Programs and Volunteer Opportunities

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Alumni

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open The Alumni Program maintains relationships with all past Cleantech Open semifinalists, with the goal of creating a community that fosters connection, innovation and business acceleration.
Program: Alumni
Team Leader: Ed Murray
Area: Alumni

Overview

New to Clean Tech – but think it’s a hot new market for you to pursue? This is a great opportunity to practice your skills, and at the same time, add Clean Tech experience to your resume. As the Federal Stimulus dollars targeted for Green Jobs start flowing, we expect a high level of Grant activity for start-ups in the Clean Tech Open community.

We are looking for experienced writers who want to volunteer their time to help CTO Alumni companies apply for grants. If you have good technical writing skills and want to contribute to the success of an early stage company, consider starting in a volunteer role.

Please contact Alumni Chair Janice Hennessey if interested: 

Essential Functions

  • ·         Establish format for proposal

    ·         Capture input from different sources locally and elsewhere in Cal and Washington State

    ·         Develop written proposal materials

    ·         Write qualification statements, plans, programs statements

    ·         Write polished LOIs for partners to sign

    ·         Integrate and/or develop graphics to make concepts memorable

    ·         Produce final polished copy to send to prime contractors and/or client

 

Non-essential Functions

·         Attend meetings either in person in Redwood City or call in on conference line

·         Manage copy reviews, revisions, and generate final copy

·         Establish copy control to ensure current document is available for all contributors for review

Required Skills

·         Track record of successful grant writing in the past, knowledge of financial modeling

·         Knowledge of graphics and integration into text

·         Knowledge of MS Word

·         Experience in manipulation of graphics and images

·         Ability to capture and implement specific proposal formats mandated by client

Contestant Recruitment

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open The Contestant Recruitment program plans and implements the recruitment strategy for bringing in teams for each annual competition. Outreach includes universities, labs, personal networks, grass roots publicity, existing business plan competitions, green
Applicant Recruitment - 10 hours per week
Program: Contestant Recruitment

Overview Assist Applicant Recruitment Chair with marketing and promotion plans. Essential Functions Marketing, Networking, Presentation, Project Management, Leadership, Events.

Events

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open

Events create an active, physical Cleantech Open community, encouraging an atmosphere that inspires, educates and engages our entrepreneurs, sponsors and volunteers.

Event Co-Chair - 4-10 dependant on proximity to event hours per week
Program: Events
Team Leader: Helen Lambert
Area: Eents

Overview

Support Event Planning efforts. Help Operations Manager manage a variety of activities associated with pre-event planning and managing areas during the event.

Essential Functions
  • Manage exhibitors after they are recruited for events
  • Manage gathering and transportation of event materials
  • Drive breakfast briefing venue identification and venue logistics
  • Work with Recruitment Chair to determine need for briefings
  • Work with Marketing Chair to advertise the briefings

 

Required Skills
  • Event experience
  • Experience with creation and printing of marketing materials, signage, etc.
Other Skills
  • Detailed
  • Organized
  • Experienced with Word, Excel, Publisher
  • Experience with Adobe Suite desirable
Events Chair - 10 hours per month
Program: Events

Overview Manage event planning for the business clinic, mock judging, and regional competition. Coordinate with Fundraising chair and Regional Director for the selection of mentors and sponsors to participate at the business clinic. Coordinate with Fundraising and Judging chairs to select mock judges. Take over event planning efforts to date for the regional competition. Work with fundraising chair to secure prizes, in-kind services and with Judging chair to secure judges. Essential Functions Event planning, event management, project management, budget management, people and negotiation skills.
Registration Chair - 6 leading to event and during event hours one time
Program: Events
Team Leader: Events Chair
Area: Events

Overview

Manage online registration process and get registration materials ready for events.

Essential Functions
  • Manage opening of online registration
  • Track online registrations for each event
  • Print badges for each event
  • Compile event attendee list and required materials that will be provided to Event
Required Skills
  • Experience with web-based registration platform
  • Event experience
Other Skills
  • Detailed
  • Organized
  • Experienced with Word, Excel, Publisher
  • Experience with Adobe Suite desirable
Southern California Event Chair - 8 hours per week
Program: Events
Team Leader: Operations Manager
Area: Events

Overview

The Clentech Open LA Events Chair leads event planning, coordination and logistics for the Los Angeles chapter of the Cleantech Open.

