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    Clean Technologies Ideas Competition calls for building and energy ideas

    The Australian Clean Technologies Ideas Competition has launched, including Green Building and Energy Efficiency categories.

    The Cleantech Competition aims to identify the best ways of addressing the challenges of climate change and sustainability.

    As part of the Australian governments’ Supplier Advocate program, the competition is promoting the innovative ideas and products of SMEs, to assist in turning these into a commercial reality.

    Ideas can be for technologies, services and policies that address pollution, waste treatment and energy storage, new ways of looking at energy efficiency, building materials, transportations systems, public utilities and much more.

    Competition entrants will compete for a range business services tailored to suit the diversity of needs reflected in the new ideas - be it access to venture capitalists, patent support, legal advice, research support or corporate assurance.

    Finalists will also have access to a range of mentoring services to help them develop their business idea further and prepare a business pitch on their idea.

    The winner of the Australian competition will represent Australia at the international Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition in the US, sharing ideas with entrants from 90 countries and competing for over $100,000 in services to launch their idea.

    They will also have a week of mentoring, meetings with investors, business services and other entrepreneurs at the International Awards Gala in November 2011.

    Entries close on 22 August.

    And for more information, see the Cleantech website.

    The Australian competition is an initiative of the Gillard Government’s $8.2 million Supplier Advocate Program, and is supported by Enterprise Connect, Commercialisation Australia, CSIRO and Austrade.

    More information is available at

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