Clean and green entrepreneurs compete in a regional competition and then move on to compete for prestigious national cleantech title.
Denver, CO – May 28, 2015: The Cleantech Open (www.cleantechopen.org) announced that 16 entrepreneurial teams from the Rocky Mountain region and five teams from the South Central region have been selected to participate as semifinalists in the world’s largest cleantech accelerator.
The teams will compete for regional prizes, including combined cash and in-kind services worth up to $70,000, with the winners advancing to represent their region and compete at the national level for a grand prize of up to $200,000 in cash and services, and an overall prize chest of nearly $500,000.
Over the next few months, the 16 semifinalist teams will receive coaching from the Cleantech Open network of talented business mentors, one-on-one consulting with specialists, an intensive business boot camp at the Cleantech Open National Academy, and extensive local supporting events, training and materials. This support helps each team develop a comprehensive business plan and investor pitch that will be presented to professional investors and experts to determine which teams will advance to the finals.
“We are thrilled with the exciting ideas and opportunities our regional entrepreneurs bring to this year’s competition,” said Richard Franklin, central division leader of the Cleantech Open. “We wish them great success as they embark on the next phase of our proven accelerator program and work with our mentors and sponsors to refine their business plan and go-to-market strategy.”
The semifinalists for the 2015 Cleantech Open Rocky Mountain region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, are:
Semifinalists for the 2015 Cleantech Open South Central region, which encompasses Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas, include:
CLEANTECH OPEN SPONSORS
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by our Global Partner, Wells Fargo. National Sponsors include Arrow Technologies, Cleantech Advocates, PARC, and University of Phoenix. Regional competitions are additionally sponsored by the following corporate partners: Black & Veatch, Dorsey (multi-region), EKS&H, Marsh Fischmann Breyfogle, and Polsinelli.
ABOUT THE CLEANTECH OPEN
The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual accelerator and mentorship program, over 1,000 participating companies in the United States alone have raised a total of more than $1.1BN and created thousands of jobs. In 2014, the Cleantech Open’s Global Accelerator was launched, the Global Cleantech Innovation Program. GCIP is a joint program of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Cleantech Open. Since 2009, Cleantech Open Global Ideas has been held annually in collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and has included entrepreneurs from 43 countries. Fueled by a global network of more than 2,000 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making the cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine around the world. For more information, visit www.cleantechopen.org, or follow us on @cleantechopen and Facebook.