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The national Cleantech Open, which runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator, is hosting a Business Clinic for the Semi-Finalist’s from the Southeast in the RTP later this week. In putting together the clinic, the Cleantech open approached Houston Barnes to lead part of the day and coach the companies through Business Modeling.

Houston Barnes works with early state companies, and is increasingly focusing primarily on working in the Clean Technology and Energy space. He is viewed as a leader in state for woking with businesses on their aggressive expansion.

“I am very excited about being involved with the Cleantech Open.” said Barnes. “I am passionate about being involved with energy, clean technology, and helping the high-growth potential companies that are going to be involved with the program.”

Semi-finalists in the Cleantech Open concentrate on innovation across the following technology categories Agriculture, Water, & Waste; Chemicals & Advanced Materials; Energy Distribution and Storage; Energy Efficiency; Energy Generation; Green Building; and Information Technology & Communications.

Benefits for the regional finalists (e.g. those eligible to compete for the national grand prize) include an award package that consists of combined cash and in-kind services worth up to $20,000. The Southeast regional finalists will join other regional winners from across the United States to contend for the national title at the Cleantech Open’s Global Investor Forum on November 20-22, 2013 in San Jose, California and a chance to secure the grand prize of up to $200,000 in investment and services.

ABOUT THE CLEANTECH OPEN:

The Cleantech Open is the world’s largest cleantech accelerator and is dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch a successful cleantech company. Our mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Over the past seven years, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $5 million in cash and services. During that time, our 581 alumni companies have raised more than $660 million in external funding. Fueled by a network of more than 2,000 volunteers, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s cleantech sector a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit www.cleantechopen.com

ABOUT THE BARNES LAW FIRM

The Barnes Law Firm, PLLC, is a North Carolina-based boutique law firm focused on serving energy, clean technology, startup and established businesses throughout the Triangle region and the state at large. The firm was founded in 2011 by Houston Barnes, an attorney and business strategy consultant with a diverse legal and business background, including consulting for large organizations and serving as counsel for a number of startup entrepreneurial and emerging growth businesses. The Barnes Law Firm serves businesses in various sectors including energy, environmental, clean and emerging technology, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Its practice areas include corporate formation and startups, general business and corporate law, licensing and corporate partnering, corporate counseling, government relations and more. Additionally, The Barnes Law Firm works with clients as business partners, helping companies succeed in all areas of business development ranging from inception to growth and expansion. For more information about The Barnes Law Firm, visit http://www.barneslawnc.com.

By: Houston Barnes