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Pacific Northwest Region

Join Cleantech Open in the Pacific Northwest Region!

Why Choose Cleantech Open?

The most experience.
Founded in 2005, Cleantech Open has over a decade of experience and success. We're a global organization with eight Regions across the United States, 6 full-scale accelerators in emerging markets (South Africa, Turkey, Armenia, Pakistan, Malaysia), and active presence in over 30 countries around the world through our Global Ideas competition. In the Unites States alone, we have over 2,000 pro bono service providers supporting some 150 startups per year. And outside the United States, we had 180 startups in the program in 2015, and expect over 250 in 2016. And the Cleantech Open is actively expanding its footprint in the United States and beyond.

Cleantech Open was among the very first cleantech accelerators in the marketplace. Our roots lie in the Bay Area and Boston in the MIT community and we've honed our program through the years into a tightly integrated process tailored to the unique needs of early-stage clean technology startups.

Proven track record of delivering results.
Cleantech Open has a notable track record of success. Over the last decade, we’ve accelerated over 1,200 startups. Of these, 65% are still active andhave together raised over $1.2 billion in external funding.

Proven formula for mentoring and business generation.
Participants of the Accelerator program will gain access to the unique and proven program of Cleantech Open. Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Expert mentors, typically one business foundation expert (i.e. a serial entrepreneur) and one industry expert in your industry. These mentors will work with you on a weekly basis to advance your thinking.
  • A focused process of inquiry structured into 10 worksheets, each a series of tailored questions you’ll walk through with your mentors.
  • An exceptional 2+ day boot camp in June to kick off the summer of acceleration – we hold one in the Bay Area and another in Boston or NYC.
  • A robust sequence of acceleration events over the summer to expand your network, give you additional perspectives, and connect you to critical resources (pilot opportunities, investors, partners, prospective customers).
  • A high-profile event in your region, the Regional Award & Innovation Showcase, in the late October/early November timeframe. This includes regional judging, a showcasing expo, a formal award ceremony, and may include a structured investor connect (i.e. speed dating) event. Startups in British Columbia and our Pacific Northwest Regions can expect to join the Western Division Awards & Innovation Showcase in the Bay Area and connect to the deep cleantech ecosystem there.
  • An even higher profile Global Forum event – the capstone of the 2016 program year, the launch of the 2017 program year, and an annual convening of the early-stage cleantech community. This year, our Global Forum will take place in late February 2017 in the Bay Area and will draw participants from around the country and around the globe. This truly global event includes U.S. and global judging, a startup showcase, an investor and corporate connect event (speed dating), a formal awards ceremony, and a VIP gala dinner.

Better prizes!
Since 2005, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $6 million in cash and services to cleantech startups. In 2016, startups will have the opportunity to win up to $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in services at the regional level, and up to $10,000 in cash and $10,000 in services at the national level. In addition, one national grand prize winner will win up to $50,000 in investment and $50,000 in services.

An exceptional value!
We estimate the value delivered to each startup to exceed $50,000. Because corporate sponsors cover most of the costs and professionals donate their time, your cost for the world's leading cleantech accelerator is just: $150 per team to apply ($100 for students).
Participation fee for accepts applicants:
$1,200 per team of 2 (required). $600 for each additional team member.
$950 per team of 2 (required). $475 for each additional team member.

You'll need to cover travel and accommodation for events including the Academy, business clinics, Regional Awards and the Global Forum.

Application Tip: Start your application early. Give yourself ample time to develop a strong case, and expect to iterate. We're here to help, so please reach out with any additional questions. 

Learn more from our Alumni:


"When we first heard about CTO, we had an idea for improving the process to prepare proposals for building lighting energy audits but lacked any direction on how we could accomplish our goals. We jumped into the CTO and over the next 6 months were exposed to the lean startup model which helped us understand our entire business, met mentors that have stayed with us for the life of our business, and most importantly, turned our idea into a business that is changing the sales channel for the entire lighting industry, resulting in much more efficient process to get lights from manufacturer to building owner. It’s almost been 4 years since we took a chance with our idea, but we now have a commercially operating business with real customers, revenue, and are just about to close our first equity financing round. The CTO was just the nudge, and head-start, we needed!"

- Leif Elgethun of Retrolux

Pacific Northwest 2014 Semi-Finalist Rappaport Energy Consulting, LLC recently contributed to a huge energy breakthrough. The geothermal resource at an ENEL facility in Stillwater, NV was degrading and they were in serious trouble of not meeting the contract requirements for power.  They added the PV system, but that was not sufficient to fix the geothermal power plant temperature problems. Thus, the addition of the solar thermal systems. This hybrid model was conceptually crafted by CTO Semi-Finalist Marc Rappaport, who later presented the idea to them and they in turn adopted. Currently the theory has moved forward to one of empirical evidence that the approach increases the efficiency of the system, and is the first time empirical data from a commercial hybrid plant validates a theoretical hybrid model.