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Commercialization Programs and Services
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Commercialization assistance is critical to the CleanTech Alliance mission. Our programs help early-and late-stage companies hone their business plans, products and market delivery to cross the valleys of death from concept to commercialization to success. Connections matter in commercialization. The Alliance delivers by connecting startups with established industry players to spur mentorship, knowledge sharing, partnership opportunities, market development and funding.

Accelerator Programs

Tclean technologies, environmentally friendly companieshe CleanTech Alliance and Oregon BEST partnered to create the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, a 12-week accelerator program specifically designed for startups using or developing clean technologies in the Pacific Northwest.  The program allows emerging companies to tap into the influence and reach of both the CleanTech Alliance and Oregon BEST. The organizations deliver access to an extensive regional network of cleantech expertise, mentorship from organizations and research labs, and other forms of support. The program also has a customized curriculum. Read more on each of these services: 

  • Mentorship from cleantech industry leaders to help with business planning, intellectual property protection, marketing, financing and more.
  • Connections throughout the networks of both Oregon BEST and the CleanTech Alliance to provide access to industry leaders, service providers and investors from across the region.
  • Hands-on business and financing workshops to assist with business model creation, product development, market development and funding strategies.
  • Customer discovery assistance to hone minimally viable product and go-to-market strategy.
  • Company and brand visibility from established CleanTech Alliance and Oregon BEST industry events, programs and marketing outreach. 
  • Access to prize money through a competition that offers three cash prizes totaling $10,000, plus in-kind services from Accelerator partners. 

The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator is a perfect opportunity to accelerate your business without giving up any equity or ownership rights. Because it’s non-dilutive, startups can take part in the program as a standalone offering or as an add-on with other business accelerators or incubators. Contact Gabe Boeckman to learn more.


Mentorship Opportunities

Are you an experienced entrepreneur or business leader looking to advance Washington State’s cleantech economy? Become a Cascadia CleanTech mentor and help accelerate entrepreneurs and emerging companies across the Pacific Northwest. On average, mentors spend approximately two hours per month with their mentees over the course of a 12-week program. Longer relationships, however, are encouraged and often forged.


Generalist Mentors

Generalist mentors are experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders with proven records of success in relevant cleantech industries or innovation-driven startups. Generalist mentors become a champion for their mentees, helping them:

  • Build excellent business plans
  • Gain customer discovery feedback
  • Make strategic connections
  • Fine-tune investor pitches
  • Create strong employee teams


Specialist Mentors

Tapping world-class expertise in key functional disciplines like finance, marketing, engineering, sustainability and legal is vital for entrepreneurial success. Specialist mentors are an elite group of subject matter experts acting as ongoing resources across a broad range of categories, including:

  • Business plan development
  • Sales/business development
  • Manufacturing and supply chain management
  • Financing, funding and investor pitching
  • Accounting and tax preparation
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Export and foreign trade
  • Team building and human resources


Interested in becoming a Cascadia CleanTech mentor or receiving mentorship? Contact Gabe Boeckman to learn more.


CleanTech Portfolio List

CleanTech Alliance manages a list of emerging cleantech companies and initiatives looking for exposure, connections and funding. This list is then shared with members, partner organizations and other resources to help meet the company’s specific goals. .


Companies looking for funding will be included in the Department of Commerce Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) database. The Alliance also turns to listed companies for program speakers, media outreach, case studies and resources for our outreach efforts.



Partnership and Customer Connections

CleanTech Alliance member connections deliver customer feedback, partnership opportunities, market insights and more. Contact Gabe Boeckman to discuss connection opportunities surrounding:

  • Target market research and refinement by connecting small businesses with their target markets for customer interviews, focus groups and other collaboration opportunities.
  • Product refinement and marketing through partnerships that create integrated systems instead of one-off products. The Alliance connects small businesses with vendors to develop a packaged product that solves the entire customer need.
  • Technology evaluation and demonstration projects with private sector customers, utilities and state and local government organizations.

Contact Gabe Boeckman at 206-389-7271 to learn more about clean technologies mentorship opportunities, partnerships and accelerator programs.

Tom Ranken
President & CEO
Sharon Schierle
Gabe Boeckman
Commercialization & Outreach
Alyssa Patrick

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