Entrepreneurs with the next great idea for energy efficiency, green building, water conservation, waste reduction or green technology take note: Cleantech Open, the nation’s leading clean technology business competition, is starting soon in the Washington, DC area.

Bethesda Green will kick off the Cleantech Open competition at a reception on March 6, 5 – 7 pm at its office, 4825 Cordell Avenue, above the Capital One Bank.

“I’ve been involved with technology business incubators for more than 25 years, and I believe that the Cleantech Open competition is one of the best ways to foster sustainability, innovation and business success,” says Robert Snyder, Incubator Manager at Bethesda Green. “We are delighted to offer this opportunity to local businesses and student entrepreneurs – and excited to see what they have to offer.”

Local start-up entrepreneurs and students with businesses (or business ideas) in energy efficiency, green building, water and waste conservation, energy storage and green transportation are invited to compete at the regional level starting in the spring, with national finals held in the fall.

Cleantech Open offers winners substantial funding, as well as access to the advice and guidance of a network of more than 3,000 professional volunteers. By lending time and expertise to entrepreneurs who may otherwise not be able to get their ideas off the ground, Cleantech facilitates the growth and positive impact from clean technology industries.

Since its founding in 2006 by Silicon Valley leaders, the Cleantech Open organization has established itself as the leading force for accelerating clean technology entrepreneurs. Of the nearly 600 companies Cleantech has worked with, 80 percent remain viable today and they have gone on to raise external capital exceeding $660 million.

More information about the Cleantech Open Reception is available at the Bethesda Green Meetup website.