By Tom Ballard, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, P.C.
We were introduced to the “Cleantech Open” organization and its processes a little over a year ago.
For several months in 2013, we provided periodic updates on one local start-up – Fiveworx – that was selected for the regional competition, participated in the programs, and ultimately competed nationally for the grand prize.
The “Cleantech Open” organization has just announced the 21 semi-finalists from the Southeast Region for its 2014 competition, and there are at least two companies from the priority coverage area of teknovation.biz. They are:
- SecureWaters, a company now based in Tullahoma, which has been the subject of a number of teknovation.biz articles, the latest accessible here; and
- RamRock Building Systems of Chattanooga.
The Southeast Region was one of the most competitive of the “Cleantech Open’s” eight regions this year, garnering applications from 10 states and the District of Columbia. This region’s finalists for the national competition will be selected at an Innovation Summit October 22 and 23 in Alexandria, VA, where they will be eligible for cash and in-kind services worth up to $20,000.
The national competition occurs at the “Cleantech Open’s Global Investor Forum” November 13 and 14 in California where the grand prize is a chance at up to $200,000 in investments and services.
The 2014 semi-finalists from the Southeast Region by category are:
Agriculture, Water and Waste
- 50 Mile Energy
- Fresh Box
Chemicals and Advanced Materials
- Nutroleum Jelly
Energy Distribution and Storage
- Infinite Invention
- Duli Technology
- Energy Dynamics
- Sol Vista
- Soony CHP Engine
- Atlantic Current Energy
- BarberWind Turbines
- DPG Energy
- Firefly Power
- NG1 Tech
Information Technology and Communications
- BitGrid Software Solutions
- Alteg Systems, Inc.
- Blue Gas Marine