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Cleantech Open

January 20, 2011 12:23 ET

Cleantech Open Names Rocky Mountain Region Volunteer of the Year and Mentor of the Year for 2010

Volunteers and Mentors Needed for 2011 to Help Cleantech Entrepreneurs in Rocky Mountain Region Turn Ideas Into Successful Businesses

DENVER , CO--(Marketwire - January 20, 2011) - The Cleantech Open, the world's largest business competition created to find, fund, and foster startup clean technology companies, today announced the Rocky Mountain Region Volunteer of the Year and Mentor of the Year for 2010.

Jennifer Mayes, a Financial Advisor with the Denver office of Trilogy Financial Services, was selected Volunteer of the Year for her role as Business Clinic Coordinator. Ms. Mayes, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, led the region's 15 Cleantech Open entrepreneurs through a series of rigorous training and helped them successfully present their businesses at the regional and national levels of the competition.

"Jennifer learned the responsibilities of this position quickly and did an excellent job," Cleantech Open Programs Chair Jerry Healey said. "Furthermore, she has become a critical piece of the team, offering excellent ideas for improving the quality of our services."

Brian Williams was selected Mentor of the Year. Williams is President and Senior Advisor for Cache Creek Partners, which specializes in strategic and financial advisory services to both large publicly-held companies and early sage privately held companies. Brian is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a CPA who began his career with Ernst and Young in Chicago. He later joined Baxter International and worked in the US and Switzerland in high level corporate finance. Prior to Cache Creek Partners he worked with McKinley, Inc. where he was CFO where he helped raise in excess of $10 million. He sits on a number of boards and advisory groups.

"Brian Williams was selected due to his dedication to seeing his teams through this intensive process," said Healey. "He is a perfect example of the type of Mentor the Cleantech Open seeks--dedicated, intelligent, experienced and hard working."

Fostering Entrepreneurship and Clean technology
The Cleantech Open has helped connect entrepreneurs with the expertise, talent, and funding needed to create successful, sustainable businesses. Participants in the program benefit from a blend of mentoring, business-school-class training, and an opportunity to win funding and in-kind donations on a regional level, as well as compete for a national grand prize -- a "startup in a box" consisting of investments, cash and services valued up to $250,000. The Cleantech Open has created these jobs at a cost of less than $5,000 per job based on the organization's spending to date. This is far below the cost estimated for job generation under state and federal programs or the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

The heart of the Cleantech Open is its dedicated volunteers and mentors. In 2011, the Rocky Mountain region will be seeking experts in several fields to offer Business Clinics. These experts meet free of charge with entrepreneurs to provide expertise in accounting, legal, fund raising, marketing, presentation skills and more. To become a business clinic coach or generalist, mentor for one of our Cleantech Open teams, visit

Competition Details
Early stage startups are invited to enter in six competition categories: renewable energy, transportation, smart power, energy efficiency, green building, and air/water/waste management. More information on the competition is here:

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

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 ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helping alumni contestants raise over $280m and creating an estimated 2,000 green collar jobs. Fueled by a network of more than 750 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. For more information, visit, and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.

Contact Information

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