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October 29, 2013 > Fremont hosts Cleantech Open award ceremony

Fremont hosts Cleantech Open award ceremony

In recognition of the leading role of Greater Tri-City area innovation in clean energy technology, the City of Fremont was chosen to host the 2013 award ceremonies for the Western Regional Cleantech Open. The Cleantech Open is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding, funding, and fostering cleantech startups. Entrepreneurs are encouraged through mentoring, education, and support programs. This annual competition determines which of CaliforniaÕs most promising cleantech startups are chosen for the final four slots at the Global Forum scheduled for November 20-21 in San Jose. These companies will compete for a $200,000 grand prize.

Held at the Fremont Marriott, speakers and a panel discussion at the awards ceremony on October 10, 2013, focused on government contacts and lobbying efforts as well as paths to funding and recognition. Cleantech Open Western Divisional Director Erik Steeb said, ÒWe know what needs to be doneÓ adding that Cleantech Open can guide companies through the path to success that depends upon education, mentoring, support, policy issues, industry recognition and adequate funding. Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison welcomed attendees, noting that Fremont and its environs have become the Òepicenter of cleantech and innovation.Ó

Addressing the current investment climate for cleantech industries, Nancy Pfund, Managing Director, DBL Investors, spoke of a Òripe climateÓ with expanding opportunities. She said that clean tech ventures can not only create a viable return for investors, but drive social improvement as well.

A roundtable discussion with Patrick Leathers, Senior Counsel Attorney & Legislative Advocate for Clean Tech Advocates; Kelly Kline, Fremont Economic Development; State Senator Ellen Corbett and Paul Lacourciere, partner at K&L Gates and veteran of the energy industry, explored advocacy and government connection issues.

Winners who will move on the Global Forum in San Jose include: Dragonfly Systems, Tyler Co Inc., Polymer Green and Pow Wow Energy.

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