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RSVP to participate in the “Academy Awards of Clean Technology”

Posted by at 12:12 AM, 10/09/2009

Join us!

This year’s Cleantech Open Awards Gala will be the biggest and most spectacular event we’ve held to date, designed to showcase the boldest ideas, the most ambitious entrepreneurs and the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers.

You are cordially invited to attend:

2009 Cleantech Open Awards Gala

November 17, 2009
10 am PT – 7pm PT

The Masonic Center
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108



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Come early and explore our exposition floor of over 120 companies and sponsors from throughout the country, intermingled with networking and business development opportunities.

Expo starts at 10:00 am

clean tech open Following the expo, sit back and enjoy compelling demonstrations and pitches as Semi-finalists present their ideas and cutting edge technologies that are aimed at having a real, positive impact for our economic and environmental future. 


Demo/Pitch sessions start at 1:00 pm

In the afternoon, plug in for our keynote speakers and celebrate with us as we announce the 2009 National Cleantech Open Winner and present the $250,000 prize package. Audience members are invited to participate by voting for the "Peoples' Choice Award" of their favorite companies and technologies.

Awards Gala begins at 4:30 pm

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Afterwards, enjoy a private Chapagne reception with Gala speakers, sponsors, industry leaders, alumni executives and Clean Tech Open 2009 Winners.

Reception and Reopened Expo begins at 6 pm


Premium ($299) and Inner Circle ($599) level ticket holders will have the best seats for the demonstrations and the Awards Ceremony in the beautiful Masonic Center Auditorium. Plus, as supporters who value the visionary role Cleantech Open plays for our economic and environmental future, Premium and Inner Circle ticket holders will also enjoy special updates and “Insider Briefings” throughout 2010 Cleantech Open from Executive Director, Rex Northen.

Inner Circle tickets ($599) include front section seating in the main auditorium plus an invitation to the private Champagne reception with Gala Speakers, Sponsors, Clean Tech industry leaders and the Winner of the 2009 Clean Tech Open. General seating admission is an incredible value at just $99 if you register before October 20th and includes admission to the Exposition, live demonstrations, speeches and the National Award announcement. You can even choose to attend just the Expo or the Demonstrations and Awards. Go to our event overview page to find out more about these options. 


The Masonic Center
1111 California St
San Francisco, CA 94108

Looking to carpool? Sign up here!


Tentative Schedule:
10:00am to 1:00pm  --  Expo! of Clean Technologies and Companies
1:00pm to 4:00pm  --  Demo and Pitch Sessions from Ideas and Business Competition Finalists and "Peoples' Choice Award" Voting
4:30pm to 6:00pm  --  Awards Ceremony with Keynote Speakers and the National Award Winner Announcement
6:00pm to 8:00pm  --  Expo! and Wine Reception


Invited Speakers Include:

  • Mayor Gavin Newsom
  • Mayor Chuck Reed
  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Senator Barbara Boxer

 Who Should Attend and Why:

  • Current Semifinalists
  • Cleantech Open Alumni
  • Green Card Holders
  • Current and Interested Sponsors and Partners
  • Any professional interested in viewing the latest clean technologies
  • Any entrepreneur considering entering the 2010 competition

Additional Details:

Hotel Booking:

The Cleantech Open has arranged a special rate with the Parc55 Hotel, a hotel very close to the heart of San Francisco and the Masonic Center.Please use this link to book your rooms at the special rate.

Ticket Options:

$599    Cleantech Open Inner Circle - front section seating in the main auditorium and an invitation to the VIP Champagne & Hors d’Oeuvres Reception
$299    Premier - preferred seating in the main auditorium
$129    General Public

All Cleantech Open Green Card Holders receive free admission.  Sign up now for a Green Card for just $499 per year or $49 per month you have unlimited access to all the public events we run every year, including Premier seating at the Awards Gala.

To sign up for a green card, go to:

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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:

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:


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