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MIT Club of Northern California Presents “Clean Tech Investing in 2015: Novel Ways to Fund Your Start-Up” on December 4

MIT Club of Northern CA

On December 4, the MIT Club of Northern California will present Clean Tech Investing in 2015: Novel Ways to Fund Your Start-Up. Presenters will be:

  • Jeff Byron, Band of Angels
  • Kacy Gerst, ARPA – E
  • Scott Jacobs, EFW Partners
  • Mark Pacelle, Philips
  • Oliver Janssen, MVP Renewables
  • Mark Perutz, DBL Ventures
  • Moderator: Eric Wesoff, Greentech Media

This event will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Ave, Santa Clara CA 95054. Additional program information and registration is available here.

Social Entrepreneurs Can Receive Up to $90,000 with Echoing Green; Apply Starting December 2, 2014

Echoing Green

December 2, 2014 is the date that applications open for the 2015 Echoing Green Fellowship. Echoing Green provides seed funding for social entreprenuers to launch new organizations.  Thusfar, Echoing Green has invested more than $36 million in seed funding to more than 600 social entrepreneurs and their organizations. 

Here are some helpful links for those considering applying:

* Learn more about the Echoing Green Fellowship Programs: echoinggreen.org/fellowship

* Sign up to receive information and application support: echoinggreen.org/appsignup

* Visit the Echoing Green Application Guidance page to prepare: echoinggreen.org/fellowship/application-guidance

Below are videos that provide some background on the Echoing Green Fellowship.

Cleantech Open Global Forum is November 12-13 in San Francisco

Clean Tech OpenThe Cleantech Open, a leading business plan competition that provides funding and support for early-stage clean technology startups, will announce the grand prize winner of its 2014 competition on Nov. 13. The awards ceremony is part of the two-day the Cleantech Open Global Forum.

You can view an agenda for the 2014 Forum here and view a series of videos from the 2013 Forum here.

Think Beyond Plastic Business Accelerator Announces Executive Officers

Think Beyond Plastic

The Think Beyond Plastic Accelerator which was launched last month at the Our Oceans conference, announced the following executive officers yesterday:

  • Daniella Russo, a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Russo’s executive experience with high-tech, Fortune 500 businesses, and NGOs has helped elevate plastic pollution in the global, social and environmental discourse. “Demand is growing for sustainable alternatives to the conventional disposable plastic products. Think Beyond Plastic Accelerator will play a pivotal role in connecting the urgency of global plastic pollution crisis with breakthrough solutions,” says Ms. Russo.
  • Destin Joy Layne, a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Layne brings over fifteen years of experience leading innovation projects intersecting food, technology and sustainability, and executive management with nationwide philanthropic, political, and education initiatives.
  • Gregory T. Baxter, Ph.D., a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Baxter is a published author with 20+ patents, who brings a wealth of expertise in biochemistry, nanotechnology and entrepreneurship. Dr. Baxter is on the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator and was a Fellow with The Innovation Accelerator, a public-private partnership with NSF.
  • Michael P. Washburn, Ph.D., a Founding Partner, has been appointed Chief Sustainability Officer. Dr. Washburn works at the intersection of science, policy, politics, and program development. He is former VP of Sustainability at Nestle Waters North America, and one of the country’s most respected sustainability experts. 
  • Pam Marcus, P.T., has been appointed Senior Director of Consumer Products. Ms. Marcus is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Lifefactory, Inc. She is an outspoken advocate for health and environmental issues.

This accelerator is a Public Benefit corporation that aims to address plastic pollution through innovation and entrepreneurship. Additional information on this new accelerator is available here.

April 4 is Nomination Deadline for 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

A brief note: April 4, 2014 is the deadline for nominations for the 2015 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award. Each award recipient receives $125,000 to support his or her work benefiting the people of California. Complete information is available here.

A video of one of the 2014 recipients (Eloy Ortiz Oakley) is listed below; you can view more videos here.

Application Deadline is March 31 for Google’s SF Bay Area Impact Challenge

A brief note: March 31 is the application deadline for Google's San Francisco Bay Area Impact Challenge. This program will award $100,000 – $500,000 to innovative SF Bay Area nonprofit organizations. Complete program information is available here.

