Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2015

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Featured Speakers

John Woolard

VP of Energy, Google

Nancy Pfund

Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner, DBL Investors

KR Sridhar

Principal Co-Founder & CEO, Bloom Energy

Ben Bixby

General Manager of Energy Products, Nest Labs

Ed Fenster

Chairman, Sunrun

Tim Mulhere

EVP and President, Global Water & Process Services, Ecolab

Pat Kennedy

CEO and Founder, OSIsoft

Jim Kim

Founding Partner, Formation 8

Who You'll Meet

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

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Entrepreneurs: The startups and innovators on the front lines of cleantech innovation. See who will present in the 2015 Entrepreneur Showcase here!

Corporate Venture Capitalists: Representatives from today’s leading corporates funding and incubating innovation

Venture Investors: Representatives from leading venture capital firms on Sand Hill, New York, and around the world

Government Leaders: Public sector officials specialized in cleantech and resource innovation

Check out a sampling of this year’s attendee list.

What You'll Experience

A room filled with impact + intelligence + insight The program is designed to share stories, spark conversation and hear dynamic pitches under the guiding theme:


Cleantech Meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service We have observed a significant shift in energy and resource markets from centralized to distributed systems. In this increasingly decentralized world, customers would like more data and control to make better decisions. We are still a long way from achieving an ideal world where all players are able to produce and share energy and water similar to the way we create and share information online. Sensors, data, software, financing mechanisms, and analytics are needed to manage our increasingly complex and decentralized world. This challenge and opportunity will be at the core of what is discussed at this 2015 Cleantech Forum San Francisco.


Read more about this year’s theme in a blog post from our CEO, Sheeraz Haji. And check out our Forum Highlights video to get a feel for the event!



  • Ben Bixby, Nest

    Ben Bixby is the general manager of energy services at Nest Labs, where he steers Nest’s new product and global business development with its energy partners. Ben came to Nest in early 2013 when Nest acquired MyEnergy, the venture-backed energy data technology company he founded in 2007 and led as its CEO — and which now powers a number of Nest’s energy data capabilities. Ben earned his BS from Georgetown University. Together with his wife, he resides in Boston and Palo Alto — fiercely supporting the Red Sox from both coasts.


  • Edward Fenster, Sunrun

    Ed co-founded Sunrun to make solar affordable for American families. He oversees capital raising and legislative and regulatory affairs. Under his leadership, Sunrun has enjoyed uninterrupted access to project finance throughout its history. Ed has worked to shape public and industry policy with the goal of building a sustainable, subsidy-free solar industry. Before Sunrun, Ed served as Director of Corporate Development at Asurion Corporation. He also worked at The Blackstone Group, completing more than $10 billion in private equity and M&A transactions. Ed is a 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner with Lynn Jurich, a member of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, and serves as an Advisory Partner to Millennium Technology Value Partners. Disrupting the energy industry comes naturally to Ed – when Ed’s preschool teacher asked him what his favorite thing was, he replied, “Electricity!”


  • Pat Kennedy, OSIsoft

    Dr. J. Patrick Kennedy is the CEO and majority owner of OSIsoft – a software company founded in 1980 and today employees nearly 1000 people and operates in 142 countries.  This year, OSIsoft was selected for the Presidents E-Award (Export Award) for exporting over $0.5 Billion over the last five years. In order to insure that San Leandro, the HQ for OSIsoft, remained the proper environment to support innovation in the software and other hi-tech business, especially manufacturing, Dr. Kennedy established two companies – San Leandro Dark Fiber LLC to build out the infrastructure and Lit San Leandro LLC to establish an open loop of fiber optic communication around San Leandro. Dr. Kennedy attended the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. He holds a patent on control of a catalytic reformer control system and has worked in Advanced Process Control and Process Data Management for many years.  He has received numerous awards including the Pioneer Award from TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry), Lifetime Service Award from the NPRA (National Petroleum Refining Association) and was recently inducted into the SVEC (Silicon Valley Engineering Council) Hall of Fame.


