Global Cleantech 100 Summit and Gala is October 1-2 in Washington DC (Discount Available)

Cleantech Group

The Cleantech Group will present the Global Cleantech 100 Summit and Gala from October 1 – 2 in Washington DC.  This event will include the unveiling of the 2012 Global Cleantech 100 — a list of the 100 most promising private clean technology companies.  This event will include dinner at the Italian Embassy in DC.  You can view the complete agenda here.

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 "Green-VC" (without the quotes) when registering online.

Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2012 is March 26 – 28 (Discount Available)

Cleantech Group

From March 26 – 28, 2012 the Cleantech Group will present Cleantech Forum San Francisco. The theme of this event is "The Power of Global Partnerships."  The Cleantech Forum is a leading cleantech investment event that brings together investors, senior executives, entreprenuers, policymakers, and scientists.  Highlights of the San Francisco event include:

  • Insights and research highlights from Cleantech Group analysts
  • Visionary speakers and expert panelists
  • Networking cleantech executives, investors, policy makers and innovators
  • Previews of new companies and technologies

Thanks to our friends at the Cleantech Group, readers of Green VC can receive a $300 discount on the registration price for this event.  To receive the discount, please use code "Friends_of_Green_VC" (without the quotes) when registering online. Further program information and registration can be found at:

Cleantech Group Releases Third Annual Global Cleantech 100 and Announces Award Winners

Cleantech Group

The Cleantech Group, a San Francisco-based global clean technology research and advisory company, released its third annual Global Cleantech 100 list and announced a number of awards at its first Global Cleantech 100 Summit and Gala awards dinner, which was held in October in Washington DC.

The Global Cleantech 100, produced with the UK’s Guardian News and Media, is a compilation of the 100 most promising private companies in clean technology. The feedback of 70 cleantech experts are incorporated into this report.  

Companies that received additional recognition were:

"Company of the Year" was awarded in each of three regions to the highest-ranked company with no negative votes from the expert panel:

  • Silver Spring Networks, an advanced metering and home energy management company, won for North America
  • TaKaDu, a SaaS water monitoring solution for utilities, won for Europe & Israel
  • LanzaTech, a waste-gas-to-fuel company, won Company of the Year in Asi

"Rising Star of the Year" was awarded to SCIEnergy (fka Scientific Conservation), maker of a cloud-based building efficiency solution, as the highest-ranked company finding itself on the Global Cleantech 100 list for the first time.

BrightSource Energy, developer of solar thermal power systems, won the "Continued Excellence" award, given to the highest-ranked of companies that have made it onto the Global Cleantech 100 list for all three consecutive years.

Emefcy, a wastewater treatment company, won the award for "Early Stage Company of the Year," given to the highest-ranked pre-revenue company.

In addition, awards were also given to three companies not included on the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 list:

  • Landis+Gyr, which was acquired by Toshiba earlier this year, won for Exit of the Year, awarded to the highest-rated exit by any Global Cleantech 100 company in the past 12 months.
  • GE, which made 22 investments in emerging energy technology companies this year, won for Corporation of the Year.
  • An award was given to Generation Investment Management for Investor of the Year as the global investor with the largest percentage of its portfolio devoted to cleantech.

Cleantech Group Presents “Energy Storage: Big Market, Big Challenges” on August 30 (Discount Available)

Cleantech Group

On August 30 the Cleantech Group will present a webinar entitled Energy Storage: Big Market, Big Challenges.  A summary of this program is:

Join Cleantech Group’s Josh Gould, Director, Research & Advisory for an interactive webinar on energy storage. Cleantech Group conducted over 100 interviews with executives from some of the biggest utilities, ISO’s, IPP’s and other bodies within the electric power sector, other energy storage industry experts, and vendors.  Hear what we’ve learned and our perspectives on the future of energy storage.

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 "cleantech_innovator" when registering online.

Cleantech Forum Amsterdam is May 9 – 11 (Discount Available)

Cleantech Group

From May 9 – 11 the Cleantech Group will present Cleantech Forum Amsterdam. The theme of this event is "Cleantech Goes Corporate: The Multi-National and Cleantech Innovation."  The Cleantech Forum is a leading cleantech investment event that brings together investors, senior executives, entreprenuers, policymakers, and scientists.  Highlights of the Amsterdam event include

  • Insights and research highlights from Cleantech Group analysts
  • Visionary speakers and expert panelists
  • Networking with Europe's foremost cleantech executives, investors, policy makers and innovators
  • Previews of new companies and technologies

Thanks to our friends at the Cleantech Group, readers of Green VC can receive a $300 discount on the registration price for this event.  To receive the discount, please use code "CTAMGRNVC" when registering online. Further program information and registration can be found at:

Win a Free Ticket to Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2011

Cleantech Group

Green VC and the Cleantech Group have partnered to offer a free ticket to the Cleantech Group's upcoming event Cleantech Forum San Francisco: From Data to Impact from March 14-16, 2011. This three-day conference will bring together investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other members of the cleantech community. Speakers at this event will include:

  • John Denniston – Partner, KPCB
  • Elon Musk – Chairman, Product Architect and CEO, Tesla Motors
  • Lisa Gansky – Author, The Mesh
  • Amit Chatterjee – CEO and Founder, Hara
  • John Picard – Author & Founder, John Picard & Associates

You can learn more about this event and enter the contest via the form on this page. One entrant will be randomly selected as the winner and announced on February 16th.

