Autodesk announced that it will be choosing 100 companies to receive $150,000-worth of software each under the banner of its Clean Tech Partner Program. The application process is open to any young company working on sustainable technologies, though there is a slight focus on renewable energy innovations.
Startups chosen for the program will receive five licenses for the following suite of Autodesk applications: AutoCAD Inventor Professional, Autodesk Showcase Professional, Autodesk Vault Manufacturing, Autodesk Navisworks Manage, Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk Alias Design.
These programs were written to manage construction projects from start to finish, even through manufacturing.
Autodesk, which is touting the program as a new brand of seed support for early-stage enterprises, has already initiated the giveaway with a small pilot program benefiting two companies: Syncromatic and green building powerhouse Serious Materials. The former has already used the software it received to create a more efficient bus-tracking system that utilizes GPS and mobile-location technology. Essentially, the company modeled its potential assembly line and discovered an inefficiency that was subsequently eliminated to speed up the entire process.
Autodesk plans to announce its grant recipients on a rolling basis, giving the software company time to provide condensed training and to learn more about how it will be implemented to advance sustainable causes. The overarching goal is to give startups that aren’t necessarily well-funded the ability to realistically render a digital prototype, rather than having to build a series of expensive physical prototypes.