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2009 Cleantech Open Awards Gala

November 17, 2009, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM PST

Walk-ins are welcome to attend.  Please JOIN US at the door!  Cash and credit card accepted.

You are cordially invited to attend the “Academy Awards of Clean Technology.”

The culmination of the world’s largest clean technology business competition is our annual Awards Gala designed to showcase the boldest cleantech ideas, the most ambitious entrepreneurs and the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers.

This year's Gala will be our most spectacular event to date:

Join us at the elegant Masonic Center in the heart of San Francisco for a Clean Technology Expo, displaying the most promising clean technology companies throughout the country and throughout the world.  In the main auditorium, watch cutting edge technology pitches and demonstrations from clean technology entrepreneurs. Audience members are invited to participate by voting for the "Peoples' Choice Award" of their favorite companies and technologies. Finally, enjoy the high caliber keynote speakers and celebrate with us as we announce the 2009 National Cleantech Open Grand Prize Winner and present the Grand Prize package.

Bill Weihl, Google Green Energy Czar, will headline the event. Find out more about Bill here, and then buy your ticket to hear him speak!


The Masonic Center
1111 California St
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

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

Demo/Pitch sessions start at 1:30 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 reception to network and learn.  Upgrade your ticket to attend a private Champagne 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 from Cleantech Open 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.


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 Reception

Additional Details:

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:


  • Bill Weihl, Google Green Energy Czar
  • Steve Westly, Westly Group
  • Lesa Mitchell, VP of Innovation, Kauffman Foundation
  • Gil Friend, CEO and President, Natural Logic
  • Marc Stanley, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Standards and Technology
  • Emcee: Jeffrey Schaub, Green Beat Reporter for CBS 5 Eyewitness News

Who Should Attend

  • 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

Tickets will be available at the door, however the event did sell out last year.  Purchase your tickets now!

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.


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National Expansion Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Program Sponsors

Supporting Foundation

2009 Gala Media & Outreach Sponsors

Triple Pundit
Sustainable Industries
Sustainable Life Media
San Francisco Business Times
Matter Network

In-Kind Sponsors

Founding Partners

Venture Capital Sponsors

Accel Partners
Advanced Technology Ventures
Applied Ventures LLC
Foundation Capital
Globespan Capital
Lightspeed Venture Partners
Mohr Davidow Ventures
New Enterprise Associates
Nth Power
RockPort Capital Partners

Innovation Partners

Innovation Partners
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Sandia National Laboratories
SRI International
Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing
UC Berkeley / BERC
UC Davis InnovationAccess

Competition Partners

B Corp
Cleantech Group
Climate Earth
The Climate Group
Gladwin Consulting
Keiretsu Forum
Livingston Energy Innovations, LLC
Net Impact
West Coast Green

Registration Fees

Type Early* Regular Door
Inner Circle n/a 499.00 599.00 650.00
Premier Seating n/a 249.00 299.00 350.00
General Seating n/a 99.00 129.00 160.00
Demo & Pitch Session and Awards Ceremony ONLY n/a 65.00 75.00 100.00
Students (with valid ID at door) n/a n/a 65.00 75.00
Expo ONLY n/a n/a 35.00 50.00
*Early registration prices available only until October 21, 2009, 7:00 AM.
 All prices in U.S. dollars. Sorry, no refunds available.
Online registration is now closed, but please join us as a walk-in.