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)
Adrian Tuck, Tendril (Boulder, CO) - (tendrilinc.com)
• 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)
Richard Franklin, Clean Tech Open (Denver, CO) - (linkedin.com)
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.
About Ira Ehrenpreis
Mr. Ehrenpreis has been with Palo Alto-based Technology Partners since 1996, leading the firm's Cleantech investment practice with investments in Energy Technology, Water Technology, and Advanced Materials opportunities. He is an investor in Colorado's Abound Solar, as well as in Tesla Motors. He is a recognized leader in both the venture capital industry and the Cleantech sector, and in 2007, was named one of the "Top 50 Most Influential Men Under 45"by Details Magazine.
About Technology Partners
Technology Partners (technologypartners.com) is recognized as one of the pioneering venture firms focusing in Cleantech. Since its first investment in CellNet Data Systems in 1991 Technology Partners has achieved a leadership position investing in energy, water, and advanced-materials companies, such as Tesla Motors, CoalTek, and Nanogram.
About the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association
The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association (coloradocleantech.com) 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.
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