The Pacific Northwest Cleantech Open announced its 2012 class of 17 early-stage companies that will represent the region in the national startup competition.
The semifinalists — seven of them from Oregon and greater Portland — were selected from a pool of entrepreneurial companies from Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.
The entrepreneurs will participate in a mentoring program to refine their businesses and attend an intensive training called the Cleantech Academy. In October, three of the entrepreneurs will be selected as winners, receiving prizes of up to $20,000 each in cash and services and advancing to the national competition set for November.
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