MassCEC Announces Winners of 2015 Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator
BOSTON – June 4, 2015 – Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton today announced EnerScore as the grand prize winner of the 2015 Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator, earning the emerging company $5,000 for its software that allows users to assess the energy use and costs at homes they’re looking to buy or rent.
The final judging, held Wednesday night at MassChallenge in Boston, was the culmination of an eight-week mini-accelerator program featuring teams looking to form 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 for the world’s greatest energy challenges.
“The Boston area is already home to some of the nation’s most exciting cleanweb companies, and the Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator is helping fuel this growing cluster with even more innovative ideas and talent,” said Barton.
The Boston Cleanweb Haccelerator provided teams interested in further developing their ideas startup advice, legal training and expert mentorship from companies like Posternak, Cloud Solar and Atlas Ventures to help them launch businesses and products.
EnerScore, founded by Kenn and Brian Butler, empowers home buyers and renters by providing information about a property’s energy costs. Using public data like building permits, construction dates, square footage and type of heating or cooling system, EnerScore’s software produces an estimated energy rating and annual cost, adjusted for local utility rates.
Wednesday’s judging involved three participating teams pitching their companies to a panel of judges, who worked to determine which had the most potential as a viable company in the clean energy sector.
The judges included Barton, Praveen Tailam, managing director of TiE Angels, Jorge Calzada, director of business planning and performance at National Grid, and Christopher Scranton, senior manager for big data and technology initiatives at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.