Meet the Supporters of the Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2012:
North America Lead
Braemar Energy Ventures Braemar Energy Ventures is a leading energy venture capital firm. Our principals have more than 100 years of combined energy experience, and an investment record that dates back to the mid-1980s. We partner with exceptional companies and management teams, in both alternative and traditional energy markets, that can contribute to a more profitable and efficient energy landscape through innovation and marketplace expertise.
Bright Capital Bright Capital is an independent venture capital firm that invests globally in a wide range of promising companies. The firm works as a merchant venturing entity in a multi-corporate model, building bridges between Silicon Valley, Arab world, Russia & CIS, South Eastern Asia. Its investments are made across multiple product types in energy and resource efficiency, clean technology, industrial biotech
Chrysalix Energy Chrysalix Energy is a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology-based "preferred energy" enterprises. The fund invests in disruptive technology and entrepreneurial management intent on replacing present energy methods with more efficient, less expensive and more convenient and benign solutions in a wide variety of markets. Chrysalix supports its portfolio companies with deep industry knowledge, management and board assistance, technological resources, organized networking with industrial and financial partners, and management of intellectual property. Current investors in the Chrysalix Energy Partnerships include Ballard Power Systems, BASF Venture Capital, BOC, The Boeing Company, Delta Lloyd, Mitsubishi Corporation, Shell Hydrogen, Robeco, WestAM and Teachers' Private Capital.
Claremont Creek Ventures Claremont Creek Ventures is a seed and early-stage venture firm that invests in energy technology, and digital healthcare. Utilizing its proprietary life-cycle venturing strategy, the firm promotes a lean and agile approach to company building by partnering with top entrepreneurs, universities, national laboratories, and strategic partners. Claremont Creek Ventures has more than $300 million in capital under management in two funds. Based in Oakland, California the firm also has two dozen companies in its portfolio including energy technology ventures Adura, Alphabet Energy, Blue Pillar, Clean Power Finance, EcoAtm, EcoFactor, Element Energy, Project Frog, and Sentilla. www.claremontcreek.com
EDF The EDF Group, one of the leaders in the European energy market, is an integrated energy company active in all areas of the business: generation, transmission, distribution, energy supply and trading. The Group is the leading electricity producer in Europe.
With its 37.7 million customers served by more than 150 000 employees worldwide, the 2012 revenue was 94 billion dollars. In the USA alone, EDF has 3600 employees, along four main activities : energy management, nuclear generation, renewable energy, and Innovation.
EDF is also a Green Leader, emitting three times less CO2 per generated kWh than the average of California consumption or even four times less CO2 per generated kWh than the average of Germany consumption, while maintaining very competitive prices.
The Innovation team based in the Silicon Valley is ready to discuss with anyone bringing an innovative solution of potential interest to any business of the EDF Group.
Hercules Technology Growth Capital Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. is a NASDAQ traded specialty finance firm providing customized loans to public and private technology-related companies, including clean technology, life science and select lower middle market companies at all stages of development. Since its founding in 2003, Hercules has committed over $2.4 billion in flexible financing solutions to over 170 companies, enabling these companies to maximize their equity by leveraging these assets. Hercules’ strength comes from its deep understanding of credit and the industries it serves, allowing it to partner with venture capital and private equity companies for a less dilutive source of growth capital helping companies to bridge through their critical stages of growth. Hercules offers a full suite of growth capital products at all levels of the capital structure, ranging from $500,000 to $30 million, lines of credit to term loans. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has additional offices in Massachusetts and Colorado. Providing capital to publicly-traded or privately-held companies backed by leading venture capital and private equity firms involves a high degree of credit risk and may result in potential losses of capital. For more information, please visit www.htgc.com.
