The Urban Tech Hub @ GCT welcomed Cleantech Open, a nonprofit virtual accelerator program that offers training to early-stage startups through mentors, volunteers, and experts. Cleantech Open designs interactive business clinics that guide startups in the right direction. The cleantech sector is a priority at The Urban Tech Hub, so the partnership was welcomed.
Their event, which consisted of interactive business clinics and one-on-one mentor support, aimed to guide early stage startups through providing new perspective and insights. The event focused on go-to market strategies and critical topics such as team building, intellectual property, customer segmentation, strategy, pricing, and sales.
Timothy Kernan, CEO of early stage startup Ironic Chemicals, whose company is currently in the team development program, participated in the mentor experience at the business interactive clinics. He found that the clinics provided new insights, as the experts confirmed his instincts and guided him in new directions.
Another returning attendee, Daniel Smith from NYS P21, explained that he attends CleanTech Open events because he find them beneficial to early stage companies, as they usually profit from connecting with investors and mentors.
Noteable panelist, Andrew McCarthy, a Cleantech Open alumni, and 2013 North East winner, grew his company from one person to fifteen people. He shared that the Cleantech Open event provided several connections and the ability to learn from and converse with other companies.
We hope to see people like Timothy Kernan and other members of early stage startups as they grow and become alumni of Cleantech Open. Ultimately, helping cleantech startups reduces negative impacts on our environment, a goal we should all strive to meet.