Empowering entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital, and connections critical to creating successful new clean tech companies.

Crowdfund your Startup!

Raising capital for your startup is a full-time job. The Venture Capital model may be a poor fit for your startup. It doesn't mean your idea can't be successful and thankfully there are some new ways to generate capital through crowdfunding!

“Through efforts like CleanStart, the City of West Sacramento has been able to recruit a diversity of clean tech employers and our residents are getting better skills. Through the cradle to college and career initiative, the West Sacramento Kids’ Home Run, we are preparing our youth for high growth, high wage entry level positions today, bolstering our local workforce for years to come. We are excited about the new clean tech job growth in West Sacramento from companies like Origin Materials, Integrated Comfort Incorporated, Mounting Systems Incorporated and Meca Solar, and are encouraged by CleanStarts work turning the region into a world leading Cleantech hub.”

-Mayor Cabaldon, City of West Sacramento

Promoting and Reporting on Clean Tech Growth

This is great news and it seemed to just happen, almost without notice….26% is huge.  This is indeed a great growth sector in our region.  Congratulations on the work you are doing to grow it even further.

 Winnie Comstock-Carlson, President & Publisher Comstock's Magazine

The 2017 Progress Report

The Clean Start progress report is an inspiring overview of the growing clean tech industry in Sacramento. Too often we get caught up in the daily struggles which impact any startup, and forget that we are also part of something much bigger than any one of us. Great Work!

 Sedale Turbovsky CarbonBlu

CleanStart Supports the Region's Entrepreneurs

“CleanStart benefitted Sierra Energy in multiple ways -- getting news of our technology out, letting the world know what we are up to.”

Rob White , Executive Director, SERP/ Chie

Latest News & Blogs

Packed Room Learns How to “Ramp Up Revenue”

What's the #1 cause of a new business failure?  The inability to get customers to buy their product!    On September 13th a lively crowd heard from two fascinating experts on how to market and sell your product.  Key insight: 90% of new companies do a...

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How Sacramento Stacks Up

Two recent reports (from CleanEdge and Next 10) show the Sacramento region in the top echelon of clean tech regions in the country.  While the regional ranking has fallen over time, most of this is because the ratings are based more and more on third-party sources for...

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New Clean Tech Companies Introduced at PowerUp!

If you didn't have a chance to join us at Hot Italian for our Summer PowerUp event on the 24th, you missed a great one!  Hot Italian makes wonderful pizza and they just kept them coming....along with pitchers of beer.  Thanks so much to Doug Bosley of BTNT law firm...

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Company Profile: Terzo Power

Founded by Mike Terzo, Terzo Power Systems is a manufacturer and product development company working in the fluid power and hybrid electric industries. They are pioneering specialized hydraulic system design in hybrid off-road vehicles and direct fluid control technology.

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The Biggest Branding Mistake Made by Startups

by Aaron Heinrich Having worked with companies of all sizes over a 20-plus year career, I can honestly say I’ve seen a thing or two. While this hasn’t included the examples shown in the various Farmer’s Insurance commercials, like dogs that slip cars into...

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Profile: Athena Intelligence

Athena Intelligence  is a Sacramento startup creating AI software to identify the actual cost of resource usage on agricultural land. The idea formed nearly a decade ago when founder David Sypnieski started selling to farmers and realized data driven...

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About CleanStart

CleanStart was founded in 2005 as a nonprofit organization designed to accelerate the development of clean technology ventures within the Northern California region. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital, and connections that are critical to creating a successful new business. We do this by:

CONNECTING the Northern California region’s clean tech community through CleanStart PowerUP! networking events.

PROMOTING the region’s clean tech economy in the annual CleanStart Progress Report, on social media & news outlets and at statewide and national events.

EDUCATING Clean Tech business leaders through classes and the Entrepreneurs Showcase sponsored by Velocity Venture Capital.

Our Team

Gary Simon, Chairman

A seasoned energy executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience in business, government, and non-profits.

Mark Henwood, Board Member

CEO of Henwood Associates, Inc., an owner and operator of hydroelectric facilities in California.  Mark also leads Powersoft, LLC, a SaaS provider and was a co-founder of CleanStart with Gary Simon.

Ken Bossung, Board Member

A proven sales executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in building high-performance sales teams and business development strategy.

Benjamin Finkelor, Board Member


Thomas Hall, Executive Director

Thomas has a strong background in supporting small businesses, leadership, financial management and is proficient in working with nonprofits. Thomas has a passion for sustainability and a commitment to supporting non-profits in the region.

Madeleine Intern

Madeleine Jones, Intern

Madeleine is is a second-year Environmental Policy student at UC Davis. She is excited to be working with CleanStart to help Sacramento become a clean tech hub.

Terry Chen, Intern

Terry is a senior year Economics student at UC Davis. He is enthusiastic to help promote clean tech in the Sacramento region.

Sydney Cooper, Intern

Sydney is a fourth year applied statistics major at UC Davis and expects to graduate this spring. Sydney is eager to help Northern California be more sustainable.

CleanStart Accomplishments & Updates 

CleanStart has been busy working to build the clean tech hub in the Sacramento region.  We have been supporting local growth through education, networking, and promotion.  Some of our recent successes include:

  • CleanStart Restart, our successful crowdfunding campaign that exceeded its goal, brought stakeholders back and promoted several regional companies.
  • 2017 CleanStart Networking Kickoff at The Urban Hive in Midtown Sacramento. With over 60 people from regional companies, Tenkiv live blogging their Kickstarter from it, and California Sunlight showing their solar power solutions.
  • Our Legal Essentials Class nearly sold out and was highly recommended by attendees. Douglas Bosley of BTNT Law presented to a full room at Impact Venture Capital.
  • The 2017 Progress Report was completed and released on April 26th.
  • The 2017 Progress Report shows the 93 companies in the core clean tech sector is generating $3.2 billion in revenue and 5,300 jobs, up 26% from $2.54 billion and 4,150 jobs from the last survey released in 2015–five times faster than the overall economy grew.
  • CleanStart will be hosting a class for companies interested in Crowdfunding. Leveraging CleanStart’s own experience and connections into the local crowdfunding community, CleanStart is proud to present “Is Crowdfunding Right for Your Tech Startup?” on June 20th.



CleanStart Companies

Upcoming Events

  1. Being Deal Ready – How to prepare for equity investment

    October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  2. Opening the Door to Large Buyers by SMUD

    November 5 @ 8:00 am - November 11 @ 5:00 pm

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