EBC Presents Workshop on “Valuation, Financing Terms, and the Term Sheet” on Nov. 29 (Discount Available)

On November 29, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) will present a workshop on Valuation, Financing Terms, and the Term Sheet. An overview of this program is:

Negotiation is often considered as the fuel for success and the last stage of the financing process is finalizing the terms of the investment deal. This workshop will examine the methods commonly used to determine a company's valuation and address how investors utilize them to value early-stage companies and technology projects. 

Herbert Fockler, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, will help you understand investor expectations and discuss key provisions to include in term sheets and negotiation strategies to help you "seal the deal". 

This event will take place from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto,  CA 94304. 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.

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.

Opportunity to Meet with Mohr Davidow Ventures on September 25 (Discount Available)

Mohr Davidow Ventures

On September 25, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) will provide an opportunity to meet with the venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV)This program is part of EBC's "Meet with" series - a partnering and coaching series designed to facilitate meetings between cleantech entrepreneurs and investors, customers and potential partners.

After a presentation (see below for additional details), each attendee will receive a one-on-one meeting with Sven Strohband, Partner at MDV.  Sven's specific areas of interest are CleanWeb,  Electric Vehicles,  Grid/Energy Storage and Energy Efficiency. 

Attendees must apply by September 17 and be approved to attend. Additional information on how to apply is available here.

Separate from the one-on-one meetings, there is an opportunity to attend a presentation and Q&A on September 25 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am featuring MDV Partner Sven Strohband.  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.

The one-on-one and general presentation session will be held at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Event on Exporting Clean Energy Technologies to Take Place on March 13

On March 13 a program entitled Exporting Clean Technologies will take place in San Jose, California. An overview of this program is:

Through interactive discussions with the panel presenters, cleantech startups will gain insight on San Jose's preeminence in international markets and the local programs that are spurring domestic and international adoption of U.S.-developed clean energy technologies. This session will provide insight on U.S. Commercial Service resources and programs that match U.S. clean tech firms with overseas buyers, through B2B matchmaking, international partner searches, vetting of potential overseas partners, and trade missions. The City of San Jose will highlight the San Jose Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program which allows a business or individual to delay, reduce or eliminate duty payments on foreign merchandise that enters the Foreign Trade Zone. This session will also include an overview from a logistics/transportation service provider who will highlight the requirements needed to ship U.S. products to overseas market via freight forwarder and export forwarder.

Invited panelists are:

  • Aileen Nandi, Foreign Service Officer (India, Mexico), U.S. Commercial Service
  • Joe Hedges, Office of Economic Development, City of San Jose
  • Deep Sengupta, Senior Manager – Trade & Customs Advisory Services, FedEx Logistical Services

This event will take place from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Environmental Business Cluster, 100 E. Santa Clara Street,1st Floor Training Room, San Jose, CA 95113. Additional program information is available here.

 

Environmental Business Cluster Presents “Preparing for the Perfect Exit” on March 7 (Discount Available)

On March 7, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) will present a program entitled Preparing for the Perfect Exit. An overview of this program is:

While 2011 was a difficult year for cleantech venture capital, cleantech mergers and acquisition activity reached record highs M&A transactions accounted for some 41.2 billion dollars, a 153% increase over 2010. As corporations continue to focus on acquiring new sustainable technologies and practices, startups can and should position themselves strategically for a potential M&A exit. Join us for a panel discussion with some of the startups that were able to make successful exits and their acquiring companies.

Invited panelists are:

  • Kevin Surace, Chairman & Co-Founder, Serious Energy
  • Raju Indukuri, CEO, Valence Energy
  • Nancy Pfund, Managing Partner, DBL Investors
  • Allison Spinner, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • [Moderator] Steve Bengston, Managing Director of Emerging Company Services, PwC

This event will take place from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at DLA Piper, 2000 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94303. Thanks to our friends at EBC, readers of Green VC can obtain a special discounted tickets when registering in advance via this link.

