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Why Attend The Cleantech Open?

Bill Roth | Friday November 6th, 2009 | 9 Comments

CTOsquarebannerHere are a few reasons I am attending The Cleantech Open on November 17, 2009 at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Center:

  • Bill Weihl, Google Green Energy Czar, is the event’s key note speaker.
  • There will be 120 of the latest clean technologies displayed in the exhibition hall.
  • You can imagine how many venture capitalists will be attending looking for their next “Google” opportunity. This is a great opportunity to meet money!

As an economist I am not a big fan of taxpayer “stimulus” funds given to technology companies selected by well-meaning and educated government officials. It has been our entrepreneurs and venture capitalists that have been America’s secret weapon in selecting the technologies we now cannot live without. In recognition that any one of the above reasons justifies going to the Cleantech Open the reason I am going is to talk with the entrepreneurs pioneering the clean technologies we need to restore jobs, our economy and the environment. The Cleantech Open will be an unbelievable opportunity to measure the entrepreneurial pulse of The Green Economic Revolution that will forever change what we buy and who we buy it from.

The alumni of the Cleantech Open have raised $134 million for developing technologies. That’s a key number and what attracts green entrepreneurs to the event. The entrepreneurs who display at the Cleantech Open are some of the best in the cleantech industry. Why do I think so? Eighty percent of the entrepreneurs mentored by The Cleantech Open are still in business! In a business world where only 1 out of 10 startups survive, this is an unbelievable success rate.

Another benefit of attending is the global idea competition, where finalists for the best clean technology present their concept of how they will be changing the world. Attending these types of sessions is one of my favorite ways for finding new ideas for making a product pitch or for confirming that what worked previously is still being used.

The website to learn more is CleanTechOpen.com. The day begins at 10 am and ends with a 6 pm reception. You should go to see the next wave of clean technologies. Or you can join me in talking with the attending green entrepreneurs to learn their best practices for growing successful businesses selling sustainable solutions. Hope to see you there.


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  • http://www.apronstore.com Perry Peck

    This is an event not to miss! Cleantech Open is the perfect place to discover the next big thing. A place to start down the path of finding how to market your green energy or related products. As s old-timer in this field it is a pleasure to see that the alternative energy field is exploding. The future is present at Cleantech Open. So if you want to walk the walk with others who talk the talk I suggest you attend this conference you wont regret it for sure.

    • http://www.earth2017.com Bill Roth

      Thanks Perry for the comment. Looking forward to seeing you there. You are right on target, green technologies are hitting the commercial sweet spot of “cost less, mean more.”

  • http://www2.sensiblecity.com/author/ianbryan/ Ian

    Bill Roth hits it! Thanks for posting. Another uniquely cool aspect of this event is the global ideas competition, which is the subject of the period they call “Pitch/Demo Sessions” this is where entrepreneurs from around the world will be presenting finalist ideas for new companies (rather than business plans – the pre-business part). The winner will be selected via audience participation texting with cell phones.

    • http://www.earth2017.com Bill Roth

      Hi Ian, thanks for posting on the Cleantech Open’s global ideas competition. Imagine being in the room with some of the world’s brightest entrepreneurs pitching how they are going to change the world, and make their investors lots of money. Got cash anyone??? Bring it to the Cleantech Open!

      • Shu Chin Ma

        Hi Mr. Roth,

        It’s fantastic that Clean Tech Open Idea Challenge is expanding to the rest of the world this year, it’s a great place to showcase entrepreneurs and innovative ideas from all over the world, at least that’s what I thought it will be about. But I just discovered some unsavory truth about one of the participating teams, who has clearly violated the eligibility criteria of not having more than $500K USD of funding to date. I have addressed this concern to Ian (see below) and tried to post a comment on his blog on the Clean Tech website blog, but somehow no comments can be updated onto the blog. Please judge for yourself and see if the spirit of fair competition is preserved and shared by all participating countries. Kind regards.

  • http://www2.sensiblecity.com/author/ianbryan/ Ian

    Sorry to double comment, but the Vikings are coming to the Cleantecho Open Gala: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-_XHgXDS54

  • Shu Chin Ma

    Hey, so are the kiwis.

  • Shu Chin Ma

    Hi Ian,

    The Viking might be disqualified by the Clean Tech Idea eligibility criteria of having less than $0.5M USD to date funding. According to their own website, http://www.danfoss.com/NewsAndEvents/News/?ArticleId=1F9AFF1C-E5B9-461D-AB06-31C3BAF234F6 “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). Thanks to the new sensor, substantial energy savings (up to 20 per cent) can be obtained in stables and large garden centres because it helps the gardeners and the farmers obtain optimal control by opening and shutting the ventilation, heating and cooling systems at exactly the right”

    Ummm, doesn’t that mean Danfoss IXA is too rich for this competition?

    What’s your opinion?

  • Shu Chin Ma

    Hi Ian,

    Why is that you won’t allow any comments on the Clean Tech blog? I thought it was a place for fair discussion regarding the fairness the competition. That’s very sad.

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