silicon Valley and picks up a Cleantech Open business plan competition accolade. Pure Solar Corp., just out of stealth, was started by a former Stanford University research and development director, Ron Chiarello, and Stanford grad Francisco Machuca. The company has developed a new approach to producing crystalline silicon wafers, which it says increases efficiencies by 5 percent for photovoltaic cell manufacturers and translates to a 33 percent increase in revenue for each module produced.
Will Micromidas Have the Golden Touch with Sewage Based Bioplastics?
Triple Pundit | Paul Smith | Nov 12, 2010
When you wash your hands, flush the toilet, or do the dishes, the water’s just gone, right? Waste to be processed, end of story. Not quite, if Micromidas has its way. They have developed a way to extract the carbon from waste water, to be used to make plastic. According to PSFK, the plastics are similar to what’s commonly used in containers, housewares and automotive parts. The product is also amenable to being used for medical purposes.
Oregon startups to compete in Clean Tech Open final
Sustainable Business Oregon | Nov 10, 2010
Two Oregon companies will compete next week in Silicon Valley at the Cleantech Open Awards Gala and Expo. Eugene-based electric car company, Arcimoto and Beaverton's Puralytics, a water purification company, are Oregon's two representatives in the cast of 17 finalists that will compete on Nov. 17 at what is billed as the "Academy Awards of Cleantech."
Seattle's Nanocel a Finalist in National Cleantech Open
Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Nov 10, 2010
On November 17, Seattle-based Nanocel and two other Northwest cleantech sartups will learn their fates in the nation's largest business plan competition for cleantech startup companies. The Cleantech Open has named its 2010 regional winners, all of which will advance to national final judging in November. Out of the 16 Pacific Northwest semi-finalists named in June, three startups took the region's final prizes this fall with innovations in energy efficiency, water purification, and alternative transportation. In addition to the regional finalists, Hydrovolts won the regional sustainability award, an honor given to the team that most effectively incorporated a triple bottom line approach to scaling their business. This year's finalists:
EcoFactor Named Finalist for the GreenBeat 2010 Innovation Competition
VentureBeat | Nov 04, 2010
EcoFactor, the premier automated residential energy management software solution, today announced that it has been named a finalist for the GreenBeat Innovation Competition. The award will be presented today, Thursday, November 4 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California at VentureBeat's GreenBeat 2010 Conference.
Plastic from poop: Two turds with one stone
San Francisco Chronicle | Oct 27, 2010
A Sacramento company has devised a way to turn raw sewage into biodegradable plastic, simultaneously treating the sewage and reducing plastic waste. The process relies largely on bacteria to produce a resin, which is extracted and turned into "plastic." Because municipalities actually pay the company, aptly named Micromidas, to take the sewage off their hands, it expects to turn a profit once its initial investments are paid off. Fear not! The poop plastic won't be turned into forks or water bottles, but it's good for non-food uses because it tolerates high temperatures and biodegrades in 18 months. Micromidas was a Clean Tech Open finalist in 2009, and its Chief Technology Officer, Ryan Smith, is a PopTech social innovation fellow.
Clean Tech Open Announces 2010 Semifinalists
greenvc.org | Oct 19, 2010
The Clean Tech Open (CTO), a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups, recently announced the semifinalists for its 2010 competition. These semifinalists have advanced to regional competitions where they will be eligible to receive cash and in-kind awards. The top regional teams will then proceed to a national competition which will award a grand prize of $250,000 in investment and services on November 17, 2010.
Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open Selects 2010 Winners
BrownOnGreen.net | Jerry Brown | Oct 17, 2010
Denver, CO--(October 17, 2010) - The Cleantech Open Rocky Mountain region announced its three 2010 winners last week – a Utah company with a patented process for removing metals and inorganic waste from wastewater; a Texas company with technology for monitoring power-related electronics in solar, wind and electric vehicle applications; and a New Jersey company that builds solid-state storage devices for data centers.
TetraKO’s Biodegradable Firefighting Gel Competes for National Title
Firehouse.com | Oct 15, 2010
EarthClean Corporation, a Minnesota-based start-up company, announced today that its TetraKO™ biodegradable firefighting gel was named a Cleantech Open regional finalist and will compete for the national title in California. As one of three North Central division winners to advance, EarthClean will receive $30,000 worth of investments and services. The national winner, selected on November 17, will receive $250,000 worth of investments and services.
California's Cleantech Open Announces Awesome Innovation Finalists
Treehugger | Oct 14, 2010
The Cleantech Open is an exciting event for sustainabile technology. It's an annual competition that brings brilliant ideas into daylight, and it's the world's largest business competition that focuses exclusively on sustainability. Innovators come out of the woodworks to take part, because winning -- or even being a finalist -- often means earning the attention needed from venture capitalists to get an idea off the ground. This year's entries definitely sound worthy, and cover everything from better building materials our of farm waste to revolutionary ways to clean water.
Three Named Finalists In Rocky Mountain Region Clean Technology Competition
techrockies.com | Oct 14, 2010
The Cleantech Open, a group which operates a major clean technology business competition, announced its three Rocky Mountain region finalists for its business plan competition Thursday evening. According to the Cleantech Open, the regional competition--focused on companies from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming--awarded a combination of $30,000 in cash and in-kind services to the winners.
Cleantech Spotlight: Dragonfly Solutions
ColoradoBiz | Oct 11, 2010
STORY IN BRIEF: Co-founder L. Brent Ivie has 31 years in the electronics field and a 2002 sale of a company to Honeywell. He and Dragonfly co-founder Jaqueline Zielenski have a joint provisional patent on energy-saving technology that results in more efficient use of electricity in schools, businesses, and homes.
Platteville nanotech company is national Cleantech finalist
Wisconsin State Journal | Judy Newman | Oct 11, 2010
A Platteville nanotechnology startup company is one of the finalists in a national Cleantech contest.
Nanotech firm hits national stage
Journal-Sentinal | Thomas Content | Oct 10, 2010
In the "American Idol" of clean-tech, a Wisconsin nanotech firm won a Midwest competition last week and qualified for the finals in California.
Winners and SemiFinalists in the Cleantech World
TechTableTalk | Lenore Weiss | Oct 10, 2010
What organization has raised 280 million dollars in the last five years for clean technology companies? A few hints: It’s an organization with nary three paid full-time staff members. The group currently runs five regular business competitions covering 22 states in the U.S. Oh, yes in another month they plan to award $200,000 to a national prize winner.
Cleantech Open 2010 Names Pacific Northwest Finalists
Seattle PI | Denis DuBois | Oct 09, 2010
Cleantech Open 2010 Names Regional Finalists
Energy Priorities | Denis DuBois | Oct 09, 2010
EarthClean enters business competition's final round
Star Tribune | Oct 08, 2010
EarthClean Corp., the Minneapolis-based developer of a nontoxic gel to kill fires and Minnesota Cup grand prize winner, is moving onto the final round of the Cleantech Open business competition. The entreprenturial contest awards winning early stage clean-tech companies with services and cash. EarthClean was one of three regional finalists named Wednesday from the North Central division to enter the competition's final round in Nov. 17, where it will compete against finalists from other areas of the U.S.
Cleantech Open Announces North Central Competition Winners
Business Wire | Oct 07, 2010
The Cleantech Open North Central region (www.cleantechopen.com) business competition announced the three finalists who will represent the region at the national competition in November. The winning teams, including EarthClean Corp., based in Minneapolis, Minn., Xolve, Inc., based in Platteville, Wis. and Silicon Solar Solutions, based in Rogers, Ark., were selected from an elite group of 16 semifinalist clean technology entrepreneurs from a region that includes Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. In addition to the regional finalists, NewWater, based in Minneapolis, won the regional sustainability award, an honor given to the team that most effectively incorporated a triple bottom line approach to scaling their business.
Wisconsin firm a winner in clean tech competition
Journal Sentinel | Tom Content | Oct 07, 2010
A Wisconsin nanotechnology firm was named a finalist in a Midwestern competition of clean-tech companies, two years after winning a Wisconsin business plan competition.
Cleantech Open Announces North Central Competition Winners Top entrepreneurial companies from the Midwest win a "Startup in a Box" prize worth $30,000 and the chance to compete at the national awards in California
CNBC | Oct 07, 2010
The Cleantech Open North Central region (www.cleantechopen.com) business competition announced the three finalists who will represent the region at the national competition in November.
Five Minnesota companies compete in Cleantech Open's business competition
Star Tribune | Wendy Lee | Oct 05, 2010
Thirteen regional businesses, including five Minnesota contenders, will compete on Wednesday to move forward in the Cleantech Open's Business Competition, a contest that awards winning early stage clean-tech companies with services and cash.
Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Announces Finalists for Inaugural 'Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration,' Honoring Leadership in Advancing Cleantech
MSNBC | Oct 05, 2010
Congratulations to Rocky Mountain Region Regional Director, Richard Franklin, for his nomination for the Governor's Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership.
Saving Innovation
Twin Cities Business | Oct 01, 2010
Can a DIY culture of meet-ups, competitions, and “unconferences” spark more start-ups in the state?
First North-Central Cleantech Open Attracts 55 Sustainability Innovators
Techerator | Tristan Pollock | Sep 23, 2010
On October 6, 2010, Cleantech and renewable energy entrepreneurs will meet at the North-Central Cleantech Open in Minneapolis, Minnesota to be judged on their solution to the green economy. “It’s like American Idol for clean technology companies,” says North Central Regional Director and Co-Founder Justin Kaster.
Autodesk Signs On As National Sponsor of Cleantech Open
Marketwire | Sep 15, 2010
The Cleantech Open - the world's largest business competition devoted to finding, funding, and fostering successful cleantech businesses - announced that Autodesk is the Cleantech Open's first National Sponsor. A world leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, Autodesk is supplying up-and-coming cleantech startups with the tools and technologies they need to innovate, design, engineer, and successfully bring to market the most innovative clean technologies.
How Hydrovolts’ $250k Development Deal Could Turn into a $20M Contract and Global Market
Xconomy.com | Thea Chard | Sep 13, 2010
Hydrovolts has scored an investment deal that looks small at first blush, but could take the cleantech startup to the next level. The Seattle-based company, which develops small hydropower turbines that generate renewable energy from small streams and canals, last week received a $250,000 investment from civil engineering firm DLZ Corp. to develop prototype turbine for the company. DLZ plans to use the 25kW hydrokinetic turbine on the 14-km Chilla Canal in northern India.
New Sky Energy Selected by The Artemis Project™ as 2012 Top 50 Water Company
New Sky Energy | Terri Douglas | Sep 13, 2010
BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- New Sky Energy, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen for the 2012 Artemis Top 50 Water Tech Listing.™ "The Artemis Top 50 is the water industry's benchmark for innovation that will matter. It identifies the new solutions that will meet the world's water challenges," stated Laura Shenkar, Chair of the Artemis Top 50™. The Top 50 companies are some of the most promising start-ups in the emerging high tech wave in water." New Sky Energy was selected by a jury that included experts from corporations such as Intel, Archer Daniels Midland, IBM, Ecolab and Syngenta as well as McKinsey, CH2M Hill, Carollo Engineers and Singapore's Public Utilities Board. PR Newswire (http://s.tt/1nfPq)
Transfer Spotlight: Dial Emissions Monitoring
Planet Profit | Eric Peterson | Sep 07, 2010
COMPANY: DIAL Emissions Monitoring (www.energydynamicslab.com) RESEARCH CONNECTIONS: Energy Dynamics Laboratory, Utah State University, Logan Utah FOUNDED: 2010 LIFTOFF: This spring, Michael Wojcik led a charge into making a better light detection and ranging system, more commonly known as lidar, to detect pollution in the atmosphere. “Lidar is the laser version of radar,” explains Wojcik, branch lead for environmental measurement at the Energy Dynamics Laboratory, a nonprofit research corporation owned by Utah State University focused on renewable and advanced energy technology. “Instead of using photons with wavelengths of hundreds of meters, you're using wavelengths of hundreds of nanometers.” Instead of planes and other flying objects, lidar detects motes of dust and molecules as small as a micron across.”
Minnesota Cup division winners announced
Our Voices | Sep 02, 2010
Clean tech and renewable energy division winner: EarthClean, developer of a nontoxic gel to stop fires
8 Funding Contests to Kick Start Your Big Idea
Mashable | Sarah Kessler | Sep 02, 2010
Taking a business from idea to reality involves a good deal of attrition, ingenuity, and compromise. But no matter how much these three factors align in your favor, chances are you won’t get far unless you have some sort of funding.
Xolve Inc. semifinalist in national contest
Tri State Business News | Sep 01, 2010
Xolve Inc., formerly known as Graphene Solutions Inc., is a semifinalist in a national business competition contest sponsored by the Cleantech Open. James Hamilton, professor in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Department of Chemistry and Engineering Physics and a UW System distinguished professor, is a founder of Graphene Solutions.
What's Slowing Down Energy Efficiency?
Green Savings Network | Aug 30, 2010
The Clean Tech Open National Conference took place this summer in San Jose, California assembling the brightest and most talented minds to debate how energy entrepreneurship can power our economy back to life. The Energy Efficiency Panel brought up the important state of improvements made in energy efficiency and the elements of the movement that need more work.
A View from the Inside: The Status of Renewable Chemicals
Chemical Week | Aug 26, 2010
Answers by Jim Stoppert, CEO Rivertop Renewables (Missoula, MT)
LaserMotive to demo power-beamed all-day helicopter flight
OptoIQ | Aug 24, 2010
LaserMotive, a company specializing in laser power beaming, is showcasing a demonstration model of a laser-powered remote-controlled helicopter at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems North America 2010 Conference (August 24 to 27, Denver, CO, booth 227).
A beetle’s last stand?
planetprofitreport.com | Joan Melcher | Aug 24, 2010
One answer to the mountain pine beetle epidemic may come from a retired engineer trying to save ponderosa pine on his land and a chemist who found the potential solution decades ago.
Easy Plug-In Solar from Clarian Power
Jetson Green | Aug 23, 2010
Clarian Power, a start up from Seattle, is on a mission to help homeowners everywhere generate energy from renewable energy. The company developed a proprietary power module that plugs into an existing outlet. In other words, their Sunfish solar product, which is slated for retail availability next year, installs without a dedicated electrical panel and does not require contractors, installers, or additional wires.
Can fuel cells power the future?
MSNBC | Aug 23, 2010
Wyoming-based NDCPower is working on a different approach: It's developing fuel cells that could take in biofuels — say, ethanol, methanol, butanol or even biodiesel that's converted to alcohol — and produce chemicals with industrial applications on the other side, along with the electricity.
Tapping into the Electric Power of Heat
National Geographic | Josie Garthwaite | Aug 23, 2010
What if every gallon of gas in our cars and lump of coal in our power plants did extra duty? What if we could get more work out of our fuel? That's the basic idea of waste heat recovery systems. A young venture based in San Francisco, California, called Alphabet Energy aims to take the decades-old idea of generating electricity from captured heat, and deploy it at massive scale on the cheap with a little help from nanotechnology and the semiconductor industry.
Electric car prototype gets star treatment
www.RegisterGuard.com | Aug 22, 2010
Nathan Fillion — familiar to sci-fi fans for his role in the short-lived but popular “Firefly” series and currently the heartthrob star of ABC’s mystery comedy “Castle” — came up to test drive an electric car being developed in Eugene by Arcimoto.
