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April 22, 2013-3rd Annual Cleantech Competition, Chicago Qualifying for the Global Cleantec Cluster Assocation  Later Stage Awards

Cleantech Competition - Chicago Qualifying for the GCCA LSA 2013

Chicago Clean Energy Alliance

Monday, April 22, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

Cleantech Competition - Chicago Qualifying for the...

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Early Registration
Advance registration. This option will close on April 11th at 4pm. After this time you will need to register onsite ($20). As a 501c6 this registration is a tax-delectable business expense.
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Advance registration. This option will close on April 19th at 4pm. After this time you will need to register onsite ($20). As a 501c6 this registration is a tax-delectable business expense.
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Presenting Companies Ended $10.00 $1.54
Judge Ended $10.00 $1.54

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The Chicago Clean Energy Alliance (CCEA) announces its 3rd annual

Get a glimpse of the future of the clean energy landscape. Twelve companies will pitch to a panel of angel investors, venture capitalists, and energy experts. Hear their business plans, listen to where they see opportunity, and learn where investors are placing their bets. 

Competition Details 

Date: Monday, April 22, from 5 - 8 p.m.
Location: Grant Thornton LLP 175 W Jackson Blvd 13th floor in the Chicago Loop.

Schedule:  The event program will start promptly at 5:15pm to allow time for every company.

Presenting Companies:

From the event the top 5 companies will be nominated for the GCCA Later Stage Award competition   This week the GCCA Later Stage Award was listed with the Zayed Future Energy Prize and the Global Cleantech 100 as a top cleantech competition. Read more

As a new added bonus for the companies presenting the Mid-West North Region of the Cleantech Open will wave the application fee for the evenings winning company ($140 value) for their 2013 Business Accelerator (the winning company must meet there eligibility requirements).  The winning company will also win a free exhibit booth at our October 16-17th Midwest Cleantech Open Innovation Summit.  The 2nd - 5th place winning company's will recieve a 50% discount on the application fee.

Download the PDF Flyer for more information on this program.
If you have questions about the Cleantech Open, the Mid-West North Region and/or the 2013 Business Accelerator program please contact Justin Kaster (jkaster@cleantechopen.org).

New for 2013 you the attendee will get a vote too.  We will be taking realtime text (sms) messaging votes to help the judges make their decision.


  • Ben Brown
    Is an Analyst at the Clean Energy Trust where he focuses on the commercialization consulting practice and program development. 
  • Quentin Burchill
    Since starting with Angott Search Group in 1996, Quentin has made over 215 placements, successfully matching qualified candidates to his clients’ needs.
  • Barb Fatina, CPA, MBA
    Is the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Argonne National Laboratory. Prior to this she was Chief Financial Officer at DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol and Vice President and General Manager of Exelon Energy Company.
  • Jared Gonsky
    Is a Senior Business Development Manager with LanzaTech based in Chicago where he facilitates global business development initiatives.
  • Diana Y. Hu, PhD
    Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Baylor College of Medicine, MBA University of Chicago. Professional experience includes strategy consulting at PwC and Deloitte, and corporate roles at Allstate Insurance Company.
  • Philip Martin
    Has 20+ years experience in the transportation industry in matters of Finance, Business Development, Operations Analysis, and Process Improvement.
  • Mark Menarik
    Is an accomplished serial entrepreneur specializing in high-level, early-stage and hands-on markets, relationships and business development.
  • Travis Narum
    Has 10 years of energy experience most recently as the Development Director at Acciona Energy where he was in charge of wind and solar development for the central and eastern United States.
  • Anthony Toussaint
    Is a senior leader in research and development and new business development with expertise in the specialty chemicals industry.

Want to know more, see their full bio's online.

Competition Explained:


The GCCA (www.globalcleantech.org) selects 30 finalists from the cluster nominations to compete in one of 10 clean tech categories: Agriculture, Advanced Materials, Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings, Renewable Energy, Solar, Transportation, Wind, Waste, and Water). Each category winner is awarded the official title: “Best in Class--GCCA Later Stage Award 2013", and introduced to a leading, hand-selected investment community across the globe. To find out more about the international judges, go to: www.globalcleantech.org/awards/judges. Winners are announced at the gala event in Atlanta, Georgia this fall.

Prospective Applicants-How to Apply for the Competition

To be selected to compete internationally, you must be nominated by a cluster to qualify for the GCCA competition. We are one of 38 global clusters that provides innovative clean tech companies with the rare opportunity to gain international visibility and access to professional investors.

There is no application or processing fee this year. Although we are partial to cleantech companies based in Chicago and the Midwest, prospective applicants are not limited by geography and may apply from anywhere on the planet. E-mail a short executive summary (2 - 3 pages) or PowerPoint deck (10 - 12 slides) to Steve Wolff at: steven@theCCEA.org. The deadline to apply is Saturday, April 11, at 5 p.m. The contest focuses on later-stage companies but startups are welcome to apply.

This competition is a multi-step process. The winners are nominated by the CCEA to enter the 2012 Later Stage Awards competition, hosted by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA). It is during the Later Stage Awards Competition where winners are recognized as the most innovative and fastest-growing green technology companies in the world. Companies are judged by a panel of over 30 venture capitalists who collectively manage $3.5 billion in the clean tech space.

Have questions about Cleantech Competition - Chicago Qualifying for the GCCA LSA 2013? Contact Chicago Clean Energy Alliance
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When & Where

Grant Thornton LLP
175 West Jackson Boulevard
13th floor
Chicago, IL 60604

Monday, April 22, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Chicago Clean Energy Alliance

Supporting Organizations

Midwest Energy and Sustainability Leadership Alliance

Business Network Chicago (BNC)

Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization

Global Cleantech Cluster Association


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