In addition, readers of Green VC who register for this event can receive a $300 discount by using discount code "CFSFGVC".  If you register for the event and are then selected as the winner of the free ticket you'll receive a refund of your registration from the Cleantech Group.

Win a Free Ticket to Cleantech Focus Chicago: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment on July 27

Cleantech Group

Green VC and the Cleantech Group have partnered to offer a free ticket to the Cleantech Group's upcoming event Cleantech Focus Chicago: Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment on July 27.  This event will bring together investors, enterprises, entrepreneurs, and policy makers to focus on the latest energy efficiency technologies and smart building components.  Speakers at this event will include:

  • Roger Platt, Senior Vice President, Global Policy and Law, US Green Building Council
  • Michael Meehan, Founder, CTO & EVP Corporate Strategy, ENXSuite
  • Roland Risser, Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Program
  • Florence Hudson, Energy & Environment Executive IBM Corporate Strategy
  • Jim Anderson, Director of Strategic Marketing & Innovation, Philips Solid State Lighting Solutions
  • Andrew DeGuire, Vice President, Strategy & Acquisitions, Johnson Controls

You can learn more about this event and enter the contest via the form on this page. Enter as soon as possible — one entrant will be randomly selected to receive a free ticket and notified on July 13th.

In addition, readers of Green VC who register for this event can receive a $200 discount by using discount code "GREENVC"  If you register for the event and are then selected as the winner of the free ticket you'll receive a refund of your registration from the Cleantech Group.

“Cleantech Focus Boston: Navigating Cleantech Growth in China and India” is June 10th (Discount Available)

Cleantech GroupOn June 10th, the Cleantech Group LLC will present Cleantech Focus Boston: Navigating Cleantech Growth in China and India. Highlights of this program include:

  • A full day agenda, covering strategies from experienced executives who have done business in China and India
  • Insights from expert speakers on the Indian and Chinese markets
  • Keynote address from Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service
  • Opportunities to network with investors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and policymakers

In addition, all attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the Cleantech Group's Insight Report "Managing Cleantech IP in China."

Speakers at this program will include:

  • Suresh Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (Keynote)
  • Kim Pargoff, Vice President, Cleantech Group
  • Dr. Stefan Heck, McKinsey & Company
  • David Mohler, Senior VP and CTO, Duke Energy Corp
  • Dave Vieau, CEO, A123

Thanks to our friends at the Cleantech Group, readers of Green VC can receive a $200 discount on the registration price for this event.  To receive the discount, please use code "BFGREENVC" when registering online. Further program information and registration can be found at:

Cleantech Group Receives $3.2 Million in Series C Financing

Cleantech Group


The Cleantech Group, a San Francisco-based global clean technology research and advisory company, recently announced that it closed $3.2 million in Series C financing.  Investors in this round incldued Credit Suisse AG, SAIL Venture Partners, Consensus Business Group, and Georgieff Capital. The new funds will be used to enhance the Cleantech Group’s global research offerings to inform and advise corporations, investors, and government agencies on cleantech innovation.


In addition, the Cleantech Group announced the following executive and board member appointments:

  • Sheeraz Haji – President
  • Richard Youngman – Managing Director, Europe and Vice President, Global Research
  • Greg Neichin – Vice President, Advisory Services
  • Nicholas Parker – Co-founder and Executive Chairman
  • George Hornig – Credit Suisse, new member of the Board of Directors

“We are incredibly excited about the expanded research capabilities of our firm and are looking forward to helping global organizations understand the cleantech market landscape and make strategic investment, sourcing, and partnering decisions with cleantech innovators,” said Sheeraz Haji, president of the Cleantech Group. By enhancing our three core services – world-class research, advisory services, and events – we can help our clients build their businesses and brands globally.”


The Cleantech Group also announced that it is adding three new Cleantech “Focus” events to its annual calendar, in addition to the five Cleantech Forum events in San Francisco, Paris, New York, Beijing and Mumbai. The first two Cleantech Focus events include, “Bringing India and China to New England” in Boston on June 10, 2010, and “Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment” in Chicago. Cleantech Forum events serve as global networking hubs, while Focus events bring together specific cleantech industry sectors or regions for more focused information sharing and networking.

Cleantech Forum XXVI is February 24-26 in San Francisco (Discount Available)

Cleantech Group

From February 24-26 the Cleantech Group LLC will present Cleantech Forum XXVI in San Francisco. The theme of this event is "Taking Cleantech to Scale."  The Cleantech Forum is a leading cleantech investment event that brings together investors, senior executives, entreprenuers, policymakers, and scientists. 

Highlights of the San Francisco 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 $200 discount on the registration price for this event.  To receive the discount, please use code "GreenVCSF10" when registering online. Further program information and registration can be found at: