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BTV Accelerator accepting applications!

The BlueTechValley Accelerator Valley Ventures is accepting applications for its next cohort of entrepreneurs! Final Deadline: August 15, 2017 Valley Ventures has a mission to develop companies that provide an economic impact in the region and increase efficiency of resources. The focus is water, agriculture, and energy technology space. Its goal is to grow the size and value of a company as fast as possible in preparation for an initial round of funding, or become profitable as quickly as…

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Webinar on Emerging Technologies

July 25, 2017 On August 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM, California Energy Commission staff will host a one-hour webinar to share information on innovative projects focusing on phase change materials and their exciting potential to make zero net energy buildings more affordable. Phase change materials (PCM) are materials that change from one phase (i.e., solid, liquid or gas) to another at a designated temperature. Speakers: Martin Vu and Kyle Dunn, RMS Energy Consulting, LLC, will discuss their work with…

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California’s hydrogen refueling network expands to South Pasadena

California welcomed another station to its growing hydrogen refueling network, further bolstering the state’s global leadership in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) as part of its broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. The new station, now open at 1200 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena, provides Californians with the fueling options they need to consider replacing their petroleum-fueled cars with hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. With transportation responsible for nearly 40 percent of California’s…

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Vertical hydroponic farming, Alaska natural organics affects economy

The Greening of Alaska Lester Mondrag | June 5, 2017 Alaska is now an agricultural supplier of fresh fruits and garden vegetables that usually grows in the warm areas of California and Mexico. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Services supports and funds the farming technique. The 49th state enjoys the funding and is now accelerating its farming industry with additional greenhouses for construction, the greening of Alaska is at hand. The greening of Alaska has its…

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Energy Commission awards research grants for renewable energy

July 12, 2017 For Immediate Release: July 12, 2017 mediaoffice@energy.ca.gov, 916-654-4989 Energy Commission Awards Research Grants for Renewable Energy SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission today approved research grants for a wide range of projects, including nearly $3 million for efforts to produce renewable energy and reduce fire risk by using forest waste left by the state’s unprecedented tree die-off for electrical generation. A record drought and bark beetle infestation have led to more than 102 million trees dying…

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Humboldt signs first contract with BlueTechValley

Fresno State, spearheaded by the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT), was awarded a $5 million dollar grant from the California Energy Commission to create the BlueTech Valley: Central Valley Regional Innovation Cluster. The grant funding is being used to expand the existing programs and services that are available at the Cluster Hubs and link them to maximize the benefits of regional planning and collaboration. The funding is also allowing Fresno State’s WET Center to double their dedicated office…

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Central Valley Venture Forum, Stock Exchange merge

The Central Valley Venture Forum and Central Valley Stock Exchange are merging to create Central Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum, the largest event for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Central Valley. We have set the date and location for this first-ever event. It will be Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Clovis Veterans Memorial District in Clovis, Calif. If you would like more information as it becomes available, please sign up for the BlueTechValley listserv

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GO-Biz hosts 28 workshops for businesses interested in applying for $200M in tax credits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 8, 2017 Office of the Governor of California Sacramento, Calif. – The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) today announced a series of 28 workshops across California designed to help businesses apply for over $200 million in available California Competes Tax Credits (CCTC). “Our message to business owners is simple, take advantage of this tax credit and create new job opportunities,” said Kristen Kane, GO-Biz Deputy Director. “The California Competes tax credit…

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$145K Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge marks National Small Biz Week

The American Farm Bureau Federation is opening online applications for its fourth Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge today, to coincide with National Small Business Week. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions of the United States. It is the first national rural business competition focused exclusively on innovative entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. Competitors are invited to submit for-profit business ideas…

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