Green technology: cleaning up in Colorado

A trade mission to Colorado has revealed large opportunities for UK clean technology entrepreneurs willing to give it a go. Paul Hatchwell looks at accelerated market entry and valuable lessons learned

Denver – fast-growing cleantech hub and gateway to the US marketBoth government and business now see expansion into overseas markets as a crucial next step for the green economy. Firms expanding beyond their comfort zone will also have greater chances of long-term success at home.

Green entrepreneurs looking to the US market would do well to consider Colorado – a vast, arid state straddling the Rocky Mountains and western Great Plains. It has a population no larger than Denmark and stunning landscapes. It also has supportive recession-beating clean technology investment policies, a highly skilled workforce and natural resources in abundance. These factors among others make it very attractive point of entry for UK firms wishing to enter the huge but highly competitive US clean technology market.

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