Essential Functions
  • Work with the Cleantech Open LA Chair and national organization to understand, develop and execute a coordinated events plan that supports CTO’s mission of nurturing cleantech innovation and maximizes local participation in the Cleantech Open competition.
  • Develop relationships with the events groups from professional networks, government organizations, investor groups and local universities & research labs to drive a coordinated cleantech community events plan that drives awareness and involvement in the Cleantech Open and demonstrates cooperation across Los Angeles area cleantech organizations.
  • Build out a CTO LA volunteer events team.

 

Required Skills
  • Ability to commit 8-10 hours per week
  • Passion for Cleantech and developing entrepreneurship in Southern California
  • Experience in event planning, logistics and execution are a plus 
  • Existing area business and engineering school and/or professional networks are a plus
Speaker Team - 2 hours per week
Program: Events
Team Leader: Operations Manager
Area: Events

Overview

The Speaker Team works under the National Operations Manager to coordinate the speakers for the two large national events:

 1. Cleantech Open Conference - July 15, 2010 in San Jose
 2. National Awards Gala - November 17 in San Francisco

Essential Functions

The Cleantech Open currently has a list of speaker contacts, as well as a list of targeted contacts for outreach.  The Speaker Team is responsible for:

  • meeting with the event team to go over the details of both events
  • map out the topic areas for speakers for both events
  • brainstorm, from the list and from other sources, potential speakers for both events
  • invite those speakers for the target event (one event per speaker)
  • be the main contact point for each confirmed speaker leading up to the event, conveying appropriate information about the event logistics, obtaining speaker slides, and acting as the host during the event to the speaker
Non-essential Functions

The opportunity includes a great chance to meet some prominent cleantech experts and players in the field.  Speak Team members will hold the relationships with all speakers they connect with, which offers a great chance for personal development.

Grants

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open

Grant Development volunteers work to research grant opportunities and write up grant applications to supplement Cleantech Open's sponsorship funding. Grants help fund a variety of expenses, from operating costs to special programs to category sponsorships.

Foundation Finance Manager - 5 hours per week
Program: Grants
Team Leader: Foundations Director

Overview

Work closely with the Development Director to develop Cleantech Open financial information required by foundations grants. Provide the main Cleantech Open focal point for gathering and creating financial information to be submitted with foundation grants.

Essential Functions
  • Prepare Cleantech Open budgets and the budget narrative required for grant submission for chosen foundations.
  • Work with Cleantech Open leadership to obtain key program budget detail requested by foundations. Include national plans for sustainability in subsequent years.
  • Work closely with Development Director and Grant Proposal Leads to ensure that all financial information is developed and submitted with foundation grants
  • Work directly with Cleantech Open financial consultants to obtain financial detail and sponsorship information.
  • Create reusable financial spreadsheets for typical foundation requests: Balance Sheet, Income Statement, Program Budget, etc.
  • Main contact with Acterra, if prior audited financial information or fiduciary detail is required by foundation. 
  • Upload all documents created on Grants team wiki.
Non-essential Functions
  • Attend regular foundation grant meetings to stay current on key priorities of team
  • Communicate foundation financial information to Grant Proposal Leads
Required Skills
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in developing financial statements and spreadsheets
  • Management experience
  • Ability to work in a variety of capacities with both Development Director and Proposal Leads
  • Strong communications skills
Foundation Relationship Manager - 6 hours per week
Program: Grants
Team Leader: Foundations Director
Area: Grants

Overview

Work closely with the Development Director to identify key foundations that match Cleantech Open mission and programs and assist when necessary, to develop the foundation relationships with identified contacts.

