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Update: Deadline Extended for Cleantech Fellowship

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Northeast-based cleantech startups have a little more time to enter the fellowship program Sustainable America is producing with Greentown Labs. The competition is open to start-ups engaged in sustainable solutions focused on transportation or agriculture.

The winning team will receive a $5,000 cash grant for general operating expenses, rent covering a one-year residence in the co-working space at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Mass. (worth up to $5,000), and a brand-identity audit with follow-up advisement from marketing firm Ocupop. Finalists will be invited to attend a one-day business plan competition and networking event on Nov. 14 in conjunction with Greentown Labs DEMO Day, where the winner will be announced.

Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2013.

Click here to apply:

Sustainable America aims to reduce U.S. oil consumption while increasing U.S. food production. By raising awareness and supporting innovation, we can effect sustainable change. We believe in the power of entrepreneurs and markets to create positive change, and we invest in start-ups seeking to increase the sustainability of our food and transportation systems. We hope to bring similar fellowship programs to other regions of the country, in partnership with leading universities and business incubators.

More about Greentown Labs: Greentown Labs enables entrepreneurs to solve the world’s biggest energy and environmental challenges. Home to over 20 early-stage companies commercializing energy efficiency, energy generation, energy storage, renewable energy, water, and related technologies, we are the second-largest cleantech business incubator in the United States. Greentown Labs uniquely provides 24,000 square feet of office space and prototyping space in an urban location, near Union Square, Somerville, MA. Greentown Labs offers shared machine and electronics shops, equipment, tools and modeling software, and a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. Through events and programs, Greentown Labs facilitates connections for our start-ups with investors, government agencies, universities, and more experienced entrepreneurs, helping them to create and leverage the networks they need to successfully bring their technologies to market.

More about Ocupop: Ocupop is a boutique creative agency with offices in Honolulu, Milwaukee, and San Francisco. Known especially for identity, naming, brand strategy, user interface and experiential design, Ocupop offers everything from printed and digital collateral to software, environments, interiors, and consumer products for clients of nearly any scale.

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Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

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Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.

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