  • Tim Mulhere, Ecolab

    Timothy Mulhere is executive vice president and president of Global Water and Process Services for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments. Previously, Mulhere was executive vice president and president of Global Healthcare and also served as senior vice president and general manager of Food & Beverage, North America. He has also held other key executive positions within Ecolab’s Healthcare and Professional Products businesses. Prior to Ecolab, Mulhere was vice president and global business manager of Refined Products for Witco Corporation. He served on the board of directors of the National Petroleum Refiners Association and Witco BV. During his tenure at Witco, he also held a number of sales and marketing positions for the Refined Products business. Mulhere currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Executives’ Club of Chicago. Mulhere previously served eight years on the board of governors for the Minneapolis-based Children’s Theatre Company. He also served on the board of directors of University Enterprise Laboratories, Inc. Mulhere graduated summa cum laude from Pace University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics.


  • Nancy Pfund, DBL Investors

    Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a venture capital firm located in San Francisco, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions and sectors in which it invests.  As a leading player in the growing field of “impact investing”, DBL has helped to reveal the power of venture capital to promote social change and environmental improvement. Ms. Pfund currently sponsors or sits on the board of directors of several companies, including; SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY) on both the audit and compensation committees, BrightSource Energy, Primus Power, Eco.logic Brands, EcoScraps, OPx Biotechnologies, Powergenix and, prior to their public offerings, Tesla Motors and Pandora Media.  Prior to founding DBL, Ms. Pfund was a Managing Director in Venture Capital at JPMorgan, having started her investment career at Hambrecht & Quist in 1984. Previously, Ms. Pfund worked at Intel Corporation, the State of California, Stanford University and the Sierra Club. Ms. Pfund was featured #17 in the FORTUNE World’s Top 25 Eco-Innovators; Chair of the Advisory Council of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University; a member of the Advisory Board of the UC Davis Center for Energy Efficiency; Lecturer in the Practice of Management at the Yale School of Management; a board member of the California STEM Learning Network (CSLNet); a C3E Ambassador to the U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Program, led by the U.S. Department of Energy; and is a founding officer and director of ABC2, a foundation aimed at accelerating a cure for brain cancer. In 1988, President Bush appointed Ms. Pfund as a charter member of the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. In 1999, Ms. Pfund was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the Congressional Web-Based Education Commission. Ms. Pfund received her BA and MA in anthropology from Stanford University, and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.


  • KR Sridhar, Bloom Energy

    KR Sridhar is the principal co-founder and CEO of Bloom Energy. Prior to founding Bloom Energy, Sridhar led a team developing technologies to sustain life on Mars for NASA.  For his work, Fortune Magazine cited him as “one of the top five futurists that are inventing tomorrow today”. Before this Sridhar was a professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering as well as Director of the renowned Space Technologies Laboratory (STL) at the University of Arizona. Sridhar received his Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the University of Madras, India, as well as his M.S. in Nuclear Engineering and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Sridhar has served on many technical committees, panels and boards. He has over fifty publications and is a sought-after speaker and advisor on energy and environmental issues. He is outspoken in his belief that the climate crisis we face is also a tremendous economic opportunity, that energy policy must be technology-neutral and performance-based, and that we can solve our current energy problems through a combination of technology, innovation and conservation.


  • John Woolard, Google

    John Woolard is currently the VP Energy at Google, where he is focused on Google’s global energy strategy through investment in new technology and creation of new business opportunities. Previously, John served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of BrightSource Energy, Inc. from 2006 to 2013, where he led the development, construction, and commissioning of the $2.2 billion, 392 MW Ivanpah solar thermal power plant. John began his career in energy at Lawrence Berkeley Labs in 1996, in the Energy and Environment Division, and then joined PG&E Energy Services to lead their efforts in Facility Information and Control Systems. Mr. Woolard co-founded Silicon Energy in 1997, and served as the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman as he led its growth in enterprise energy management software through its acquisition by Itron in 2003. He then served as Vice President and General Manager of End User Solutions Business Unit and Energy Management Solutions Group at Itron through 2005. He served on the Board of the California Clean Energy Fund, the Tuolumne River Preservation Trust, and the Strategic Advisory Board for Xcel Energy. He is a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and holds an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, an M.A. in Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia. John is an avid whitewater kayaker, kiteboarder, and loves to spend time with his family, ideally playing outside.



