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Harvesting Clean Energy Draws Seattle Metroguy to Idaho

Posted by at 10:06 PM, 11/11/2011

Cleantech Seattle guy, John Martin, ventured down to Boise, Idaho, drawn by a conference named "Harvesting Clean Energy." Metroguy that he was, he thought of Idaho as agricultural and wanted to learn about clean tech in an ag land. His eyes were opened, and here's his story.

By John Martin, Operations Chair, Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open

At Climate Solutions’ 2011 Harvesting Clean Energy Conference in Boise in October, emcee Dale Dixon opened with an amusing and apparently true story: Nearly a hundred years ago, Enzo Ferrari was having trouble putting together one of his early race cars, particularly the "transmission". A maker of farm tractors thought he had a really good idea for a transmission, but Ferrari thought farm haulers had nothing to offer his refined thoroughbred. The tractor-maker was named Lamborghini and went off on his own. The theme repeated throughout the morning: Cosmopolitan metros may have much to learn from the rural/ag society, much as Ferrari could have -- not least being that out-in-middle-of-nowhere has much more interest in self-sufficiency and does not survive for generations on the farm by not being literally 'sustainable'. My conclusion: A lot of cutting-edge cleantech practices, technologies and ventures may find early adopters in places like Idaho.

Keynote Speaker Governor Butch Otter noted that the biggest challenge to alternative energy is transmission lines, both having them in the right place and also permitting and public acceptance. He points out that we should not be discouraged with solar, wind, thermal and biomass just because prior demos have not worked out well. Thomas Edison had a lot of false starts but eventually prevailed despite the fact that he received strong pushback from businessmen asking that he not pursue commercializing his electric lightbulb. Why? Because it would put 140,000 candlemakers out of work. Governor Otter's point: Short-term adjustments should not hinder longer-term breakthroughs.

One of the speakers was Clay Young, who built proClarity business intelligence software into a highly successful global business with exit acquisition by Microsoft, and is now in solar-powered LED streetlights. His new venture, Inovus Solar (http://www.inovussolar.com/), is partnering with Portland-based Verticus to develop high-efficiency parking-lot systems. Verticus manages the variable on/off switching, Inovus builds the luminaires and integrates PV support and over-gen feedback to the grid.

Another speaker was Pete Johnson of Dynamis Energy (http://www.dynamisenergy.com/), which develops high-efficiency incinerators for eliminating landfill of municipal solid waste (MSM) by burning the rubbish to generate energy. Johnson said that while Northwest energy costs are among the lowest in the world, and demand for incineration power is low here, Brazil will be prohibiting MSM landfill by mid-decade and has skyrocketing energy demands. There, the market for responsible incineration is strong.

There was discussion that Idaho has no consistent economic development policy around cleantech, but the state does have some strong raw advantages. It has a strong base of expertise in Information and Communications Technology, coupled with a very large Ag business and expertise in power engineering. Then there is the other NW Department of Energy lab (https://inlportal.inl.gov/portal/server.pt/community/about_inl/259) managed by Battelle, which is a big player in clean energy, including being the national expertise center for battery and EV testing as well as power storage technology.

So, I congratulate Climate Solutions for drawing the attention of this cosmopolitan Seattle metroguy to the incredible cleantech resource of Idaho and the importance of the Ag community as an important test-bed for cutting-edge advanced-energy technologies.

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17 Pacific Northwest Teams Are Regional Semifinalists

Posted by at 9:18 AM, 06/21/2011

The Pacific Northwest region is pleased to announce its largest ever class of Semifinalists for the 2011 competition. Out of 30 applicants, 17 were selected to continue the competition and participate in the Cleantech Open's mentoring and Academy programs in preparation for final judging in the Fall.

Once again this year, we had a strong showing of highly qualified applicants, making the first-round judging challenging. This year's semifinalists are predominantly in two categories: Energy Generation/Renewables and Green Building. Smaller numbers of semifinalists are in AirWaterWaste, Efficiency, Smart Power/Grid and Transportation, with all six of Cleantech Open's categories represented in the region. The semifinalists are (with web addresses if available):


Clarian Power, Seattle, WA (Smart Power/Grid)
Currently, there is no automated way to connect and activate the increasing array of 'smart' consumer appliances and sync them with the power grid. Clarian’s Device Activation Platform streamlines the connection process, provides a full inventory of devices connected to the utility network with the ability to control and revoke access as devices come online, and backed by a robust business rules schema. Think VeriSign for smart-grid devices. And the Clarian Energy Data Service overlays device info with demographic data to identify growth and problem areas in advance with the ability aggregate RECs and green credits. Think Zillow for smart homes and devices. Clarian is a returning 2009 Cleantech Open alumnus.

