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.  

Since the CTO began, 1600 companies have gone through their process.  Local companies that have participated in the CleanTech open recently include RePurpose Energy, Stasis Group, Empow Lighting and ZYD Energy.
If you are interested, check out their applications site here.
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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