Alexandria Welcomes the Cleantech Open Southeast Regional Innovation Summit

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For Immediate Release: October 6, 2014

On October 22 and 23, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, Fortune 500 managers, and academics will converge on Alexandria for the third annual Cleantech Open Southeast Regional Innovation Summit. The Cleantech Open is a non-profit that runs the world’s largest accelerator program for cleantech startups in the green and clean technology sectors.  “Cleantech” refers to technology, products and services that generate commercial benefits to customers while addressing significant environmental concerns. The City of Alexandria is a sponsor of the Summit, which will showcase cleantech innovations and convene key stakeholders from across the region. 

Mayor William D. Euille will serve as speaker for the Summit’s welcome reception, greeting participants and addressing efforts to implement Alexandria’s Eco-City Charter and sustainability initiatives that are improving the quality of life in Alexandria. The reception, which will be held Wednesday, October 22 at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria (901 N. Fairfax St.), is sponsored by the Alexandria Emerging Technology Center (AETC). AETC is a business incubator that supports innovators and entrepreneurs focused on solving urban challenges of sustainability, energy and resilience. The reception is open to the public. Mayor Euille will also provide welcoming remarks at the Summit Awards Dinner, which will be held at the US Patent and Trademark Office (600 Dulany St.) on Thursday, October 23, at 7 p.m.

The mission of Cleantech Open is to find, foster and fund entrepreneurs with the big ideas that address today’s most pressing environmental and economic challenges. Since its inception in 2006, more than 900 participating companies in Cleantech Open’s training, mentoring and funding programs have raised more than $900 million in external capital and created thousands of jobs. 

For more information on the Cleantech Open Southeast Regional Innovation Summit events, and to view the Summit program, visit the Cleantech Open Southeast Region website. 

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