Conscious Commuter
, Portland, OR (Transporation)
Conventional e-bikes and folding e-bikes are aren't sustainably built, are too heavy, don’t fold small enough to easily store on a bus, train or in an office, and chain drive e-bikes aren't grease free. Conscious Commuter is developing a folding electric bicycle using recycled materials and sustainable design. Our initial “first and last mile” solution will solve a significant piece of the transportation puzzle to give commuters a more integrated commuting experience. Current bike share schemes assume the same facility at each end of the commute, whereas the folding e-bike provides a seamless experience.

e~Tech, Portland, OR (Green Building)
Breakthrough housing design and construction process resulting in housing that requires a fraction of the energy of an equivalent Model Energy Code home and can add the BI~SOLAR roof projected to cost less than a conventional residential roof BEFORE credits/rebates. The construction systems are composed of over 60% waste yet initial dynamic engineering showed they will survive the harshest weather forces, and includes a non-concrete – no curing required, frost-free foundation with built-in drainage and insulation that installs as fast as the excavator can dig.

GreenPrint, Portland, OR  (Efficiency)
GreenPrint software helps large organizations optimize printing and eliminate waste, as well as helping Printer OEMs and managed print service providers increase profits. GP PreView+, has consistently reduced printing consumption by over 20% in Fortune 500 environments by simply eliminating unwanted pages before they are printed, saving the average Fortune 500 company over $2.5 million per year.

GreenSimian, Seattle, WA  (Energy Generation/Renewables)
The SolCurve platform is a chipset, software and thin-film photovoltaic that can harvest light in speeds and capacity substantial enough to deliver meaningful charge to pervasive lithium-batteries in smartphones and other consumer devices.

GridMobility, Kirkland, WA  (Smart Power/Grid)
Renewable Demand Response™ software time-shifts electricity use based on renewable electricity delivery. RDR is deployed by the Bonneville Power Administration and a WA State utility in the residential and storage markets, and will soon be implemented by major Fortune 500 companies and other utilities nationwide in the commercial, industrial, and EV markets.

HM3 Energy, Gresham, OR  (Energy Generation/Renewables)
TorrB™ technology converts biomass into torrefied briquettes for substitute fuel in coal-fired power plants without any plant modifications and at a nearly equal cost to coal while being GHG-neutral and offering 20% more usable energy per pound. HM3 has received independent technology validation and awards from the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc.

IDEAbuilder, Seattle/Portland (Green Building)
Application of robotic fabrication and real-time design and simulation technologies to address the growing global market for architecturally-compelling, high-performance green buildings constructed using advanced fabrication and modularization systems in 1/3 of the time and at lower cost than conventional buildings constructed by traditional building companies - thereby making green building affordable to the mass market.

Indow Windows, Portland, OR (Green Building)
43% of USA residences still have single pane windows. Indow Windows are thermal inserts that press into place on the inside of a window frame without any nails, screws, or adhesives to deliver double pane window performance at a fraction of the price. Previously, expensive double pane window replacement projects were often financed by home equity loans or steep home value escalation. Both supports for the double pane window replacement market have collapsed; Indow Windows is entering this vacuum in the market with a unique product that offers an unprecedented combination of aesthetics, ease of installation, performance, and return on investment.

Innovative Invironments LLC, Eugene, OR (Green Building)
SolarStream™ Awning System provides customers a three-in-one system which optimizes a building’s energy performance by:  1) saving energy through reducing environmental loads placed on a building's envelope and HVAC system, 2) generating clean energy with photovoltaics and 3) a patent-pending daylight redirection luminaire for glare-free daylighting of indoor environments.  SolarStream™ is designed for retrofit and new construction with substantial savings via simple construct-ability and flat-shipment design appropriate for small contractors and installers as well as for experienced DIY crews.

