Cleantech Open Finalist and Northeast Division Winner – Polycarbin

Cleantech Open Finalist and Northeast Division Winner

Boston, MA -- October 2, 2020 -- Cleantech Open Northeast, the Northeast division of Cleantech Open, the world’s largest cleantech accelerator, announced its 2020 regional winners: Andluca (a New Jersey company in cChemicals & Advanced Materials), Polycarbin (a Pennsylvania company in Waste), RenewCO2 (a New Jersey company in Chemicals & Advanced Materials), and T-Omega Wind (a Massachusetts company in Energy Generation). Each of these companies will receive $10,000 in cash plus additional in-kind services and will go on to represent the Northeast at the Cleantech Open Global Forum on October 21 and October 23. There, they will compete with emerging environmental and energy technology firms throughout the nation for the national grand prize.

The four regional winners were selected and announced by a judging panel of top cleantech and business leaders at the first ever virtual Cleantech Open Northeast Regional Finals. The event featured top startups with operations in Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The Finals Judges made the final determination of the Winners. On September 30 at the Semi-Finals 59 judges from across the US came together virtually to see all 40 teams pitch. They had previously reviewed curriculum deliverables. The Semi-Finals Judges selected the top six teams to have the opportunity to pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of Finals Judges.

225 people attended the virtual Finals event, including entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and public officials. The Finals Judges were Bhargavi Chevva of Breakthrough Energy Ventures; Ramsay Huntley of Wells Fargo; Jiong Ma of Braemar Ventures, Stephen Pike of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC); Pat Sapinsley of Urban Future Lab; Kevin Self of Schneider Electric; and Steven Wolk of NYSERDA.

The four winning teams represented solutions in Chemicals & Advanced Materials, Energy Generation, and Waste. Of the 40 companies graduating from the 2020 Cleantech Open Northeast accelerator, 11 are from New York, 10 from Massachusetts, five from New Jersey, five from Canada, three from Pennsylvania, two from Maine, two from Vermont, and one from Florida (this one moved from Massaachusetts during the pandemic).

Beyond the four winners, two Finalist teams pitched at the Finals -- Atrevida Science (a New York company in Energy Generation) and CLIP (a New York company in Transportation). These two teams, as well as Harmony Desal (a Massachusetts company in Water) and Sunthetics (a New York company in Chemicals & Advanced Materials) were selected as Runners Up to represent the Northeast in the competition at the Global Forum. All Cleantech Open Northeast graduating teams are invited to attend the Global Forum where they can showcase, meet investors, and expand their networks.

More about the 2020 Cleantech Open Northeast cohort

View the recording of the 2020 Northeast Regional Finals Live Pitch Competition here.


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