Simple Energy Raises $900,000 in Seed Funding

Simple Energy, which offers an interactive, social gaming platform for utilities to engage customers in energy-saving behavior, recently teamed up with San Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to offer an energy-saving contest that will reward top savers with real-world prizes, including the Apple iPad and gift cards to local retailers. During the contest, the utility’s customers…

8 Startups That Are Changing the World.

From life-changing technologies that reduce poverty and disease to online volunteerism for busy professionals, the Startups For Good Challenge contestants proved they had more than just a great business idea: They also are working to make a positive impact on the world. 8/19/2011

TechStars program in Boulder, Colorado, mentors promising technology startups

Most likely to succeed: You’ve probably received, and ignored, requests from your utility to participate in programs to help conserve energy. SimpleEnergy co-founder Justin Segall said fewer than 5 percent of customers participate in such programs. The company says its technology can turn that around. SimpleEnergy turns energy-conservation programs into a Facebook/Farmville-type game, where participating…