MotoVolta, Kent, WA (Transportation)
Automobiles have historically been the main focus for alternative energy transportation, however MOTORCYCLES actually generate over 4X more carbon emissions per mile than an SUV. MotoVolta is developing scalable electric powertrain technology that will revolutionize the motorcycle industry starting with an e-cycle with 600cc comparable performance. MotoVolta's proprietary powertrain system is also scalable to use in other applications requiring clean power generation.

Mountain Logic, Snoqualmie Pass, WA (Green Building)
The MountainLogic residential heating system can cut 50% from the heating/cooling costs of the 80% of US homes that use central forced air HVAC systems, offering home owners a simple means to control room temperature, conserve energy, and respond to coming smart grid demand response signals for their largest energy usage. It includes wireless automated airflow dampers and self-programming sensors that learn the patterns of the occupants.

SkyMill Energy, Friday Harbor, WA (Energy Generation/Renewables)
Wind is the planet’s largest concentrated source of renewable energy, yet 99.9% is above the reach of conventional wind turbines. SkyMill Energy is the only system with the technical capability to reach the ever-powerful JET STREAM winds. Validated by corporate and academic engineers in the US and India, SkyMill’s high altitude tethered rotary-airfoil economically taps this abundant resource. The Asian jet stream winds are stable and strong enough to provide continuous base and peak load power, and contain enough harvestable energy to cost effectively supply all India and China’s winter power needs.

Three Dimensional Timberlands, Ophir, OR  (Energy Generation/Renewables)
Three Dimensional Timberlands, LLC. pursues two complimentary business opportunities: 1) to develop Biomass Pyrolysis plants, utilizing waste to produce alternatives to petroleum-based products, and 2) to ACQUIRE and MANAGE high-quality timberland to support its Pyrolysis facilities and to supply timber for the national and international lumber markets. 3DT’s proprietary advanced biomass pyrolysis will produce bio-oil, biochar, and torrefied wood as replacements for fossil fuels. Second, through sustainable forestry management, produce timber for the domestic and international lumber markets. Our goal is to have all the timberlands that 3DT owns and manages to be certified sustainable by The Sustainable Forestry Initiative program.

Versalence, Camas, WA (Energy Generation/Renewables)
Department of Energy (DOE) projects the U.S. could double hydropower with minimal impacts to the environment, in part, by use of low impact turbines. Versalence has developed a system using a floating turbine, generator and grid connection system to generate significant electricity in free stream flow as low as 3 mph. This system may either be mounted on an expandable, moveable barge in river system and tidal areas,  or in a series of concrete pads at the foot of dams, in tail races and in stable river flows.

Vorsana, Portland, OR  (Air, WATER, Waste)
The Vorsana Electrokinetic Desalinator is a simple electro-mechanical separator that can be used for effective clean up of water with dissolved contaminants, with no added heat, chemicals, dead-end filters, membranes, ion exchange, electrodialysis, or distillation. It represents an inexpensive and easily scalable improvement in industrial wastewater processing and cleaning of brine waste from oil and gas processing.

WISErg, Redmond, WA (Energy Generation/Renewables)
WISErg's unique two-phase anaerobic digestion technology uses a community's own compostable food waste to sustainably produce organic fertilizer and a renewable energy co-product available for real-time use by a co-located natural gas consumer, reducing fossil gas costs and gaining clean energy credit eligibility. WISErg's model integrates into the existing waste handling process minimizing transportation requirements and they are already engaged with groceries, cities, fertilizer distributors and waste processing firms.

Congratulations to all of the Pacific Northwest 2011 Cleantech Open Semifinalists! We salute your innovation, drive, and enthusiasm for addressing today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges.

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A Good Cleantech Week in Oregon

Posted by at 2:45 PM, 08/16/2010

Recently John Martin, Pacific Northwest Operations Chair, went south to Oregon to learn what was happening there in cleantech. He found a lot going on. This is his report.

 Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open partner, Pivotal Investments, hosted a showcase of Oregon electric vehicle ventures on August 11 at the renowned Pizza Research Institute in Eugene, OR. The showcase, title "Pizza, Peers & Prototypes" included every wheel count and covered the span of I-5, from Portland's 1-wheeled Ryno to Ashland's 2-wheeled Brammo Empulse, to Eugene's 3-wheeled Arcimoto (2010 CTO semifinalist) and Portland's 3-wheeled Green Lite Motors (2009 CTO Region Finalist); to Ashland's 4-wheeled ATV by Barefoot Motors, along with component and software vendors and 2009 CTO semifinalist Shorepower Technologies and their EV charging kiosk. Attendees came from as far as Seattle in the north, to a delegation from the UK Trade & Investment office in San Francisco.