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Agenda 2015

    • Cleantech Meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service

      We have observed a significant shift in energy and resource markets from centralized to distributed systems. In this increasingly decentralized world, customers would like more data and control to make better decisions. Sensors, data, software, financing mechanisms, and analytics are needed to manage our increasingly complex and decentralized world. This intelligent layer represents a massive economic opportunity across a number of different markets. We will have two parallel tracks, one focusing on opportunities to strategically network and connect with fellow attendees, with the other track focusing on specific technology interest areas.

  • MONDAY, March 16th

    • 9:30am - 3:00pm

      Regency Foyer

      Registration Opens

      Registration officially opens for Cleantech Forum San Francisco. You can pick up your name badge at the Palace Hotel prior to the start of the Welcoming Remarks & Opening Night Reception.

    • 10:00am - 11:30am

      By Invitation Only

      Entrepreneur Coaching

      International delegations and Entrepreneur Showcase presenters will participate in a coaching session with VC and corporate representatives as mentors. By Invitation Only

    • 1:00pm - 3:30pm

      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

    • 4:30pm - 6:30pm

      Registration and Official Opening

      Registration will move to the Autodesk Gallery prior to the start of the Welcoming Remarks & Opening Night Reception.

    • 5:00pm - 7:30pm

      Welcoming Remarks & Opening Night Reception

      Join us on as we kick off the 13th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco. Hear from CTG’s CEO, Sheeraz Haji, and enjoy some light refreshments and cocktails while networking with fellow attendees.

  • TUESDAY, March 17th

    • 7:45am - 8:45am

      Regency Foyer

      Registration and Breakfast

    • 8:45am - 10:00am

      Grand Ballroom

      Opening Keynotes

      Cleantech Group’s CEO, Sheeraz Haji, will set the stage for this year’s Forum theme, Cleantech Meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service. Our morning keynotes will follow.

      • KR Sridhar
        Principal Co-Founder & CEO, Bloom Energy
      • Pat Kennedy
        CEO and Founder, OSIsoft
      • Ed Fenster
        Chairman, Sunrun
    • 10:00am - 10:45am

      Grand Ballroom

      Entrepreneur Showcase (Part 1)

      In this first round, hear from five exciting start-ups from across a variety of sectors as they pitch to the Forum audience and our expert panelists. Following the end of the second round tomorrow morning, vote for your favorite presenter via our Cleantech Forum event app.


      Available Presentations:


      Moderated by: Paul Cousens, Global Business Development Manager, Autodesk


      Hosted by: Autodesk

      • Expert Panelist: Andrew Chung
        Partner, Khosla Ventures
      • Expert Panelist: Dave Coglizer
        Partner, The Westly Group
      • Expert Panelist: Q Motiwala
        Managing Director, Draper Nexus
      • Expert Panelist: Gina Domanig
        Managing Partner, Emerald Technology
      • Presenting Company: Michel Morvan
        Co-Founder and CEO, The CoSMo Company
      • Presenting Company: Elena Lucas
        Co-founder and CEO, UtilityAPI
      • Presenting Company: Jing Liu
        CTO, Operational Manager, Bioprocess Control
      • Presenting Company: Ofer Sadka
        CEO, SolView
      • Presenting Company: Eric Elias
        CEO, Lagoon
    • 10:45am - 11:15am

      Sunset Court

      Networking Break

    • 11:15am - 12:15pm

      Gold Ballroom

      Cloud Track: When the Grid Meets Its Consumers

      What is the consumers’ relationship with the smart grid? How can utilities and corporates change the relationship between energy delivery systems and consumers, and encourage deeper engagement for successful realization of a smart and flexible grid? How can the electric grid become an innovation platform for new software and digital solutions?


