Introducing (and I am not making this up) The Global Cleantech Cluster Association Later Stage Award

"Well, we did not receive the LIGHTFAIR innovation award this year, but instead we were nominated for the highly sought after Global Cleantech Cluster Association Later Stage Award.  (Another company must have received the early stage award, but we are quite pleased to be nominated for the later stage.")


This year's Global Cleantech Cluster Association 2012 Later Stage Award nominations are in! In total we have 200 companies nominated by their regional cleantech clusters and 36 in the Lighting/Energy Efficiency category.  All of these companies must demonstrate revenue and customers to be in the awards.

Full press release is below. The full list of nominees can be found here:http://www.globalcleantech.org/2012-award-nominees/

Lighting/Energy Efficiency
ADAP Nanotech Akron Global Business Accelerator Akron, Ohio, USA
Garden Art Innovations Akron Global Business Accelerator Akron, Ohio, USA
Stirling Denmark Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster Copenhagen, Denmark
Abeo Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster Copenhagen, Denmark
gridlab GmbH ECO World Styria Graz, Styria, Austria
Combustion Bay One e.U. ECO World Styria Graz, Styria, Austria
EcoNation Flanders Cleantech Association Flanders, Belgium
Cylon The Green Way Dublin, Ireland
SMAC Technologies Australian Cleantech Network Adelaide, Australia
Kelix Chicago Clean Energy Alliance Chicago, Illinois, USA
Xolve Chicago Clean Energy Alliance Chicago, Illinois, USA
Seattle Steam Washington Clean Technology Alliance Seattle, Washington, USA
Mithun Washington Clean Technology Alliance Seattle, Washington, USA
McKinstry Washington Clean Technology Alliance Seattle, Washington, USA
Pulse Energy GreenTech Exchange Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
dPoint Technologies GreenTech Exchange Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Light-Based Technologies GreenTech Exchange Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Carnot Refrigeration Ecotech Québec Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cascades GIE Ecotech Québec Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Valopaa Oy Finnish Cleantech Cluster Lahti, Finland
Evo3 Progetto Manifattura Trento, Italy
Ephesus Technologies The Tech Garden Syracuse Syracuse, New York, USA
Synairco The Tech Garden Syracuse Syracuse, New York, USA
EFT Energy Environmental Business Cluster San Jose, California, USA
WattzOn Environmental Business Cluster San Jose, California, USA
OROS Infissi Personalizzati Progetto Manifattura Trento, Italy
INNAWA French Cleantech Lyon, France
TMC INNOVATION French Cleantech Lyon, France
Chemical Products Ltd Cleantech Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria
MicroGen The Tech Garden Syracuse Syracuse, New York, USA
Matcor Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Quanta Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Neoline A/S ClimateCircle Holstebro, Denmark
Alfred Priess A/S ClimateCircle Holstebro, Denmark
Enertiv NYC ACRE New York City, New York, USA
Joulia swisscleantech Zurich, Switzerland

What makes this award different than others, is:

  • Just by being nominated, cleantech companies gain exposure to 30 venture capital judges with $3.5 billion in cleantech investment collectively
  • Companies are nominated by their regional cleantech clusters, so the list has already been vetted at a high level
  • Check out this article by Sustainable Business for more

ATLANTA, GA–June 21, 2012-- In its second year, the Global Cleantech Cluster Association(GCCA) Later Stage Awards have received a record 200 nominations for its 10 Best in Class categories.  The 200 innovative mid to later stage companies have been nominated in a variety of cleantech areas including solar and lighting/energy efficiency, waste, water and more.  Each nomination came from the GCCA's 40 member cleantech clusters as companies making great strides in their sectors and geographic regions.  The Top 10 Best in Class winners will be announced at the Savannah International Clean Energy Conference November 11-13, 2012. 

“We are delighted with the increase in nominations this year,” said Ben Taube, Chair of the GCCA. “We’ve added 11 cleantech clusters to our membership since the 2011 nominations and we are continually impressed by the flood of new innovations and ground-breaking technologies these clusters have to share.”

Three categories are also new this year, BioEnergy, Smart Grid/Sustainable IT and Tidal/Hydropower.  Over the next 5 months the nominations will be evaluated based on merits of technology innovation and business acumen.  By the third quarter of 2012, the list of 200 will be narrowed down to a Top 30 and later to one Best in Class winner in each of the ten categories.

“The annual Later Stage Awards have become the international showcase of cleantech's rising stars,” said Shawn Lesser of Watershed Capital Group and Co-Founder of the GCCA.  “All the nominees are developing innovative clean technologies and growing their local green economies and we are thrilled to support them through our award.”
The 200 companies will be evaluated by over 30 venture Capital and cleantech judges hand-selected for the Later Stage Award.  Combined, the GCCA judging roster has invested over $3.5 billion in clean technology.  The judges include Generation’s Climate Solutions Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, Dow Venture Capital, BASF Venture Capital and more.

The GCCA Later Stage Awards ceremony will be held on the second evening of the Savannah International Clean Energy Conference on November 13, 2012.  The event is drawing countries and top cleantech leaders and influencers to explore and debate hard-hitting topics within the clean energy sector including the future of oil, global security and sustainable cities. Notable keynote speakers include Tom Fanning, CEO of Southern Company, Nicholas Parker, Chairman of the Cleantech Group and Dennis V. McGinn, Retired Vice Admiral and President, American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).  Early-bird registration is currently under way atwww.savannahcleanenergy.com


The full list of 2012 Later Stage Award Nominations can be found at:http://www.globalcleantech.org/2012-award-nominees/

About the Global Cleantech Cluster Association
The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) creates conduits for companies to harness the tremendous benefits of international cleantech cluster collaboration in an efficient, affordable, and structured network.  The GCCA provides a gateway for established and emerging cleantech companies to gain exposure to potential investors, new markets, influential networks, innovative technologies and best practices.  GCCA was founded by swisscleantech, the Finnish Cleantech Cluster, and Watershed Capital, Technica Communications and Skipso.  For more information about the GCCA, please visit www.globalcleantech.org.