Silicon Solar Solutions Invited to Close NASDAQ
Business Wire | Aug 20, 2010
Silicon Solar Solutions, an R&D company with a strong patent portfolio focused on silicon based photovoltaic devices, will ring the closing bell at NASDAQ on Friday, August 20th. Silicon Solar Solutions is commercializing a technology to create large grain polysilicon that can reduce the cost of solar cells by 26%, or $0.42 per watt.
New Commercialization Pathways and Policy Levers for Innovation
Essinova | Beibei Song | Aug 19, 2010
Drawing upon her experience in the life science industry, Lesa Mitchell warns against policy barriers in the field of energy compromising innovation's potential for leap frog changes in the marketplace. "There are some lessons from the life science space we should stop and learn right now, before we go down this road of energy... While we call the lessons from the life science side transparency and access to data, I'd call the lessons on the energy side a lack of transmission and distribution channels".
Alumni Spotlight - Enovative Kontrol Systems
Pepperdine University | Aug 18, 2010
While attending Pepperdine College in 2007, Derek founded Enovative Kontrol Systems, a Venice, CA based company that specializes in reducing the cost and impact of energy costs in business offices and multi-family housing units by using advanced building automation and control strategies. Through hard work, Enovative has installed itscontrolsystem in over one thousand buildings in the Los Angeles area.
For Lean Budgets, a Plug-and-Play Solar System
New York Times: Green | Jim Witkin | Aug 16, 2010
For eco-conscious homeowners who have considered a solar system for their rooftops but have found the cost and complexity daunting, Clarian Power thinks it has an idea.
Marcia McGilley
ICOSA Magazine | Shawna Ervin | Aug 12, 2010
When John Brackney, President and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, asked Marcia McGilley if she’d be interested in helping with the Cleantech Open’s (CTO) business competition for cleantech startups, there was no question about it. McGilley was definitely in. “I had chills,” she said. “I knew it would be a perfect fit with our South Metro Denver Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and something I personally believed in. To be on the ground floor working with these exciting companies was an honor and a challenge.”
Eugene-made electric car almost ready for public
www.katu.com | Aug 12, 2010
Behind an unassuming storefront in the Whiteaker neighborhood, savvy technicians are rebooting the way people drive. A company called Arcimoto is developing electric cars that you may see it on the road very soon.
More CPV Action: Greenvolts Scores $7.5M in VC
www.GreenTechMedia.com | Aug 12, 2010
GreenVolts, a concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) startup, raised $7.5 million of an anticipated $11.3 million in funding, according to an SEC filing.
Cleantech Open Conference on the (potentially) Smart Grid
Ecopreneurist | Aug 10, 2010
The “Smart Decision Making for a Dumb Grid” panel discussion highlights another theme of the conference–the importance of government policy in supporting green technology-based industries. Government Support for the Smart Grid? Jeff Byron is a regulator who complained “the space is not open to entrepreneurs” because the utilities have a monopoly. He said that we need open architecture and to allow third-parties in to get data (He called it the “Moses effect”, i.e., let my data go). Regulators and the public have to push to get more openness.
Southland embraces the NZ Clean Tech Challenge
Southland New Zealand | Aug 08, 2010
Local Entrepreneurs are set to present their Clean Tech ideas in a global competition. Worldwide there is a demand for new technologies that treat effluent clean water, reduce CO2 emissions, provide renewable energy and improve the quality of life and environmental qualities.
Co-based BioVantage Resources wins Cleantech Open
Metro Denver | Aug 07, 2010
Four Teams Demonstrate Heightened Commitment to Sustainability as a Core Business Strategy and Key to Value Creation
Dynamic ideas for clean water
The Real Story | Colleen Edwards | Aug 06, 2010
At the Clean Tech Open in San Jose last week, The Real Story met and spoke with John Eichinger, the COO of Filtration Dynamics. John likened the value of water in the 21st Century to that of oil in the 20th Century, and gave us some insight into the technology behind the Filtration Dynamics model.
Business Week Top Start Up Xolve Announces New President and CEO
Nanowerk | Aug 06, 2010
Xolve, Inc., a University of Wisconsin-Platteville technology spin-out, has announced the appointment of John Biondi as its new President and CEO. Mr. Biondi has been involved in the Madison area technology community for some time and has been a senior manager in six other start-up ventures, including two which made initial public offerings and one that was acquired. "John has significant experience in early stage companies and in strategic marketing and business development, key areas for the company as it moves toward commercialization", said Eric Apfelbach, the company's board Chair.
Cleantech Open and Plug-In 2010
Arcimoto | Aug 06, 2010
Wastewater streams into revenue streams
The Real Story | Colleen Edwards | Aug 05, 2010
Among the major breakthroughs that the clean technology movement can be credited with are several that take on the problem of water pollution. Visiting the Clean Tech Open last week in San Jose, The Real Story talked to Sharad Hajela, Chief Science Officer, and Alison Wellsfry, Product Development, of Crystal Clear Technologies.
Recycling for rewards
The Real Story | Colleen Edwards | Aug 04, 2010
The Real Story spent a day at the Clean Tech Open in San Jose, and had the opportunity to talk with Keynote Speaker Ron Gonen, co-founder of RecycleBank. As its name suggests, RecycleBank is a program that rewards its users for the amount they recycle. Already in operation in 25 states, RecycleBank provides its user with a recycle bin embedded with a computer chip. That chip allows the collection truck to “read” the volume of recycling bin and post a deposit to the user’s account, based on the amount of recycling done at the household level.
Electric Cars? What About Trucks and Buses?
Ecopreneurist | Jeff Cain | Aug 03, 2010
With all the hype about electric cars like the Fisker, the Leaf and the Volt, very little attention is being paid to the possibility of greening up heavy vehicles like trucks and buses. This is ironic, because heavy vehicles are, in some ways, a better fit for hybrid and electric technology.
New from The Farm
The Real Story | Colleen Edwards | Aug 03, 2010
The Real Story attended Clean Tech Open in San Jose last week, and talked to Danny Gilliland from Driptech, the manufacturer of low-cost drip irrigation systems for farmers in developing countries.
Enovative Kontrol Systems Wins Entrepreneur, Green Awards
News Blaze | Aug 03, 2010
Enovative Kontrol Systems , which provides energy-efficient hot water control systems for residential and commercial buildings, today announced it has won two awards. It is one of five finalists in Entrepreneur Magazine's Emerging Entrepreneur of 2010 Contest and also a semifinalist in the 2010 Clean Tech Open. The public can vote in the Entrepreneur Magazine competition until Sept. 10 at www.entrepreneur.com/e2010. Winners will be announced in the January 2011 edition of the magazine, appearing online in late December. The Clean Tech Open national awards - "the Academy Awards of Cleantech" - will be held Nov. 17 in San Francisco.
Enovative Kontrol Systems Wins Entrepreneur, Green Awards Company Provides Hot Water Controls That Save Costs, Energy
www.CNBC.com | Aug 03, 2010
Enovative Kontrol Systems(TM), which provides energy-efficient hot water control systems for residential and commercial buildings, today announced it has won two awards. It is one of five finalists in Entrepreneur Magazine's Emerging Entrepreneur of 2010 Contest and also a semifinalist in the 2010 Clean Tech Open.
Open season
The Real Story | Colleen Edwards | Aug 02, 2010
The Real Story took a road trip to San Jose to meet some of the inventors and entrepreneurs participating in the Clean Tech Open, a conference dedicated to bringing ideas together with mentoring to create viable businesses in the clean tech arena.
Enjoying The Last Moment At Cleantech Open In San Jose
Innovatus Energy | Aug 01, 2010
Ben Peterson, President and Founder of Innovatus Energy is having a fun moment with Annika Krystal, COO and Business Development of Innovatus Energy at Cleantech Open’s Academy in San Jose. It was an interesting event that kicked off with a trade show on the first day so that semi-finalists could showcase their ideas and inventions. After that it was straight into the Cleantech Academy for the semi-finalists and their mentors to learn to hone in on their best skills and put their best face forward to investors and customers.
State of the state: entrepreneurs
Colorado Biz Magazine | Mike Cote | Aug 01, 2010
Mention “clean tech,” “green tech” or the “new energy economy” and you’ll likely conjure visions of solar panels, wind turbines and algae fuel ponds. The 15 semifinalists selected for the Rocky Mountain edition of the Cleantech Open aim to add a few other members to that club. How about combating pine beetle devastation, detecting oil well leaks and treating wastewater? Those are just a few examples of the technology under way by the companies selected from Colorado, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming to compete in the second year of the regional contest.
The beetle's last stand
Colorado Biz | Aug 01, 2010
Editor Mike Cote finds out about the ideas behind DenDroCo, a company started by a rancher to slow the pine beetle epidemic and a semifinalist at the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open.
Cleantech Open semifinalists underscore diverse interests
cobizmag.com | Mike Cote | Aug 01, 2010
Mention "clean tech," "green tech" or the "new energy economy" and you'll likely conjure visions of solar panels, wind turbines and algae fuel ponds. The 15 semifinalists selected for the Rocky Mountain edition of the Cleantech Open aim to add a few other members to that club.
Solar Makes a Splash at Business Competition for Entrepreneurs
Sunpluggers | Jul 30, 2010
Solar energy figured prominently in San Jose, Calif., at the first national conference of Cleantech Open, a nonprofit organization supporting clean-technology entrepreneurs. Visitors toured almost 100 exhibits of new technology from this year’s semifinalists in the organization’s national business competition, and those of competitors from previous years. Standing-room-only panel sessions covered transportation, water use, the smart grid,
The Next Big Thing? Probably at San Jose Cleantech Conference
Sunpluggers | Erin Milnes | Jul 30, 2010
tartups involved in renewable energy, electric vehicles, water and waste management, energy efficiency, the smart grid and green building exhibited what they hope will be the next big thing in clean technology at the first national conference of Cleantech Open. Businesses that were competing in, or had previously competed in, the nonprofit organization’s national business competition were invited to the conference in San Jose, Calif., on July 22 to present their products to the conference attendees, who included their peers as well as government officials and potential investors.
Bellwether Materials: A Startup in Sheep’s Clothing
triple pundit | Jul 30, 2010
Priscilla Burgess is presently one last fire-resistance test away from really putting the product that she’s developed over the past three years into motion. She’s already cleared the R-value and sound-resistance tests needed to certify that the building insulation her startup, Bellwether Materials, makes is ready for market. Burgess, one of the 100 CleanTech Open semifinalists vying for the 18 regional finalist spots that will be awarded this fall, came upon her product idea—making insulation wholly from waste wool that is generated by the sheep ranching industry in the U.S.—by chance.
viaCycle: Bike Sharing in a Tech-Enabled Box
earth2tech | Josie Graithwaite | Jul 29, 2010
ViaCycle, a startup spun out of the Georgia Institute of Technology, aims to take the idea of bike-on-demand networks, strip out the pricey infrastructure, amp up the location-based services, and deliver a system that will let universities and municipalities implement bike sharing programs with more flexibility and lower cost.
New product could remove common herbicide from drinking water
MPR News | Jul 29, 2010
Two University of Minnesota graduates have come up with a product to remove the common herbicide atrazine from drinking water. Corn farmers across the Midwest use atrazine to kill weeds, but it contaminates groundwater, and exposure to it can cause a variety of health problems, according to some animal studies.
Lights Out for Climate Bill? Lights (and $$) On for Photosynthesis. Read more: http://www.triplepundit.com/2010/07/lights-out-for-climate-bill-lights-and-on-for-photosynthesis/?utm_source=Triple+Pundit+Newsletter&utm_campaign=624f7716fa-7_30_2010&utm_med
triple pundit | Mary Catherine O'Connor | Jul 26, 2010
Cleantech played second fiddle to an unexpected mini-forum on carbon trading during the lunchtime session at last week’s Cleantech Open National Conference in San Jose. Attendees chomped on salad and gave half of their attention to a “rah-rah, go entrepreneurs” address by Jonathan Ortmans, senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors. But when the following panel discussion turned into a somewhat lively debate about carbon caps, people started to put down their forks and listen.
Xcel To Support Cool Energy's Pilot Test
Sustainable Business | Jul 26, 2010
Cool Energy, Inc., a developer of combined heat and power generating systems, announced that Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) will be providing research and analytical support for the first planned pilot field installation in a commercial building located in Boulder, Colorado
Steath Superstars
Sustainable Industries | Jul 26, 2010
In early 2010, after eight years in stealth mode, fuel cell maker Bloom Energy burst into the public eye via a spot on 60 Minutes. Following his interview with 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, Bloom Energy CEO K.R. Sridhar hosted a launch event attended by a coterie of business and political bigwigs that sparked a media frenzy.
Virtual Vehicle Company: Unlocking Green Car Data With Cell Phones
GigaOM | Jul 23, 2010
Virtual Vehicle Company, a startup that was one of the 100 finalists showing their technologies at the California Cleantech Open conference on Thursday, is the first company I’ve seen that truly uses the latest cell phone innovations to unlock useful data about greener transportation. Developed at UC Berkeley, VEVCo (as the company calls itself) has developed a mobile application for smart phones that can track a user’s driving behavior using inputs like the embedded GPS and largely without the driver having to manually input any information.
Driving consumer behavior: thoughts from the Cleantech Open Conference
Cleantech Group | Katie McArdle | Jul 23, 2010
I attended the Cleantech Open Conference in San Jose, CA, yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed getting an early look at some promising cleantech innovation, including the heatless low-voltage lighting of TylerCo, the recyclable and compostable building materials of Stramit, and the energy optimization services of Amberix. What stood out even more than these technologies, though, was the discussion around behavior change. Dr. Kristina Johnson, Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), discussed a number of new ways the DOE is helping to nudge along innovation, and she cited some impressive facts about the possible emissions reductions we could all achieve if we just eliminated one or two car trips each week.
Xcel Energy joins project testing solar-fuelled CHP system
brighterenergy.org | James Cartledge | Jul 23, 2010
Utility Xcel Energy is to work with Colorado company Cool Energy on the first planned installation of its new solar combined heat and power system, dubbed SolarFlow.
DoE gives $122M for artificial photosynthesis
EE Times | Rick Merrit | Jul 22, 2010
The U.S. Department of Energy will give a group of California researchers a five-year grant valued at $122 million to work on technologies to create fuels from sunlight. Kristina Johnson, Under Secretary for DoE, announced the award at a San Jose conference where she shared her call to action for the electronics industry and her experience moving from entrepreneurial electronics engineer to regulator in a video here.
DOE Awards Up to $122M for Making Fuel from Sunlight
earth2tech | Josie Graithwaite | Jul 22, 2010
Revolutionary — that’s how the Department of Energy describes the methods for generating fuels directly from sunlight that the agency hopes will emerge from a new project in California. The DOE announced on Thursday morning that it will award up to $122 million over five years to a team of scientists in a so-called “Energy Innovation Hub” dedicated to simulating the natural process of photosynthesis and using it for “practical energy production.”
California Company Introduces New Solar-Powered EV Charging System
Sunpluggers | Jul 22, 2010
A California company has developed what it calls "Plug-N-Go" solar-powered charging systems for electric vehicles. Called "SunPods," the systems are engineered, manufactured and tested in the factory, then delivered to customers with minimal need for site preparation and no on-site array assembly. They can be scaled up from small to large production capacities.
