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Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2016

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Featured Speakers

Nat Simons

Co-Founder, Prelude Ventures

Maryrose Sylvester

President & CEO, Current (Powered by GE)

Chris Buddin

Global Head of CTR Group, Goldman Sachs

Joe Costello

CEO, Enlighted

Andrew Beebe

Managing Director, Obvious Ventures

Tom Werner

CEO, SunPower

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Who You'll Meet

This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offers a comprehensive, three-day program along with exclusive opportunities to network, learn, and get deals done.

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Entrepreneurs: The startups and innovators on the front lines of sustainable innovation.

Corporates: Representatives from today’s leading corporate open innovation and venturing programs – those funding, incubating and partnering with innovation for strategic as well as financial return.

Financial Investors: Representatives from leading financial firms – venture and growth capital firms, from Sand Hill Road to Zhongguancun, along with the angels and family offices looking to make a sustainable impact and financial return.

Innovation Leaders: The ecosystem is completed with the presence of public sector officials and programs specialized in helping cleantech and resource innovation, and by lawyers and bankers, thinkers and innovation visionaries.

Check out a sampling of who typically attends our Forumand why.

 

More with Less: The Makings of the 2020s are with Us Already

Now in its 14th year, Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2016 will act as a true kick off for your year, as we move the annual gathering of our global innovation community from March to January! First time at a Cleantech Forum? Learn more about it here.

Our theme this year – More with Less: The Makings of the 2020s are with Us Already – takes us back to the roots of cleantech – doing more with less (less inputs, less costs, less environmental impact). Resource productivity and efficiency have always been central to the definition of cleantech, and we will focus on sectors and companies who are making the most of this concept.

The 2016 Forum will also – for the first time – include the unveiling of our 7th annual Global Cleantech 100 List and Award Winners. This provides our attendees with a unique value proposition – the presence of the leading sustainable innovation companies of the world, across a huge range of sub-sectors and industries, and all in one place for 48 hours.

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You can also check out our photos from the 2015 Forum to get a feel for the event!

If you have any questions, please contact us at forums@cleantech.com.

 
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Featured Speakers

  • Andrew Beebe, Managing Director, Obvious Ventures

    Andrew brings to Obvious Ventures a lifelong passion for building companies around sustainable systems and people power.

    For over a decade, Andrew has focused on clean technology and clean energy solutions. He started down the clean tech path with Energy Innovations in 2003, which he grew from a business plan to a major solar developer serving customers like Google, Disney, Sony Pictures, and British Telecom.
    After selling the company to Suntech in 2008, Andrew served as Chief Commercial Officer at Suntech as well as Vice President of Global Product Strategy. During his tenure, Suntech became the largest solar company in the world.

    After leaving Suntech, Andrew spent two years as Vice President of Distributed Generation for Nextera Energy, the largest clean energy developer in the US.

    A graduate from Dartmouth College, Andrew lives in Burlingame, CA with his wife and three children. When he’s not helping to build early stage companies, Andrew builds wooden boats and furniture.

  • Chris Buddin, Goldman Sachs

    Chris is global head of the Clean Technology and Renewables (CTR) Group and Internet of Things in the Investment Banking Division (IBD). Chris joined Goldman Sachs in 2011 as a vice president and was named managing director in 2012.

    Prior to joining the firm, Chris worked at Credit Suisse in the Technology Group from 2000 to 2011. While at Credit Suisse, he was one of the founding members of the global alternative energy group and was head of the Clean Technology practice. Chris earned an AB in Economics from Stanford University.

  • Joe Costello, CEO, Enlighted

    Joe Costello has been a high tech executive and CEO for the last 28 years. He became the CEO of Cadence Design Systems in 1987 and worked with the company from its inception until it became the largest electronic design automation (EDA) company in the world, with over a billion dollars in annual revenue.

    Costello was named the top CEO of America in 1997 by Chief Executive Magazine. In recognition of his service to the EDA industry, he was awarded the Phil Kaufman award in 2004, the highest accolade in the EDA industry. Costello has also served as a board member of dozens of companies including Oracle, Macromedia, Clarify and Mercury Interactive as well as numerous private companies.

