Efficiency Maine’s Qualified Partners and Registered Vendors may be interested in participating in the Cleantech Open Accelerator. The Cleantech Open is a not-for-profit organization that runs the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups. Their mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. Applications to participate in this year’s Cleantech Open are due on May 1 and prizes range from $10,000 regionally to the $200,000 national prize. Participants receive training, mentoring, infrastructure, relationships and funding opportunities. The Maine Technology Institute is hoping that a number of Maine-based companies will participate. More information is available at http://www2.cleantechopen.org/overview/ and http://www.mainetechnology.org/.