Digi "Extends the Grid" for EcoFactor to Save Utility Customers Money, Conserve Energy
Digi | Jul 22, 2010
Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) today announced that EcoFactor, a provider of software that intelligently manages connected thermostats and reduces home energy consumption, is using the Digi X-Grid to easily connect customers’ home energy devices to its Web-based software. The Digi X-Grid is an “Extended Grid” that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter. The solution will help EcoFactor to reduce energy usage of Texas utility company Oncor customers by 20 to 30 percent.
Cool Energy and Xcel Energy to Field Test Stirling Engine Solar Heating and Power System
Light Collection | Jul 22, 2010
Cool Energy, Inc., a developer of clean energy heat and power generating systems, today announced that Xcel Energy will be providing research and analytical support for the first planned pilot field installation of the SolarFlow System in a commercial building located in Boulder, Colorado.
Kauffman Foundation Partners With Cleantech Open to Help Advance Green Technologies
Marketwire | Jul 21, 2010
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today announced it is teaming up with the Cleantech Open, the world's largest clean-technology business plan competition that encourages the development of innovation and companies. The Kauffman grant supports an expansion of the Cleantech Open, an organization that provides education, business planning and mentoring of early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs.
SunPods EV Plug-N-Go solar platform fuels electric vehicles at the Clean Tech Open
The Auto Channel | Jul 21, 2010
SunPods Inc will showcase their solar powered SP-300 EV Plug-N-Go electric vehicle charging station for their return to the Clean Tech Open in San Jose on July 22. The Cleantech Open runs the world's largest clean technology business competition bringing together the best clean technology ideas from around the world.
Power Assure gets $16.25M from VCs, DOE
Silicon Valley Business Journal | Jul 14, 2010
Data center software provider Power Assure Inc. said on Wednesday it has raised $11.25 million in new funding and won a $5 million federal grant. The Santa Clara startup said the venture funding came from Menlo Park-based Draper Fisher Jurvetson, New York-based Good Energies and Providence, R.I.-based Point Judith Capital.
Cleantech Open on Visionnary Culture Radio
Blogtalkradio | Jul 12, 2010
Clean Tech Open invites clean technology startup companies to present their ways and means of creating clean energy solutions and selects among them for funding. Join me on this show with Sergei Garcia and Rex Northern to speak about this awesome eco event. Visionary Culture examines the state of the worlds :: our inner world of personal growth, spirituality, and transformation, and our outer world of community, activation and living our highest destiny path. Featuring conscious, world-service oriented musicians, artists, scientists, leading edge social thinkers and social architects, visionaries,and people making a difference, Visionary Culture Radio is your portalway to activating 'possibilities' into manifestation.
Wells Fargo and the Cleantech Open competition
The Green Market | Jul 05, 2010
Wells Fargo & Co., is showing its support for sustainability through its investments in the Cleantech Open and the National Cleantech group.
Cleantech Open Gets Boost From Wells Fargo
Marketwatch | Jun 28, 2010
Wells Fargo Provides Regional Grants to Cleantech Open in California, Rocky Mountain, Pacific Northwest, North Central and Northeast Regions
Smart Walls Keep House Comfy
Discovery News | Alyssa Danigelis | Jun 28, 2010
Phase change materials that regulate temperature are everywhere -- in gloves, in coats, even in coffee mugs. These little waxy particles are engineered to keep items cool or warm at specific temperatures, depending on the need.
3 Colorado companies named Cleantech Open regional semifinalists
Denver Business Journal | Mark Harden | Jun 19, 2010
Three Colorado companies are among 15 Rocky Mountain regional semifinalists named this week in the annual Cleantech Open business competition. The semifinalists were selected from among 50 entrepreneurs across the region to advance to the next phase of the Cleantech Open, billed as the world’s biggest clean-technology business competition. Three Rocky Mountain firms will be picked as finalists from among the 15 semifinalists later this year. Those three will go on to the national competition Nov. 17 to compete for a share in more than $1 million in cash prizes and services, including a grand prize valued at $250,000. "The Rocky Mountain region is a leader in turning good ideas into green collar jobs and sustainable businesses," Richard Franklin, co-chair of the Cleantech Open's Denver-based Rocky Mountain chapter, said in a statement. "We are thrilled with the exciting ideas and opportunities our semifinalists are bringing to this year's competition." The semifinalists will receive mentoring, business training and an opportunity to win $30,0000 in funding and in-kind donations on a regional level, said Cleantech Open Executive Director Rex Northen in a news release. “This year’s entries are more numerous and more innovative than ever,” Northen said. “Semifinalists will receive help with everything from grant writing to public relations -- and the winners will walk away with a valuable ‘startup in a box’ of cash and services. We’re delighted to be promoting the success of such talented entrepreneurs.” The Colorado semifinalists are: • BioVantage, Golden ― It has developed a scalable algae production system for wastewater treatment. • CleanEngines, Fort Collins ― It has developed a "direct injection" two-stroke engine retrofit kit. • PCM Innovations, Longmont ― It has developed esBits, a formulation for encapsulated "phase change material" that, when installed in a building, can decrease energy consumption by more than 25 percent. The Rocky Mountain semifinalists also include firms from Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Last year was the first in which the Rocky Mountain states were a regional division in the competition. Last year, EcoFactor of San Carlos, Calif., was the national Cleantech Open winner. Rocky Mountain finalists from Colorado were New Sky Energy of Boulder and Energistic Systems LLC of Golden, and Cool Energy Inc. of Boulder won a regional sustainability award. The Cleantech Open launched in 2006 to nurture and fund green technology startups. Since it began, organizers say the competition has helped participating companies raise more than $260 million, creating about 1,200 jobs.
Growing Crops Without Sun or Soil
Discovery News | Alyssa Danigelis | Jun 18, 2010
Shipping containers have been redesigned to become housing, offices and even health clinics, but now a startup in Tucson is transforming them into sun-free, soil-free greenhouses. Leaf lettuce from their test system shows they've got dark-green thumbs.
Cleantech Open Names Semifinalists
Xconomy.com - Seattle | Greg Huang | Jun 16, 2010
The Cleantech Open, a national business plan competition for energy and clean technology startups, announced yesterday its 16 semifinalists for the Pacific Northwest region (as well as teams from other parts of the country).
Cheyenne company Cleantech semifinalist
Wyoming Business Report | Jun 16, 2010
Cleantech Open names 16 semifinalists
Portland Business Journal | Erik Siemers | Jun 15, 2010
Three Oregon companies are among 16 semifinalists chosen to compete in the Pacific Northwest regional Cleantech Open business competition.
Cleantech Open names 16 semifinalists
Portland Business Journal | Jun 15, 2010
S.F startup shines a light on wasteful habits
San Francisco Business Times | Jun 11, 2010
Ever wished you could adjust the lights glaring over your office cubicle? Adura Technologies Inc. has solved that problem. The San Francisco-based startup develops wireless lighting control and energy management systems that make dumb lighting systems smarter. The systems allow people to adjust commercial building lights to target just one desk or just one room instead of that standard on-off functionality that results in wasting 30 percent to 70 percent of electricity associated with lighting. In doing so, Adura can save offices money and improve the environment for workers.
Mission Motors Revs Up $4.7M Round for Electric Motorcycles
Salon.com | Josie Garthwaite | Jun 11, 2010
Mission Motors, a San Francisco-based startup working on electric motorcycles and powertrain technology, has raised more than $3.35 million of a planned $4.68 million equity financing round, according to a filing with financial regulators on Thursday. Mission Motors’ interim CEO Jit Bhattacharya told us in an interview last month that the startup was looking to raise funds to help set up an assembly facility in California. He said the goal was to have the facility up and running for final assembly of a second-gen electric motorcycle model in 2011 (using components sourced from a variety of global suppliers). In the meantime, Mission is working to get a limited 50-bike run of its high-end Mission One model into customer hands, with deliveries beginning in the second quarter of next year. The company has also begun talks with China-based motorcycle maker Zongshen Power Machinery to collaborate on development of electrical engine systems, and possibly secure investment for the startup. (If you’re into startups developing electric two-wheelers, check out these videos of the Zero Motorcycles electric dirt bike and the Ultra Motor A2B electric bicycle on our new show, Green Overdrive.) Mission Motors got its start in the Cleantech Open back in 2007 under the name Hum Cycles, and launched publicly at the TED conference in February 2009. It reportedly scored funds early on from the angel investment firm One Earth Capital, and in 2008 secured investment from Finney Capital. The managing director of Finney Capital, Michael Finney, and David Moll of Infield Capital (one of Mission’s main backers) are listed as directors in today’s filing.
Growing returns in clean technology
Sustainable Industries | Jun 09, 2010
Among all the nations of the world, the United States has an extraordinarily large and well-developed venture capital sector. Business-plan competitions play an established role in the industry: by vetting companies seeking venture funding they introduce pre-qualified entrepreneurs to investors and, along the way, inform and educate both groups. The Cleantech Open, a nonprofit organization that runs a national business-plan competition each year for cleantech start-up companies, provides competing teams with training, mentoring, introductions to potential customers and funding sources, and—for those companies that win—publicity in high-profile events and press announcements. The connections extend beyond the circle of winners to a growing, loosely knit community of entrepreneurs and inventors, business angels and venture capital groups, as well as the more established companies and organizations that sponsor the program.
Mining the Air for Carbon Dioxide
Discovery News | Alyssa Danigelis | May 28, 2010
When I tell molecular biophysicist Deane Little that I'm extremely skeptical about carbon capture and sequestration, he looks up from the solar-powered chemical reactor he's just set up in the window and responds, "We are, too." For Little and his colleagues at New Sky Energy, successfully capturing carbon from the air doesn't involve a giant fake tree or pumping huge amounts of CO2 into the ground. Instead, they've developed a chemical system that elegantly turns CO2 and salt solution into valuable products.
Heat + New Gizmo = Power
OnEarth | Scott Dodd | May 27, 2010
Alphabet Energy gets a nice mention: "Scullin's company is one of a dozen or so that have received government grants or private investments to improve the efficiency of thermoelectrics and bring down their cost by creating new materials, new manufacturing methods, or both."
Clean Up with Clean Tech - An Interview with Southern California Chair Samantha Simonnet
Women Entreprneur | May 21, 2010
If clean technology is any indicator, things are definitely looking up. According to a recent report by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte, clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India totaled $1.9 billion in the first quarter of 2010, up 83 percent from a year ago and 29 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009. That represents the strongest start to a year ever recorded by the Cleantech Group.
Would-be tech entrepreneurs vie for seed money
Pioneer Press | Leslie Suzukamo | May 21, 2010
Would-be tech entrepreneurs vie for seed money
TwinCities.com | May 21, 2010
Sometimes, all a good idea needs is a nudge to become a budding business, says Twin Cities high tech entrepreneur Luke Francl. A couple-thousand-dollar nudge maybe. Francl, a software developer with four businesses under his belt, is putting that idea to the test today when he and his friend Ben Edwards, co-founder of Minneapolis software developer Refactr, announce the winners of MinneSpark, a contest they started this year.
Deadline to win thousands in Clean Tech Open prize money approaching
9News | May 20, 2010
Applications for the Clean Tech Open's Rocky Mountain business competition are due by Saturday. The competition, lets business in the clean tech sector compete for thousands of dollars in funding, entrepreneurial support, exposure to venture capitalists and mentoring from senior level business executives in the industry.
Cleantech Open seeks state entrepreneurs
JSOnline | May 17, 2010
Clean-tech entrepreneurs in Wisconsin are eligible for funding through a business competition, the Cleantech Open, that has expanded into the Midwest. The largest business competition for inventors and entrepreneurs in clean technology has opened a competition in the North Central region, including Wisconsin and five other states. Past alumni from the program have raised $65 million in venture capital so far this year.
Mission Motors’ Road to a Cheaper Electric Motorcycle
Clean Energy Sector | Josie Garthwaite | May 17, 2010
Electric motorcycle startup Mission Motors vaulted itself into the spotlight last year with the unveiling and road racing of a crazy fast and eerily quiet superbike — the Mission One. But if 2009 was largely about drumming up attention among possible investors, partners and media, the next few years hold a different kind of race for Mission Motors: to start commercially selling bikes, and to develop a lower cost, more mainstream electric motorcycle.
Denver Office of Economic Development to Sponsor CleanLaunch Tech Incubator and Cleantech Open
Earth Times | May 13, 2010
The Denver Office of Economic Development today announced a one-year sponsorship of two leading business groups that are helping to nurture entrepreneurs and start-ups in Colorado's burgeoning cleantech industry.
Cleantech Open seeking green businesses for inaugural Midwest contest
WisBusiness | Brian Clark | May 12, 2010
MADISON – David Mead’s start-up company, C5-6 Technologies, makes enzyme catalysts to convert agricultural and forestry feedstock into fuels. Tuesday morning, he was in Grainger Hall at the UW-Madison Business School, seeking a way – as he put it, tongue slightly in cheek – “to clone the money gene.” In other words, he was looking for funding for his firm, an effort which drew him to a meeting for a business plan contest for green companies dubbed the “Cleantech Open.” The event was sponsored by WARF, Wisconsin Angel Network and the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations.
Registration Deadline Nears for 2010 CLEANTECH OPEN
Clean Energy News | May 11, 2010
If you are a cleantech entrepreneur, mark Saturday, May 22 on your calendar. That’s the deadline to register for the Cleantech Open, the nation’s largest, cleantech business competition.
Will EcoFactor Be Part of a Family of Building Management Companies?
Greentech Media | Michael Kanellos | May 11, 2010
EcoFactor has emerged -- at least at this early stage of the game -- as one of the more noteworthy companies in home energy management. And in the relatively near future, you could more see companies with similar technologies tackling other markets.
New funding spells opportunity for Alphabet Energy
Sustainable Industries | Sara Stroud | May 06, 2010
Alphabet Energy got a boost in May in its pursuit of an inexpensive way to turn waste heat into electricity. The Bay Area startup got $1 million in seed financing from the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund and Claremont Creek Ventures.
Green Technology -Alphabet Energy Receives $1 Million Grant from Claremont Creek Ventures and California Clean Energy Fund
Green TMC.net | May 04, 2010
After using up nearly all its non-renewable energy sources, the human race is in the maddening quest for alternative energies capable of carrying forward this huge civilization. But it is again the indomitable spirit of human race that inspires it discover new energy sources to tap. The relentless human quest for new energy sources is spinning out billion-dollar industries, such as the one that depends on the technology for the conversion of waste heat into electricity. Alphabet Energy Inc. is a new player that seeks to commercialize a waste heat recovery technology. The said technology was developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and makes one of the n inexpensive technologies for energy generation.
WM awards first annual $100,000 “Think Green®” Prize to Biogas & Electric, LLC
www.Ask-EU.com | May 04, 2010
Biogas & Electric, LLC has developed technology to significantly reduce emissions of nitrous oxide (NOx) generated during the combustion of methane-rich biogas from anaerobic digestion facilities. Improving the emissions of turbines or engines powered by biogas can help these systems generate more renewable energy while enhancing local air quality.
Alphabet Energy: Capturing Waste Heat for $1 Per Watt
earth2tech | Katie Fehrenbacher | May 03, 2010
Terawatts of heat are lost to the environment every year due to the inefficiency of heat energy, but startups like Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s spin-out Alphabet Energy are looking to create materials that convert waste heat into usable electricity. This morning Alphabet Energy announced that it’s raised a small seed round of $1 million from venture investors Claremont Creek Ventures and the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund.
