Although the New Venture Challenge (NVC) — CU’s cross-campus business plan competition — took place last week, one of the larger tracks that feed in to the NVC finals is the Cleantech Track.  Part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, CU is one of six major universities to host a regional competition as part of the DOE technology commercialization program.

Organized by Trent Yang, the Director of CU Cleantech, and board director for the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and the regional chapter of the Clean Economy Network, the event promises not only a first look at the next great companies to emerge from CU, but also a bona fide opportunity to connect with leading investors from Boulder as well as Venture Capital firms from Colorado and California.

Look for the Impact Hub Boulder table at the event — we’ll be there supporting these entrepreneurs and sharing the word about all the important entrepreneurial work being done for positive impact in Colorado.

Check out the details, in their invitation:

DOE Regional Business Plan Competition Finals
Hosted by CU Cleantech  | April 20 – 3:30-6:30pm)

The DOE Competition is a $100K regional competition that the DOE has committed for the next 3 years.  CU Cleantech was selected to host our region (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South and North Dakota) along with other regional leads:  MIT, Caltech, Clean Energy Trust, Maryland and Rice.  Additional information can be found at the DOE website:

The 4/20 event will be our regional’s final event and will feature the 6 finalists, DOE leaders, Venture Capital judges from Colorado and California, as well as cleantech leaders in the region.

What: In this formal presentation, you’ll:

  • Meet and network with CU Cleantech New Venture Challenge team members, judges, sponsors, government officials, and industry professionals
  • Listen to a keynote speech by Bill Farris, VP of Commercialization at NREL, TJ Deora, Director of the State of Colorado’s Governor’s Energy Office, and other senior leaders from DOE and the University of Colorado
  • Learn about great clean technologies from across the rocky mountain and central states region
  • Light snacks and refreshments served; drinks available at the cash bar.

Why: The finals event is the culmination of the competition, and is a public event open to the competing teams, students, government sponsors, plus the business and investor community. The six finalist teams will present their business plans to the judges throughout the morning and afternoon, and then the winners will be announced at the public event.

When:  Friday 4/20/2012;  3:30-6:30pm;   Keynote Speeches and Award presentations starting at 4:30pm

Where: St. Julien Hotel
900 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302


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