Britain’s best fast-growing cleantech businesses are invited to enter a competition to be a part of the Clean and Cool Mission 2012 to San Francisco and Silicon Valley in March. Up to 20 cleantech entrepreneurs will take part in the trade mission, which will visit San Francisco and Silicon Valley in March. In the States, they will have the chance to showcase their products and services, as well as explore business growth opportunities with potential investors, customers and partners. “We will be taking 20 of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative cleantech businesses over to San Francisco to meet potential investors, partners, customers and suppliers. Our goal is to help those businesses have a bigger impact and succeed more quickly,” says Guy Pattison, co-founder of Long Run Venture, a sponsor of the trade mission. Why should entrepreneurs get involved? Gavin Starks, founder of cleantech startup Amee UK – and a Clean and Cool Mission alumnus – says going on the mission gave him a focused audience to pitch to, and even won him an important customer: global engineering firm Siemens. (Watch his testimonial below.) “The most valuable insight, from our perspective, was being introduced to a broader range of stakeholders than we would have naturally found ourselves talking to. The most important piece of advice I have is: get very clear and crisp on your messaging and practice it.” Oli Barrett, one of the mission’s organisers, adds: “It’s a great opportunity to spend quality time, over the course of a week, with fellow company founders. The week is pretty intense, with opportunity after opportunity to meet good people, whether your aim is raising finance, meeting partners or sounding out your first US office.” The online application process and more information about Clean and Cool Mission 2012 can be found here. Deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday January 30, with winners announced on February 6. The mission itself will take place March 24-31.
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