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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.
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.
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.
Want to know more, see their full bio's online.
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.
Midwest Energy and Sustainability Leadership Alliance
Business Network Chicago (BNC)
Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization
Global Cleantech Cluster Association
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