SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Today’s seventh annual SARTA CleanStart Showcase held at the McClellan Conference Center highlighted continued impressive growth in the Sacramento region’s clean tech sector and for the first time included an additional focus on the region’s ag tech sector.
“The growth in clean tech that we’ve seen over the past year is very impressive. Significant money is still being invested in clean tech and the region’s companies are doing a good job in execution. That will be a key to the sector’s success moving forward”
SARTA CleanStart chair Gary Simon reported that the Sacramento region clean tech sector grew by 25 percent over the past year, with annual revenue growing from $1.8 billion to $2.3 billion and employment increasing from 2,700 to 3,300. The region is home to approximately 100 clean tech companies, a number that has remained steady in recent years. A new regional clean tech map released today by SARTA shows their locations.
“The growth in clean tech that we’ve seen over the past year is very impressive. Significant money is still being invested in clean tech and the region’s companies are doing a good job in execution. That will be a key to the sector’s success moving forward,” said Simon.
The AgStart Showcase held jointly with the CleanStart Showcase was put on by AgStart, SARTA’s newest industry-cluster program that promotes innovative sustainable agricultural technology and supports companies that are bringing those products to market.
The event included presentation of the 2013 Innovator of the Year Award to Pam Marrone, CEO of Davis-based Marrone Bio Innovations, which makes bio-based pest management and plant health products, and had a successful initial public offering this summer.
The event also featured a keynote address by Yanev Suissa, venture fellow with New Enterprise Associates (NEA), one of the world’s largest and most active venture capital firms.
Other program highlights included a presentation by Alex Hillman, cofounder of Indy Hall, a co-working space founded in 2006 that has created a hyper-connected, highly productive and self-sustaining community along N. 3rd Street in Philadelphia; a “Companies in the Spotlight” session that featured 9-year-old Nicholas Come of Nicolas’ Garden, as well as Bloo Solar, Inserogen, CyboEnergy and Tule Technologies; an exhibit hall showcasing the latest in clean tech and ag tech innovations from more than 100 organizations; a presentation on entrepreneurship by UC Davis Professor Andrew Hargadon; and several panel discussions on topics including Innovative Funding, Rural Broadband, Food Safety, and Consumer Ag: There’s an App for That.
SARTA was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2001, and is accelerating the growth and development of the technology sector in the nine-county Sacramento region by linking technology leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, community organizations and educational institutions.
SARTA CleanStart helps accelerate the development of clean technology ventures within the greater Sacramento region. SARTA AgStart promotes innovative sustainable agricultural technology and supports companies that are bringing those products to market.