Hewlett-Packard HP is a technology company that operates in more than 170 countries around the world. We explore how technology and services can help people and companies address their problems and challenges, and realize their possibilities, aspirations and dreams. We apply new thinking and ideas to create more simple, valuable and trusted experiences with technology, continuously improving the way our customers live and work. No other company offers as complete a technology product portfolio as HP. We provide infrastructure and business offerings that span from handheld devices to some of the world's most powerful supercomputer installations. We offer consumers a wide range of products and services from digital photography to digital entertainment and from computing to home printing. This comprehensive portfolio helps us match the right products, services and solutions to our customers' specific needs.
Johnson Controls, Inc. Johnson Controls Building Efficiency delivers products, services and solutions that increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs in buildings for more than one million customers. Operating from 500 branch offices in 150 countries, we are a leading provider of equipment, controls and services for heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, refrigeration and security systems. We have been involved in more than 500 renewable energy projects including solar, wind and geothermal technologies. Our solutions have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 13.6 million metric tons and generated savings of $7.5 billion since 2000. Many of the world’s largest companies rely on us to manage 1.5 billion square feet of their commercial real estate.
SAIL Capital Partners SAIL Capital Partners is a leading cleantech
capital firm with a global vision of technologies,
markets and opportunities. We invest in cleantech
companies with proven technologies, visionary
leadership and exciting growth potential.
We have invested in a number of today’s leading
cleantech companies including: The Cleantech
Group, Xtreme Power, Ice Energy, Dow Kokam,
Enerpulse, Activeion, SNTech, FlexEnergy, Paragon
Airheater Technologies, M2 Renewables
and WaterHealth International. SAIL has offices
in California, New York, and Washington D.C.
and a global network of investors and advisors
Silicon Valley Bank Silicon Valley Bank is the premier bank for technology, life science, cleantech, venture capital, private equity and premium wine businesses. Named one of the top financial services company for cleantech companies by the San Francisco Business Times, SVB provides industry knowledge and connections, financing, treasury management, corporate investment and international banking services to its clients worldwide through 28 U.S. offices and six international operations. (Nasdaq: SIVB) www.svb.com.
Silicon Valley Bank is the California bank subsidiary and the commercial banking operation of SVB Financial Group. Banking services are provided by Silicon Valley Bank, a member of the FDIC and the Federal Reserve System. SVB Private Bank is a division of Silicon Valley Bank. SVB Financial Group is also a member of the Federal Reserve System.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm’s-length foundation created by the Government of Canada which has received $1.05 billion as part of the Government’s commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working with the public and private sector including industry, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all levels of government to achieve this mandate.
Vantage Point Since 1996 VantagePoint has been funding transformative companies that will help change the world. The firms' strategy is clear: provide cutting-edge technology with the resources—whatever it takes—to commercialize big opportunities. And since it takes time to change the world, we stick with our companies and support them from start-up through scale-up. A look at our focus and our investments shows that our strategy is working: many of our portfolio companies are already award-winning leaders in their fields.
Veolia Environnement Veolia Environnement is the world leader in environmental services. With operations on every continent and more than 336,013 employees, we provide customized solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in four complementary segments: water, environmental services, energy services and passenger transportation. Veolia Environnement recorded revenue of 36.2 billion euros in 2008.
Westly Group The Westly Group is a clean technology-oriented venture capital firm located in Menlo Park, California. We focus primarily on companies with proven revenue streams but are open to investments in all stages of growth.
We are looking for teams with innovative technologies to solve the world’s most pressing problems. We believe in the power of the passionate entrepreneur—whether sitting in a modern office tower or a dark Silicon Valley garage—to change the world.
With governments in the U.S., Western Europe and Asia are all committing billions of dollars to cleantech, there has never been a better time to launch cleantech companies. The Westly group has an unmatched record of success in bringing together private and public assets for cleantech enterprises.
