California ‘Clean Tech Open’ To Support Clean Tech Start-Ups

Clean Tech entrepreneurs: start your business plans.

The California Clean Tech Open, a non-profit project to promote clean tech start-ups, will be judging the ideas and business savvy of an expected 150 applicants from around the state. The deadline for a three-page executive summary of proposed businesses is due Saturday, June 14.

Finalists then prepare more detailed business plans. Winners in various categories, to be announced this fall, stand to win $50,000 in seed money and mentoring and other business development services valued at another $50,000.

Co-founded three years ago by Michael Santullo, a former Internet entrepreneur, California Clean Tech Open is designed to give entrepreneurs a jump-start on their ideas. Past entrants have included NILA, a lighting company founded by a former Hollywood lighting expert who now sells energy-efficient LED lights to film studios. Another previous winner is Syncromatics, a software company currently serving the university community. Syncromatics is now hoping to outfit buses with GPS and laser technology to help city transportation departments streamline operations and cut wasteful routes.

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