Northern California Innovators Vie for Angel Investment

Sierra Innovation Challenge 2014

Companies are finding they need to expand their innovation efforts to meet consumer demand for greener products and services. And angel investors are eagerly seeking to invest in these kinds of companies.

These two forces collided on April 2nd at the 3rd annual Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge.

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CropMobster helps local farmers eliminate food waste

Cropmobster produce gleaning  with Petaluma Bounty, photo by Gary Cedar, courtesy of CropMobster

Cropmobster produce harvesting with Petaluma Bounty, photo by Gary Cedar, courtesy of CropMobster

It’s almost unthinkable but more than fifty percent of the fresh produce grown in the U.S. goes uneaten. Continue reading

Sustainable Farming Gets New Look in the State of Jefferson

The mountainous region of northern California and southern Oregon have an interesting and unique history. It comprises what many in the area refer to as “the state of Jefferson” – an area that since 1859 has officially clamored at least three times to become this country’s 51st state. Had the bombing of Pearl Harbor not occurred, there is a possibility this movement to secede and form a new state might actually have taken place.

A participant at the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge earlier this summer is brewing an exciting new venture that could bring a renewed focus to this region.

To learn more about the Jefferson Farm Cooperative, its fledgling Farm Federation and its unique plan to help farmers work together and be successful, see the full article at http://bit.ly/O9nY4O.

Streaming Movies is Now Portable with mUVichip

The mUVichip could make DVD’s obsolete!

Some of us remember VHS – those big plastic boxes we used to record and watch movies and our favorite TV shows on. Then came DVD’s and CD’s, which allowed for more portability and higher quality viewing, although there’s still a lot of plastic involved.

At the recent Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, a small start-up company called Flixchip may well make those devices obsolete – and put a lot more fun in movie watching.

To learn more about this truly innovative technology and how easy and fun it will be to use, check out bit.ly/NF9s3m.

Turning Trash Into Renewable Energy

Can we all agree that using more renewable energy and less oil would be a good thing? Great, and any objections to sending less trash to the landfill? Well Sierra Energy Corp., a recent winner at the Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, has developed a system that can help us do both.

To learn more about Sierra Energy and this award-winning, high energy, low pollution producing gasification system, see http://bit.ly/Md5FKP.

Environmentalism and Innovation at Sierra Nevada Competition

The Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge featured innovative companies and products that could change industries, the environment and peoples lives

California has long had a reputation for moving environmentalism forward while fostering innovation. This was more than apparent at the first annual Sierra Nevada Innovation Challenge, held at the Sierra Nevada Brewery last week.

The range of products presented was a kaleidoscope of innovation, creativity and ingenuity.

To learn more about the remarkable new companies, products and innovations that participated in this exciting competition, go to http://bit.ly/LDVDEM.