Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator Partners with Craft3, Dorsey & Whitney

Partnerships will provide legal, funding and business expertise to Northwest clean technology startups

SEATTLE and PORTLAND, Ore. – The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, powered by VertueLab in Portland and  CleanTech Alliance in Seattle, today announced continued partnerships with Craft3 and Dorsey & Whitney LLP that will better position clean technology startups in the 2019 accelerator cohort to secure early funding and access to critical legal curriculum and business mentorship.

The Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator is a 15-week program that delivers cleantech-specific training in business modeling, customer discovery, manufacturing and sustainability planning, prototyping, financing, customer delivery, branding and more to entrepreneurs and early-stage startups located in the Pacific Northwest. The 2019 accelerator program runs from May through September. The application window closed April 24.

Dorsey & Whitney, a law firm with more than 575 lawyers in 19 locations, provides legal and business needs. The firm has sponsored the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator since its inception.

"Our long-standing partnership with the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator allows Dorsey & Whitney to work alongside incredibly talented entrepreneurs who are bringing innovative new clean technologies to market where they can impact a wide range of environmental issues," said Jennifer Spaith, Partner at Dorsey & Whitney.  

Craft3 is a regional nonprofit that has invested more than $76 million since its founding in 1994 into cleantech companies across Washington and Oregon.

"Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator enables Craft3 to work directly with promising companies that are creating the next generation of clean technologies and services," said Brad Hunter, Senior Lender at Craft3. "By working side-by-side with accelerator companies, we can leverage our cleantech expertise to help position the cohort for long-term growth and success."

VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance co-operate the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, which has coached and sped development of more than 25 startups since its inception in 2016, including Sironix Renewables, Wheyward Spirit, Bladerunner Energy, STARS Technology Corporation and others. 

"Dorsey & Whitney and Craft3 are both forward-looking in their support of new clean technology innovation and recognizing the impact cleantech startups can have on the climate crisis and other environmental issues," said David Kenney, President & Executive Director of VertueLab."

"Craft3 and Dorsey & Whitney are valuable assets for the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator program, helping our cohort companies understand legal, business, and funding considerations early so they can make sound decisions from the very beginning," said J. Thomas Ranken, President and CEO of CleanTech Alliance.

Each cleantech startup participating in the Cascadia Cleantech Accelerator cohort receives:

  • One-on-one mentorship from cleantech industry leaders to help with business planning, intellectual property protection, marketing strategy, financing and more

  • Expert advice on manufacturing scale-up, prototyping and development

  • Investor connections and introductions from across the region.

  • Business connections from both VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance networks that deliver access to industry leaders and service providers

  • Hands-on workshops to assist with business model creation, product development, market development and funding strategies

  • Weekly videos, webinars and panels presented by industry experts that guide startups through the commercialization process while sharing valuable insights and lessons learned

  • Customer discovery assistance to hone minimally viable product and go-to-market strategy

  • Company and brand visibility from established CleanTech Alliance and VertueLab industry events, programs and marketing outreach

  • Access to prize money and in-kind services, with participating startups competing for non-dilutive cash prizes along with in-kind services from partners.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gregg Kleiner, 541.740.9654
SOURCES: David Kenney, VertueLab, 503.780.8736; Tom Ranken, CleanTech Alliance, 206.389.8655

About VertueLab
For 11 years, VertueLab has supported and made direct program-related investments in innovative cleantech startups, connecting promising companies with state and federal resources, while preparing them for follow-on investment through a series of focused programs. VertueLab is a partner to impact investors, helping ensure their investment dollars are aligned with their values and are having a measurable impact on the planet. VertueLab is an independent nonprofit supported in part by a grant from Business Oregon.

About CleanTech Alliance
CleanTech Alliance represents more than 300 member companies and organizations across the greater Northwest region. Founded in 2007 by business leaders, the organization facilitates the generation and growth of cleantech companies, jobs, products and services to advance the cleantech economy. CleanTech Alliance offers a range of business services and benefits uniquely designed to help businesses gain visibility, access services at a lower cost and benefit from public policy.

About Dorsey & Whitney
Clients have relied on Dorsey since 1912 as a valued business partner. With more than 575 lawyers in 19 locations across the United States and in Canada, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients' legal and business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world's most successful companies from a wide range of industries, including leaders in the energy, food and agribusiness, banking, health care, mining and natural resources, and public-private project development sectors, as well as major non-profit and government entities.

About Craft3
Founded in 1994, Craft3 is a regional nonprofit that makes loans in Oregon and Washington that strengthen the resilience of businesses, families, and nonprofits, including those without access to traditional financing. It has offices in Port Angeles, Seattle, Spokane and Walla Walla, Washington and Astoria, Bend, Klamath Falls, and Portland, Oregon.