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Clean-Tech Entrepreneur Ned Godshall Speaks Wisdom to Budding Entrepreneurs

October 23, 2009

Ned Godshall, President and Chief Executive Officer of Altela, Inc., will share with students lessons learned as at the helm of several high-tech startups at a free lunch and seminar on Friday, November 13th, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. in Anderson School room ASM 1065. Godshall's talk, entitled A Clean-Tech Entrepreneur's Perspective is part of the UNM Technology Business Plan Competition events, and everyone is welcome to attend. Lunch will be served. RSVPs are encouraged to Jennifer Bayley at More information can be found at

The UNM Technology Business Plan Competition involves students from across campus in partnering to create viable business plans and compete for $40,000 in prize funding, as well as additional venture capital seed funding. Overseen by The Anderson School Endowed Chair in Economic Development, Dr. Sul Kassicieh, this year's competition will take place on Friday, April 16th, 2010, and a series of speakers will be brought to campus to share their experiences with students beforehand. Open to all UNM students taking at least one course in the Fall 2009 or Spring 2010 semesters, the competition fosters economic development within New Mexico by supporting students in generating sound, innovative business plans.

Godshall has founded and led four high-tech start-up companies since 1995. At these companies, Godshall negotiated seed-round financing with venture capital firms and established the company's accounting, payroll, budgeting, tax, project management, and corporate legal systems. He is one of NM's first 'serial entrepreneurs.'

Godshall's most recent efforts have been with companies in the 'clean-tech' space: the hydrogen economy (MesoFuel, Inc.), photovoltaic solar cells (Advent Solar, Inc.), and
water desalination (Altela, Inc.). Godshall has Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of New Mexico.


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