May 28, 2013
Cleantech: As VC Interest Shrinks, Corporate Investors Swoop In
Cleantech venture capital has become more difficult to raise.  Corporate capital is increasingly interested and active.  By Dana Hull, Mercury News. When the Menlo Park-based venture firm The Westly Group raised a $160 million cleantech fund earlier this spring, one thing stood out. Pension funds and university endowments, traditionally among the largest investors in cleantech […]

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April 10, 2013
WCTA Breakfast: Raising Money in Cleantech
Featuring Michael Butler (CEO, Cascadia Capital), Daniel Malarkey (Deputy Director, Washington State Department of Commerce), and Avi Jacobson, (Sustainable Energy Coordinator, Multifamily Housing and Community Facilities Division, Washington State Housing Finance Commission) | Sponsored by Kane Environmental Inc. | Apr 10 | 730-900 |  SOLD OUT!

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April 10, 2013
PolyDrop Wins $10K at UW Environmental Innovation Challenge
Teams from universities and colleges around the Northwest congregated at Seattle Center to pitch their innovations that addressed energy, urban agriculture, recycling, built environment, and water-related problems as part of Environmental Innovation Challenge.  $22,500 was awarded to five different teams. Taking the $10,000 first place was PolyDrop, which describes its effort as follows: The transportation […]

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March 27, 2013
John Martin Named Regional Director of Clean Tech Open
John, who has been Deputy Director of the Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open for three years, has been named Regional Director for 2013.  John replaces Byron McCann.  John has been part of the PNW CTO leadership committee for all four of the organization’s prior years. “He’s an expert in the Cleantech Open,” says outgoing Regional Director […]

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February 27, 2013
TiE Angels Group Seattle–New Angel Investor Group
Local non-profit entrepreneurial network TiE Seattle haslaunched an angel investment program to help facilitate entrepreneurs and startups with access to seed capital and mentorship.  The new venture is called TiE Angels Group Seattle (TAGS) and includes Charter Members of TiE Seattle. TAGS will provide early stage investment, support, and guidance opportunities to its members.  The […]

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February 21, 2013
Scope 5 Raises $500K
Seattle startup Scope 5 raised $500,000 in angel financing to build its cloud-based service for tracking sustainability data. The Northwest Energy Angels a portion of the funding.  The Scope 5 service helps companies track programs to reduce energy use and cut costs. “Increasingly, companies are connecting the social value of emissions reductions with the business […]

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February 21, 2013
Tough News for Hydrovolts
Seattle renewable energy equipment maker Hydrovolts, which was on the “cusp” of initial commercial sales of its small hydroelectric turbines, is evaluating its options after running out of capital. “The company does not have operating capital right now, and we’re looking at ways to restructure it and move forward,” Hydrovolts president and chief operating officer […]

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February 19, 2013
Green Community Initiative Financing
Businesses, community groups, nonprofits and government organizations can access low-interest financing for projects that conserve energy, water, and promote environmental sustainability through King County’s Green Communities Initiative-–the first program of its kind the state.  The first application reviews will take place on April 22, 2013.  The Green Community Initiative offers access to Qualified Energy Conservation […]

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February 15, 2013
Keiretsu Forum Northwest Invested $20M in 34 startups in 2012
The Keiretsu Forum Northwest today announced that it invested $20.1 million in 34 companies last year, backing startups such as iCapEquity, Journey Gym, Minetta Brook, and Puralytics. All but three of the investments were new deals with technology companies receiving 43 percent of the funding.  The angel group, which added 85 members in 2012, says […]

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