      Moderated by: Troy Ault, Director of Research, Cleantech Group

      • Ron Melton
        Team Lead, Electricity Infrastructure Integration, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
      • Jackson Lehr
        Director, Customer & Business Strategy, National Grid
      • Audrey Lee
        VP Analytics & Design, Advanced Microgrid Solutions
      • Steve Wolford
        Vice President of Product, Sunverge Energy
    • 11:15am - 12:15pm

      Twin Peaks

      Connect Track: Smart Home – Managing Comfort, Cost, and Cool Factor

      Smart home is no longer a new concept, but the market still doesn’t have a clear winning approach to engaging consumers. A number of plug-and-play systems have emerged for the residential market, utilizing the cloud to integrate intelligent devices, but are customers necessarily looking for the most tech-savvy solution? Or will fundamental attention to comfort and cost in a simple product package appeal most? Corporates, investors, and other stakeholders will discuss the future of home comfort and energy management, followed by pitches from a select group of entrepreneurs in this space.


      Moderated by: Phillip Morrison, Client Services Manager, Cleantech Group

      • Paul Straub
        Partner, Claremont Creek Ventures
      • Stephan Dolezalek
        Managing Director, Vantage Point Capital Partners
      • Jan van der Lee
        Director R&D U.S., EDF
      • Presenting Company: Trued Holmquist
        CEO, Scypho
      • Presenting Company: Jeff Lin
        Executive Director, Liricco Technologies / Valta
      • Presenting Company: Paul Geurts van Kessel
        CEO, Bleeve
    • 12:15pm - 1:30pm

      Grand Ballroom & Gold Ballroom


    • 12:15pm - 1:30pm

      Telegraph Hill

      Lunch: Drone Buzz - Challenges and Opportunities

      Drones are covering the Tour de France from new camera angles, ensuring the safety of railways, taking inventory of material stockpiles, reducing fertilizer use in agriculture, monitoring buildings and infrastructure, and even delivering medicine to hard-to-reach places.  But the blossoming of these beneficial uses in the U.S. has been stunted by the absence of a user and innovation-friendly regulatory regime for drones.  On February 15, 2015 the FAA issued long-delayed draft regulations for the commercial use of small drones.  What do these regulations portend for drone users, technology makers, and investors?


      Hosted by: Morrison & Foerster LLP

      • Chris Carr
        Partner, Morrison & Foerster
      • Jeff Palmer
        President, Kespry
      • Peter Sosnowski
        Preconstruction Director, VDC, WEBCOR Builders
      • Buddy Michini
        CTO at Airware
    • 1:30pm - 2:30pm

      Gold Ballroom

      Cloud Track: Digitization of the Oil & Gas Industry and Opportunities Ahead

      Oil & gas companies are increasingly using the digital tools to improve upstream exploration efforts, automate their operations, and drive efficiency and safety. Companies are deploying sensors, attaining real-time data, and remotely operating digitized assets. This session will explore the onset of digital oilfields  We will also explore how IoT is impacting other aspects of the industry, from midstream to downstream to new mobility models to energy access in emerging markets.


      Moderated by: Wal van Lierop, President & CEO, Chrysalix

      • Wal van Lierop
        President & CEO, Chrysalix
      • Issam Dairanieh
        Managing Director, BP Ventures
      • François Badoual
        CEO, Total Energy Ventures
      • Carl Stjernfeldt
        Senior Venture Principal, Shell Technology Ventures
      • Rocco Vita
        Director, Business Development, Enbridge
      • Steve Koles
        President & CEO, Hifi Engineering
    • 1:30pm - 2:30pm

      Twin Peaks

      Connect Track: Accelerating Transportation into the Future

      Mobile applications and the advent of car-sharing have produced a wave of alternative modes of transportation to traditional car ownership. As the rise of these new models continues, what other ways can mobility intersect with the cloud, and how can cleantech become more integrated? Cutting edge technology like autonomous vehicles, connected vehicle services, and energy-efficient vehicle components will make transportation more efficient and safe. But will the car of the future be connected to roadways, infrastructure, and other data streams via the cloud to become even more resource efficient? Entrepreneurs working on transportation innovation will have the chance to pitch directly to corporates, investors, and thought leaders in the space, following an open discussion.


