Call For Entries - CA Clean Tech Open Competition Has Begun!

Just a heads up that the highly anticipated 2nd annual California Clean Tech Open has thrown open the doors for the competition - the fast approaching deadline for entries is June 30th.

Call for Cleantech Startup Competitors


Competition Entry Deadline is June 30, 2007

San Francisco, Calif. - May 15, 2007 - The California Clean Tech Open (CCTO), the USA's richest cleantech business plan contest, is calling all early-stage clean technology companies to compete for prizes each worth over $100,000 in six categories: Smart Power; Air, Water & Waste; Green Building; Transportation; Renewables and Energy Efficiency.

Each winner in the six categories will receive a "$100,000 Start-Up in a Box" prize package that includes all of the business essentials necessary to help take your idea from a concept to a business. The prizes include:

$50,000 cash from one of the category prize sponsors:

AMD - Smart Power Prize
ENVIRON Foundation - Air, Water & Waste Prize
Google - Green Building Prize
Lexus - Transportation Prize
PG&E, SCE and SDG&E - Renewables Prize
PG&E, SCE and SDG&E - Energy Efficiency Prize

Plus the following services to each category winner, worth a total of over $50,000:

Office space for one year from Plug and Play Tech Center;
Legal services from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati;
Recruiting services from PeopleConnect;
Accounting services from Horn Murdock Cole;
Public relations services from Antenna Group;
Insurance services from MacCorkle Insurance Service;
Marketing services from Tangibility.

Additional services for all finalists include a comprehensive entrepreneur summer workshop series sponsored by the U.S. DoE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; mentoring services; a sustainability starter kit; opportunity to pitch a panel of experts in your category with live feedback; taking part in a finalist showcase at the October awards event; inclusion in the CCTO Finalist Directory and a one-year, two-seat subscription for Adaptive Planning's Enterprise Edition, an essential budgeting and forecasting tool.

Entering the competition is straightforward. Simply submit a three-page executive summary of your idea at www.cacleantech.com before June 30, 2007. CCTO will provide a template that we encourage you to follow. There is also an entry fee of $250 per team, which is reduced to $150 if your team is comprised entirely of full-time students, or if you enter before June 15. Competition details, eligibility criteria and other information is available at the website under COMPETITION.

In addition, there is a Technology and Entrepreneurs Matching Event - June 4, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at SRI in Menlo Park, CA. If you are interested in entering the competition, but lack teammates, technology, or an idea, or if you just want to meet other clean tech entrepreneurs, please join us at this event. It will provide an opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs and learn about technologies that are available for license from California's research laboratories and universities.

There is also an Executive Summary Workshop - June 14, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, at PARC in Palo Alto, CA. This event, two weeks before the application deadline, provides an opportunity to learn and ask questions about application requirements and judging criteria. This event will focus on requirements for the three-page executive summary required for competition entry, and will include an overview of the sustainability judging criteria, with some sustainability best practices.

Registration forms for the Matching Event and Executive Summary Workshop are available at www.cacleantech.com under EVENTS.

About the California Clean Tech Open:
The California Clean Tech Open brings together a unique and powerful combination of entrepreneurs, researchers, environmentalists, investors, business professionals and others to create economic growth and environmental sustainability by sparking a clean technology cluster in California. By giving winners early-stage capital and expertise, the competition speeds clean technologies from lab to market. The goal is to foster innovative new businesses focused on energy efficiency, smart power, renewable energy, transportation, green building technologies, pollution control and resource management. The competition thrives on the state's strong business and governmental support for innovation, technology and environmental protection to create rich soil for the growth of clean technology enterprises that foster a healthy natural environment. To learn more, please visit: www.cacleantech.com.

The California Clean Tech Open is under the fiscal and administrative sponsorship of Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth, a California 501(c)3 non-profit public benefit corporation. Acterra is located at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4303.

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Press Contact:
Rosalind Jackson
Antenna Group (for California Clean Tech Open)
rosalind@antennagroup.com
415-977-1923

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