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Region
Northeast
Date of Publication
01/01/2022
Blog Tags
Alumni
Author
Safiya Elmi
Summary


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    As the country moves forward towards clean energy and climate conscious activities, Cleantech Open Northeast will be posting news of our alumni throughout the year. We want to highlight these visionary companies and celebrate the successes they experience as they work towards a better, healthier future for all of us. Alumni startups participating in the Cleantech Open Northeast are especially well-positioned to have real potential for global impact. Read about these companies’ successes and transformative, necessary work below.

*This blog will cover the entire year, so come back often to see the latest updates! 

**The years in parenthesis indicate when the startups participated in the Cleantech Open accelerator.


Featured Alum of the Month:



July - 


Aeroshield (2019)

  • In 2022, Aeroshield was selected by MassCEC and MassVentures who co-manage the Catalyst/DICES grant program, which provides grants of up to $65,000 to researchers and early-stage companies looking to demonstrate initial prototypes of their clean energy technologies (Article)

  • Participated in the Saint-Gobain challenge and will conduct R&D to incorporate its products into Saint-Gobain’s line. (Article)



June -

Prisere (2020)

  • Accepted into the second cohort of Venture for ClimateTech. (Article)

  • Awarded the Center for Women & Enterprise’s Andrea C. Silbert Rising Star Award. (Article)

Past Featured Alumni of the Month:

May - 

Flux Marine (2019)

April - 

SparkCharge (2016)

  • Made over 1,500 EV charger deliveries with its app, Currently. (Article)

  • Partnered with Kia to provide drivers of Kia’s EVs with easy, accessible charging via the Currently app. (Article)

  • Bought $2.4M worth of AllCell battery storage units to support its rapid expansion, which has made it the largest mobile EV charging network. (Article)

  • Named NECEC Clean Energy Company of the Year! (Article)

March -

Farm to Flame Energy (2020)

  • Was awarded $200K by the RK Mellon Foundation for the positive impact its biofuel work has on the environment. (Article)

  • Selected to participate in the NYCEDC and New Labs’ 2022 Founder Fellowship cohort. (Article)

  • Featured in The Impact. (Article)

February -

BlocPower (2013)

  • Received 30 million dollars to expand its operations from Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund, which is funded by Goldman Sachs. (Article)

  • Working on an electric van service that will provide clean mass transit to New York communities without mass transit using funding from phase one of the New York Clean Transportation Prizes in its Clean Neighborhoods Challenge for its CTAP initiative. (Article)

  • Partnered with the city of Ithaca to electrify the entire city. Received a $5M grant from Jeff Bezos to digitally map 125 million buildings, giving each a free plan to become sustainable. (Article)

  • Named fourth most innovative company by Fast Company. (Article)

  • Nominated for the tech assistance program offered by Wells Fargo’s Innovation Incubator. (Article)

  • Partnered with Steffes as part of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Incubator. (Article)

January -

Joro (2017)

  • Has gained over $3.5M in seed funding (Article)

  • Featured in Business Insider. (Article)

  • Launched in Canada, making it an international company. (Article)

  • Featured in Sequoia. (Article)


Alumni News:


13 Mari LD (2021) 


  • Was a CleanTech Seed Grant Program Awardee. 13 Mari LTD was Awarded $74,578 by NJEDA CSIT. (Article


Aclarity (2018)

  • Invited to showcase the company’s technology at NEWEA’s 2022 annual conference. (Article)

  • Chosen to take part in Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Challenge IV Audience Choice Awards. (Link)

  • Chosen to speak at the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) International Women’s Day event. (SWAN’s page for the event and more detail)

  • Closed $3.3M seed round. (Article)

  • Received a $200K stage 2 SBIR grant from MassVentures’s START program. (Article)


ACUA Ocean (2021)

  • This past week Net Zero Insights announced that ACUA Ocean was granted approval for its hydrogen system, control engineering system and electrical power distribution systems from Lloyd’s Register! Congratulations to ACUA Ocean! (Article)
  • Accepted into the UK Chamber of Shipping and will utilize its Ocean Protector technology to perform security and data collection duties for the Chamber. (Article)

  • Joined the Percy Hobart Fellowship, a program that places members of the Royal Navy and Airforce into startups to promote technological innovation within the forces. (Article)

