Cleantech Open 2010 National Competition Launch is February 26

Clean Tech OpenClean Tech Open, a business plan competition that provides prizes for early-stage clean technology startups, will hold an event to launch the 2010 National Competition on Friday, Febrary 26.  This event will feature the following presenters:

  • Rex Northen, Executive Director, Cleantech Open
  • Marc Gottschalk and Michael Santullo, Cleantech Open Co-Founders
  • Trond Unneland, Vice President & Managing Executive of Chevron Technology Ventures
  • Art Rosenfeld, California Energy Commissioner
  • Susan Gladwin, Global Clean Tech Partner Program, Autodesk

This event will take place from 4:30 – 7:00 pm at Autodesk Gallery, One Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, California.  Additional event information and registration is available here.

List of All 2009 Clean Tech Open Winners

Clean Tech Open

Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups, has announced the winners of its three regional competitions.  Below is a list of all winners:

Pacific Northwest Region

Rocky Mountain Region

Cool Energy was also recognized as the regional Sustainability Award winner

California Region

These winners have won a cash and service prizes in their regional competitions and will now be competing for a Grand Prize of $250,000 in cash and services.  The Grand Prize will be announced at the Cleantech Open Awards Gala which will be held on November 17th.

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Clean Tech Open Announces Winners of 2009 California Competition

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Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups, has announced the winners and runners-up for its 2009 California competition. The winners listed in each of the following six categories will receive a prize package of $100,000 in cash and services.


These winners will compete with the winners from the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Northwest regional  competitions for a Grand Prize of $250,000 in cash and services.  The Grand Prize will be announced at the Cleantech Open Awards Gala which will be held on November 17th.


The winners and runners-up of the 2009 California competition are:


Air, Water & Waste Category

  • Winner: Micromidas (Converts raw sewage into biodegradable plastic)
  • Runner-Up: Solum (Agricultural sensing to prevent or reduce fertilizer runoff)

Energy Efficiency Category, Sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison

  • Winner: Alphabet Energy (Plans to commercialize a technology developed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that captures wasted energy and converts it into electricity)
  • Runner-Up: Powerzoa (Smart plug for residential use that monitors and controls energy usage)

Green Building Category Sponsored by Cleantech Circle and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

  • Winner: tru2earth (50+ year-rated roofing materials made from recycled PET (water/soda bottle) plastic that are energy-efficient, and cradle-to-cradle recyclable)
  • Runner-Up: GreenPyro (A biochar soil amendment to increase fertility, save water and sequester carbon)

Renewables Category Sponsored by Autodesk and Google

  • Winner: Armageddon Energy (Packaged retail residential rooftop solar energy system that is attractive, affordable, and easy to install)
  • Runner-Up: ZERE (Energy plants powered by biomass fuel)

Smart Power Category

  • Winner: EcoFactor (Personalized residential energy management solution for heating, ventilation and air conditioning)
  • Runner-Up: Velkess (Grid-scale energy storage technology)

Transportation Category

  • Winner: FuelSaver Technologies (Increases fuel efficiency in long-haul vehicles such as tractor-trailer trucks and buses)
  • Runner-Up: itMoves (Car equivalent of a netbook; light, small, easy to use, yet with extended capabilities via connection to the information cloud)

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HCSF Cleantech Thought Leader Series to Feature Executive Directors of CA Clean Energy Fund, Clean Tech Open, and Environmental Business Cluster on September 1 (Discount Available)

Harvard Club of San Francisco Clean Tech Thought Leader Series

The next program in the Harvard Club of San Francisco's Clean Tech Thought Leader Series will take place on September 1.  This event, entitled, Right Here, Right Now – How Three Visionary Organizations Are Driving Cleantech in the Bay Area, will feature the following:

This event will take place from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Adobe Systems Inc., Corporate HDQS — East Tower, 321 Park Ave. San Jose, CA 95110.  This event is open to the public and readers of Green VC can receive a discount when registering in advance (select the $25 member option).  Ticket price includes dinner.  For more information:

Clean Tech Open Announces 2009 California Semifinalists

Clean Tech Open

This evening, the Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups, announced the semifinalists for its 2009 California competition.  The semifinalists are:

