New England Cleantech Startup Event on March 22 to Include U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe

The White House and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are inviting interested community members to attend a networking event on Thursday, March 22nd that will focus on cleantech, energy, and environmental startups in New England.

This event will take place from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at The Venture Café, One Broadway, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA.  U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe and Regional Administrator Curt Spalding will be at the event from 3:00 – 5:00 pm hosting roundtables on the importance of environmental and cleantech innovation, start-ups, and small businesses in the current economy. U.S. EPA program staff will also be on hand networking with guests for the event's entirety.

For additional information on this program please contact Dan Abrams at <abrams.dan [at] epa.gov>

“Early Stage Capital for CleanTech Companies in New England” to Take Place on May 12 (Discount Available)

On May 12, The Capital Network (TCN) will present a program entitled Early Stage Capital for CleanTech Companies in New England.  This program will feature the following panelists, who will discuss funding options for early-stage clean technology startups in New England and share tips to successfully raise capital from Boston-area funding sources:

  • Philip Giudice – Commssioner, Massachusetts Deept. of Energy Resources
  • David Kopans – Co-Founder and CFO, EnergyClimate Solutions
  • Dhiraj Malkani - Principal, RockPort Capital Partners
  • Matt Cushing – Partner, Bingham McCutchen (moderator)

This program will be held from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Bingham McCutchen LLP, One Federal Street, Boston, MA.  Thanks to our friends at TCN, readers of Green VC can receive a discount when registering in advance by following these steps:

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GoingGreen East is March 8 – 10 in Boston; 50% Discount for Green VC Readers

GoingGreen East 2010 - 50% Discount

AlwaysOn will present GoingGreen East 2010 from March 8th – 10th in Boston, Massachusetts. This event wlll provide educational programs and networking opportunities for members of the cleantech/greentech community, including CEOs, entreprenuers, business development officers, researchers, media, and venture capital and private-equity investors.


Panel sessions at GoingGreen East 2010 include:


Investor Panel:  Cleantech Investor Predictions for 2010

  • Tom Baruch, Founder & Managing Director, Energy & Materials, CMEA Capital
  • Dennis Costello, Managing Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures
  • Jon Karlen, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners
  • Ed Sullivan, Partner, KPMG (moderator)

The Evolving Grid
Smart electrical grids, from the utility to inside the meter, are just the beginning. How can every element of the urban grid, from energy to water to waste, become smarter and more efficient? How can these various elements benefit from integrated management and integrated retrofits? Where is the grid, in the broadest meaning of the term, going next, and what opportunities does this present for innovators and investors?

  • Tim Healy, CEO, EnerNOC
  • Stephen Doroff, Director, Smart Grid Initiatives, KPMG
  • Joaquin Silva, President, On-Ramp Wireless, Inc.
  • Jeff Ross, Business Development, GridPoint, Inc.
  • Russ Landon, Partner, Canaccord Adams (moderator)

Energy Storage
The likely emergence of extremely cheap energy that is acquired intermittently – such as during sunshine – but consumed continuously, makes energy storage an absolutely essential element of the new cleantech economy. What are the latest large and small scale energy storage solutions, and who are developing them?

  • Andrew Friendly, Partner, ATV Capital
  • David Marcus, Chairman, General Compression
  • Ake Almgren, CEO, International Battery, Inc.
  • Riccardo Signorelli, CEO, FastCap Systems, Inc.
  • Kenneth J. Lutz, Principal, AM&R Alternatives
  • Thomas Burton, Partner, Mintz Levin (moderator)

At GoingGreen East 2010 the AlwaysOn editors will also honor the GoingGreen Top 50 Private Companies. In addition, up to 50 green technology CEOs willl pitch their market strategies to a panel of industry experts in “CEO Showcases.”  For additional program information you can view the GoingGreen East 2010 agenda and the GoingGreen East 2009 video archive.


Thanks to our friends at AlwaysOn, readers of Green VC can receive a 50% discount off the standard registration rate to GoingGreen East 2010 by registering via this link. For more information:




Video of “Next Level Cleantech Financing” panel from GoingGreen East 2009

Cleantech Forum XXIII is September 8 – 10 in Boston (Discount Available)

From September 8 – 10, 2009 the Cleantech Group LLC will present Cleantech Forum® XXIII in Boston. The theme of this event is “The Second Cleantech Investment Boom: Aligning Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Government Stimulus.”  The Cleantech Forum is a leading cleantech investment event that brings together investors, senior executives, entreprenuers, policymakers, and scientists. 