      Moderated by: Catherine Jhung, Principal, Hercules Technology Growth Capital

      • Stefan Heck
        Consulting Professor, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
      • Tony Nausieda
        Investment Manager, GM Ventures
      • Quin Garcia
        Managing Director, AutoTech Ventures
      • Paul Cummings
        Head, Fundamental Technology Partnering, Honda Research Institute
      • Presenting Company: Andrew Ling
        Managing Director, Perpetual V2G Systems
      • Presenting Company: Goran Folkesson
        CEO, Clean Motion
      • Presenting Company: Louay Eldada, Ph.D.
        Founder and CEO, Quanergy Systems
      • Freek Dielissen
        Co-Founder and COO, Viriciti
    • 2:30pm - 2:45pm

      Sunset Court

      Transition Break

      Short break to transition between sessions.

    • 2:45pm - 3:45pm

      Gold Ballroom

      Cloud Track: Self-Aware Machines: Manufacturing Meets Internet of Things

      The next industrial revolution promises improved productivity, reliability, and efficiency through advanced connectivity, communications, and self-awareness of our manufacturing systems. Incumbents and start-ups alike are beginning to offer new software solutions and physical sensors to enable an advanced manufacturing economy. What are the largest roadblocks to accessing, analyzing, and acting on data from our factories? How will connectivity and analytics fundamentally change traditional manufacturing and supply chains, and how will large manufacturers and small “makers” evolve?


      Moderated by: Will Van Eaton, Associate, Cleantech Group

      • Dave Ramahi
        CEO, Optomec
      • Diego Tamburini
        Manufacturing Industry Strategist, Autodesk
      • Grant Allen
        Senior Vice President, Technology Ventures, ABB
      • Nuno Carvalho
        Head of Bekaert Venturing, NV Bekaert SA
      • Shahin Farshchi
        Partner, Lux Capital
      • Magnus Norberg
        CEO, Tomologic
    • 2:45pm - 3:45pm

      Twin Peaks

      Connect Track: How the Cloud is Empowering the Sun

      Solar is as cheap and accessible as it has ever been. As the solar industry rapidly progresses, innovators in the space are rethinking old methods of operation to further optimize systems and reduce costs. Cloud processing and analysis, new financing models, and new system-optimization technology are emerging as powerful tools to improve efficiency and support the decentralization of solar services. Corporates and experienced solution providers will lead the discussion and entrepreneurs will pitch directly to them, with a chance for quality feedback on their solutions and on the solar industry’s needs.


      Moderated by: Duncan Cheung, Engagement Manager, Cleantech Group

      • Stefan Zschiegner
        VP, Product Management, Enphase Energy
      • Tim Newell
        Vice President of Financial Products, SolarCity
      • Presenting Company: Michael Herzig
        CEO and Founder, Locus Energy
      • Presenting Company: Erik Olsson
        Director Business Development, Sol Voltaics
      • Presenting Company: Paul Gibbs
        Founder & CEO, Folsom Labs
      • Presenting Company: Eric Danziger
        Vice President, Genability
      • Presenting Company: Robbie Lemos
        Co-Founder/Product & Strategy Architect, Sunlayar
      • Presenting Company: Alexandre Askmo
        Business Development, Exeger
      • Presenting Company: Joe Hui
        CEO, Monarch Power Technology
    • 3:45pm - 4:00pm

      Sunset Court

      Transition Break

      Short break to transition between sessions.

    • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

      Gold Ballroom

      Cloud Track: Energy Access for Emerging Markets

      In many emerging markets, energy infrastructure is non-existent, unreliable, and decentralized. The absence of a pervasive legacy energy infrastructure — and of cumbersome regulatory apparatus — offers the opportunity to leapfrog to new technologies and business models and take advantage of highly distributed small-scale energy generation systems. Places like Africa have the potential to become one of the most fertile regions for smart grid innovations. However, market participants must deliver full solutions to customers. This session will examine the state of the market and will aim to identify key technologies and services (e.g. financing) that are necessary to deliver energy solutions in emerging markets.


      Moderated by: Bob O’Connor, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati


      Hosted by: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

      • Keith Curtis
        Advisor & Director of Business Liaison, Office of the U.S. Executive Director, World Bank
      • Xavier Helgesen
        CEO, Off Grid Electric
      • Dipender Saluja
        Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group
      • Pankaj Sehgal
        Managing Director, SUN Group
      • Daniel Becerra
        CEO, BuffaloGrid
    • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

      Twin Peaks

      Connect Track: Innovation in Commercial Buildings

      Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch directly to corporate buyers and customers in the real estate and building industries. Customers and investors will kick off this interactive session with an overview of their strategic interests and priorities in the intelligent buildings space, followed by a pitch session from smart building entrepreneurs and start-ups.


