With a strong start to the year, I want to update everyone on resources with which you can connect to advance your business. The best way to do this is to subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on social media and attend our events. We recognize building a cleantech company is difficult and requires special support to succeed. If you are looking for where to start, connect with us here.  Feel free to reach out and talk with me about these resources. We also have this public document on available resources we keep updated.  

First I want to highlight networks and organizations you can reach out to for support.  CleanStart partners with Blue Tech Valley at the WET Center in CSU Fresno. There you can start with Bluetech Valley’s Technology Innovation Evaluation or TIE Process. The evaluation provided to entrepreneurs includes a confidential, independent review of technology, commercial feasibility of the technology, and proposed follow-up actions for validation and commercialization.

Also local to us in the greater Sacramento region are several organizations creating a hub for startups.  You can check out StartupSac’s map of regional organizations to get a clearer picture.  Attending the Carlsen Centers events (like the Entrepreneur Toolkit series) will give you access to expert resources from the College of Research and Innovation at CSU Sacramento.

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Other Networks you should connect with are Empower Innovation and Mentor Sacramento. Both are similar to LinkedIn and can help you connect with people who may be interested in partnering or mentoring you. The CEC and others have additional programs you can join  Check out CalSEED, Caltestbed, and Rocket fund. They provide early-stage funding to accelerate your idea.  Be ready because some have limited windows in which to apply. Make sure you check them all out and follow us on Social Media.


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.

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