Opportunity to Meet with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers on March 8 (Discount Available)

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

On March 8, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) will provide an opportunity to meet with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)This program is part of EBC's "Meet with" series - a partnering and coaching series designed to facilitate meetings between cleantech entrepreneurs and investors, customers and potential partners. After a presentation (see below for additional details), each attendee will receive a one-on-one meeting with a KPCB team member.

Attendees must apply in advance and be approved to attend.  Additional information on how to apply is available here.

Separate from the one-on-one meetings, there is an opportunity to attend a presentation and Q&A on March 8 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am featuring KCPB team members Brook Porter, Wen Hsieh, and David Wells.  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.

The one-on-one and general presentation session will be held at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Opportunity to Meet with Khosla Ventures on December 1 (Discount Available)

Khosla Ventures

On December 1, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) will provide an opportunity to meet with Khosla VenturesThis program is part of EBC's "Meet with" series - a partnering and coaching series designed to facilitate meetings between cleantech entrepreneurs and investors, customers and potential partners. After a presentation, each attendee will receive a one-on-one meeting with Khosla Ventures team member Ryan Kottenstette.

Attendees must apply in advance and be approved to attend.  Additional information on how to apply is available here.

Separate from the one-on-one meetings, there is an opportunity to attend a presentation and Q&A on December 1 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am where Mr. Kottenstette will explain how entrepreneurs can work with Khosla Ventures and what the firm looks for in a company.  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.

The one-on-one and general presentation session will be held at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Green VC Readers Can Attend Environmental Business Cluster Program on Tax Credits for Free (October 27)

On October 27, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) will present a workshop entitled Proactive Strategies for Maximizing Your Tax Credits. This session will be presented by Crawford, Pimentel & Co. and will provide information to help cleantech startups learn how to qualify for existing tax credits, what documentation is needed and pitfalls to avoid.

This event will take place from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Environmental Business Cluster, 100 E. Santa Clara Street,1st Floor Training Room, San Jose, CA 95113.  Thanks to our friends at EBC, readers of Green VC can attend at no charge when registering in advance by using this link.

Extra Discount Available for “Corporate Cash for Cleantech” Event This Thursday in San Jose

An extra discount is available to the Environmental Business Cluster's (EBC) program Corporate Cash for Cleantech that will be taking place on September 29. An overview of this program is:

Join us for an industry panel event focused on large corporations looking to cleantech for new business opportunities. This interactive debate will feature corporate players that are getting into cleantech and will highlight companies receiving funding from investment arms, those directly investing in cleantech and the trends to look for in the future.

Invited panelists are:

  • Mike Brooks, Venture Executive, Chevron Technology Ventures
  • Dermott Mee, Vice President, EFT Energy
  • Dr. Cyril Vancura, Investment Director, Bosch Venture Capital
  • Tom Marchok, Director, Intel Capital
  • [Moderator] Jesse Jenkins, Director of Energy & Climate Policy, The Breakthrough Institute

This event will take place from 3:00 – 6:30 pm at the Environmental Business Cluster, 10 South 3rd Street, San Jose, CA 95113. Thanks to our friends at EBC, readers of Green VC can obtain an additional 25% discount from the standard partner price when registering in advance by following these steps:

Opportunity to Meet with Alloy Ventures on October 25 (Discount Available)

Alloy Ventures On October 25, the Environmental Business Cluster (EBC) will provide an opportunity to meet with Alloy Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm with over $1 billion under management that invests in sectors including Information Technology, Life Sciences, and Cleantech.

This program, which will take place in San Jose, California, is part of EBC's "Meet with" series - a partnering and coaching series designed to facilitate meetings between cleantech entrepreneurs and investors, customers and potential partners. Each approved attendee will receive an individual meeting with Dan Rubin, General Partner at Alloy Ventures.

Attendees must apply and be approved to attend a one-on-one session.  To apply, please send your Executive Summary by October 5, 2011 to events [at] environmentalcluster.org

Separate from the one-on-one meetings, there is an opportunity to attend a presentation and Q&A on October 25th from 9:00 am – 10:30 am where Mr. Rubin will explain how entrepreneurs can work with them and what they look for in a company.  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.

The one-on-one and general presentation session will be held at the Environmental Business Cluster, 10 S. Third Street, San Jose, CA 95113. For more information: