2008 California Clean Tech Open Launched; More than $600,000 in Prizes to be Awarded to Entrepreneurs

California Clean Tech Open

On April 2nd, the 3rd annual California Clean Tech Open was officially announced.  The California Clean Tech Open is a business plan competition for early-stage clean technology startups who plan to locate their operations in California. 

There are six categories in the competition:

The winning team in each category will receive a prize package valued at more than $100,000, consisting of:

  • Cash prize of $50,000
  • Office space for one year
  • Legal services
  • Recruiting services
  • Accounting services
  • Public relations services
  • Insurance services
  • Marketing services

In addition to prizes for the winning teams, up to 60 finalist teams will receive a variety of services including mentoring and training.  All competition entrants are able to attend a number of events including an Executive Summary workshop.

The California Clean Tech Open will also be holding a launch event on Wednesday, April 9th, from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM, at the San Jose City Hall Rotunda.  The event will be hosted by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and guests will include previous competition winners and participants, venture capitalists, competition sponsors and partners, state and local government officials, and cleantech entrepreneurs. There is no cost to attend the launch event, but you need to RSVP.

Update: A technology and entrepreneur matching event will take place on May 1.

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