Head Starts for Clean-Tech Startups

The latest take on traditional business plan competitions aims to turn ideas for decreasing the use of fossil fuels into working businesses

Alex Hornstein, a senior at MIT majoring in electrical engineering and computer science, had been interested in clean technology throughout his college career, but never thought he would start a company devoted to it. Hornstein's eureka moment came one night when he stumbled into a clean-energy dinner at MIT, mentioned an idea for harnessing solar energy on the cheap, and eventually formed a team to turn his concept into a business plan to present at the university's clean-tech competition (see BusinessWeek.com, 2/1/07, "Ethanol: Too Much Hype—and Corn").

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