March 2020

 CalSEED Information Session
Join BlueTechValley and CalSEED TODAY February 20, 2020 for an info session to answer questions about the upcoming CalSEED grant opportunity and to share information about other relevant programs for clean energy entrepreneurs! CalSEED (powered by New Energy Nexus) is a funding and professional development program for clean energy innovators and entrepreneurs working to bring early-stage clean energy concepts to market in California. Its mission to create a 100% clean energy economy for 100% of the population, CalSEED supports diverse entrepreneurs who deliver equitable outcomes from their cleantech innovations. The CalSEED Concept Award provides promising innovators with $150,000 in grant funding, unprecedented professional development resources and access to California’s best accelerators and incubator programs!Concept Award winners are also eligible for a $450,000 Prototype Award in the next round. That's $600,000 in total.
Applications open February 28!

Register for TODAY'S WORKSHOP here!
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Jordan Agricultural Research Center - Located on Fresno State's Campus! 

(Can't make it? Register for our online webinar instead!)

 Success at World Ag Expo! 
And the winner is...Nitricity! BTV Member and Valley Ventures Alumni, Nitricity, won the first ever WAE² Pitch Competition at the World Ag Expo (WAE)!

Each participating venture (AQUAOSOBoxPowerEco2MixNitricity 
and Waterhound Futures) had 10 minutes to pitch their product to a live audience and a panel of judges! 

The WAE² Pitch Competition, hosted by Fresno State's WET Center, was designed to introduce WAE attendees to emerging water, ag, and energy technologies in a fun and engaging way. 

Click here to see Dr. Charles Hillyer and Courtney Meinhold interviewed for Eyewitness News or click here for a video recap of the pitch competition! 


Study finds SBA’s FAST is working

The FAST program is designed to connect small businesses to funding opportunities such as SBIR and STTR. A new study proves that it’s working.

Sacramento Kings Launch Fifth Annual Crowdsourced Startup Contest
Capitalize, the league’s first crowdsourced startup competition, will offer local entrepreneurs a chance to gain publicity, receive mentorship and secure funding for their business.

DOE Announces $125.5M in New Funding for Solar Tech
A demand for solar energy has prompted the Department of Energy to allocate $125.5 million for new technologies!

$15M Biomass Project Shifts into High Gear in North Fork
Plans for a biomass project in North Folk, California are slated to take off in Spring 2020!

BTV and VV alum recognized in prestigious publication
Re-Nuble, a proud BlueTechValley and Valley Ventures alum, was highlighted in Yale Climate Connections for their remarkable success in converting food waste into fertilizer!

Jim Phene of Epiphene interviewed at World Ag Expo
Jim Phene, president of Epiphene, Inc. was featured on Eyewitness News  during the World Ag Expo! 
CalSEED Information Session| February 20, 2020 | Fresno, CA
Join BlueTechValley and CalSEED on February 20, 2020 for an info session to answer questions about the upcoming CalSEED grant opportunity.

2020 EPIC Forum | February 25, 2020 | Long Beach, CA
Join the EPIC forum to explore lessons learned in the wake of sudden disaster, learn about clean energy solutions , and hear from today’s leaders on how to build a more resilient tomorrow.

TechStarts Startup Weekend | March 6 - 8 | Sacramento, CA
Startup Weekend is an experiential learning environment where you’ll band together with like-minded people and learn what it takes to start a startup - by actually doing it.

Startup Monterey Bay Tech Meetup | March 10 | Seaside, CA
Meet aspiring entrepreneurs, get news about what's happening with local startups, get help, and get inspired!

World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit | March 17-18 | San Francisco, CA
Join us at the World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit in San Francisco
this March where you will hear from over 100 of the brightest minds in agriculture. Don't miss this opportunity to gather with 1500+ agribusinesses, food brands, producers, investors and entrepreneurs
from over 50 counties meet to discuss transformative solutions
to the food system and fast-track innovation to the field. Use code 'FSW400' for $400 off the price of your ticket!

EPIC Visionary Awards | April 1-2, 2020 | Sacramento, CA
Applications to pitch are due February 7, 2020. 
Pitching is open to all who have received CalSEED or a member of BTV or any of our six sister clusters - just another benefit of being a member of our BTV innovation cluster!

First Annual Energy Event | April 21, 2020
Stay tuned for details!
Meet Jim Phene, President and Founder of Epiphene, Inc. Epiphene is an irrigation company that develops water filtration solutions. After just two years of operating and joining the BlueTechValley team in August of 2019, Phene has garnered quite a lot of traction for his business. Phene exhibited at both the Irrigation Association Show and the 2020 World Ag Expo, and was named the new product winner at both shows!

“It’s always been about the education.” Phene said, citing his excitement over the publicity World Ag Expo brought to his company, including the chance to educate people about his irrigation filtration business to prominent members of the irrigation industry, including the president of the American Farm Bureau, Zippy Duvall. 

BlueTechValley has been able to provide the 2019 Valley Ventures alum and his business with industry connections, press, and office space to hold meetings. Phene has even started referring others to the same accelerator program he graduated from. “I wasn’t sure I would learn much, joining an accelerator.” Phene soon found that any startup companies looking to expand their marketing and sales expertise would benefit greatly from BlueTechValley’s services. Learn more about Epiphene 
SBIR Open Topics Phase I Grants
Award Amount: Varies
: February 26, 2020 (Deadline extended)
Cowo Campus Accelerator
Award Amount: $20K
Application opens: March 2020

Solar Energy Technologies Office Funding Program
Award Amount: Up to $125.5M
eadlineMarch 9, 2020
Heat Recovery Systems in the Industrial Sector Phase II
Award Amount:
March 13, 2020
CEC Clean Energy and Technology Grant Programs
Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 20, 2020

Cleantech Open Accelerator
Award Amount: $75,000
Application deadline: April 19, 2020
Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research
Award Amount:
Application deadline: April 22, 2020
Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase II
Award Amount:
Application deadline: 
May 27, 2020
NSF: Inclusion Across the Nation
Award Amount: $100,000
: July 13, 2020


ETCC Webinar | February 26
American Pistachio Conf. | March 2-4

Ag Energy Workshop | March 10
Salinas AgTech Summit | March 17-18
Ag Energy Workshop | March 17
Enforcement of Patents | March 19
AgTech Conference
 | April 9

Check out Empower Innovation, a new BTV partnership,
for more events and funding! 


Team Builders LLC | Fresno, CA
Water Treatment/
Distribution Operator

Team Builders LLC | Visalia, CA
Agronomy Support Tech

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