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BUILDING IT – Best Practices in Clean Tech Prototyping

Cleantech Open Northeast

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

BUILDING IT – Best Practices in Clean Tech Prototyping

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Cleantech Open Northeast and The Boston Institute for Clean Energy Prototyping (BICEP) Present…


Best Practices in Clean Tech Prototyping

April 25, 2012


A Panel and Networking Event

aGreentown Labs

337 Summer St., Boston, MA


Do you have an idea and a design for a novel new cleantech product? Great! But the next step is probably the hardest part: actually building your prototype and proving your concept. With big costs and small budgets, how can cleantech startups ensure that they are taking the smartest possible path to when building their products?

Join Cleantech Open Northeast to learn from a panel of experts on the do’s and don’ts of strategically building successful cleantech prototypes.

Topics addressed will include:

  • Strategic best practices for building prototypes
  • Common prototype development mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Costs & financing of product development
  • When and how to use computer simulations
  •  When and how to bring in OEMs during the process



Ethan Labowitz, The Boston Institute for Clean Energy Prototyping


Matt Dorson, Mystic River Engineering

Eric Smith, Keystone Tower Systems

About Cleantech Open Northeast

The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest accelerator, providing entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch successful cleantech companies. Cleantech Open’s mission is to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. The program provides a number of key activities; extensive mentoring, training, business clinics, access to investors and capital, numerous opportunities to showcase to the media and the public, and the competition itself.

Applications are being accepted until MAY 8 for Cleantech Open's 2012 Accelerator. Apply today!

Since its inception in 2006, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $5 million in cash and services to support cleantech growth companies. The 581 participating companies of the Cleantech Open’s accelerator programs have raised more than $660 million in external capital. 



BICEP’s mission is to help cleantech startups develop prototypes faster and cheaper.  To that end:

  • BICEP provides prototype fabrication services for local clean energy companies, with a focus on metalworking, especially welding & fabrication.
  • BICEP offers consulting services, offering process-specific technical expertise as well as broader strategic advice on prototyping strategy.
  • BICEP conducts unique workshops, like Cleantech Prototyping Academy, which help engineers learn to design prototypes more effectively.

Event Sponsor

The unique Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations, and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers, providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate their ideas through Digital Prototyping. Program participants receive software licenses valued* at up to $150,000 for just $50. Used by millions of design professionals worldwide, Autodesk® software helps users create a better, more sustainable world. Go for more information. 

Have questions about BUILDING IT – Best Practices in Clean Tech Prototyping? Contact Cleantech Open Northeast

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