The event was the kickoff of the new Pivotal Leaders forum, a network of (initially) 32 driving-force individuals for cleantech in the Northwest. Pivotal partner John Miner described it as just the "tip of the iceberg" of innovators. Pivotal's goal is to "identify, recognize and call out those with the inclination, competence and capacity to lead a regional cleantech community. This was also why Pivotal chose to be one of the founding partners of the Pacific Northwest region of CTO..


Pivotal noted that they were making big bets on the innovative capacity of the Northwest for cleantech generally, and with the region being a national leader for adoption of hybrids and renewable energy, they are seeing significant deal flow targeting electric vehicles and infrastructure.


That vitality is reflected in our Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open which, in just two years, has matriculated seven alt-transportation ventures, including Green Lite Motors, Arcimoto and Shorepower; an electric scooter - Current Motor; a plasma-arc ignition system - Aquapulser; a shared-use bicycle for urban link applications - viaCycle; and two ride-sharing website services - Zebigo and Goose Networks. Goose participated in the California CTO a year before a regional division was established.


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A day earlier, on August 10 in Albany, OR, several members of the Cleantech Open community were among the audience when enerG2, Inc., a developer of energy storage for EVs, dedicated its new operations facility which will house high-capacity production for their breakthrough nano-material. enerG2 was founded in 2005, pre-Cleantech Open, but they are clearly a CTO kind of enterprise. Their materials are used in a class of storage devices called ultracapacitors, of which but one example is Pacific Northwest alumnus and current California CTO semifinalist, Extreme Capacitor.


The dedication ceremony included remarks by Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and Senator Ron Wyden and hit a number of CTO talking points. Intel founder Andy Grove's recent Bloomberg editorial spoke of how even more than "start-ups" are "scale-ups." This new facility moves enerG2 to that scale-up phase which is also the prime goal of CTO's find-fund-foster mission. It demonstrates an encouraging regional approach to economic development, involving collaboration with manufacturing partner, Oregon Freeze Dry, Inc. (OFDI), whose process provides a step in enerG2's production. enerG2 has garnered $14.5 million in venture capital from sources including WRF Capital of Seattle, Yaletown Venture Partners of Vancouver, B.C., and regional CTO supporters OVP Venture Partners and Northwest Energy Angels as well as others. enerG2 is one of only two federal stimulus grant recipients nationwide under the category of "energy storage scale-ups."


Notably, at the Pivotal showcase in Eugene, mentioned above, 2009 semifinalist Shorepower Technologies reported that they had recently benefited from a $12 million federal stimulus grant to equip 50 truck stops across America with their Truck Stop Electrification (TSE) pedestals.

 

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Meanwhile, between the enerG2 and Pivotal events, the Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition (a Cleantech Open Competition Partner) held one of their unique community SWOT forums for 2010 semifinalist Columbia Power Technologies, an ocean wave-power generation company, which will be doing scale-up tests during the next year in both Puget Sound and the open Pacific through the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), a partnership of Oregon State University and the University of Washington.


All in all, a good week for Cleantech Open contestants and partners in Oregon.

 

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Spotlight on Oregon BEST, a Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open Innovation Partner

Posted by at 2:35 PM, 05/14/2010

Oregon BEST (Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center) is an independent non-profit Signature Research Center that serves as an economic catalyst, connecting Oregon universities and state businesses to help commercialize research and innovation related to renewable energy and the sustainable built environment. The Oregon Legislature established Oregon BEST in 2007 through the encouragement and support of the Oregon Innovation Council. Partner universities include the Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon. Oregon BEST became a Cleantech Open Innovation Partner in 2009, the Pacific Northwest Region’s first year.

Oregon BEST (Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center) is an independent non-profit Signature Research Center that serves as an economic catalyst, connecting Oregon universities and state businesses to help commercialize research and innovation related to renewable energy and the sustainable built environment.

The Oregon Legislature established Oregon BEST in 2007 through the encouragement and support of the Oregon Innovation Council. Partner universities include the Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon. Oregon BEST became a Cleantech Open Innovation Partner in 2009, the Pacific Northwest Region’s first year.

