enlighten reaches final round at Global Cleantech Ideas competition, Silicon Valley
21-Nov-2012 to 21-Nov-2012
the fourth year, cleantech innovations from around the world were
featured at the Cleantech
Open Global Ideas Competition, which was run in conjunction with the AMerican domestic Cleantech Open competition.
The Global Ideas competition looks to find ‘big ideas’ by working at a
grass-roots level, and supporting and fostering those ideas through
Cleantech Open partner organizations worldwide. Orchestrated in
conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, startups from around the
world competed in their respective countries for national awards, with
the national winners facing off at the Global Forum for a prize worth
$100,000 in startup services.
This year, more than 1,000 applications
were submitted in more than 30 countries, with finalist teams from 11
countries traveling to compete at the Global Forum. Six teams were then
selected to present to a final jury of investors and technology experts:
panel of expert judges determined the winner: Biosyntia of Denmark.
Runners-up were SP3H of France and BRD Motorcycles of the USA.
Braithwaite, chair of the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition
commented: “It is no coincidence that the winning team came from a
country that is very supportive of entrepreneurship, technological
innovation and environmental innovation. It was a very close final but
for the second time in the competition’s history, entrepreneurial
scientists and engineers from Denmark have risen to the top. We are
truly excited about the diversity and strength of teams that we saw from
around the world this year and look forward to working with many of
them over the months and years to come.”
- Biosyntia –
Denmark (Energy Efficiency). Biosyntia offers high-performance cell
factories for fermentation of fine chemicals for manufacturing
companies, enabling them to cut production costs by up to 80%, while
gaining a greener profile.
- BRD Motorcycles –
USA (Transportation). BRD builds better motorcycles - faster, easier,
prettier and more economical - that happen to be electric. Our first
product, the 2013 RedShift motocrosser, has been called “the first
electric to demonstrate a clear superiority over its gas predecessors.”
- enLighten –
Australia (Energy Efficiency). enLighten Australia designs and supplies
highly efficient LED lighting for commercial, industrial and
residential strata applications, reducing energy consumption by up to 93
percent compared with traditional fluorescent lighting.
- Lumos –
Israel (Renewable Energy). Lumos brings affordable energy to 1.5B people
in the off-grid world by providing a “home power station in a box” — a
new type of solar panel that allows users to purchase electricity on
demand using their mobile phone.
- Solar Mobility –
Dominican Republic (Transportation). Solar Mobility’s vision is to
enable the replacement of fossil fuel transportation with solar powered
vehicles, by providing disruptive, 8 minutes, low cost charging
technology; introducing new trends in the transportation industry and
new business models.
- SP3H – France
(Transportation). SP3H provides optical analysis through a small device
installed in engines for fuel quality and specificity (carbon chain
analysis). This enables allows a drastic reduction in consumption and
pollution by dynamically adapting the parameters of the motor.