On July 23, SVForum will present a program entitled Tech Women Forum: What’s Next in Clean Tech? A summary of this program is:
Join some prominent experts in clean technology to find out where we are going over the next 20 years. Solar, wind, and wave energy are all considered clean tech. What about nuclear and ethanol, which have been considered clean by some, but raise other concerns? Is water the new oil? Saving energy may be more important than generating it. What about clean air, energy efficiency, and storage? How will the Internet of Things play into this space, in terms of facilitating and making clean tech more mainstream?
This program will include the following panelists:
- Moderator: Lisa Ann Pinkerton, Founder of San Francisco’s Women in Cleantech and Sustainability
- Neha Ruikar, Senior Product Development Controls Engineer at Bloom Energy
- Teresa Zhang, Sr Manager, Global Design and Engineering at SunEdison
- Karen Zelmar, Director of Energy Efficiency Programs at PG&E
This program will be held from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Registration information is available here.
On December 4, SVForum will present "Energy Innovation: Cleantech 2.0 – A New Shade of Green." This is the latest program in SVForum's Clean Tech Breakfast Series. You can learn more about this program here. Presenters will be:
- Jai Das, SAP Ventures
- Seth Miller, DBL Investors
- Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures
- Moderated by: Eric Wesoff, Greentech Media
This event will take place from 8:00 – 10:00 am at SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Bldg. 1, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Thanks to our friends at SVForum, readers of Green VC can receive a 30% discount on the registration price for this event. To receive the discount, please use code "DATA12" (without the quotes) when registering online.
On October 16, SVForum will present The Cleantech Mash-Up: How Convergence and Innovation is Creating New Business Opportunities. This is the latest program in SVForum's Clean Tech Breakfast Series. An over of this program is
Cleantech is blurring the lines between traditional business segments, products, services, and business models. The clear distinctions between traditional value chains are gone for buildings, vehicles, as well as the broad sectors of energy supply and management. Leading companies are exploring new ways to create and deliver value to the converging markets. They are looking at traditional problems and opportunities in a more aggregated way and with a new mindset. Instead of selling 'new and improved' traditional products or services, they are looking for entirely new technologies and business models to deliver more complete solutions. In pursuit of the solutions, companies are partnering, prototyping, and exploring for value in major new ways. The diverse panel of leaders will explore the new ways companies are innovating and how they have shifted their mental models and approach to benefit from the convergence.
Presenters at this program will be:
- Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla Motors
- Rachel Sheinbein, CMEA Capital
- Clint Wilder, CleanEdge
- Moderated by: Rob Shelton, PwC
This event will take place from 8:00 – 10:00 am at PwC, 488 Almaden Blvd #1800, San Jose, CA, 95110. Thanks to our friends at SVForum, readers of Green VC can receive a 30% discount on the registration price for this event. To receive the discount, please use code "DATA12" (without the quotes) when registering online.
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] bizlaw.com. 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.
On May 10, 2012, SVForum will present the next program in its Cleantech Breakfast Series, Market Opportunities for Grid Level Energy Storage. A description of this program is as follows:
Energy storage technologies of various kinds are making steady progress both from a performance and cost standpoint. Whether to shift load, ease the integration of the renewables or provide reliability services to the grid, new energy storage solutions are being deployed today to meet emerging challenges presented by increased renewable energy generation and opportunities presented by smart grid networks and new markets mechanisms. In 2012 are we on the cusp of a new industry or are we still a few years away?
Our distinguished panel will give an overview of the state of the market for energy storage solutions today and discuss emerging opportunities and technologies on the horizon.
- Key market drivers and value propositions in various time scales
- Energy storage technology of today and tomorrow – compressed air energy storage, lithium Ion and other chemistries, flow batteries, fly wheels, etc.
- Policy & regulation issues that are defining new market opportunities and incentivizing adoption
- Emerging business models and near term opportunities for grid level storage
- Financing for technology development and project development
The event will bring together many of the key stakeholders driving the adoption of energy storage and developing and deploying new cutting solutions; academia and research, the public sector, utilities, investors and entrepreneurs.
Speakers will Include:
- Hanns Anders, Claremont Creek Ventures
- Lee Burrows, VantagePoint Venture Partners
- Daidipya Patwa, PG&E
- Moderated by: Khaled Shami, Nixon Peabody
This program will be held from 8:00 – 10:00 PM at Nixon Peabody, One Embarcadero Center – 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111. Thanks to our friends at SVForum, readers of Green VC can receive a 30% discount when registering online by entering code DATA12.
