CleanStart is proud to announce its partnership with BlueTechValley (BTV) and Sacramento State’s College of Engineering. BlueTech Valley is one of the regional winners of the CEC Innovation Cluster grant and as part of that they are collaborating with the College and CleanStart to increase the innovation in the Sacramento Region by providing access to commercialization services that will dramatically accelerate the rate of innovation. Partnering together provides our region with the unique opportunity to connect our local California State University, College of Engineering with the entrepreneur community.
Recently you might have heard of the CleanTech Meetup. Well, it is the product of our partnership working to expand and build the innovation cluster in the Sacramento Region. Each month we hope to showcase another 2-3 companies from our cleantech community. The intent is to build awareness of the terrific companies we have here, connect them to resources that can help, and open the doors to some collaboration and cross-fertilization. Check out the Next Cleantech meetup on February 27th on Waste Conversion: BioMass, BioFuels, and BioChem. There will also be meetups in March, April and more!
The opportunities of these partnerships don’t stop there. This builds our network to help companies work with larger fundraising opportunities. An example is the CalSEED program. CalSEED is a funding opportunity for early stage cleantech companies. You can learn more about it at BTV and CleanStart partner The Grant Farm event.
All of this synergy is the result of the work CleanStart did in 2017. Working with statewide groups like the CleanTech Open,the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, BTV and more has brought the Sacramento Cleantech community back on track to grow to our goal of $5 billion in revenue and 10,000 jobs. With all the events happening in 2017, know that 2018 will be even bigger!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Thomas is the Executive Director of CleanStart. Thomas has a strong background in supporting small businesses, leadership, financial management and is proficient in working with nonprofits. He has a BS in Finance and a BA in Economics from California State University, Chico. Thomas has a passion for sustainability and a commitment to supporting non-profits in the region.