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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cornell makes list of top Cleantech Universities for 2010

Cornell University in Ithaca, NY made Sustainable World Capital's list of top ten cleantech universities in the country.  In an article this weeky by Shawn Lesser of Sustainabile World Capital in Cleantech Group news, he notes, "With world-class research in the physical sciences, engineering and nanotechnology fields, Cornell is a natural spawning ground for cleantech. And Cornell is leading New York state's task force to promote high-tech development through industry-higher education partnerships. Cornell's campuswide Center for a Sustainable Future is unique in fostering innovative multi-disciplinary research into new energy sources, environmental and biodiversity initiatives, and economic development projects for global implementation of these programs. Notable cleantech spinouts include: Novomer and iFyber." 

Cornell was in good company with MIT, Stanford and theUniversity of California at Berkeley.

Shawn writes, "Where will the cutting edge companies that transform the industries of cleantech going to come from? Odds are that it will be from one of the top cleantech universities. While many dotcom companies were started by students out of their dorm rooms or basements, don’t look for a similar trend in the cleantech world. You need a lot more than a desktop and a good Internet-based idea. You need specialized resources that you usually can find at a university.  Venture capital firms now have to keep tabs on chemical and engineering labs at some of the best U.S. universities as potential sources of new companies.  In my latest rankings, I sought to identify the 10 U.S. academic institutions best suited to take advantage of this trend. I looked whether there exists—and to what degree—a pipeline of collaboration of businesses, universities, state initiatives, investors and research dollars. The mix has to be just right to accomplish the end goal of a commercially viable product."

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