Indow Windows wins Energy Efficiency Award at the Cleantech Open

Indow Windows won the Energy Efficiency category Award at the 2011 Cleantech Open Global Forum. This represents the second category winner from the Pacific Northwest at the event.  Indow Windows also won the National Sustainability award for their exemplary sustainable business practices. Furthermore, they won the Pacific Northwest Regional award.  Indow Windows mass-customizes energy efficient window inserts. Congratulations to these great entrepreneurs and teams!


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GridMobility Wins Smart Power Category Award at Cleantech Open Global Forum

Washington State’s early stage GridMobility won the “Smart Power” category award at the Cleantech Open 2011 Global forum in San Jose, CA Tuesday evening. GridMobility’s “Renewable Demand Response” software enables power users to time-shift electricity consumption based on current availability of renewable electricity or “green electrons”. Bonneville Power Administration and a WA State utility are currently using the software as well as a number of major companies in commercial, industrial, and electric vehicle markets.

The National Cleantech Open winner across all categories will be announced today, Wednesday.

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Puralytics Joins Global Cleantech 100

A Cleantech Open National winner in 2010, Puralytics now becomes a Global Cleantech 100 winner. Congratulations to Mark Owen and his team for their great, water purification innovation! “Puralytics recently exhibited and spoke at the Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open offering inspiration to this year’s semi-finalists,” said Byron McCann, NW Regional Director of the Cleantech Open.



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Cleantech Open NW 2011 Regional Finalists Announced

From green building to smart grid technology, the 2011 class of semifinalists includes start-up companies from Washington and Oregon

(SEATTLE, WA) – The Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open – a chapter of the world’s largest business competition devoted to finding, funding and fostering successful cleantech businesses – today announced the three finalists to represent the Northwest at the national competition for a chance to win $250,000. The winning companies – Indow Windows, HM3 Energy and GridMobility – were selected from a class of 11 semifinalists which represent some of the most innovative, local start-up companies addressing the critical energy, environment and economic challenges we face today.

“From innovations in green building to energy efficiency, this year’s class of semifinalists exemplifies the high-quality and caliber of entrepreneurship growing in the Northwest,” said Byron McCann, Cleantech Open Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest. “This year’s winners will proudly represent our region at the national competition, and we wish them luck.”

The Pacific Northwest 2011 competition finalists are:

• Indow Windows – (Portland, OR) – builds thermal inserts that press on the inside of a window frame without any nails, screws or adhesives to deliver the performance of double pane windows, at a fraction of the price. With 43 percent of U.S. residences using single pane windows, Indow Window delivers a cost-effective, energy-saving alternative. To learn more: http://www.indowwindows.com.

• HM3 Energy – (Troutdale, OR) – uses proprietary technology to convert biomass into clean fuel to replace coal in coal-fired power plants. Existing power plants can co-fire biomass with coal, or directly use torrefied biomass in place of coal, without any plant modifications and at nearly the cost. To learn more: http://www.hm3e.com.

• GridMobility – (Redmond, WA) – is a smart grid company that enables utilities, power balancing authorities, commercial and residential power customers to significantly increase their consumption of renewable energy and reduce energy costs. Using proprietary technology, GridMobility allows customers to choose their electricity sources and actively manage power consumption. To learn more: http://www.gridmobility.com.

“The Cleantech Open provides access to mentorship, business and financial expertise to help start-ups transform bright, new ideas into successful, profitable companies,” McCann added. “The Northwest has long been an incubator for innovation and there’s an opportunity to add to that legacy by building a strong, regional clean technology industry.”

In just three years, the all-volunteer organization can already point to measurable successes in the Northwest. Last year’s regional finalist, Puralytics, an Oregon-based company pioneering photochemical water purification, won the national championship for the tremendous environmental and social impact of their technology.

The three Pacific Northwest winners will compete with finalists from six other Cleantech Open regions on November 16 at the national awards ceremony in San Jose, CA.


Cleantech Open Sponsors
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by Global Partner: Chevron; National Sponsors: Autodesk and University of Phoenix; Multi-Regional Sponsors: Wells Fargo and Deloitte. Event sponsors include: Puget Sound Energy, Avista, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, Lane Powell, Silicon Valley Bank, Stoel Rives, Dorsey & Whitney, and Portland General Electric. Mentor support provided by Aeon Law.

