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March 23, 2014 | Tom Ballard

“Cleantech Open” planning regional event April 1 at Tech 20/20

Cleantech Open SEIf you wonder about the value, just ask Patrick Hunt, Chief Executive Officer of local start-up Fiveworx. He participated in the 2013 “Cleantech Open” competition and made it all of the way to the finale in California. Hunt recently spoke about the experience at a Tech 20/20 event.

So, for those entrepreneurs in the clean technology space, take note. Organizers of the “Cleantech Open Southeast” competition are coming to town as part of a strategy to expand its operations into East Tennessee.

The group is accepting applications for the 2014 Accelerator Program and will hold a regional launch event from 5 to 7 p.m. April 1 at Tech 20/20. For more information and registration, click here.

The “Cleantech Open” is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator and is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch a successful cleantech company. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the “Cleantech Open” provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies.

On a national basis, the “Cleantech Open” is supported by a variety of organizations including Chevron (Global Partner); University of Phoenix (National Education Partner); Arrow Electronics, Inc. (National Category Sponsor); and Wells Fargo and PARC. In addition, the “Cleantech Open Southeast” is sponsored by WGL Holdings, Constellation, Bingham McCutchen LLP, Deloitte, and Patton Boggs LLP.

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