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Free Online Event on January 21: “Funding Your Startup Pt. 1: Crowdfunding, Seed Funding and Accelerators”

On Wednesday, January 21st at 9:00 AM Pacific time there will be a free online event entitled “Funding Your Startup Pt. 1: Crowdfunding, Seed Funding and Accelerators.”

This event will feature the following panelists:

  • Adora Cheung – Founder, Homejoy
  • Dave McClure – Founder, 500 Startups
  • Danae Ringelmann – Founder, IndieGoGo

You can attend this event (and submit questions in advance) here.

This event is being presented by Google for Entrepreneurs.

MIT Club of Northern California Presents “Clean Tech Investing in 2015: Novel Ways to Fund Your Start-Up” on December 4

MIT Club of Northern CA

On December 4, the MIT Club of Northern California will present Clean Tech Investing in 2015: Novel Ways to Fund Your Start-Up. Presenters will be:

  • Jeff Byron, Band of Angels
  • Kacy Gerst, ARPA – E
  • Scott Jacobs, EFW Partners
  • Mark Pacelle, Philips
  • Oliver Janssen, MVP Renewables
  • Mark Perutz, DBL Ventures
  • Moderator: Eric Wesoff, Greentech Media

This event will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Silicon Valley Bank, 3005 Tasman Ave, Santa Clara CA 95054. Additional program information and registration is available here.

GoingGreen Silicon Valley is November 27 – 28; 50% Discount for Green VC Readers

AlwaysOn will present GoingGreen Silicon Valley 2012 from November 27th – 28th in San Francisco. 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.

At GoingGreen SiliconValley 2012 the AlwaysOn editors will also honor the GoingGreen Top 200 Private Companies. For complete program information you can view the GoingGreen Silicon Valley 2012 agenda.

Thanks to our friends at AlwaysOn, readers of Green VC can receive a 50% discount off the standard registration rate by using code GGSV12GE when registering online.

SOCAP 12 is October 1 – 4 in San Francisco (30% Discount Available)


SOCAP12: Making Meaning Matter will take place in San Francisco from October 1 – 4. This event will feature more than 1,000 individuals from around the world in the social impact sector including impact investors, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and civic leaders.  

The SOCAP 12 program will include more than 100 sessions (a complete agenda will be available on the SOCAP 12 website).  A video highlighting one session from last year's event is below:

Thanks to our friends at SOCAP, readers of Green VC can receive a 30% discount on tickets by entering code "GreenEconomyMedia30" (without the quotes) on the online registration page.

Social Good Summit 2012 is September 22 – 24 (Free Livestream and Ticket Discount)

Social Good Summit

The 2012 Social Good Summit will take place from September 22 – 24.  This event is presented by Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, Ericsson, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  Below is a brief overview of the event:

The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. Held during UN Week from September 22-24, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and then to translate that potential into action.

On September 24, 2012 the Social Good Summit is coming to China and Kenya. Key leaders and citizens of Beijing and Nairobi will unite and explore the same themes that inspired the birth of the Social Good Summit. You’ll hear directly from these countries via Livestream, and can witness the live intersection of New York, Nairobi and Beijing on Monday morning from the stage of the 92Y in New York City.

A free livestream of this event (along with the event agenda and more) will be available here.  You can also view highlights from the 2011 event here.  One video excerpt is listed below.

In addition, a discount is available for those who would like to attend the event in person in New York City.   You can register for the three day program for only $99 by entering discount code "SGS99" when registering online.

SVForum to Present “An Evening with Greenstart” on September 24


On September 24, SVForum will present An Evening with Greenstart.  Greenstart is a San Francisco-based seed investor and design studio that is focused on the digital clean technology sector.  The most recent Greenstart porfolio companies were announced in August:

  • Spinlister – a marketplace for peer to peer bike rentals
  • Root3 – designs energy optimization software for non-utility energy producers
  • People Power – delivers cloud services & mobile apps for the Internet of Things
  • PVPower – web platform that powers America’s solar projects

Up to five companies will be selected to give a three-minute pitch to Greenstart.  If you are interested in presenting, please send your executive summary (no more than 2 pages) to Tom Cervantez, Co-Chair of the Venture Startup and Financing SIG, at tcervantez [at] Deadline for submission is Friday, September 20th. COMPANIES THAT WANT TO PRESENT MUST BE REGISTERED BEFORE THE LIMIT IS REACHED ON THE NUMBER OF ATTENDEES.