Highlights of the Boston event include educational panel sessions, investor presentations from promising companies, a Cleantech Innovation Showcase, and a variety of networking opportunities.  Thanks to our friends at the Cleantech Group, readers of Green VC can receive a $100 discount on the registration price for this event.  To receive the discount, please use code “CalendarBST09” when registering online. Further program information and registration can be found at:

TCN to Present “Cleantech Capital: Exploring Angel, VC, Strategic and Government Funding Options” on May 5 (Discount Available)

The Capital Network

On May 5 The Capital Network (TCN) will present a program entitled Cleantech Capital: Exploring Angel, VC, Strategic and Government Funding Options. This program will feature the following panelists:

This event will take place from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Bingham McCutchen Law Offices, located at One Federal Street, Boston, MA.  Thanks to our friends at TCN, readers of Green VC can receive a discount on tickets for this event.  To receive the discount, please select "TCN Affiliates" when registering online.  For more information:

GoingGreen East is March 9th – 11th in Boston; 50% Discount for Green VC Readers

GoingGreen East 2009

AlwaysOn will present GoingGreen East 2009 from March 9th – 11th in Boston, Massachusetts.  This event wlll provide educational programs and networking opportunities for members of the cleantech/greentech community, including CEOs, entreprenuers, business development officers, researchers, media, and venture capital and private-equity investors.

GoingGreen East 2009 will feature panel sessions on topics including "Cleantech Dollars Looking for Cleantech Deals" and "The Future of Carbon Markets."  The AlwaysOn editors will also honor the GoingGreen Top 50 Private Companies. In addition, up to 50 green technology CEOs willl pitch their market strategies to a panel of industry experts in “CEO Showcases.”  For additional program information you can view the GoingGreen East 2009 agenda

Readers of Green VC can receive a 50% discount off the standard registration rate to GoingGreen East 2009 by registering via this link.  For more information:

RockPort Capital Partners Announces $450 Million Cleantech Venture Capital Fund

RockPort Capital Partners

On June 5th, RockPort Capital Partners announced that it closed its third venture capital fund (RockPort Capital Partners III, L.P.) with commitments of more than $450 million that will focus on clean technology investments. New investors in RockPort include endowments, institutional investors, and foundations.

In commenting on this news, Wilber James, co-founder of RockPort Capital Partners and a Managing General Partner, said:

The clean tech sector provides enormous opportunities to identify and foster initiatives that offer solutions to global energy and natural resource needs, while providing superior investment returns. We have already seen how the teams we invest in can create enormous value. Our collaborative approach together with a business-building mentality and keen domain expertise has proven invaluable to growing companies.

RockPort Capital Partners has invested in approximately 40 clean technology companies thusfar and has more than $850 million under management.  The firm has offices in Boston, Massachusetts and Menlo Park, California.

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Luminus Devices Closes $72 Million Round of VC Funding

Luminus Devices logo

Luminus Devices, Inc. a Billerica, Massachusetts-based company that develops and manufactures high-performance solid state light sources, announced on Monday that it has closed a $72 million round of venture capital financing.  This round was led by Braemar Energy Ventures.  Other participants in this round included CMEA Ventures, Paladin Capital Group, and Luminus’ previous investors, which include Battery Venture Partners, Argonaut Private Equity, Stata Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, DFJ-New England and Eastward Capital.

Luminus Devices’ patented PhlatLight technology (Photonic Lattice Light), based on research from MIT, is a new type of solid state light source that combines the benefits of both LED and laser technology.  The company states that among the benefits of its PhlatLight technology are environmental benefits such as reduced power consumption needs as compared to other lighting sources.  This is illustrated in the following chart of power needs for lighting projection televisions (PTV): 

Luminus Devices chart

In its funding announcement, the company stated that this funding highlights the strategic shift it is undertaking to offer its technology to a broader set of markets than the TV and display industry it has previously served. According to Udi Meirav, CEO of Luminus Devices:

It’s a big vote of confidence in our company and in the future of solid-state lighting, and we are thrilled to have such strong backing from Braemar, CMEA, Paladin, and our other new investors, as well as the continued support of our earlier investors.  This investment enables a new phase in the growth of our company, and it will provide us with the resources to expand our product line, serve new markets and deliver the full value of our technology to our growing roster of customers.

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