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Companies being nurtured by VertueLab get money to work on their startup businesses

FILE PHOTO - VertueLab announced its new name and strategy, before a crowd of clean tech industry leaders. Seven Oregon clean tech startup companies being aided by VertueLab won a total of $1.5 million in grants from Business Oregon, the state economic development agency.

VertueLab is nonprofit that helps nurture emerging clean tech companies, those whose mission is environmental in nature. Formerly known as Oregon BEST, VertueLab began as a state project, and continues to actively build Oregon's clean tech sector.

The seven companies and their grants:

• Inpipe Energy of Beaverton: $100,000 for technology that generates electricity from water flow in municipal pipes

• Rute Foundation Systems of Portland: $100,000 for modular wind tower foundations that reduce the use of concrete

• Onboard Dynamics of Bend: $100,000 for mobile natural gas compressors that improve transportation fueling

• Kerr Avionics of West Linn: $100,000 for technology that saves jet fuel by enabling pilots to detect runway lights obscured by fog

• Diatomix of Beaverton: $99,958 for green chemistry additives for paints, coatings and cleaners that improve indoor air quality

• Gadusol Laboratories of Corvallis: $58,825 for nontoxic sunscreen technologies and products based on naturally occurring sunscreen ingredients in marine life

• Chargeway of Portland: $75,000 for software that makes electric charging easier to understand and access for electric car owners

For more information: vertuelab.org

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