Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator Prepares 11 Startups for Market Entry

Sankofa Lumber, NODE and Res-Intel earn standout company honors; BiMBy Power Company honored for potential impact.

   Res-Intel, Sankofa Lumber and NODE celebrate at
the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator awards reception.

The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator graduated 11 early-stage cleantech startup companies as part of its 2017 cohort. The 14-week accelerator program, powered by CleanTech Alliance and Oregon BEST, concluded in Portland with each startup presenting their final go-to-market strategies and customer discovery insights in front of a panel of cleantech industry leaders from across the region.

Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator final presentations included a cohort pitch competition, offering more than $25,000 in non-dilutive cash and in-kind prizes from Dorsey & Whitney, Nth Degree CPAs, E2B Advisory and Element 8. Sankofa Lumber won top honors and a secondary prize for outstanding customer discovery work. NODE and Res-Intel earned standout company designations. BiMBy Power Company received honors for potential environmental impact.

  • Sankofa Lumber is a commercial-scale supplier of reclaimed wood working to process, warehouse and sell lumber that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. The venture is a spinout from City of Roses Disposal and Recycling.
  • NODE is building sustainable (carbon neutral/carbon negative), efficient and flexible homes that redefine how buildings are imagined, designed and constructed. It delivers turnkey homes directly to consumers that are affordable, radically sustainable and healthy.
  • Res-Intel provides mass-scale building energy and water benchmarking to improve the resource efficiency of the residential building sector. Its software aggregates real estate and utility billing data for large apartment complexes for use in utility behavioral conservation programs.
  • BiMBy Power Company converts abandoned mines into grid-scale compressed air energy storage (CAES) assets through porous media pressure vessels. The company enables broader renewable energy use while providing comprehensive cleanup of mine waste rock.

The full Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator 2017 cohort was honored at Oregon BEST FEST following final presentations. The full 2017 cohort included:

  • Blur Rail is developing a platform that will offer regional train passengers a single booking experience via their smartphone, renewing the spirit of elegant travel.
  • Continuous Solutions is developing noise-cancelling technology that can be integrated into tactical vehicles, electric and hybrid-electric vehicles, and generators used in harsh conditions. 
  • Emissol is developing technology solutions that reduce emissions from vehicles and other mobile sources, helping create a cleaner environment.
  • Local-e provides a platform for green influencers to support solar energy in their community though the purchase of Sun-Es. A Sun-E is a verified measure of solar generation produced by a nonprofit or low-to-middle-income PV system owner.
  • Lumen is developing software and services that optimize the orientation and shapes of solar PV systems for predominantly cloudy environments and locations where space is limited.
  • MiCharge Community delivers EV charging infrastructure through renewable energy that is resilient to grid interruptions. Its solutions combine vehicle charging with mobile marketing management. 
  • Smart bioC is a platform that matches biochar producers with users, enabling biochar producers to find the best applications for their product, minimizing errors and maximizing biochar benefits.

The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator delivers a structured accelerator curriculum, mentorship and industry connections to early-stage cleantech startups. The program focuses on business modeling, customer discovery, product development, go-to-market strategy, financial planning, funding pathways and creating the industry connections needed to succeed. 

Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator is made possible through partnerships with Dorsey & Whitney, Idaho National Laboratory, JPMorgan Chase, Seattle City Light, Resourceful HR, Craft3, Nth Degree CPAs, Element 8, and Cloutier Ortega with broad support from the regional cleantech industry. For more information, visit