With 2019 over I wanted to highlight some of what CleanStart did to further Sacramento as a clean tech hub. This past year was exciting for the clean tech community in the greater Sacramento area. At CleanStart we were excited because we have been able to provide much need support to the community, helping grow our region with networking and education for clean tech entrepreneurs. We did our best to capture this excitement so you can share it.
There is really too much to cover, but I compiled this shortlist about why 2019 was exciting:
- Nine Cleantech Meetups with over 40 attendees registered for each with the College of Engineering and Computer Science at CSU Sacramento.
- Put on the CEO Crash Course at University of the Pacific with 12 Companies.
- Four Professional Educational Events from the Future of the Utilities to Keeping it Clean with Weintraub Tobin.
- 84 New Profiles and Updates on our website with over 2,600 returning readers.
- Expanded our mailing list while keeping readers engaged.
- Worked with BlueTech Valley to connect startups with more resources.
- Put on the Central Valley Clean Tech Showcase, bringing back a showcase promoting our local clean tech hub.
- Brought New Energy Nexus’s CONNEX Investor Night to Sacramento with Stoel Rives
- Kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week with a live stream at CSU Sacramento with the College of Engineering and Computer Science and The Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
- We released the Progress Report after collecting detailed information on the region’s Clean Tech ecosystem.
- Held Startup Weekend: Sustainable Revolution at The Atrium.
We worked to connect with more of the community in the greater area by partnering with more groups, participating in more events, holding more classes, more networking events, connecting more people. We did all this while moving to our new home at Hacker Lab.
The year ended with big excitement for 2020 with CleanStart Partnering with New Energy Nexus to bring the CONNEX Investor Night to Sacramento. Check out what the excitement is about:
In 2019 we counted 85 companies in the cluster representing 5,050 jobs and $3.1 billion in revenue. This is a big gain over 2015, which showed 4,150 jobs and $1.54 billion in revenue. We moved forward as a region towards CleanStart’s goal of $5 Billion in revenue and 10,000 careers. From the SMUD Mobility Center to GreyRock Energy, to Sierra Energy we saw investment in clean tech. Startups started to make moves around storage with RePurpose and Spin. Several local companies won CalSEED funding, including ZYD Energy, RAF Electronics, and RePurpose.
With all of this, we are excited for 2020 and want to make sure you connect with us. If you want to learn more, contact us, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on social media.
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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.