To win in the clean technology space, a company must navigate the halls of government, build a team that knows how to move fast, and meet the modern regulatory standards required of public companies. We pride ourselves on our ability to help our portfolio companies grow and succeed under these conditions.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the leading law firm in the world advising enterprises devoted to development of energy and clean technologies and projects. We represent a dynamic client base that includes more than 300 emerging companies seeking to be tomorrow’s energy and resources leaders, mature energy technology and project development companies, and major public companies developing winning strategies in energy and clean technologies. We offer the energy and clean tech industry unmatched experience gained in representing high tech companies in all phases of their growth cycle.
Autodesk The unique Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program supports the efforts, innovations, and environmental advancements of clean technology pioneers, by providing world-class software to design, visualize, and simulate their groundbreaking ideas through the creation of digital models and prototypes. The program offers participants software licenses valued at up to $150,000* for just $50. With digital prototypes, clean tech innovators can explore and communicate ideas, test multiple concepts, and accelerate improvements, while supporting the reduction of potentially costly errors. Used by millions of engineers, architects, and design professionals worldwide, Autodesk® software helps empower Clean Tech Partners to create a better, more sustainable world. For more information regarding the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program, please visit autodesk.com/cleantech. * Value is based on up to five commercial licenses of each application unless otherwise noted. Autodesk 360 services for up to five single user authorizations for one year.
Chubb For 130 years, the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies has been delivering exceptional property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses and individuals around the world. Today, Chubb the 12th largest property and casualty insurer in the United States and have a worldwide network of some 120 offices in 26 countries staffed by 10,100 employees. The Chubb Corporation reported $50 billion in assets and $13 billion in revenues in 2011. According to Fortune magazine, Chubb is the 202nd largest U.S.-based corporation.
Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Comprising Hong Kong Science Park, InnoCentre and Industrial Estates, the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) is a statutory body dedicated to advancing innovation and technology for Hong Kong. Established in May 2001, HKSTPC has been driving the development of Hong Kong into a regional hub for innovation and growth in several focused clusters including Electronics, Information Technology & Telecommunications, Biotechnology, Precision Engineering, Green Technology through the provision of world-class infrastructure and support services which consist of full-service incubation programmes for technology and design start-ups, and market-focused laboratories & technical centres with professional technical support.
Italian Trade Commission The ICE-Italian Trade Commission is the government organisation which promotes the internationalisation of Italian companies, in line with the strategies of the Ministry for Economic Development. ICE provides information, support and advice to Italian and foreign companies.
Italy Cleantech Network Funded by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, the Italy Cleantech Network is a network of innovative companies offering technologically advanced solutions for a green economy. Able to move capital and ideas at an international level, the network aims to create strong national synergies which in turn are open to international linkages and opportunities.
Kotra Promoting new small and medium-sized companies as Korea’s new growth engines is one of the key economic policies of Korea’s new presidential administration inaugurated in February.
In accordance with the vision, KOTRA and KEITI are teamed up to promote small and medium size Korean clean energy companies to connect with global business community of the Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2013. This includes KOTRA’s new Global M&A Center, devoted to actively promote cross-border M&A transactions particularly with smaller Korean companies.
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) helps companies navigate the complexities of international markets and make better business decisions. The TCS is on the ground in more than 150 cities worldwide, gaining market intelligence, uncovering opportunities for Canadian companies and helping reduce business costs and risks. Learn more at www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca. In showcasing Canadian innovation at Cleantech Forum, the TCS has partnered with the the Vancouver Economic Commission, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Employment, MaRS Discovery District, the British Columbia Trade Office -- Pacific Coast, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
UBIFRANCE UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commissions assist French companies searching for potential partners in North America: specifically, they organize business meetings and guided visits with suitable prospects, inform French entrepreneurs about the conditions to access the U.S. and the Canadian markets and advise them on how to develop their business locally.
Ecuador The Trade Office of Ecuador in Los Angeles has as its main purpose to promote Ecuadorian exports, attract foreign direct investmet and tourism. We support small, medium and large companies that are interested in exporting Ecuadorian products and services into the West Coast of the United States.
