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

Showcase Success

CleanStart wraps up the Central Valley Clean Tech Showcase with over 150 attendees from the CEC, ARB, SMAQD, Venture Captial, and more.

The 2019 Progress Report

The 2019 Progress Report is out! 

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Latest News & Blogs

Local Teams Do Well in Latest Pitch Contests

Local Teams Do Well in Latest Pitch Contests

Last week there were two important pitch contests for cleantech companies and three of our local ones competed.  On October 22, judging was done for CalSEED prototype grants of $450,000.  Empow Lighting (a clever LED replacement panel for fluorescents in existing...

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CVIE Forum Showcases New Companies

CVIE Forum Showcases New Companies

I recently had the pleasure to go to an event hosted by our partners at Fresno State’s Wet Center and BlueTech Valley.  The Central Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (CVIEF) an event that people need to check out.  In it’s fourth year this was a hidden gem,...

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Building Energy Management—The Real World

Building Energy Management—The Real World

Thursday Oct. 24, we had a full house at Hacker Lab to hear three very interesting talks on building energy management in the real world vs. what we think is going on.    Kristin Heinemeier of Frontier Energy hit us with the reality that few of the fancy energy-saving...

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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

Gary Simon, Chairman

 

Mark Henwood

Mark Henwood, Board Member

Benjamin Finkelor, MBA

Benjamin Finkelor, Board Member

Thomas Hall

 Kiara Reed, Board Member

 

Gary Simon, Chairman

Brian Hoblit, Board Member

Mark Henwood

Dan Koellen, Board Member

Mark Humbert, Board Member

Thomas Hall

Thomas Hall, Executive Director

Ingrid Rosten, Consultant

Osato Evbuomwan, Assoctiate 

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 has continued to grow since restarting in 2016. From holding seven educational and networking events in 2017 ,  fifteen in 2018, to over twenty in 2019.
  • Monthly Cleantech Meetups with an average of 50 attendees
  • Businesses Skills roundtables, where startups get one on one time with business professionals and clean tech consultants.
  • The 2019 Progress Report was completed, showing 85 companies in the core clean tech sector is generating $3.1 billion in revenue and 5,065 jobs
  • Future of the Utility Roundtables
  • Upcoming Central Valley Clean Tech Showcase

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