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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

NECEC & Cleantech Open Northeast Announce Alliance
Northeast regional connector for entrepreneurs and resources aims to accelerate
region-wide cleantech innovation and entrepreneurship
 
Boston, MA February 18, 2014. NECEC (The New England Clean Energy
Council and NECEC Institute), the largest regional business member
organization supporting clean energy companies and entrepreneurs, and
Cleantech Open Northeast, a division of the worlds largest cleantech start-up
accelerator, today announced a formal alliance to facilitate and accelerate
cleantech entrepreneurship.
 
Aligned with Cleantech Open Northeasts annual accelerator and innovation
network, NECEC has created Cleantech Navigate Northeast. This new initiative
addresses the lack of a strong, region-wide network to help cleantech
entrepreneurs from New York to Maine across a wide spectrum of stages and
development pathways to more fully leverage the Northeasts innovation
ecosystem and distributed, robust innovation resources.
 
-NECEC and Cleantech Open Northeast are ideally positioned to address the
regional resource gap that leaves entrepreneurs in one locality unable to benefit
from resources in another,- said NECEC President Peter Rothstein. -Cleantech
Navigate Northeast will draw upon NECECs strong relationships with investors,
leading global corporations, state partners, universities and private sector
innovation experts to support entrepreneurs at all stages of development.-
 
Cleantech Navigate Northeast will include a series of programs and events over
the course of 2014 to engage with entrepreneurs, understand their businesses
needs and connect them to the resources they need through the region-wide
network of innovation program partners. Former Cleantech Open Northeast
Executive Director Alexandra Adler has joined NECEC as Senior Director of
Innovation and Entrepreneurship to develop and lead Cleantech Navigate
Northeast and to coordinate the alliance with Cleantech Open Northeast.
 
-The Northeasts diverse array of business resources ranging from incubators,
innovation programs and accelerators to corporate partners, investors and early
stage adopters, make it the best and easiest region to start and grow a cleantech
business,- said NECECs Alexandra Adler. -By working closely with existing
innovation organizations, Cleantech Navigate Northeast will help entrepreneurs
find and leverage the many paths to growth and implementation that the
Northeast provides.-
 
Founding funders for Cleantech Navigate Northeast include the New York State
Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), with additional funding from
Corporate Sponsor National Grid.
 
-Massachusetts has long supported New England-wide efforts on cleantech
innovation and economic development, and we are pleased to see those regional
efforts expanding to include our neighbors in New York- said MassCEC Chief
Executive Officer Alicia Barton. -Cleantech Navigate Northeast will work across
state lines to build upon our regional excellence in innovation and to create an
integrated cleantech ecosystem in the Northeast.-
 
"Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, NYSERDA offers a variety of programs to
benefit cleantech entrepreneurs in New York State. Many core aspects of starting
and growing a business require the right connections beyond the local
landscape. We look forward to partnering with NECEC and Cleantech Open
Northeast to create a broader, regionally-based network that will help grow the
cleantech economy in New York and throughout the Northeast," said John B.
Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA.
 
Cleantech Navigate Northeast will partner and collaborate closely with the
Cleantech Open Northeasts cleantech startup accelerator, which begins its 2014
program on March 11. Katie MacDonald has been hired as Cleantech Open
Northeasts new Regional Director, responsible for overseeing and executing the
Cleantech Open Northeasts traditional annual accelerator program. In past roles
Katie has taught and designed leadership development curriculum for public and
private universities, and served as a regional organizer for the world's largest
climate advocacy organization.
 
"Cleantech Open Northeast's new alliance with NECEC, and new leadership
under Katie MacDonald, position the organization for significant growth and
expansion in the years ahead," said Cleantech Open Northeast Chairman
Andrew Friendly. "Cleantech Navigate Northeast will provide entrepreneurs yearround
access to the CleantechOpen Northeast network, while strengthening our
community of experienced professionals and experts who seek to support
entrepreneurs on their journeys through mentorship, coaching, and facilitating
connections."
 
Cleantech Open Northeast will hold a kick off event in Boston on March 11, 2014
and in New York City on March 19, 2014.
 
About Cleantech Navigate Northeast:
Cleantech Navigate Northeast is the only region-wide resource network able to
help entrepreneurs make quality, targeted connections on a regional scale,
designed to help make the Northeast the best and easiest place to start and grow
a cleantech business. Cleantech Navigate Northeast gets to know cleantech
entrepreneurs and their business needs, and provides entrepreneurs with
tailored access to critical resources needed for cleantech entrepreneurs to
develop, scale and succeed as quickly as possible.
 
About NECEC (The New England Clean Energy Council and the NECEC
Institute)
 
NECEC is a regional non-profit organization representing clean energy
companies and entrepreneurs throughout New England and the Northeast
through programs and initiatives that help clean energy businesses at all stages
of development to access the resources they need to grow.
 
The New England Clean Energy Council (a 501(c)(6) trade member organization)
is the lead voice for hundreds of clean energy companies across New England,
influencing the energy policy agenda and growing the clean energy economy.
The NECEC Institute (a 501(c)(3)) leads programs that support Innovation &
Entrepreneurship, Cluster and Economic Development and Workforce
Development.
 
NECECs combined mission is to accelerate the regions clean energy economy
to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a worldclass
cluster of clean energy companies.
 
About Cleantech Open Northeast:
Cleantech Open Northeast is the northeast division of Cleantech Open, the
worlds oldest and largest cleantech startup accelerator program. The mission of
the Cleantech Open is to find, fund, and foster the big ideas that address todays
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 accelerator, 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. More than 800 participating companies
have raised more than $900 million in external capital.