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Cleantech Open Announces Semifinalists In 2011 Business Competition

163 teams of talented cleantech entrepreneurs have been selected from across the United States. They will now be groomed for commercial success through intensive mentoring and business training, with the best advancing to compete for the prestigious national cleantech title.


REDWOOD CITY, Calif.: The Cleantech Open ( announced that 163 semifinalist teams have been selected from across the United States to participate in the 2011 edition of world's biggest cleantech business competition. The semifinalists were selected from a talented pool of more than 285 cleantech entrepreneurs from across the country that submitted entries in the seven regional competitions run by the Cleantech Open this year.

"Our Cleantech Open judges are a pleasure to work with. They are some of the top cleantech investors and early-stage CEOs from across the country," said Adam Rentschler, national judging co-chair. "This year, with another strong crop of cleantech entrepreneurs applying to participate in the Cleantech Open, our judging decisions were as difficult as ever. As we move through the programming this summer and fall, our teams will continue to benefit from the expertise of, and exposure, to our high-caliber volunteer judges."

Regional semifinalists compete for the national cleantech title

The Cleantech Open semifinalists will now compete regionally for prizes that include cash and in-kind services. After an additional round of regional judging to be held in October, finalists will be selected to advance and represent their region, competing at the national level for a grand prize of up to $250,000 in cash and in-kind services, and an overall prize chest of nearly $1 million. National judging of regional finalists will take place November 10-13, 2011 at the Global Cleantech Forum in San Jose, California, with national winners to be announced at the Gala event.

Entrepreneurs undergo an intense summer of expert mentoring and training

Over the next few months, each semifinalist team will receive coaching from the Cleantech Open's network of talented business mentors, one-on-one consulting with specialists, an intensive business boot camp at the Cleantech Open National Academy, and numerous local supporting events, training sessions, and materials. This highly focused mentoring and support from hundreds of volunteer experts helps each team develop a comprehensive business plan and investor pitch that will be presented to professional investors and experts during the next round of judging.

The semifinalists for the 2011 Cleantech Open business competition, by region, are:


Air, Water & Waste category

BioMine (Palo Alto, CA)

Errcive (Mountain View, CA)

Fresh Picked (La Jolla, CA)

Kiverde (San Francisco, CA)

LifeSea (El Cerrito, CA)

mOasis (Mountain View, CA)

Naturell (Santa Clara, CA)

Pulp Friction (Greenbrae, CA)

SoilSmart (El Dorado Hills, CA)

The Green Garmento (Los Angeles, CA)

Utilities Independence Solutions  (Campbell, CA)


Energy Efficiency category

CalSolAgua (Berkeley, CA)

Coolite (Felton, CA)

Dhaani Systems (Cupertino, CA)

EcoPros (Thousand Oaks, CA)

ERE Energy (Palmdale, CA)

Go Green Solutions (Pasadena, CA)

Lightrite Company (Menlo Park, CA)

Load IQ (Reno, NV)

NuLEDs (Carlsbad, CA)

The Garner Group (Las Vegas, NV)

Thor Charger Company (Newport Beach, CA)

Transparia (San Jose, CA)

Verdigris Technologies (Sunnyvale, CA)


Green Building category

Amberix (Redwood City, CA)

Clausius Technologies (Incline Village, NV)

Eliosolar (Beverly Hills, CA)

EnFocus Engineering (Sunnyvale, CA)

precigeo (San Rafael, CA)

SunPlanter (Brighton, MA)


Renewable Energy category

5th Generation Energy (Del Mar, CA)

b2u Solar (Palo Alto, CA)

California Energy & Power (Glendora, CA)

Helios Energy Management (Sunnyvale, CA)

LuCal Chemicals (Sacramento, CA)

Open Neighborhoods (Culver City, CA)

SolarTankWorks (Corral De Tierra, CA)

Solera (Sacramento, CA)

Sustainable Electric (Tarzana, CA)

Thundercloud (Los Gatos, CA)


Smart Power/Smart Grid category

Agudo Networks (Milpitas, CA)

ECO Catalytics (Davis, CA)

Grid REVolution (San Jose, CA)

Growing Energy Labs (San Francisco, CA)

Hyphase Energy (Park City, UT)

PowerPatent (San Jose, CA)

Smart Grid Billing (Folsom, CA)


Transportation category

CarStations (Catheys Valley, CA)

Electric Takeoff (San Carlos, CA)

Gridtest Systems (Calabasas, CA)

JustShareIt (Brisbane, CA)

Santa Monica Electric Vehicles (Santa Monica, CA)

Sylvatex Biofuels (San Francisco, CA)

TEAM L TUG (Los Angeles, CA)

Transboard Motorsports (Sunnyvale, CA)

Zero - E / Blue Dolphin Design and Engineering (Madera, CA)



Air, Water & Waste category

AquaMost (Madison, WI)

Dakota EcoGlass (New England, ND)

Senderos Recovery Technologies (Streetsboro, OH)


Energy Efficiency category

Dason Technology (Chicago, IL)


Green Building category

FORTECO (Hartland, WI)

Supreme Energy Products (Lakeville, MN)

Whole Trees Structures (Stoddard, WI)


Renewable Energy category

Atmosphere Recovery (Eden Prairie, MN)

C56 Technologies (Middleton, WI)

Effimax Solar (Champaign, IL)

Freiezo (Saint Peters, MO)

INVELOX (Chaska, MN)

NextGen Solar (Chicago, IL)


Smart Power/Smart Grid category

Rapid Electric Vehicle Battery Charging (Homewood, IL)