Essential Functions
  • Help identify if there's a connection between a CTO stakeholder group member and the foundation; query stakeholders as determined by Development Director.
  • Drive efforts to make go/no go decision on proceeding with a foundation
  • Assist Development Director in following through with relationship building;
  • Fill in as the right-hand person for relationship building when Development Director not available.
  • Lead logistics and coordination for foundation sponsored events on behalf of Cleantech Open and awarded program team, plus recruiting appropriate volunteers for events and CTO event calendar, and event registration coordination.
  • Check with Acterra about LOI and proposal conflicts 
  • Upload all documents created on Grants team wiki.
Non-essential Functions
  • Attend regular foundation grant meetings to stay current on key priorities of team
  • Help communicate foundation relationship information to Grant Proposal Leads
Required Skills
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in developing alliances and partnerships
    Program Manager experience
  • Ability to work in a variety of capacities with both Development Director and Proposal Leads
  • Strong leadership experience and communications skills
Other Skills

Prior Foundation Contacts and Relationships Preferred

Grant Proposal Lead - 5 hours per week
Program: Grants
Team Leader: Foundations Director
Area: Foundations

Overview

Work closely with the Development Director on requirements for writing grants for established foundation relationships. Lead 2 -3 person teams of grant writers to completion for submission.

Essential Functions
  • Lead Foundation Proposal process from start to finish.
  • Lead foundation research efforts as identified with Development Director.
  • Lead volunteer foundation researchers; assist them in obtaining access to resources for research; Document research and post on Grants wiki.
  • Lead team to obtain the minimum information needed to send an LOI and/or grant. Review assigned foundation(s), research to date, and web site specifics; research the Foundation Center, CTO wiki, foundation web site, etc.
  • Obtain application deadlines, content & format.
  • Gather/review standard CTO info: previous grants, Sanjay template, other grant applications
  • Create a proposal timeline with milestones
  • Oversee all details of grant writing process, review, and approval with Cleantech Open management team
  • Upload all documents created on Grants team wiki.
Non-essential Functions
  • Attend regular foundation grant meetings to stay current on key priorities of team
  • Communicate progress and team needs to Development Director regularly
Required Skills
  • Prior Project Manager experience
  • Lead 2-3 person grant teams, setting meeting schedule as necessary
  • Regular communication with Development Director; provide conduit to grant team assigned for particular foundation(s)
  • Enthusiastic - ability to corral assigned grant writers and meet milestones set
  • Strong communication skills
Other Skills
  • Grant Writing experience preferred, although not required
  • Multi-functional management experience
Grant Writer - 5 hours per week
Program: Grants
Team Leader: Foundations Director

Overview

Work closely with a Grant Proposal Lead on requirements for writing grants for established foundation relationships. Work in 2 -3 person teams of grant writers through completion of grant submission.

Essential Functions
  • Work on particular Foundation Proposal(s) from start to finish.
  • Research assigned foundation(s), as identified by Grant Proposal Leadbtain .
  • Obtain the minimum information needed to send an LOI and/or grant. Review assigned foundation, research to date, and web site specifics; research the Foundation Center, CTO wiki, foundation web site, etc.
  • Gather/review standard CTO info: previous grants, Sanjay template, other grant applications
  • Upload all documents created on Grants team wiki.
Required Skills
  • Strong writing skills required
  • Ability to work in a variety of roles, both in foundation research and grant writing
  • Role may be intermittent based on relationship development activity prior to grant writing
Other Skills
  • Previous grant writing experience preferred
  • Technical writing experience a plus

Investor

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open

The Angel Investor and VC Program is chartered to engage the Angel Investor community as active participants in the Cleantech Open, to increase the rate of Angel funding for Cleantech Open contestants.  This team will recruit Angel investors, engage them with our community, and match investors to companies.

Angel Outreach - 5 hours per week
Program: Investor
Team Leader: Angel Investor Engagement Chair

Overview

Manage outreach to the Silicon Valley Angel Investor community, to engage individuals to become involved in the CTO via outbound communications, a email campaign, guerilla/grassroots networking, etc.  Get the Angel community excited about a variety of means of participation:  mentoring, giving us access to their networks, advice on pitches, participation in our new “Angel Investor Forum”, bringing raw/unproven deal flow into CTO as competition entrants (spring), first access to CTO Finalists as Angel investment deal flow (fall), etc. 

