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New England Clean Energy Council Seeks Senior Executives for 2009 Clean Energy Fellowship Program.

Council expands upon successful 2008 program to grow the region's emerging Clean Energy cluster

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The New England Clean Energy Council (the Council) today announced the launch of its second annual Clean Energy Fellowship Program, and released a call for applicants--proven entrepreneurial executives seeking careers in clean energy. The Fellowship is a first of its kind program designed to rapidly transition experienced executives into the region's clean energy sector.

The program addresses a simple but acute problem: a lack of repeat entrepreneurs to help accelerate growth in the clean energy sector. It offers CEOs and executives with entrepreneurial experience from other sectors an intensive, half-time, semester-length, clean energy executive-development program to facilitate their transition. Experienced executives interested in applying to participate in the program should visit Applications will be accepted until March 2, 2009. The program is scheduled to begin on May 5, 2009 and will continue through July.

The program also includes collaborations and capstone business planning projects with a range of emerging clean energy ventures. The first Fellowship program, piloted by the Council in the summer of 2008, has already led to the formation of 4 new ventures - WindPole Ventures, ThermoGen, Aardwolf Controls and Clean Energy Venture Fund - with others in development.

"Bottom line, there is really no better way for someone to acquire the knowledge and contacts necessary to enter the clean energy industry than the Council's Fellowship Program," said Chuck Digate, a 2008 founding Fellow. "Not only did we gain invaluable knowledge on relevant technologies, trends, market drivers, industry forces, financing models, and regulatory drivers, we also built a solid rolodex of key contacts--a critical ingredient in successfully transitioning to a new industry."

While the 2008 pilot program included 12 founding CEO's, including Chuck Digate of Convoq, Perry Solomon of Boston Coach and Rick Daniels of MultiLayer Coating, the 2009 class will be expanded to include 25 Fellows comprised of both CEOs and other senior executives from Massachusetts and beyond.

"The Council's 2008 Fellowship program was extremely successful in helping to transition senior entrepreneurial talent into the clean energy sector," said Nick d'Arbeloff, President of the New England Clean Energy Council. "Based on that success, we will be more than doubling the size of the Fellowship class in 2009, and broadening the program to include individuals with a wider range of executive experience."

The Clean Energy Fellowship Program team is again being coordinated by d'Arbeloff and Peter Rothstein, an Executive in Residence at Flagship Ventures. This year they will be joined by Andrew Friendly, Principal at Advanced Technology Ventures. Supporting partners have included MIT and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the first Fellowship Program was recognized in an innovation award to the Council by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Fellowship Program's collaboration with leading academic, research and venture capital institutions helps the Council achieve its ultimate goal of accelerating the formation, funding, and successful growth of the innovation-based clean energy cluster in the Northeast United States.

The Clean Energy Fellowship Program has also received support from leading organizations focused on entrepreneurship and innovation including the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation which is today announcing funding support targeted to expanding this 2nd Fellowship Program to include entrepreneurs from the New York City area along with Massachusetts and New England entrepreneurs in this Boston-based program.

"From our research, we know there is a great demand to fill leadership positions in start-up companies, especially in new fields like cleantech. The Clean Energy Fellowship program is an innovative entrepreneurial development program designed to rapidly transition experienced entrepreneurs into the clean energy market, thus helping to create new ventures and more new jobs" said Christine Gulbranson, Kauffman Foundation program director for Advancing Innovation. "As part of Kauffman's involvement, we will be working with the Council to expand the program to include displaced workers from the greater New York City area; so professionals affected by the turmoil on Wall Street could soon become leaders of new companies in the emerging cleantech field."

The Fellowship Program is offered under the auspices of The Council's Clean Energy Foundation. Its three-month part-time curriculum includes:

* Intensive classroom sessions with seminars, lectures and case studies covering issues, trends, and details of clean energy technologies, markets, and policies;

* Visits to energy labs at various universities and an instructive visit to the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy;

* Capstone projects, in conjunction with area venture capital firms and in support of potential or existing clean energy startups.

Selection Criteria

For its 2009 Fellowship class, The Council is seeking 25 proven leaders with a strong interest in clean energy. CEOs interested in applying for the Fellowship should have 5 to 10 years of executive leadership experience in the technology or business community, with proven and verifiable success leading a technology organization in an entrepreneurial, resource-limited and time sensitive environment. Prior experience should also include raising capital, while managing a successful exit (IPO or trade sale) is a plus.

Senior executives (non-CEOs) interested in applying should have at least 15 years' prior business experience. It is not required that they've been a founder or co-founder of their organization, but very early stage experience is desired. In addition, these individuals must have a high risk tolerance for start-up ventures and the ability to work in an environment with limited resources and support. Leaders in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, strategy, science, or commercialization, with strong go-to-market skills are invited to apply.

In all cases, candidates must have the experience required to help an early stage company seek financing or grow organically, a proven ability to embrace and manage new technology on a short learning curve, and must be able to commit to 20+ hours a week with an average of 2 days per week in the Boston area or in travel to cleantech labs or companies over 3+ months.

Potential applicants should visit the Council's website for additional information and to apply:

About The Council

The New England Clean Energy Council formed in early 2007. The New England Clean Energy Council's mission is to accelerate New England's clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies.

The Council represents a diverse set of stakeholders, including clean energy companies, venture investors, major financial institutions, local universities and colleges, industry associations, area utilities, labor and large commercial end-users. The Council's ranks include 50 clean energy CEOs, representatives from most of the region's top 10 law firms, and partners from over a dozen of the top New England venture capital firms (with a total of over $8 billion under management). In addition, the Council's New England Clean Energy Foundation affiliate, a 501 (c) (3) educational non-profit, is organized to partner in innovation clean energy educational initiatives such as the Fellowship program. For additional information please visit
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