Tag Archives: clean-tech

Startups and students win $500,000 in clean energy challenge

Originally published in Crain’s Chicago Business April 10, 2014 A student-led team that designed a turbine for making geothermal energy systems more efficient and a water purification company that eliminates the need for detergent and hot water in commercial laundries … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Why green entrepreneurs need to protect their ideas

Green-tech entrepreneurs, like most other start-up folks, probably spend more time worrying about securing their next round of financing compared with, say, intellectual property protection. But they ignore it at their peril. So says Jim Naughton, chairman of the green … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: 11 wealthy families team up to invest in clean tech

Eleven wealthy families are now scouting for investment opportunities in the clean-energy sector – and the investment syndicate they’ve formed has already inked some deals. The Cleantech Syndicate was created in 2010 but only announced its formation late last month after it … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Clean-tech entrepreneurs gather to explore Illinois growth options

Leaders of Illinois’ “clean energy” movement gathered in Chicago yesterday and called more coherent state legislation and better financing opportunities as essential ingredients to attract growth in the renewable energy sector here. More than 100 clean-tech entrepreneurs, finance executives, policy … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago startup aims to turn buildings into batteries

A local energy-efficiency technology startup is helping commercial property owners turn their buildings into batteries. Chicago-based Clean Urban Energy developed a software platform that enables buildings to store excess thermal energy in their own concrete and drywall and then tap it … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Indie Energy digs deep for renewable heating and cooling

Indie Energy co-founders Daniel Cheifetz, left, and Erik Larson at the Walgreens store in Oak Park that’s now heated via their company’s technology. Shoppers stepping into a Walgreens that opened this week in Oak Park would probably never guess the store … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Clean Energy Trust aims to make Illinois a clean-tech contender

Imagine Chicago and Illinois as the Midwest’s center of clean-technology innovation and investment and you can begin to understand why the Clean Energy Trust was created. The idea for the non-profit was hatched by a powerhouse group of Chicago business … Continue reading

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