Colo. Cleantech Incubator Shacks Up With NREL

CleanLaunch, a Colorado cleantech incubator, is officially open for business at its new facility at the the Center for Renewable Energy and Economic Development at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden (just west of Denver).

Facilities and accommodations were a motivating factor behind this move — two years in the making — but even more critical was the access to key industry partners like the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory, the Governor’s Energy Office and Office of Economic Development, and the Colorado Association of Manufacturing and Technology.

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“The combined strength of all these organizations will provide an unprecedented level of support for early stage clean tech companies in Colorado,” said Stephen Miller, President/CEO of CleanLaunch, in a statement.

Miller noted that three new tenants have recently joined the incubator: Green Grid Partners, Fleet Energy, and PureSilicon, a Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open finalist in 2010. These three companies –as well as CleanLaunch’s nine other existing virtual clients — have collectively raised over $10 million in investment capital over the last three years, and the first acquisition of a CleanLaunch client is anticipated for later this year.

In conjunction with the new Solar TAC solar incubator in Aurora, Colorado, we’re expecting good things for renewable energy in the greater Denver area in the near future.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.