  • Chosen to take part in Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Challenge IV Audience Choice Awards. (Link)

  • Awarded money by the UK Department of Transport to further its work. (Article)

  • Accepted into the UK cohort of PUBLIC’s Gov Start 2022 program. (Article)


Aeroshield (2019)

  • In 2022, Aeroshield was selected by MassCEC and MassVentures who co-manage the Catalyst/DICES grant program, which provides grants of up to $65,000 to researchers and early-stage companies looking to demonstrate initial prototypes of their clean energy technologies (Article)
  • Participated in the Saint-Gobain challenge and will conduct R&D to incorporate its products into Saint-Gobain’s line. (Article)

  • Awarded a $1M Phase II NSF SBIR grant. (Article)

  • Awarded a $100K grant from MassVentures. (Article)

  • Received a $200K stage 1 SBIR grant from MassVentures’s START program. (Article)


anessa (2019)

  • Partnered with CIbiogás, a driver of biogas usage in Brazil, to optimize and propagate use of the resource. (Article)


Ashipa Electric (2021)


Atrevida (2020)

  • Congratulations to Atrevida Science for being selected for the Mass Challenge 2022 U.S. Early Stage Accelerator program! (Article)

  • Semi-finalist in American-Made Solar Prize competition. (Article)

  • As part of a team, was announced as a semifinalist in the US Department of Energy’s American-Made Solar Competition and won the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion contest. (Article)


Blackburn Energy (2014)

  • Partnered with Toyota Tsusho to decrease trucking emissions with its patented RelGen technology. (Article)


BlocPower (2013)

  • Received 30 million dollars to expand its operations from Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund, which is funded by Goldman Sachs. (Article)

  • Working on an electric van service that will provide clean mass transit to New York communities without mass transit using funding from phase one of the New York Clean Transportation Prizes in its Clean Neighborhoods Challenge for its CTAP initiative. (Article)

  • Partnered with the city of Ithaca to electrify the entire city. Received a $5M grant from Jeff Bezos to digitally map 125 million buildings, giving each a free plan to become sustainable. (Article)

  • Named fourth most innovative company by Fast Company. (Article)

  • Nominated for the tech assistance program offered by Wells Fargo’s Innovation Incubator. (Article)

  • Partnered with Steffes as part of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Incubator. (Article)

  • CEO and founder, Donnel Baird, spoke at The Aspen Institute's climate conference. (Video of the event)

  • Won the climate category of Fast Company’s world Changing Ideas Awards. (Article)

  • CEO and founder, Donnel Baird, spoke at the Washington Post’s Protecting our Planet: Energy Efficiency event. (Article)

  • Created Civilian Climate Corps, a program providing work and cleantech training to individuals in disadvantaged communities. (Article)


Capro-X (2018)

  • Congratulations to Capro-X for being selected for the Mass Challenge 2022 U.S. Early Stage Accelerator program! (Article)

  • Featured in the Cornell News; received $100,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; received $1.374 million in National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grants. (Article)


change:WATER Labs (2017)

  • Chosen to take part in Imagine H2O’s Urban Water Challenge IV Audience Choice Awards. (Link)

  • Featured in The Kids Should See This. (Article)

  • Listed as a startup working in sustainable water solutions by Green Tech Online. (Article)


CLIP (2020)

  • Named a finalist in the transportation category of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards. (Article)

  • Featured in The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca. (Video)


DrinkWell (2014)

  • Joined the Decentralized Safe Water for Asia partnership, which will distribute clean water in Bangladesh while generating little waste and using no electricity. (Article)

  • Partnered with the World Bank to deploy 2,000 units of its technology by 2030. (Video)


Ecolectro (2017)

  • Closed a funding round of over $4.5M. (Article)

  • Became a member of a multi-state clean energy consortium formed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul. (Article)

  • Brian Bauer, who previously served in various leadership roles at BP, joined their team as COO. (Article)

  • Featured in the Cornell News; closed $4.5M funding round led by Starshot Capital with support from Toyota Ventures. (Article)

 

Ecotone Renewables (2021)

  • Placed first in the US Composting Council’s Composter Competition. (Article)

  • Featured in The Impact. (Article)


eHempHouse (2021)

  • Begun implementing its hemp-processing technology with eight units in Africa. (Article)



Elateq, Inc. (2020)

