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Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) Awards CTO Grant and Upswing in VC Cleantech Investment

Posted by Emily Lundberg on

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Cleantech Investments back on the upswing!

In 2005, when Cleantech Open launched, venture capital investment in cleantech measured just hundreds of millions of dollars. In 2006, investment ballooned to $1.75 billion, according to the National Venture Capital Association. By 2008, it shot up to $4.1 billion. The 2008 financial collapse erased one quarter of the gains venture capital firms had made between 2003 and 2007, and the sudden scarcity of capital hit cleantech startups hard. Venture investments in cleantech fell from $4.1 billion in 2008 to $2.5 billion...

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Cleantech Open West at the Global Forum 2018

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Cleantech Open West engages at the Program Year 2018 Global Forum

On January 28th, 2019, Cleantech Open West welcomed Cleantech Open startups from across the U.S. to the 14th annual Cleantech Open Global Forum, the capstone event for Cleantech Open’s 2018 acceleration program year.  Over 65 cleantech startups from across the West and the country participated in the event, which showcased both the winners of Cleantech Open’s U.S. regional competitions, and graduates of the entire 2018 acceleration cohort.

The event took place at the Los Angeles Cleantech...

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Cleantech Open Northeast Innovation Spotlight: Plastic Waste Reduction

Posted by Annie Patyk and Kasrah Eslami on

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© Royal Society of Chemistry 2019


Plastic is a manmade miracle–a manipulation of nature that has fueled rapid industrial development and an improved quality of life worldwide. Created from the same building blocks that form crude oil, plastic polymers are synthetically rearranged in a way that produces magical properties. The material we are left with is lightweight, durable, flexible, can take and hold any shape, and is easy and cheap to produce. Because of this, humans have produced 8.3 billion metric tons of it since the early 1950’s–the comparative...

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