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Cleantech Open turns clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies.

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The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges

Finding, funding and fostering entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges is the mission of the Cleantech Open, the world’s largest cleantech startup accelerator. Since 2006, the Cleantech Open has worked with over 700 companies across the United States, and the 2013 competition deadline for applications from the South Central region, including Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas, is Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Austin-based RideScout credits the Cleantech Open accelerator process for helping its founders clarify their vision and see their concept become a reality.

“People are the product of the environment around them,” explains RideScout CEO Joseph Kopser, “and we were fortunate to be surrounded by driven and successful people as part of the Cleantech Open process. “That role modeling is critical to the success of entrepreneurial ventures.”

RideScout (http://www.ridescoutapp.com), which placed 2nd in last year’s National Sustainability Category at the Cleantech Open Global Forum held in San Jose, is a mobile application that accesses all of a city’s ground transportation options so consumers can access information intuitively and efficiently and ultimately have a better commuter experience and reduce congestion.

Chris Winland, Cleantech Open Metro Director for the Austin/San Antonio area, says RideScout is an example of the kinds of companies that Cleantech Open is seeking to apply for the national accelerator program.

“RideScout represents the kind of entrepreneurial quality that goes through the Cleantech Open curriculum and succeeds with a lot of hard work and effort,” said Winland. “Now we’re looking for the next RideScout.

The Cleantech Open accepts applications from U.S.-based teams of at least two people who want to launch a new cleantech idea in the categories of Energy Generation; Energy Distribution and Storage; Energy Efficiency; Chemicals and Advanced Materials; Information and Communications Technologies (ICT); Green Building; Transportation; and Agriculture, Water and Waste. Additional requirements for applicants are available on the Cleantech Open website at http://www2.cleantechopen.org/how-to-apply-2, and the application is posted online at http://www.cleantechopen.com/app.cgi/teams/create.

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ABOUT THE CLEANTECH OPEN
The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, The Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled 727 cleantech startups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped its alumni companies raise more than $800 million in external capital, and created thousands of green-collar jobs. Fueled by a global network of more than 1,500 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s and the world’s cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit http://www.cleantechopen.org, or follow us on Twitter at @cleantechopen or Cleantech Open on Facebook.

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