      Moderated by: Natalie Volpe, Analyst, Cleantech Group

      • Dylan Paul
        Construction Services Specialist, University of California, Office of the President
      • Josh Green
        Managing Partner, CCM Energy
      • Travis Putmam
        Co-Founder and Managing Director, Navitas Capital
      • Presenting Company: Bill Campbell
        Executive Chair, EnergyRM
      • Presenting Company: Andreas Rudena
        Team Leader, Web/Cloud Solution, Strusoft
      • Presenting Company: Sonny Masero
        Chairman, Demand Logic
      • Presenting Company: Niklas Zandelin
        Managing Director, eze Systems Europe
      • Presenting Company: Nicolai Wiest
        CEO, EnergyBox
    • 5:00pm - 5:30pm

      Sunset Court

      Networking Break

    • 5:30pm - 6:45pm

      Grand Ballroom

      Evening Keynotes

      Join us for the evening keynotes to hear from leaders and innovators in the cleantech

      • Nancy Pfund
        Founder & Managing Partner, DBL Investors
      • Tim Mulhere
        EVP and President, Global Water & Process Services, Ecolab
      • Ben Bixby
        General Manager of Energy Products, Nest Labs
    • 6:45pm - 8:00pm

      Sunset Court

      Evening Reception

      Join us for our evening reception, hosted by PG&E, following the keynotes. Enjoy light cocktails and canapes while networking with fellow attendees.


      Hosted by: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

  • WEDNESDAY, March 18th

    • 7:45am - 8:45am

      Regency Foyer

      Registration and Breakfast

      Enjoy coffee, tea, and a light breakfast before the start of the morning keynotes.

    • 8:45am - 9:45am

      Grand Ballroom

      Morning Keynotes

      Welcome back to the third day of the Forum, beginning with our morning keynotes.


      Available Presentations:

      • Jim Kim
        Founding Partner, Formation 8
      • A.G. Kawamura
        Former California Secretary of Agriculture, Co-Chair of Solutions From the Land
      • Hendrik Van Asbroeck
        Director Corporate Venture Capital, GDF Suez
      • Adrian Tuck
        CEO, Tendril
    • 9:45am - 10:30am

      Grand Ballroom

      Entrepreneur Showcase (Part 2)

      In final round, hear from five more start-ups from across a variety of sectors as they pitch to the Forum audience and our expert panelists. Following the end of the session, vote for your favorite presenter (from either day) via our Cleantech Forum event app. The winner will be announced during the Closing Remarks.


      Available Presentations:


      Moderated by: Paul Cousens, Global Business Development Manager, Autodesk


      Hosted by: Autodesk

      • Expert Panelist: Tony Van Bommel
        Senior Managing Partner, BDC Venture Capital Group
      • Expert Panelist: Gabriel Kra
        Managing Director, Prelude Ventures
      • Expert Panelist: Bharat Ramakrishnan
        New Business Development, Office of the CTO, Applied Materials
      • Vivian Bertseka
        Director, Generation Investment Management
      • Presenting Company: Tristan de Frondeville
        CEO, SkyCentrics
      • Presenting Company: Michael Slawson
        CEO, Lumense
      • Presenting Company: Michael Groves
        Co-Founder, Topolytics
      • Presenting Company: Ty Jagerson
        CEO, Village Power Finance
      • Presenting Company: Christoph Ostermann
        CEO, Sonnenbatterie
    • 10:30am - 11:00am

      Sunset Court

      Networking Break

    • 11:00am - 12:00pm

      Gold Ballroom

      Cloud Track: Farming in the Cloud

      The task of feeding 9.6 billion people by 2050 with fewer resources creates a major opportunity for the entire agriculture and food chain. Incumbents and start-ups throughout the value chain are turning to the cloud for everything from optimizing water distribution on farms to delivering cereal to the doorstep. Farming, distributing and marketing are becoming smarter at an astounding rate.


