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Energy, Clean Technology & Water Division

The Energy, Clean Technology & Water division will help drive Minnesota to the forefront of energy and innovation by advancing breakthrough ideas and promoting entrepreneurship in energy and clean technologies, including advancements in traditional power generation, clean tech, conservation including water, energy efficiency, renewable energy, biofuels, and sustainable products and chemicals.


Energy, Clean Technology & Water Division Supported by:
  • Eide Bailly
  • Positively Minnesota
  • Division of Energy Resources - Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • AURI
  • Stoel Rives LLP

Awards and Benefits Include:

Energy, Clean Technology & Water Division Winner:

Energy, Clean Technology & Water Division Runner-up:

  • $5,000 in seed capital

All finalists:

  • Featured in a supplement that is included in the December issue of Twin Cities Business magazine.
  • Division Finalist Training - "Winning Investment Presentations" by Spoken Impact.
  • Detailed feedback of their final written entry and oral presentation.
  • The opportunity to present their plan through an oral presentation to the entire review board.

All semi-finalists:

  • An invitation to attend a semi-finalist reception at the Carlson School of Management.
  • The opportunity to be paired with a University of Minnesota alumni mentor with extensive entrepreneurial experience.
  • Application fee to the 2015 Cleantech Open Accelerator waived

All entrants:

  • Opportunity to learn about resources available to entrepreneurs and attend events organized/promoted by the Minnesota Cup.
  • Networking with Minnesota Cup supporting partners and other entrepreneurs.
  • A chance to improve the entrepreneur’s pitch given the required elements of the initial entry, which also represent a basic outline for a business plan.
  • A valuable experience that will help all entrants as they work on their ventures.

Review Board for Energy, Clean Technology & Water Division:

  • Dr. Massoud Amin – Director, Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota
  • John Balbach – Partnership Chair, Midwest Cleantech Open
  • Ken Brown – MN Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources
  • Doug Cameron – Co-President & Director, First Green Partners
  • John Fry – Professor and Dean Emeritus, College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Tushar Ganpule – IBG Ventures, 3M
  • Rick Huckle – CEO, Riverland Bancorporation
  • Chip Laingen – Executive Director, Defense Alliance
  • Rod Larkins – Senior Director of Science & Technology, Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
  • Todd Leonard – Executive Director, Minnesota Angel Network
  • Dan Lieberman – Co-owner, Lieberman Companies Inc.
  • Gordon W. Ommen – Principal, Capitaline Advisors
  • Tammie Ptacek – Shareholder, Stinson Leonard Street
  • David Russick – Gopher Angels
  • James Schmidt – Chair of Renewable Energy Committee and Partner, Eide Bailly LLP
  • Don Shelby – WCCO Anchor (Retired)
  • Dale Umlaf – Vice President of Business Development, West Central Initiative



  • Magnet 360
  • Leonard, Street and Deinard
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Mosaic
  • Mojo Minnesota
  • General Mills
  • MHTA
  • The Collaborative
  • MVCA
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Spoken Impact
  • Startec
  • Messerli and Kramer
  • TECHdotMN
  • Split Rock Partners
  • Eide Bailly
  • Fredrikson Byron
  • Social Ventures Partners
  • Lommen Abdo
  • Gray Plant Mooty
  • Twin Cities Business
  • Haberman Associates
  • Kenyon
  • lurie Besikof lapidus
  • Maslon
  • Positively Minnesota
  • Proto Labs
  • Clean Tech Open
  • Gopher Angels
  • AURI
  • Ecomagination
  • Division of Energy Resources - Minnesota Department of Commerce
  • Digital River
  • 301 Inc. Emerging Brand Elevator
  • Stoel Rives LLP
  • SixSpeed
  • Grain Millers