  • Nat Simons, Co-Founder, Prelude Ventures

    Nat Simons is the co-founder of Prelude Ventures, a family-held cleantech investment fund.

    Nat is also the co-founder of Sea Change Foundation, a private foundation currently dedicated exclusively to climate change and clean energy policy.

    Nat manages the Meritage family of funds, which have a combined equity of over $10 billion. Meritage’s portfolio is a combination of hedge fund and direct investments. Meritage spun out of Renaissance Technologies, where Nat was a principal and employed from 1994 to 2010. Nat remains a board member and Vice-Chair of Renaissance.

    Nat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from UC Berkeley. He is a member of the UC Berkeley Board of Visitors as well as a board member of The Exploratorium.

  • Maryrose Sylvester, President & CEO, Current (powered by GE)

    Maryrose Sylvester is President and CEO of Current, powered by GE — a first-of-its kind energy company that integrates GE’s LED, Solar, Energy Storage and Electric Vehicle businesses with its industrial strength Predix platform to deliver cost effective, efficient energy solutions. Current brings to market a holistic energy-as-a-service offering absent from industry today that includes sensor-enabled hardware, software, fulfillment, product management and financing solutions.

    In addition to this role, Sylvester leads GE Lighting. Under her leadership, she has transformed one of GE’s most iconic businesses by introducing LEDs to meet market needs and delivering energy efficient lighting solutions that create intelligent environments.

    Prior to Lighting, Sylvester was President and CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms – GE’s high-technology global provider of software, hardware, services and expertise in automation, operations management and embedded computing, serving the energy, water, oil and gas, manufacturing, government and telecommunications industries. Her contributions included a significant commitment and focus on technology leadership, new product launches, and vertical marketing, resulting in the doubling of revenues.

    Sylvester began her GE career in 1987 as an intern at GE Motors in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She joined GE Lighting in the Sourcing operation and throughout the years held positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Sourcing for GE Lighting Europe and General Manager of Worldwide Sourcing. Sylvester also served as General Manager for Global High Intensity Discharge before being named President and CEO of GE Lighting Systems. Sylvester also served as President of the former GE Quartz.

    Sylvester is a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council, GE’s Commercial Council and she was instrumental in helping to launch the GE Women’s Network. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Lighting Systems Division Executive Board for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. She serves on the Board for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Hathaway Brown School and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.

    Sylvester holds a B.S. Degree in Procurement and Production Management from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University – both in Ohio.

  • Tom Werner, President & CEO, SunPower

    Tom Werner serves as SunPower president and chief executive officer, and as chairman of the SunPower board of directors.  Prior to joining the company, he held the position of chief executive officer of Silicon Light Machines, Inc., an optical solutions subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation.  Previously, Werner was vice president and general manager of the Business Connectivity Group of 3Com Corp., a network solutions company, and has also held a number of executive management positions at Oak Industries, Inc., and General Electric Co.  He currently serves as a board member of Cree, Inc., Silver Spring Networks, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and is a member of the Marquette University board of trustees.  Werner holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Marquette University and a master’s degree in business administration from George Washington University.

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Agenda 2016

    • The concept of “More with Less” was always central to the founders of Cleantech Group’s vision of the emergent innovation theme they coined as cleantech in 2002.

      Doing more with less (less inputs, less costs, less environmental impacts), aka resource productivity and efficiency, is as relevant today as it was in 2002– probably more so – and will be thematically front and center at the 2016 Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

      We will run two tracks: the More with Less Track and the i3 Connect Track. Themes across all sessions will include the mega-trends we have found in our research for the upcoming Global Cleantech 100 report.