‘Silicon + Heat = Cheap Energy’ Gets $1 Million
Greentech Media | Michael Kanellos | May 03, 2010
Alphabet Energy, which says it can make electricity for around $1 a watt out of waste heat in factories or data centers, has raised $1 million from Claremont Creek Ventures and the CalCef Clean Energy Fund.
Tech startup: New Sky Energy Inc.
Colorado Biz | May 01, 2010
Physicist Deane Little moved to Boulder in 2006 with the idea of starting a company, only he wasn’t quite sure what kind of company. He stumbled upon the concept of using water electrolysis to remove carbon from flue gas, and inspiration struck.
Tech startup: New Sky Energy Inc.
cobizmag.com | Eric Peterson | May 01, 2010
INITIAL LIGHT BULB: Physicist Deane Little moved to Boulder in 2006 with the idea of starting a company, only he wasn’t quite sure what kind of company. He stumbled upon the concept of using water electrolysis to remove carbon from flue gas, and inspiration struck: New Sky Energy’s now-patented technology makes “high value chemicals out of low-value salts,“ says Little, now the company’s CEO.
Armageddon Energy Moves Closer to Producing Plug-And-Play Solar Panels
Fast Company | Ariel Schwartz | Apr 27, 2010
When we last checked in on Armageddon Energy, the prefab solar panel startup had completed panel prototypes and was working on a beta funding round. Now, nearly a year later, Armageddon has teamed up with electronic component manufacturer Tyco Electronics to speed up the release of Armageddon's SolarClover system, which is scheduled to go on sale later this year.
Another Reason to Enter the Cleantech Open
amvona | Apr 26, 2010
The annual Cleantech Open Business Competition is now open for entries, and if you're a cleantech startup looking for funding and services to get your business off the ground, this is the competition for you! Winners in each region will win $30,000 in cash and services to help build their business. The national winner will win a $250,000 prize and additional services!
Cleantech Open Alumni Rake in $65 Million in First Months of 2010
Fast Company | Apr 22, 2010
The Cleantech Open, the world's largest cleantech business competition, has helped launch successful startups like Cool Earth Solar, Adura Technologies, and BuildFast. Now Cleantech Open alums are getting more love than ever as the competition announces that two 2009 finalists--Micromidas and Ecofactor--have secured venture capital funding. Cleantech Open alums have also scored a record $65 million in VC funding and grants during the first months of 2010.
First Southern California Cleantech Innovators' Summit
Marketwire | Apr 08, 2010
Green2Gold and the Cleantech Open have partnered to host the first Cleantech Innovators' Summit on April 17, 2010 at the Los Angeles Central Library in the Mark Taper Auditorium from 1-5pm. The summit will feature a panel discussion on "Developing the Southern California Cleantech Ecosystem," moderated by Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel. Notable panelists include Bill Barber, chapter president of Maverick Angels; Alex Fay, Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Economic & Business Policy; Alan Tratner, founder of Green2Gold; and Gillian Christie, founder of Christie Communications. Admission is free to all attendees.
EcoFactor Completes $5.9 Million Series A Venture Financing
PR Live | Apr 07, 2010
Today EcoFactor, the premier automated residential energy management software solution, announced the closing of a $3.5 million financing led by RockPort Capital Partners. This investment follows the recent $2.4 million financing led by Claremont Creek Ventures in December 2009. Claremont Creek Ventures increased its investment in EcoFactor as part of the second closing. The Series A round will help EcoFactor execute on commercial deployments of its residential energy management service. EcoFactor is currently deploying its award-winning energy management service in several markets through a variety of major channel partners.
Cleantech Open launches its 2010 Pacific Northwest competition
Sustainable Business Oregon | Christina Williams | Apr 07, 2010
Recap of PNW Cleantech Open, deadlines, highlights from last year's regional winners and statement from Byron McCann, Co-Chair, PNW Cleantech Open.
Cleantech Open launches its 2010 Pacific Northwest competition
Sustainable Business | Apr 07, 2010
The Cleantech Open, a national business plan competition that debuted in the Pacific Northwest last year, announced its 2010 competition and a launch event in Seattle later this month.
Small Business Contests You Don't Want to Miss
Innovation Heat | Paul Joseph | Apr 03, 2010
The Cleantech Open Ideas Competition Opens for Entries April 2010 The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest clean technology business competition and is looking for the best clean technology ideas from around the world. Just for telling your idea, you could win a prize package of services worth $100,000 to help you start a business to grow your idea!
Cleantech business competition expands
Ethanol Producer Magazine | Mar 31, 2010
For the first time in its five-year history, Cleantech Open– the world’s largest business competition created to find, fund and foster the most promising clean technology companies – is now accepting entries from the North Central Region. Early-stage startups in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin can enter in six categories – renewable energy, transportation, smart power and energy storage, energy efficiency, green building and air/water/waste – for a chance to win $250,000 in investment and services.
Cleantech Open: Pitch Your Business Plan to Win Funding
Biomass Energy Journal | Ben Peterson | Mar 29, 2010
Global recession got you down? Still waiting on “your share” of the grant money sloshing around out there? Buck up, because if you have a solid business plan and a small entry fee you can compete for a funding package worth $250,000.
Cleantech Open Launches 2010 Pacific Northwest Competition
Seattle PI | Mar 27, 2010
The 2010 Cleantech Open, a business plan competition for clean technology startups, is underway with several key dates approaching: -- April 22, 2010 is the Early Bird Entry Deadline, after which the entry fee increases from from $199 to $249 for professionals. -- Those interested in entering should attend the Executive Summary Webinar, on May 4 from 4:00 to 6:00pm PDT. This briefing will answer questions and help contestants prepare their Executive Summary entries.
Solar powered bus debuts
Sustainable Industries | Mar 19, 2010
SunPods Inc., a San Jose, Calif.-based manufacturer of modular, fully integrated and tested solar power generation systems and San Francisco-based Bauer's Intelligent Transportation (IT) recently introduced the first solar power-assist system for buses, known as the Solar-Hybrid Bus.
From waste to green
Denver Business Journal | Mar 18, 2010
New Sky Energy, a Boulder-based startup, has a plan to make money out of thin air. Using basic electrochemical technology and waste salts, New Sky aims to create compounds that suck carbon dioxide from the air. The "carbonates" created can be used in making a variety of products, such as glass, resins and building materials. "It is known chemistry we are using differently," said New Sky's founder and chief executive, Deane Little. New Sky and the Westland Water District in Fresno, Calif., are set to announce a joint venture using the technology to build a $3.2 million pilot plant to turn salty drainage water into marketable products.
New Sky Energy Turns Waste Water Into Clean Water, Green Chemicals
Fast Company | Ariel Schwartz | Mar 18, 2010
Ever heard of California's Central Valley? You might soon--the region, known as the nation's breadbasket for its agricultural plenitude, is facing severe droughts for a number of reasons. But now One Sky, a former Cleantech Open winner, is swooping in to hopefully save the day by providing a new source of clean water for the region. New Sky is teaming up with the Westlands Water District to build a drainage water treatment facility in the Central Valley that uses New Sky's proprietary salt conversion technology. The process concentrates and converts waste salts from drainage water into both fresh water for irrigation and carbon-neutral and carbon-negative chemicals--incuding acid, caustic soda, and solid carbonates like limestone and soda ash. These chemicals can then be used in everything from fertilizers to building materials.
Top 50 VC-Funded Greentech Startups
Adura Technologies, Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
Greentech Media | Mar 08, 2010
Venture capital firms have invested almost $20 billion into hundreds of greentech startups since 2005. All of these firms are looking to launch a disruptive force into their target markets, scale rapidly and grow quickly. Adura Technlogies named on list.
Cleantech Open expands to Minnesota
American City Business Journals | Katharine Grayson | Mar 08, 2010
The Cleantech Open, a competition for environmentally friendly startups, will accept entries from Minnesota firms this year.
SunPods Launches Prototype Solar Power-Assist System for Buses
Daily News Brief | Feb 27, 2010
SunPods Inc., a California-based manufacturer of modular, fully integrated and tested solar power generation systems, today announced the industry’s first solar power-assist system for buses. The SunPods Sun Bus Power System™ was developed in less than six weeks in collaboration with Bauer Intelligent Transportation, a leading provider of chauffeured green transportation, to enable the company’s fleet to meet the strict anti-pollution standards set by the State of California.
The Cleantech Open – A Bridge over the Valley of Death?
triple pundit | Jim Davis | Feb 26, 2010
The “Valley of Death” is a well known concept in the business startup and technology community. It’s the place where good ideas go to die. If small businesses are the lifeblood of economic growth and job creation, entrepreneurs and startup companies are the marrow. While the entrepreneurial path has never been easy, it has become even tougher in today’s economic climate. Let me give you an example of the challenges for clean technology entrepreneurs that I see every day. In a business such as ours, which is “technology agnostic” in the sense that we aren’t tied to any one manufacturer or product, innovation and access to new technology are critical success factors.
James Bond Would Approve: Cleantech Open 2010 Launches Today
CleanTechnia | Feb 26, 2010
The Cleantech Open launched its 2010 challenge today and it will be interesting to see how things shake out this year. One of the premier clean tech and green jobs programs of its kind, the Cleantech Open came on the scene in 2006 with the mission of jumpstarting sustainable tech startups through mentoring, training, and competitive cash awards. It’s established quite a track record since then. More than 80% of Cleantech alum are still viable and the organization expects that 1,200 new jobs will have been created through the end of 2009.
Cleantech Open to merge with Boston's ICE
San Francisco Business Times | Feb 25, 2010
The Cleantech Open, a business competition, will merge with a similar organization in Boston, the Ignite Clean Energy Competition, or ICE. ICE was started in 2004 and is sponsored by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Inc. It’s considered the first cleantech business plan competition. The Cleantech Open, based in Redwood City, started in 2006. It holds competitions for business plans that deal with energy, environmental and economic issues.
MIT's clean energy competition partners with West Coast contest
MIT: The Journal of New England Technology | Feb 25, 2010
The MIT Enterprise Forum reports its Ignite Clean Energy Competition is partnering with the Cleantech Open, a San Francisco-based business plan competition. The competition has been renamed ICE/Cleantech Open Northeast, and will serve as a regional Cleantech Open competition in Boston, while continuing to operate as an independent organization. New England startups winning the regional competition will move on to the national Cleantech Open finals in San Francisco in November. The Cleantech Open also operates regional competitions in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis.
Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open Kicks Off Second Year
Brown on Green | Feb 24, 2010
The Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open (RMCTO) has kicked off its second year with goals of increasing the number of contestants by 50 percent and expanding the contestants’ geographical representation. “Most of the 64 companies that entered last year were from Colorado,” said Wes Schrader, who as RMCTO contestant chair is the person responsible for attracting contestants and helping them navigate their way through the application process. “This year we hope to have 100 entrants and we hope to attract more companies from outside of Colorado.” The regional competition is open to cleantech startup companies in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Adura Technologies Adds $12 Million in Funding; NGEN Partners Joins Board
Earth Times | Feb 23, 2010
Adura Technologies™, a leading provider of wireless lighting control and energy management solutions, today announced $12 million in new funding. Adura also announced that NGEN Partners, a pioneering investor in the clean tech sector, will join the company’s board as lead investor in the new funding round, which includes return investors VantagePoint Venture Partners, a leading global clean tech venture capital firm, and Claremont Creek Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm.
S.F. lighting startup Adura raises $12M
San Francisco Business Times | Lindsay Riddell | Feb 23, 2010
Startup Adura Technologies has raised $12 million in funding. The San Francisco-based company develops wireless lighting control and energy management systems that the company says can save customers up to 70 percent in electricity costs.
2010 Cleantech Open Competition Begins with Briefings in February and March
Climate Solutions | Feb 22, 2010
The Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open is kicking off the 2010 season with briefing sessions in Portland (February 24th) and Seattle (March 4th). These informational events for potential contestants, mentors and volunteers will provide an overview of the National Cleantech Open program and details about the Pacific Northwest 2010 competition and schedule. At both events, several alumni of the region’s 2009 competition will tell about their experiences last year.
Will Mission Motors Become the Intel of Electric Motorcycles?
Greentech Media | Michael Kanellos | Feb 17, 2010
There's no point in trying to do this alone, Mission Motors has concluded. The electric motorcycle manufacturer has decided to take a bifurcated approach to the market, new interim CEO Jit Bhattacharya told us this morning. Mission will produce a high-end, high-performance motorcycle under its own name, but it will also produce batteries, drive-train systems and other components for large, established manufacturers, he said.
How to turn a clean tech idea into reality
Colorado Biz Magazine | Greg Pfahl | Jan 24, 2010
It’s all well and good to build clean technology that powers the world and makes it better at the same time, but when trying to turn their invention into a business, people run headlong into their biggest challenge: financing.
How to turn a clean tech idea into reality
cobizmag.com | Greg Pfahl | Jan 24, 2010
It's all well and good to build clean technology that powers the world and makes it better at the same time, but when trying to turn their invention into a business, people run headlong into their biggest challenge: financing.
Lucid Design Group Announces New Funding, Cites Progress in ‘09
Earth Times | Jan 21, 2010
Lucid Design Group, Inc., a pioneer and leader in real-time energy monitoring and display systems for commercial buildings, today announced the recent completion of $1.5 million Series A funding, capping a year of substantial growth and achievement in 2009. The investment was led by Dry Creek Ventures of Healdsburg, a firm focused on the clean tech sector.
DotUI Combines Social Media and Energy Management
triple pundit | Steve Puma | Jan 20, 2010
The Cleantech Group announced Wednesday that San Francisco-based startup DotUI has developed a unique way to influence consumer energy usage behavior, by combining real-time energy management software and hardware with digital picture frames and a “fun” interface.
Seattle company promising portable power plants
King 5 CBS | Gary Chittim | Jan 18, 2010
Seattle company says it's on the verge of bringing portable power plants to just about anywhere they're needed. The company is convinced, where there is flowing water, there is energy.
Power Assure Selected by U.S. Department of Energy for $5 Million Grant
Business Wire | Jan 07, 2010
Power Assure™, Inc, a developer of power management solutions for data centers, today announced it has been awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to augment product development efforts and drive commercialization of its power management software for deployment in government and enterprise data centers. Power Assure reduces data centers’ energy consumption by an average of 50%, helping companies meet energy reduction targets and regulatory requirements.
EcoFactor Raises $2.5 Million
PEHub | Jan 04, 2010
EcoFactor, a Redwood City, Calif.-based provider of residential energy management solutions, has raised $2.4 million in new VC funding led by Claremont Creek Ventures.

2009

EcoFactor Raising $4.5M for Smarter Thermostats
Earth2Tech | Katie Fehrenbacher | Dec 30, 2009
When we profiled three-year-old startup EcoFactor in November the company said it was in the process of raising its Series A round. Well, today the company filed a document with the SEC that says it is in the process of raising $4.5 million, and has already raised $2.39 million partly from Claremont Creek Ventures (CCV’s Nat Goldhaber and Paul Straub are listed on the form).
Silicon Valley banks on 'clean tech' and solar power
USA Today | Julie Schmit | Dec 22, 2009
...Clean tech is far from new for Silicon Valley. So many solar companies have been started in Silicon Valley in the past seven years that a shakeout is inevitable, says Rex Northen, executive director of the Cleantech Open, a business competition...
$10 Trillion “Cost Less, Mean More” Product Revolution
triple pundit | Bill Roth | Dec 11, 2009
My attendance at the Cleantech Open re-enforced this faith as I enjoyed an entire day listening to entrepreneurs pitching how their green products will save the planet, grow jobs and make money. And here’s the key maturation in green business that has just occurred this year. ALL of these entrepreneurs had price competitiveness at the core of their green product designs.
