SEATTLE (Nov 26, 2014 PDF Press Release) — “Have phone and light power any time anywhere – it’s Energy Security” says Hydrobee President, Burt Hamner. He has a convincing solution because the Global Cleantech Cluster Association, representing over 10,000 cleantech companies, has named Hydrobee SPC a Top 3 Water Technology company for its Personal Power Plant. Hydrobee will receive its award and present its vision and product on December 3 at the 5th European Cleantech Investing Seminar in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Hydrobee is capitalizing on its recognition by crowdfunding its product development on IndieGoGo, one of the world’s leading sites, and offering product discounts to early backers. Funds raised will produce the first Hydrobee personal power plants for delivery in 2015.
The Hydrobee “personal power plant” is introducing the world’s most versatile USB charging system for phone and light power anytime anywhere. The can-size device can be recharged by flowing water, wind, open fires and wood stoves, bikes, hand cranks, solar panels, farm carts or anything that moves. With its built-in networking card it is affordable by micro-financing to hundreds of millions of people in emerging markets who lack regular electricity.
“This is great recognition from international experts who recognize the huge scale of our potential,” says Burt Hamner, President of Hydrobee SPC. “The global reach of the GCCA will help us reach tens of millions of customers who lives will improve greatly when they have their own reliable clean energy source.”
Hydrobee has already won awards in the American Startup Challenge of the Kauffman Foundation, the Business for Good contest of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Innovative World Technologies Contest from the SXSW V2Venture conference. More information is available at www.hydrobee.com . Back Hydrobee now on IndieGoGo!
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Hydrobee is a Regional Semi-Finalist in the Cleantech Open this year. Hydrobee president Burt Hamner is well known to the CTO, having won the 2011 National Sustainability prize there for his previous company Hydrovolts. Burt attended the grand Global Forum and contest finals at Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay in November. It was great to meet friends again and make new ones. The Cleantech Open has grown tremendously and is now a global model for cleantech promotion and training. Thanks to CTO staff and volunteers to all the kindness you’ve shown us over the years and for the great work you do for our future.
Hydrobee is one of 8 North America Finalists in a global startup competition. The Kauffman Foundation, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is the world’s largest funder of entrepreneurship programs. This year it is the host of the North America finals of “Get in the Ring,” an international startup pitch competition that is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, bringing together innovative entrepreneurs from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
During this high-energy, entertaining event, eight entrepreneurs from the North American countries — narrowed from over 500 applicants — actually get in a boxing ring before a packed audience for a verbal sparring match describing their business model, how they make money, team and traction. They have 25 seconds to cover each of the four topics – 100 seconds to describe and “sell” their business. The event was held at the historic Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, on Nov. 7, 2014. The winner, Dr Jeanette Hill of Spot On Sciences, will now travel to the Netherlands for the global finals for a chance at prizes, exposure, and up to $1 million in angel funding.
Hydrobee founder and President, Burt Hamner (below, far right with no hair), was one of the 8 Finalists. Watch his segment of the big show at 52:45 on the Get In The Ring page. For a better, more serious presentation, watch the Semi-finals video on same page at time 2:48:38. If you have time watch the other entrepreneurs too, they are finalists out of more than 500 applicants.
We are grateful to the Kauffman Foundation and sponsors for supporting us and this great opportunity.