       

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  • Monday, January 25, 2016

    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Registration Opens

    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

      By Invitation Only

       

      Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking

      The Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking session will connect investors, corporates, and entrepreneurs via a facilitated “speed dating” format. Entrepreneurs will have the chance to give a 3-4 minute pitch to multiple investors throughout the session. By Invitation Only

    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Welcome to the 14th Annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco & Announcement of the 2015 Global Cleantech 100

      Join us as we welcome you to the start of the 14th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco. We will begin the Forum – for the first time ever – with the unveiling the Global Cleantech 100 list! Be the first to know which top 100 private companies are leading the way in cleantech.

    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

      Welcome Reception

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

  • Tuesday, January 26, 2016

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Registration & Continental Breakfast

    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Opening Keynotes

      Cleantech Group will provide the ‘State of the Nation’ as to what is happening in the converging worlds of cleantech innovation and sustainability.

      We will then hear from Nat Simons, Co-Founder of Prelude Ventures, followed by a fireside chat between Maryrose Sylvester of Current and Greentech Media’s Eric Wesoff.

      • Nat Simons
        Co-Founder, Prelude Ventures
      • Maryrose Sylvester
        President & CEO, Current (Powered by GE)
      • Moderator: Eric Wesoff
        Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media
      • Partnership Spotlight: Kevin Eggers
        Principal, Market Development, Anglo American
      • Partnership Spotlight: Tom Stepien
        CEO, Primus Power
    • 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      More with Less Track

      Market Street Room

      More Storage, Less Hassle: Exploring New Models in Energy Storage

      Energy storage is the hot trend currently (so says our Global Cleantech 100 research). The possibilities of More with Less grow as battery costs come down and business model combination possibilities multiply. Not only is there the solar + storage model, but with the emergence of the “virtual power plant,” energy storage is becoming the key component in the future of energy.

      In this session, we will highlight the biggest trends in energy storage and hear from the leaders across the sector.

      • Vic Shao
        CEO, Green Charge Networks
      • Ryan Wartena
        CEO, Geli
      • Mark Akehurst
        Innovation & New Business Domain Director, Engie New Ventures
      • Kevin Phelan
        Chief Marketing Officer, SoCore Energy
      • Chris Beitel
        COO, SimpliPhi Power
      • Moderator: Dan Gabaldon
        Founder, Enovation Partners
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      i3 Connect Track

      Mission Room

      The Rising Stars

      Six CEOs from companies who have made the Global Cleantech 100 list for the first time will tell us about what they are doing and why their innovation matters – and what impact they will make on the 2020s.

      We have some exciting companies lined up for this session, but they won’t be announced until the start of the event! 

      • Moderated by: Paul Cousens
        Global Business Development - Clean Technology, Autodesk
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom & Foyer

      Networking Lunch

    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

      Lunch Session

      Market Street Room

      US Clean Power Plan - Accelerating Clean Energy Technology and Finance Innovation

      The federal Clean Power Plan and California’s SB 350 are accelerating innovation in clean energy technology and finance. The climate change talks in Paris also highlight the need for such innovation in both the private and public sectors to support research and bridge traditional barriers to commercialization of new technologies. Panelists will share their insights on the drivers behind and impediments to this innovation, and offer their predictions on its trajectory from a variety of perspectives.

      Hosted by: Morrison & Foerster LLP

      • Moderator: Christoper J. Carr
        Partner, Chair of the Environment & Energy Group, Morrison & Foerster LLP
      • Robert S. Fleishman
        Senior Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP
      • Mark Tholke
        Vice President, Development, Advanced Microgrid Solutions
      • Josh Richman
        Vice President of Global Business Development and Policy, Bloom Energy
      • Eric Cherniss
        Director of Development Western United States, Con Edison Development, Inc.
      • Bryan Miller
        Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Power Markets, Sunrun
      • Dipender Saluja
        Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      More with Less Track

      Market Street Room

      Are the Robots Taking Over? Manufacturing Makes Advances

      The advanced manufacturing mega-trend continues to progress, enabled by the growing ubiquity of 3D printing and industrial robotics. A key driver is the need for resource efficiency, as more goods and products are needed around the world.

      In this session, we will be exploring the new technologies and advancements in manufacturing, including speakers from leading manufacturing companies and those who are bringing new technologies to the forefront.

      • Ryan Popple
        CEO, Proterra
      • Moderator: Grant Allen
        Senior Vice President, ABB Technology Ventures
      • Maurice Conti
        Director of Strategic Innovation, Autodesk
      • Jen McCabe
        Business Unit Manager, Jabil Emerging Technology, Jabil
      • Hanns Anders
        Investment Manager, iRobot Ventures
      • Tushyati Maudgalya
        COO, Plethora
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      i3 Connect Track

      Mission Room

      The Ones to Watch

      Some of the companies presenting within this session have made our 2015 Ones to Watch list. The purpose of this sister list to the Global Cleantech 100 is to highlight other companies beyond the 100 that are gaining traction with leading players in cleantech. They are joined by a few others have been selected by CTG as ones we think you should be on the look-out for. The CEOs of all these companies will tell us about what they are doing, why their innovation matters, and why we should expect to see more of them in the coming years.

      We have some exciting companies lined up for this session, but they won’t be announced until the start of the event! 

      • Moderated by: Matt Stewart
        Vice President, Antenna
    • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Transition Break

    • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

      More with Less Track

      Market Street Room

      The Circular Economy: Taking Inspiration From Nature

      As we begin to shift away from a traditional “take, use, and dispose” based economic model, the circular economy encourages a model that is designed to be restorative and regenerative. From efficient utilization of renewable raw materials to the reuse of wastes, the circular economy is moving ahead and transitioning to one that resembles our natural ecosystem.

      • Anna Rath
        CEO, NexSteppe
      • Rob Hallenbeck
        Senior Strategy Analyst, Corporate Venturing, Waste Management
      • David Anderson
        Global VP of Marketing, Green Biologics
      • Paul Gilman
        SVP & Chief Sustainability Officer, Covanta
      • Christian Kasper
        CEO, Harvest Power
      • Moderator: Leo Zhang
        Senior Analyst, Cleantech Group
    • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

      i3 Connect Track

      Mission Room

      Under the Radar

      In this session, we will meet some companies who have made our inaugural Under the Radar list, which puts the spotlight on companies that are flying “under the radar,” but who have strongly caught the interest of a few of our Global Cleantech 100 expert panelists. The line-up of presenting companies will be completed by others deserving of this title, but not on the 2015 Under the Radar list. The CEOs of all these companies will tell us about what they are doing and why their innovation matters, and what impact they will make on the 2020s.

      We have some exciting companies lined up for this session, but they won’t be announced until the start of the event! 

      • Moderated by: Matt Stewart
        Vice President, Antenna
    • 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      More with Less Track

      More Mouths to Feed: The Future of Food & Agriculture

      No challenge could more obviously be framed as More with Less than feeding the growing population of the world. As the availability of usable land and water shrinks, ag-tech has blossomed into a diverse sector of its own. From hardware and sensors, to sustainable and new organic compounds, to software platforms, there is a range of companies who are charting the future of food and agriculture.

      We will feature a mix of start-ups, corporate leaders, and others who will showcase their solutions to feed and serve the growing population.

      • Moderator: Peter Freeman
        Chairman of Clean-Tech Committee, Keiretsu Forum
      • Patrick Brown
        CEO & Co-Founder, Impossible Foods
      • Patrick Crampton
        COO, Farmers Edge
      • Nick Cizek
        Sensor Strategist, The Climate Corp
      • Pat Lohman
        VP Partnerships, PrecisionHawk
      • Jorge Heraud
        CEO, Blue River Technology
    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      i3 Connect Track

      Mission Room

      The Rising Stars (Part 2)

      We will hear from another six CEOs from companies who have made the Global Cleantech 100 for the first time. They will tell us about what they are doing and why their innovation matters – and what impact they will make on the 2020s.

      We have some exciting companies lined up for this session, but they won’t be announced until the start of the event! 