Scott Hublou, EcoFactor: CleanTech Award Winner 2009
Fresh Dialogues | Alison van Diggelen | Dec 02, 2009
On November 17, I attended the CleanTech Open Awards Gala at the Masonic Center in San Francisco and enjoyed keynotes from Lesa Mitchell from the Kaufman Foundation, Bill Weihl, Google’s Energy Czar and Nancy Pfund, of DBL Investors.
Winning Ideas for a Greener World
Essinova.com | BeiBei Song | Dec 01, 2009
Essinova Host BeiBei Song reports on the Cleantech Open's Business and Ideas Competition awards ceremony and exposition, and interviews a number of contestants. Dubbed the “Academy Awards of Clean Technology", the event was held at the Masonic Center in San Francisco on November 17th, 2009. It drew thousands of cleantech enthusiasts, and showcased the best national and international teams selected from the year-long competition.
Investment Super Highway Prerequisite for Breakthroughs
Essinova.com | BeiBei Song | Dec 01, 2009
While being optimistic that "the daunting [climate change] problems are solvable", and acknowledging the promises of new technologies and new business models, Bill Weihl alerts the audience that "we need more, we need really serious breakthroughs, and we need them soon to provide the technologies to deploy clean energy in scale", in a time frame that would allow us to address the climate crisis before it becomes irreversible.
Building a World of Sustainable Economy
Essinova.com | Dec 01, 2009
"Cleantech is not just about technology, but also about changing the way we live, inventing intelligent infrastructure, relearning our relationship with the living systems that supports the human economy." Examining the political, business and personal challenges to the "sustainable economy", Gil Friend asks thought-provoking questions - Will we put our money where our hearts are? What is the purpose of business? How to scale with open source technologies vs. protectable technologies?
SunTrac Solar
Essinova.com | BeiBei Song | Dec 01, 2009
Suntrac Solar, "High Temperature Tracking Concentrating Collector", is one of the 12 Cleantech Open 2009 Business Competition finalists.
New Sky Energy
Essinova.com | BeiBei Song | Dec 01, 2009
New Sky Energy, "Clean Chemical Carbon Sequestration", is one of the 12 Cleantech Open 2009 Business Competition finalists.
FuelSaver Technologies
Essinova.com | BeiBei Song | Dec 01, 2009
FuelSaver Technologies, "Saving You Money by Changing the Shape of Long Haul Transport", is one of the 12 Cleantech Open 2009 Business Competition finalists.
Clean living: Missoula company’s environmentally friendly invention has ‘potential to change world’
Missoulian | BETSY COHEN | Nov 30, 2009
Don Kiely planned to retire from his teaching post at the University of Montana when he turned 70, but when the chemistry professor hit that self-designated milestone, he had a change of heart. After more than a decade of experiments and tests at UM, Kiely and his team of scientists had finally unlocked the secrets to one of the most intriguing and confounding chemistry discoveries of the modern age.
Green entrepreneurs make products out of thin air
9NEWS | Brooke Thacker | Nov 23, 2009
You may have heard the fairy tale of the woman turning straw into gold. It may not be gold, but a Boulder company claims to be doing something quite similar. Advertisement 9NEWS has been following the Clean Tech Open since March of this year. The competition takes the best ideas from hundreds of contestants and helps them develop the ideas into products people can use by offering business training and finding funding for the projects.
Interview: Rivertop Renewables
Green Chemicals | Doris de Guzman | Nov 23, 2009
The Green blog's interview with Rivertop Renewables founder Donald Kiely, and director of marketing Jason Kiely (also Don's son) revealed the potential power of glucaric acid as a renewable-based alternative chemical.
EcoFactor and the Truly Smart Grid
triple pundit | Nov 21, 2009
Technology works best when it’s least intrusive and does the heavy lifting for you. Apple understands this. And so, it seems, does EcoFactor, the winner of the recent Clean Tech Open.
Best of the Best From This Year's Competitions
Green Diary | Nov 20, 2009
Among the 12 finalists for the prestigious Cleantech Open business plan competition, the National Prize went to EcoFactor for developing a personal residential energy management system for heating, air-conditioning and ventilation. We can also call the system as an intelligent HVAC system. The firm received prize package worth $250,000, including $100,000 in seed capital.
Live Near a Waterway? HydroVolts Can Power Your Home
triple pundit | Amie Vaccaro | Nov 20, 2009
At Tuesday’s Academy Awards of Cleantech (The Cleantech Open), attendees were all abuzz about Seattle-based HydroVolts, winner of the $20,000 Cleantech Open sustainability prize. HydroVolts has created a floating in-stream hydrokinetic turbine that generates distributed renewable energy anywhere around the world.
Serving Up Solar Tech Treats
Discovery Channel | Alyssa Danigelis | Nov 20, 2009
Think thin-film solar is still eons away from ubiquity? Think again. Seattle-based company LivinGreen has some sweet solar tech that could make manufacturing solar cells cheaper and easier. Dye sensitized solar cells work like photosynthesis in plants. A nanoparticle dye on a titanium electrode captures light, converting it to energy. The catch, says LivingGreen CEO Chris Tagge, is that the nanoparticles end up behaving like Rice Krispies doused in milk--the light passes through, reducing efficiency.
Notes from the Cleantech Open Awards Gala
triple pundit | Steve Pum | Nov 19, 2009
At the last minute, I decided to attend Tuesday night’s Cleantech Open Awards Gala, and was pleasantly surprised at just how many companies with game-changing technologies were participating in the event. From the finalists to the runners-up to last year’s winners, the promise of what was on display was truly astounding, and gives me quite a bit of hope that we have a strong chance of beating some of the enormous challenges that are facing our environment.
Cleantech Business Competition Announces Winners
Sustainable Business | Nov 19, 2009
A California company that designed a personalized residential energy management solution for heating, ventilation and air conditioning won the business plan competition this year in the Cleantech Open.
Cleantech Open 09 - LivinGreen Materials Makes Solar 50% More Efficient, 40% Cheaper
Tree Hugger | Jaymi Heimbuch | Nov 19, 2009
LivinGreen Materials showed off their drop-in solution to creating more efficient, cheaper solar cells. And their claim is no small number. They say their solution - which would remove one layer from the solar cells currently manufactured and replace it with a layer created by their new technology - could improve efficiency by 50% all while making it cheaper to manufacture solar cells.
Cleantech Open 09 – Dot UI Makes Energy Consumption Data Available to Visually Impaired
Tree Hugger | Nov 19, 2009
Platforms that show us our energy usage are getting to be a dime a dozen. Not that it's a bad thing, of course. Knowing our data is a big part of reducing consumption. Dot UI is a start-up wanting to make energy consumption as personalized as possible so that people avoid information overload, and get the data where they're most likely to see it, whether that's their television, a digital photo frame, a mobile phone. Not too unique, since many user dashboards can be displayed on various devices - but they're all typically visual devices.
Introducing: Glucaric acid
Green Chemicals | Doris de Guzman | Nov 18, 2009
Here's another green chemistry company start-up to add to my list. I received an email about Missoula, Montana-based Rivertop Renewables who is developing glucaric acid, a sugar-based acid created by oxidizing glucose which can be used as a building block chemical.
Redwood City startup wins green contest
San Francisco Chronicle | David Baker | Nov 18, 2009
Startup companies with ways to save energy and make plastic from wastewater took top honors Tuesday evening in the 2009 Cleantech Open, an annual contest to find and nurture promising environmental entrepreneurs. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/17/BU1B1AM5FG.DTL&type=tech#ixzz0XHCELFX8
Cleantech Open winner offers stable environment
CNET | Candace Lombardi | Nov 18, 2009
EcoFactor has been awarded Cleantech Open's national award, which includes $100,000 in seed capital. The awards ceremony for one of the leading environmental start-up competitions took place at the Masonic Center in San Francisco following a day-long conference in which contestants and venture capitalists had a chance to mingle.
Cleantech Open names winners
San Francisco Business Times | Lindsay Riddell | Nov 18, 2009
EcoFactor was the big winner at Tuesday’s Cleantech Open awards ceremony, which gives $250,000 in cash, office space, consulting and mentoring to the overall winner.
CTO Ideas Competition Winner: Replenish Energy in Puerto Rico
YouTube | Nov 18, 2009
Puerto Rico's finalist for the Global Clean Tech Open Competition in San Francisco, Calif. is Jorge Gaskins Alcott. The global winner will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Cleantech Open Announces Winners for Hottest Green Tech Start-Ups
Tree Hugger | Nov 18, 2009
Cleantech Open is thee competition for Claifornia (and nationwide) start-ups looking to gain seed money for their ideas. The hottest new concepts for clean technology in six categories - from renewable energy to waste to energy efficiency to water use - show of their ideas, and at the end of the competition, it is announced which winners will receive a grand prize of $250,000. I spent a few hours roaming the rows of great ideas (more posts on some of the coolest to come later today) and at the end of the evening, the exciting news was announced. Check out who you'll be hearing a lot more about (and may have in your home) in the months to come...
GreenBeat speaker EcoFactor takes top honors Cleantech Open
VentureBeat | Nov 18, 2009
Making the rounds of Smart Grid events (and there are quite a few of them this season), smart thermostat company EcoFactor nabbed the $250,000 grand prize in yesterday’s Cleantech Open business plan competition. EcoFactor’s Scott Hublou will be speaking today at GreenBeat 2009.
EcoFactor grabs Cleantech Open's biggest prize
Sustainable Industries | Sara Stroud | Nov 18, 2009
A Bay Area startup that offers software which aims to slash home energy consumption by managing heating and cooling was crowned the first national winner of the Cleantech Open Business Competition. EcoFactor’s prize was announced at the Cleantech Open Awards Gala on Nov. 17.
Cleantech Open 09 - EcoFactor is NOT a Smart Thermostat - It's Better.
Tree Hugger | Nov 18, 2009
EcoFactor is easy to mistake for a smart thermostat, since that's what the user sees. But really, it's not a smart thermostat at all. As Scott Hublou, a co-founder of EcoFactor and its senior vice president for products, puts it, "It's an incredibly dumb thermostat that just listens really well, and talks really well."
Cleantech Open 09 - Lunescent Syncs Streetlights With Moon Cycles for Energy Savings
Tree Hugger | Jaymi Heimbuch | Nov 18, 2009
Before streetlights, there was the moon. Well, at least for a week or two out of the month, if weather conditions were good, you could get enough moonlight to guide your way down a path. Now, streetlights line our walks - great for getting us from one place to the next relatively safely, but a big drain on electricity resources. Lunescent hopes to get us back to following the moon a little more, and save us up to 90% on streelight energy consumption. The start-up showed off its first product, the Lemma light, at Cleantech Open.
Chevron Partners with the Cleantech Open
San Francisco Business Times | Nov 17, 2009
Chevron USA next year will partner with the California Cleantech Open, a business plan competition for clean technology startups that announces 2009 winners today.
Cleantech Open: It's All About Chemicals
Greentech Media | Nov 17, 2009
Green chemistry seems to be one of the more interesting topics at today’s Cleantech Open in San Francisco. San Francisco -- The Cleantech Open – sort of an American Idol with soil scientists and solar companies – is taking place today in San Francisco, and green chemistry seems to be one of the more interesting topics at the event
Cleantech Open Winner Revealed! EcoFactor Takes the Grand Prize
Earth2Tech | Josie Garthwaite | Nov 17, 2009
For the entrepreneurs competing to win the $250,000 grand prize package in the Cleantech Open business plan competition — and join the ranks of past winners like Adura Technologies — the wait is over. Tonight in San Francisco, the organization announced finalists from each region (listed below the break). But the big kahuna goes to smart thermostat software developer EcoFactor.
Chevron Partners With Cleantech Open to Support Energy Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation
CNN Money | Nov 17, 2009
The Cleantech Open, the world's largest business competition, created to find, fund and foster startup clean technology companies, announced a new partnership with Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX).
Cleantech Open gala goes global, honors winners
Cleantech Group | Lisa Sibley | Nov 17, 2009
The fourth annual business plan competition doles out funds for cleantech startups, with California's EcoFactor taking the grand prize.
GreenBeat speaker EcoFactor takes top honors Cleantech Open
Dintz | Nov 17, 2009
Making the rounds of Smart Grid events (and there are quite a few of them this season), smart thermostat company EcoFactor nabbed the $250,000 grand prize in yesterday’s Cleantech Open business plan competition. EcoFactor’s Scott Hublou will be speaking today at GreenBeat 2009.
Have a brilliant clean technology idea?
DNA Read the World | Nov 15, 2009
Money may be tight for aspiring cleantech entrepreneurs during a downturn, but they will get money and precious attention next Tuesday for their ideas in an event in California billed as the mother of all clean technology business competitions. American startups will be competing for the grand $2, 50, 000 prize in the "Cleantech Open Business Plan" competition, while entrepreneurs from the rest of the world will face-off in the "Global Cleantech Open Ideas" competition organised by the Kauffman Foundation. Both contests will wrap up at the clean technology awards gala at the elegant Masonic Center in San Francisco on November 17.
Green tech idea contest in SF next week will pay winners $100,000 each
SF Examiner | Shelby Bateson | Nov 14, 2009
Are you an green tech idea person lacking funding to get your idea off the ground? Next week, November 17th, Cleantech Open will be holding the final round of a competition for aspiring green tech entrepreneurs at the Masonic Center in San Francisco, California.
LADOT Launches Real Time Information System
City of Los Angeles | Nov 12, 2009
The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has launched a real-time passenger information service for riders of LADOT’s DASH Downtown circulator bus. LADOT developed the system with Syncromatics, a provider of intelligent transportation solutions to the public transportation industry. Real-time information is a term that refers to providing schedule and route information using wireless technology, which enables riders to see if their public transit service will arrive as schedule or whether traffic, weather conditions or an accident will cause it to arrive late.
LADOT Launches Real Time Information System
Syncromatics 2007 Transportation
City of Los Angeles | Nov 12, 2009
The City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) has launched a real-time passenger information service for riders of LADOT’s DASH Downtown circulator bus. LADOT developed the system with Syncromatics, a provider of intelligent transportation solutions to the public transportation industry. Real-time information is a term that refers to providing schedule and route information using wireless technology, which enables riders to see if their public transit service will arrive as schedule or whether traffic, weather conditions or an accident will cause it to arrive late.
Join me at the Academy Awards of Cleantech
triple pundit | Amie Vaccaro | Nov 12, 2009
This year’s Cleantech Open Awards Gala (Tues Nov 17th in San Francisco) is not to be missed. Along with Bill Roth, I’ll be covering the event for TriplePundit. Last year’s event was phenomenal and this year promises to be bigger and better.
Waiting for the cleantech tide to turn in shipping
KiteShip 2006 Transportation
Cleantech Group | Stephen Marcus | Nov 11, 2009
Despite that it accounts for 3 percent of global emissions, shipping has largely been exempt from emission reductions requirements to date. The lack of interest in reducing emissions from shipping has also been expressed in the venture capital community. Germany-based SkySails – a maker of towing kite propulsion systems for today’s modern maritime shipping industry – received $10.3 million of venture capital funding way back in 2006. California's KiteShip, pursuing a similar idea, won an award at the California Cleantech Open, also in 2006. Since then there's been little apparent commercial progress.
