Got a tech idea to save the planet? Apply to the Cleantech Open Accelerator

  • Published on April 15th, 2017

If you have an impactful idea that could help solve some of the greatest global challenges of the present and the future, Cleantech Open invites you to join the largest and longest-standing cleantech accelerator in the world. CTO is now taking applications for its 2017 accelerator.

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The CTO accelerator program provides participants with training, mentoring, infrastructure, relationships, and funding opportunities to Cleantechnica open acceleratorhelp transform innovative ideas into high-caliber companies.

CleanTechnica readers get a discount on Accelerator application: use CTECHNICA20 for a 20% discount on the application to the program! (This code is good for any US regional application, but not for global programs)

What is Cleantech Open?

Since business leaders in Silicon Valley founded the organization in 2006, the Cleantech Open has established itself as the leading force for accelerating cleantech entrepreneurs.

Since its inception, CTO has accelerated 1,036 startups, leading to $1.135 billion in external capital and 3,067 jobs created. They provide startups with the resources to develop, validate, and launch successful companies in the clean technology and sustainability sectors.

Why Should You Apply?

CTO Accelerator offers you the opportunity to advance your company faster than you imagined, gain a reputation in the clean technology sector, and create the world and the future that you envision. You can join its global network of innovation and together forge a clean and sustainable future.

Selected companies will have access to a suite of exclusive resources, including:

World-Class Mentoring: Receive intensive, specialized, and tailored mentoring from experienced business experts. Gain access to one of the world’s only cleantech-specific expert networks, with hundreds of highly skilled business professionals.

Networking: Plug into (and become part of) a powerful national network of influencers and entrepreneurs. Connect with potential mentors, investors, and partners as you grow your company.

Visibility: Showcase your startup to investors, strategic partners, and customers through a variety of events and media channels.

Hands-On Training: 12-week series of intensive workshops and bootcamps to prepare you for success at every state of your company’s development.

And … Cash Prizes! The US Cleantech Open offers over $500,000 in cash, investment, and in-kind services to regional and national showcase winners.

  • This can include $250,000 in cash prizes to winners of the regional and national showcase events
  • 5 awards of $5,000 in cash at the regional level
  • 5 awards of $10,000 at the national level
  • $50,000 in investment for one US National Grand Prize Winner
  • $300,000 of in-kind services to match aforementioned prizes

Here are some special notes about funds: to learn more about the return on investment, please see the full announcement — also note that regional prize money is discretionary and can be more or less than the amount indicated above.

What Types of Companies Should Apply?

If you have an impactful idea that could help solve some of the greatest global challenges of the present and the future, Cleantech Open invites you to join the largest and longest-standing cleantech accelerator in the world. It invites companies focused on the following fields to apply:

  • Energy Generation, Distribution, Storage and Efficiency
  • Chemicals and Advanced Materials
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Green Building and Materials
  • Transportation
  • Agriculture, Water, and Waste

And if you’re going to apply, use CleanTechnica’s special discount code! That’s CTECHNICA20 for a 20% discount on the application to the program! Click here to apply.

Upcoming Cleantech Open Western Region Events

And if you happen to be in the Bay Area, the Western Region of Cleantech Open has a number of events coming up that will provide great opportunities for entrepreneurs to learn more about the program and gain some valuable business insights. All are invited — please use this code for a 50% discount: 2017CTOPartner

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event listed below:

◊ Cleantech drinks in San Francisco, April 19th, at the Market on Market Street (CleanTechnica will be at this event!) 

◊ From Proof of Concept to Pilot: How to Successfully Launch Your CleanTech Startup, April 25th, at Orange Fab, San Francisco.

◊ Advancing the Water-Energy Nexus: New Trends and Technologies, April 26th, Sunnyvale.

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