What started off as a rainy and blustery San Francisco day soon turned into brilliant sunshine as hundreds of cleantech supporters congregated to hear from illuminating keynote speakers, meet the finalists and alumni companies in the Expo, and see demos by exceptional cleantech startups from around the world. This was also the day where we would find out which of the finalist teams from the USA and numerous other countries would be selected as overall winners in the world’s largest cleantech competition.
After an information-packed Day 1 that featured the Investor Connect event, finalist demos and numerous rounds of judging, Day 2 resumed in the stunning Administration Building on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. The program kicked off with the news that five teams from both programs had been shortlisted for awards.
Shortlisted in the National Accelerator program were the five winners of each category.
• Energy Efficiency: 75F (Mankato, MN)
• Information & Communications Technologies BitGrid (Washington, DC)
• Agriculture-Water-Waste: Drinkwell (Boston, MA)
• Transportation: NG1 Technologies (Olive Branch, MS)
• Energy Generation: Maxout Renewables (Livermore, CA)
Category Awards Winners
The evening awards ceremony was emceed with insightful wit and good-natured ribbing by Hal Sparks who, it turns out, is a physics nerd and built his own 3D printer before they went mainstream. Hal, together with representatives from Cleantech Open sponsors Arrow Technologies, University of Phoenix, and Wells Fargo, introduced the winners.
National Accelerator People’s Choice: 75F
Global Ideas People’s Choice: Ynsect
VC Choice Award: Axiom Exergy
National Sustainability Award: Drinkwell
Grand Prize Winners
First place: NG1 Technologies
Second place: Drinkwell
Third place: 75F
Global Ideas overall winner: AutoAgronom