Five Companies from The Green Way Nominated to Global Cleantech Cluster Association 2013 Later Stage Awards

Best in Class will be awarded to 10 companies at Corporate Cleantech Venture Day on November 20, 2013 in Lahti, Finland
Dublin, August 20, 2013— The Green Way is pleased to announce 5 of its member companies have been nominated for the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) 2013 Later Stage Awards. The awards recognize innovative mid to late-stage cleantech companies around the world who actively support business clusters and incubators in their regions. Winning companies will be announced at the Corporate Cleantech Venture Day on November 20th, 2013 in Lahti, Finland.
The Green Way’s Nominations Include:
• Hanley Energy for Best in Clean Web/Sustainable IT  • SELC for Best in Lighting/Energy Efficiency • Episensor for Best in Lighting/Energy Efficiency • M2C for Best in Transportation • EPS Water for Best in Water Management
“What differentiates the annual Later Stage Awards is the platform it provides for new technologies to grow,” noted Shawn Lesser Co-Founder of Watershed Capital Group and the GCCA.  “Through these awards we help support innovators in the cleantech industry, who are developing their local green economies, by putting them in front of a global audience.”
The Green Way joined the Global Cleantech Cluster Association in 2011 to globally expand the scope and breadth of its offerings to member companies. The Green Way aims to establish Dublin city and region as a centre of excellence in clean technology and resource efficiency. The Green Way is developing an innovative ecosystem that connects technology producers with users and researchers. A collaborative approach underpins this ecosystem, and it is this approach that allows the GCCA and The Green Way to connect like-mind organizations generating new business opportunities, both nationally and globally.
“It’s all about partnership and collaboration – local, national and international,” noted Aideen O’Hora Executive Director of The Green Way. “Ireland has a vibrant cleantech sector and I’m delighted that five Irish companies are nominated for the later stage awards. The Later Stage Awards is a progressive initiative that allows our member companies to exchange knowledge, build capacity and forge long-term relationships with potential partners and investors. Global collaboration, through initiatives such as this, will ensure the cleantech sector develops to its full potential.”
The Green Way companies are a part of a pool of over 160 nominees. GCCA Head Judge Peter Adriaens (Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Zell Lurie Institute for
Entrepreneurial Studies, (Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan) will use the Keystone Compact™ Method to screen the nominees and narrow them down to the top 3 in each category.
The Top 30 will then be evaluated by over 30 venture capital and cleantech judges who select the winners for the Later Stage Award. With more than $3.5 billion invested in clean technology, the GCCA Judges are devoted to later stage companies who have a proven track record in their home market and have the potential for international growth. They include Generation’s Climate Solutions Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, Dow Venture Capital, BASF Venture Capital and more.
The Best in Class winners will be announced at the Corporate Cleantech Venture Day on November 20th at Sibelius Hall in Lahti, Finland. This event aims to act as a meeting place for cleantech companies looking for investors and corporate partnerships.
The full list of 2013 Later Stage Award Nominations can be found at: www.globalcleantech.org/2013-later-stage-award-nominees
About the Global Cleantech Cluster Association
The Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) is a network of 49 cleantech clusters, representing over 10,000 companies. It creates conduits for companies to harness the tremendous benefits of international cleantech cluster collaboration in an efficient, affordable, and structured network.  The GCCA provides a gateway for established and emerging cleantech companies to gain exposure to potential investors, new markets, influential networks, innovative technologies and best practices.  GCCA was founded by swisscleantech, the Finnish Cleantech Cluster, and Watershed Capital, and Technica Communications.  For more information about the GCCA, please visit www.globalcleantech.org.
The Green Way Media Contact Aideen O’Hora 01 524 9802  aohora@thegreenway.ie www.thegreenway.ie
GCCA MEDIA CONTACT Lisa Ann Pinkerton Technica Communications 408-806-9626 lisaann@technicacommunications.com

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