With Eye on Caribbean & LatAm Entrepreneurs, Cleantech Open Heads to Miami

The clean technology movement is on its way to Miami. Today, March 28th, the Cleantech Open will launch in the rising tech hub.

The Cleantech Open is a non-profit organization that accelerates clean technology startups. It fosters entrepreneurship in energy, environment and economics by way of funding and mentorship through a network of 1,500 volunteers. Since its 2006 foundation, the Cleantech Open has worked with over 700 companies in the United States to raise more than US$800 million.

The organization’s Miami office will focus on companies and entrepreneurs in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America.

Today’s Miami launch event will start at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park. Entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from the local clean tech community will gather to network, celebrate and learn more about the Cleantech Open.

Moving forward, the organization will kick-off an eight-month acceleration program for clean and green entrepreneurs. Local finalists will compete at the Cleantech Open national competition in November.

Miami on the Upswing

Miami is becoming a spot to watch on the tech map, especially for Latin American startups and entrepreneurs looking to penetrate the U.S. ecosystem.

Last year, the city hosted Innovate MIA, a 10-day celebration of Miami tech featuring events like the Endeavor ISP, Wayra’s first Global Demo Day and the AVCC. And earlier this year, Endeavor Global announced that it would launch its first U.S. affiliate in Miami.

With organizations like Endeavor and the Cleantech Open going local in Miami, we bet a few others will soon follow suit.