Vartega awarded the Cleantech Open National Emerging Technology Award

2015 Cleantech Open National Winners

2015 Cleantech Open National Winners

SAN FRANCISCO: The Cleantech Open announced Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling LLC ( as the recipient of the National Emerging Technology Award at its 2015 Global Forum at Herbst Theatre on November 19th.

Vartega (from left to right: Sean Kline, Mark Williams, & Andrew Maxey) receiving the Emerging Technology award from Holmes Hummel (Cleantech Open National Board of Directors)

Over 200 cleantech startup companies applied this year to participate in the Cleantech Open US Accelerator and for a chance to compete on the national stage for the Cleantech Open’s Grand Prize Award.  19 of the best and brightest startups were selected from a field of over 100 companies across 8 US regions to compete at the national level. Vartega was one of 6 companies chosen as a grand prize national finalist at this year's Global Forum in Redwood City, CA, and ultimately named the winner of the Emerging Technology Award. Tank Utility, of Boston, MA, took home the Grand Prize of over $200,000 in funding and in-kind services.

Vartega is extremely honored to have been named as a Cleantech Open Wildcard Grand Prize National Finalist and to receive the National Emerging Technology Award. The Cleantech Open has been an incredible program, and all of the volunteers and mentors have been amazing. The award we received is a testament to the Cleantech Open’s dedication to find, foster, and fund truly innovative clean technology. We’re grateful for their support of early stage companies such as ours.
— Andrew Maxey, President & CEO of Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling

In addition to Vartega and Tank Utility, the other grand prize national finalists were Allumia, Evervest, Nano Hydrophobics, and Smart Charge.  “It is truly inspiring to see the innovation and dedication put forth by the individuals representing each of these companies.  I would like to send along my congratulations to each of them as well as to the other companies chosen to compete in this year’s Cleantech Open Accelerator,” said Maxey after being awarded this year’s Emerging Technology Award. “I would also like to extend a special thanks to all of those who have mentored and advised us over the last several months.”

We are extremely proud that a COLORADO company won the prestigious emerging technology award. This reflects our judges’ collective decision that their technology is poised for major impact in the future. CleanTech Open would like to congratulate Andrew and the team on a job well done.
— Richard Franklin, Cleantech Open Chairman of the Board


Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling LLC is a recycler of advanced materials – specifically strong and lightweight carbon fiber – used in the aerospace, automotive, wind energy, and sporting goods industries. Founded in July 2014, Vartega has grown to a team of four and has developed patent pending recycling technology to address the 15,000 metric tons of carbon fiber waste that is being landfilled and incinerated every year. Vartega’s technology uses a low energy chemistry-based process to free carbon fiber filaments for use in carbon fiber nonwoven fabrics, yarns, thermoplastic pellets, and 3D printing filaments. Materials utilizing Vartega’s low-cost recycled carbon fiber can be used to lightweight automobiles resulting in improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. Vartega plans to divert 1000s of tons of carbon fiber waste from landfill and incineration over the next several years. For more information, visit



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