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2022 Cleantech Open Northeast Impact Report


Watch our 2022 Northeast Regional Finals video!

Read about the Cleantech Open Northeast Alumni in the News in 2022!

Congratulations to the 2022 Northeast Regional Winners, Finalists and Runners-Up!

The 2021 Northeast Regional Winners are HiT Nano, Kasava, NTP Technologies and Verde Technologies! Our other two Finalists are florrent and Sensible Photonics! Our Runners-Up are G Force Waste Sorters and Clean Valley! Our two Honorable Mentions nectar and Solais Ventures.  The 2022 Northeast Winners and Finalists will pitch live at the 2022 Cleantech Open Global Forum. 


Cleantech Open Northeast Covers…

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Eastern Canada. We are proud to be a central part of the highly unique and productive regional cleantech ecosystem: we work with partners all over our two regions to support the growth of innovative startups coming out of our tremendous research institutions and the business community.


Francesco Maria Benedetti, CEO of Osmoses, the 2021 Cleantech Open Northeast Regional and Carbon Sequestration Prize Winner

Elise Strobach, founder and CEO of AeroShield, the 2019 Cleantech Open National Grand Prize winner

Check out our playlist of alumni testimonials below!

Check out the Cleantech Open Northeast YouTube page 
for alumni testimonials, startup videos,
and more!

Cleantech Open is…

the oldest and largest cleantech startup accelerator program, with the mission to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with ideas to solve our greatest environmental and energy challenges. Through our annual business competition and accelerator program, we connect cleantech startups with the people and resources that will accelerate their success, and provide a national platform for public visibility.

Cleantech Open Northeast History

Cleantech Open Northeast was founded in 2005 as the Ignite Clean Energy program by the Energy Special Interest Group (ESIG) of the MIT Enterprise Forum. At the beginning, with less than 30 teams applying and a huge outpouring of community, business, academic, and volunteer enthusiasm, the program initially focused on student entrepreneurship at MIT and then expanded rapidly to the larger community. In 2010, Ignite expanded its reach and impact by joining forces with the national organization Cleantech Open creating the largest cleantech innovation footprint in the country. Shortly after its inception, Cleantech Open Northeast (CTONE) entered an affiliate agreement with the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC). As part of this agreement, NECEC provides office space and visibility, in exchange for CTONE helping to promote NECEC’s interests and creating a pipeline for potential new members for NECEC.

Get to know the Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC), the Northeast Regional Affiliate

The Northeast Clean Energy Council (NECEC) is the Northeast regional affiliate for Cleantech Open. NECEC leads the just, equitable, and rapid transition to a clean energy future and a diverse climate economy. NECEC executes the Cleantech Open Northeast accelerator and business plan competition in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont and builds the region’s innovation network for Cleantech Open and NECEC’s successor program for cleantech entrepreneurs, Cleantech Navigate Northeast. Cleantech Navigate Northeast program helps better connect accelerator participants and alumni with financiers, strategic partners, and early adoption customers. Learn more about NECEC and its programs to help clean energy businesses start, scale and succeed in the Northeast at: Stay connected to opportunities in the Northeast cleantech ecosystem by subscribing to NECEC's Startup Shortcut below.

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