“Over a year after completing the Accelerator program, Hexas continues to benefit from our participation in it. We continue to receive guidance and support from our mentors and build on commercial and funding relationships we established as a participant in the 2019 cohort. “ – Wendy Owens, Hexas Biomass

Cleantech startups are different. Especially those in the hardware category. They are higher risk, often more capital intensive requiring manufacturing and scaling support, prototype development, product validation and development. The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator is specifically designed for BOTH early stage, hardware and software cleantech startups in the Pacific Northwest.

We are a mostly* virtual 18-week program delivering mentorship, a $25,000 cash investment opportunity (two will be awarded in 2022), structured curriculum, and connections designed specifically for early stage hardware and software cleantech startups.

*currently planning 1-3 in person events COVID dependent

Established in 2016, this joint program of the Cleantech Alliance and VertueLab is a proud recipient of the Department of Energy EPIC prize and grant

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In addition to mentorship, curriculum and connections, a select number of companies going through the Accelerator will qualify for prize money, and other in kind services.


The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator curriculum includes:  Business Model Canvas, Sustainability, Intellectual Property & Incorporation, Introduction to Manufacturing, Financial Projections & Exit Strategy, Go-to-Market Strategy, HR Legal Compliance & Team Building and three weeks of pitch coaching. 


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CleanTech Alliance represents over 1100 member organizations spanning seventeen U.S. states and four Canadian provinces. The Alliance facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies and jobs through a variety of educational programs, research, products and services.

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For over a decade VertueLab has been serving startups in the Pacific Northwest with holistic support programs and funding. Their $5M Climate Impact Fund was launched in the fall of 2020.