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Mark Verheyen: Thoughts on the Program

We got the chance to sit down with Mark Verheyen, a 2013 Fellow, and hear his take on the program. Here’s what he had to say! Who should apply to become an Energy Fellow? As an alumnus of the Energy Fellows Institute, I can personally recommend the Institute to anyone who has an interest in energy and water and wants to gain an overview of the technologies, policies, and issues that affect the greater energy space. It’s a tremendous opportunity. Small class sizes mean that the discussion and learning are tremendously efficient and effective. What does Colorado have to offer the...

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State of Cleantech Startups

While the last few years have been volatile ones for the cleantech and advanced energy industries, I’m pleased to see that successes like Tesla, Bloom Energy, Clean Energy Fuels, and Solar City are taking their turn in the media spotlight. You’ve likely heard of the Gartner hype cycle and how cleantech is rising from the “trough of disillusionment” to the “slope of enlightenment.” This resonates with my observations. Key participants in the cleantech investment bubble were venture funds that attempted to apply New Tech investment philosophies to cleantech....

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Thank You For A Successful 2014 Program

Looking back over yet another outstanding Fellows program, I am truly honored to be a part of the Institute’s growth and evolution. We launched the program in early 2012 with the objective of accelerating executive and entrepreneurial talent into the cleantech and advanced energy industries. Our Fellows have heard from hundreds of speakers, they have been welcomed into countless laboratories and energy facilities and they’ve been provided with hundreds of hours of content. All of this is possible because of our remarkable team of staff, volunteers, partners and corporate...

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Energy Fellows Institute in California

During the 2013 program, the Energy Fellows had the unique opportunity to travel to California for meetings with some of the area’s key influencers. The Fellows spent time in San Francisco and Palo Alto hearing from industry thought leaders, technical experts and interacting with numerous players in the region’s advanced energy ecosystem. While in California, we were fortunate to engage with venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, startups, established companies and industry experts to hear about their successes, failures, and future insights. In turn, the Fellows provided a glimpse...

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Colorado Angels Have Unfair Advantage Investing in Cleantech

Colorado has a lot to offer cleantech entrepreneurs, from targeted grants, to easy access to NREL’s technology commercialization resources, to cleantech focused entrepreneurial programs at top research universities, to name just a few. There is no more supportive place in the country to launch a cleantech company, which gives local angels a distinct advantage when investing in this growing, and complex, industry. Colorado knows about investing in cleantech. The only way the community could do more to support cleantech would be to scour the country for experienced, successful entrepreneurs,...

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Energy Fellows Institute Opens Applications for Executives and Entrepreneurs to Bridge Their Talent and Skills into Cleantech

Contact: Shelly Curtiss shelly@cleantechfellows.com 720-274-9796 Energy Fellows Institute encourages new venture formation, job creation and growth of the cleantech industry DENVER – (April 3, 2013) – As “Cleantech 2.0” blossoms from the lessons learned over the past decade, smart entrepreneurs and corporate executives are looking to leverage the lessons of the past and launch themselves to success in cleantech. The Cleantech Fellows Institute addresses a simple but compelling problem: more seasoned executives are needed everyday to bridge cleantech opportunities to a hungry global...

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