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GE throws an ‘ecomagination’ challenge

The program will pick five winners, each of whom would get $100,000, “based on the most progressive ideas that represent entrepreneurship and innovation around technologies, processes and business models.” Additionally, GE and its partners will help commercialise these ideas, which is where the bulk of the $10 million program will kick in.

Learn to stop fearing and start loving clean tech; $200 million available to invest...

Australia plans to invest over $13 billion in clean energy projects. It also has launched a $200 million Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund in order to tap private sector initiatives. Investors are keen to support new, clean energy technologies.

Australia picks Southern Cross for ‘clean’ start with renewable energy fund

Australia’s renewable energy record is hardly laudable. Only 1.7% of all electricity produced in the country comes from renewable sources. In consumption, the record is a lot better at 5.2%, but that is because of generous exports of non-renewable energy. Consequently, the bid to tap venture capital is a critical step toward accomplishing the goal of 20% share for renewable energy by the year 2020.

Adelaide startup takes out UQ Business School’s $100,000 Enterprize competition

On World Sight Day, judges of the University of Queensland (UQ) Business School’s $100,000 Enterprize competition finals voted resoundingly for an innovation that could control the world’s single largest cause of blindness – cataract, a clouding of the eye’s lens among older populations. Calpain Therapeutics, an Adelaide startup that has developed a drug that can slow the onset of cataract, won the nation’s richest business plan competition, ahead of four others shortlisted.
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