Colorado Cleantech Industry Association Selects the 2012 Finalists Honoring Leadership in Advancing Colorado’s Cleantech Economy

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Colorado companies, organizations and individuals selected for their efforts to expand Colorado’s cleantech ecosystem, increase jobs and drive innovation in the cleantech sector

The Colorado Cleantech Association (CCIA) today named 21 finalists for its third annual “Colorado Cleantech Industry Awards Celebration,” honoring leadership in advancing cleantech job creation, corporate growth, individual effort and technical innovation. Winners will be announced Oct. 22 at the Colorado Cleantech Awards Celebration.

This year’s company finalists were selected based on their ability to impact the marketplace with innovative clean technologies, and recognizes successful fundraising efforts, ability to scale their technology, and the company’s statewide job creation success. Individuals were selected for their commitment to expanding Colorado’s cleantech ecosystem and their devotion to the growth of their respective organizations. With the guidance of Deloitte, the finalists were selected by a group of industry peers consisting of entrepreneurial leaders, cleantech CEOs and former award recipients.

“We greatly value the work these companies and individuals have undertaken and their passion towards positioning Colorado as one of the most advanced states in the nation for cleantech,” said Christine Shapard, executive director of CCIA. “During such a critical time in this election year, we believe the leadership awards will celebrate and exemplify Colorado’s commitment to cleantech and the state’s dedication to advancing clean technology on a larger scale nationally.”

The 2012 Colorado Cleantech Leadership Awards Finalists Are:

NATIONAL CLEANTECH LEADERSHIP AWARD 2012
Center for the New Energy Economy (Fort Collins) - http://cnee.colostate.edu/index.html
Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory (Golden) - http://www.coloradocollaboratory.org/
Ecotech Institute (Aurora) - http://www.ecotechinstitute.com/

GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN CLEANTECH LEADERSHIP 2012
Robert Fenwick-Smith, Aravaipa Ventures - http://www.aravaipaventures.com/
Doug Schatz, Ampt - http://www.ampt.com/

CLEANTECH CORPORATE CHAMPION 2012
Wells Fargo - https://www.wellsfargo.com/

CLEANTECH INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
9th Street Investments (Golden) - http://9thstreetinvestments.com/
Access Venture Partners (Westminster) - http://www.accessventurepartners.com/
Braemar Energy Ventures - http://www.braemarenergy.com/
New Enterprise Associates - http://www.nea.com/

HIGH IMPACT CLEANTECH COMPANY 2012
Albeo Technologies (Boulder) - http://www.albeotech.com/
Sundrop Fuels (Longmont) - http://www.sundropfuels.com/

BREAKOUT CLEANTECH COMPANY 2012
Boulder Wind Power (Boulder) - http://www.boulderwindpower.com/
Zeachem (Lakewood) - http://www.zeachem.com/

EMERGING CLEANTECH COMPANY 2012
Silver Bullet Water Treatment (Denver) - http://silverbulletcorp.com/
SkyFuel Inc. (Arvada) - http://www.skyfuel.com/

COLORADO CLEANTECH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
Sandy Butterfield, Boulder Wind Power (Boulder)- http://www.boulderwindpower.com/
Hans Mueller, EcoVapor Recovery Systems (Centennial)- http://www.cleanlaunch.com/

CLEANTECH EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Joel Butler, Solix BioSystems (Fort Collins) - http://www.solixbiofuels.com/
Mark Verheyen, TerraLUX - http://www.terralux.com/

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR
State Representative Brian Delgrosso - http://www.briandelgrosso.com/

The Colorado Cleantech Award Celebration will be held Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel. Josh Green, General Partner, for Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) and Chair-Elect of the National Venture Capital Association, is the keynote speaker for the event. For more information, visit: http://coloradocleantech.com/2012-dinner.html

About CCIA
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.

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