TechConnect and CTSI Announce i2i Awardees at SXSW Eco

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AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TechConnect, in partnership with SXSW Eco and the Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), have announced their 2012 Innovation to Inspiration – i2i Awards winners.  The i2i Awardees were selected from over 150 global applicants spanning energy, water and environmental solutions, seeking out unique innovations that have the largest potential positive impact on our planet and society. 

“We have an amazing set of innovations to present here in Austin at SXSW Eco this year,” said Matthew Laudon, CEO of TechConnect.  “The Innovation to Inspiration i2i Awards looks beyond the business pitch model, and instead focuses on how these innovations can make a positive impact on our planet and society.  The result is that we have over 20 highly-vetted socially and environmentally responsible companies from three continents all coming to Austin to look for development and investment partners.”

The presenting 2012 i2i Awardees include:
BaseTrace, Research Triangle Park, NC
Bloomgi, Austin, TX
Cambrian Innovation Inc, Boston MA
CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Community Cars, Inc., Pflugerville, TX
Electrocell Technologies, Inc. Colchester, VT
Energyfolks, San Jose, CA
FireFly LED Lighting, Austin, TX
FireFly Power, Charleston, SC
Framergy, College Station, TX
HEVT LLC, Chicago, IL
Joulebug, Raleigh, NC
Kelvin Storage Technologies, Inc., Poway, CA
Linnean Solutions, Cambridge, MA
LuminAID Lab, Houston, TX
Nexus eWater, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Midas Green Technology LLC, Austin, TX
Piedmont Biofuels, Pittsboro, NC
Power Practical, Salt Lake City, UT
Radiator Labs, New York, NY
Varentec, Inc., San Jose, CA
Zenogen, Eveleigh, New South Wales, Australia

The i2i Awards program takes place on Friday, October 5th and will consist of a very fast paced pitch session, with each company presenting their business and technology offering, followed immediately by a 30 second video clip that focuses on the inspirational impact of their innovation on our planet and society. 

The full SXSW Eco program starts on Wednesday, October 3rd and runs through the evening of October 5th.   The program includes a stellar line-up of energy, environmental, and business leaders shaping the direction of our planet.  View the full SXSW Eco program:

To learn more about the i2i Challenge and Awards, taking place October 5, 2012, visit:

To register to attend SXSW Eco, taking place October 3 to 5, 2012, visit:

About TechConnect: TechConnect is a global technology outreach & development organization. Through our innovative programs and conferences, we deliver the most promising technologies to the world’s top corporate, investment, and government professionals. TechConnect is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Danville, California.  Visit for more information.

About Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI): The Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI), a 501c6 non-profit industry association, represents the organizations developing, commercializing, and implementing energy, water, and environmental technologies. Clean technologies offer much needed solutions to growing resource security and sustainability concerns and are critical to maintaining economic competitiveness. CTSI brings together global leaders for advocacy, community development, networking, and information sharing to help bring these needed technologies to market more rapidly. Visit for more information.

About SXSW Eco: SXSW Eco is a three-day conference addressing the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving the recognized challenges facing the economy, the environment and civil society. In its second year, SXSW Eco will be held October 3-5, 2012 at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin, Texas.  Hosting an international audience of on-the-ground innovators and executive level decision makers from the public and private sectors as well as thought leaders from academia, this event will drive the conversation of sustainability beyond rhetoric and towards solutions. SXSW Eco is for professionals at the forefront of the post-recognition discussion who are dedicated to making progress towards solving these challenges.  Visit for more information.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Rocha

SOURCE TechConnect


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