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2011 SJF Cleantech Mentorship Program applications due Sept. 12

The Technical Innovation Center at Hagerstown Community College would like to announce that the SJF Institute, in partnership with the Appalachia Regional Commission and private philanthropies, is offering an exciting opportunity for Appalachian-based cleantech entrepreneurs to participate in the SJF Cleantech Mentorship Program.  All early-stage entrepreneurs located within the Appalachia region helping to grow businesses serving the fields of energy and efficiency, recycling and waste, sustainable agriculture, water management, green building, environmental services and other related cleantech fields are encouraged to apply.

Entrepreneurs will join a select network of cleantech leaders and accelerate the growth of their company by learning from experienced mentors and subject matter experts.  Accepted 2011 mentors are comprised of cleantech corporate leaders, venture capitalists, business development consultants and seasoned CEO’s which include:  Manoj Bhatia, Director of Smart Grid Partner Alliances for GE; Matthew Nordan, VP of Ventrock; Govi Rao, CEO of Noveda Technologies: and Dan Hoversten, Managing Partner of Hoversten Capital Partners.  See the complete list of mentors from the 2010 NYC Cleantech Mentorship program.

The program is designed to engage entrepreneurs and mentors in an online community that provides resources and support through virtual interactions, conference calls, and webinars.  Entrepreneurs will receive specific business feedback, learn about capital raising and build connections from a community of mentors located throughout the East Coast.  The deadline for application to the 2011 Cleantech Mentorship Program – Appalachia is September 12, 2011.

For more information about the Cleantech Mentorship Program, please contact HCC’s Technical Innovation Center at 301-790-2800, ext. 399.

The Technical Innovation Center (TIC) is Washington County’s full service technology business incubator at Hagerstown Community College.  The mission of the TIC is to foster entrepreneurship and technology business creation in the region to help diversify the local economy and to promote the creation of higher wage employment opportunities for HCC students and the citizens of Washington County.  For more information on HCC’s Technical Innovation Center, call 301-790-2800, ext. 399.  The Web site is