Over the past month 10 companies have been participating in CleanStart’s CEO Crash Course.  Learning the skills they need to accelerate their start up. Lead by Dan Wadhwani and Mehdi Khazael, the University of Pacific’s MBA program, attendees developed their their Business Canvas, reviewed case studies, worked with legal professionals, how to connect social to economic benefit, and constantly engaged in discussion about all the decisions facing entrepreneurs.

Some Ah-Ha moments from attendees where:

  • Determining whether Intellectual Property should be Patented or a Trade Secret is about strategy.
  • Building a team and partnerships require communicatotion, understanding, and alignment around goals and future growth.
  • Asking the questions so you dont lead people is important for customer validation.
  • Investors are not all the same and they can offer more then just money.

There was excitement from beginning to end, with entrepreneurs coming from as far as San Diago to participate. The next goals for these start ups is taking what they learned and applying it to fundraising and developement.

Stay Tuned to hear more about the companies.

Congratulations to CEO Crash Course Graduates:

Waterhound Futures – Building the next generation cloud-based tool to optimize wastewater treatment systems and environmental compliance.

Triphammer – Developing large scale battery-based power-plants for the California electrical grid.

Airpool – Creating a fast, affordable, low carbon air taxi service connecting valley cities to the Bay Area.

VerifiH2O – Inexpensive, real-time, onsite water testing.

EV Life – Automated lead generation for electric vehicles.

MidnightHobbit – Quick, easy, FAST, and affordable digital photography & video services
that meet the needs of a fast-paced social media consumerism world.

eeBox – Providing a pickup and upcycle service of recyclable materials.

Scarlet Solar – First commercial sun-tracking carport tilts to produce up to 40%+ energy, that is modular, customizable, and can be installed in hours.

Pacific Fleet Charging – Providing electric vehicle charging solutions to government and commercial enterprises that are converting from traditional transportation fuels to less polluting alternative fuels.

WeVo – Building a civic engagement platform to reduce risk and waste in city development.


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.

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