If you hadn’t heard much about Five Star Bank’s “Shark Tank”-style event putting local entrepreneurs in front of investors, that was  by design. The Bank made this an invitation-only event and focused its attention on getting the best of best young, fundable companies in front of several dozen serious investors on March 29.  This made the event very attractive both to the companies and the investors by maximizing the quality of the connections made. CleanStart was pleased to help gather up clean tech companies to take advantage of this opportunity and to participate in coaching and judging the presenters.  Fortunately, among the 24 companies selected to pitch, 3 were members of the clean tech community here–Terzo Power, InspecTools, and California Safe Soil. Only a about third of the companies that applied made the cut, so it was all the more impressive that these three made it. The other sectors represented were health care, IT and apps.

Congratulations to all three on some great presentations.  We hope you generated some serious investor interest.

Thomas Hall


Gary Simon is the Chair of CleanStarts Board. A seasoned energy executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience in business, government, and non-profits.

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