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UK cleantech firms get set for US Clean and Cool mission

Sixteen promising cleantech SMEs selected to fast-track their business growth through intensive entrepreneur mission in San Francisco.

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16 of the UK's most promising cleantech SMEs will be heading to San Francisco to explore business opportunities

Innovate UK is sending the 16 companies on this month’s Clean and Cool Mission to connect with investors, partners and customers. They’ll also be able to:

  • explore business opportunities in the US
  • learn from key leaders and peers in their field
  • showcase their innovations to potential investors and partners
  • get unparalleled access to the US cleantech ecosystem

£500 million invested in mission companies to date

Having run these sorts of entrepreneur missions over the past few years, they have proven extremely beneficial for the companies involved, with over half a billion pounds of investment flowing into the firms since they returned to the UK.

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The 16 companies heading to San Francisco for the Clean and Cool Mission

Innovate UK’s director of technology and innovation Kevin Baughan said:

With San Francisco at the heart of the cleantech ecosystem in the US, the Clean and Cool Mission is a fantastic opportunity for UK businesses to showcase their innovative technologies and identify growth opportunities in this thriving industry.

The level of investment achieved by previous Mission attendees is incredible and we’re really excited about the 16 companies selected for this year’s trip. Each chosen company has shown us new and exciting cleantech solutions with huge potential and addressing a multitude of environmental challenges faced by society today.

Tackling climate challenges

Selected companies include those whose innovations address some of the most pressing climate challenges in the country and worldwide:

  • Green Fuels Research – promoting its low-cost and energy-efficient bio-aviation fuel for use in jet engines
  • Renovagen Ltd – showcasing a transportable solar power solution that enables self-sufficient power in off-grid locations
  • BBOXX Ltd – introducing its plug-and-play solar power systems with monthly payment plan and targeting African markets

The week-long Clean and Cool Mission kicks off on 17 January 2015. It’s organised by Innovate UK, The Long Run Venture, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and CoSpA (the Co-Sponsorship Agency).

Follow the progress of the 16 companies going on the mission to San Francisco on Twitter @innovate_uk, @CleanandCool and #cleansf.

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Published 9 January 2015