      • Moderated by: Paul Cousens
        Global Business Development - Clean Technology, Autodesk
    • 5:15 PM - 5:20 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Transition Break

    • 5:20 PM - 6:00 PM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Evening Keynotes

      • Joe Costello
        CEO, Enlighted
      • Chris Buddin
        Global Head of CTR Group, Goldman Sachs
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Evening Reception

      Reception is hosted by PG&E. 

  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Registration & Continental Breakfast

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Mission Room

      Breakfast Session: Cleantech in China

      As an alternative to the general breakfast networking, come take your breakfast in a more intimate setting – to hear thoughts on the growing trend of western technology companies seeking to leverage ‘the China advantage’ and what this can mean for you.

      This will be a sharing breakfast – a very practical and interactive exchange on market entry strategies, challenges and experiences of how a China strategy can help accelerate the commercialization and growth of Western cleantech companies. To seed the conversation, Cleantech Group’s China team will provide learnings from its experiences in helping such companies. We will also hear from  CEOs who have started on their China journey, to provide their thoughts as conversation-starters. Finally, we will invite a few China-based investors to share their perspectives on China’s cleantech market and opportunities for Western cleantech companies.

      • Moderator: Leo Zhang
        Senior Analyst, Cleantech Group
      • John Kinzer
        Managing Director, Asia Link, Silicon Valley Bank
      • Alex Shoer
        CEO, Seeder Clean Energy
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Morning Keynotes

      We will begin our morning with an Incubator Spotlights from Powerhouse and Cyclotron Road,  our morning keynote address.

      • Incubator Spotlight: Emily Kirsch
        Co-Founder & CEO, Powerhouse
      • Tom Werner
        CEO, SunPower
      • Incubator Spotlight: Ilan Gur
        Founding Director, Cyclotron Road
    • 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Transition Break

    • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

      More with Less Track

      Market Street Room

      IoT Platforms: Mapping our Way to Better Planet Management

      The term “planet management” refers to the increasing sophistication of communication and IoT platforms that have enabled us to better manage our limited resources, whether through tracking, mapping, or other real-time data. Where will these new platforms and enablers of better planet management going to take us? What new (more) applications and business models could be opened up in the 2020s by the ubiquity of low power and low cost connectivity – via drones, satellites, sensors and low cost data on everything?

      • Moderator: Colin le Duc
        Partner, Generation Investment Management
      • Jesse Moore
        CEO, M-KOPA Solar
      • Will Marshall
        CEO, Planet Labs
      • Peter Williams
        CTO - Big Green Innovations, IBM
      • Rob Massoudi
        SVP of Business Development, Space-Time Insight
      • David Thau
        Manager of Developer Relations, Google Earth
    • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

      i3 Connect Track

      Mission Room

      Cleantech's Pick-Six: Game-Changing Innovations

      Just as an interception in (American) football can change the course of the game – and ultimately decide the winner – these cleantech companies are changing the way we think about traditional industries. Join us as we hear from these six selected companies making game-changing plays across all sectors in cleantech. The leaders of these companies will tell us about what they are doing and why their innovation is the “big play.”

      • Moderated by: Matt Stewart
        Vice President, Antenna
      • Aaron Mandell
        Founder & Chairman, WaterFx (HydroRevolution)
      • Henrik Rundgren
        CEO, Chromafora
      • Michael Wiegert
        Co-Founder, WA3RM
      • Rick Myers
        CEO, Tempronics
      • Stacey Lawson
        CEO, Ygrene Energy Fund
      • Karolyn Dector
        VP, Product, Optoro
    • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      More with Less Track

      Market Street Room

      Virtual Power Plants & Next Generation Renewables

      Virtual power plants (VPPs) are the latest technological enablers of distributed generation, and new competitors are not only being born, but gaining traction fast. VPP software systems have vast advantages of not only aggregating and instantly dispatching the output of multiple distributed power stations, but also collecting cheap and ubiquitous data on energy customers – ensuring better forecasting, demand response and grid stability.

      In this session, we will hear from experts and start-ups leading the way in distributed generation and VPPs.

