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Clean tech business competitions are actually a great way for startups to find funding, industry interest and media attention. So we are excited to see that the California Clean Tech Open competition has announced its 50 finalists that will be vying for $600,000 worth of prizes. […]

Clean tech business competitions are actually a great way for startups to find funding, industry interest and media attention. So we are excited to see that the California Clean Tech Open competition has announced its 50 finalists that will be vying for $600,000 worth of prizes.

There will be a winner and a runner-up chosen from each of the six categories by October.

Here’s a list of the startups. (We’ll check out the individual companies in detail over the coming months):

  • Air, Water & Waste Category Finalists:Cascade Clean Energy, EarthGuard, Exergy Systems, Inc., Friendly Cow Biogas, Go Green Go, Microvi Biotech, LLC, Nanoaqueonics, Waste Not, Want Not Vision Energy Corp.
  • Energy Efficiency Category Finalists: Ahwahnee Technology, Aquarian Microsystems – Active Micro-Control of Refrigerant Liquids, Blue Earth Energy, Inc., Civil Twilight, Nila, Inc., Progressive Cooling Solutions, SuperBulbs
    Zee Dynamics, Inc.
  • Green Building Category Finalists: BuildFast, E-Mod, Enverity Corporation, Morgan Digital Works, ReBond, Redwood Renewables, Sustainable Spaces, Vertical Landscape
  • Renewables Category Finalists: 1-Solar, Ascentool Inc., Hoda Globe Company, Humdinger Wind Energy, LLC, Lite Trough, Sereno Solar, SolarAire, LLC, SolarSeal Technology, Tahoe Water Systems
  • Smart Power Category Finalists: Blue Joule, Energi.ca, Euclid Street Technologies, Federspiel Controls, Grid Saver, Lucid Design Group
  • Transportation Category Finalists: barefoot motors, LLC, BGT Biogasoline, High Merit Thermoelectrics, Hum Cycles, ICR Advanced Vehicle Engine, New American Energy, Inc.(dba Mighty Algae Biofuels), RideSpring, RFT, Syncromatics, The Last Mile
    1. It is interesting to note that while the lesser-known companies competing in this contest will be carefully evaluated, there are category prizes that are sponsored by some very recognized names that would never voluntarily choose to be so carefully examined.

      And the winners for companies piggybacking on this contest for PR’s sake are…. (drum roll):

      Google, PG&E, Lexus, and AMD

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    2. to plete:
      you may be an Intel PC owner ;o)
      you would have bought AMD you would have contributed the planet to save not only one but many Power plants !!!
      in its domain AMD is trying to reduce power hungry chips

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    3. [...] Power category. A lot of green blogs picked up the news such as Cleanenergy.org, Green Wombat, earth2tech, and Earth [...]

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    4. As a member of one of the teams and as someone interested in applying technology toward the betterment of the environment, I want to thank you for shining a spotlight on this event. I hope the CCTO will be the launching pad for many great clean tech companies.

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    5. We are also a finalist in this contest, and having done several BP contests, this one is the best we’ve done. Awesome exposure, good mentoring, big purse, and great contestants. Most every team involved has the potential to be a profitable, viable company.

      Geoff

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