They call it the 'The Cool Economy' and claim it's where the smart money will be invested in Silicon Valley in 2010. 'Clean and cool' technology companies providing low-carbon, bio-diversity solutions are tipped as the emerging sector to watch as we enter a new decade.
In a bid to ensure UK companies aren't left behind, a mission has been launched to take 20 of our top clean companies to San Francisco in February to meet investors, potential partners, media and like-minded entrepreneurs.
The Clean & Cool Mission is a collaboration between the Technology Strategy Board, Polecat, Volans and Enterprise UK and will run between 20-26th February. Companies are asked to contribute a fee of £1,200 to cover flights and hotel accommodation but all other costs are covered by the Mission.
The trip is being organised by entrepreneur Oli Barrett and Polecat, the same team that in 2008 launched Web Mission, which saw 20 UK Web 2.0 companies visit San Francisco to explore opportunities for growth with key people in Silicon Valley and was successfully repeated last year.
David Courtier-Dutton, founder of innovative music investment platform Slicethepie.com, says the Mission was key to his company's development.
"It delivered far beyond our expectations and as a result we established a number of new and meaningful relationships with financiers, potential partners and advisers. One of the most valuable weeks of the year to date."
To apply for the Clean & Cool Mission, you'll need to meet the following criteria:
Your company must be:
You must have technology capabilities in the following sectors:
And your technologies should be applied to the following areas:
And breathe. If that's you, you've got until this Friday to apply at www.cleanandcoolmission.com