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2014 East Coast Academy

Cleantech Open Northeast

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 7:00 AM - Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 5:30 PM (EDT)

2014 East Coast Academy

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Event Details

All Cleantech Open semifinalists, mentors, volunteers, sponsors, and invited guests get in free!  Team Development Program participants and partners are invited to attend at a discounted rate.  If you don't know your promotional code, please email Gina Bellato at to receive it and unlock the appropriate ticket type. 

NEW: Please Download our detailed Event Program here

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Cleantech Open 2014 East Coast Academy


Tuesday, June 17- Wednesday, June 18, 2014

the diana center

The Diana Center at Barnard College

3009 Broadway

New York, New York 10027

Program Overview

We are thrilled to offer the East Coast Academy this year during New York Energy Week and for the first time at Barnard College in New York City!

This intensive "business bootcamp" is a mandatory part of the Cleantech Open accelerator for semifinalist teams, and provides them with the fundamental skills necessary to grow their startups and get the most out of the remainder of the accelerator.

The semifinalist teams who attend the Academy represent some of the most innovative cleantech ideas in the country, and the event brings together a wealth of resources that help our teams improve their business models, network with mentors and speakers, and connect to the broader NYC community. 

Beyond the excellent set of speakers we’ve lined up, the Academy also includes a working “mentor afternoon” on the second day, where semifinalist teams get a chance to work with mentors one-on-one.  Cleantech Open Mentors are encouraged to attend a private mentor lunch from 12-1:30pm on the 18th, preceding the mentor afternoon.  

At the end of our programming on the 18th, participants are encouraged to attend the New York Energy Week Startup Showcase and Demo Day happening the night of the 18th in downtown Manhattan!

All photos will be taken by Lyle Shanahan, please contact him at if you're interested in having him at one your events!


Tuesday, June 17th

7am - Morning registration and breakfast

8am - 11:45am Morning Speaking Program

11:45-12:45pm - Autodesk Lunch and Learn

12:45pm - 6:00pm - Afternoon Speaking Program

6:00pm - 7:00pm - Networking Mixer (casual)

Wednesday, June 18th

7:30-8:00am - Morning registration and breakfast

8am - 12:30pm - Morning Speaking Program

12:30pm - 1:45pm - Lunch and Mentor Lunch (mentors only)

1:45pm - 3:00pm - Afternoon Speaking Program

3:15pm - 4:00pm - How to Work with Your Mentor

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Goal Setting with Mentors and Advisors

5:30pm - 8:30pm - NYEW Startup Showcase (downtown at the NY Academy of Sciences, transportation not provided)

New York Energy Week Startup Showcase

Cleantech Open Northeast is cohosting the New York Energy Week Startup Showcase at the NY Academy of Sciences (250 Greenwich Street) immediately following the East Coast Academy on Wednesday, June 18th, from 5:30-8:30pm.  We will not be providing transportation to the event, and recommend that attendees take public transportation.

There are several ways to participate in the Startup Showcase:

1)  Request to attend this event here - general admission is by invite only and there are limited tickets available

2) Based on applications received, 14 semifinalist teams have been chosen to poster!  Check them out at the event.   

How to get there:  The recommended route is to take the Subway Line 1 (towards South Ferry Loop) from the 116th St Columbia University stop to the Chambers Street stop and from there it is a quick walk down Broadway to the venue.  Here's the Google Map route for your reference.   

Detailed Academy Program

Coming soon!

Featured Speakers

Bob Dorf, serial entrepreneur and co-author of the Startup Owner's Manual

Alicia Barton, CEO of the MassCEC

Matthew Nordan, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of MNL Partners

Micah Kotch, Executive Director of NYC ACRE

Jeffrey Peterson, Program Manager of Innovation and Business Development at NYSERDA



All food is included in the price of admission.  Breakfast and coffee will be served both mornings starting at 7am. Lunch will be provided both days, there will be afternoon coffee breaks, and appetizers/drinks will be provided on the 17th during the cocktail reception.


There are three lodging options:

1) Barnard College dormitory - SOLD OUT!

$67/night, 2 nights on Monday, June 16th and Tuesday, June 17th. (first-come-first served, 40 single rooms available total).  Note that rooms are extremely spartan but conveniently located to the event.

Logistical Information:

Dormitory: Elliot Hall on 49 Claremont Avenue (at the corner of 119th Street)

Residence Agreement/Contract: please download here.  When you check in, you will be asked to provide ID, and you will be provided with a room key, a swipe card to get into the building, and anything else you might need.

Earliest checkin time: 2pm on Monday, June 16th (Unfortunately, there won't be any baggage storage facilities provided before that time.)

Latest checkout time: 10am on Wednesday, June 18th  (Yes, you can bring your bags with you to the Diana Center and store them the second day of the Academy!)

How to get from Elliot Hall to the Diana Center - see map below - it's a 5 minute walk.

2) The Aloft Hotel in Harlem - ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE!

$229 / night

8 minute (0.8 miles) walk to Barnard College

Reserve a Room Here!

Or call 1-877-462-5638 and refer to the Cleantech Northeast block.

3) Feel free to arrange for your own lodging.  There are plenty of hotel options available in NYC, including AirBNB for a more local (and cheaper) experience.


Whenever possible, we recommend taking public transportation.  The closest subway stop to the Diana Center is 116th Street - Columbia University on the 1 Train, and the closest bus stop is the M104 line at Broadway and W 119th Street.  Barnard has some great driving directions on their website, and here's a link to nearby parking garages (street parking is limited).  See the map below for the closest campus entrance and the exact location of the Diana Center.

Emergency Contact Info

If you get lost, cannot find the event, or otherwise experience distress in the Big Apple, please shoot us an email or give us a call and we will be happy to help.

Gina Bellato, Events and Outreach Coordinator,, (617) 356-7827

Ingrid Hartman, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager,, (617) 340-9518



About the Cleantech Open

The mission of the Cleantech Open is to find, fund, and foster the big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges.

To accomplish this mission, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition. Since 2006, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $6 million in cash and services to support cleantech startups. The more than 800 participating companies have raised more than $1 billion in external capital. 

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