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MEDIA EVENT: Media Invited to Attend Announcement of California Regional Winners

The six finalists from the California competition of the Cleantech Open will be announced at a media event to be held on Oct. 20 in Palo Alto; finalists and other teams will attend; RSVP is required.

October 5, 2009: On Tuesday, October 20, the Cleantech Open ( will announce the six finalist teams that will represent the California region at the national awards next month. At this press event, all 45 teams from the California competition will be introduced and the finalist from each of the six categories will be chosen. Teams will be available for interviews, along with the volunteer mentors who have been helping each team hone its business plan, and representatives from sponsors of the Cleantech Open.

What: California Regional Awards Ceremony

When: Tuesday, October 20th at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto

Who: Representatives from each of the 45 semifinalist teams in California, and their mentors, plus representatives from companies that are sponsoring the Cleantech Open.

RSVP is required. This event is a perfect opportunity to meet the future of cleantech here in California, and the prelude to the Cleantech Open Expo and Awards Gala that will be held in San Francisco on November 17. Journalists that attend this event will be automatically added to the guest list for November’s Awards Gala.

For more information or to register for the event, please contact:

Tim Cox | 650-369-7784 | 

Relevant Web resources

Cleantech Open website: 

Overview of the Business Competition

ont-weight: normal;">Registration for the Cleantech Open Awards Gala (contact Tim Cox for special media code)

Cleantech Open blog; on Facebook; on LinkedIn; @CleantechOpen on Twitter 

About The Cleantech Open

The Cleantech Open is the world’s largest clean tech business competition. It finds, funds, and fosters entrepreneurs with revolutionary ideas, technologies, and products that address today’s most urgent energy, climate, and economic challenges. Through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition since 2006, helping alumni contestants raise over $125m and making thousands of green collar jobs possible. In addition to the original competition held in California, the 2009 Cleantech Open was expanded to include two new regions: the Rocky Mountain region, including Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Cleantech entrepreneurs will compete for a total of more than $1 million in prizes. Fueled by a network of over 400 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech 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, Enverity, Federspiel Controls, GreenVolts, GroundSource GeoThermal, Lucid Design Group, Mission Motors, and Syncromatics. For more information, visit, and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.