Essential Functions

•    Develop and execute a messaging and communications plan
•    With the Angel Chair, set goals for number and timing of Angels recruited into our program.  Drive and measure the results.
•    Drive sign-up of Angels for our “Angel Investor Forum” (to be run coincident with CTO Mock Judging), and get commitments for Angels to play specific roles within that event.
•    Act as go-between for matchmaking between CTO finalists and appropriate prospective Angel investors.  (And/or, help facilitate a mechanized process for matchmaking.)
•    Develop a feedback mechanism to assure that Angels who engage with us are pleased with our program, are seeing results, and that we are hearing their inputs.

Required Skills

•    Passionate team player, who thrives within a small, focused group
•    Business expertise and understanding of startups (ideally, startup experience).   Appropriate experience would likely include Marketing, Sales or Business Development.
•    Ideally:  understanding of the Venture and Angel funding ecosystem and deal screening processes
•    Excellent communication skills – both verbal and written. 
•    Have a strong network of your own, and an ability to expand it in support of this program
•    Availability of about 5 hours/week (with a surge around 2-3 key events), ability to attend a weekly team meeting at a fixed time

Investor Chair - 5 hours per week
Program: Investor
Team Leader: Investor Chair
Area: Investor Program

Overview

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Required Skills

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Program Manager - 5 hours per week
Program: Investor
Team Leader: Angel Investor Engagement Chair

Overview

This person will build the processes and infrastructure in support of our goal of engaging the Angel Investor community as active participants in the CTO:  mentoring, giving us access to their networks, advice on pitches, participation in our new “Angel Investor Forum”, bringing raw/unproven deal flow into CTO as competition entrants (spring), first access to CTO Finalists as Angel investment deal flow (fall), etc. 

Essential Functions

•    In conjunction with the Chair, develop and maintain a master project schedule for the Angel program.
•    Establish our Angel investor database, and means for sharing it among appropriate CTO individuals.   (Perhaps something like Google Docs.)   Develop the process for occasional email communication to the Angel community as fed by the database.
•    Develop matchmaking process(es) to enable CTO finalist to tap into the Angel community for advice during the competition and most importantly, to tap the Angel community for potential investments at the end of the season.
•    Orchestrate the mechanics and logistics of the Angel Investor Forum event.  Provide a feedback mechanism after the event, to enable the contestants to learn from the feedback of the Angel participants.

Required Skills

•    Passionate team player, who thrives within a small, focused group
•    Business expertise and understanding of startups (ideally, startup experience)
•    Ideally:  understanding of the Venture and Angel funding ecosystem and deal screening processes
•    Organized and structured style, with excellent project management skills
•    Familiarity with Web 2.0 tools for communication and team collaboration
•    Availability of about 5 hours/week  (with a surge around 2-3 key events), ability to attend a weekly team meeting at a fixed time

Judging

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open

The Judging team is in charge of managing the selection process of semifinalists, finalists and winners. This team recruits judges, designs the process and the evaluation criteria, and runs the logistics of the judging sessions for all rounds.

Judging Co-Chair - 15 hours per month
Program: Judging
Area: Judging

Overview

The Judging team recruits and selects judges for all three rounds of judging. The team members act as scribes during the judges and also mamke final decisions on difficult judging decisions. The Co-Chair position has a cyclical cycle, with much volunteer time needed at the beginning of June, at the end of September and the beginning of October, and again at the end of October.

