Boulder clean-tech firms advance in contest

BOULDER – Four clean-tech companies based in Boulder have advanced in the 2009 Clean Tech Open , a business-plan competition that includes more than $1 million in prizes.

Cool Energy Inc., ImagiPlay, New Sky Energy and Sunflower Corp., which also operates in Longmont, are among the semi-finalists for the Rocky Mountain region selected from a group of 64 clean-tech entrepreneurs. They will go on to compete for three regional prizes of up to $50,000 in cash and in-kind services, and one national prize of up to $250,000 in cash and services. 

Cool Energy is developing a clean-energy generating system; ImagiPLAY makes Earth-friendly safe toys for children; New Sky Energy captures carbon dioxide from the air or flue gas streams to manufacture consumer products and commodity chemicals that are normally made by carbon-dioxide polluting industries; and Sunflower designs and delivers active day-lighting and hybrid lighting solutions for commercial buildings.

The semi-finalists will now go through a mentoring process with local and national business leaders to prepare for the regional finals in September, and the National Awards in November. In addition, they will be invited to participate in the Clean Tech Open Accelerator program, where they will be given hands-on training and experience in all aspects of starting and sustaining their businesses from national experts in venture capital, business, law, marketing and sustainability.

Clean Tech Open is a nonprofit organization based in California that provides clean-tech innovators with the tools, training and connections they need to become tomorrow’s viable clean tech businesses.