Ford Ford Motor Company is delivering on its promise to give fuel-efficiency-minded customers the power of choice. The company now offers a lineup of five electrified vehicles including Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Ford C-MAX Hybrid; plus two plug-in hybrids, Ford C-MAX Energi and Ford Fusion Energi. In addition to fuel-efficiency, Ford is committed to using sustainable materials, reducing waste and cutting carbon emissions. Every Ford vehicle built in North America features soybean-based foam material in seat cushions, backs and head restraints, saving an estimated 5 million pounds of petroleum annually. Ford is among five global companies demonstrating their strong commitment to sustainable innovation through the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC), a strategic working group focused on accelerating the development and use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber in their products.
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP FMC LAW, Canada’s leading cleantech firm, is combining with the global strength of Salans and SNR Denton to form the world’s leading cleantech law firm, with offices in 79 locations in 52 countries across the US, Canada, Europe, the UK, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, Central and East Asia, and Africa. Although our combined firms work on some of the largest and most leading edge cleantech projects in the world, we work with cleantech companies from early stages through to commercialization and maturity by advising on structure, funding, project development, intellectual property and licensing, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, re-organizations, tax, emissions trading, commercial agreements, employment and regulatory matters. Our experience working with both entrepreneurs and large corporates allows us to provide our clients with unique opportunities and perspective.
Louisiana Economic Development Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state's business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy.With dedicated and knowledgeable professionals committed to Louisiana's economic future, LED strives to help businesses find the resources they need to make relocation and expansion a successful, profitable endeavor.
MaRS Discovery District Developing young companies. Connecting entrepreneurs. Creating a global innovation hub.
MaRS is one of the world’s leading innovation centers focused on building Canada’s next generation of technology companies.
Anchored in an inspiring 700,000 sq. ft. advanced technology complex in the heart of Toronto, MaRS works with high-potential technology entrepreneurs and companies across Ontario and across sectors – from information and communication technology and life sciences to cleantech and physical sciences.
The offering? Experienced advisory services, in-depth market research, specialized educational and networking programs and connections to capital. The goal? Building global companies from Canada’s strength in research and innovation.
Morrison & Foerster LLP Morrison & Foerster has become the leading firm in Cleantech, delivering cutting-edge legal advice to clients in related industries for more than 20 years. Our Cleantech Group includes more than 150 lawyers around the world - from California to Denver, New York to London, and China to Japan - providing seamless services to a broad range of clients impacted by and commercializing technology, products, and services to address climate change and natural resource constraints.
Our corporate and technology transactions attorneys team with litigators and patent counsel to help clients preserve the value of their core technology. Our environmental and energy regulatory lawyers help clients navigate the rapidly changing legal framework related to climate change, utilities, clean energy standards, and protection of natural resources to identify impacts on and risks to a company's compliance and operational plan. Our transactional lawyers advise companies in Cleantech-related industries on corporate governance, acquisition, development and finance matters. We help these companies to acquire synergistic assets; to obtain equity, debt, and development financing; and to acquire, develop, and operate energy production facilities, core technology, and energy efficiency and other green businesses.
Morrison & Foerster's Cleantech Group has comprehensive knowledge of emerging issues and concerns related to energy, carbon, and climate change. Our dominance in the Cleantech space is a direct result of our ability to stay ahead of the curve on legislative and regulatory developments, investment trends, and corporate sustainable activity.
Perkins Coie With more than 900 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia, Perkins Coie represents great companies across a wide ranges of industries and stages of growth--from start-ups to FORTUNE 50 corporations.
We advise Cleantech clients on numerous key issues including start-up formation, founders issues and raising capital. Our Intellectual Property attorneys help our Cleantech clients patent and protect their intellectual property. In addition, we advise our Cleantech clients on labor and human relation matters. Our Environment and Energy attorneys counsel public and private clients who are advancing scientific and technological responses to climate change. Our Energy Regulation and Policy attorneys help clients site and operate manufacturing plants as well as market and execute strategic partnerships and acquisitions.
