Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Announces Finalists for Inaugural 'Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration,' Honoring Leadership in Advancing Cleantech

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The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (CCIA) has released names of the finalists for its inaugural "Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration," honoring leadership in advancing cleantech. Winners will be announced Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Denver Marriott City Center -- the event is now "sold out" and registration closed. Ira Ehrenpreis, noted venture capitalist and cleantech industry expert, is the keynote speaker for the event, showcasing those companies and individuals who have made a significant impact on Colorado's cleantech industry during the past year.

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association has released names of the finalists for its inaugural "Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration" recognition event, honoring leadership in advancing cleantech. "Winners will be announced Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Denver Marriott City Center, at our now officially sold-out event," Christine Shapard, Executive Director of the CCIA announces, "We're extremely pleased to share the twenty finalists who emerged from our recent statewide call for nominations."

CCIA - Leadership in Advancing Cleantech Awards - Finalists Include:

  • High-Impact Cleantech Company of the Year

Abound Solar (Loveland, CO) - abound.com
Advanced Energy Industries, Solaron Business (Fort Collins, CO) - advanced-energy.com
CoorsTek (Golden, CO) - coorstek.com
Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (Littleton, CO) - infinitepowersolutions.com
Tendril (Boulder, CO) - tendrilinc.com

  • Breakout Cleantech Company of the Year

Ice Energy (Windsor, CO) - ice-energy.com
OPX Biotechnologies, Inc. (Boulder, CO) - opxbiotechnologies.com
ZeaChem, Inc. (Lakewood, CO) - zeachem.com

  • Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year

Green Garage (Boulder, CO) - greengarage.com
RavenBrick LLC (Denver, CO) - ravenbrick.com
VanDyne Super Turbo (Fort Collins, CO) - vandynesuperturbo.com

  • Colorado Cleantech Entrepreneur of the Year

Raymond R. Johnson, Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (Littleton, CO) - infinitepowersolutions.com
Doug Schatz, Advanced Energy Industries (Fort Collins, CO) -
advanced- energy.com/en/Officers_Board.html
Adrian Tuck, Tendril (Boulder, CO) - tendrilinc.com/about/management-team

  • National Cleantech Leadership

Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory - coloradocollaboratory.org
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (Golden, CO) - nrel.gov
Rocky Mountain Institute (Snowmass, CO) - rmi.org

  • Governor's Award for Excellence in Cleantech Leadership

Ron Bernal, NEA (Boulder, CO) - nea.com/Team/Default.aspx?id=27
Richard Franklin, Clean Tech Open (Denver, CO) - linkedin.com/in/dickfranklin
Paul Nelson, Saoradh Energy (Boulder CO) - saoradh.com

Further, according to Shapard, "We have simply been overwhelmed by the response for advance reservations to the event. We thank the Colorado Cleantech industry and business community at large for welcoming our new cleantech awards event with such gusto."

Ira Ehrenpreis, noted venture capitalist and cleantech industry expert is the keynote speaker for the event. Widely regarded as one of the most experienced cleantech investors, Mr. Ehrenpreis will deliver a keynote address covering "The State of the Cleantech Industry."  As one of the pioneers in the cleantech sector, he'll share how the sector has evolved over the past decade and review the drivers behind cleantech's emergence as the fastest growing area of the venture asset class.  Mr. Ehrenpreis will also review the challenges the industry faces and those issues notwithstanding, why he believes cleantech will continue to be a good bet in the years and decades to come. Visit technologypartners.com

About the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association

The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association represents the interests of the state's cleantech industry. Its mission is to further establish Colorado as a world leader in clean technology by providing representation and advocacy, a unified voice, relevant programming and capacity development. For more information, visit http://www.coloradocleantech.com.

CCIA is found on these social media sites:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/COCleantech
LinkedIn Group: http://www.linkedin.com/e/vgh/1882455
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoCleantechIndustryAssociation
News Feed: http://coloradocleantech.blogspot.com
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/COCleantech

Contacts:

Shelly Curtiss, CCIA Communications Director, 303-623-2690

Maggie Chamberlin Holben, Absolutely PR - absolutelypr.com - 303-984-9801

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