SunTrac Solar: Building a Better Solar Collector
Solar Feeds | Nov 11, 2009
If you build a better solar collector, will the world beat a path to your door? That’s what SunTrac Solar, of Golden, Colorado, is hoping. SunTrac has made a dramatic improvement to solar technology by developing a system that combines photovoltaic (PV) panels with the advantages of parabolic solar systems.
Boulder Start-up to Profit on Atmospheric CO2 in Manufacturing
Huffington Post | Anne Butterfield | Nov 09, 2009
Everyone loves chemistry; it's the difference between Pero and real coffee, Morton's and sea salt. It's the magic between Tracy and Hepburn. But on the larger scale, we take chemistry for granted and it's killing us.
Snoop Dogg, Entrepreneurship and Rajasthan
TechCrunch | Nov 07, 2009
The promise of these early ventures is always amazing and their enthusiasm infectious. Which brings me to Global Entrepreneurship Week. And Snoop Dogg.
Why Attend the Cleantech Open?
triple pundit | Bill Roth | Nov 06, 2009
Here are a few reasons I am attending The Cleantech Open on November 17, 2009 at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Center: * Bill Weihl, Google Green Energy Czar, is the event’s key note speaker. * There will be 120 of the latest clean technologies displayed in the exhibition hall. * You can imagine how many venture capitalists will be attending looking for their next “Google” opportunity. This is a great opportunity to meet money!
Clean tech takes a lot more capital
Puget Sound Business Journal | Byron McCann and John Pierce | Nov 06, 2009
There’s no doubt that the global meltdown has fundamentally altered the prospects for current and long-term economic growth in our region. Although the region was already somewhat of an outpost for large multinational corporations, the recession has further shrunk the ranks of corporate giants here in the Pacific Northwest. Those that remain face intense pressure just to maintain market share, much less increase it dramatically. Prospects for the meteoric growth we saw in the ’90s are gone.
Clean tech takes a lot more capital
Puget Sound Business Journal | Byron McCann and John Pierce | Nov 06, 2009
There’s no doubt that the global meltdown has fundamentally altered the prospects for current and long-term economic growth in our region.
Cleantech Open Gala
VentureBeat | Nov 04, 2009
The Clean Tech Open Gala on November 17, 2009 held at the elegant Masonic Center in the heart of San Francisco will be our most brilliant event to date. The Clean Tech Open Gala is the Grand Finale to Clean Tech Open’s year-long clean technology business competition and is designed to showcase the boldest clean technology ideas, the most ambitious entrepreneurs and the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers.
Cleantech Open Gala
Gadget Reviews | Nov 04, 2009
November 17, 2009 held at the elegant Masonic Center in the heart of San Francisco will be our most brilliant event to date. The Clean Tech Open Gala is the Grand Finale to Clean Tech Open’s year-long clean technology business competition and is designed to showcase the boldest clean technology ideas, the most ambitious entrepreneurs and the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers.
The Cleantech Open announces keynote speakers
PtichGenie | Nov 04, 2009
The Cleantech Open today released the line-up of keynote speakers and presenters for its November 17th Grand Expo & Awards Gala at the Masonic Center in San Francisco. Dubbed the “Academy Awards of Clean Technology”, the event marks the grand finale of The Cleantech Open’s year-long business competition. The event is designed to showcase the boldest in clean technology, the most nation’s most ambitious entrepreneurs and the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers.
Cleantech Open Announces Keynote Speakers for Upcoming Expo and Awards Gala, November 17
Earth Times | Nov 04, 2009
The Cleantech Open today released the line-up of keynote speakers and presenters for its Grand Expo & Awards Gala at the Masonic Center in San Francisco, on November 17.
Clean Tech Open Announces Winners of 2009 Rocky Mountain Competition
Green VC | Nov 04, 2009
Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups, has announced the winners of its 2009 Rocky Mountain competition.
Winners selected in Colorado environmentally-friendly tech competition
cooler planet | Nate Lew | Nov 03, 2009
Three winners from the Cleantech Open's Rocky Mountain region were announced in Denver on Tuesday. The Cleantech Open, billed as the world's largest cleantech competition, has worked to develop clean technology startups since its inception in 2006. At the Rocky Mountain regional awards ceremony, Denver mayor John Hickenlooper cited "innovative [cleantech] companies" for "protecting our quality of life and preserving America's natural wonders."
Mayor John Hickenlooper Announces Rocky Mountain Winners for Cleantech Open, the World's Biggest Cleantech Business Competition
AjaxWorld | Nov 03, 2009
The Cleantech Open (www.cleantechopen.com), today announced the winning teams in the Rocky Mountain region of the world's biggest cleantech business plan competition: New Sky Energy, Rivertop Renewables, and SunTrac Solar. In addition, Cool Energy, Inc. won the Sustainability Award for the Rocky Mountain region.
Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open winners announced
Wyoming Business Report | Nov 03, 2009
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper has announced the winning teams in the Rocky Mountain Region of the world’s biggest cleantech business plan competition, the Cleantech Open.
Clean Tech Open Names 3 Winners in Rocky Mountain Region
Earth2Tech | Justin Moresco | Nov 03, 2009
The Clean Tech Open, a nonprofit business plan competition for early-stage startups focused on renewable energy, green building and other cleantech markets, announced today the three winners in the Rocky Mountain region.
New Sky, Cool Energy reach finals
Boulder County Business Report | Nov 03, 2009
BOULDER - Two Boulder based firms, New Sky Energy Inc. and Cool Energy Inc., were named among the top four clean-tech companies in the Rocky Mountain region during the Cleantech Open, a clean technology competition.
From Smart Meters to Smart Thermostats
New York Times | Todd Woody | Nov 03, 2009
As utilities install more smart meters in homes, more companies are offering services that tap the devices’ ability to give consumers information about their electricity use.
Four startups named regional finalists of Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open
Denver Business Journal | Cathy Proctor | Nov 03, 2009
Four companies that have been chosen finalists of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open business-plan competition for early-stage startups. The winners were chosen from a pool of 64 applicants on the basis of their business plans. Finalists will receive $50,000 in cash plus in-kind services and compete with winners from California and the Pacific Northwest regional competitions.
Four startups named regional finalists of Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open
Institutional Partners | Nov 03, 2009
Four companies that have been chosen finalists of the 2009 Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open business-plan competition for early-stage startups.
Clean Tech Open Names 3 Winners in Rocky Mountain Region
TriGeia | Nov 03, 2009
The Clean Tech Open, a nonprofit business plan competition for early-stage startups focused on renewable energy, green building and other cleantech markets, announced today the three winners in the Rocky Mountain region.
The best of Clean Tech’s brightest
Colorado Biz Magazine | Susanna Speier | Nov 03, 2009
“What are you good at? What do you need help with?” Those were questions asked to match mentors with the finalists of the Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open when they began the rigorous competition for one of three regional awards six months ago.
Winning Ideas for a Greener World
Essinova.com | BeiBei Song | Nov 02, 2009
Essinova Host BeiBei Song reports on the Cleantech Open’s Business and Ideas Competition awards ceremony and exposition, and interviews a number of contestants. Dubbed the “Academy Awards of Clean Technology”, the event was held at the Masonic Center in San Francisco on November 17th, 2009. It drew thousands of cleantech enthusiasts, and showcased the best national and international teams selected from the year-long competition.
Pioneering Venture Capitalist to Deliver Keynote at Cleantech Open National Awards Gala
PR-USA.net | Nov 02, 2009
The Cleantech Open announced Steve Westly, a cleantech venture capitalist, will present a keynote address during the "Academy Awards of Clean Technology" Gala at The Masonic Center in San Francisco on November 17, 2009.
Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open Announces Three Winners
buildaroo.com | Nov 02, 2009
The Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open (CTO), an innovation catalyst that helps great ideas become viable clean tech businesses, announced the three winners of the inaugural clean tech business plan competition: Green Lite Motors (100 MPG Commuter Vehicle), Hydrovolts (In-Stream Hydro Power), and LivinGreen Materials (Advanced Solar Technology). The winning teams each received $50,000 in cash and in-kind services and will now participate in the national competition for up to $250,000 in cash and services next month in San Francisco.
Finalists unveiled at Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open
TechFlash | Denis DuBois | Oct 30, 2009
Cleantechies Schmooze With the Gov, Compete for Cash as Three Regional Finalists Go National
Xconomy | Luke Timmerman | Oct 30, 2009
Money may be tight for aspiring cleantech entrepreneurs in a downturn, but they got a little cash and some precious attention for their ideas last night. Gov. Chris Gregoire showed up to mingle at the ACT Theatre in Seattle with about a dozen entrepreneurial semi-finalists who were gathered to compete at the first Clean Tech Open business plan competition in the Pacific Northwest.
Green Lite Motors wins business plan competition
Portland Business Journal | Oct 30, 2009
New Sky turning waste to revenue
Boulder County Business Report | Lyla D. Hamilton | Oct 30, 2009
BOULDER - Like the idea of spinning straw into gold, it sounds too good to be true, but Deane Little, chairman and chief executive officer, believes New Sky Energy Inc. can deliver.
Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open Announces Regional Finalists
Seattle PI | Oct 30, 2009
The finalists are Green Lite Motors, Hydrovolts Inc., and LivinGreen Materials. I saw their 20-minute pitches at an investor forum before the gala, and all three are richly deserving of their prizes.
Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open Announces Three Winners
Earth Times | Oct 30, 2009
The Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open (CTO), an innovation catalyst that helps great ideas become viable clean tech businesses, announced the three winners of the inaugural clean tech business plan competition: Green Lite Motors (100 MPG Commuter Vehicle), Hydrovolts (In-Stream Hydro Power), and LivinGreen Materials (Advanced Solar Technology).
Cleantech Open winners get it done quick and cheap
Grist | Todd Woody | Oct 28, 2009
The annual California Cleantech Open startup competition is always a fun event to attend, because you just might be present for the debut of the Google of green energy or the General Motors of electric cars. Beyond that, the competition serves as a leading indicator of emerging green tech trends. And given that the Silicon Valley establishment judges the event, it’s an opportunity to gauge which way they see the wind blowing.
Bioplastics from Sewage? Cradle-to-Cradle Roofs? Cleantech Open Competition Announces 6 Innovative Finalists
Treehugger | Jaymi Heimbuch | Oct 26, 2009
The California Cleantech Open - one of the most influential cleantech competitions in the nation - has announced the finalists for this year's award. The top entrants in six categories, from energy efficiency to transportation - will vie for a grand prize, with the winner announced in November. Choosing a winner will be a tough job, as each of the entrants are start-ups with great ideas - turning raw sewage into bioplastic, cradle-to-cradle roof tiles, fuel-efficient long-haul trucks...
Porifera Garners ARPA-E Grant
Porifera 2008 Air, Water & Waste
Department of Energy | Oct 25, 2009
Carbon Nanotube Membranes for Energy-Efficient Carbon Sequestration Porifera, Inc., (Hayward, CA) Inc will lead a team including the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that will integrate carbon nanotubes with polymer membranes to increase the flux of CO2 capture membranes by up to 100x.
Cleantech Open Names 6 Cali Finalists: Low Cost Is King
Earth2Tech/GigaOm | Josie Garthwaite | Oct 20, 2009
Entrepreneurs at today’s Cleantech Open Regional Awards event emphasized cost-cutting technologies and low capital needs for their next phase. Here are the six finalists and what their founders let slip about their strategy, cost-cutting efforts and technologies.
Startups vie for clean-tech awards
San Jose Mercury News | Dana Hull | Oct 20, 2009
Welcome to the Cleantech Open, which calls itself the "Academy Awards" of clean technology. The annual business competition, which has rapidly grown each year since its founding in 2006, is designed to "find, fund, and foster" the next big energy and environmental business plans. Each competing team — many of them graduate students or eager young entrepreneurs — works with mentors who help hone their business plans; judges then winnow the long list of entrants down to semifinalists.
Cleantech Open Announces 2009 California Finalists
IEEE Spectrum | Tekla Perry | Oct 20, 2009
Today in Palo Alto, Calif., the 2009 Cleantech Open honored six teams of entrepreneurs as California Regional Finalists. The competition began in 2005 as the California Cleantech Open. This is the first year the competition extended outside the state; the California winners will go on to compete with finalists from other regions.
Global Cleantech Open Shines Light on Innovation
Mouli Cohen | Oct 16, 2009
As a staple of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, organizers of the first ever Global Cleantech Open -a wider scale version of the Cleantech Open – will award a $100,000 prize to the innovator who presents the best idea. The competition will be a spotlight which will help to “foster and encourage clean tech big ideas from forward-thinking entrepreneurs from around the world as well as accelerate the development of clean tech solutions at a grassroots level,” according to the dailygreen.com.
San Francisco To Host ‘Academy Awards Of Clean Technology’
Lockernome | Oct 16, 2009
On November 17, 2009, the Nob Hill Masonic Center will open its doors to thousands of cleantech industry professionals for the Third Annual Cleantech Open Grand Expo & Awards Gala. The event will commence with an exposition floor filled with over 120 cleantech companies, followed by a series of demonstrations and business plan pitches from Cleantech Open finalists.
Meet The Clean Tech OpenSemi-Finalists from Colorado
Colorado Energy news | David Hill | Oct 14, 2009
Later this month regional winners for the 2009 Clean Tech Open competition will be announced. Semi-finalists from the Rocky Mountains are competing for three regional prizes of cash and services worth $50,000. Similar competitions have been taking place in California and the Pacific Northwest, with the twelve regional winners facing off in a national competition in which they’ll be vying for the Grand Prize of $250,000 in cash and services.
Green entrepreneurs competing to turn ideas into profits
9NEWS | Jessica Zartler | Oct 04, 2009
For the third year in the country and first year in the Rocky Mountain region, the Clean Tech Open is choosing green business entrepreneurs to train with the top minds in the business.
Cote’s Colorado: Here comes the sun
Colorado Biz Magazine | Mike Cote | Oct 01, 2009
You can hear the enthusiasm in Bill Lowstuter’s voice and see it sparkle in his eyes as he describes how much power his Golden company’s solar panels produce and how much carbon dioxide they offset.
America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs
Humdinger Wind Energy, LLC 2007 Renewables
Inc. | Oct 01, 2009
Shawn Frayne, from 2007 Alumni Company Humdinger, is named one of the 30 Coolest Entrepreneurs Under 30
Armageddon Energy: Taking the Pain Out of Home Solar Systems
Triple Pundit | Deborah Fleischer | Sep 25, 2009
When you think of installing a solar system on your home, what is the first thought that comes to mind? It will cost too much? It will be complicated to install? Or perhaps, you like the idea, but think solar panels are ugly?
Sunflower at the Clean Tech Open
ColoradoBiz | Sep 25, 2009
Watch Sunflower discuss their Sundolier product!
A Global Ideas Competition Fosters Clean Tech Startups
TheDailyGreen | Sep 15, 2009
With three successful annual business competitions that have created 125 companies and 500 jobs under its belt, and the 2009 program well underway, the Cleantech Open is setting its sights on the global stage with the launch of the Global Cleantech Open.
Dick Franklin of the Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open
ColoradoBiz | Sep 10, 2009
Watch a video of Co-Chair Dick Franklin as he explains the competition.
Rex O'Neal of the Cleantech Open
ColoradoBiz | Sep 10, 2009
ColoradoBiz Editor Mike Cote talks with attorney Rex O’Neal about why his firm is involved in the Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open and the bright future for clean tech in Colorado.