On March 29, 2012, SVForum will present the next program in its Cleantech Breakfast Series, Smart Energy for Everyday Living – Innovative Technologies from Quebec, Canada. A description of this program is as follows:
What do Quebec and California have in common? It is the only province in Canada to start enforcing cap and trade regulations for carbon emissions similar to California. As Canada’s largest province in land area and home to vast natural resources, Quebec is the world’s fourth largest producer of hydroelectricity; a reliable source of abundant, renewable and low-cost power in North America. Home to nearly 400 innovative cleantech companies, Quebec has distinguished itself particularly in the fields of energy efficiency and storage, water treatment and waste management. Come hear case studies from market drivers in Quebec, Canada and learn about the technologies they are developing to accelerate smart energy adoption.
Speakers will Include:
- Gary Dillabough, The Westly Group
- Stephane Labelle, EH2 Solar
- Simon Leblond, CAN2GO/SCL Elements Inc.
- Denis Leclerc, Ecotech Quebec
- Moderated by: Rami Branitzky, SAP
This program will be held from 8:00 – 10:00 PM at SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Thanks to our friends at SVForum, readers of Green VC can receive a 30% discount when registering onlinre by entering code DATA12.
A brief note — Green VC has served as a media partner of two organizations that support the entrepreneur community in Silicon Valley: SVForum and the Silicon Valley Academy of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE). In January of this year these organizations announced that they were joining into one organization — SVForum. More details on this announcement are available here. Green VC wishes the new SVForum continued success in serving the community.
On January 19, 2012, SVForum will present a special program entitled Clean Technology Conference: Sustainability. A description of this program is as follows:
The domestic clean technology industry has faced political, financial, regulatory, and competitive challenges. However, venture capitalists continue to invest in the industry, as illustrated by the $891 million raised by 80 cleantech companies in the third quarter of 2011*. Come hear from key leaders and industry influencers about innovative business models and technologies that are addressing global concerns around sustainability and climate change.
* According to the MoneyTree™ Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data provided by Thomson Reuters.
Speakers will Include:
- Steve Bengston, PWC
- Ronen Benzi, Farmigo
- Rob Bernard, Microsoft
- Peter Graf, SAP
- Thilo Koslowski, Gartner Inc.
- Jason Matlof, Battery Ventures
- Tsafrir Oranski, Panoramic Power
- Tamin Pechet, Banyan Water
- Gil Perez, SAP
- Geoff Ryder, SAP
- Ed Solar, Coda Energy
- Swapnil Shah, First Fuel
- Byron Shaw, GM Advanced Technology
- Dylan P. Steeg, Intel Capital
- Steve Westly, The Westly Group
This program will be held from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM at SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Early-bird registration pricing is available until December 16. Readers of Green VC can also save $10 with code “ENERGY”. Additional program details and registration is available here.
SVForum will present its next Quarterly Venture Breakfast in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on October 18th, with a focus on the investment landscape in smart grid.
Speakers at this event will include:
- Matt Garratt, Battery Ventures
- Nick Mignano, Crosslink Capital
- Tom Solazzo, PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Paul Straub, Claremont Creek Ventures
- Allison Leopold Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop (moderator)
This program will be held from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, 2475 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Additional program information and registration is available here.
On September 20, SVForum will present the next program in its Clean Tech Breakfast Series entitled Transforming Waste into Energy. A summary of this program is:
New energy solutions are being discovered and refined to overcome the budget contraints of high oil prices and mitigate the environmental impacts of carbon waste. Something that does not get a lot of headlines is utilizing existing consumer waste and transforming it into energy. We want to highlight its significance internationally, and potentially discuss why it is an under-utilized resource in the United States. Our panel discussion will include topics addressing:
- Emerging trends in this industry, staying away from biofuels and focusing more on consumer and carbon waste
- Technology needs and promise in sorting, conversion, and transformation of waste into energy and fuel needs
- Product cycle issues including Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), producer responsibilities, and zero waste trends
This program will include the following panelists:
- Mark Bowles, ecoATM
- Mike Jackson, The Westly Group
- Patrick Mathews, Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority
This program will be held from 8:00 – 10:00 am at SAP, Building 1, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Thanks to our friends at SVForum, readers of Green VC can receive a $5 discount from the non-member registration price for this event. To receive the discount, please use code "CLEAN05" when registering online.