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Clean-Tech Entrepreneurs Eye Funding Shift

John Bissell, an alum of our UC Davis Green Tech Entrepreneurship Academy, can turn raw sewage into water bottles, raincoats, diapers and other everyday products. But can he turn it into a $10 million industrial plant? Bissell owns MicroMidas Inc., a Sacramento, Calif., start-up that makes plastic out of waste using a technology it developed two years ago. He’s now looking to move into a large manufacturing facility from a pilot plant, but says lenders are reluctant to provide the $10 million in capital he needs to make that transition.r