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North Central Cleantech Open Innovation Expo & Awards - Open to Public (Minneapolis)

October 18, 2012, 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM CDT

Please join us as an attendee for one of the premiere innovation events in the Midwest! This event will feature top cleantech entrepreneurs and their startup businesses from across the region.  The North Central Cleantech Open (NCCTO) will bring together its accelerator companies with representatives from its diverse regional network. The goal of this event is to celebrate the entrepreneurs while also facilitating valuable connections for all attendees.

The invite-only Investor & Corporate Connect segment will bring together venture, angel, and corporate representatives from across the Midwest and The Cleantech Open’s accelerator companies from 2010, 2011 and 2012. There will be several meetings in a one-on-one format for each participant. Following this session, all attendees will be invited to an exclusive VIP reception and viewing of company exhibit booths.

The general admission segment of the event will kick off with a two-hour trade expo showcasing 2010 and 2011 NCCTO alumni companies, 2012 NCCTO accelerator companies, partners, and sponsor organizations. The 2012 accelerator participants will then give brief company pitches later for the full audience and compete live for the People’s Choice Award

The evening will conclude with an awards program. The top four start-ups from this year’s program will be announced and celebrated before they advance to Silicon Valley to compete with companies from across the U.S. for $250k in prizes and national recognition.  


Aria at the Jeune Lune (for October 18)
105 North First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Hotel Information - For out of town attendees, accommodations from October 16-19 are available at the following hotels:

  • The Depot Renaissance Hotel - $149/Night
    Phone: 866.211.4611
     Guaranteed room block ends on September 23rd
     Call for reservation after September 23rd – rate will be honored if available
    Online Registration
  • Aloft Minneapolis - $129/night
    Phone: 1-877-GO-ALOFT
     Guaranteed room block ends on September 25th
     After September 25th – email for reservation
    Online Registration

  • Comfort Suites - $99/night
     Guaranteed room block ends on  September 16th
     After September 16th - rate will be honored if rooms are still available
    Phone: 612-333-3111

Make sure to ask for the Cleantech Open rate. These are being offered for a limited time so be sure to book and secure your rates ASAP. See this map for hotel and venue locations.


Aria at Jeune Lune on Google Maps (for October 18th)


October 17, 2012 hosted by Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP (Minneapolis)
8:00am - 5:00pm   Final judging for 2012 Accelerator companies (invite only)
5.15pm - 7.30pm  
Welcome Reception (invite only)

October 18, 2012 at Aria at the Jeune Lune Event Center (Minneapolis)
1.30pm - 3.30pm   Investor & Corporate Connect (invite only; click 
HERE to request an invitation)
3.30pm - 4.30pm   VIP Reception (invite only)
GENERAL ADMISSION ticket holders:
4:30pm - 6:30pm   Innovation Expo & Networking
6:30pm - 8:00pm   Keynote, Pitches & Awards 

Who Should Attend

- Business managers from mid-size and large corporations
- Entrepreneurs, and their boards and mentors
- Media (TV, radio, writers, bloggers)
- Investors (angels, VC, corporate, grant providers)
- Civic leaders, economic development reps, foundations, and not-for-profits
- Corporate sustainability and community responsibility experts
- University communities (students, tech transfer, professors, etc.) and federal labs
- Professionals interested in clean, green or innovation

*For media passes, email us at

Additional Details

To learn more about the Cleantech Open, click HERE and watch a short video.

If you have general questions, please email us at


Thank you to our valued sponsors that have supportedthis year's accelerator program and/or this event including: Chevron, University of Phoenix, Wells Fargo, Faegre Baker Daniels, The Dow Chemical Company, Deloitte, CTSI, Google, AutodeskClise Billion Cyr, Gopher Angels, True North Venture Partners, AMEC, Silicon Valley Bank, Andcor, Cleantech Communications, Sage Presence and others.

Sponsoring organizations include larger and medium-size corporations, business and professional services firms (accounting, legal, HR, website/design etc), corporate sustainability leaders, economical development groups, investors, and other organizations focused on areas such as supporting innovation, job creation and building a Midwest hub for cleantech and sustainable business.

To find out more about ACCELERATOR PROGRAM OR EVENT-SPECIFIC SPONSORSHIP opportunities, please email us at

Registration Fees

Type Early* Regular Door
INVITE ONLY - Investor & Corporate Connect 1.30pm - 8:30pm (includes VIP Reception + Expo + Awards) n/a 115.00 135.00 145.00
General Admission 4.30pm - 8.30pm n/a 65.00 85.00 95.00
*Early registration prices available only until September 20, 2012, 10:00 PM.
 All prices in U.S. dollars. Sorry, no refunds available.
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