Environmental Business Cluster and Autodesk Partner to Support Clean Technology

Jul 13, 2010
Firms Offer EBC Companies Access to Leading Design Software to Speed Time to Market for Clean Energy and Environmental Technologies

Source: Autodesk, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif. & SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK - News) and the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) have forged an industry partnership to offer benefits of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program to the EBC community so companies can innovate and commercialize their ideas more quickly.

EBC is an award-winning clean tech incubator in Silicon Valley that provides commercialization support and facilities for emerging clean energy and environmental technology companies. The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program provides Digital Prototyping software to clean technology companies to enable them to digitally design, visualize and simulate the real-world performance of products before they are built. Creation of digital prototypes can serve as a catalyst to help participants secure financing and effectively market their ideas.

With this partnership, Autodesk will offer a clean tech software starter package and a series of exclusive events to qualifying EBC companies, community members and subscribers. Applicants from emerging clean tech companies can receive Autodesk Inventor Professional, Autodesk Showcase Professional and Autodesk Vault Professional software, which help reduce the number of costly physical prototypes in the design-to-manufacture process. Once an EBC company enters the Autodesk program, Autodesk reseller KETIV Technologies works to assess any additional products offered in the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program that may be required to fit each company’s specific needs. KETIV is also available to provide cost-effective services and training to support a successful implementation.

“The EBC has helped more than 175 businesses along their path to commercialization,” said Melinda Richter, Executive Director of the Environmental Business Cluster. “The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program is a unique and cost-effective new way for our community to jump-start new product development and better market product ideas for competitive advantage.”

“It is a natural fit for us to partner with one of the world’s top 10 clean tech clusters that is driving economic development and clean energy innovation in Silicon Valley,” said Lynelle Cameron, director of Sustainability at Autodesk. “We’re looking forward to extending Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program benefits to EBC affiliates and entrepreneurs to help them overcome challenges such as limited capital, time-to-market pressures and effectively communicating their ideas to stakeholders.”

Several Autodesk Clean Tech partners are existing EBC members or graduates such as Alphabet Energy, Micromidas, SunPods and tru2earth. “Autodesk’s assistance and commitment to tru2earth has been incalculable,” said Brian Pierson, CEO of tru2earth. “Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Showcase software have accelerated the tru2earth Life Cycle Roof by at least one year and will be key to our success.”

About EBC

The Environmental Business Cluster is an award-winning clean tech incubator that provides commercialization services to emerging clean energy and environmental technology companies. Its suite of services includes expert coaching and strategic counsel, focused educational and networking programs, targeted access to investors, strategic partners and industry networks, attractive furnished office space, equipment, conference rooms and training facilities. Core services are provided in Silicon Valley, but EBC companies come from across the nation and around the globe.

About the Clean Tech Partner Program

The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program provides software to early-stage clean technology companies to help them innovate more rapidly and get to market faster and at lower cost. Each Autodesk Clean Tech partner receives up to $150,000 of design software, including up to five licenses each of AutoCAD Inventor Professional Suite, Autodesk Showcase Professional, Autodesk Vault Professional, Autodesk Navisworks Manage, Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk Alias Design software. For more information, visit www.autodesk.com/cleantech.

KETIV Technologies is a leading Autodesk gold partner with 25 years' experience delivering CAD software and services in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon. Focused on the manufacturing, civil engineering and process plant industries, KETIV's team of industry experts increase the profitability of engineering companies by helping them simplify the process of conceptualization, design and production.

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