My journey with Cleantech Open Southeast has been almost a year in the making. Following the success of mid-atlantic region, regional director, Josh Greene, reached out to me and asked my help to expand the organization’s presence in North Carolina. I was happy to offer help because Triangle region is known for having a large number of companies that focus on electric smart grid, renewable energy and advanced and renewable materials. Companies range from new startups to Fortune 500 companies. After our kickoff meeting in April, 2013, we have seen a strong application pool from startups in North and South Carolina. Half a dozen of startups from NC/SC region were selected into a program as semi-finalists. They had a busy summer of intensive business education and mentorship; they have polished their business model and are now ready to pitch to the judging panel for the regional prize ($20k) on Friday. I am biased, I am rooting for NC teams!
I am very excited to be in DC tomorrow (10/10/2013) for my first Cleantech Open Southeast Region Summit and I hope this is the first in many to come. Cleantech Open is the largest accelerator in the country supporting startups working to solve environmental, energy and economic challenges the world faces today. The organization connects thousands of professionals across the nation that work together to help these young companies grow.
Jam packed conference schedule:
I look forward the most to meeting my steering committee colleagues in person for the first time. As more and more people work in virtual teams today, we all appreciate more face to face communication.