Jack and Gary talk Clean Tech

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

What is in 2018?

Continue networking events, newsletter, and social media promotion

Create a catalog of profiles of investable clean tech companies

Put on 12 advanced classes

Have a pitchfest showcasing the best startups

Set aside a scholarship fund to cover entry fees for high-potential startups to enter national competitions

2107 Accomplishments

  • Documented 5-fold growth in regional cleantech industry since CleanStart founded in 2005, reaching over half of the goal we set in 2005.  Sector has reached $3.2 billion in revenue (goal of $5B) and 5,350 jobs (goal of 10,000) in core group of 90+ companies that have raised $250 million in investment
  • Held four classes that served 70 attendees from 30 companies, providing training on avoiding legal mistakes, raising money through crowdfunding, ramping up revenue, and being deal-ready
  • Created a "must read" Facebook page and newsletter to keep community informed with # followers
  • Accumulated more Twitter Followers than the Clean Tech Open West
  • Held three networking gatherings that reached over 150 people

“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

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

Tariffs not a disincentive for Davis

By Aaron Nitzkin – On Jan. 22, President Trump issued his long-awaited ruling on the penalties to be imposed on the world’s solar module manufacturers who sell their equipment into the U.S. market.

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Biomass Companies Adapt to Changing Market

At the upcoming Cleantech MeetUp on Feb. 27, two waste conversion companies (Origin Materials and Greyrock) will present who have managed to navigate the treacherous path from startup to near-profitability.  A little bit of background may illustrate why...

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CalSEED offers up to $600,000 to early stage startups!

Here’s a funding source for early stage startups that provides some great opportunities.  The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) will begin accepting applications for the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program this...

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Solar Roof Dynamics

What is the most important characteristic of a successful venture? Many believe it is the team’s fit. Being able to work together to build a successful business is key, and Solar Roof Dynamics (SRD) is building a team to handle the roller coaster of solar....

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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

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

Mark Henwood

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

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, MBA

Benjamin Finkelor, Board Member

Thomas Hall

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.

QiDong Jai, Associate

Qidong recently graduated from UC San Diego and has a B.S. in Managerial Economics. His multicultural background helps companies approach problems from new perspective.in the region. His passion of understanding new technologies that could change the world supports CleanStart and the Sacramento Region.

Kate Newton, Associate

Kate is a recent graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has a strong background in entrepreneurship and global politics. After helping launch an AgTech startup on the central coast, Kate is back in her hometown looking to take her experience into the world of Cleantech and help grow the Sacramento region.

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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