SXSW Eco 2014 Startup Showcase Winners

SXSW Eco, a conference connecting the urgency of global sustainability challenges with the opportunity for breakthrough solutions, today congratulated the five winners of its third Startup Showcase. Open Water Foundation, Drinkwell, PAX Pure and Picasolar (tied for the win), and Lagoon, won in four categories, respectively: Social Impact – Not for Profit, Social Impact – For Profit, Greentech, Cleanweb.

SXSWECO Session: Startups And Corporations: Bringing Clean Technology To Market

Cleantech Group’s Greg Neichin opened up this morning’s panel “Startups and Corporations: Bringing Clean Technology to Market” with an important observation. The cleantech market, and certainly the broader energy energy space is a bit different when it comes to getting big companies in the same room with startups.

“Another Website Isn’t Going To Solve The World’s Problems”

That’s not a catchy headline. That’s what Ethernet inventor and current UT innovation czar Bob Metcalfe told me at a recent Dell Entrepreneur event. And if you caught Metcalfe’s keynote at this year’s Clean Energy Venture Summit, you know he’d likely tell you to invest in a handful companies in the so-called “enertech” sector. “I’m […]

Firefly LED Technology in Lobby of Austin Energy

Firefly LED Lighting is pleased to announce the recent installation of its PAR 20 LED lamps in Austin Energy’s headquarters.  In just over two years since company inception, Firefly LED Lighting has brought its lighting products to market, delivering on the promise of using 90% less electricity than standard lighting products.  This green company is […]

Foursquare Mayorships Are So Yesterday. Who’s The Mayor Of Cleantech?

Image by George Dearing via Flickr   With dwindling resources and tight budgets, local governments might not be the first place to look if you’re a startup pitching clean technology. The data tells a different story, however. An April survey of almost 400 mayors in all 50 states, showed 75% of cities plan to increase […]

Two Clean Energy Incubators Launched in Texas

The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) and the State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) are announcing a program to launch two new clean energy incubators at Texas universities.  This program will make two awards of $200,000 each to build clean energy incubation capability.  Interested parties should go to the program website,, for more detailed information. This […]

Clean Energy Venture Summit 2009

Fall is always the time of year for the Clean Energy Venture Summit, October 14-15 at the incredible AT&T Conference Center on the campus of UT. This summit provides clean energy technology companies and entrepreneurs a venue for presenting their innovations to venture capitalists, angel investors and strategic investors that currently invest in clean energy, […]