Air, Water & Waste Category
Driptech
GoGoVerde
Highlands Soil & Water
InnoSepra
Micromidas
NanoBrane
OndaVia
Solar Alchemy, Inc.
Solum, Inc

Energy Efficiency Category, Sponsored by Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison
– Alphabet Energy, Inc.
– Core4 Systems
– HydroCoal Technologies, LLC
– Lightwave
– Lunescent
– Powerzoa
– SunCool
– Synergy Conscious

Green Building Category Sponsored by Cleantech Circle and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
ALL SOLAR
– ARCTRIO
– Ecolithic Homes
– GreenPyro
– HOMErgent
– New Avenue
– Parco Homes
– RoofRay
– tru2lif

Renewables Category Sponsored by Autodesk and Google
– Armageddon Energy
– PlasmaSi
– Renewable Fuel Technologies LLC
– SilFlex
– Siverde
– SolarNexus, Inc.
– soltac
SunPods
– ZERE

Smart Power Category
– dot UI
– EcoFactor
– EnerVault
– Fenix
– Lenopsys
– LimeAmps
– Velkess

Transportation Category
– Evans Engines
– EVIN
– FuelSaver
– GigEVolt Technologies, Inc.
– itMoves
– OpticLanes
– PowerSTAR

This year the Clean Tech Open is holding competitions in California, the Pacific Northwest (semifinalists announced), and in the Rocky Mountain region (semifinalists announced).

Entrants will initially compete for regional prizes: $100,000 in cash and services to each of six winners (one for each category) in California; cash and services worth $50,000 to each of the three winners in both the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. These 12 regional winners will then be placed in a national competition, with a Grand Prize winner to receive $250,000 in cash and services.

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2009 Clean Tech Open Deadline is May 30

Clean Tech Open

May 30th is the deadline for the 2009 Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups.  Over the past three years, the Clean Tech Open has helped more than one hundred start-ups raise more than $125 million in funding.

This year's competition includes two new regional competitions in addition to its previous California competition: the Rocky Mountain region (including Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) and the Pacific Northwest region (including Washington, Oregon and Idaho).

Startups can submit entries in these categories: Air/Water/Waste, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Renewable Energy, Smart Power, and Transportation.  Entrants will initially compete for regional prizes: $100,000 in cash and services to each of six winners in California; cash and services worth $50,000 to each of the three winners in both the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions. These 12 regional winners will then be placed in a national competition, with a Grand Prize winner to receive $250,000 in cash and services.

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Cleantech Startup Offices Available in Redwood City, CA

The Clean Tech Open (CTO) recently announced that it will be moving into new offices in Redwood City, California on June 1st. In addition, CTO announced that it will have five private offices available to their alumni and network on a first-come first-served basis.

These suites range in size from 130 to 185 square feet. Each private office has its own door key, a window and furniture, and will accommodate two to three people. All suites are furnished, and will be fully serviced including phone, internet, shared use of laser printers and conference room and, for members of the Clean Tech Open community*, will be priced from $600 - $875 per month, including basic services**. The building is in downtown Redwood City and near the Redwood City Caltrain station.

For more information, please email Katie Roberts KRoberts [at] cleantechopen.com with cc: to Jeremy Walker JWalker [at] cleantechopen.com


* This offer is open to all mentors, alumni, volunteers and other members of the Clean Tech Open community; contestants in the current year's competition are not eligible.
** Additional costs may apply for heavy use of phones and printers

California Clean Tech Open Announces Winners of 2008 Competition

California Clean Tech Open

The California Clean Tech Open (CCTO), a business plan competition offering more than $600,000 in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups who plan to locate their operations in California, announced the winners and runners-up in the six categories of its 2008 competition at an awards ceremony on November 6th.  They are:

  • Air, Water & Waste
    Winner: Over the Moon Diapers
    Runner-Up: Porifera
  • Energy Efficiency
    Winner: Viridis Earth
    Runner-Up: NexChem
  • Green Building
    Winner: BottleStone
    Runners-Up (2): GroundSource Geo, Solar Red
  • Renewables
    Winner: Focal Point Energy
    Runner-Up: Renewable Fuel Technologies  
  • Smart Power
    Winner: Power Assure
    Runner-Up: Energy Empowered 
  • Transportation
    Winner: ElectraDrive
    Runner-Up: Goose Networks

These winners and runners-up were selected from the 43 finalists of the 2008 competition, which began in April.  In addition, an "Alumni Award," recognizing outstanding business achievement by a 2006 or 2007 CCTO finalist, was presented to Jim Sanfilippo, CEO of NiLA, which won the 2007 CCTO Energy Efficiency Award.