  • Was awarded an SBIR grant by the NSF in the Environmental Technologies category. (Article)


Embue (2012)

  • Partnered with 2Life Communities to work on their affordable housing program. (Article)


Energysage (2012)

  • Acquired by Schneider Electric to support Energysage’s mission of increasing solar usage. (Article)

Enersion, Inc. (2019)

  • Invited to present at Incubatenergy Labs’s Pitch Day, the first step of their 2022 program to support cleantech innovators. (The program’s timeline)

Enviropower (2014)

  • Enviropower a Cleantech Open Northeast 2014 alumni on graduating from the DeltaClimeVT Energy         2022 climate economy business accelerator! (Article



ExoCell (2021) 

  • Was a CleanTech Seed Grant Program Awardee. ExoCell was Awarded $74,993 by NJEDA CSIT. (Article



EvTek (2021)

  • Selected as finalist in the Oak-D-Lite Contest run by OpenCV with Intel and Microsoft Azure. (Article)


Farm to Flame Energy (2020)

  • Farm to Flame a Cleantech Open Northeast 2020 alumni graduated from the DeltaClimeVT Energy 2022 climate economy business accelerator! (Article

  • Awarded $200K by the RK Mellon Foundation for the positive impact its biofuel work has on the environment. (Article)

  • Selected to participate in the NYCEDC and New Labs’ 2022 Founder Fellowship cohort. (Article)

  • Featured in The Impact. (Article)


Feedback Solutions (2019)

  • J.A. Colantonio joined their team as an advisory board member. (Post)


FINSULATE (2021)

  • Selected as a startup for Top Gun’s accelerator program. (Article)

  • Selected to participate in the 2022 cohort of NYCEDC and Newlab’s founder fellowship. (Article)

  • Won Top Gun’s 2022 Showcase competition. (Article)

  • Established its US HQ in Portland, ME. (Article)


Flux Marine (2019)



GenH (2010

  • Congratulations to GenH for being selected for the Mass Challenge 2022 U.S. Early Stage Accelerator program! (Article)

  • GenH a Cleantech Open Northeast 2010 alumni graduated from the DeltaClimeVT Energy 2022 climate economy business accelerator (Article).


HEVO (2013)

  • Working on an electric van service that will provide clean mass transit to New York communities without mass transit using funding from phase one of the New York Clean Transportation Prizes in its Clean Neighborhoods Challenge for its CTAP initiative. (Article)


InfiSense (2021)


Innovia GEO (2021)

  • Co-founder is using two companies he co-founded to expand high voltage direct current (HVDC) technologies that allow for fast, non-wasteful transmission of clean energy in South American countries. (Article)

  • Invited to present at Incubatenergy Labs’s Pitch Day, the first step of their 2022 program to support clean tech innovators. (The program’s timeline)

  • Received multi-year grant award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada. (Article)

  • Featured in The Impact. (Article)


Joro (2017)

  • Gained over $3.5M in seed funding (Article)

  • Featured in Business Insider. (Article)

  • Launched in Canada, making it an international company. (Article)

  • Featured in Sequoia. (Article)


Kara Water (2019)

  • Expanded its operations into India. (Article)

  • Crowd funded over $1M to further develop and deploy its air-to-water filter technology. (Campaign)


MicroEra Power (2016)

  • MicroEra Power a Cleantech Open Northeast 2016 alumni graduated from the DeltaClimeVT Energy 2022 business accelerator and was awarded a pilot project by the Burlington Electric Department! (Article


MicrOrganic Technologies Inc. (2016)

  • Invited to showcase the company’s technology at NEWEA’s 2022 annual conference. (Article)

  • Chosen to speak at the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) International Women’s Day event. (SWAN’s page for the event and more detail)


Natel Energy (2005)

  • Selected out of 10,000 companies to be a Cleantech 100 company by the Cleantech Group. (The Cleantech Group’s report)

  • Featured by ENECHANGE Insight Venture’s as part of a series highlighting their 2021 EIV cohort’s members. (Article)

  • Featured by the Department of Energy as part of its Clean Energy Champion’s series. (Article)

  • Featured on TechCrunch Live. (Video)


Osmoses (2021)

  • Selected for the Carbon2V Initiative Cohort for Carbontech Accelerator Program (Article)

  • Featured by the MIT Energy Initiative. (Article)