      Hosted by: GE Ventures

      • Moderator: Mark Wight
        Director- Strategy, Marketing & Operations, GE Energy Ventures
      • Christoph Ostermann
        CEO & Managing Director, Sonnenbatterie
      • Raj Pai
        VP of Strategic Initiatives, AutoGrid Systems
      • Jessica Hamm
        Manager, Emerging Technology Strategy, Duke Energy
      • Neal Dikeman
        Senior Venture Principal, Shell Technology Ventures
      • Dain Nestel
        Practice Director, CLEAResult
    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      i3 Connect Track

      Mission Room

      Water Less Wasted – Innovations of the Water & Wastewater Sectors

      Water scarcity and variability concerns have become increasingly more commonplace, with major droughts, flooding, and other water-related natural disasters plaguing many regions around the world. What innovations and advancements in the water and wastewater sectors can help industries both save water resources and improve the water ecosystem?

      In this session, presenting companies will pitch their wide variety of solutions for the water and wastewater sectors.

      • Trevor Hill
        CEO, FATHOM
      • Chris Morrison
        VP, Ecolab
      • Presenting Company: Anders Lindqvist
        CEO, Swedish Hydro Solutions
      • Presenting Company: Zeev Efrat
        CEO, Aquarius Spectrum
    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      Workshop Session

      Fillmore Room

      Creating a Power Brand

      As firms from Apple to Google, to Nike and GE will tell you, great branding and brand engagement are key to success. Companies in relatively new industries must work harder than others to establish credible, compelling brands and secure customer loyalty. This special workshop will provide attendees with a real-world case study and a crash course on creating a powerful corporate brand that resonates with end users.

      Topics will include:
      1. The difference between marketing and branding
      2. Defining your values and knowing your audience
      3. Steps to designing and differentiating your brand
      4. Best practices for launching and marketing your brand in competitive (or less well-known) industries
      5. How a strong brand can provide competitive advantage and drive sales

      Please note: space is limited and seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

      • Eric Baumgartner
        Executive Vice President, VML West
      • Chris Wirth
        Vice President, Marketing, Spruce Finance
    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom & Foyer

      Networking Lunch

    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

      Lunch Session

      Mission Room

      Opportunities for Innovators on the Japanese Grid

      Join us for this special lunch session with the Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO), Invest Japan, and the Japanese Ministry for Economy, Trade, and Industry on opportunities for cleantech innovators within the Japanese grid as the country seeks to de-regulate this hugely important industry. Investors and innovators will hear guidance from these organizations as well as other Western companies that have successfully set up businesses in Japan to drive innovation in the electricity markets.

      Hosted by: JETRO

      • Matt O'Keefe
        Director of Western Regulatory Affairs and Market Development. Opower
      • Teff Reed
        Senior Director, Microinverter Systems, Enphase
      • Tatsuya Shinkawa
        Director, Market Surveillance Division, Electricity Market Surveillance Commission (EMSC) in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
    • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

      More with Less Track

      Market Street Room

      The Evolving Role of Gas in the Clean Energy Economy

      Several factors have contributed in recent years to the burgeoning use of natural gas in North America’s energy mix. The preference of commercial and industrial utility customers to produce more of their own power onsite is growing, just as improved technologies provide for the harvest of methane from waste streams. Gas even presents one of the most promising technology platforms in the red-hot energy storage space, with power-to-gas technologies that capture excess renewable power. In this session, we’ll hear from industry experts steering the direction of innovative gas technologies for the clean energy economy.

      • Jeffrey Reed
        Director, Emerging Technologies, Sempra Energy
      • Wally Hunter
        Managing Director, EnerTech Capital
      • Carl Berninghausen
        CEO, sunfire
      • Edouard Bulteau
        Investment Manager, TOTAL Energy Ventures
      • Scott Olson
        Project Manager, Black & Veatch Corporation
      • Alberto Ravagni
        CEO, SOLIDPower
    • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

      i3 Connect Track

      Mission Room

      Advanced Materials: The Building Blocks of the Future

      At the core of the More with Less theme are materials. How do we power industries, manufacture and transport products, and move ourselves around the world using less scarce, less environmentally toxic, lighter-weight, and inherently recyclable or biodegradable materials? Advanced materials companies are increasingly more prevalent across all cleantech sectors, some well-known and developed, and others the new kids on the block.

