Cleantech Open Rocky Mountain Region Announces Selection of Semifinalists for 2012 Accelerator
Clean and green entrepreneurs now compete regionally, with the winners advancing to compete for $1 million in prizes — and the prestigious national cleantech title.
Denver, Colorado – June 20, 2012: The Rocky Mountain region of the Cleantech Open (www.cleantechopen.com) announced that 20 semifinalist teams have been selected to represent the region in the world’s biggest and most successful cleantech accelerator program.
These regional semifinalists were selected from a talented pool of more than 52 cleantech entrepreneur teams from across the six-state region that submitted entries this year, including Arizona, Colorado Montana, New Mexico Utah and Wyoming. Nationally, the Cleantech Open had a record number of applicants with over 350 teams applying this spring.
The semifinalists teams will now compete for regional prizes including combined cash and in-kind services worth up to $20,000, with the winners advancing to represent the region and compete at the national level for a grand prize of up to $250,000 in cash, investments and services.
The 2012 Rocky Mountain region semifinalists include:
Company Cleantech Category Location
Aztera Renewable Energy Tucson, AZ
Carbo Analytics Renewable Energy Fort Collins, CO
ECOmplete Energy Efficiency Chandler, AZ
GOe3, LLC Transportation Scottsdale, AZ
Hydrant-Flush Air, Water, & Waste Westminster, CO
Magne Generator Renewable Energy Glendale, AZ
Molon Labe Designs Transportation Breckenridge, CO
Navillum Nanotechnologies Energy Efficiency Salt Lake City, UT
Navitus Sustainable Industries Renewable Energy Salt Lake City, UT
Plexus Controls Energy Efficiency Fountain Hills, AZ
reNature, Inc. Air, Water, & Waste Scottsdale, AZ
S&S Air, Water, & Waste Craig, CO
Seasonal Energy Energy Efficiency San Francisco, CA
Sedona Solar Renewable Energy Flagstaff, AZ
SmrtEn Energy Efficiency Chandler, AZ
Solar Pool Tech Energy Efficiency Phoenix, AZ
Sunshine Bottling Renewable Energy Englewood, CO
SwiftTram Transportation Boulder, CO
Bioroot Energy, LLC Transportation Darby, MT
Vortex Tools, LLC Energy Efficiency Littleton, CO
“Cleantech is a core focus of our economic development efforts in the 21st century, and Denver and the Rocky Mountain region are blessed with an abundance of entrepreneurs who are developing new and better technologies that make us a national cleantech leader,” said Richard Franklin, Rocky Mountain regional director of the Cleantech Open. “I salute the semifinalist winners today for their vision and commitment to building long-term economic growth and the success of a sustainable economy.”
Roadmap to success – the Cleantech Open Accelerator
Over the next few months, each regional semifinalist team receives coaching from the Cleantech Open network of talented business mentors, one-on-one consulting with specialists, an intensive business boot camp at the Cleantech Open National Academy, and extensive local supporting events, training and materials. This support helps each team develop a comprehensive business plan and investor pitch that will be presented to professional investors and experts to determine which teams will advance to the national finals at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in November.
About The Cleantech Open
The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. We provide entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch successful cleantech companies. Our mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The 581 companies in the Cleantech Open’s accelerator programs have raised more than $660 million in external capital. Learn more at www.cleantechopen.com - YouTube - Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter: @cleantechopen.