3 Rocky Mountain Startups Win Big at Cleantech Open

February 28, 2017

8:30 pm

Cleantech Week welcomed the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open Regional Finalists with open arms as the three teams received a piece of the $100,000 grand prize in investment and services. The three teams were acknowledged during the Cleantech Open Global Forum as part of an effort to showcase business ventures that focus on the environment and energy.

The Cleantech Open is a not-for-profit organization that acts as an accelerator for green tech startups forging an innovative solution to issues in the energy and environmental sector. Director of the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open, Brian Oehler, said that he’s proud of the entrepreneurs that helmed these startups.

“We are thrilled by the success that [the founders] were able to achieve at the Global Forum,” said Oehler. “Their award-winning companies are a testament to the hard work and dedication they demonstrated throughout the 6-month accelerator, and we’re excited to see them continue to grow as alumni of RMCTO.”

The Finalists

If you want to meet the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open Regional Finalists, check out the startups below to get a good idea of what’s in store:

Crystal Clear Technologies

Invented a patented technology using sustainable materials that remove toxic metals from water. This invention has the potential to detoxify water from power plants, food processing industries, and also the water you drink at home.

Urbix Resources

Aims to be the biggest graphite processor in North America. Focusing on purity levels greater than 99.99%, Urbix Resources intends to make spherical graphite, grapheme, and carbon-ceramic composites a commercial product for the global market.

Big Blue Technologies

Operates and maintains a magnesium production process that requires less energy. Big Blue is striving to expand magnesium-based products in the market that can replace aluminum and steel products. Because of its light structure, magnesium can effectively replace other metals.

Read more about the Tech.Co 2017 Startup of the Year Competition and apply on Tech.Co

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Jacob is a journalism and political science student at Arizona State University. He likes to learn and write about anything that isn’t cliché. His primary interests are foreign policy, solutions to global poverty, and tech innovation. He has helped lead multiple student groups on campus that have hosted a range of speakers on international issues and has acted as moderator for a couple himself. In his free time, he likes to watch movies, read weird books, and drink offensive amounts of coffee.

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