Cleantech Open Announces Dates For 2017 Cleantech Week #WeAreTheFix

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Cleantech Week is a confluence of the cleantech industry and the climate movement. It aims to create new business opportunities, highlight solutions, engage citizens, cultivate partnerships, and spur further massive investment in clean technologies to address climate change.


Today, on its eleventh year, at the eleventh hour, Cleantech Open is expanding its reach. In response to mounting public and industry awareness of the urgent need to address visible and measurable climate change, Cleantech Open will hold the first Cleantech Week: February 6-10, 2017 in San Francisco. With Cleantech Week, Cleantech Open aims to forge the necessary connections for a movement to evolve into an industrial revolution.

Cleantech Week is a significant expansion of the Global Forum and Investor Connect events, held every November for just over a decade, at which the organization celebrated the graduation of a new cohort of entrepreneurs tackling our evermore pressing energy, environmental, and economic challenges. Cleantech Week convenes the cleantech industry and the climate movement to create new business opportunities, highlight solutions, engage citizens, cultivate partnerships, and spur further massive investment—building on the $320 billion of global capital invested last year in the cleantech sector.

“Cleantech Week is a calling of the tribes, a gathering of all those seeking to create careers and generate capital by answering the climate change technology challenge,” said Ian Foraker, executive director of Cleantech Open. “Please join us in building our cleantech future: where industry is sustainable; where homes produce more energy than they consume; where electric, autonomous cars make traffic and urban smog distant memories; and where sustainable agriculture supports local ecosystems and feeds more people. Join us in celebrating many small wins guided by one big dream.”

Spearhead the transition to a clean economy by joining us

Focused on cleantech as a movement to combat climate change, Cleantech Week 2017 highlights advances in cleantech entrepreneurship, builds industry connections, features employment opportunities, showcases thought leaders, and spurs investment in cleantech. The week focuses on three major themes: global cleantech entrepreneurship, open innovation, and cleantech investment. It comprises five days, 40+ events in downtown San Francisco, with hundreds of cleantech startups, and thousands of participants and experts from our network — driven by corporate partners like Autodesk, Coca-Cola, and Ford. A complete program overview is available here.

Sponsorship opportunities

Cleantech Open invites organizations that want to make a high-profile impact on climate change to become official sponsors. Organizations can sponsor all of Cleantech Week, specific events, or awards. As a nonprofit, tax-deductible contributions are an essential part of the work Cleantech Open does. Sponsorship opportunities start at just $5,000 and are available here. For more information, contact Max Gimpel-Henning:

Host an Event

Cleantech Week’s goal is to foster an inclusive movement that creates opportunities for everyone to participate in a transition to a cleaner economy. To foster this goal, we are inviting aligned organizations to host events highlighting their solutions or contributions towards mitigating climate change and/or cleantech innovations. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact Ibolya Tarsoly:

About Cleantech Open: Now entering its second decade of impact, Cleantech Open is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission to find, fund, and foster the big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. To accomplish this mission, Cleantech Open manages three major programs: U.S. Accelerator, Global Cleantech Innovation Program (GCIP), and Global Ideas Competition. Over the past ten years, more than 1,100 companies have participated in the organization’s flagship U.S. accelerator program and business plan competition. These companies have gone on to raise in excess of $1.2 billion; more than 70 percent of these companies are still in business today. Since 2014, Cleantech Open has partnered with UNIDO and Global Environmental Fund of the World Bank to accelerate more than 300 companies in the developing world through GCIP. Finally, every year, Cleantech Open provides a forum in which entrepreneurs with the best ideas from 40 countries around the world can compete for recognition. The Global Ideas winners receive awards and recognition of their achievement. Cleantech Open is sponsored nationally by several sponsors, including Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, and Ford. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @cleantechopen.

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