About the Cleantech Open
The Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech business competition. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The program provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled hundreds of clean technology startups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped alumni contestants raise over $280M, and created an estimated 1,200 green collar jobs. Fueled by a network of more than 700 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s cleantech sector a thriving economic engine.

Connect with the Cleantech Open
Online: http://www.cleantechopen.com
Twitter: @NWCleantechOpen
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Cleantechopen
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Cleantech-Open-57271

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Cleantech Open NW Awards Expo Oct 5th in Seattle

The 3rd Annual Cleantech Open Northwest Region Awards Expo is this Wednesday, Oct 5th, at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle.

The event will spotlight the region’s most promising clean technology innovators of the year and includes a stellar venture capital, angel, and entrepreneur panel on the clean tech investing outlook.

Three Finalists will receive awards to help them grow their ventures, and they will go on to compete for the National Cleantech Open Championship in November.

To register, follow this link:
Registration Link to Cleantech Open NW Awards Exp

Some details:
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
3:30pm to 7:30pm

Bell Harbor Conference Center
Pier 66, 2203 Alaskan Way
Seattle, Washington

3:45pm – 5:45pm – Two hours on the exhibition floor
5:45pm – 6:45pm – Keynote Panel on Cleantech Investment Outlook
6:45pm – 7:15pm – Announcing the Finalists who proceed to the Nationals and their awards

We hope to see you there to cheer on these innovative entrepreneurs and listen to the clean tech investing panel.
Byron McCann

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Smart Grid IPO – Silver Spring Files

Venture capital backed Silver Spring Networks filed on July 7th to go public. Kleiner Perkins and Foundation Capital are among the leading investors. The tech IPO trend has been picking up after an extended drought. And, Silver Spring needs to pick up needed capital to expand its business while the financing window is open. We are looking forward to more clean tech IPO’s to propel more liquidity in this critical sector.


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Cleantech Open NW Regional Awards & Expo Event

On October 4, 2010, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, the second regional awards event for the Cleantech Open will be held at the Bell Harbor International Conference center in Seattle. This year’s group of diverse cleantech companies from around the Northwest offer a variety of products, technologies, and solutions which include biofuels, vehicles, water purification, wind and water power, and web solutions for reducing traffic. In addition, last year’s semi-finalists will be exhibiting. Come participate, network, see these companies, and find out who the three regional finalist will be who go to the national finals on November 17 in San Jose, CA. Go to Cleantech Open to register.

Byron McCann, Regional Director, Pacific Northwest

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Eco-Advanced: Fisker Unveils its Sunset Luxury Convertible PHEV

chicago-fisker-sunset It doesn’t get much better than a 100 MPG plug-in hybrid convertible with 400 hp that’s beautifully crafted by a company who is well focused on a successful formula for success in the global luxury automobile market that eco-advanced.

Check out the Luxist feature from the Chicago Auto Show:

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Clean Tech Open Awards Gala – NW Region

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After six months of busy competition, the twelve clean tech semi-finalists will be highlighted at the Clean Tech Open Awards Gala on October 29th at the ACT Theatre. Governor Gregoire will keynote the event and Byron McCann, NW Region Clean Tech Open Co-chair, and Managing Partner of Ascent, will emcee.

Three finalists will be selected from the NW region who will then go to San Francisco on November 17th for the national Clean Tech Open Awards Gala.

“I am proud of the innovative and dedicated effort these clean tech entrepreneurs have given to the competition and know that they will form the basis of a vibrant clean tech economy for the NW and the US in the coming years,” said Byron McCann of Ascent.

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Energy Summit Builds Momentum

Over 750 people attended the Washington Energy Summit on May 4, 2009, to focus on how we can collaborate to drive our sustainable energy future forward.  Rogers Weed, Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce (formerly known as CTED), presided over the meeting and introduced Governor Gregoire who provided a heightened sense of priority for WA state to develop this essential industry.

Of great interest were several breakout sessions including smart grid and project financing.  What is important is to follow and build upon the ongoing conversation.

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