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Government Funding for Cleantech Startups

Cleantech entrepreneurs at all stages often find out the hard way that fundraising always takes longer than you expect, and you want to retain as much equity as possible. Government funding may be the answer!

Cleantech Open Northeast and Dartmouth College organized a webinar held on the afternoon of March 12, 2024 to discuss various types of government funding, especially grants, prizes, and fellowships, that provide non-dilutive funding. Learn from the experts about non-dilutive funding opportunities, principally from the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense, where to find them, and how to apply.

Do you know what government funding is available? What are you eligible for? What will it take to secure this funding?


The experts leading this discussion get into personal stories about fundraising at a cleantech startup that had a successful exit, how government funding is organized at the US Department of Energy, what the funding options are at the Department of Defense, and how to put together a winning grant proposal.

  • Susan Hunt Stevens, a successful entrepreneur, recently sold her company WeSpire to Bonterra
  • Greg Bruton - Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Rich Carlin - Science Advisor for Innovation and Climate Change, NAVFAC Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center
  • Dr. Lu Lu - Scientific Consultant, Grant Writing Specialist, Eva Garland Consulting, LLC

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