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April 04, 2013 | Tom Ballard

Cleantech Open making a push in the Southeast

Cleantech OpenWe caught-up a week or so ago with Rochelle Blaustein, the former Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer at the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), with whom we interacted regularly during my previous role at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Blaustein recently left DOE, relocated to the Research Triangle Park area, opened her own consulting firm, and linked-up with the Cleantech Open, a nonprofit that is the largest and oldest cleantech accelerator in the world. She is helping the organization penetrate the Southeast region more.

Blaustein shared some information about an upcoming competition that we thought would be of interest to companies in this area. Most important is the application deadline on May 1. We have included information that appeared in the most recent issue of the organization’s newsletter. More information about the event and the regional effort can be found at

Cleantech Open Southeast Launches 2013 Application Process

The Cleantech Open Southeast has launched its 2013 national application process! Selected applicants get the chance to win prizes valued from $20,000 regionally to $200,000 nationally; participation at the National West Coast and/or East Coast Academy; enrollment in the full series of Cleantech Open National training seminars and webinars; and mentor, investor and sustainability programs, among many other benefits.

Winning companies also get plenty of press exposure! Each year the Open secures 1,000+ company/technology-specific articles in regional and national publications. Take note of the following key upcoming dates:

  • April 9 (Tue): National Application Webinar
  • April 10 (Wed): Application Deadline – Early Bird, 11:59PM, PDT
  • April 18 (Thu): National Briefing (at HQ – PARC Auditorium)
  • April 29 (Mon): National Application Webinar
  • April 30 (Tue): National Application Webinar Final Q&A
  • May 1 (Wed): Application Deadline – Final, 11:59PM, PDT

Do you know of a company that might be interested in applying? Help us spread the word about this unique opportunity to become part of the Southeast family. Application information can be found on the national Cleantech Open site at or email Mike Jensen ( to find out more.

We’ve launched a new website! Find information about key upcoming events, news from partners and sponsors and information about the 2013 Cleantech Open Southeast application process:

Interested in being part of the Cleantech Open Southeast Emerging Leaders program? If you are an undergraduate or graduate student and you are interested in a career in the cleantech and sustainability space we’d like to hear from you. Our Emerging Leaders program provides students with real world experience working with entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and industry professionals who are working on technologies and services designed to address the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. If you are interested, please email Deputy Regional Director Jennifer Rohleder ( to find out more.

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