Bill Lowstuter of Energistic Systems talks solar
ColoradoBiz | Sep 10, 2009
Bill Lowstuter of Energistic Systems is competing in the Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open, a program that pits upstart companies in a race for venture capital funding and puts them in front of investors.
Stephen Miller of the Cleantech Open
ColoradoBiz | Sep 08, 2009
Stephen Miller, president/CEO of CleanLaunch, a startup incubator, talks with ColoradoBiz Editor Mike Cote about the Clean Tech Open and the search for the next generation of clean sustainable energy sources.
Competition guides new clean-tech companies to investors
MarketWatch | Sep 04, 2009
For clean technology startups to be successful, it takes more than a great green idea. It takes money, too. A business-plan competition, called the Cleantech Open, aims to help startups cover both bases, priming, prepping and packaging green technology startups into investor-ready businesses -- including a crucial game plan for turning a profit.
Clean tech thought leaders discuss the state of clean energy
San Francisco Examiner | Sep 03, 2009
Clean tech leaders gathered Tuesday in San Jose to participate in a discussion which was part of the Harvard Club of San Francisco’s Thought Leader series titled “Right Here, Right Now.”
Studies Show Adura Technologies Solutions Save 70 Percent on Lighting and Deliver Wirelessly on Demand Response
Adura Technologies, Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
Green.TMCnet.com | Aug 27, 2009
Two new studies show that Adura Technologies, which provides turnkey wireless lighting systems for existing buildings, can reduce energy use for lighting by 70 percent and meet utility company requirements for demand response.
Adura’s Wireless Lighting Can Save Energy Use By 70 Percent
Adura Technologies, Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
Earth2Tech | Aug 27, 2009
When I met with Adura Technologies, a 4-year-old wireless lighting management startup in San Francisco, in May, I wondered if it would be able to meet its ambitious plan of installing 100 million square feet of its wireless management systems by 2014. Well, if the company continues to churn out studies like the one it released this morning it could: Adura says that according to two studies its technology has been proven to reduce energy consumption from lighting by a whopping 70 percent.
Microvi Biotech gets first round of funding
Microvi Biotech Inc. 2007 Air, Water & Waste
San Jose Business Journal | Aug 27, 2009
Microvi Biotech Inc., which focuses on clean and waste-free water treatment technologies, said Wednesday it closed its first round of equity financing.
Why Clean Tech Start-Ups Should Bother Going Green
Ecopreneurist | Deborah Fleischer | Aug 25, 2009
I had the opportunity to be a sustainability coach to some of the Clean Tech Open semifinalists last week. The Annual Business Competition provides green mentoring and sustainability workshops to help clean tech entrepreneurs integrate sustainability into their business plans. And I found myself stressing the business case for why integrating green made business sense.
Business for Breakfast Interview
1060 AM Radio | Aug 25, 2009
Hear Dick Franklin on morning radio.
Awash in advice, clean-tech firms seek the prize
San Francisco Business Times | Cathy Proctor | Aug 24, 2009
Eleven clean-tech startup companies are spending the summer soaking up legal, financial and presentation advice as they aim for a grand prize of $100,000 in cash, $150,000 in in-kind services — and access to Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
Clean Tech Open: The Top Three Green Challenges for Start-Ups
Triple Pundit | Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact | Aug 21, 2009
A view of the Clean Tech Open from a Sustainability Coach's perspective.
Awash in advice, clean-tech firms seek the prize
Denver Business Journal | Cathy Proctor | Aug 21, 2009
Eleven clean-tech startup companies are spending the summer soaking up legal, financial and presentation advice as they aim for a grand prize of $100,000 in cash, $150,000 in in-kind services — and access to Silicon Valley venture capitalists.
Shorepower Interviewed on KUOW/NPR
KUOW/NPR | Aug 11, 2009
Listen to the interview with Shorepower 49:08 into the show.
Five Boulder-area firms semifinalists in Clean Tech Open
Boulder Daily Camera | Aug 10, 2009
Five area companies are semifinalists in a competition geared toward funding, educating and spurring job growth in the “cleantech” industry.
Boulder clean-tech firms advance in contest
Boulder County Business Report | Aug 06, 2009
Four clean-tech companies based in Boulder have advanced in the 2009 Clean Tech Open, a business-plan competition that includes more than $1 million in prizes.
Solar Startup LivinGreen Looks to Power Even Rainy Cities
Xconomy.com | Eric Hal Schwartz | Aug 05, 2009
Story covers the development of LivinGreen Materials, and the company inclusion in the Clean Tech Open, including the benefits of participating in the competition.
Autodesk debuts clean tech partner program
The Nation | Jul 26, 2009
At Clean Tech Open (CTO) Renewable Energy Symposium, Autodesk introduced the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program. The program awards "seed" grants consisting of free bundles of Autodesk software to early-stage, clean technology companies working to solve some of the world's most pressing environmental challenges.
Power Assure Raises Series A Funding and Announces New Management Team
Power Assure 2008 Smart Power
San Jose Mercury News | Jul 02, 2009
Power Assure™, Inc, a developer of power management solutions for data centers, today announced it has completed its Series A round of funding, raising $2.5 million from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and individual investors.
Two Richland firms are semifinalists in clean-tech contest
Tri-City Herald | Pratik Joshi | Jul 01, 2009
Two Richland companies are among 12 semifinalists in an ongoing business competition sponsored by investors and entrepreneurs to promote clean technologies, under the guidance of a California-based nonprofit. InnovaTek and NHThree will compete for three regional prizes of up to $50,000 in cash and in-kind services, and potentially for a similar national prize of up to $250,000.
Two local businesses named semi-finalists in regional Clean Tech Open
Pacific Northwest National Lab - Tri-Cities Tech Business Update | Jul 01, 2009
InnovaTek and NHThree, both based in Richland, Wash., have been selected as semi-finalists in the inaugural Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open competition. The competition seeks out early stage clean technology companies, and provides unique resources to empower these start-ups to become viable businesses.
June Colorado Cleantech Initiative Highlights Clean Tech Open
Rocky Radar | Jul 01, 2009
Where the Clean Tech Open differentiates itself from other business competitions is through “working more proactively with contestants.” This proactive approach includes a 3-day accelerator program (“business school in a weekend”), several business symposiums and pairing with mentors. CTO alumnae have a track record of success with the 125 competitors from the previous three years raising $140M in capital.
Cool Energy Selected As Semi-Finalist for Clean Tech Open
Solid State Technology | Jul 01, 2009
Cool Energy, Inc., developers of clean energy heat and power generating systems today announced it has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Clean Tech Open for the Rocky Mountain region. Cool Energy, along with other green companies, will now go on to compete for cash prizes and a national title.
Companies advance in Clean Tech Open
Portland Business Journal | Jun 26, 2009
Three Portland companies have reached the semi-final stage of the first ever Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open competition.
PNW Clean Tech Open Semifinalists Selected
SeattlePI.com | Dennis DuBois | Jun 26, 2009
The 12 semifinalists in the 2009 Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open were announced yesterday. The companies were chosen from a field of 56, with the next round of winners picked in September. Then these 12 will compete for three $50,000 regional prizes. By the end of this year they will have the chance to secure a $250,000 (cash and services) national prize.
Northwest companies make the cut in clean tech competition
KING 5 News / Northwest Cable News | ERIK SANDOVAL | Jun 26, 2009
Puget Sound Energy's Clean Tech Open is now whittled down to twelve semi-finalists.
Clean Tech Open Picks 12 Semifinalists
Xconomy.com | Gregory T. Huang | Jun 26, 2009
The Pacific Northwest chapter of the Clean Tech Open, a nonprofit organization, announced 12 semifinalists in its business plan competition at an event at Puget Sound Energy in Bellevue, WA, last week. The companies will compete for regional prizes of up to $50,000, and a national prize of up to $250,000. The semifinalists are Clarian Technologies, Extreme Caps, GoNano, Green Lite Motors, Hydrovolts, InnovaTek, LivinGreen Materials, NHThree, Pangreen, Shorepower Technologies, Soluxra, and Veranda Solar.
Clean Tech Open rewards 12 startups from the Northwest
TechFlash | John Cook | Jun 26, 2009
More than 150 people turned out last night in downtown Bellevue to watch as 12 companies were chosen to participate in the final rounds of the Pacific Northwest's Clean Tech Open. This is the first time that the national business plan competition -- which started in California and has assisted more than 100 companies get off the ground -- has held an event here.
Clean Tech Open Announces Finalists in Rocky Mountain Region
Altenergymag.com | Jun 26, 2009
Some of the Rocky Mountain region’s best and brightest clean tech concepts took a major step forward, as the Clean Tech Open (CTO) today announced the 12 regional semi-finalists in its clean tech business plan competition.
Autodesk Grants $15 Million to New Clean Tech Companies
SocialEarth | Jun 23, 2009
At the Clean Tech Open symposium on renewable energy on July 21st, Autodesk announced its Clean Tech Partner Program. A new initiative that awards up to 100 companies each nearly $150,000 dollars worth of Autodesk design support and software.
Governor Ritter challenges western states to a 'green' duel
KUSA 9News | Randy Barber | Jun 22, 2009
Governor Bill Ritter is hoping a competition for entrepreneurs will give Colorado the edge in what he's calling the "New Energy Economy."
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Issues Governor's Challenge
Denver Post Online | Jun 22, 2009
The Clean Tech Open is a partner in Governor Ritter’s 21st Century strategy to lead Colorado forward and establish the state as a national and international leader in the New Energy Economy, attracting thousands of new jobs and hundreds of new companies as Colorado leads the country toward a new energy future.
Ritter Champions Clean Tech at Capital
Colorado Energy News | Jun 22, 2009
Leaders of the Clean Tech Open joined Governor Bill Ritter at the Capitol this morning as he called for governors from the Rocky Mountain region and across the country to embrace the New Energy Economy and support entrepreneurs participating in the $1 million Clean Tech Open business competition.
Fifty Best Tech Startups
NiLA Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
NiLA Inc. 2007 Energy Efficiency
BusinessWeek | Aaron Ricadela | Jun 19, 2009
Clean Tech Open alumni company NiLA is featured in BusinessWeek and YouNoodle's list of 50 tech startups.
The 5 Best Cities for Cleantech Companies
Fast Company | Ariel Schwartz | Jun 12, 2009
Fast Company magazine reports on an article from PhysOrg: a list of the top five cities that offer opportunities for clean tech companies hunting for a home page. Guess what? Three of the five are cities where the Clean Tech Open already has a happy home.
2009 Clean Tech Open Announces Rocky Mountain Sponsors
PR-Canada | Jun 01, 2009
The Rocky Mountain chapter of the Clean Tech Open (www.cleantechopen.com), the nation's leading clean tech business competition, announced that it has received strong support from the region's business community, but is seeking additional sponsors for the competition.
Competition to promote clean technology
Tri-City Herald | Pratik Joshi | May 30, 2009
Overview of CTO with a specific look at various competitors from the Tri Cities, WA area.
2009 Clean Tech Open Announces Rocky Mountain Sponsors
DenverGrapevine.com | May 27, 2009
The law firm of Faegre & Benson is the Rocky Mountain region's lead Gold sponsor. They are joined by EKS&H, Hein & Associates, Van Gilder Insurance, KPMG and others to support the Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open competition.
Clean Tech Open Executive Summary Seminar, Portland
Sustainable Industries | May 20, 2009
The Clean Tech Open will host its Executive Summary Seminar for local clean tech companies entering or interested in entering the upcoming business plan competition.
Energy Efficiency Symposium: Sexy and Thriving in These Times
San Francisco Tribe | May 19, 2009
With changing political and economic times, energy efficiency is grabbing more and more of the spotlight as a cost-effective solution to reducing energy and mitigating climate change.
Contest seeks clean tech inventors
Casper Star-Tribune | May 19, 2009
Inventors and entrepreneurs with clean technology ideas are invited to compete for cash and services in this year's Clean Tech Open.
Clean Tech Open Executive Summary Seminar, Seattle
Sustainable Industries | May 19, 2009
The Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition, will host its Executive Summary Seminar for clean tech companies interested in entering the competition. Local experts from venture capital, business, and law communities will be speaking at the seminar, providing hands-on mentoring and advice for contestants’ Executive Summary.
Cleantech Startup Offices Available in Redwood City, CA
Green VC | May 18, 2009
The Clean Tech Open (CTO) recently announced that it will be moving into new offices in Redwood City, California on June 1st. In addition, CTO announced that it will have five private offices available to their alumni and network on a first-come first-served basis.
Inventors & Entrepreneurs: Clean Tech Open Competition Comes to the Northwest
KNDO Kennewick | May 18, 2009
A clean energy competition is coming to the Northwest. It's called The Clean Tech Open Competition. Monday afternoon, leaders met with people interested at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center. The group learned about the competition.
2009 Clean Tech Open Deadline is May 30
Green VC | May 18, 2009
May 30th is the deadline for the 2009 Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups. Over the past three years, the Clean Tech Open has helped more than one hundred start-ups raise more than $125 million in funding.
Kennewick seminar on Monday targets business plan
Tri City Herald | May 16, 2009
Local innovators and businesses involved in clean technology are invited to attend a seminar Monday about entering a business plan competition. Clean Tech Open is presenting its Executive Summary Seminar at the Tri-Cities Business & Visitor Center from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Bechtel Board Room, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick.
2009 CLEAN TECH OPEN MAKES FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES
Earth Times | May 16, 2009
The Clean Tech Open (www.cleantechopen.com), the innovation catalyst that helps great ideas become viable clean tech businesses, announced the deadline for entering this year’s competition is Saturday, May 30.
Unique Applications of Building-Integrated Renewable Energy Systems
Matter Network | May 15, 2009
Thanks to outdated design, buildings consume close to 70 percent of all U.S. energy, so it's not surprising that President Barack Obama's stimulus package includes $65 billion in funding and tax credits for green energy and energy efficiency
Students at Intel's Science Fair Show Off Incredible Eco-Focused Projects
treehugger | Jaymi Heimbuch | May 14, 2009
The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international pre-college science competition, is underway this week, and a few of the 1,500 kids participating have come up with some great environmentally savvy science project. Where will these bright kids end up? "It's inspiring to see such clever, innovative and hard working young people get excited about the possibilities of clean technology. We need all the brain power we can get! Next we'll see them in the Clean Tech Open, creating a brilliant start-up, and then on to ruling the world."
In solar biz, simple and cheap are keys to success
GreenVolts 2006 Renewables
grist | Todd Woody | May 14, 2009
There is, it seems, always something new under the sun in Silicon Valley. Which is why I’m standing behind a chain-link fence at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority bus depot, wedged between the sprawl of tech giant Cisco Systems’ mile-long corporate campus and, incongruously enough, a mobile home park.
Adura Technologies Names Jack Bolick as CEO
Adura Technologies, Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
TMCnet.com | May 14, 2009
Adura Technologies, a provider of turnkey wireless lighting systems for existing buildings, announced it named former Honeywell International, Inc. (HON) executive Jack Bolick as its new CEO.
Getting Solar Energy Cheap and Easy
Redwood Renewables 2007 Green Building
Solar Red 2008 Green Building
Transoptic 2008 Energy Efficiency
Greentech Medi | May 14, 2009
Three startups looking for funds and talents pitched at a Clean Tech Open matchmaking event in Silicon Valley and promised to make solar energy more affordable.
