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That First Earth-day by Gary Simon

That First Earth Day April 22, 1970.  A very important day in my life for sure.  I was on the Quad at Indiana University in my final semester, heading to medical school.  Understand that it was usually a place to avoid.  Protests against the Vietnam War were nearly...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Arya Rashid Of Tenkiv

Clean water, most of us take it for granted. But 2.5 billion people across the globe lack access to clean water. In places like Afghanistan, lack of access to water sanitation leads to a 1 in 5 child mortality rate. But a local Sacramento clean tech startup has taken...

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Interview with Thomas Hall of CleanStart

I had a chance this morning after today’s 1 Million Cups event to sit down with Thomas Hall, Executive Director of CleanStart, and chat about the CleanStart program. CleanStart is accelerating the development of clean technology ventures within the Greater Sacramento...

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CleanStart Relaunches

As reported by The Sacramento Business Journal’s Mark Anderson, CleanStart, a former program of the now defunct SARTA, has relaunched as an independent nonprofit to support green technology companies and startups. The nonprofit will focus on supporting businesses and...

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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 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 is completed and will be released on April 26th.



CleanStart Companies

Upcoming Events

  1. The 8th Annual Entrepreneurs Showcase Demo Day by Impact VC

    April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. CleanStart PowerUP! 2017 Progress Report Kick Off

    April 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  3. Start-up Nation Tech Fair

    April 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Start Up Fair

    May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  5. Crowdfunding Class, June TBD

    June 1 @ 8:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pm

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