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Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2018

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Featured Speakers

Rob Nail

Co-Founder, Singularity University

Dr. Pratima Rangarajan

CEO, OGCI Climate Investments

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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.

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.

You can also check out our photos from the 2017 Forum here!

Are you interested in sponsoring the Forum? Contact us today to learn more about our sponsorship packages. If you have any questions, please contact us at forums@cleantech.com.

What You'll Experience

Now in its 16th year, Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2018 will once again be a true kick off for your year – mark your calendars for January 22-24, 2018!

Haven’t experienced a Cleantech Forum? Learn more about it here.

Since 2002, Cleantech Group has brought together clean technology’s most influential leaders – corporate executives, start-up and growth company CEOs, investors, government agencies, and other players – from across all areas of resource innovation, from the major industrial verticals, and from across the globe.

The upcoming Forum will be our 16th annual showing of our flagship event, and Charting the Future, Connecting the Globe remains core to the value proposition of Cleantech Forums, and indeed all of CTG’s services.

For our 16th Forum, we are building the theme around the idea of “next generations.” Expect insights on where the next generation of technologies might take the industrial landscape, hear from the newest generation of investment vehicles, and expect to meet CEOs who are representing how the next generation of entrepreneurs are shaping up.

We will once again host the official announcement of our annual Global Cleantech 100 list and awards, as well as release our Global Cleantech 100 Report that highlights the mega-trends of the next 5-10 years.

 
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Preliminary Agenda 2018

(Please note that this agenda is illustrative of how the final agenda will shake out. Subjects and timings are subject to change)

  • NEXT GENERATIONS

    • In line with CTG’s “charting the future” mission, this year’s Forum is built around the idea of Next Generations.

      Through keynotes, panels, company pitches, and our interaction track, our 2018 Forum will be exploring many angles on this idea. Here are some of what you should expect:

      You should expect a series of sessions to meet and hear from next generation entrepreneurs – the rising stars as identified from within our GCT100 program, but also from the generation of companies on the horizon.

      Next generation technologies will, of course get some airtime – in part from the keynote from the CEO of Singularity University (with its well-known focus on exponential technologies) and in part from CTG’s own Cutting Edge series, which continues to explore the relevant energy and industrial applications of enabling technologies such as AI, blockchain, and gene editing.

      The idea of next generation industries will have its place, focusing in particular on two of the oldest industrial activities – feeding people, and moving people and goods. Agriculture and Food, Transportation and Mobility are the hot investment categories today, but where are these industries heading, at what speed and with what implications to whom?

      Technology is exciting, but is not always a defining factor in whether a young company thrives. Instead, it is often suitable business models and investment vehicles that accelerate and finance immature technologies. The 2018 Forum will feature next generation investment approaches to call out this trend we have been following closely for the past two years.

      Leadership has never felt more important – be it in a venture company, a multi-national, a city, state or country. New leaders are picking up the baton of the sustainable revolution, and we would like to hear from some of these next generation leaders in positions of influence.

      And finally, we are also looking at how to bring actual next generations into the mix, both as participants and voices in the Forum. We also want to look at how the decades-long trends we are following will be impacted by the next generations and their marked differences from the baby boomer generation (in numbers; in the way they communicate, collaborate and consume; what they demand of products and services; and where they are/will be (namely in Asia and Africa)).

  • MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2018

    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

      INVITE ONLY

      Entrepreneur Coaching

      Select entrepreneurs will have the chance to participate in a coaching session with a small group of subject matter experts from our network, representing different perspectives and experiences on a range of topics relevant to “the building of a company.” Invitation Only

    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

      INVITE ONLY

      Executive Summit: Next Generation Mobility

      This limited-seating, afternoon executive summit will be devoted to sharing views on where the world of transportation and the concept of mobility is going, with what implications, and for whom. The objectives are to get to the core of the how and the where, to examine the economics of business models, and to challenge views that seem to take for granted that the industry will be all-autonomous and all-electric. Limited seating and by invitation only.

      If you are interested in attending, please email us at forums@cleantech.com to request an invitation.

       

    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

      INVITE 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 meet to multiple investors throughout the session. Limited seating and by invitation only.

      If you are interested in participating, please email us at forums@cleantech.com to request an invitation.

    • 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Registration & Official Opening

    • Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Welcome to the 16th Annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco! Meet our Latest Hall of Fame Inductees & Announcement of the 2018 Global Cleantech 100

      Join us as we make the latest inductions into the Global Cleantech 100 Hall of Fame – companies who have appeared on the GCT100 seven times. To retain broad support among the market players so consistently through the roller coaster last few years for sustainable innovation is an achievement worth calling out and celebrating.

      For our opening evening, we will hear from the latest Hall of Fame CEOs on their journey, how they imagine the next 15 years playing out in some of the industries they work with, and their top tips for the next wave of CEOs building companies to improve our future industrial world.

      In addition, ahead of the opening reception, we will also be releasing the very latest edition of the Global Cleantech 100.

    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

      Welcome Reception

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2018

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      A welcome coffee and some breakfast will be served in the general networking area.

    • 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

      Next Generations: Who and what to pay attention to now about the Future

      Our main-stage time on Tuesday morning will include the following.