Startups Race for Solar on the Cheap:
Redwood Renewables 2007 Green Building
Solar Red 2008 Green Building
Transoptic 2008 Energy Efficiency
Earth2Tech | Josie Garthwaite | May 14, 2009
Startups Redwood Renewables, Solar Red and Transoptic pitched investors and potential customers at a Clean Tech Open matchmaking event this week, all promising to make solar power more affordable by cutting labor and material costs.
Entrepreneurism will pave recovery's path
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Steve Bares | May 13, 2009
Clean Tech Open's goal of creating 100K jobs is cited as an example of how entrepreneurs can ignite the country's economy: "The most promising path out of this current economic challenge is the path of the idea generators and those who support them."
Bay Area firms plug in utility-scale solar power
CoolEarth Solar 2006 Renewables
GreenVolts 2006 Renewables
San Francisco Business Times | Lindsay Riddell | May 10, 2009
Two Clean Tech Open alums are mentioned: Cool Earth Solar and GreenVolts. "The Bay Area is a hub for companies developing the technology for some of the world's largest projects that will harness the sun… …GreenVolts, whose modular, mirror-laden systems concentrate the sun onto highly efficient solar cells… For Livermore’s Cool Earth Solar, which has pioneered balloons that magnify the sun’s rays onto cells in the bottom of the balloons, the cheap cost of materials is a main advantage, said CEO Rob Lamkin. “We obviously think Cool Earth Solar is going to be (one of the leaders in utility scale solar) because of our materials utilization — we use a lot less material than anyone else — and we have a huge advantage in terms of our costs,” Lamkin said.
San Francisco-Based Adura Technologies Names Jack Bolick as CEO
Adura Technologies, Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
Silicon Valley Wire | May 07, 2009
Adura Technologies, a San Francisco-based developer of wireless lighting systems for existing buildings, on Thursday named Jack Bolick as its new CEO.
Cleantech Open Calls for Business Plan Entries by Northwest Contestants
Seattle PI | Denis DuBois | Apr 24, 2009
The Cleantech Open is expanding from its original California territory to the Pacific Northwest. The "PNW CTO" is a business plan competition for early-stage companies with clean technologies.
How early stage businesses and volunteers can get involved with the Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open
Denver Sustainable City Examiner | Susanna Speier | Apr 23, 2009
The Clean Tech Open Rocky Mountain, a competition for early stage clean technology businesses, is hosting a Volunteer Rally on Friday, April 24th from 5-7p.m.
10 Reasons to Celebrate/Grouse About Greentech on Earth Day
New York Times | Katie Fehrenbacher | Apr 22, 2009
"business competitions like the California Cleantech Open are growing leaps and bounds"
Clean Tech Open cited in USA Today
USA Today | Jon Swartz | Apr 20, 2009
Clean Tech Open, a 3-year-old organization that provides entrepreneurs with training, mentoring and access to funding to start clean tech businesses in the U.S., has been responsible for creating more than 500 "green-collar" jobs at dozens of companies.
Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open Kick Off
Sustainable Industries | Apr 15, 2009
The Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open is a competition that provides entrepreneurs with the crucial business training, services and insights they need to go to market successfully.
Clean Tech Open Kicks Off Southern California Search for Next Generation of Clean Tech Startups
Alternative Energy Newswire | Apr 07, 2009
On Wednesday, April 8th, the Clean Tech Open will kick off a series of Southern California events with its first ever Breakfast Briefing in Orange County, bringing together clean tech entrepreneurs, start-ups, investors and industry thought leaders for discussions on the future of the clean tech market.
Clean Tech Open Kicks Off Southern California Search for Next Generation of Clean Tech Startups, Offering $1M in Prizes
Ajax World Magazine | Apr 06, 2009
On Wednesday, April 8th, the Clean Tech Open will kick off a series of Southern California events with its first ever Breakfast Briefing in Orange County, bringing together clean tech entrepreneurs, start-ups, investors and industry thought leaders for discussions on the future of the clean tech market.
Clean Tech Open Launching 2009 Pacific Northwest Business Competition
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network | Sarena Regazzoni | Apr 01, 2009
The Clean Tech Open Pacific Northwest Competition is off and running! The official launch event will take place on April 15th in Seattle. Teams with innovative clean tech ideas can enter the business competition now through May 30, 2009.
Contest on for new clean technology businesses
Oregon Live | Abby Haight | Apr 01, 2009
Northwest clean technology entrepreneurs with a good idea but strapped for cash are invited to enter the Clean Tech Open, where the right business plan could win tools, training and $50,000 in cash.
Biz plan competitions go green
John Cook's Venture Blog | John Cook | Apr 01, 2009
There's been a lot of chatter recently about how Washington state is missing the clean tech revolution. Now, Pacific Northwest entrepreneurs who specialize in smart grid, geothermal or other clean tech sectors will have a chance to strut their stuff.
Clean Tech Open to Create 100,000 Jobs
Adura Technologies, Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
Greenopolis | Mar 26, 2009
"Clean Tech Open" aims to create 100K green collar jobs
9NEWS | Jack Maher | Mar 25, 2009
As seen on 9NEWS 7 a.m.
More Money, More Jobs: Clean Tech Open Launches 2009 Competition
CoolEarth Solar 2006 Renewables
ElectronVault, Inc. 2008 Transportation
Power Assure 2008 Smart Power
RideSpring 2006 Transportation
RideSpring 2007 Transportation
EarthZine | Natasha Chen | Mar 25, 2009
Clean Tech Open, a business competition for green technology entrepreneurs, launched its 2009 contest on March 19, 2009 at San Jose city hall.
Venture capitalists evaluate ideas for startups
Parco Homes 2008 Green Building
San Francisco Chronicle | Deborah Gage | Mar 24, 2009
Honoring the entrepreneurial spirit of the valley, we asked Chronicle readers to send us their best ideas for startups, chose a dozen from more than 250 submissions, and ran them by some venture capitalists.
2009 Clean Tech Open: Green Business Idea Competition
Greener Ideal | Mar 23, 2009
A great opportunity for clean tech start-ups is returning this year, and it's giving green entrepreneurs the chance to win more than $1 million in prizes.
100K Jobs Challenge
IAmSacked | Jerry | Mar 21, 2009
Many times "Small is Big" if you put your heart to it. Here you go: heard of Clean Tech Open?
Clean tech entrepreneurs vie for funds, fame
GreenVolts 2006 Renewables
San Francisco Chronicle | Deborah Gage | Mar 20, 2009
An unusual contest for clean tech startups - the California Clean Tech Open - began its fourth annual challenge on Thursday, with more than $1 million in prizes and a challenge to create 100,000 new green jobs over the next five years.
Competition for business plan kicks off
The Denver Post | Mar 20, 2009
Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition, launched its fourth annual challenge for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, government agencies, universities and nongovernment organizations Thursday to create 100,000 clean-technology jobs in five years.
Clean Tech Open Expands to Northwest
Seattle Tech Report | Gregory Huang | Mar 20, 2009
The Clean Tech Open, a nonprofit based in Palo Alto, CA, announced today it is expanding its 2009 business competition to include cleantech entrepreneurs in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
4th Clean Tech Open Competition Officially Open - Bigger Money For Entrepreneurs This Year - Sign Up Soon
Lara Abrams Communications | Lara Abrams | Mar 20, 2009
For clean tech start-ups, especially given current market conditions, this Competition's a must-consider. And this year, the prize money just got bigger. Entrepreneurs will compete for more than $1 million in prizes.
The Other (Cheaper) Green Jobs Catalyst: Entrepreneurs & $1M Bait
Earth2Tech | Josie Garthwaite | Mar 19, 2009
Cal. Cleantech Open Goal: 100,000 Jobs Created by 2015
Greentech Media | Michael Kanellos | Mar 19, 2009
It's not just about prize money, people, the California Clean Tech Open said on Thursday as it unfurled the 2009 contest.
Clean Tech Open Calls for Entrepreneurs to Create 100,000 Green-Collar Jobs
Adura Technologies, Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
MSNBC | MarketWire | Mar 19, 2009
The Clean Tech Open, the innovation catalyst that helps great ideas become viable clean tech businesses, today challenged entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, government agencies, universities, and non-government organizations (NGOs) to participate in the Clean Tech Open's 100K Jobs Challenge -- to create 100,000 clean tech jobs in America over the next five years.
$1 Million for Cleantech Ideas
SiliconBeat | Matt Nauman | Mar 19, 2009
Another year, another Clean Tech Open. Except the prizes keep getting larger, and isn't there a saying about money motivating creativity?
Clean Tech Open Calls for Entrepreneurs to Create 100,000 Green-Collar Jobs
Adura Technologies, Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
EarthTimes | MarketWire | Mar 19, 2009
he Clean Tech Open, the innovation catalyst that helps great ideas become viable clean tech businesses, today challenged entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, government agencies, universities, and non-government organizations (NGOs) to participate in the Clean Tech Open's 100K Jobs Challenge -- to create 100,000 clean tech jobs in America over the next five years.
Clean Tech Open stretches its reach, adds more prize money
ElectronVault, Inc. 2008 Transportation
Focal Point Energy 2008 Renewables
GreenVolts 2006 Renewables
GroundSource Geo 2008 Green Building
GroundSource Geo 2011 Green Building
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal | Lisa Sibley | Mar 19, 2009
Clean Tech Open Executive Director Rex Northen on Thursday unveiled the nonprofit's newest challenge - and it goes far beyond its initial endeavor of connecting entrepreneurs with a network of vendors and funding.
CLEAN TECH COMPETITION KICKS OFF IN SAN JOSE
KLIV CNN 1590 | Mar 19, 2009
An annual competition to promote clean technology has gotten off to a great start in San Jose. A number of startup companies will be participating in the California Clean Tech Open to get $100,000 worth of San Jose office space and other services to help them get off on the right foot.
San Jose partners with Clean Tech Open to provide free space at business center
San Francisco Examiner | Reenita Malhotra | Mar 17, 2009
The City of San Jose is getting even more serious about supporting Clean Tech businesses.

On Thursday March 19th, San jose Mayor Chuck Reed will announce the city's continued partnership with the California Clean Tech Open, an annual competition for clean tech entrepreneurs. The partnership will place top-ranked California competitors in San Jose's Environmental Business Cluster, the country's top incubator for environmentally oriented startups.
Clean Tech Innovators in Silicon Valley
The Examiner | John Oram | Mar 17, 2009
The Clean Tech Open is going into its fourth year of helping innovators launch their green ideas. Now, they are branching out from a California based organisation to the Midwest. Last year, there were six winners out of 125 entrants who took home $50,000 towards launching their projects.
The Hub of Green Inventions: Clean Tech Open
GroundSource Geo 2008 Green Building
GroundSource Geo 2011 Green Building
NiLA Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
NiLA Inc. 2007 Energy Efficiency
EarthZine | Natasha Chen | Mar 17, 2009
GreenVolts inks $500K Department of Energy deal
GreenVolts 2006 Renewables
San Francisco Business Times | Mar 16, 2009
Solar power business GreenVolts Inc. will work with a government laboratory under a Department of Energy contract worth $500,000.
Mission Motors' "Mission One EV Sport Bike" Goes 150 mph... Looks Good During The Process.
Mission Motor Company 2007 Transportation
NerdWithSwag.com | Feb 25, 2009
Clean Tech Competition Expanded Nationwide
SustainableBusiness.com | Feb 12, 2009
Clean Tech Open Goes National
Red Herring | Feb 10, 2009
Clean Tech Open launches 4th season
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal | Feb 10, 2009

2008

California Clean Tech Open winners hope for some green
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal | Dec 12, 2008
The Transformers - NovaTorque
Time | Dec 01, 2008
Environmental Business Cluster Companies Win California Clean Tech Open Top Awards
Environmental Business Cluster via PRWeb | Nov 14, 2008
Keeping Facebook From Frying
greentechmedia : blogs | Nov 14, 2008
5 Environmentally Friendly Entrepeneurs Get Awards - Invest now
Energy Tough Love Blog - Censys.org | Nov 12, 2008
Clean Tech Open 2008 Tees Up Six Winning Startups
GreenerBuildings | Nov 11, 2008
California Clean Tech Open Winners
Eco Geek | Nov 11, 2008
Solar Rig Brings Green Ice to Margaritaville
Wired Science | Nov 10, 2008
The Next Clean Tech Star?
Red Herring | Nov 10, 2008
California Clean Tech Open Winners Announced
Good Clean Tech | Nov 10, 2008
Big names, good times at bankers meetings in S.F.
San Francisco Chronicle | Nov 10, 2008
2008 California Clean Tech Open Awards Gala
Gunther Portfolio | Nov 09, 2008
A Fondue for Steel - Greentech on the Factory Floor
greentechmedia : blogs | Nov 07, 2008
6 green tech firms of the future
CNN Money Blogs - Green Wombat | Nov 07, 2008
Winners clean up at Clean Tech Open
San Francisco Business Times | Nov 07, 2008
Six Startups Win Cleantech Contest
greentechmedia | Nov 07, 2008
Clean tech hopes Obama will bring jobs
ABC News | Nov 06, 2008
Gala honors clean-tech start-ups
c|net news | Nov 06, 2008
Start-Up Cuts Water Purification Costs With Carbon Nanotubes
greentechmedia : blogs | Nov 06, 2008
There's money to be had for green tech aps
The San Francisco Chronicle | Oct 15, 2008
Making Energy-Saving Buildings
Forbes | Aug 06, 2008
13 Startups Working on Solar-Concentrating PV
Earth 2 Tech | Jul 31, 2008
California Cleantech Open, Pt. 2
greentechmedia : blogs | Jul 28, 2008
Future of Renewables Symposium @ Google
Hispanic-Net | Jul 26, 2008
Brainstorm Tech tackles Al Gore's energy challenge
CNN Money Blogs - Green Wombat | Jul 23, 2008
California Cleantech Open Event at Google, Pt. 1
greentechmedia : blogs | Jul 22, 2008
Finalists Picked For California Clean Tech Open
The San Francisco Chronicle : The Tech Chronicles | Jul 22, 2008
Clean Tech Open Announces Finalists
MatteR Network | Jul 22, 2008
The Cleantech Open
About.com : Socially Responsible Investing | Jul 22, 2008
Green Money
MetroActive | Jul 09, 2008
Green eyes to future
The San Diego Union Tribune | Jul 08, 2008
James Bond Gets a Greentech Co-Star
NiLA Inc. 2006 Energy Efficiency
NiLA Inc. 2007 Energy Efficiency
Greentech Media | Michael Kanellos | Jul 07, 2008
CEO Jim Sanfilippo gives us a demo of NiLA's new LED spotlight.
Countdown to the California Clean Tech Open
Ecopreneurist | Jun 11, 2008
Aurora BioFuels raises $20M
East Bay Business Times | Jun 10, 2008
Cleantech in the Developing World
Green Valhalla | May 14, 2008
10 Fixes For the Planet
Newsweek | Apr 14, 2008
S.J. mayor's solar challenge
The Mercury News | Apr 11, 2008
Filling Greentech's 'Early Stage Gap'
greentechmedia | Apr 10, 2008
Clean Tech Open Launches USA's Richest Clean Tech Business Competition
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal | Apr 10, 2008
Cleantech entrepreneur competition relocates to San Jose
Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal | Apr 04, 2008
Launch of the 3rd Annual CA Clean Tech Open
EcoLiving Solutions | Mar 20, 2008
1-Solar Converts Inverters to Dollars
earth2tech | Feb 22, 2008