Design Software Leader Pledges 100 Additional Grants to Clean Tech Companies That Are Accelerating Innovation
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 21, 2010 — Autodesk Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK), a world leader in 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets, today announced at the Clean-Tech Investors Summit, a renewed commitment to providing clean tech companies with software grants through the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program. Launched in July, the program was formed to help clean tech companies design and manufacture more sustainably.
“With Autodesk solutions, clean tech companies can use Digital Prototyping software to better understand the things they are going to build, allowing them to get their products to market faster, cheaper and with less risk,” said Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk. “In addition, Digital Prototyping helps companies gain valuable insights into critical information such as total lifecycle costs and performance, return on energy, and other sustainability parameters.”
The following are recent examples of new Autodesk clean tech partners benefitting from the program:
Additionally, Autodesk told investors at the Clean-Tech Investors Summit that as part of the company’s renewed commitment to the partner program, it would begin working with more established clean tech companies such as Enerdel and Tesla Motors. Enerdel is an advanced lithium-ion battery maker currently working with the U.S. Army and other major contractors. Tesla is a provider of high-performance electric vehicles. Enerdel will utilize Autodesk software solutions to create a Digital Prototyping process for the development of its next-generation lithium-ion batteries, while Tesla Motors will use Autodesk’s 2D & 3D design software to design and style all-electric vehicles.
“Tesla Motors has been using Autodesk Alias to optimize and visualize our vehicle designs for some time,” said Franz von Holzhausen, chief designer. “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Autodesk to rapidly accelerate our innovation, performance and time to market as we expand our all-electric portfolio.”
Bass also said that beyond extending the program to 100 more grantees in North America this year, Autodesk will also be rolling out versions of the program worldwide to China and Europe later this spring.
About The Clean Tech Partner Program
The Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program grants software to early-stage clean technology companies to help them innovate more rapidly and get to market faster and at lower cost. Each Autodesk Clean Tech Grant recipient receives up to $150,000 of design software including up to five licenses of: