SOURCE: Opportunity Green

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October 29, 2009 14:42 ET

Driving Inventiveness, Opportunity Green Announces OG25 Competition Top Green Start-Up Finalists

Twenty-Five Sustainable, Socially Responsible Companies Chosen for Business Innovation, Simplicity

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - October 29, 2009) - The Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference, which brings together leading companies and visionaries in business, technology, and design to showcase the hottest opportunities for driving profitability through sustainability, announced today the final nominees for the OG25 Innovative green start-ups -- twenty-five sustainable start-ups chosen for their stand-out approaches to creating real change through business.

"The inspiration for the contest came from the hundreds of companies requesting to speak at the 2009 conference, with the majority coming from the green sector looking to introduce themselves to the wider business community," said Karen Solomon, Co-Founder and CEO of Opportunity Green. "You'd be amazed how many fascinating and innovative ideas there are out there, under the radar, ready to be the next big thing. The OG25 is a way to honor the top echelon of those companies."

Several hundred companies were nominated through both Opportunity Green's website and recommendations by Opportunity Green staff and expert consultants. Nominations came from a variety of sectors, including waste management, product design, social innovation, transportation and mobility, water conservation, food systems, and resources conservation.

Those designated as OG25 finalists will be given sponsored admission to Opportunity Green 2009, November 7-8 at UCLA in Los Angeles. During the conference, the top five finalists will be showcased on stage live for the chance to compete for the distinction of "Opportunity Green's Top Start-up of 2009."

The White House agrees that innovation is essential to fueling new growth our economy demands. "We need some inventiveness," President Obama said to about 60 researchers and business executives from clean energy industries in March. "Your country needs you to create new jobs and lead new industries."

Opportunity Green selected the final 25 companies based on their combination of innovative thinking and simplicity of execution. One example is Balqon Corporation, which introduced a zero emissions heavy-duty electric truck designed for short haul deliveries. RecycleMatch, another OG25 finalist, is converting waste streams from one company into useful materials for another company. The complete list of nominees include:

Arjun Dev Arora www.BTTRVentures.com
Balqon www.balqon.com
BIXI www.bixi.com
Bottlestone http://www.bottlestone.com/
Brad's Raw Chips http://www.bradsrawchips.com/
CleanFish: Inc. www.cleanfish.com
Double Helix www.doublehelixtracking.net
Ecovative Design www.ecovativedesign.com
EnergyHub http://www.energyhub.net/
Greensulate www.greensulate.com
Green Pizza Box http://www.greenboxny.com/ecoincorporated.com/Home.html
H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Vending www.healthyvending.com
iCeL Systems: Inc. www.icelsystems.com
Kopali Organics http://www.kopaliorganics.com/
Levant Power www.levantpower.com
Novomer http://www.novomer.com/
Powerzoa Inc. www.powerzoa.com
Project Frog www.projectfrog.com
RecycleMatch www.recyclematch.com
Regen http://www.regenliving.com/
Roofray www.roofray.com
SRS Energy www.srsenergy.com
TOUCH www.do-not-touch.com
Wattbot www.wattbot.com
WiTricity www.witricity.com

To sponsor Opportunity Green or get additional information about OG25, contact Karen Solomon at 310-709-6952 or at karen@opportunitygreen.com. Follow the latest news and updates related to Opportunity Green on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/opportunitygreen and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/oppgreen

About Opportunity Green

The Opportunity Green conference brings together leading companies and visionaries in technology, design, media, and more, to showcase the hottest opportunities for driving profitability through sustainability. The conference allows participants exposure to, and experience with, an interdisciplinary cross-section of ideas at the forefront of sustainable business practices through a variety of formats, including creative panels, experiential workshops and out-of-conference interactivity. Approximately 500 companies participating in Opportunity Green -- ranging from Fortune 500 powerhouses to cutting-edge start-ups -- have all been carefully chosen via a rigorous vetting process and have demonstrated a commitment to showcasing the latest sustainable solutions and emerging green business practices as well as a dedication to ongoing collaboration with like-minded business leaders. For more information on the conference, visit www.opportunitygreen.com.