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January 18, 2018
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Letter from CCIA's Executive Director
Happy New Year! It's hard to believe we're mid-way through the first month of the year. In the coming months, Colorado's cleantech and energy community is offering programs and projects ranging from the Energy Fellows Institute to Trout Tank to the Green Transportation Summit . With such an active energy community, there's something in the queue for every technology! 

I'd also point out that the clock is ticking for companies to apply for an Advanced Industries Accelerator grant . The AI program has been instrumental in supporting Colorado's cleantech industry and we encourage interested cleantech companies to take a look at the application criteria. Speaking of applications, if you or someone you know is working on a clean technology innovation that might be of interest to the mining industry, take a look at the Mining Cleantech Challenge application - they're looking for everything from blockchain solutions to water recycling to hybrid fuel engines. With so many ways to engage in Colorado's cleantech community, we look forward to seeing you at a cleantech event sometime soon. 

Warm Regards,
Shelly Curtiss
Executive Director
Energy Connections
Tueday, February 27,
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
CCIA and Colorado Energy Coalition bring their memberships together for Energy Connections (EC), a popular quarterly educational series that provides networking opportunities for established and young companies in order to promote new relationships and industry partnerships. Save the dates in 2018: February 27, June 6, August 22, November 14. Our first event in February, on blockchain technology and energy resilience, will be announced soon.
Mining Cleantech Challenge
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Mining Cleantech Challenge efficiently provides targeted connections between mining industry operators, OEMs, and clean technology solution providers with a mutually beneficial goal of meeting industry's needs while at the same time introducing innovative solutions to the marketplace. Now accepting applications from companies with innovative technologies applicable to the mining industry.
Energy Fellows Institute
May 16 - 23, 2018
Energy Fellows Institute is an executive immersion program providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, opportunity, skills and community to develop leaders ready to succeed in world-changing advanced energy businesses. The Institute provides interactions with the local and national advanced energy network; exposure to investors active in the sector; and a chance to learn about the latest energy innovations gaining market adoption. Applications for individual Fellows open February 1.
New Members
Starfire Energy is developing a way to make energy dense liquid fuel from wind and solar power. NH3, or anhydrous ammonia, is used mainly as fertilizer today, but it is also an energy dense liquid fuel. At 150 psi, it has almost three times the energy density of 10,000 psi gaseous hydrogen. When made from clean power, air, and water, it is a CO2-free fuel. Its emissions are only nitrogen and water.

Saoradh Energy Partners (SEP) was formed in 2010 by its Managing Partner, Paul Nelson. He chose the firm's name to represent the free energy of any system, also known in science as Gibbs free energy. Pronounced "seur-ug" if you're a Scotsman and phonetically if you're an American, Saoradh is a Gaelic word that means the act of freeing and ties back to the ancestry of our founder. We are all about energy and are focused on how to build valuable companies and execute on successful projects related to certain downstream sectors of the clean energy and advanced materials industries.

Mutual of Omaha Bank is the financial resources you need, and the personal service you deserve. Born from an insurance company, Mutual of Omaha Bank is ALL bank with the financial muscle to serve clients of any size and at any stage of business. Bringing more to the table than competitive rates; they deliver ideas with the power to change your business. They offer highly experienced banking professionals who know the local market and understand the challenges in the cleantech industry.

Workforce Information
Hire an Intern

We are proud to be working with CDLE as an Industry Intermediary for the State of Colorado's Innovative Industries Internship program. Please check out the information at and if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Mary Austin , or watch the new webinar created by CAMA.
Partner News and Events
Apply Now for Innosphere's Incubator
Application deadline TOMORROW

Innosphere's incubation program is now accepting applications from high-tech startups and scaleups to join the next cohort which begins in February 2018. The incubation program focuses on ensuring companies are investor ready, connecting them with experienced advisors, making introductions to corporate partners, and solidifying customer acquisition strategies. Let Innosphere support your bioscience, cleantech, enterprise software, hardware, or technology-based venture though the critical stages of growth. Submit company application online at
2018 Colorado Manufacturing Awards - Nominations Open

For the first time, trade organizations and associations from across the wide spectrum of Colorado manufacturing industries will be recognized for their support and advocacy of manufacturing at the 2018 Colorado Manufacturing Awards in April. CCIA is hosting the Outstanding Energy / Environment Manufacturer Award, and encourages you to nominate your favorite business through February 9.
Applications Now Open for Advanced Industries Early Stage Capital and Retention Grant

The purpose of the Advanced Industry Early Stage Capital and Retention Grant Program is to fund companies using technologies developed in proof of concept grants and other early stage start-ups that have created viable products, meet a market need, and can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally. The Advanced Industries include aerospace, advanced manufacturing, bioscience, electronics, energy, infrastructure engineering, and technology and information. The application period is open through March 1, 2018. More information and apply here .
ARPA-E Funding Available

As of December 13, 2018 the ARPA-E open funding solicitation came out called "OPEN 2018" with an expected award up to $100 million in funding across dozens of potentially transformational early-stage energy projects. The Colorado Collaboratory will help connect potential teams together, aggregate information that is sent in and then disperse out to the whole for the purposes of teaming. More information here .
Trout Tank H20 Accelerator Now Taking Applications

The business of water is a big industry – $600 billion globally. And, it is more than just turning on your tap – water hits the nexus of agriculture, energy, bio-science, transportation, manufacturing, public health, outdoor recreation and tourism, business, and education – all the key pillars of our thriving economy, environment, and society. All startups and existing businesses with a water focus are welcome to apply for this pitch accelerator program with a $5,000 prize. Registration closes February 9. More information here .
Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit

The $750,000 Colorado Advanced Industry Investment Tax Credit has been reauthorized through 2022. All businesses and investors previously certified must re-certify by completing a new application. Criteria, required documents, timelines, and application guidelines for both the investee and investors can be found on the Advanced Industry Tax Credit website .
Upcoming Partner Events
Critical Materials: Manufacturing, Re-Use and Recycling
February 1, 5:30 p.m.

The Rocky Mountain Section of the Materials Research Society presents Critical Materials: Manufacturing, Re-Use, and Recycling, a panel discussion featuring: Rod Eggert, Deputy Director, Critical Materials Institute, Colorado School of Mines; Gautam Khanna, Founder & CEO, Tusaar Corp.; Chuck Booten, Senior Engineer, Residential Building Systems, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Gregg A. Swayze, Research Geophysicist, U.S. Geological Survey
Join the RMMRS Linked-In Group and connect with other scientists in the area. RMS-MRS will be posting meetings (including this one) and other announcements, with detailed information about where and how to attend events.

Join the LinkedIn Group for details

Climate Leadership Conference
February 28 - March 2, 2018

The Annual Climate Leadership Conference brings together influential climate, energy, and sustainability professionals from around the globe to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions. Join us for the 7th event to collaborate with an unparalleled group of experts and thought leaders, learn about cutting-edge carbon and energy practices, and navigate the climate policy landscape.

Green Transportation Summit & Expo
April 17-19, 2018

The Green Transportation Summit & Expo (GTSE) is the region's premier fleet modernization and alternative fuels event. GTSE events offer information-packed sessions, prominent national and regional speakers, and the latest technologies from industry leaders. Fleet managers and clean-fleet stakeholders have relied on GTSE events to give them the best value for their time and budget, and the 9th annual installment promises to continue that trend.

NREL Industry Growth Forum
May 3-4, 2018

For over twenty years, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Industry Growth Forum has been the nation's premier clean energy investment event. The Forum features presentations from 30 emerging clean energy companies, provocative panels, one-on-one meetings, and organized networking opportunities.

Thank you for reading! See you next month.