UK clean-tech firms head for USA on look and learn mission

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Sixteen entrepreneurs & front row-Guy Pattison, Long Run Venutre, David Bott, TSB, Oli Barrett, Clean and Cool, Simon Carter

A group of the UK’s most promising clean technology companies have been chosen to attend the Clean and Cool Mission to Colorado next month.

The 16 companies will visit Colorado, the fastest-growing clean-tech ecosystem in the U.S, to showcase their innovations and explore business opportunities associated with tackling climate change.

The week-long visit, organised by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, together with The Long Run Venture and UK Trade and Investment, will see the  UK cleantech companies learn from key leaders in the field and network with potential investors in Boulder, Denver and Fort Collins – they will participate in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) Industry Growth Forum, the premier clean energy investment event in the U.S.

As the number one U.S market for renewable energy and second best state for entrepreneurship and innovation, the Mission to Colorado will enable participants to learn first-hand how to accelerate their business in the important U.S market.

Among the delegation are companies whose innovations address some of the most pressing climate challenges in the country and worldwide, including increasing transport pollution, improving energy efficiency in residential homes and easing reliance on peak grid supply.

David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes at the Technology Strategy Board, said: “The U.S has one of the most innovative and dynamic cleantech ecosystems. The Mission will provide the participants with the opportunity to establish partnerships, secure investment and help launch their business to a large, continually expanding and thriving technology market.”

Simon Carter, Deputy Director, Head of Renewable Energy at UKTI, explained: “We are delighted to sponsor the Clean and Cool Mission to Colorado and support UK innovation internationally. Colorado is a fast and reliable gateway to the U.S and to global markets and the Mission will allow the firms to learn how to turn their innovations into tangible business opportunities.”

Taking place 30th November – 6th December, the companies will have an opportunity to extend their international operations in sectors ranging from solar and wind, smart grids, energy storage, system integration, to smart buildings and transport.



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