      Moderated by: Kerry Cebul, Principal, Cleantech Group


      Hosted by: Swedish Energy Agency

      • Nathan Dorn
        Director, Knowledge and Innovation, Reiter Affiliated Companies
      • Wendy Millet
        Director, TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation
      • Rob Trice
        Venture Partner, Better Food Ventures
      • Staffan Hillberg
        CEO, Heliospectra
    • 11:00am - 12:00pm

      Twin Peaks

      Connect Track: The Evolving Electricity Grid

      Why build a fossil-fuel peaker power plant when you can benefit from storage technologies? Energy storage technologies combined with energy management systems can create a highly valuable resource to grid needs, and to utilities. Entrepreneurs will pitch directly to corporates, with a chance for quality feedback and what they are looking for in the sector.


      Moderated by: Troy Ault, Director of Research, Cleantech Group


      Hosted by: UK Trade & Investment

      • Mike Rosenfeld
        Vice Consul - Senior Advisor Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, UKTI, British Consulate-General
      • Richard Adams
        Director for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, NREL
      • Andrew Hinkley
        Executive Head: Marketing & Director of Subsidies, Anglo American Platinum Group
      • Ines Bergmann
        Principal Technology & Innovation / Innovation Scouting & Co-Investments, E.ON
      • Presenting Company: Mio Nakatsuji-Mather
        Sales USA, RedFlow
      • Presenting Company: Darron Brackenbury
        COO, Cumulus Energy
      • Presenting Company: Graham Oakes
        Co-Founder, Upside Energy
      • Presenting Company: Sam Cockerill
        CEO, Libertine FPE
      • Presenting Company: Varun Sharma
        Director of Corporate Development (Equity), BBOXX
      • Presenting Company: Marcus Löfgren
        CEO, Comsys
      • Presenting Company: Edoardo Zari
        Head of Business Development, Asia-Pacific, Kitenergy
    • 12:00pm - 1:30pm

      Grand Ballroom & Gold Ballroom


    • 12:00pm - 1:30pm

      Telegraph Hill

      Lunch: Cities in the Cloud

      Cities across the globe are looking to become smarter, more innovative and efficient in sectors like energy, water, waste management and transportation. How can cities leverage existing infrastructure technologies as well as increasing volumes of data and innovative software solutions to become more resilient, sustainable, and liveable? What new business and financing models are emerging? What can be done to provide connectivity and integration between currently siloed sectors? How will the sharing economy change our cities?  Join us for a special lunch to explore the city of the future.


      Moderated by: Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group

      • Gordon Feller
        Director, Cisco; Founder, Meeting of the Minds
      • Rick Azer
        Director of Development, Black & Veatch’s Smart Integrated Infrastructure Group
      • Dave Vautin
        Senior Transportation Planner, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
      • Scott Jacobs
        CEO and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
      • Charlie Isaacs
        VP & CTO, Customer Connection, Salesforce
      • Emily Castor
        Director of Community Relations, Lyft
    • 1:30pm - 2:30pm

      Gold Ballroom

      Cloud Track: Buildings: Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

      As buildings increasingly reach into the cloud for increased connectivity and data-driven analytics, who stands to gain the most value? Will buildings continue a slow crawl into the 21st century or can we expect business model revolutions for better managing space, energy, comfort and the many other facets of commercial buildings?


      Moderated by: Yakov Berenshteyn, Engagement Manager, Cleantech Group

      • John Carrington
        CEO, Stem
      • David Pogue
        Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE
      • Jean-Pierre Pélicier
        Director Open Innovation & New Ventures, Air Liquide
      • Janice Berman
        Senior Director of Energy Efficiency Strategy, PG&E
    • 1:30pm - 2:30pm

      Twin Peaks

      Connect Track: The Internet Meets Water

      Driven by predictions of severe climate change impacts on water resources, the water and wastewater industries are searching for solutions to help manage a changing landscape. How can predictive maintenance, sensors, and monitoring help industrials working in the M2M space apply their technologies to our water/wastewater and agriculture systems? Water start-ups will have the chance to pitch directly to industry leaders and investors, who will provide quality feedback and insight into what they are looking for in the sector.


