Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator

Pacific Northwest’s Top Cleantech Organizations Partner to Accelerate Startup Businesses

Oregon BEST and the CleanTech Alliance today announced the launch of a new business accelerator that will assist cleantech startups throughout the Pacific Northwest by leveraging the region’s unique clean technology business and research assets.

The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator will tap an extensive regional network of cleantech expertise, organizations and research labs to deliver mentorship, access, curriculum and other forms of support designed specifically for early-stage cleantech startups founded in the Pacific Northwest. Details are now available at www.cascadiacleantech.org.

The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator will focus on business modeling, customer discovery and product development, go-to-market strategy, financing and funding and creation of industry connections needed to succeed. Each participating cleantech startup will receive:

  • MENTORSHIP from cleantech industry leaders to help with business planning, intellectual property protection, marketing, financing and more.
  • CONNECTIONS throughout the networks of both Oregon BEST and the CleanTech Alliance to provide access to industry leaders, service providers and investors from across the region.
  • HANDS-ON BUSINESS AND FINANCING WORKSHOPS to assist with business model creation, product development, market development and funding strategies.
  • CUSTOMER DISCOVER ASSISTANCE to hone minimally viable product and go-to-market strategy.
  • COMPANY AND BRAND VISIBILITY from established CleanTech Alliance and Oregon BEST industry events, programs and marketing outreach.
  • ACCESS TO PRIZE MONEY for participating teams that compete for three cash prizes totaling $10,000, plus in-kind services from accelerator partners.

Applications for the 2016 Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator program close May 15th. Because it is non-dilutive, startups can take part in the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator as a standalone offering or as an add-on with other business accelerators or incubators. To learn more, contact Gabe Boeckman at gabe@cleantechalliance.org or Vanessa Margolis at vanessa.margolis@oregonbest.org.

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