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GreenBeat 2010 is November 3 – 4 at Stanford University (Discount Available)

GreenBeat 2010

UPDATE: A last-minute 40% registration discount is available here.

VentureBeat and SSE Labs of Stanford University will present GreenBeat 2010 at Stanford University on November 3rd and 4th.  This event will bring together more than 400 entrepreneurs, utility executives, technology executives, policymakers, and investors to explore the evolution of the smart grid and how the new "Super Grid" is creating business opportunities in autos, energy storage, and renewables. 

Speakers at GreenBeat 2010 will include John Doerr (Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers) and Vinod Khosla (Partner, Khosla Ventures).  The complete agenda is here and you can view video highlights from GreenBeat 2009.

GreenBeat 2010 will also include an Innovation Competition that will highlight companies in the smart grid sector with cutting-edge business models and technologies.  The application deadline is Octobe 21 and entrepreneurs can learn more about the competition here.

Through October 15th there is a 30% early-bird discount.  After that date, readers of Green VC can receive a 20% discount by using code "GREENVCVIP" (without the quotes) when registering

Employer Registration Now Open for Stanford University Energy and Environmental Career Fair

Employer registration is now open for the Stanford University Energy and Environmental Career Fair.  This program is presented by the Stanford School of Earth Sciences and the Stanford Career Development Center and will take place on Monday, October 11 from 2:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m. at the Huang Engineering Building.

This career fair will feature organizations that are pursuing sustainability, with a particular focus on clean technology. This event will provide employers an opportunity to speak informally with students about their organization, career fields, internships, and full time positions. Space is limited and there is a fee to participate in this event. For additional registration information, send an e-mail to events <at>

[cross-posted from Green Collar Blog]

Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford (February 21 – 28) Features Free Events on Cleantech and Social Enterprise

Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford University will be taking place this year from February 21-28.  The week's events includes the following programs that will focus on cleantech and social enterprise.  All the events listed below are free to the public and do not require advance registration:

Feb 23: Entrepreneurship in Biofuels and Bioproducts
12:00-1:00 PM, Bishop Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Featured Speaker: Jonathan Wolfson, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Solazyme

Bring a brown bag lunch and hear a fascinating discussion on market trends and opportunities in biofuels and bioproducts, with a particular emphasis on how algal biotechnology is enabling the renewable production of clean fuels, chemicals, foods and health science products.

Host: GSB Energy Club and GSB Environmentally Sustainable Business Club

Feb. 25: Entrepreneurship at the Intersection of Three Cs: Cleantech, Computing, and the Cloud
12:00-1:00 PM, Bishop Auditorium, Stanford Graduate School of Business

Featured Speakers: Warren Packard, a Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and Andrew Feldman, CEO of Seamicro

This brown-bag lunch presentation will examine entrepreneurship, founder/board member relations, and innovation taking place at the intersection of Cleantech, Computing, and the Cloud. Hear the sparks fly between two seasoned industry experts who were also classmates at the GSB.

Host: GSB Entrepreneur Club and GSB Energy Club

Feb. 25: Water Technology Startup Expo
6:30-8:30 PM, Stanford Graduate School of Business, South Building, Lower Arbuckle Lounge

Come enjoy a showcase of startups offering water-related technologies and network with other people interested in the sector. Walk through at your leisure, visit their tables, and talk with the entrepreneurs about their offerings while enjoying light snacks and beverages.

Host: GSB Entrepreneur Club

Feb. 28: Structures for Social Enterprise: Panel and Showcase
3:00-5:00 PM, Wallenberg Hall Learning Theater, Building 160

Sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation, this lively panel discussion features social entrepreneurs Kjerstin Erickson (, Eve Blossom (, and Esther Kim ( Moderated by Kriss Deiglmeier, executive director for the Center for Social Innovation, the panel will discuss nonprofit, for-profit and hybrid models for starting and growing a social enterprise. From 4-5 p.m., mingle with entrepreneurs at a fair showcasing their intriguing early-stage social ventures, sponsored by Neerja Raman of Media X at Stanford University.

Hosts: Center for Social Innovation, GSB, and Neerja Raman of Media X at Stanford University

Entrepreneurship Week at Stanford University to Include Program on Social Enterprises

On Sunday, February 22, a program entitled Starting & Growing a Social Enterprise: Panel and Showcase will take place at Stanford University.  The program is sponsored by the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and is part of Stanford's Entrepreneurship Week.

The program will consist of two parts.  The first part will be a panel presentation in which the following speakers will discuss key success factors in starting and growing a social enterprise:

Following the panel there will be a fair sponsored by the Stanford Media X Program which will spotlight early-stage social ventures.

This program will take place from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Wallenberg Hall Learning Theater, Building 160 (map, parking information). There is no charge to attend this program.

Vinod Khosla to Present at Stanford University on October 22 (Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar Series)

On October 22, Vinod Khosla, founder of Khosla Ventures, will be the featured speaker at Stanford University's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders (ETL) Seminar Series.  ETL is a weekly speaker series that brings innovation leaders from the fields of business, finance, technology, education, and philanthropy, to share their insights with aspiring entrepreneurs.  Mr. Khosla's presentation will take place at 4:30 pm in Stanford University's Kresge Auditorium.  This event is free and open to the public.  A podcast of this event will be available here. Executive Director Dr. Larry Brilliant to Present at DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program on May 14

On Wednesday, May 14, Dr. Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of, will be the speaker at the DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program at Stanford University.  This program is also known as course Management Science & Engineering (MS&E) 472.   

The DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Program is a weekly lecture series during the academic year where entrepreneurial leaders share their insights with the Stanford community.  The program is provided by Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) and the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and is sponsored by Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

This program is free and open to the public and will take place on the Stanford University campus in Skilling Auditorium from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.  This program will also be available via podcast and video.

For more information:

2008 Stanford Energy Crossroads Conference To Take Place April 30 – May 1

2008 Stanford Energy Crossroads Conference

The 2008 Stanford Energy Crossroads Conference will take place from April 30 – May 1 at Stanford University.  The theme of the conference is "Vision to Action: Sparking Global Change" and will feature keynote presentations and panels discussing opportunities for taking clean energy solutions into the mainstream.  Speakers will include:

The conference also includes a Clean Energy Expo that will highlight enterprises including cleantech startups, green architects and designers, green construction companies, sustainable product manufacturers, large corporations with green initiatives, journals with an energy focus, and many others.

For more information:

Free Audio Available of “Funding Social Enterprises” Panel at Stanford University

On Sunday, February 24, a panel session entitled Funding Social Enterprises took place at Stanford University.  The panel was part of Stanford’s recent Entrepreneurship Week and was sponsored by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Digital Vision Program at Stanford.  More than 150 people attended this panel, which discussed strategies for financing social enterprises.  Panel participants were:

The following free audio (MP3 format) of the event is available:

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