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Watch Governors Explore Ways to Spur Startups and Clean Technology

Mark Marich

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 24, 2010, Governors from across the country will gather at the Kauffman Foundation to explore ways to build their economy by spurring clean energy entrepreneurship. You have an opportunity to watch a live webcast at 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST.

The webcast will feature three ways in which states can use existing scientific and business talent to spur the creation of new clean energy companies:

1.    By providing scientists and engineers with the skills and knowledge they need to start companies. Andrew Hargadon from the Center for Entrepreneurship, University of California, Davis will discuss the Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy, a one-week business development intensive that teaches science and engineering students and faculty how to commercialize research and start new ventures.

2.    By transitioning entrepreneurs and executives from other high-tech sectors into the green energy sector. Peter Rothstein from the New England Clean Energy Council will discuss the Clean Energy Fellowship Program, an entrepreneurial development program that rapidly transitions experienced entrepreneurs and executives into the region's clean energy sector.

3.    By working across states to take existing small businesses to scale. Kimberly Loui from Arizona State University will present the soon-to-be launched Energy Innovation Network, which aims to catalyze interaction between states and other stakeholders to create the conditions necessary for the growth of existing startups in clean energy.

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