Cleantech CURRENT
CCIA's monthly newsletter keeps you CURRENT
January 17 2019
Letter from CCIA
A new year means one thing in Colorado: a new legislative session. As usual, our team is in the thick of it, advocating for a wide range of bills supporting cleantech and clean energy. Policy expert Chris Votoupal of VGA (Votoupal Government Affairs) represents CCIA and is full-time at the capital through the term, which began on January 5, 2019.

You can follow CCIA's efforts on our website session overview and bill tracker page .

Updated regularly, the website tracks bills as they go through committee, to the floor of the chambers, to the governor's desk in some cases.

Other bills we follow because we are in opposition, like the deceptively titled "California Motor Vehicle Emissions Standards" bill, which seeks to PROHIBIT Colorado from adopting air quality control standards more stringent than federal standards.

Check out the bill tracker and don't hesitate to be in touch if you're interested in being more involved in CCIA's policy efforts.

CCIA Events & Announcements
Innovative Industries Internship Grants
If you are an employer in an innovative industry, CDLE will help with your internship costs. The state will fund up to $5,000 per intern for an intern with a minimum of 130 on-the-job training hours completed in 6 months.

Applications open January 1 - 31, 2019.

Energy Connections

February 12, 2019
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Our extremely popular breakfast panel speaker series returns in 2019 with a new theme for the year: Circular Energy Economy . On February 12, 2019, we'll be focusing on agriculture.
Mining Cleantech Challenge

March 21, 2019

CCIA helps mining companies gain competitive advantage by providing the much needed stimulus to globally scout start-ups who have solutions.

Expand your Business to Mexico Luncheon

February 7, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Come meet Neighbors, Colorado’s Network Consultant for Mexico. Have lunch and learn about, current topics in Mexico’s business communities, common experiences of exporting to Mexico and how to leverage OEDIT export grants to support your international business goals.
Energy Fellows Institute

The Energy Fellows Institute is an educational organization designed to educate experienced executives and serial entrepreneurs about the advanced energy technology sector.

Applications open February 1.
AMP Robotics Now Hiring
The winner of the Circular Economy Award at Davos in 2018 is hiring for engineers and technicians, as well as interns. "AMP" stands for Autonomous Manipulation and Perception. AMP Robotics has created Cortex, a robotic system that can rapidly pick recyclable materials off a conveyor belt for recovery. This is enabled by Neuron, artificial intelligence that peers into the recyclable stream to identify individual pieces of recoverable material.

Job Opportunities at SWEEP
The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) is a public-interest organization promoting greater energy efficiency and clean transportation in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. They currently have two job openings.

Partner News & Events
News & Deadlines
CSU Ventures - Launchpad SBIR Workshop
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Are you interested in applying for an SBIR grant from the NSF, USDA, NIH, DoD or NOAA and increasing your odds of winning an award? CSU Ventures is excited to offer the opportunity to workshop your idea with past awardees at a 2-hour workshop January 24 th  (11-1pm) at the Lory Student Center. The event is free, and registrants will be provided lunch during the event. 
2019 Business Awards - Now Taking Applications
Deadline to apply: January 25, 2019

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is now taking applications for their 2019 Business Awards, in categories like Startup or Small Business of the Year. Let's get a lot of cleantech companies on their list!

New Durango Business Accelerator SCAPE - Now Taking Applications
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2019

Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs, or SCAPE, has a mission to help launch and propel local job producing businesses as far forward as possible. All companies accepted into the 2019 class will be eligible for small investments to go towards tangibles to help develop the business. The Durango program is positioned to have $200,000 to invest in the most promising startups that come out of the 2019 SCAPE program.

Colorado Manufacturing Awards Now Accepting Applications
Deadline to apply: February 8, 2019

The only program of its kind in the United States, the CMA program brings together business leaders in a celebration of the modern manufacturing economy — a multi-industry, consumer and technology-driven sector reshaping America’s rich industrial legacy. The event will be held April 4 at The Cable Center in Denver.

Partner Events
Destination Startup
February 1, 2019

Colorado's leading research universities and the Governor's Office of Economic Development will showcase the best technologies from Colorado's innovation ecosystem at the first Destination Startup.

25 startups that are commercializing an innovation from, or in formal partnership with, one of Colorado's research institutions or Federal laboratories will be presenting to investors and the business community in a fast-paced, energizing format featuring early and late stage startups separated into tracks.

21st Century Energy Transitions Symposium
April 1-2, 2019

Since 2011 the past annual symposia offered a wide range of science, industry leadership, best practices, common sense regulations and policy implications across a broad spectrum of energy and sustainability issues. The 21st Century Energy Transition Symposium 2019 is the 8th annual event co-hosted by the Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (Collaboratory) — a unique and successful energy research partnership between University of Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Colorado Manufacturing Awards
April 4, 2019

The CMAs are presented by CompanyWeek, digital media reporting on the regional manufacturing economy; and Manufacturers Edge, Colorado’s NIST MEP.

The CMAs work closely with Colorado trade and industry groups to publicize the opportunity, reach out to industry companies, develop criteria and encourage companies to nominate. Criteria vary across industries to reflect operating conditions, company differences, and market attributes.

Solar Power Mountain West
April 14-16, 2019

Solar Power Mountain West is returning to Aurora, Colorado in March to discuss the impact of the recent election results, innovations in project financing, new technologies for grid management and new applications for energy storage.

April 19-28, 2019

EARTHx is the world’s largest annual environmental forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, innovations, policies, and corporate practices reshaping our world. Now, in its ninth year, EarthX includes conferences, symposiums, a film festival, educational public displays and numerous B to B opportunities. National business leaders, foreign dignitaries, elected officials, media and NGO’s join together to highlight how environmental sustainability is good for the economy and society.    

Organizers at EarthX are looking to bring together private companies state agencies, municipalities, not for profit organizations, universities and research institutions for a Colorado Pavilion at their eighth conference. The goal is to highlight the remarkable accomplishments and innovative products and services of Colorado based companies and institutions. The weekend event brings together 130,000+ people, including leading national companies, elected officials, media and not for profits involved in environmental issues. CCIA members qualify for discounted participation. Please email Richard Eidlin for more information.

NREL Industry Growth Forum and Emerging Markets Day
May 8-10, 2019

On May 9th and 10th, 2019, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center is hosting the 31st Industry Growth Forum. We are looking for the most innovative emerging clean energy start-up companies from across the globe to present to investors, technologists, and other industry professionals. Applicants range from prototype-stage to commercially ready with a cleantech solution. Since 2003, presenting companies have collectively raised over $6.4 Billion in growth financing.

Energy Tech Showcase
May 7, 2019

The Energy Tech Showcase (ETS) connects upstream, midstream and service companies with innovative technology-based solutions that help solve operational and business challenges. Our events are designed to be low-stress, high-energy and above all fun.

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
July 8-10, 2019

The ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit (The Summit) is an annual conference and technology showcase that brings together experts from different technical disciplines and professional communities to think about America's energy challenges in new and innovative ways. Now in its tenth year, the Summit offers a unique, three-day program aimed at moving transformational energy technologies out of the lab and into the market.

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