My first Cleantech Open Southeast Region Summit

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(Last Updated On: October 15, 2013)
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.

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!

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.
Sincerely,
Dragana
About Dragana Mendel 85 Articles

Dragana Mendel is a President and Principal Consultant at ANAGARD, LLC. In her role, she provides management consulting services to small and medium size businesses on the best strategy to achieve their short and long term goals.

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  1. Angel investors in the Southwest region seem to be making the right moves by targeting two hot sectors: Healthcare and Mobile & Telecom. Texas’ history of quality healthcare research when paired with the telecom and mobile companies in the Metroplex, creates the right mix of know-how that will result in innovative startups in North Texas. If the investment trends reported in the HALO Report continues, the Metroplex will be catapulted forward to a leadership position as the hotbed for emerging technologies in the next five to seven years.

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