Energy, Utilities & Water  June 8, 2016

Companies from Boulder, Larimer counties picked for Cleantech Open

Several companies from the Boulder Valley and Northern Colorado are among 13 teams from the Rocky Mountain region that have been selected to participate in the Cleantech Open, which bills itself as the world’s largest cleantech accelerator.

Participants include Boulder-based Agua Inc. and Big Blue Technologies, Lafayette-based Commute Matters Inc., Loveland-based Wave Solar Technologies and Fort Collins-based Global Village Power LLC.

In its 10-year history, the Redwood City, Calif.-based Cleantech Open, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, has helped 1,036 startups accelerate their businesses, raising $1.135 billion in funding and creating 3,067 cleantech jobs, according to its figures. The organization runs a six-month program to connect startups with people, resources and visibility.

“Once again, cleantech entrepreneurs in the Rocky Mountain region are developing some of the most creative and compelling solutions to our most pressing energy, environmental and economic challenges,” said Korri Stainbrook, Cleantech Open regional co-director for the Rocky Mountain Region, in a media release. “We look forward to helping them move to the next phase of their business development with our proven accelerator program.”

Over the next few months, the teams will receive coaching from Cleantech Open’s network of business mentors, one-on-one consulting with specialists, a 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.

Rocky Mountain region sponsors for the Open include EKS&H, Marsh Fischmann Breyfogle and Polsinelli, Dorsey, Daikin and Siemens. Organizational partners include Innosphere, the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association, National Renewable Energy Lab, Colorado Small Business Development Center, Rockies Venture Club and Sustainable Startups.

More information is online at cleantechopen.org.

Dallas Heltzell
With BizWest since 2012 and in Colorado since 1979, Dallas worked at the Longmont Times-Call, Colorado Springs Gazette, Denver Post and Public News Service. A Missouri native and Mizzou School of Journalism grad, Dallas started as a sports writer and outdoor columnist at the St. Charles (Mo.) Banner-News, then went to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before fleeing the heat and humidity for the Rockies. He especially loves covering our mountain communities.
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