Essential Functions
  • Work with the other Co-Chair to oversee the Judging team and all Judges
  • Recruit, interview, and select Judges from members of CTO's sponsors, academia, technical experts, and past Judges
  • Communicate with selected Judges all dates, judging criteria, and appropriate material
  • Interview and select team members to act as scribes and program assistants
  • Make executive decisions on specific judging questions
  • Handle sensitive information in the form of Executive Summaries, Business Plans and presentations
  • Present judging program overview and criteria to national expansion affiliates in March
Required Skills
  • Able to commit many hours during the high judging seasons
  • Experience working with high-level executives and professionals
  • Experience managing a team
  • Familiarity with the CTO judging process
  • Great written and oral communications skills
  • Highly organized
  • Able to make executive decisions for special cases to apply to national programming
  • Comfortable with working with nataional expansion programs
  • Interest and ability to jump right into the Judging program and work solo for a few weeks
Judging Co-chair - 10 hours per month
Program: Judging

Overview Identify Judges outside of Austin.
Judging Scribe - 3 hours one time
Program: Judging
Team Leader: Judging Chair
Area: Judging

Overview

The first round of judging calls will take place June 17, 18 and 19. The calls will be three hours long for each category, with two categories being judged per day. Scribes are needed to call into these judging calls and take note of all the conversations.  Notes will be turned into the Judging Chair.

Essential Functions
  • Call into the conference line for three hours
  • Take concise, detailed notes on the judges' comments, questions and debates.
  • Take note of any conversations with contestants, if judges call them into the conference line.
  • Edit and compile all notes and turn into Judging Chair.
Required Skills
  • Good writer
  • Great note-taker
  • Have some understanding of the CTO judging process
  • Able to spend three hours on the phone on one of the judging call days
  • Ability to maintain confidence of judging results

Mentoring

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open

The Mentors program provides business clinics, expert presentations, and access to a pool of over 300 Mentors whose role is to help all teams maximize their chances both as competitors and as sustainable businesses.

Student Intern - 3 hours per week
Program: Mentoring
Team Leader: Mentor Chair
Area: Mentor Program

Overview

The Cleantech Open seeks student interns who will act as hands-on resources for our semi-finalist teams.  Each contestant team will have a team of mentors - typical accomplished executives who have built successful tech businesses both large and small - to coach them through the competition.  Working under the auspices of the mentors, student interns will provide assistance to our start ups as a competition resource. 

Essential Functions

Typical tasks include:

  • Competitive assessments
  • Business case development and financial modeling
  • VC pitches

 

Required Skills

We are accepting applications from talented seniors, grad students or new grads with expertise or a passion in  entrepreneurship, finance, engineering, and clean tech.  Time commitments are 3-4 hours/week from July through the end of Sept.  This un-paid position will help train students on what it takes to build a winning clean tech start up and will expose them to a powerful network of clean tech execs, entrepreneurs and investors.


You must be willing to commit to being available from the beginning of July through the end of September, for approximately 3-4 hours per week. 

Public Relations

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open
  • Boost public awareness of CTO, especially among potential entrants and sponsors.
  • Amplify the core CTO positioning: a proven and successful non-profit that transforms a clean tech concept into a viable business.
  • Build & maintain relationships with industry influencers, media, bloggers and other key influencers. “CTO is the go-to destination for clean tech.”
  • Promote CTO staffers, ‘faculty’ and past/current contestants as clean tech thought leaders.
  • Establish ‘touch points’ with our audiences via news releases, blog posts, Twitter, Facebook, media events, etc.
  • Assist as needed with all external communications to ensure consistent voice and coherent flow/timing
Program: Public Relations
Team Leader: Public Relations Chair
Area: Public Relations

Overview

Work with the CTO alumni and the Alumni Chair to develop profiles, interviews, updates, and other interesting content for use on the CTO blog. Ideally, provide 1-2 posts each week to keep readers informed about CTO’s numerous alumni companies.

Essential Functions
  • Ability to interview and develop interesting Q&A-style stories on a wide range of clean technologies
  • Develop an editorial plan that spans as many CTO alums as possible
  • Write 1-2 posts each week, for posting to the Clean Tech Blog. These articles will be by-lined by the author

 

Non-essential Functions
  • Familiar with blogging platforms and how to post on Wordpress
Required Skills
  • Be a writer! Ability to develop and maintain an appropriate editorial tone in keeping with the CTO blog
  • Good interpersonal skills

 

Other Skills
  • Some familiarity with various clean tech sectors would be very useful
Twitter Monitor - 5 hours per week
Program: Public Relations
Team Leader: Public Relations Chair
Area: Public Relations

Overview

Twitter can be a valuable resource to track clean tech trends, watch for events, and get word-of-mouth exposure. This role entails catching up on Twitter for a few minutes each day throughout the week to track any exposure.

