Episode 94

Meet the Founder series

Episode #94

Beth Zonis

Senior Director at Cleantech Open Northeast

Innovations across the Cleantech Open Northeast Finalists

Part 1:

In this latest episode of our Founder series, join me in a roundtable discussion with Beth Zonis, the Senior Director at Cleantech Open Northeast, alongside six finalists from the 2023 program. Known as the cradle of cleantech innovation, the Cleantech Open is the launchpad for green technology ideas.


This marks our third encounter with Beth and the latest cohort of change-makers who are shaping our environmental future, and the conversation has never been more compelling. 


In this session, you’ll hear directly from these innovators: 

Shiv Bhakta, Founder of Active Surfaces – a startup that is commercializing an ultra thin-film solar technology based on decades of MIT research. Their technology can unlock terrawatts of dual land use next generation deployment. 

Ryan Letts, CEO of Cleonmaye – a company devoted to innovation primarily in the renewable and reusable energy sector. They are constantly striving for global method change through continuous learning, research, and development.

Ed Smith, Co-Founder & Co-CEO at Amply Energy – a startup that  promotes the adoption of heat pump systems among American homeowners. They make game-changing software tools for HVAC contractors. From load calc to system design to quote to rebate management, Amply software makes heat pump installers’ lives easier. 

Lingchen Kong, Co-Founder of Ellexco – which offers a chemical-free, electricity-driven direct lithium extraction technology. Battery-grade lithium hydroxide could be produced from geothermal brine or other aqueous lithium sources.

John Harrold, Founder of Zinco Verde – a startup that makes new, enhanced, more eco-friendly, non-nano, ultra-pure metal oxides and metal oxide blends.

Jyotsna Budideti, Co-Founder & CEO of Spacesense – a technology company helping organizations build geospatial AI solutions simpler. They provide an AI toolbox designed to help geospatial data scientists and developers build AI solutions faster, easier and at scale.

Get ready to be part of their journey and discover how you can contribute to their mission for a cleaner, greener planet. Don’t miss out on these stories of resilience, innovation, and the quest for a sustainable tomorrow. Tune in to learn more and mobilize to join the cleantech revolution!


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