Event report - Global Cleantech Open Forum - Silicon Valley, Nov 8-9, 2012

Released: 03-Dec-2012

After winning the Australian Cleantech Open competition in October, enLighten was awarded the opportunity to represent Australia in the Cleantech Open Global Forum, to engage with hundreds of other clean tech innovators and potential investors. enLighten was joined by seven Australian Cleantech Open semi finalists and a Commonwealth Department of Industry & Innovation representative on the 10 day US investor mission delegation.

Following a hectic week of welcome functions, media interviews, Investor connect sessions, competition preparations, US market entry analysis workshops & trade exhibition preparation, we were ready to deliver our 5 minute live pitch to the judging panel. We were entered into the energy efficiency category profiling enLighten's capabilities and the market potential for our patented LED lighting & controls technologies and  were delighted to be shortlisted as one of six Global Ideas Competition finalists to present to the final jury of technology experts and potential investors.

Of 31 countries who submitted pitches for the Global Ideas competition, it was pleasing to see that Australia fielded the largest number of exhibitors (8), followed by France (3) Denmark & Israel (2). The range of technology entries spanned across a number of categories - smart power, transportation, energy efficiency, green building, air/water/waste and renewable energy. 

Congratulations go to the overall Global Ideas competition winner, Biosyntia of Denmark. Biosyntia are producers of high-performance cell factories for fermentation of fine chemicals for manufacturing companies, enabling them to cut production costs by up to 80%. 

See more on the Global Ideas Competition Finalists , investor session feedback or the following Sky News tech report competition summary interview with Australian Cleantech Supplier Advocate Dr Marc Newson.