Essential Functions
  • Monitor the Twittersphere for mentions of clean tech
  • Evaluate each Tweet for its relevance to the CTO; determine whether to follow the author from twitter/cleantechopen
  • Notify PR Chair of anything noteworthy

 

Required Skills
  • Have a Twitter account
  • Familiarity with Twitter
  • Familiarity with clean tech issues, categories
  • Ability to determine ‘authority’ of bloggers and Twitters
  • Make recommendations to CTO/PR re. individuals we need to fold into the PR campaign

 

Special Projects

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open
Ideas Competition Chair - 5 hours per week
Program: Special Projects

Overview

The Ideas Competition started in 2009 as a way for the Cleantech Open to expand globally.  Any country can participate for free.  Idea entries are judged and each country winner participates in the Cleantech Open Awards Gala in November.

Essential Functions
  • Maintain Ideas Competition web content
  • Connect with and follow up with potential country organizers
  • Recruit additional country organizers
  • Assist with outreach within country
  • Answer any email questions regarding recruitment, judging and the final Gala logistics
Non-essential Functions
  • Assist with winner video submission for Awards Gala
  • Assist with prize package buidling for global winner
  • Co-Present award at National Gala
Required Skills
  • Outgoing, self-motivating and organized
  • Interested in global outreach
  • Patience with translation difficulties
  • Some knowledge of video transmissions for Gala use
Other Skills
  • Adept at learning web platform (from Cleantech Open for entries)
Metro Area Director - 8 hours hours per week
Program: Special Projects
Area: New Venture Business Formation Management

Overview

The Metro Director oversees all aspects of running the Cleantech Open in a given metropolitan area. Key responsibilities are:

·      Applicant Recruiting – March - May

o   Target number of applicants ranges from 20-30 companies.

·      Mentor Recruiting – March – Aug

o   Recruit generalist & specialist mentors required to support development of applicants.

·      Investor / Partner / Sponsor Development – Year Round

o   Drive brand awareness & applicant recruiting

o   Fund Cleantech Open operations.

o   Encourage investment in semifinalist & alumni companies

·      Define & Execute area Mixers - Summer

o   Develop local ecosystem & regular touch points for applicants, mentors, alumni, investors & businesses

Essential Functions

·      Recruit local team as needed (no reason to do all this yourself)

·      Applicant Recruiting.

1.   Plan & execute local briefings Mar-May with partners, sponsors, investors & alumni.

2.   Work with CA Marketing, PR & Partner Chairpersons on local air cover campaign.

3.   Deliver target number of applicant companies by May entry deadline.

·      Mentor Recruiting – Coordinate with CA Mentor Chair on the following:

1.   Engage local professional organizations, businesses & investor groups to recruit generalist mentors to be assigned to semi-finalist companies.

2.   Engage local businesses & professional organizations to recruit specialist mentors to assist semi-finalists on an as-needed basis & for August Business Clinics.

3.   Include local mentors in metro activities to keep them engaged.

·      Investor / Partner / Sponsor Development

1.   Engage cleantech groups, government organizations, universities, etc to expand the reach & brand awareness of Cleantech Open.

2.   Engage local Angel & VC community to engage & invest in Cleantech Open semifinalists & alumni companies.

3.   Work with the Director of Development and Regional Director to develop local businesses as sponsors of the Cleantech Open.

