David Crane, President and CEO of NRG Energy, Amory Lovins, Co-Founder, Chairman, of the Rocky Mountain Institute to Keynote as well as Executives From General Electric, Autodesk, HP, Deloitte, PG&E, and Others
SAN FRANCISCO – March 26, 2012 – The Cleantech Group kicked off its annual Cleantech Forum today at San Francisco’s Hyatt Regency. Bringing together the world’s most innovative technology companies, top venture capitalists and investors, corporate leaders, and policy-makers, the event will begin with a gala tonight celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Cleantech Group.
Notable venture capitalists and early cleantech investors will provide a retrospective on the growth of the cleantech sector over the past decade, and new perspectives on where the industry is headed. “For ten years, the Cleantech Group has brought together the most exclusive and esteemed group of thought leaders and innovators in the industry,” said Cleantech CEO, Sheeraz Haji. “Our Forums and Summits are widely recognized as the place to go to share and learn about the latest and greatest in cleantech.”
Internationally recognized as the premier cleantech event devoted to catalyzing global venture capital and private equity investment, business formation, and industry mergers and acquisitions, the Forum welcomes 700 attendees from over 25 countries. “The cleantech sector has never been more global with products being developed in all corners of the world and deployments varying widely from region to region,” said Cleantech Group Executive Vice President Greg Neichin. “The strength of our global network means that attendees can truly take a world tour of cleantech in three days right here in San Francisco.”
Cleantech Forum San Francisco promises new insights from key sector leaders, breaking news announcements by Fortune 500 corporations and innovative start-ups, an extensive exhibit hall and outdoor technology showcase, and special award presentations. The event runs from March 26-28. For full information, visit http://events.cleantech.com/sanfrancisco/
Some of the highlights at Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2012 include:
Welcome & 10th Anniversary Celebration – March 26, 5pm
In celebration of Cleantech Group’s 10th anniversary, and of the industry overall, key cleantech founders and influencers will present the history of cleantech and reflect on how the industry has evolved and where it is going.
- Nancy Floyd, Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power
- Chuck McDermott, General Partner, RockPort Capital Partners
- Nicholas Parker, Chairman, Cleantech Group
- Vicky Sharpe, President & CEO, Sustainable Development Technology Canada
- Wal van Lierop, President & CEO, Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital
Breaking News Announcements (March 27 and 28)
- Cleantech Group
- Schneider Electric and BuildingIQ
- A special presentation to the City of San Francisco
- Saint-Gobain and the USGBC
- Laurence Berkeley National Labs
Entrepreneur Showcases (March 27)
Competitively selected CEOs from across the cleantech spectrum will present and pitch their investment opportunities, Sessions are held for companies seeking Series A, B and C venture rounds. Sponsored by Autodesk
Regional Spotlights (March 28)
“Regional Spotlight” sessions provide international entrepreneurs, governments, and economic development agencies the unique opportunity to showcase innovative advances from their region and attract new business to the area. Delegations from the United Kingdom, Australia, Korea and Ecuador will participate. They are hosted by Clean and Cool Mission, Deloitte, KOTRA and Invest Korea, and Pro Ecuador and Ecuador Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Integration.
About the Cleantech Group
Cleantech Group’s market intelligence, events and advisory services accelerate market adoption, stimulate demand, and remove barriers to cleantech innovation. A global company with offices in North America and Europe, we connect business leaders with cleantech innovation through the i3 Platform (http://i3.cleantech.com/), the most comprehensive, vetted, up-to-date source for insights into companies, investors, financing and relationships across the clean technology ecosystem. Details at http://www.cleantech.com.
Edward Sullivan for the Cleantech Group
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