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									Cleantech Open Announces North-Central Region
Semi-Finalist Companies
Midwest clean and green entrepreneurs participate in a regional program and move on to compete for over
$1 million in prizes and national acclaim

June 17, 2011 11:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time 

MINNEAPOLIS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The North-Central region of Cleantech Open
( has named the top 20 start-up companies to represent the region in the world’s largest
cleantech business competition and entrepreneur incubator. These semifinalist teams were selected from a talented
pool of cleantech entrepreneurs from more than 10 Midwest states.

The 20 semifinalists will now compete for regional prizes including cash and in-kind services. The top companies
advance to represent the region and compete at the national level for a grand prize of up to $250,000 in investment
and services, and an opportunity to present in front of 2,000 attendees at The Cleantech Open’s Global Forum in
November 2011.

Over the next few months, semifinalists will receive advice from the national network of Cleantech Open expert
mentors, an opportunity to participate in entrepreneurial “boot camp” academies in Silicon Valley and Boston, and
will have access to investors from across the country. This unique platform helps each start-up accelerate the
commercialization of technologies and offers important opportunities for raising the capital necessary for scaling a

“We are exceptionally proud that the North-Central region is showcasing an excellent group of entrepreneurs again
this year. These start-ups are working to solve some of today’s most significant environmental and energy challenges
through innovation,” said Justin Kaster, regional director of the Cleantech Open and an investment banker with
Cherry Tree Companies, LLC. “Our local leadership team is excited to see how this year’s incubator builds upon
the inaugural 2010 program, which led to several of our alumni companies landing customers and funding.” 

The semifinalists for the 2011 North-Central Cleantech Open are:

                                      Revolutionary water purification technology.
Madison, WI
Atmosphere Recovery
                                      Dramatic energy output increases from gas or liquid-based renewable energy
Eden Prairie, MN
C56 Technologies
                                      Enzymes for converting biomass to sugars for biofuels and other applications.
Middleton, WI
                                      Fleet fuel consumption and hydrocarbon emissions reduction system.
Plymouth, MN
Dakota EcoGlass
                                      Environmentally-friendly commercial products made from recycled glass.
New England, ND
Dason Technology
                                    Innovative natural gas-to-liquid fuels conversion.
Chicago, IL
Direct Drive Energy
                                    Technology that eliminates up to 90 percent of the diesel required to power
                                    refrigerated trailer units.
Lowden, IA
Effimax Solar
                                    Revolutionary nanotechnology to make solar power financially realistic.
Champaign, IL
ENRG Power Systems
                                    Improved ignition systems for greater fuel economy and easy retro-fitting.
Grand Rapids, MI
                                    Innovative, versatile & sustainable composite framing materials for commercial
Hartland, WI
                                    Comprehensive high efficiency distributed wind energy systems for powering
                                    the future.
Saint Peters, MO
Grail Engine Technologies
                                    A revolutionary combustion engine with high fuel economy & low emissions.
Chapman, KS
                                    Technology for safe, silent, low-cost and high-efficiency wind power
Chaska, MN
NextGen Solar
                                    High efficiency solar panels made with low-cost, conductive liquid nano-
Chicago, IL
Rapid Electric Vehicle Battery
                                    Technology to charge electric vehicle batteries in minutes, not hours.
Homewood, IL
Route Perfect
                                    A new fuel optimization technology for the transportation industry.
Minneapolis, MN
Senderos Recovery
                                    Transforming e-waste from problem to profit.
Streetsboro, OH
Supreme Energy Products
                                    Seamless building envelope systems to enable 50-70 percent greater energy
Lakeville, MN
Thermal Conservation
                                    Vacuum insulation panels equivalent to 10 inches of Styrofoam.
Skokie, IL
Whole Trees Structures
                                    Innovative construction options attuned to upcoming regulations, price
                                    pressures, and consumer awareness.
Stoddard, WI

Cleantech Open Sponsors Support
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by our Global Partner, Chevron; Global
Foundation Partner, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; National Sponsors, Autodesk and Wells Fargo; and
National Premier Sponsor, University of Phoenix. The North-Central program is also supported by the following
corporate partners: Deloitte, Jones Lang La Salle, Faegre & Benson, Padilla Speer Beardsley, and HER
About The Cleantech Open
The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech business competition and entrepreneur incubator. Its mission
is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and
economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure,
expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006,
through its one-of-a-kind annual business and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled hundreds of
clean-technology start-ups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition and helped alumni contestants raise over
$300M. Fueled by a global network of more than 1,000 volunteers, partners and sponsors, the Cleantech Open
unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s cleantech sector a thriving economic
engine in the future. For more information, visit, or contact the North-Central leadership
team at

For Cleantech Open:
Amy Fisher, Padilla Speer Beardsley

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