      Select companies will have the chance to pitch directly to the audience, as well as discuss their innovations with a panel of experts.

      • Moderator: Heather Richman
        Strategic Partnerships, Energy Excelerator Hawai'i (US Navy)
      • Expert Panelist: Daniel Colbert
        Managing Partner, North Energy Ventures
      • Expert Panelist: Phoebe Kwan
        Director, External Venture Strategy, Saint-Gobain NOVA External Venturing Group
      • Expert Panelist: Keith Gillard
        General Partner, Pangaea Ventures
      • Presenting Company: Marc Lebel
        President & CEO, FRX Polymers
      • Presenting Company: David Paratore
        President & CEO, NanoSteel
      • Presenting Company: Tim Dummer
        VP Commercialization, Rennovia
      • Presenting Company: Robert Niven
        CEO & Founder, CarbonCure Technologies
    • 2:45 PM - 2:55 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Transition Break

    • 2:55 PM - 3:55 PM

      More with Less Track

      Market Street Room

      More Power to All: Democratizing Energy Access

      Flexible off grid solar solutions and mobile “pay as you go” energy services are reaching remote areas across the developing world. New scalable business models are emerging to provide time and cost efficient alternatives to kerosene, along with flexible approaches to harnessing power for the everyday cooking, charging and lighting. The number of companies addressing this market has exploded, and they are inspiring changes to the lives of thousands in poor and rural communities.

      Hear from some of the inspiring leaders who are bringing accessible, affordable, and clean energy to the developing world.

      • Moderator: Susan Gladwin
        Founder, Gladwin Consulting
      • Ned Tozun
        CEO, d.light design
      • Justin Guay
        Climate Program Officer, Packard Foundation
      • Christopher Horner
        Founder & CEO, Powerhive
      • Sandra Kwak
        CEO & Founder, 10Power
    • 2:55 PM - 3:55 PM

      i3 Connect Track

      Mission Room

      The Connected Building: Innovations in Integration, Automation, and Business Models

      Next-generation building systems are moving toward much lighter HVAC installations, automated energy management, and integrating building portfolios via SaaS products – among other innovations. There are multiple applications and industrial settings for building management systems, and there continues to be a need to integrate – as well as finance – energy and resource efficiency, and occupancy comfort across building portfolios. What do visionaries have in mind for the next chapter of innovation? What companies are coming down the pipe?

      Join us as we hear from a selection of experts discuss the future of the connected building, and hear from select innovative companies aiming to provide the solutions.

      • Expert Panelist: Mangesh Basarkar
        Manager, Product Management, PG&E
      • Expert Panelist:: Renee Clair
        Strategy Manager , Johnson Controls - Building Efficiency
      • Expert Panelist: Alla Jezmir
        Director, CCM Energy
      • Presenting Company: Michael Pfeffer
        CEO, Ibis Networks
      • Presenting Company: Niklas Zandelin
        Co-Founder, eze Systems
      • Presenting Company: Allan Daly
        Co-Founder, VP Engineering, BrightBox Technologies
      • Presenting Company: Derek Proudian
        Chairman & CEO, Daintree Networks
      • Presenting Company: FirstFuel Software
        Director of Customer Solutions, FirstFuel Software
    • 3:55 PM - 4:15 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Closing Keynotes

      Join us for our closing keynotes from cleantech leaders in the finance and corporate worlds.

      • Cheryl Martin
        Founder, Harwich Partners (former Acting Director ARPA-E)
      • John Hoekstra
        Director of Sustainability, Schneider Electric
      • Andrew Beebe
        Managing Director, Obvious Ventures
    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Closing Reception

      We will see you next year!

Cleantech Group North American Advisory Board

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