Power Up

Join us on Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 6:00 PM for an evening of innovation and networking at our Power Up event! This event is designed to bring together entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry experts in the clean technology sector.

Growing Opportunities!

From engaging workshops and enlightening webinars to high-impact conferences and networking opportunities, our calendar is your gateway to the forefront of sustainable development. Whether you’re looking to deepen your knowledge, connect with like-minded professionals, or explore cutting-edge solutions, there’s something for everyone.

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Growth Factory Filling Gaps in Regional Ecosystem

Growth Factory Filling Gaps in Regional Ecosystem

Based on the idea that the Sacramento region is “primed for success” in launching new businesses, but that entrepreneurs needed help in getting started, Mark Haney and Monique Brown founded a new business accelerator based in Rocklin—the Growth Factory.  On March 10,...

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Venture Catalyst Expanding at UC Davis

Venture Catalyst Expanding at UC Davis

Janine Elliott was our guest on October 12 for a Perspectives podcast, explaining her new role.  She comes to us from 6 years at VentureWell in Amherst, MA, one of the best- funded and most complete tech incubators, and from the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator, which...

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About CleanStart

CleanStart was founded in 2005 as a 501(c)3 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 CleanTech Meetups.

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, professional resources, expert panels and the CEO Crash Course.

Our Team

Gary Simon, Chairman

Brian Hoblit

Board Member

Thomas Hall

Kiara Reed

Board Member

Mark Humbert

Board Member

Mark Henwood

Dan Koellen

Board Member

Gary Simon, Chairman

Gary Simon

Chairman

Mark Henwood

Mark Henwood

Chairman

Thomas Hall

Thomas Hall

Executive Director

Briana Trejo

Marketing Manager

Christina Granados

Christina Granados

Partnerships & Engagement Manager

Tzvi Weber

Data Manager

Myra Rose Weber

Myra Rose Weber

Outreach Associate

Upcoming Events

There is always a lot going on. If you want to connect with CleanStart, join us at these events!

Upcoming Events

CleanStart Regional Companies

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. Connecting with over 1000 stakeholders face to face.
  • Monthly Cleantech Meetups with an average of 60 attendees
  • Regular Virtual Web Meetings attracting 30 or more attendees to discuss the advancement of clean tech and opportunities in the region.
  • Businesses Skills roundtables and Expert Panels, where startups get one on one time with business professionals and clean tech consultants, like the Future of the Utility
  • Regular Investor Spotlight events where investors attend companies’ pitches
  • Regional Accelerator the CEO Crash Course with 5 Alumni who have reviewed funding
  • Central Valley Clean Tech Showcase 2019
  • Sponsoring Prizes in Regional Events such as the Big Bang at UC Davis and the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences Pitch Event