      • • CTG will provide a “lay of the land” of where we are, and our viewpoints on who and what to look-out for in both the years ahead, but also within the Forum’s two day agenda.
      • • Guest keynotes and other speakers – who are currently being identified and invited to address some of our next generation sub-themes: demographics, technologies, financing and industries, for example.
      • • In the spirit of the Connecting the Globe part of CTG’s mission, interspersed throughout our opening morning will be some mini-updates and introductions to “fresh faces” at the Forum.
    • 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      Next Generation Mobility

      This session will draw on the pre-Forum Executive Summit to share some of the key findings and thoughts on where the world of transportation and mobility might be heading, and why; and what new we should be paying attention to.

    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      The Rising Stars

      We will hear from 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.

    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      Interaction Track - details to follow

      In 2017, we introduced into our Forums an Interaction track, a means to feature more subjects in smaller, more intimate and interactive settings. Think rooms of 40, informal set-ups, light on AV. So well received and attended were they in 2017, that we will be running these again in 2018.

      Details will follow during Sept-Nov; meantime, feel free to suggest something through the speakers nomination form.

    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      General Networking Lunch

    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      Next Generation ICT Technologies: Applications in the Industrial Sphere

      Inspired by CTG’s Cutting Edge research series, this session will look at some of the most promising applications. Predictive Maintenance  and Machine Learning are likely to feature.

    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

      Ones to Watch

      The Ones to Watch session will feature companies from across the breadth of our sustainable resource themes, as well as companies selected from our sister list to the Global Cleantech 100 – the Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch – which highlights companies who are rising up the GCT100’s rankings, and getting close to making the final 100 for the first time.

    • 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

      Transition Break

    • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

      Next Generation Life Science Technologies: Applications in the Industrial Sphere

      Inspired by CTG’s Cutting Edge research series, this session will look at some of the most promising applications of bio-science in the industrial world of the future. Gene Editing and/or DNA science are likely to feature.

    • 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

      Fledglings and Seedlings

      In search of the next generation of ideas, we are looking to identify some of the “best of”, from sources of early-stage innovation – the Labs, Universities TTO’s, international business competitions and accelerator/incubator programs. Our aim will be to bring you something different, something to inspire or provoke.

    • 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Networking Break

    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      Next Generation Approaches to Cities

      This session will bring forward some of the latest think on innovations for the city, with a likely focus on power/transit/water infrastructure and operations planning.

    • 5:15 PM - 5:20 PM

      Transition Break

    • 5:20 PM - 6:00 PM

      Closing Keynotes

      Our main-stage time on Tuesday evening will include guest keynotes and other speakers – who are currently being identified and invited – to address some of our next generation sub-themes: demographics, technologies, financing and industries, for example.

    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

      Cyril Magnin Foyer

      Tuesday Night Reception

  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Registration & Continental Breakfast

      A welcome coffee and some breakfast will be served in the general networking area.

      Alternatively, you may choose to join the Energy Storage breakfast session, where breakfast will also be served.

    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

      Energy Storage: The Real Costs, the Real Value

      The team that led the Lazard LCOS 3.0 analysis will host this breakfast workshop.

      By January 2018, Lazard, well-known for its LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) analysis, will have released the third edition of LCOS (Levelized Cost of Storage). The LCOS analysis is conducted with support from Enovation Partners, CTG’s parent company.

    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Opening Keynotes

      Our main-stage time on Wednesday morning will include guest keynotes and other speakers – who are currently being identified and invited – to address some of our next generation sub-themes: demographics, technologies, financing and industries, for example.

    • 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

      Transition Break

    • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

      Next Generation Finance

      The rest of the morning in this track will focus on providing an up to date view on the state of the investing ecosystem, busting some existing myths as we do so. We will get to the core of who is actually investing today in Industry’s more efficient and sustainable future, and will also provide the updated picture of the finance ecosystem around our key industrial categories and technologies. Many new players and models have begun to appear, with more on their way. This double time-block, with the opportunity to extend the discussions into lunch, will get you up to date with the here and the now, and the significant next generation vehicles and approaches in formation.

    • 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

      Next Generation Agriculture and Food

      The rest of the morning in this track will focus on providing you some thought-provoking viewpoints on how the established industrial ecosytem and value chains of Agriculture and Food, and how the dominant players within it, may be about to radically shift. As with Mobility/Transportation, numerous companies from numerous industrial heritages are taking stronger interest.

    • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

      Networking Break

    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      Next Generation Finance (continued)

    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      Next Generation Agriculture and Food (continued)

    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

      Cyril Magnin Ballroom

      Networking Lunch

    • 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM

      Next Generation Markets

      The 20th century landscape is breaking up fast and the markets of today are not the markets of tomorrow. Our last two sessions in this track will put the spotlight on two markets, near and far, we see as imperative that the next generation is paying attention to now – China and Mexico are likely to feature strongly.

    • 2:45 PM - 2:55 PM

      Transition Break

    • 2:45 PM - 3:55 PM

      Next Generation Markets (continued)

    • 3:55 PM - 4:15 PM

      Networking Break

    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

      Closing Keynotes

      Our closing main-stage time will include guest keynotes and other speakers – who are currently being identified and invited – to address some of our next generation sub-themes: demographics, technologies, financing and industries, for example.

    • 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

      Closing Reception

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