Meet the supporters of the Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2013:
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
Credit Suisse Credit Suisse provides companies, institutional clients and high-net-worth private clients worldwide, as well as retail clients in Switzerland, with advisory services, comprehensive solutions, and excellent products. The company is organized as a stock corporation with four divisions: Investment Banking, Private Banking, Asset Management, and a Shared Services Group that provides marketing and support to the other three divisions.
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.
JETRO Japan External Trade Organization (日本貿易振興機構 Nihon Bōeki Shinkōkikō) (ジェトロ JETRO) is an independent government agency established by Japan Export Trade Research Organization as a nonprofit corporation in Osaka in February 1951, and reorganized as the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1958 (later Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry or METI) to consolidate Japan's efforts in export promotion. The government has provided more than half of JETRO's annual operating budget. As of April 2013, JETRO maintained seventy-three offices in fifty-five countries, as well as thirty-seven regional offices in Japan, with a total staff of 1,500. Its main office is located in the Ark Mori Building in Akasaka, Tokyo
The Swedish Energy Agency Our mission is to promote the development of Sweden’s energy system so that it will become ecologically and economically sustainable. This means that energy must be available at competitive prices and that energy generation must make the least possible impact on people and the environment.
In simple words, a smarter use of energy.
Government of Israel Economic Mission The Government of Israel Economic Mission to the West Coast is part of the Foreign Trade Administration at the Israeli Ministry of Economy. With offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Economic Mission is responsible for enhancing bi-national trade relations between the West Coast and Israeli business communities. By leveraging its networking capacity and industry knowledge in Israel and the Western United States, the Economic Mission is able to seamlessly engage prospective business partners half a world apart. Such actions manifest an array of high-level connections ranging from brokering introductions to organizing trade missions. The Economic Mission’s operations span a variety of industry sectors, with a focus on cleantech, security, new media, high-tech, and biotechnology.
LRN Since 1994, LRN has helped over 20 million people at more than 700 companies worldwide, simultaneously navigate complex legal and regulatory environments, foster ethical, winning cultures, and inspire principled performance in their erations. LRN’s combination of practical tools, education and strategic advice helps companies translate their values into concrete corporate practices and leadership behaviors that create sustainable competitive advantage. In partnership with LRN, panies need not choose between living principles and maximizing profits, or between enhancing reputation and growing revenue: all are a product of principled performance. LRN works with organizations in more than 100 countries, and has offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Mumbai.For more information, visit www.lrn.com.
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.
Energy Recovery At Energy Recovery we develop award-winning, industry-leading energy recovery systems and solutions that offer innovative approaches to global industrial challenges. Our solutions transform industrial fluid flows and pressure cycles into reusable energy, using advanced technologies that adapt to the water, oil & gas, and chemical industries; making it possible to harness energy from almost any high-pressure fluid process. Our day-to-day focus is on creating best-in-class energy recovery devices and systems that make processes more productive, profitable, and environmentally cleaner for our customers. Our commitment to continuous innovation guarantees that by partnering with us, you save energy and stay in front of the technology curve.
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.
Saint Gobain Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand in emerging economies, for energy efficiency and for environmental protection.
We are constantly innovating to make homes more comfortable, cost-efficient and sustainable worldwide. Saint-Gobain solutions span from self-cleaning windows and photovoltaic glass to smart insulation systems, water supply systems, solar solutions and building materials distribution.
The market leader in all our businesses, we offer solutions to the major challenges of energy efficiency and environmental protection. No matter what new needs emerge in the habitat and construction markets, the future is made of Saint-Gobain.
Since 1665, Saint-Gobain has consistently demonstrated its ability to invent products that improve quality of life.
As one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world, Saint-Gobain continues to deploy its technological know-how, often in partnership with the most prestigious universities and laboratories.
To give an idea of our commitment to innovation, 20% of Saint-Gobain products did not exist five years ago.