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In Episode 5 of iSpark, the Lyles Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation celebrated National Entrepreneurship Week! We celebrated this week with a series of workshops and competitions!

Watch Episode 5 to see what we did to spread the entrepreneurial spirit!

The Clean Energy Cluster extends special thanks to Klein Financial Corporation for its $10,000 donation. Also, special thanks to Guttman Initiatives, MMR Power Solutions, CalCom Solar, and Processes Unlimited International for their $1,000 donation respectively. With their support, we have now raised a total of $14,000, exceeding our initial goal of $10,000. Our stretch goal remains $20,000 which we plan to meet by next month. While we won’t speak of these partnerships as a “tipping point” yet, we believe our collaborative effort will encourage more students to pursue careers in the clean and alternative energy industry. All donations and sponsorship monies will be put into a scholarship fund and support selected high school students who displayed promise and motivation in this industry. Thank you for your generosity in fostering the talents and education of our youth!

Marissa Acosta interned at BioFiltro researching wastewater treatment systems for disadvantaged communities.

At our August 16, 2013, event in Tulare, Calif., the Clean Energy Cluster recognized Marissa Acosta, a senior at Kingsburg High School. Marissa was selected to participate in the COSMOS Program at University of California, San Diego. As an added value approach for keeping our home-grown talent in the San Joaquin Valley, the Cluster recognized Marissa for her achievement, passion, and dedication to the clean and alternative energy industry.

Mike, Marissa, Daryl

Marissa Acosta receives Clean Energy Cluster Certificate from Daryl Baltazar, chair of cluster, right, and Mike Dozier, executive director of Office of Community and Economic Development.

Marissa with Sanjar Taromi of BioFiltro

The Business Journal: Sanjar Taromi, chief marketing officer for BioFiltro, has taken on Kingsburg High senior Marissa Acosta as an intern doing research for the company as it markets a wastewater treatment system using earthworms. For the article in The Business Journal, click here.