WEST (Water, Energy, Smart Technology) Summit is May 24 at Santa Clara University (Discount Available)

WEST Summit 2012

On May 24, Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) will be holding the 2012 WEST (Water Energy Smart Technology) Summit. This program will bring together thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs from business, government, utilities and NGOs to collaborate on innovative solutions and implementation strategies to the impacts of climate change. Speakers will include:

  • Hon. Dave Jones, California State Insurance Commissioner
  • Randy Hates, Director, Foundation Earth
  • Nancy Parmer, Head of Sustainability, UPS
  • Lindene Patton, Chief Climate Product Manager, Zurich Financial Services
  • Hon. Hiroshi Inomata, Consul General of Japan in San Francisco
  • Zoe McMahon, Director, Social & Environmental Sustainability and Compliance, HP
  • Dr. Cristina Milesi, Senior Research Scientist, CSU/NASA Ames Research Center
  • Gosuke Nakae, VP & GM Mitsubishi International
  • Pavithra Mehta, Filmmaker and Author of "Infinite Vision"

This event will take place from 8:00am – 6:30pm at the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Student Activity Center, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053 (directions). Thanks to our friends at SSV, readers of Green VC can receive a 20% discount by using code "GOWEST6" (without the quotes) when registering.

WaterVent to Take Place May 11 in London (Discount Available)

WaterVent The fourth WaterVent conference will take place on May 11 in London. The program will feature educational sessions and presentations by water technology entrepreneurs to cleantech venture capitalists, private equity and corporate investors.

Thanks to our friends at WaterVent readers of Green VC can save 20% off registration with code "wv-london-ul". Complete conference information is available at http://www.WaterVent.com/

SDForum Presents “The Global Water Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities in Water Technologies and Clean Energy” on January 25 (Discount Available)

SDForumOn January 25, 2011, SDForum will present a special program entitled The Global Water Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities in Water Technologies and Clean Energy.  A description of this program is as follows:

Water, our most precious commodity, continues to garner more attention in the media as climate change and increasing demand constrain supplies worldwide. Where are we ahead, where are we behind and what’s next? This conference brings together global leaders and influencers to share best practices and learn more about the intersection of technology driving innovation to solve a pressing world problem which is the energy crisis and limited water supply. This conference is brought to you in partnership with Australia as part of the 'G'day USA 2011 program'.

Opening Keynote by Senator David Cogdill, California State Senate

Other Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • James Cameron, National Water Commission, Australia
  • Drew Clark, IBM Venture Group
  • Dr. Craig Criddle, Stanford University
  • Jim Davis, SAP
  • Amol Deshpande, Kleiner Perkins
  • Burt Hamner, Hydrovolts
  • Cassie Doyle, Consulate General of Canada
  • Bill Kocher, City of Santa Cruz Water Dept. CA
  • Henrik Skov Laursen, Grundfos Water Technology Center
  • J Patrick McIntyre, ET Water
  • Tamin Pechet, Banyan Water
  • Rafael Simon, VantagePoint
  • Don Wood, Draper Fisher Jurveston

Closing Keynote by Susan Leal, Co-Author of Running Out of Water.

This program will be held from 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM at AMD Commons Auditorium, One AMD Place, Sunnyvale, CA  Early-bird registration pricing is available until December 15.  Readers of Green VC can also save $10 with code "WATER10".  Additional program details and registration is available here.

WEST (Water Energy Smart Technology) Summit is December 6 at Stanford University (Discount Available)

On December 6, Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) will be holding the WEST (Water Energy Smart Technology) Summit. This program will include the following panel sessions: 

Panel 1: Innovation in Technology to Manage Water and Energy

  • Peter Williams, CTO, Big Green Innovations, IBM
  • Laura Unobskey Shenkar, Principal, Artemis Project
  • Ken Stedman, Founder & CTO, M2 Renewables
  • Moderator: Alex Macintosh, Founder & CEO, EcoMundi Ventures

Panel 2: Innovation in Business Structures and Models

  • Tamin Pechet, CEO Banyan Water; Founder Imagine H2O
  • Craig Criddle , Professor, Woods Institute, Stanford University
  • Kevin Surace, CEO, Serious Materials (invited)
  • Andrew Tang, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (invited)
  • Moderator: Elizabeth Echols, Administrator, U.S. Small Business Admin., Region IX 

