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

Are you "Deal Ready?"

It's never too early to get your house in order to optimize future deal value and outcomes for your tech startup. Gain insight from experienced professionals in corporate M&A and Finance in this interactive discussion. Sign- up for the workshop!

“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

Profile: Arch Nexus

“Our hope is that Arch | Nexus SAC will be an inspiration for others to employ similar methods and create places that enhance the community and respect nature.” - Arch | Nexus Arch | Nexus SAC, a Sacramento architectural firm, is in the hunt for becoming...

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New Sacramento Ranking

Business Week published in its Sept 11 edition a two-factor ranking of 300 areas in the US as tech hubs. Unfortunately, it is only available in the print edition.  I have extracted approximations of the data by measuring the dots on image of the chart...

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Sacramento Innovation Awards

Three Companies Profiled by Clean Start are recognized at Stoel Rives Innovation Awards. Tenkiv and Terzo power own the Sustainability Category and Athena Intelligence is in Food & Agribusiness.  All three offer solutions that help build the region as...

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Are You “Deal-Ready”?

Are You "Deal-Ready"?  Come to our October 18 class if you have any doubts.  What kind of doubts?  Consider this story: You have done pretty well at slogging through setting up your business over the past five years.  You have a product.  You have...

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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.

Cameron Law, Associate

Cameron is a Sacramento-native who recently graduated with a Masters of Business in both Sustainability and International Business. His goal is to ignite Sacramento’s clean tech economy catalyzing the transformation of the region into a global economic hub with CleanStart.

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.

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