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HCSF Cleantech Thought Leader Series to Feature Executive Directors of CA Clean Energy Fund, Clean Tech Open, and Environmental Business Cluster on September 1 (Discount Available)

Harvard Club of San Francisco Clean Tech Thought Leader Series

The next program in the Harvard Club of San Francisco's Clean Tech Thought Leader Series will take place on September 1.  This event, entitled, Right Here, Right Now – How Three Visionary Organizations Are Driving Cleantech in the Bay Area, will feature the following:

This event will take place from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Adobe Systems Inc., Corporate HDQS — East Tower, 321 Park Ave. San Jose, CA 95110.  This event is open to the public and readers of Green VC can receive a discount when registering in advance (select the $25 member option).  Ticket price includes dinner.  For more information:

CalCEF Angel Fund Launched

CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund

The CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund I, LP (CalCEF Angel Fund) announced in April that it completed an initial close on investment commitments and welcomes companies to apply for funding.

The CalCEF Angel Fund secured investments from a variety of limited partners including institutional and individual investors. The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a separate organization established in 2004, is the founding limited partner in the CalCEF Angel Fund.

The CalCEF Angel Fund will finance the seed / startup stage of companies in clean energy sectors including energy efficiency, green buildings, power reliability, and alternative energy.  The CalCEF Angel Fund expects its typical investment to be $300,000 – $500,000 and is planning to build a portfolio of 12 – 15 companies.

According to Susan Preston, General Partner for the CalCEF Angel Fund, "The funding gap for seed and startup companies was a driving force behind the establishment of the CalCEF Angel Fund. By supporting innovation in its earliest form, we have a chance to foster the clean energy solutions of the future."

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“Advancing the New Energy Economy in California” Summit to Take Place in San Francisco on January 14

On January 14, a summit entitled "Advancing the New Energy Economy in California" will take place in San Francisco.  This event is hosted by the California Public Utilities Commission, the Willie L. Brown Jr. Institute on Politics and Public Policy, the California Clean Energy Fund, the Apollo Alliance, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

The goal of this summit is to advance long-term investment, job creation, and financial growth within the green technology industry in California, with a focus on engaging low-income communities.  There will be participation from leaders in diverse and relevant sectors including investment, cleantech / greentech, workforce development and public policy. 

Key summit sessions are listed below.  For addition information on this event, including registration, please visit

Welcome/Opening Address
• Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown Jr. (Master of Ceremonies)
• Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon, California Public Utilities Commission
• San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

Preparing for a Booming Clean and Green Economy
• Phil Angelides, Chairman, Apollo Alliance (moderator)
• Van Jones, Co-founder, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
• Peter A. Darbee, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, PG&E Corporation
• Nancy Pfund, Managing Director, JPMorgan
• Dr. Marshall Drummond, Chancellor, Los Angeles Community College District
• Jay Hansen, Legislative and Political Director, State Building & Construction Trades Council

Advancing Investments and Innovation to Commercialization and Jobs
• Special Topic Address: Speaker Fabian Núñez, California State Assembly
• Dan Kammen, Professor of Energy, University of California, Berkeley (moderator)
• Julie Blunden, Vice President, Public Policy and Corporate Communications, SunPower
• Dan Reicher, Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives, (invited)
• Nancy Floyd, Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power

Afternoon Keynote "Grening the Golden State: Committing to an Eco-Economy in California"
• Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, State of California (invited)
• Miichael R. Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission

Bridging the Gap: Clean Energy Investments and a Diverse Workforce (Interactive Session)
– Tim Rainey, Director of the Workforce and Economic Development Program, California Labor Federation
• José Millan, Vice Chancellor of California Community Colleges Economic Development and Workforce Preparation Division
• Bernadette Del Chiaro, Director of Global Warming Programs, Environment California
• Paul Frankel, Director, Aquillian Investments

Pathways and Partnerships: Steps to New Investment, Jobs and Growth in the New Energy Economy
• Special Topic Address: Congresswoman Hilda Solis (invited)
• Bob Epstein, Co-founder of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2); Director, New Resource Bank; Trustee, Natural Resources Defense Council (moderator)
• Raquel Pinderhughes, Ph.D., Professor of Urban Studies, San Francisco State University
• Peter Liu, Founder and Vice Chairman, New Resource Bank
• Dr. Philip R. Day, Chancellor, City College of San Francisco
• Tom Martinez, National Electrical Contractors Association

Living Green and Driving Growth in The Green Sector
• Ed Begley, Jr., Green Reality Star, Host of "Living With Ed," Author of "Living Like Ed"

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