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SolBeam

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Founded Year

2006

Stage

Seed VC | Alive

Total Raised

$1M

Last Raised

$1M | 16 yrs ago

About SolBeam

With seed funding from NGEN, SolBeam is building flat panel concentrators. Here's a SolBeam patent.

Headquarters Location

59 Fairlane Road

Laguna Niguel, California, 92677,

United States

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Expert Collections containing SolBeam

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SolBeam Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was SolBeam founded?

    SolBeam was founded in 2006.

  • Where is SolBeam's headquarters?

    SolBeam's headquarters is located at 59 Fairlane Road, Laguna Niguel.

  • What is SolBeam's latest funding round?

    SolBeam's latest funding round is Seed VC.

  • How much did SolBeam raise?

    SolBeam raised a total of $1M.

  • Who are the investors of SolBeam?

    Investors of SolBeam include NGEN Partners.

  • Who are SolBeam's competitors?

    Competitors of SolBeam include Nxedge, Comdel, Cima NanoTech, Ampulse, Meridian Deployment Corporation and 13 more.

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