For the 16th year, the CleanTech Open is ready to accept applicants for its Accelerator program, leading to the competition in the fall. Early-bird applications are due Feb. 28 with a hefty discount ($30 vs $75 thereafter). If accepted, a further fee of $1350 ($975 for student-teams) is charged if your company is selected to enter the 12-week coaching program. This is a national program and gets companies lots of exposure. Over 70% of participating companies raise money, and in the history of the competition, companies have raised about $1.2 billion. It favors companies that are far along on developing their products, not companies at a conceptual stage.
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Gary Simon is the Chair of CleanStart's Board. A seasoned energy executive and entrepreneur with 45 years of experience in business, government, and non-profits.