Indow Windows a runner-up at Cleantech Open competition
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Indow Windows was a runner-up in the national Cleantech Open final competition.
The Academy Awards of clean technology — as the Cleantech Open venture capital competition is known — took place this week in Silicon Valley this week and a company from Minnesota with technology for more efficient manufacturing took the top honors.
Indow Windows, the Portland company that makes window inserts for more efficient heating and cooling, took the award for the best company in the energy efficiency space. Indow Windows was also named winner of the Pacific Northwest region. Indow Windows and PK Clean, a company that turns plastic from landfills into oil, were both named runners up in the 2011 competition.
In addition, Indow Windows took the national Sustainability Award given by the Cleantech Open judges.
GridMobility, a Redmond, Wash., company that is partnering with EV4Oregon on smart grid applications of electric vehicle charging stations, was the winner of the Cleantech Open's "Smart Power" category.
HM3 Energy, a Gresham biomass technology company, also participated in the national competition.
In last year's Cleantech Open, Oregon water purification technology company Puralytics took home the top prize.
Indow Windows CEO Sam Pardue said the company received a total of $60,000 in cash and business services from its Cleantech Open awards. He also expects the connections made will lead to an investment round.
"There were a flurry of investors who seemed very interested in us," Pardue said.
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