Oregon BEST’s Member Faculty, numbering more than 170 individuals, are international experts in sustainable built environment and renewable energy research. Their university-based labs, test facilities, and research technicians are part of a shared-user network of research tools worth millions of dollars that are available to Oregon industry partners for collaborative research and development.

Projects currently operating out of Oregon universities with support of Oregon BEST include numerous Renewable Energy initiatives:

  • Through strategic investment of public funds that have attracted additional funding, Oregon BEST has established two shared-user solar research facilities that are helping Oregon solar energy firms compete globally and university researchers and students work at the cutting edge of solar innovation:
  • The Oregon Process Innovation Center (OPIC) for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing at Oregon State University is helping revolutionize solar cell manufacturing, potentially helping manufacturers reduce costs by as much as 90 percent. This shared-user facility involves faculty and researchers from Oregon universities and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • The Photovoltaics Laboratory of the Oregon Support Network for Research and Innovation in Solar Energy (Oregon SuNRISE) offers shared instrumentation and testing to industrial and academic clients on a fee-for-use basis at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. These services provide a comprehensive suite of tools for the characterization of solar cells and solar cell materials.
  • A new technology using continuous flow microreactors is under study by engineers from Oregon State University and Yeungnam University in Korea. The technology, which involves thin-film absorbers for solar cells, could significantly reduce the cost of solar devices. This is one of the first demonstrations of this type of technology, which is safer, faster and more economical than previous chemical solution approaches.
  • In the area of wind energy, an increasingly important contributor to Oregon’s innovation sector, Portland State University is installing a large research wind tunnel. Oregon is home to major wind power providers and turbine manufactures, and the installation supports this important new business cluster with solid research capabilities.
  • Oregon is third in the nation in geothermal energy under development according to a Geothermal Energy Association report. Three years ago there was one geothermal project in the works for Oregon. Now the report lists 13 in varying phases of development. The Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls is currently testing low-temperature geothermal technologies, and recently received more than $400,000 in funding from the U.S. Dept. of Energy for geothermal research.

On the Sustainable Built Environment side, projects currently operating with support of Oregon BEST include:

  • Investments by Oregon BEST have helped secure additional research funding for Oregon universities and established two shared-user research facilities aimed at helping Oregon firms innovate new products and technologies for the sustainable built environment:
  • At Portland State University, the new Green Building Research Laboratory attracted a $1 million federal appropriation. University researchers from across Oregon and beyond work in collaboration with industry partners to solve the fundamental and applied research needs of the green building industry.
  • At Oregon State University, a building materials focus has created the Green Building Materials Laboratory. Early initiatives include a process that turns relatively soft hybrid poplar wood into an extremely strong, durable wood product; a high intensity concrete mixer; and an accelerated pavement-testing machine.
  • Oregon BEST is leading development of the research agenda for the proposed Oregon Sustainability Center, which will be a living laboratory for sustainable built environment research.


And spanning both renewable energy and the sustainable built environment is a new commercialization project of Oregon BEST Researcher and UO architecture professor, Ihab Elzeyadi, who is looking for industry partners for his solar awning/light shelf. The awning generates electricity, but it also achieves temperature control through shading of windows and lighting improvement through reflection of lighting to interior ceilings. Elzeyadi says, “Generating energy is good, but saving it in the first place is better, and cheaper.”

Architectural Record magazine recently ranked the University of Oregon Architecture School in Eugene as the nation’s #1 school for sustainable design practices and principles.

For further information on Oregon BEST’s research, contact David Kenney, President & Executive Director, david.kenney (at) oregonbest.org; on commercialization, contact Susan Safford, Operations Director, susan.safford (at) oregonbest.org; on the sustainable built environment, contact Johanna Brickman, Program Manager, jo.brickman (at) oregonbest.org

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Inaugural Pacific Northwest Clean Tech Open Draws More than 50 Competitors

Posted by at 9:00 AM, 06/11/2009

Entrepreneurs, paired with veteran business mentors, will develop and polish business plans to compete for $150,000 in cash and professional services

SEATTLE (June 11, 2009)– The Pacific Northwest region of the Clean Tech Open (CTO), an innovation catalyst that helps great ideas become viable clean tech businesses, today announced that a total of 56 teams will compete this summer in the region’s first annual business competition.  The Pacific Northwest region, which includes Washington, Oregon and Idaho, exceeded its goal of 40 competitor teams by attracting entrepreneurs from across the region. The entrants represent a wide variety of clean tech categories including advanced biofuels and biomass, ocean and wind energy as well as energy efficiency.

