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Blog Details
Region
Northeast
Date of Publication
01/01/2022
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:
May - 

Flux Marine (2019)


Past Featured Alumni of the Month:

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:

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)


ACUA Ocean (2021)

  • 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)


Aeroshield (2019)

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

  • 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 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)


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)


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)

 

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)


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)


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)

  • 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)

  • Was 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)


Flux Marine (2019)


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)


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)


Osmoses (2021)

  • 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)


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)

 

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)


Sunthetics (2020)

  • Received investment from REFASHIOND Ventures. (Article)

Technocarbon (2021)

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


T-Omega Wind (2020)

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


Transfoam (2021)


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)

 

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)