We had a great Spotlight Pitch event at the Carlsen Center on November 16 (and a big thanks to the crew At the Center for hosting us).  We heard from 5 investment-ready companies, all with customers, revenue, and product-market fit.  All were seeking significant investment.  Having five such companies in our clean tech hub is itself an important milestone of the progress being made in advancing cleantech products to market here. Each presenter received helpful feedback and suggestions from a panel of five investors and experts.  Everybody learned a lot and helped out.  But don’t take our word for it.  Watch our highlights clip

To learn how to advance your startup to do this kind of effective pitch, sign up for our next Clean Tech CEO Crash Course starting in early January.  But hurry—seats are going fast! XeroHome

         XeroHome—has an AI-based product for making tailored recommendations to homeowners on what clean energy investments to make, all without the need for site visits and labor-intensive audits.  Now multiple utilities across the country are using this software. And XeroHome was recently  awarded the Sustainability Innovator of the Year.LiCAP

         LiCAP Technologies—has a better way to make batteries.  It is less expensive, it requires fewer steps, it avoids using toxic solvents, it creates thinner electrodes, it boosts the energy and power density, and extends cycle life.


         AscentOS—has developed software to optimize and simplify the process of selling solar and storage systems to homeowners and small businesses, getting the required permits, and scheduling the crews and materials, all to cut the cost of installations.  It is turning installers into powerhouses.

         JAPA—has the solution to avoid wasting time and fuel in trying to find a parking space by installing JAPAsensors and using software to tell drivers where empty spots are.  They have some big hospitals as anchor customers who love the app.

         Thermeshade—has the “best window shade to control heat”, because it is nearly transparent and people leaveThermeShade them pulled down.  In contrast, most others cut off the view through the window, so people roll them up and make them ineffective.   

Thomas Hall


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.

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