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Finalists Announced for 2008 California Clean Tech Open

California Clean Tech Open

The finalists have been announced for the 2008 California Clean Tech Open, a business plan competition offering more than $600,000 in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups who plan to locate their operations in California. 

The finalists teams in the six competition categories are listed below; additional details on these teams are available in the California Clean Tech Open finalist directory.  The winners of this year’s competition will be announced at an event on November 6, 2008.

Air, Water & Waste Category Finalists

  • Clean Coal Inc.: Removes contaminants from coal
  • Over the Moon Diapers: High performance reusable diapers and service network
  • Porifera: Carbon nanotube membrane for reverse osmosis desalination
  • PURE-T: Salt free water softener using nanobeads
  • Purite: Zero-energy chemical-free whole house water filtration
  • SequesCO: Microbial CO2 capture and conversion to biofuel
  • Waste Water Works (WWW): Microbial wastewater treatment also generates electricity

Energy Efficiency Category Finalists

  • Atomic Precision Systems Inc.: New semiconductor process for ultra-cheap LED lighting
  • Enovative Group: Smart pump for hot water circulation
  • NexChem: Energy-saving process improvement for zinc galvanizing
  • Transoptic: Solar energy assistance for conventional water heaters
  • Viridis Earth: Domestic HVAC retrofit to improve efficiency
  • WicKool: Energy efficient water recovery for existing rooftop air conditioning

Green Building Category Finalists

  • BottleStone: Ceramic stone countertops include 80% recycled glass
  • en-vis-age: Green, modular and customizable buildings
  • Green Design Systems: Straw wall building panels
  • GreenHomeAnswers.com: Home improvement website for green products and services
  • GroundSource: Residential geothermal system with installation services
  • ISTN: Eco-friendly building insulation
  • Parco Homes: Manufactured green (zero net energy) home kits
  • Solar Red: Low cost rooftop PV installation system and components
  • Team Wawa: Water-conserving shower system

Renewables Category Finalists

  • Covalent Solar: Organic thin film solar concentrators
  • Focal Point Energy: Solar thermal water heater for industrial processes
  • IEM Applications: Landfill methane accelerated recovery
  • Renewable Fuel Technologies: Agricultural waste biomass converted to Green Coal
  • Solar Ice: Solar powered ice maker
  • Solindis: Optical solar concentrator for thin film PV

Smart Power Category Finalists

  • 1ARC Energy: Higher capacity lithium-ion batteries
  • Cooler: Carbon calculator to allow B2B targeted advertising in LOHAS
  • Energy Empowered: Home display and control to reduce standby power usage
  • Enverity Corporation: Greenhouse gas tracking and compliance
  • Power Assure: Data center energy management software service
  • Renewable Voltage: Treat organic waste to provide hydrogen and energy storage
  • Tangerine Network Devices: Home energy display and control

Transportation Category Finalists

  • AAA Fleets: Turnkey electric vehicles and solar charging systems for fleets
  • E-Chargers: Plug-in hybrid charging station
  • ElectraDrive: Gas to electric drivetrain auto conversion
  • Electric Drive Research: Plug-in/gas hybrid 2 person, 3 wheel sports car
  • ElectronVault, Inc.: More efficient traction battery for hybrids
  • Enhanced Vehicle Acoustics: Flexible engine sound generator for quiet cars
  • FuelMotion: Series hybrid conversions for the developing world
  • Goose Networks: Hosted dynamic scheduler for carpools/vanpools
  • Philo Fuel: GPS-based audiovisual cues to help drivers optimize fuel efficiency

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