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Cleantech Open Rocky Mountain Region Announces Selection of Semifinalists for 2012 Accelerator

Clean and green entrepreneurs now compete regionally, with the winners advancing to compete for $1 million in prizes — and the prestigious national cleantech title.

Denver, Colorado – June 20, 2012: The Rocky Mountain region of the Cleantech Open ( announced that 20 semifinalist teams have been selected to represent the region in the world’s biggest and most successful cleantech accelerator program.


These regional semifinalists were selected from a talented pool of more than 52 cleantech entrepreneur teams from across the six-state region that submitted entries this year, including Arizona, Colorado Montana, New Mexico Utah and Wyoming. Nationally, the Cleantech Open had a record number of applicants with over 350 teams applying this spring.


The semifinalists teams will now compete for regional prizes including combined cash and in-kind services worth up to $20,000, with the winners advancing to represent the region and compete at the national level for a grand prize of up to $250,000 in cash, investments and services.


The 2012 Rocky Mountain region semifinalists include:


Company                                               Cleantech Category                                             Location

Aztera                                                    Renewable Energy                                               Tucson, AZ

Carbo Analytics                                    Renewable Energy                                               Fort Collins, CO

ECOmplete                                            Energy Efficiency                                                 Chandler, AZ

GOe3, LLC                                             Transportation                                                      Scottsdale, AZ

Hydrant-Flush                                       Air, Water, & Waste                                             Westminster, CO

Magne Generator                                Renewable Energy                                               Glendale, AZ

Molon Labe Designs                            Transportation                                                      Breckenridge, CO

Navillum Nanotechnologies               Energy Efficiency                                                 Salt Lake City, UT

Navitus Sustainable Industries           Renewable Energy                                               Salt Lake City, UT

Plexus Controls                                    Energy Efficiency                                                 Fountain Hills, AZ

reNature, Inc.                                       Air, Water, & Waste                                             Scottsdale, AZ

S&S                                                         Air, Water, & Waste                                             Craig, CO

Seasonal Energy                                   Energy Efficiency                                                 San Francisco, CA

Sedona Solar                                         Renewable Energy                                               Flagstaff, AZ

SmrtEn                                                   Energy Efficiency                                                 Chandler, AZ

Solar Pool Tech                                     Energy Efficiency                                                 Phoenix, AZ

Sunshine Bottling                                 Renewable Energy                                               Englewood, CO

SwiftTram                                               Transportation                                                      Boulder, CO

Bioroot Energy, LLC                                 Transportation                                                      Darby, MT

Vortex Tools, LLC                                  Energy Efficiency                                                 Littleton, CO


“Cleantech is a core focus of our economic development efforts in the 21st century, and Denver and the Rocky Mountain region are blessed with an abundance of entrepreneurs who are developing new and better technologies that make us a national cleantech leader,” said Richard Franklin, Rocky Mountain regional director of the Cleantech Open. “I salute the semifinalist winners today for their vision and commitment to building long-term economic growth and the success of a sustainable economy.”


Roadmap to success – the Cleantech Open Accelerator

Over the next few months, each regional semifinalist team receives coaching from the Cleantech Open network of talented business mentors, one-on-one consulting with specialists, an intensive business boot camp at the Cleantech Open National Academy, and extensive local supporting events, training and materials. This support helps each team develop a comprehensive business plan and investor pitch that will be presented to professional investors and experts to determine which teams will advance to the national finals at the Cleantech Open Global Forum in November.


About The Cleantech Open

The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. We provide entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch successful cleantech companies. Our mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The 581 companies in the Cleantech Open’s accelerator programs have raised more than $660 million in external capital. Learn more at - YouTube - Facebook - LinkedIn - Twitter: @cleantechopen.




Morrison Shafroth