the oldest and largest cleantech startup accelerator program, with the mission to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with ideas to solve our greatest environmental and energy challenges. Through our annual business competition and accelerator program, we connect cleantech startups with the people and resources that will accelerate their success, and provide a national platform for public visibility. Learn more about the impact of our program in 2016.
Cleantech Open Northeast was founded in 2005 as the Ignite Clean Energy program by the Energy Special Interest Group (ESIG) of the MIT Enterprise Forum.
At the beginning, with less than 30 teams applying and a huge outpouring of community, business, academic, and volunteer enthusiasm, the program initially focused on student entrepreneurship at MIT and then expanded rapidly to the larger community.
In 2010, Ignite expanded its reach and impact by
joining forces with the national organization Cleantech Open,
creating the largest cleantech innovation footprint in the country.
We are proud to be a central part of the highly unique and productive regional cleantech ecosystem:
we work with partners all over the region to support the growth of innovative startups
coming out of our tremendous research institutions and business community.
NECEC is the Northeast regional affiliate for Cleantech Open. NECEC executes the Cleantech Open Northeast accelerator and business plan competition in Massachusetts, New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and builds the region’s innovation network for Cleantech Open and NECEC’s successor program for cleantech entrepreneurs Cleantech Navigate Northeast. Cleantech Navigate Northeast program helps better connect accelerator participants and alumni with financiers, strategic partners, and early adoption customers. Learn more about NECEC and its programs to help clean energy businesses start, scale and succeed in the Northeast at: http://www.necec.org/