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Portland VC firm launches network for cleantech firms

A program launched Feb. 23 by Portland, Ore.-based venture capital firm Pivotal Investments aims to highlight clean technology business leaders in the Northwest region.

Nominations are currently being gathered for inclusion in Pivotal Leaders – a community-nominated and peer-selected network of cleantech entrepreneurs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.

Sponsored by Perkins Coie, Ernst & Young and the Portland Development Commission, the program seeks to expand resources for innovation in clean technology. Nominations will be gathered from the community at large, then peer-selected for the final Pivotal Leaders list which will be released later in the year.

A series of events is planned to establish social media networking opportunities that organizers hope will build and extend connections among the region’s cleantech business community – spurring further partnerships and innovation in the sector.

“We are convinced that the best way to contribute to the economic growth of our region is to build on our strengths; and we believe a key to success is recognizing current and prospective business leaders in the region – leaders who have the vision to attract capital and human resources and develop strategies to grow the leading clean technology companies here,” said Gregg Semler, managing director at Pivotal Investments.

“Pivotal Leaders was created to recognize these elite leaders and provide opportunities for them to partner, collaborate and identify new opportunities that will build the sustainable economy of the Northwest through accelerated business formation,” he said.

To nominate clean technology leaders for this year’s list, visit Pivotal Leaders online here.


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