Transportation category

cleantrack (Plymouth, MN)

Direct Drive Energy (Lowden, IA)

ENRG Power Systems (Grand Rapids, MI)

Grail Engine Technologies (Chapman, KS)

RoutePerfect (Minneapolis, MN)

Thermal Conservation Technologies (Skokie, IL)




Air, Water & Waste category

SecureWaters (Soddy-Daisy, TN)


Green Building category

Brite (Solar Raleigh, NC)


Renewable Energy category

Agri-Tech (Columbia, SC)

Bing Energy (Tallahassee, FL)

Xylofuel (Columbia, MD)


Transportation category

CPS Biofuels (Virginia Beach, VA)

CVTi (Raleigh, NC)




Air, Water & Waste category

AgroSci (Chestnut Hill, MA)

Encendia Biochar (New Haven, CT)

PK Clean (New York, NY)

Sanergy (Cambridge, MA)


Energy Efficiency category

Arctic Sand (Cambridge, MA)

Blue Sphere (Potsdam, NY)

CoolChip Technologies (Somerville, MA)

Days Energy Systems (Pennington, NJ)

eCurv (Cambridge, MA)

Hinge Networks (Waltham, MA)

OsComp Systems (Cambridge, MA)

PolyChroma (Somerville, MA)

Smart Glass Control (Stony Brook, NY)

ThinkLite (Allston, MA)


Renewable Energy category

Altaeros Energies (Boston, MA)

blue2green (Derry, NH)

BlueBoxBio (Cambridge, MA)

Calyx Bioprocess Technology (State College, PA)

Concentrators (Woodbury, CT)

Electric Pipeline Corporation (Melrose, MA)

Greentech Solutions - Teleos Solar (Boston, MA)

GWE (Greenwich, CT)

Hydrothea Technologies (Cordova, AK)

Keystone Tower Systems (Jamaica Plain, MA)

Resolute Marine Energy (Boston, MA)

Safe Hydrogen (Marlborough, MA)

Solar Canopy  (Providence, RI)

SolSolution (Boston, MA)

SunDrum Solar (Hudson, MA)

Ubiquitous Energy (Cambridge, MA)


Smart Power/Smart Grid category

ByteLight (Boston, MA)

Qado Energy (Waltham, MA)


Transportation category

Altranex Energy (Bedford, MA)

Made in the Commonwealth (Boston, MA)

Mavizen (Cambridge, MA)

Righteous Wheels (Burlington, VT)




Air, Water & Waste category

Vorsana (Portland, OR)

WISErg Corporation (Redmond, WA)


Energy Efficiency category

GreenSimian (Seattle, WA)

Indow Windows (Portland, OR)

MountainLogic (Issaquah, WA)


Green Building category

IDEAbuilder (San Francisco, CA)

Innovative Invironments (Eugene, OR)


General category

GreenPrint (Portland, OR)


Renewable Energy category

e~TECH (Wilsonville, OR)

HM3 Energy (Gresham, OR)

SkyMill Energy (Friday Harbor, WA)

Three Dimensional Timberlands (Ophir, OR)

Versalence (Camas, WA)


Smart Power/Smart Grid category

Clarian Power (Seattle, WA)

GridMobility (Kirkland, WA)


Transportation category

Conscious Commuter (Portland, OR)

MotoVolta (Kent, WA)




Air, Water & Waste category

AGREBON (Louisville, CO)

Balkrete Custom Aggregates (Centennial, CO)

Eco Products Group (Santa Fe, NM)

Pragmatic Energy (Tempe, AZ)

SES2011 (Provo, UT)

TMG (Centennial, CO)

Veritek Coal Processing (Littleton, CO)


Energy Efficiency category

Efficiency Power (El Paso, TX)

PerpetualGreen (Draper, UT)

RGI (Denver, CO)


Green Building category

GeoTree Technologies (Broomfield, CO)


Renewable Energy category

USolar (Park City, UT)


Smart Power/Smart Grid category

NextStep Electric (Longmont, CO)


Transportation category

ATK Motorcycles (Centerville, UT)

Eco Aluminum Pallets (Scottsdale, AZ)

NoirCroxx Biolubricants (Bigfork, MT)




Air, Water & Waste category

cycleWood Solutions (Fayetteville, AR)


Energy Efficiency category

GR Cooling (Austin, TX)

GS Development  (Louisville, KY)

NanoThermo (Austin, TX)

Smart Office Energy Solutions (Houston, TX)


Green Building category

EarthCo Megablock  (Ranger, TX)

GreenCoat (Austin, TX)


Renewable Energy category

InnerGeo (Corpus Christi, TX)


Transportation category

Silicon Solar Solutions (Fayetteville, AR)

Community Cars (Austin, TX)

Energy Xtreme (Austin, TX)


Cleantech Open Sponsors

The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by our Global Partner, Chevron; Global Foundation Partner, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; National Education Partner, University of Phoenix; and National Sponsors, Autodesk and Wells Fargo. Regional competitions are additionally sponsored by the following corporate partners: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (multi-region), Deloitte (multi-region), Jones Lang Lasalle (multi-region), CTSI, CalCEF, Commercial Energy, Faegre & Benson, Google, Grundfos, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Mintz Levin, Patton Boggs, PG&E, and Reed Smith.


About The Cleantech Open

The Cleantech Open runs the world's largest cleantech business competition. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled hundreds of clean-technology startups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped alumni contestants raise over $300M, and created an estimated 2,500 green-collar jobs. Fueled by a global network of more than 1,000 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America's cleantech sector a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


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