“This impressive turnout proves that our region is a hub for innovation,” said Byron McCann, co-chair of the Clean Tech Open Pacific Northwest chapter, and partner with Ascent Partners Group. “Our local entrepreneurs are hungry for the help the CTO will provide to take their great ideas and turn them into successful businesses. In turn this will create jobs, increase state revenue and provide clean sources of energy.”

Teams entering the competition included 36 from Washington State, 14 from Oregon, five from Idaho and as allowed by competition rules, an additional team based in Vermont. Team breakdown by region include:

Washington State: 3 Phase Energy Systems, Adcentivize, Barr-Tech, Bioalgene, BioCorrosion Solutions Inc., Char for Change, Clarian Technologies, Divvy, Eco Solution, ecowell, Elektronova, Extreme Caps, Frankentrikes, Green Machine Technology, Green Windows, GreenTraffic, Hydrovolts, InnovaTek, InTheWorks, Inc., Jet Tobacco, LivinGreen Materials, MountainLogic, NG AeroPropulsion, NHThree, LLC, Oasys Solutions, Pangreen, Peoples, Port of Benton, Sea to Steam, Silk Road Environmental, Soaring Eagle AirTaxi, LLC, Soluxra, The Remediators, United States Wind Energy Company, Wind2O, Zebigo

Oregon: AmeriStar EcoStations, LLC, Bright Neighbor, Columbia Green Technologies, Dune Sciences, Inc., Efficient-V, Inc., Green Goose, Green Lite Motors, M2Fuel, M3 Wave Energy Systems LLC, NADAC Systems LLC, Shorepower Technologies, The Working Worms, TL Power, Virticus

Idaho: GoNano, Heat 2 Optimize, IVUS, R2EV, Stirling Energy Now

Vermont: sirius/pureprophet, ltd.

In addition to cash prizes and in kind services are other incredibly valuable opportunities for a winner, including $15,000 off the use of Avista Corporation’s  Clean Energy Test Site in Idaho, part of Avista’s Platinum Level Sponsorship of CTO.

“Creating new, clean technology in the lab is challenging enough,” said Roger Woodworth, vice president for sustainable energy solutions at Avista. “But proving it at scale is one of the biggest challenges facing cleantech entrepreneurs. Our sponsorship supports the development of many great ideas, and our Clean Energy Test Site Award will help prove new technology on the grid."

To the competitors, the CTO is far more than a typical business plan competition – it’s closely akin to a community. In addition to the participants, more than 50 business leaders have volunteered to run the contest, provide counsel and in-kind services to competitors, and overall evangelize for the growth of clean tech in the region.  Business leader volunteers come from across the spectrum of venture capital, legal, science, environment, and policy. They are committing time and resources to help clean technology entrepreneurs create or evolve business models to support their clean technology idea, raise money, find strategic partnerships and launch a business.

Twelve semifinalists will be selected at an event on June 25th and then invited to participate in the Clean Tech Open Accelerator program, where they will be given hands-on training and experience in all aspects of starting and sustaining their businesses from national experts in venture capital, business, law, marketing and sustainability. More information on the competition is available on the web at: http://www.cleantechopen.com/about.php?page=pacific_northwest#enter

About the Clean Tech Open

Clean Tech Open is a catalyst for clean tech innovation. A non-profit organization founded in 2006, it provides today’s clean tech innovators with the tools, training and connections they need to become tomorrow's viable clean tech businesses. The core of Clean Tech Open is an annual business competition, supported by expert volunteers and mentors, that provides entrepreneurs with the crucial business training, services and insights they need to go to market successfully. Clean Tech Open has assisted over 100 companies raise more than $120 million in external funding, and has spurred the creation of hundreds of jobs in California. Fueled by a network of over 400 volunteers and sponsors, Clean Tech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America's clean tech sector a thriving economic engine. Past alumni successes include Adura Technologies, Cool Earth Solar and GreenVolts. To learn more, visit: www.cleantechopen.com.

 

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