  • Featured in The Impact. (Article)

  • Listed as a clean tech company to watch by MIT. (Article)

  • Featured in MIT News. (Article)

  • Work was published in Science Magazine. (Article)


Ourobio (2021)

  • Accepted into Braid Theory’s Celsius Pod 1 cohort. (About the program)

  • Took top honors at Lighthouse Labs Demo Day (Article


Princeton NuEnergy (2021)

  • Selected to participate in Pitch Stop, where the company will present in front of a board of investors, competing with other companies. (Article)

  • Featured on the front page of Princeton University’s website. (Article featured)

  • Partnered with the Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation to create sustainable solutions for recycling the batteries of Greenland’s electric industrial vehicles. (Article)

  • Featured in The Impact. (Article)


Prisere (2020)

  • Accepted into the second cohort of Venture for ClimateTech. (Article)

  • Awarded the Center for Women & Enterprise’s Andrea C. Silbert Rising Star Award. (Article)

 

Radical Plastics (2018)

  • Received a $100K stage 1 SBIR grant from MassVentures’s START program. (Article)

 

Renew CO2 (2020)

 

River Cleaning (2021)

  • Featured in Tondo Tech. (Article)

  • Featured in the January 2022 issue of the African Review. (Article)

 

rStream Recycling (2021)

  • Selected to participate in VentureWell’s Propel workshop at the Cambridge Innovation Center, as well as received a grant from the program. (Article)

 

Sealed (2013)

  • Featured in Bloomberg Green. (Article)

 

Soli Points (2019)

  • Is collaborating with AT&T to offer carbon neutral devices and network usage to customers in Austin, Texas. (Article)

 

SparkCharge (2016)

  • Made over 1,500 EV charger deliveries with its app, Currently. (Article)

  • Partnered with Kia to provide drivers of Kia’s EVs with easy, accessible charging via the Currently app. (Article)

  • Bought $2.4M worth of AllCell battery storage units to support its rapid expansion, which has made it the largest mobile EV charging network. (Article)

  • Featured in Forbes. (Article)

  • Featured in The Impact. (Article)

  • NECEC Clean Energy Company of the Year. (Article)

  • Engineer Timothy McCusker was named one of the 35 under 35 by Business Insider. (Article)

  • Raised $23M to scale Currently. (Article)

  • Featured in The Business Journals. (Article)

  • Featured in Business Insider. (Article)

  • 2016 Cleantech Open Northeast alumni Joshua Aviv, Founder & CEO of SparkCharge  introduced President Biden on August 9th during the official signing ceremony for H.R. 4346, the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022(Article)


Sunthetics (2020)

  • Received investment from REFASHIOND Ventures. (Article)

  • Daniela Blanco (CEO, co-founder) was a commencement speaker at NYU Tandon. (Video)

  • Was awarded an SBIR grant by the NSF in the Advanced Manufacturing category. (Article)

Technocarbon (2021)

  • Won La Tribune’s Change the World prize in the Environment and Energy category (Article)

  • Selected as an awardee of Evolven Up’s accelerator program. (Article)

 

TendOcean (2018)

  • Under C.A. Goudey & Associates, was awarded almost $200K in grants from the DOE. (Article)

 

 

T-Omega Wind (2020)

  • Chosen to participate in the 2022 TechX CleanEnergy Accelerator program by the Net Zero Technology Centre. (Page)


Verde Technologies Incorporated (2022) 

Selected as a finalist for the Perovskite Startup Prize (Article)


Verified Water, Inc. (2021)

  • Invited to showcase the company’s technology at NEWEA’s 2022 annual conference. (Article)


Voltpost (2021)

  • Gained 1.3 million dollars in fundraising through contracts and venture capital investors. (Article)

  • Featured on Columbia University’s website. (Article)

  • Selected to present at the 2022 NREL Industry Growth Forum. (Article)

  • Won the WeWorks Changemakers: Sustainability Series New York City competition. (About the competition)

  • COO and co-founder Luke Mairo was featured on the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Current podcast. (SpotifyApple MusicSoundcloud)

 

Zero (2021)

  • Participated in the Saint-Gobain challenge and will conduct a tech demonstration with CertainTeed and two pilot tests, one of which is with the MassCEC’s Decarbonation Pathways program. (Article)