This article is provided by Katie Dobbins from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). MassCEC is one of Fraunhofer CSE’s founding partners.
MassCEC announced CivicArena as the grand prize winner of the 2016 Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator at the final judging held on May 25, 2016. The emerging company earned $5,000 for its app that increases engagement between users and policymakers. Jacob Robinson, CivicArena Co-Founder explains that “CivicArena will allow users to easily bridge the gap between interest in clean energy issues and meaningful action.”
The pitches were the culmination of an eight-week mini-accelerator program featuring teams looking to develop businesses out of ideas crafted during the Boston Cleanweb Hackathon, a weekend-long competition held in April that tasked programmers, developers and business experts with creating mobile applications to address our energy, water and resource challenges. Farah Abu-Arja, CivicArena Co-Founder, recounts that “the training and mentoring we received during the Haccelerator will be extremely helpful as we continue to develop CivicArena. We hope to continue our strong relationship with MassCEC as we move forward!”
By engaging with experts from the Boston startup and cleantech community each week to hone their ideas into viable businesses Alec Danaher, CivicArena Co-Founder, reflects that “the Haccelerator allowed us to feel immediately plugged into the clean tech ecosystem in Boston, giving us an amazing leg up as we get CivicArena off the ground. We’re building CivicArena to serve members of that ecosystem and to help them take action on clean energy issues.”
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