·      Cross functional coordination

1.   Attend monthly regional chairs calls & coordinate with peers.

Required Skills

  • Passion for cleantech and developing entrepreneurship throughout California
  • Enthusiastic & outgoing nature with experience in business or community develpment
  • Must be highly organized and able to multi-task many last minute project requests
  • Must have a flexible time schedule to accommodate volunteer needs
  • Experienced in new venture development
Other Skills

Volunteer Upside

  • Build status & experience in your local cleantech, investor & business community
  • Engage with the most promising cleantech startups in your community
  • Excellent opportunity to become familiar with all the programs of the Cleantech Open
  • Meet and work along-side California Chairs and volunteer staff

Time Commitment

~8 hours per week – Some months are heavier / lighter depending on the time of year

  • March – May heavy with planning & execution of business briefings
  • June – moderate - optimum time for a local semi-finalist reception / mixer event*
  • July – light – option to attend bay area Conference & Academy event
  • August – heavy with planning & execution of Tuesday business clinics*
  • September – moderate with planning & execution of mock judging event*
  • October – light – option to attend regional judging & awards in bay area
  • November – light – option to attend national gala event in bay area

 

* Mixers, Business Clinics & Mock Judging events are often combined with neighboring metro areas to build critical mass.

Sponsorship

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open
Fundraising - 10 hours per week
Program: Sponsorship

Overview Identify and develop relationships with potential sponsors for cash and in-kind services. Negotiate and secure sponsorships. Nurture relationships with sponsors through regional competition. Essential Functions Research, Phone, Networking, Project Management, Leadership, Negotiation, People and Presentation skills.

Training Program

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, South Central Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open The Training Program runs from May to September and includes the Executive Summary Webinar, the Academy and the Special Topic Seminars.
Program: Training Program
Team Leader: Training Program Chair
Area: Training

Overview

The Executive Summary Webinar takes place May 4th from 5pm to 7pm Pacific time.  Potential contestants from across the country will participate to learn about writing their executive summary entry, ask questions about the competition, and find out the next steps in the competition.

Essential Functions
  • Assist with cirriculum creation
  • Assist with PowerPoint creation
  • Assist with rehearsal of participants
  • Assist with executiion of webinar
Non-essential Functions

Follow up with potential contestants' questions.

Required Skills
  • Be profient in PowerPoint and WebEx
  • Have some past experience with instructing or teaching
  • Have an interest in entrepreneurship

Volunteer Program

Midwest-North Cleantech Open, Northeast Cleantech Open, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open, Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, Southeast Cleantech Open, Western Region Cleantech Open

The Volunteer program looks to recruit interested volunteers for Clean Tech Open events and outreach points. Our Volunteers are critical in fulfilling the needs of both the national and regional Clean Tech Open programs and help sustain the organizations ongoing mission of a cleaner tomorrow through technology.

Volunteer Program Chair - 7 hours per week
Program: Volunteer Program
Area: Volunteer Management

Overview

The volunteer coordinator oversees the volunteer recruitment, placement and management efforts for the California region of the Cleantech Open.

Essential Functions
  • Develop relationships with local universities, professional networks and recruiters to create awareness for volunteer opportunities within the Cleantech Open.
  • Communicate Cleantech Open’s mission and impact through a variety of channels to draw high energy, dedicated individuals to the Cleantech Open volunteer community.
  • Coordinate with other Cleantech Open Program Chairs on their group volunteer requirements.
  • Work with the Cleantech Open staff to recruit and oversee a Staffing Manager who will receive and process volunteer requests.
  • Work with the Cleantech Open staff to recruit and oversee a Staffing Manager, who takes the processed volunteer requests and places volunteers within programs.
  • Work with the Cleantech Open staff to recruit and oversee a Volunteer Training Manager to train all current and new volunteers regarding the way to be an ambassador for the Cleantech Open in general.
  • Work with the Cleantech Open staff to recruit and oversee a Recognition and Retention Manager who will connect with all Program Chairs, devise ways to recognize and reward volunteers and manage attrition.
Required Skills
  • Ability to commit 6-8 hours per week
  • Passion for cleantech and developing entrepreneurship throughout California
  • Existing area business and engineering school networks are a plus
  • Experience in managing and working with volunteers
Volunteer Program Data Manager - 5 hours per week
Program: Volunteer Program
Area: Volunteer Program

Overview

The Volunteer Data Manager is responsible for receiving and processing the volunteer requests through the website and via email.  The Data Manager interacts with the Staffing Manager to ensure that programs areas are filled with volunteers.

