Join me at the Academy Awards of Cleantech

cleantech openThis year’s Cleantech Open Awards Gala (Tues Nov 17th in San Francisco) is not to be missed.  Along with Bill Roth, I’ll be covering the event for TriplePundit.  Last year’s event was phenomenal and this year promises to be bigger and better.

The Cleantech Open launched in 2006 and has grown tremendously since.  The mission is to “find, fund and foster the big ideas” that address today’s toughest challenges and to date 125 cleantech start-ups have benefited from the organization’s funding and resources.  A tribute to the the organization’s strength in finding and nurturing high potential companies, Cleantech Open startups have raised $130 million in private funding, and have created 500 jobs to date.  Each year the quality of the applicants has grown as well — a good sign for a still quite nascent industry.

This year’s gala brings together finalists from three Cleantech Open regions – California, Pacific Northwest, and Rocky Mountain – to select a winner, who will receive $250,000 in cash and services.  From the all-star line-up of contending start-ups I’m excited to learn more about:

  • How Green Lite Motors commuter vehicle gets 100 miles per gallon
  • How Micromidas converts raw sewage into biodegradable plastic
  • How SunTrac Solar makes a solar hot water heater which captures 50 to 70% of solar energy
  • How Alphabet Energy plans to convert waste energy into electricity at low cost
  • How tru2earth’s Life Cycle Roof Tile made of recycled plastic bottles is as cheap as asphalt and captures rainwater
  • Plus interact with 120 cleantech companies at the pre-gala expo.  Register here.

Who are you rooting for?

Amie runs Cobblestone Solutions, LLC, a consultancy focusing on business development, marketing, communications and strategy for mission driven companies. Previously, Amie served as Director of Business Development for Viv (a Bay Area environmental start-up), Program Manager for Social Venture Technology Group (a boutique consulting firm focused on measuring social and environmental impact), and Associate Consultant at Bain & Co (a global management consulting firm). She is particularly interested in innovations that reduce waste, altering consumer behavior for good, and leveraging the power of business to solve the climate crisis. You can read more from her on her blog, on, and on JustMeans.

2 responses

  1. Hi Amie,

    Since you are the media coverage for the Clean Tech Open challenge, I thought this might be of interest to you regarding the Global Clean Tech Ideal Challenge part of the event.

    The Clean Tech Idea eligibility criteria clearly state that the participating teams must have less than $0.5M USD of funding to date.

    However, one of the participating team from Denmark, Danfoss IXA, has more than $1.5M euros of funding so far.

    According to Danfoss’ own website, “Following the development of new patented technology for the measurement of gases which have an impact on the environment and the climate, such as CO2, ammonia and NO2, Danfoss Ventures and the Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation have set up a new company, Danfoss IXA A/S. The company will develop and market the technology globally. Six employees at Danfoss IXA A/S will work to develop the sensors for climate control in stables. The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has funded the work with almost 1.5 million euros and it takes place in cooperation with the ventilation company SKOV A/S from Roslev, Denmark, and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).”

    More evidence of the fundings they have received:{9686299E-DCD7-4082-8957-57E1EDA8AABD{9686299E-DCD7-4082-8957-57E1EDA8AABD}

    Ummm, doesn’t that mean Danfoss IXA is too rich for this competition? I thought this was to be a fair competition for all.

    Please judge the evidence for yourself and see if the spirit of fair competition is truly untarnished.

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