Cleantech Partnerships to Watch

Clean Energy Trust is dedicated to building Chicago and the Midwest's network of innovators, and we're not on this mission alone. Here's a round up of the latest partnerships forged in the name of advancing clean tech across the nation.

Clean Energy Trust is bringing you the details on the latest partnerships in Clean Energy Technology:


WERCBench Labs

A new venture from Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC), WERCBench Labs offers a three-month program to accelerate technology commercialization. They have teamed up with industry leaders to provide startups with mentoring, design services, simulation, prototyping, production and distribution. Access to top facilities and partners, as well as a $20k grant, gives entrepreneurs and inventors a new set of tools to bring their products to scale and drive innovation. Interested? Applications are due by May 29th!


Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator & Greentown Labs

West Coast versus East Coast no longer, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) and Massachusetts based Greentown Labs have joined forces to provide bi-coastal support to environmentally focused tech innovators. Strengthening LACI’s Network for Global Innovation, Greentown Labs signs on as the first domestic partner to host “Landing Pad” programs for each other’s portfolio companies. They will offer mentoring, office space and networking opportunities in their respective cities and continue to build the cleantech ecosystem.


PROPEL: Greentown Labs & Fraunhofer TechBridge

Greentown Labs isn’t giving up on the local market. They’ve partnered with Fraunhofer TechBridge to launch PROPEL, a six-month program designed to bring innovators to the greater Boston area and support startups through prototype refinement and business strategy. The program is focused on attracting applicants who are innovating within Wireless Sensor-Actuator Networks, a technology that allows for advanced analysis and control of environments. Their first round of applications closed earlier this month, so stay tuned to see what develops at PROPEL in the coming months.


Midwest Energy Accelerator: Clean Energy Trust & NextEnergy

To further strengthen the Midwest’s growing energy ecosystem, Clean Energy Trust and NextEnergy have created the Midwest Energy Accelerator. As recipients of the Department of Energy’s National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE) grant, these two clean energy champions are supporting advanced solutions for the grid, energy efficiency and transportation through the Midwest Energy Accelerator. This venture provides a pan-regional network for emerging clean energy startups, and links two historically industrial cities that are in prime position to grow with the clean tech revolution.


Cleantech Innovation Bridge: Clean Energy Trust & Freshwater Advisors

Building on Mayor Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT innovation initiative, Clean Energy Trust and Freshwater Advisors created the Cleantech Innovation Bridge to connect startups with established companies. This year’s Cleantech Innovation Bridge saw 16 clean technology startups from around the country pitch to three major corporations, Exelon, Invenergy and Schneider Electric. These private pitch sessions were meant to give startups and the corporations they pitched to a chance to delve into the opportunities and barriers facing each entity. The event marked another step forward in Chicago’s mission to lead the expansion of a clean energy ecosystem.


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By Emily Achler | June 1, 2015