Cleantech CURRENT
The monthly newsletter from Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

March 16, 2017
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CCIA Highlights
For over twenty years, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Industry Growth Forum (IGF) has been the nation's premier clean energy investment event.

As a partner to the event, we look forward to attending the Forum April 13-14, 2017 in Denver. The two-day conference features presentations by 30 clean technology startup companies, panel discussions and breakout sessions led by industry experts, and organized networking opportunities with leading investment firms and corporate partners. We're excited to watch Colorado's own Vartega and Forge Nano present at the 2017 IGF!

This year, in addition to the standard IGF program, NREL is introducing  Emerging Markets Day on April 12 in partnership with USAID and USTDA. This day-long matchmaking forum for emerging market energy ventures and investors takes place prior to the IGF. If you are a clean energy venture seeking series A-C capital or an investor seeking the next scalable investment target, check it out here.

Chris Shapard
CCIA Executive Director

Upcoming CCIA Events 

Energy Connections: Denver's Smart City - The Future is Closer than You Think
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Faegre Baker Daniels, Denver
The city of the future is here - and it's a smart city. It's Connected, Intelligent and Responsive and includes Buildings, Transportation and Energy. Panasonic, Xcel Energy and NREL will discuss how Denver's smart city may take shape, what outcomes are expected when it's complete and what it means for Colorado's energy future. Registration is closed, the event is sold out.

Energy Fellows Institute Alumni + Prospects Gathering
Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street, Denver
Energy Fellows alumni and 2017 prospective Fellows are invited to a night of networking, catch up and informal EFI information sharing. Please join us Wednesday, April 5, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at Union Station, outside the Terminal Bar. Bring a friend! Check out Energy Fellows Institute website for more info about the 2017 program, May 10-17, and to apply. 

NREL IGF + Emerging Markets Day
April 12-14,  Westin Downtown Denver
NREL's Industry Growth Forum is now accepting registrations. New this year, Emerging Markets Day introduces a day-long matchmaking forum for emerging market energy ventures and investors takes place prior to the IGF. Industry Growth Forum website  and Emerging Markets Day.

Energy Fellows Institute
May 10-17 Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Front Range
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. We are now accepting applications for the May 2017 program. Apply today.

Policy Update

On March 1st, HB 17-1090 (Advanced Industries Investor Tax Credit Extension) cleared its second hurdle by passing the House Finance Committee by a strong bipartisan vote of 11-2. This important bill doubles the amount of existing tax credits ($1.5 Million/yr for an extra 5 years) available for qualified investors to invest in innovative start-up and early stage companies. Next stop is the Appropriations committee.

Stay tuned next week for the next installment of the Under of the Dome update with a breakdown of all the bills we are watching on behalf of the Cleantech business community.

Member News
Members Approved for Internship Program 

The following members, and other companies in the cleantech space, were approved for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Innovative Industries internship program:

For these businesses, CDLE will fund up to $5,000 per intern for a minimum of 130 on-the-job training hours completed in 6 months.

Workforce Information
Denver Public Schools Recruiting Business Partners
Denver Public Schools CareerConnect offers more than 17,000 students rigorous, hands-on classes in high-paying industries like engineering, technology, architecture, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, etc. In addition to their coursework, students participate in work-based learning opportunities like facility tours, mentoring, and internships. DPS is actively recruiting new companies for the summer 2017 internship program and will be placing 400 students in STEM-focused internships, with about 70 of those will have an engineering focus. For more information email Karis Morrall before the end of March.

Traxion Call for Startups
Traxion, a Golden-based business accelerator focused on supporting start-up companies, is now soliciting applications for their Fall 2017 program. Apply today. If you know of any startup companies that might benefit by being part of an accelerator, please refer their founder to the website at
Member Company Job Postings

Lightning Hybrids
Several positions, including business development and purchasing managers
Lightning Hybrids seeks highly motivated candidates to join their team. They provide ground-breaking hydraulic hybrid vehicle solutions for fleets that want to save fuel and brakes and cut harmful emissions. Lightning Hybrids offers an exciting and challenging work environment with competitive benefits that include health insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, 401(k) retirement program and four weeks paid time off.  Full job descriptions and apply here .

E Source
Senior Associate, Consulting Solutions
E Source is looking for an energetic, passionate, and client-focused team-player to join our fast-paced, growing Consulting Solutions Group as a full-time Senior Associate. The Senior Associate is a mid-level position requiring at least three years of relevant research and project management experience. Strong candidates will have exceptional communication skills including a clear ability to document and distill complex topics into concise and actionable summaries. Presentation skills are a must, as well as a keen awareness of deadlines, and a mindset that compels necessary action from project stakeholders.
Full job description and apply here.

Partner News and Events
World Trade Center Business Trainings
The World Trade Center spring schedule of international business trainings kicked off in February, and has a terrific lineup of classes for startup businesses, multinationals and everyone in between. Topics still left to cover include complying with U.S. controls, due diligence for international business and others. Check out their spring curriculum.

RES-Americas to Partner with NREL
CCIA member company Renewable Energy Systems (RES), an international company with U.S. offices in Broomfield, will be working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to test an energy storage system. Read the story.

Upcoming Partner Events

IEEE Green Tech Conference
March 29-31 
The IEEE Green Technologies Conference continues to bring together scientists, researchers and practitioners from around the world to develop realistic solutions to the current energy crisis, and to reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions.

Flight to Denver
March 31 - April 2
Led by Project X-ITE at the University of Denver, this bootcamp will act as an intensive, curated mentoring program for all Solutions Summit entrepreneurs called FLIGHT TO DENVER. All innovators are at different stages of scale; some are still in the R&D process, others are long past incubation stage and need help raising funds, while others are interested solely in mentoring and marketing. University of Denver is still looking for entrepreneurs to act as "pilots" for the program; email J.B. Holston for more information.

Energy Storage Conference
April 18-20
CCIA is a supporting organization for Energy Storage Association's (ESA) 27th Annual Conference and Expo, the must-attend global event in energy storage. Participate in an expanded conversation about storage and the transformation of the power sector, shape your business, and build new connections.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day

April 19, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Northern Colorado Clean Cities is planning a National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey April 19 at the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute in Boulder. Register here.

International News
Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting - Now Accepting Applications
The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the World Trade Center Denver are now accepting applications for the 2017 Governor's Award for Excellence in Exporting. This award has been given to Colorado exporters annually since 1970 and recognizes economic growth through international business.  Winners will be formally recognized on May 16, 2017 at World Trade Day, the region's premier international trade event. Colorado-based companies that have exported products or services for three years or more are eligible to apply. Applications are due on or before April 14, 2017. Access the 2017 Governor's Export Award application here. More information about OEDIT's export grant programs can be found here.
World Trade Day
May 16, 2017
World Trade Day is the Rocky Mountain Region's most successful and exciting conference for the international business community. Attendees gather to learn and discuss the most interesting and pressing issues facing global business today. World Trade Day often coincides with World Trade Week, which was declared by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935 to take place during the third week of May. Learn more.
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