CENTENNIAL, Colo., May 18, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW) today announced its sponsorship of the 2015 Cleantech Open Accelerator, the world’s largest cleantech business accelerator. Arrow is the first company to sign on as national Cleantech Open category sponsor for 2015.
Arrow has sponsored the Cleantech Open for the past two years, providing competitors with expertise in developing, deploying and scaling innovative digital and IT solutions. Arrow’s global team of best-in-class business development experts and field application engineers will again work directly with Cleantech Open entrepreneurs, offering technical guidance, product sourcing expertise, contract manufacturing support and go-to-market advice.
“At Arrow, we are driven to guide innovation forward, and our collaboration with the Cleantech Open is one of the most exciting and inspiring ways we can do that,” said Aiden Mitchell, Arrow’s vice president of semiconductor marketing. “As a global technology company with relationships across the supply chain and dedicated clean technology expertise, Arrow is uniquely positioned to provide Cleantech Open entrepreneurs with the technical support and industry connections they need to scale up and succeed.”
“The Cleantech Open is delighted to have a high caliber collaborator and sponsor such as Arrow,” said Richard E. Franklin, the executive director of the Cleantech Open. “Their executives pitch right in as subject matter experts, mentors and judges. They actively engage our entrepreneurs to mitigate their startup risks and increase their speed to market. They are also actively engaged in developing sustainable business models which is something we teach our entrepreneurs every year.”
The Cleantech Open is a not-for-profit organization that runs the world’s largest accelerator for cleantech startups. It aims to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. Over the past 10 years, the organization has worked with 865 startups and entrepreneurs that have gone on to raise over $950 million in follow-on capital.
Arrow Electronics, Inc. (www.arrow.com) provides products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions around the globe. Arrow’s network of design engineers and technical experts help the company’s 100,000 global customers create custom solutions that best fit their needs, including solutions for clean tech. As part of its commitment to guide innovation forward, Arrow works with several tech incubators to provide mentorship, technical expertise and supply chain insight to innovative tech startups and entrepreneurs.