Free Expo Pass to Intersolar North America 2014

Intersolar North America 2008

Intersolar North America will take place from July 8-10, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. This event will include informative conference sessions and exhibit hall with hundreds of exhibitors. New in 2014, ASES will hold their annual conference in conjunction with Intersolar. Until May 10, 2014 you can obtain a free Intersolar exhibit hall pass by registering here.

[cross-posted from Green Collar Blog]

Coming in Q1 2014: A New Crowdfunding Platform for Social Good

Green VC is currently working on a new crowdfunding platform to support entrepreneurs working to make a positive social impact. If you are interested in being one of the first organization on this new platform send an e-mail to leonard [at] greenvc.org

Look for future updates on Green VC in the coming weeks!

Echoing Green Announces Fellowship Finalists

A brief note — Echoing Green has recently announced finalists for the Echoing Green Fellowship and Black Male Achievement Fellowship. You can view all 53 finalists (selected from more than 3,000 applications) here.

You can also view pitches from 2012 finalists below:

Imagine H2O Announces 2012 Prize Finalists

Imagine H2O

Imagine H2O, a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs takling challenges into opportunities, recently announced nine finalist in its fourth annual business plan competition. The theme of this year's competition is Consumer Innovations. The finalists, who were selected from more than 70 entries representing 12 countries, will advance to a second round where they will compete for over $200,000 in cash and in-kind services. The overall results will be announced during events leading up to International World Water Day 2013 in March.

“Regardless of location or economics, people require solutions to ensure water efficiency, safety and accessibility,” explained Scott Bryan, Imagine H2O’s Chief Operating Officer. “This year’s Imagine H2O finalists represent a broad selection of innovative solutions to personal water challenges around the world.”

The finalists are: 

Pre-Revenue Track

Dlo Haiti (Haiti)

Led by a team of Haitian and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors, Dlo Haiti offers a market-based solution providing safe drinking water in Haiti at a price average Haitians can afford. Dlo Haiti seeks to replace the expensive and inefficient model of centralized water purification and delivery by truck with a decentralized approach that will lower costs and improve water quality for Haitian consumers.

Flush-Master (Corona, CA)

This stainless steel retrofit toilet flapper is designed to address a very basic, yet large, source of lost water. According to the American Water Association, one out of five toilets are leaking today because of faulty toilet flappers.

Innogation Inc. (Eagle, ID)

By matching the flow of water to lawn outlines, Innogation’s SMARTRotor™ dramatically reduces water used for outdoor irrigation while providing up to 98% distribution uniformity.

NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. (Danvers, MA)

A biomimicry and nanotechnology company that harvests water from the air, NBD Technologies employs materials science and chemical engineering innovations to create water from the air.

• ReFresh (Boston, MA)

A provider of water on the go, ReFresh’s water distribution machines provide bottled water and accept used bottles for a partial refund making drinking water cheaper, more convenient, and more environmentally friendly.

Sentinel Hydrosolutions, LLC (Escondido, CA)

Sentinel’s Leak Detections System combines an easy-to-install fixture and control panel that automatically identifies home leaks and shuts off supplies to prevent water damage and loss.

Early Revenue Track 

• Celsius Global Solutions (Trune, Scotland)

The Jompy water boiler is a simple, easy to use device that allows the user to cook food and boil water simultaneously, so saving on fuel and time spent over an open fire. The Jompy will pasteurize contaminated water reducing the chance of water borne diseases such as diarrhea and cholera.

HighSierra Showerheads, LLC (Coarsegold, CA)

The HighSierra Showerhead combines a low-profile design that uses 40% less water and a flow control that maintain the feel and experience of a conventional showerhead even at varying pressures.

PaveDrain, LLC (Greenfield, WI)

Mitigating storm water through arched paving bricks, PaveDrain incorporates an arch design in the middle of an articulating concrete block to create an internal storage chamber that can be filled with storm-water runoff while simultaneously providing strength for heavy vehicular loads.

 

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