This event will take place from 6:30 – 8:30pm at Frank Rimerman + Co., 1801 Page Mill Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94304. Registration information is available here.

Panel on “New Rules of Crowdfunding” to Take Place on September 27 (Discount Available)

On September 27, Prescience International will present a panel on the New Rules of Crowdfunding. An overview of this program is:

On April 5, 2012 President Obama signed the JOBS Act bill into law. President Obama declared the JOBS Act (for "Jump-Start Our Business Start-Ups") is a "potential game changer". Indeed, funding for start-ups and emerging companies should become easier with an increased crowdfund cap and new IPO rules for example. However it does sound a bit risky to disclose your ideas to the whole world at a very early stage.

Key points that will be developed during this session include:
* Why and how to crowdfund your emerging company?
* Is crowdfunding a solution for your emerging company?
* Why do VCs and Angels get involved in crowdfunding?
* Do's and Don'ts of crowdfunding.
* What are the risks and how can you protect your company from them?
* Was a new legal and regulatory landscape created?

Panelists for this session will be:

  • Danae Ringelmann, Co-Founder, Indiegogo
  • Jai Ranganathan, Co-founder, Scifund Challenge 
  • Sherwood (Woodie) Neiss, Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors, LLC 
  • Patricia Salber, MD, MBA, Founder and CEO, Health Tech Hatch, and Vice-Chair,National Crowdfunding Association (NLCFA)
  • Paul Fox, General Partner, CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund
  • Lead Facilitator: Larry Kane, Corporate Partner, Emerging Companies Group Member, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

This event will take place from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, 1000 Marsh Road, Building 1100, Menlo Park, CA 94025.  Thanks to our friends at Prescience International, readers of Green VC can receive a discount to this event.  Please select the "Partner Rate" ticket when registering online.

EBC Presents “How to Choose the Best Corporate Structure for Your Company” on September 18 (Discount Available)

On September 18, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) will present a workshop on How to Choose the Best Corporate Structure for Your Company. An overview of this program is:

When creating your emerging company, one of the first question you will need to answer is what structure would you like for your business? As easy as it can seem, this choice can be quite tricky and each structure should be deeply considered to choose the best for the future of your company!

Join Nick Olmsted, General Counsel at Serious Energy, a company that is in the midst of restructuring after raising nearly $150 million from venture capitalists, to hear about the advantages and disadvantages associated with each structure, and examine the factors that should affect your choice such as management, capital, taxation, liability, and much more. Nick will also discuss best practices on restructuring when your current structure doesn't match your goals. 

This event will take place from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Environmental Business Cluster, 10 South 3rd Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Thanks to our friends at EBC, readers of Green VC can receive a discount to this event.  Please select the "Partner Rate" ticket when registering online.

Program on May 22 to Examine Future of Philanthropy

The Net Impact San Francisco Professional Chapter and Monitor Institute will present a program on May 22 entitled The Future of Philanthropy.  This program will feature a panel of philanthropy professionals who will discuss trends in the field of philanthropy and what it is like to work for a philanthropic organization. Panelists will include

  • Stuart Burden (Monitor Institute)
  • Jason McBriarty (Levi Strauss Foundation and Levi Strauss & Co)
  • Angie Chen (S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation)
  • Kelly Bathgate (Tipping Point)
  • Rick Noguchi (James Irvine Foundation)

This program will take place from 7:00 – 9:00pm, May 22, 2012 at HUB SOMA, 901 Mission Street, Suite 105, San Francisco, CA 94103.  Additional information and registration is available here.

Meet Startups at CleanTech Mixer on April 26 in San Francisco (Discount Available)

CleanTech MixerOn April 26, 2012, pariSoma (a collaborative loftspace for coworking, classes, and events in San Francisco) will present a CleanTech Mixer. This event will feature startups in the cleantech and sustainability sectors that will be demonstrating their services (complete list available here).

This program will be held from 6:30 – 8:30 PM at 169 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103. Thanks to our friends at pariSoma, readers of Green VC can receive a 10% discount by registering here.

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