Skipso, London’s Cleantech Crowdsourcing and Social Media platform, Unites Fragmented MIT Clean Energy Prize Community Under A Single Virtual Environment

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Skipso, the new cleantech crowdsourcing and social media platform, announced today its partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Clean Energy Prize (submission deadline 25th Feb 2011, 6pm EST). Skipso’s customised matchmaking software connects MIT’s disparate community of Clean Energy Prize teams, alumni, cleantech entrepreneurs, researchers, professionals, investors and policy makers under a single web-portal. In addition, the platform’s open innovation and crowdsourcing forums increase the breadth and reach of the MIT Clean Energy Prize around the world by connecting MIT participants with Skipso’s global cleantech network.

Skipso, the new cleantech crowdsourcing and social media platform, announced today its partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Clean Energy Prize (submission deadline 25th Feb 2011, 6pm EST). Skipso’s customised matchmaking software connects MIT’s disparate community of Clean Energy Prize teams, alumni, cleantech entrepreneurs, researchers, professionals, investors and policy makers under a single web-portal. In addition, the platform’s open innovation and crowdsourcing forums increase the breadth and reach of the MIT Clean Energy Prize around the world by connecting MIT participants with Skipso’s global cleantech network.

“Before Skipso, we struggled every year to rebuild the MIT Clean Energy Prize community through newsletters, emails and other time consuming methods,” said Georgina Campbell, 2011 Managing Director. “Now, Skipso has given our community a permanent virtual home not only during the competition, but throughout the year- connecting competitors, energy entrepreneurs, and researchers, both locally and internationally.”

The crowdsourcing and social media cleantech platform from Skipso came out of beta testing in the fall of 2010. It was the competition management functionality and secure dedicated virtual environment capabilities that prompted MIT to partner with the UK company. The system guides participants through the award’s application process and updates them with activity surrounding the prize and their application. The platform also provides discussion boards for crowdsourcing solutions, content sections and the ability to collaborate on teams. Additionally, the Skipso software offers social media tools such as profiles, status updates, contacts, messaging, and blogging to foster interaction.

“Similar to the greater cleantech industry, key players and top influencers in the MIT CEP community were fragmented and disconnected before the Skipso platform was implemented,” said Carlo Soresina, co-founder of Skipso. “Our customised platform not only connects the greater MIT Clean Energy community to itself, but also to Skipso’s global cleantech network”

Now in its fourth edition, the MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) has helped launch dozens of new cleantech start-ups, including FloDesign, FastCAP Systems and OSCOMP Systems. Collectively, CEP companies have raised over $85 million in funding and created over 400 jobs.

Additional organizations using Skipso’s custom crowdsourcing and social media platforms include Cleantech Business Club (Netherlands), Oske Cleantech Cluster (Finland) and CleantechU (USA).

The MIT CEP platform can be found live at: http://cep-community.mit.edu/login.html

The global Skipso cleantech community can be found at http://www.skipso.com.

About MIT Clean Energy Prize:
The MIT Clean Energy Prize, open to all students at US universities, is an educational platform for innovation, entrepreneurship and new venture creation in the clean energy space. Co-sponsored by NSTAR and the U.S. Department of Energy, the Clean Energy Prize's Grand Prize of $200,000 aims to catalyze a new generation of clean energy solutions. Our judges also select 5 category winners, each winning $15,000. The first round submission deadline is on February 25th 2011 and the final energy showcase is on May 3rd 2011 (where the top 25 teams will showcase their energy ventures alongside successful CEP alumni teams, and other successful energy start-ups). To find out more about the Prize, please visit our website http://cep.mit.edu/ and follow us on Twitter @MIT_CEP.    

About Skipso
Skipso (http:http://www.skipso.com) is a UK-based company that leverages the Internet to accelerate Cleantech innovation globally thanks to a proprietary matchmaking platform. Skipso is the global hub for Cleantech innovation, providing a dedicated solution for Cleantech Clusters, associations, universities, incubators and other large Cleantech organisations. Thanks to its unique platform and ecosystem Cleantech companies and entrepreneurs can now use open innovation and crowdsourcing tools to find solutions to their internal challenges. Skipso’s social media connection tools allow cleantech entrepreneurs to grow their companies, advance their technologies at lower costs, and commercialise their products globally.

Media Contact: Lisa Ann Pinkerton

Technica Communications for Skipso

Lisaann (at) technicacommunications (dot) com

650-288-1824

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