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Company Overview of The Cleantech Open

Company Overview

The Cleantech Open, a nonprofit organization, provides infrastructure and processes to develop and motivate entrepreneurs and early stage companies creating clean and environmentally sustainable technologies. It conducts a series of annual regional business plan competitions for cleantech startups looking to bring their products to market, as well as provides cleantech entrepreneurs with support, education, resources, mentoring, access to potential customers and funding sources, high profile events, and press and publicity. The company finds, funds, and fosters entrepreneurs with ideas, technologies, and products that address energy, climate, and economic challenges. The Cleantech Open was f...

336 Portage Road

Palo Alto, CA 94306

United States

Founded in 2006





Key Executives for The Cleantech Open

Co-Founder and Chairman
Executive Chair
Co-founder and Director
Co-founder and Director
Co-founder and Director
Age: 57
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2016.

The Cleantech Open Key Developments

The Cleantech Open Presents at 14th Annual Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum, Sep-15-2016 01:00 PM

The Cleantech Open Presents at 14th Annual Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum, Sep-15-2016 01:00 PM. Venue: McNair Hall, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States. Speakers: Luis Rietti.

The Cleantech Open Presents at WaterVent Investment Forum, Apr-22-2016 02:15 PM

The Cleantech Open Presents at WaterVent Investment Forum, Apr-22-2016 02:15 PM. Venue: BakerHostetler Phildadelphia, 2929 Arch Street, Cira Centre, 12th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2891, United States. Speakers: Katherine McDonald.

The Cleantech Open Announces Board Appointments

The Cleantech Open has appointed five industry experts to its board of directors. The group announced that the new board members represent a wide diversity of skills and expertise in the cleantech sector, and will help support and direct the organization's accelerating global expansion. Also announced was the appointment of Ian Foraker to executive director, along with three new chairpersons to lead operational functions. Ian Foraker has played an active leadership role at the Cleantech Open since beginning as the volunteer Bay Area Director in 2013. Ian advanced to the role of Western Region Director in 2013, and Western Division Director in 2014. Board appointments: Bill Farris is associate laboratory director in charge of NREL's innovation, partnering, and outreach directorate, and has managed the commercialization & technology transfer office since October 2008. In addition to leading the lab's internal and external communication and outreach, Bill directs NREL's efforts to accelerate commercialization and the transfer of laboratory technologies to the marketplace. He also oversees all licensing, sponsored research agreements, enterprise development, and innovation management functions at NREL. Emerson Farrell is responsible for the overall vision and strategy of FGE through the management of strategic partnerships, long-term financial planning, selection of projects, and oversight of project financial planning and execution. Before founding FGE, Emerson previously led corporate strategy and business development for the high-tech firm ZINK Imaging, managed client engagements and business development efforts with management consulting firm Silver Oak Partners, and participated in the formation of international private-public investment funds with Economic Innovation. Mitch Jacobson is a leader in bringing together government, industry, academia, utility and community interests to organize and shape the Clean Technology and Clean Energy Cluster in Central Texas since 2009. He is the co-director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the University of Texas at Austin and provides various advisory roles for the Pecan Street Consortium, SXSW Eco, the Environmental Sciences Institute at UT Austin, The Nature Conservatory, The Austin Young Chamber, and the Texas Foundation of Innovation & Commercialization. Erik Steeb is vice-president of programs at LACI, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, where he runs portfolio company prog rams with an eye toward scaling breadth, quality and capacity. He is also executive director of the Western Division of the Cleantech Open, and sits on the executive committee of the First Look West DOE University Clean Energy Challenge. Through these organizations, Erik works with more than 100 early-stage companies each year, honing their business strategies, connecting them with investors, customers, business partners, and advisors. Erik is also co-founder and managing director of Segue Consulting, providing interim operations, marketing, finance and executive office leadership for early- to mid-stage companies in cleantech and high-tech. Prior to his move to cleantech, Erik led Intel's EMEA marketing organization, co-founded Intel's alliances and business development organizations, and was responsible for a worldwide sales group that generated more than $6 billion in annual revenue. Alec Wright is chief operating officer and startup director at GSVlabs, where he oversees startup recruitment and the growth of the GSVlabs ecosystem. Prior to GSVLabs, Alec served as a management consultant for several early-stage startups, and worked in banking and finance law. Alec has also held roles focused on investment due diligence, financial structuring, and corporate compliance. Alec also helps lead the GSVlabs Sustainability Lab, working with the Cleantech Open to deploy sustainability-focused programming, mentorship and business growth opportunities. A longtime sustainability advocate, he writes about cleantech innovation at greenchipped.com and has served as a judge for the Department of Energy's FLOW startup competition. Functional leadership appointments: Josh Hottenstein: national recruiting chair. David M. Talon: national judging chair. Steve Webster: national curriculum chair.

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