Plenary Panel and Call to Action: Catalyzing Transformative Change

  • Steve Jurvetson, Managing Dir., Draper Fisher Jurvetson
  • Steve Richie, Assistant GM, SFPUC Water Enterprise
  • Suz MacCormac, Partner, Morrison and Foerster, Co-Chair, CleanTech Practice Group
  • Moderator: Bonnie Nixon, SSV Board Chair

This event will take place from 8:30am – 5:30pm at the Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105.  Thanks to our friends at SSV, readers of Green VC can receive a 20% discount by using code "GOWEST" (without the quotes) when registering.

SDForum Presents “The Water Crisis: An Update on the Challenges in Water Efficiency and Treatment” on August 5 (Discount Available)

SDForumOn August 5, SDForum will present the next program in its Green and Clean Evening Series entitled The Water Crisis: An Update on the Challenges in Water Efficiency and Treatment.  This program will feature the following panelists:

  • Anup Jacob, Virgin Green Fund
  • Bill Kocher, City of Santa Cruz
  • Bruce Keiser, Cohesive Ventures
  • Tamin Pechet, Banyan Water LLP
  • Mitch Zuklie, Orrick (moderator)

This program will be held from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Orrick, 1000 Marsh Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.  Thanks to our friends at SDForum, 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 "GREEN05" when registering online.  For more information:

SVASE Presents “Is Water the Next Oil?” on April 29 (Discount Available)


On April 29, 2010 the CleanTech BIG (Business Interface Group) of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE) will present a program entitled Is Water the Next Oil? featuring panelists that will discuss a number of questions, including:

  • Why isn't more being done today to address critical water problems?
  • Why have we seen relatively low level of water investments from venture firms to date?
  • What do the most recent funding trends say about interest in Cleantech and water?
  • What opportunities exist for entrepreneurs & startups in this sector?
  • What, if anything, will it take to get funded in the water sector?

Panelists for this program will be:

  • Wayne Hedden, Co-Leader Cleantech Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Lev J. Leytes, Chairman, Generation Capital, LLC
  • Tamin Pechet, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Imagine H20
  • Rachel Sheinbein, Senior Associate, Energy & Materials Group, CMEA Capital
  • Rob Steiner, Co-Founder, WaterSmart Software, Inc
  • Gordon K. Ho, Partner, Cooley Godward Kronish LLP (moderator)

This program will be held from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304.  Thanks to our friends at SVASE, readers of Green VC can receive a $20 discount on the non-member ticket price when registering in advance by following these steps:

  • Go to the online event registration page
  • Select your tickets from the Affiliates section of the page
  • In the "How did you learn about this event?" dropdown box, select "SVASE Affiliate"
  • In the box following the question "REQUIRED FOR AFFILIATES: Which affiliated organization advertised this event to you?", enter "Green VC"

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Imagine H2O to Provide $70,000 in Prizes in New Business Plan Competition to Support Solutions to Water Challenges

Imagine H2O

The Imagine H2O Prize is a new business plan competition that focuses on solutions to water issues. The 2009 – 2010 competition will focus on water efficiency in agriculture, commercial, industrial or residential applications, such as water demand reduction, improved water use, water recycling and/or reuse.

The total prizes that will be awarded in this year's competition will be $70,000, including cash awards and in-kind services including legal, tax, and accounting services. In addition, winners will receive in-depth business incubation including mentorship, introductions to financiers, potential beta customers, and go-to-market partners.

Additional information on the 2009 – 2010 competition can be found here. The application deadline is November 16, 2009.  For more more information:

Astia and SDForum to Present “World Water Crisis: Technology Based Solutions” on July 14 (Discount Available)

On July 14, Astia and SDForum will present the latest program in the 2009 Clean Tech Breakfast Series.  This program is entitled World Water Crisis: Technology Based Solutions and will feature a panel that will focus on the technologies in areas including water treatment, management, conservation and purification.  The panelists for this program will be:

This event will take place from 8:00 am – 10:00 am at SAP, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA.  Thanks to our friends at SDForum, 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. Further program information and registration can be found here.