Working across multiple practice groups, we counsel Cleantech clients on a variety of issues involving key sectors of Cleantech, including energy efficiency, renewables, alternative energy, transportation and water.
Babson Babson is the educator, convener and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds. An independent, not-for-profit institution, Babson is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). In the 2010-2011 academic year, more than 1,950 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students attended Babson, representing more than 74 countries.
Saint-Gobain Located in 64 countries and headquartered in Paris with nearly 195,000 employees, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand for energy efficiency and environmental protection. In North America, the company has more than 265 locations and approximately 19,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, please visit www.saint-gobain.com.
NOVA External Venturing joins entrepreneurial companies and Saint-Gobain in mutually beneficial, long-term development partnerships. They combine Saint-Gobain’s marketing, manufacturing and R&D resources with the freshest ideas in construction and advanced materials. Together, Saint-Gobain and its partners start with a sound idea, scale it to the commercial level and soar to success developing the next generation of advanced materials for construction, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. For more information about NOVA External Venturing, a unit of Saint-Gobain, please visit http://www.saint-gobain.com/en/NOVA.
Sidemark SideMark is an award winning corporation of interior design and furniture service professionals serving commercial clients throughout California and beyond. Strong design background, knowledge and experience with workplace change and commitment to sustainable solutions give SideMark the insider perspective on challenges faced by every client and inform our approach to the services we provide. SideMark serves a full range of commercial. government and institutional markets through distribution relationships with Teknion and 200 other manufacturers, and SideMark teams support each client, from global enterprise to start up, every step of the way. From workplace visioning through collaborative design and value engineering, installation through LEED documentation, successful move in, workplace management and support of organizational growth; SideMark people are consultants, partners and committed team members.
Zayed Future Energy Prize The Zayed Future Energy Prize is the world’s pre-eminent award honoring excellence in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. An annual award, the Prize is managed by Masdar, on behalf of the Abu Dhabi government. The Prize seeks to award outstanding achievement and innovation in renewable energy and sustainability that reflect impact, innovation, leadership and long-term vision as well as to educate and inspire future generations.
The categories of the Prize include Large Corporation (recognition award), Small and Medium Enterprise (US$ 1.5 million), Non-Governmental Organization (US$ 1.5 million), and Global High Schools Prize (US$ 500,000 divided amongst 5 regions – Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania). The Prize also annually honors a Lifetime Achievement award recipient (US$ 500,000)
To learn more about the Zayed Future Energy Prize, please visit www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com
Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national community of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy that builds economic prosperity.
We provide an independent, nonpartisan resource for understanding the business perspective on environmental issues. Working with business, environmental and non-traditional allies, E2 helps shape state and national policy that’s good for the economy and the environment.
Future in Review (FiRe) Future in Review (FiRe)
Hosted by parent company Strategic News Service and CEO Mark Anderson, the annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference has been named “the best technology conference in the world” by The Economist. In 3+ days of sessions and conversation held in an intimate oceanside setting, FiRe is an international demo- and PowerPoint-free zone focused on the imminent future and results for world and business improvement, through knowledge sharing with world experts in IP security, the global economy, medical diagnostics, telecommunications, space travel, and more.
Imagine H2O Imagine H2O is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire & empower people to solve water problems. Join Imagine H2O, Autodesk, Wells Fargo and special guests to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship in the water sector at the 4th Annual Water Entrepreneurs Showcase March 19. This event will honor the winners of IH2O's Consumer Innovations Competition, a global search for startups with innovative water solutions for individuals.To learn more about Imagine H2O, please visit www.ImagineH2O.org
Terra Pass TerraPass is a leader in corporate sustainability programs with a focus on delivering customized renewable energy and emission reductions solutions to our customers. Focusing on clients with large energy needs, we have implemented projects for Fortune 1000 businesses in technology, manufacturing, transportation and others. We provide a wide selection of technology agnostic options, designed to best meet the needs of clients and their stakeholders.