SOURCE: Cleantech Open

Cleantech Open

March 22, 2016 06:00 ET

Cleantech Open Attends White House Water Summit and Launches Water-Technology Accelerator #WHWaterSummit

Katherine MacDonald, Program Director of the Nation's Top Cleantech Business Accelerator, Will Discuss How the Cleantech Open's New Water Innovation Program -- CTO-H2O -- Can Help New Water Technologies Get to Market

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - Mar 22, 2016) - In celebration of World Water Day, the Cleantech Open has launched a new business accelerator that aims to commercialize emerging water technologies. The new program, named CTO-H2O, will be showcased today at the White House, as part of broader discussions about how to address the challenge of charting a path to a sustainable water future.

Katherine MacDonald, who heads up the new CTO-H2O program, will participate at today's White House Water Summit, which convenes thought leaders focused on water in the public and private sectors from across the United States. At the Summit, attendees will discuss new commitments to develop and implement innovative solutions that address the Administration's goals for water efficiency and reuse.

"The Cleantech Open is honored to be recognized by the White House as an organization that is making substantial commitments to support water-technology innovation and a sustainable water future," said Katherine MacDonald, regional director of Cleantech Open Northeast. "Our CTO-H2O program represents the resolve of our organization and sponsors to shepherd the resources, talent, and imagination of entrepreneurs across the country in addressing the nation's biggest water challenges by applying innovation, ingenuity, and capital." 

The Cleantech Open seeks to provide national and global visibility to water technologies focused on driving new efficiencies in the water sector. The CTO-H2O is a six-month accelerator program that supports water-technology startups and helps them get to market. The program represents a new strategy for accelerating the nation's most efficient and sustainable water technologies, capable of securing the nation's water future and influencing the way industry stakeholders, public utilities, and water users manage water.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016; 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
Where: Eisenhower Executive Office Building, South Court Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
Interviews: Media wishing to connect with Ms. MacDonald and learn about the CTO-H2O water-tech accelerator program should contact Tim Cox, media contact.

CTO-H2O is the Cleantech Open's new accelerator program focused exclusively on promoting emerging water technologies. Through CTO-H2O, Cleantech Open and its partners will deliver commercialization training, access to capital, peer-to-peer connections, talent acquisition, water-industry expertise, and mentorship for innovative water-technology startups. The six-month program, which expects to support approximately 30 startups during its first year, seeks to provide national and global visibility to water technologies focused on efficiency, re-use, and infrastructure monitoring in the water sector. For more information, visit the CTO-H2O water-technology accelerator website.

The Cleantech Open is the world's largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn innovative technologies and ideas into successful cleantech companies. Since 2005, upwards of 1,000 startups have participated in its annual accelerator and mentorship program in the United States alone. Of these, roughly 70 percent are still active today: these cleantech startups have collectively raised a total of more than $1.2 billion and created thousands of jobs. In 2014, the Cleantech Open expanded the reach of its acceleration program beyond the United States through the Global Cleantech Innovation Program (GCIP): a joint program of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Cleantech Open. In addition, the Cleantech Open runs the annual Global Ideas competition in collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). This program showcases the most promising clean-technology ideas across the planet and has included entrepreneurs from 43 countries. Fueled by an expanding global network of more than 2,000 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making the cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine around the world. Cleantech Open is sponsored nationally by several sponsors, including Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, and Ford. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @cleantechopen.

Contact Information