Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Doubles its Membership and Broadens its Reach

Research Triangle Region, N.C.The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) announces double-digit growth in its membership base over the last six months, adding 25 members since January 1. The organization creates a competitive advantage for the region by strategically focusing business, government, nonprofit, and academic stakeholders to promote cleantech innovation, regional growth, and international, market opportunities. RTCC aims to add 100 new members by July 2017 and will formally announce this goal and a new business plan at RTCC’s Annual Meeting Luncheon on September 7th, featuring Simon Hansen with the C40 Cities initiative.

Membership growth in the cluster is due to a more financially-accessible model and the anticipated growth of the cluster overall. According to an RTI International study on Talent Needs in the Energy and Technology Sector, the cluster is poised to create approximately 3,300 new, cleantech jobs over the next two years. To reflect the diversity of firms in the region, RTCC’s Board of Directors approved a tiered, membership structure late last year that provides access for industry and professional services firms based on their employee base in NC and adds a new membership category for academic, nonprofit, and municipal members. The region’s three tier-1 research universities, Duke University, NC State University, and UNC-Chapel Hill, have joined RTCC under the new membership model.

“The Research Triangle Region has an opportunity to leverage our unique composition of fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies and leading research institutions to develop technologies that deliver clean, efficient sources of energy, alternative modes of transportation, and adequate clean water,” said Jenn Bosser, Executive Director for RTCC. New members include organizations that specialize in products or services that broaden the scope of the cleantech cluster, including the internet of things, smart metering, real-time analytics, building technologies, renewables, and emerging technologies that create more sustainable, efficient, and resilient communities and cities.

The global, cleantech revolution has a market potential estimated to reach $4.8 trillion by 2025. 

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster was ranked in the top five clusters worldwide with the most announced capital investment and job growth. The Research Triangle region of North Carolina is home to more than 350 companies and thousands of employees working in interrelated areas of smart grid, smart water, and smart transportation.

Since January 2016, RTCC has launched a number of new initiatives to showcase the region, including hosting the first annual, cleantech career fair in April 2016, launching a Cleantech Innovators Networking event, and organizing trade show delegations to both DistribuTECH and the Smart Cities Innovation Summit.

“The opportunity for us to leverage the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster to participate and present at the Smart Cities Innovation Summit in Austin, TX, as part of a regional delegation, was a huge benefit for us” said Ian Henshaw, OpenDataSoft’s Business Development Manager. “Membership in RTCC allows us to access the regional network and get our software platform in front of national and international audiences.”

About the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster:

The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) is an initiative of business, government, academic, and nonprofit leaders working to accelerate the region’s cleantech economy through collaboration and partnerships that promote innovation and sector growth. RTCC provides companies in the region with access to a national and international, cleantech network and to a concentration of companies that have chosen to locate in the Research Triangle region.

RTCC Annual Meeting Featuring C40 Cities Simon Hansen – September 7, 2016


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