SOURCE: Cleantech Open

Cleantech Open

February 16, 2010 08:00 ET

MEDIA INVITE: Cleantech Open 2010 National Competition Launch Event

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - February 16, 2010) -

  • Save the date: 4:30pm, February 26, 2010.
  • Members of the media are invited to join Cleantech Open, Chevron, Autodesk, and guest speaker Art Rosenfeld, former California Energy Commissioner.
  • Presentation includes Cleantech Open's goals, programs, and plans for expansion, as the successful business competition embarks on its fourth year.
  • Media-only private tour of the Autodesk Gallery at 4pm: 20 exhibits that showcase the innovative work of Autodesk customers and the role technology plays in great design and engineering. Media will also get early access to the exhibiting alumni startups.

On February 26, the Cleantech Open will officially launch its 2010 clean-technology business competition which, this year, will be bigger and bolder than ever. The launch event, to be held at Autodesk's downtown offices overlooking San Francisco Bay, will provide ample opportunity for members of the media to meet cleantech inventors and startups that participated in previous years' competitions, to meet and interview founders of the competition, and to connect with key sponsoring companies who are enriching the 2010 program. A complete overview of the scope of the 2010 program will be provided.

Autodesk Gallery
One Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, California

Register: Click here (please contact Tim Cox for a special media pass:

Program Schedule:
4:00 pm - private tour of the Autodesk Gallery for media guests
4:30 pm - refreshments to be served
5:00 pm - Opening remarks, 2010 Cleantech Open roadmap, presentation of the Green Catalyst Award
5:30-7:00 pm - meet alumni companies, guests, sponsors, and speakers

Art Rosenfeld, former commissioner of the California Energy Commission
Trond Unneland, vice president & managing executive of Chevron Technology Ventures
Susan Gladwin, Global Clean Tech Partner Program, Autodesk
Rex Northen, executive director, Cleantech Open
Marc Gottschalk and Michael Santullo, Cleantech Open co-founders

Cleantech Open Sponsors
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by Global Partner: Chevron; and, in California, Platinum Sponsor: PG&E; Gold Sponsors: Autodesk, The Cleantech Circle, Google, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Silver Sponsors: Accretive Solutions and RoseRyan; and Program Sponsors: California Clean Energy Fund, Ernst and Young, and Korn/Ferry International.

Useful Web resources
Cleantech Open blog -- Facebook -- LinkedIn -- Twitter: @cleantechopen

The Cleantech Open is the world's largest cleantech business competition. It finds, funds, and fosters entrepreneurs with revolutionary ideas, technologies, and products that address today's most urgent energy, climate, and economic challenges. Through its one-of-a-kind business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition. Since 2006, the Cleantech Open has helped alumni contestants raise over $150 million, and made thousands of green collar jobs possible. In addition to the original competition held in California, the 2009 Cleantech Open was expanded to include two new regions: the Rocky Mountain region, including Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho. The 2010 competition will see the North Central region added, spanning North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. Cleantech entrepreneurs compete for a total of more than $1 million in prizes. Fueled by a network of over 400 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. Past alumni successes include Adura Technologies, Cool Earth Solar, EcoFactor, Enverity, Federspiel Controls, GreenVolts, GroundSource GeoThermal, Hydrovolts, Lucid Design Group, Mission Motors, Nila Lighting, and Syncromatics. For more information, visit and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.

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