Essential Functions
  • Receive and respond to all emails sent to volunteers@.
  • Continually update the volunteer system with expired volunteer postings and new volunteer needs.
  • Be the main point of contact for all new volunteers, before they are assigned.
  • Send out monthly emails to all volunteers including job postings, new volunteer roles, and other information about the organization.
Non-essential Functions
  • Write several blog postings about the volunteer experience, volunteer needs and more.
Required Skills
  • Ability to commit 4-5 hours per week
  • Very personable
  • Highly organized
  • Comfortable communicating via email and phone
  • Comfortable learning a new web platform for recruitment volunteers
Program: Volunteer Program
Team Leader: Volunteer Chair
Area: Volunteer Management

Overview

The Volunteer Recognition and Retention Manager is responsible for keeping volunteers within the program by recognizing and rewarding those deserving.  This person will also plan quarterly parties and send emails to volunteers with upcoming volunteer opportunities and job postings.

Essential Functions
  • Connect with all program chairs on a monthly basis to receive nominations for stellar volunteers
  • Come up with volunteer gifts and acknowledge volunteer commitments
  • Write and send out volunteer emails
  • Connect with Marketing staff to get volunteer recognition pieces in national newsletters and on website
  • Brainstorm additional methods for volunteer recognition
  • Plan and run a debrief of every major project from all volunteers to ensure the feedback loop and check that volunteers got what they wanted out of each experience
Non-essential Functions
  • Assist with volunteer party planning
Required Skills
  • Ability to commit 2-3 hours per week
  • Creative and good with volunteers
  • Positive and supportive
  • Comfortable interviewing and writing about volunteers
  • Comfortable taking criticism and feedback
Program: Volunteer Program
Area: Volunteer Program

Overview

The Volunteer Staffing Manager is responsible for receiving the newly processed volunteers and assigning them to the appropriate program areas, based on their interest and availability.  The Staffing Manager receives this information from the Data Manager and works directly with the chairs to receive their volunteer needs.

Essential Functions
  • Liase with the Program Chairs to receive new volunteer posts, and post them to the volunteer system on the website.
  • Follow up with all placed volunteers six months after placement to review success
Non-essential Functions
  • Assist with volunteer party planning
Required Skills
  • Ability to commit 4-5 hours per week
  • Able to properly vet volunteers for certain positions
  • Comfortable with interacting with all program chairs to pull out volunteer needs
  • Capable of reviewing placement success or need for improvement
Program: Volunteer Program
Team Leader: Volunteer Chair
Area: Volunteer Management

Overview

The Volunteer Training Manager is responsible for updating the training program from past iterations, and planning new training sessions for current and new volunteers.  The Training Manager will schedule the training sessions, which are hosted by our sponsor companies, invite and follow up with volunteers, and run the training sessions to indoctrinate volunteers to the Cleantech Open.

Essential Functions
  • Update the current iteration of the Volunteer Training Program
  • Reach out to all current and new volunteers to run training sessions for groups of 12-20
  • Run the training sessions (as often as needed, though probably once every two months
Non-essential Functions
  • Assist with volunteer recognition
Required Skills
  • Ability to commit 3-5 hours per week
  • Skills with presenting to groups
  • Good with encouragement
  • Minimal event planning experience is helpful
  • Experience working with volunteers is helpful

Web Software

HTML Support - 3 hours per week
Program: Web Software
Team Leader: IT Chair
Area: Website

Overview

There are continual updates to the static site that can be made in basic HTML. Help us to make these edits in a time efficient manner by updating the site for us.

Essential Functions
  • Receive updates and edits from one of several different volunteers from various programs (Alumni, Innovation Partners, Mentors, and staff)
  • Update the static pages within the website, double checking spelling and compatibility with various browsers
  • Update sponsor logo gifs with links and appropriate layout
  • Confirm updates with response to original party
Other Skills
  • Fluent in HTML
  • Ability to access www.CleantechOpen.com to make edits (need appropriate framework and will be given access codes by developers)
  • Some experience with static web page updates
  • Ability to update sponsor logo pages: http://www.cleantechopen.com/app.cgi/content/sponsors/california

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