10-28-2013 StartUp Alley Solar Power International: GreenLancer.com Awarded 1st Place
Solar Power International is the largest global gathering of leaders in the solar industry. As a new floor feature at SPI, the ‘Start-Up Alley Challenge’ is designed to help start-up companies gain visibility and give them access to industry players that could lead to solid business opportunities in the rapidly expanding solar industry. To raise the bar, SPI has assembled a distinguished panel of judges offering invaluable insight and feedback to these up-and-coming companies for the first StartUp Alley Solar Power International Challenge.
Mike Dersohwitz, president of ModSolar, and the driving force behind the program, commented, “At so many major events, finding the start-up companies with the innovative ideas is like looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack. Start-Up Alley puts all the needles in one place.” The 19 semi-finalists receive a free booth at SPI and will have the incredible opportunity to gain visibility with the SPI audience for their early-stage business.
The prestigious group of solar energy leaders and investors who reviewed the business presentations of the top 9 StartUp Alley Solar Power International finalist include;
- Raghu Belur, Co-Founder/Vice President of Products & Strategic Initiatives, Enphase
- David Drescher, VP Wind & Solar, Exelon Generation
- Declan Flanagan, CEO, Lincoln Renewable Energy
- Adam Lerner, Vice President, McNally Capital
- Daniel Li, Wanxiang
- Steve Markscheid, Independent Director, Jinko Solar
- Jigar Shah, CEO, Jigar Shah Consulting
- Stephen Weiland, Vice President, KPMG
After a short deliberation, the judges announced a unanimous decision; GreenLancer.com, a Detroit based company, was selected as the inaugural 1st place winner. Lauded by the judges for taking aim at a significant reduction in ‘soft costs’, using an e-commerce platform that is able to provide design and engineering services to the online world of cloud computing. GreenLancer advantages include easy to use engineering support on the fly, anywhere in the world, and fast accurate delivery of engineering documents. According to Jigar Shah, one of the judges, “GreenLancer stood out among the competition by demonstrating a visionary and innovative business model”.
Chicago. October 23, 2013.