      Moderated by: Amanda Faulkner, Client Services Manager, Cleantech Group

      • Zohar Yinon
        CEO, Hagihon
      • Trevor Hill
        CEO, FATHOM
      • Owen Cadwalader
        VP of Operations and Co-Founder, OptiRTC
      • David Henderson
        Managing Director, XPV Capital
      • Presenting Company: Susan Priddy
        Director of Operations, Lucid Energy
      • Presenting Company: Mark Owen
        CEO, Puralytics
      • Presenting Company: Christine Boyle
        Founder and President, Valor Water Analytics
      • Presenting Company: Pierre Marconi
        CEO, Wiracocha Limited
    • 2:30pm - 3:00pm

      Sunset Court

      Networking Break

    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

      Twin Peaks

      Cloud Track: Living in the Cloud: Decluttering by Integrating Technologies

      Homes are becoming complex energy systems. Consumers are opting to generate their own energy and to better understand their use. How will consumers incorporate rooftop solar generation, smart thermostats, electric vehicle charging, and other intelligent devices to optimize energy demand? Can a management layer improve the level of integration across residential energy efficiency and transportation technologies?


      Moderated by: Richard Youngman, Managing Director, Europe & Asia, Cleantech Group


      Hosted by: Invest in Skane

      • Yann Kulp
        VP of Residential Energy Solutions, Schneider Electric
      • Abhay Gupta
        CEO, Bidgely
      • Adam Gettings
        CEO, Leeo
      • Jeff Hagins
        CTO & Co-Founder, SmartThings
      • James Haliburton
        CEO and Co-Founder, Topp
      • Therese Lindsley
        Head of Business Development Services Industry & Cleantech, Invest in Skane
    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

      Telegraph Hill

      Featured Session: Japan’s Innovative New Energy Economy and Grid Growth

      New technologies abound as utilities differentiate their offerings and improve the reliability and quality of service. Increasingly competitive markets will push utilities to adopt new software technologies to improve the grid, integrate more renewables, and improve customer engagement and retention. In this session we focus on Japan as a successful case study (among others) for smart and flexible grid development. Japan’s energy foundation is shaking off the past of having to rely heavily on imported natural gas.  Japanese utilities, which have historically been vertically integrated monopolies, are set to be deregulated in 2016, opening up the market for more competition and introducing new opportunities for growth. Our speakers will discuss this growth, bilateral collaborative efforts, and their views of a more resilient energy system.


      Moderated by: Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group


      Hosted by: Japanese External Trade Organization (JETRO)

      • Rob Jenks
        VP Strategy, C3 Energy
      • Hiraoki Kitajima
        Deputy Manager of Project Planning & Management Group, Engineering R&D Dept. TEPCO
      • Nick Payton
        Associate Director, Product Marketing & Strategy, Opower
      • Lex Heslin
        President and CEO, Beautiful Earth Group
    • 4:00pm - 4:30pm

      Sunset Court

      Networking Break

    • 4:30pm - 6:00pm

      Twin Peaks

      Closing Remarks and Keynotes

      We will end with closing keynotes and remarks, wrapping up the 13th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco!


      Available Presentations:

      • John Woolard
        VP of Energy, Google
      • Jeremiah Stone
        CTO, GE Energy Management
      • Cisco DeVries
        CEO, Renewbale Funding
    • 6:00pm - 7:00pm

      Sunset Court

      Closing Night Reception

      Join us as we celebrate the close of Cleantech Forum San Francisco! The Forum is officially a wrap!

    • 7:00pm - 9:00pm

      Grand Ballroom

      Water Gala '15, presented by Levi Strauss & Co.

      We are excited to partner with Imagine H2O to host the 6th annual Water Gala, presented by Levi Strauss & Co., celebrating the winners of the Water Infrastructure Challenge. Attendees of Cleantech Forum San Francisco are invited to attend the Water Gala, which will be held at the Palace just after the Forum’s Closing Remarks and Keynotes. Access Cleantech Group’s discount code upon registration confirmation to the Forum and get your ticket today!

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