Cleantech Open Business Competition 2011


Executive Summaries due


Competition Organizer

Cleantech Open

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Competition Category
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Technology - Green
Who's Eligible
- All entries must meet one of the competition's six clean technology category definitions
  1. Air, Water, and Waste
  2. Green Building
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Smart Power, Green Grid and Energy Storage
  5. Renewable Energy
  6. Transportation
- All entries must have a team of at least two individuals.
- All entries must be a startup with less than $500,000 from private funding (some exceptions apply).
- At least one contestant must be a United States resident, citizen, or legal alien (e.g. F1, H1 visas).
Important Dates

Executive summaries are due on May 27, 2011. Semi-finalists are announced on  June 15, 2011 and will begin the Cleantech Open Training Program in July 2011. Business plans are due on September 12, 2011. Final judging will take place on November 10-11, 2011.  culminating in the winners being announced at the Awards Gala.

Competition Prizes

Regional finalists receive a prize package of $20,000 in cash and investment services.

One company will be named the regional sustainability winner and will be awarded $10,000.

Regional winners receive an additional $10,000 in cash and investment services.

One national winner receives a $250,000 prize package of investment and additional services.

Other Info

All business plan competition semi-finalists are invited to attend the Cleantech Open Academy - a weekend-long training camp of workshops designed to address every aspect of the business creation process, including financial and legal issues, business plan writing, funding presentations, marketing, and sustainability.

There is an entry fee of $150 per team for professionals or $100 per team for student teams.