Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Cleantech Open Southeast

Cleantech Open Southeast Region has chosen Miami as one of its hub cities to launch its 2013 US business accelerator and competition--

Cleantech Open Southeast ". . . Sean O’Hanlon, metro director of Cleantech Open Southeast and CEO of the American Biofuels Council, said clean-tech is a mechanism for economic development and his goal is “to put Miami on the map as a clean-tech hub.” That would be welcomed by some of the entrepreneurs at the event, who said the community here so far is indeed quite small and much of their business and networking is focused elsewhere. Sonia Succar Ferré, principle of Sustain Ventures who is helping to organize the effort locally, said she saw first-hand the value of participating in the competition. She and a team made it to the semifinal stage when she was in Boston, and she immediately benefited from the connections and mentorship, she said. She also said the time is right for clean-tech entrepreneurs and potential mentors to get involved. “There is a network here but it just needs to tighten up a little bit. It's up to us as a founding group to get that together. Miami already has a strong incubator base, the opportunities are all here." The accelerator, competition and national program are focused on eight innovation and technology categories: Energy Generation, Energy Distribution & Storage, Energy Efficiency, Chemicals & Advanced Materials, Information & Communication Technology, Green Building, Transportation and Agriculture-Water-Waste. Entrepreneurs will apply to the accelerator across these categories (fees apply), and be evaluated and selected to participate in the program that spans from spring -- and includes bootcamps and a regional competition -- through the late fall, culminating with a Global Investment Forum and national competition in Silicon Valley in November with $200,000 in prizes. . . . "Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/the-starting-gate/2013/03/south-florida-is-not-exactly-synonymous-with-clean-technology-and-the-sector-has-been-out-offavor-in-the-venture-community.html#storylink=cpy
and http://www.cleantechopen-southeast.org/ (deadline May 1)

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