Small Business and Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) Partnership
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business and Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) Partnership launched in 2010 as part of DOE's initiatives under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Funded with $1.2 million, the Partnership provided mentoring and commercialization services to companies that were participating in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. CEA was a national organization of non-profit incubators with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Its members offered small businesses a wide range of services to support their commercialization efforts, including market analysis and strategies aimed at attracting investment. The Partnership, which concluded in 2012, included 37 incubators— 19 of which have been matched with start-ups around the country.