Previous Cleantech Events

Since 2002, Cleantech Group has hosted the premier events for entrepreneurs, investors, enterprise CEOs, policy-makers and other global forerunners of the clean technology sector.  Cleantech Forums set the agenda for the clean technology discussion every year.


New Utility Business Model Europe 
May 21-22, 2014
Stockholm, Sweden

The utility industry is at a tipping point—utilities are facing higher customer expectations, increasing competition, and the rise of renewables and efficiency goals. Utilities aren’t just trying to keep up—they are looking to grow beyond commodity provision to develop deeper and more profitable relationships with their consumers. This event in Stockholm explored how the utility business model will react to this changing climate.

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Cleantech Forum Europe 
May 19-21, 2014
Stockholm, Sweden

10 Years of Innovation: Much to Look Back On, So Much More to Come: This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offered a comprehensive, multi-day program along with exclusive opportunities to network, socialize, and get deals done.


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March 11-13, 2014
San Francisco, CA

Accelerating System Change: Towards a Decentralized Future. The economy is experiencing a fundamental shift from centralized to distributed systems. Consumers are gaining power and are decentralizing decisions and processes. This is causing a massive change in customer experiences, and placing incumbent business models at risk. Examples are all around us in energy, water, energy efficiency, transportation, waste and many others!

Power Breakfast: From Farms to Foodies
February 14, 2014
Palo Alto, CA

This invitation-only Power Breakfast focused on agriculture and food distribution, brought together top players to discuss how new innovations are impacting the agriculture and food supply chain, and the opportunities that corporates, startups, and investors see in this space.

Buildings Get A Brain
January 21-22, 2014
San Francisco, CA

Today’s commercial buildings are undergoing a revolution as a convergence of policy, technology innovation, and market dynamics drive a new appetite for smart, resource-efficient facilities. Industry leaders convened at this intimate, invitation-only summit to discuss and analyze the future of intelligent commercial buildings.

Cleanweb and the City
November 12-13, 2013
New York City, NY

The convergence of big data, collaborative consumption, and mobile applications with global energy and resource challenges, dubbed cleanweb by many, is fast becoming a dynamic innovation space. Attendees at this invitation-only event explored how cleanweb will disrupt current corporate business models, and how corporates can adapt; and examined opportunities where the application of cleanweb solutions can evolve powered environments (like cities), corporate processes, and new or existing commercial platforms.

2013 China Tour (3rd annual)
November 3-8, 2013

We took a small group of cleantech companies–along with a select few investors, corporate executives, and other stakeholders in the ecosystem–on a tour of Chinese cleantech hotspots, and facilitated introductions with key leaders. This tour provided delegates with a taste of cleantech in China today, and an opportunity to expose their companies to multiple China-based investors and partners interested in acquiring, investing in, and helping them ‘go to China.’

Global Cleantech 100

October 9-10, 2013
Washington, DC

The Global Cleantech 100 Summit & Gala brought leading entrepreneurs together with the corporations, government leaders, investors, and service providers who are shaping the way clean technologies are financed and deployed. This invitation-only premier event honored and celebrated the top 100 private companies in clean technology globally.

Water Innovation Summit 2013

September 10-11, 2013
Berkeley, California

Looking  ahead, we foresee that 1) water pricing will increase to more realistic levels; 2) hidden costs will start to become more visible–-especially to corporations; and 3) businesses will start sweating the risks to reputation, product quality, up-time, and supply chain. The opportunities in water are huge, but so are the challenges and risks. This invitation-only executive summit brought together top investors, utility executives, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and public sector leaders to focus on three innovation themes: Smart water, Resource recovery, and water re-use, with the goal of creating actionable, concrete “to-dos” for the industry.

Cleantech Forum Europe
April 16-18, 2013
Bilbao, Spain

Re-imagining Cleantech: Unlocking Growth in an Open Innovation World

In 2013, Cleantech Forum gathered in Bilbao, Spain to explore the theme: “Re-imagining Cleantech: Unlocking Growth in an Open Innovation World,” in acknowledgement of where we are, where cleantech is, and where we want to be.

Attendees listened to some new voices, generated some new ideas, gained some new insights, and connected some new dots—between old industry and new innovation, between CSOs and start-up CEOs, between north and south, east and west.

Cleantech Forum San Francisco
Sustainability Meets Innovation: Reigniting Cleantech

The global energy and resources challenges that we face have never been bigger.  From widespread blackouts in India to drought conditions in the United States, the stakes are clear.  Yet at the same time that corporate business leaders around the world are finally connecting the dots that environmental innovation will be a fundamental driver of future profitability, technology investors are looking shell-shocked and nervous after a difficult stretch of company failures and weak public exits.

Alongside more than 700 cleantech professionals, we tackled this critical disconnect head-on at this unique, thought provoking, catalytic event.

Cleantech Tour of China

From November 4-9, 2012, Cleantech Group took 10-15 cleantech companies, along with a select few investors, corporate executives, and other key stakeholders in the ecosystem on a tour of Chinese cleantech hotspots – and facilitated introductions with key leaders. This tour provided the cleantech CEOs with an excellent taste of cleantech in China as it is today, as well as the opportunity to expose their companies to multiple China-based investors and partners interested in acquiring, investing in, and helping them ‘go to China.’

Global Cleantech 100 Summit & Gala
October 1-2, 2012
Washington, DC

Which 100 of today’s private cleantech companies will have the most significant market impact over the next 5-10 years?

The Global Cleantech 100 Summit was a one day event that brought together these leading entrepreneurs with the corporations, government leaders, investors and service providers who are also shaping the way clean technologies are financed and deployed.

The Global Cleantech 100 Gala honored and celebrated the achievements of these companies, and awarded the most outstanding among them.

Water Innovation Summit

September 13-14, 2012
East Bay, California

Water: it’s not priced appropriately, channels are difficult, investment is scarce, utilities don’t want innovation … we’ve all heard it before.  However, at Cleantech Group we feel strongly that water is poised to become a top cleantech theme and investment sector over the next few years.

This invitation-only one and a half day summit brought together top investors, utility executives, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and public sector leaders to focus on three innovation themes: Smart water, Resource recovery, and water re-use.

Cleantech Forum Europe, 2012

April 16-18, 2012

Cleantech Forum gathered the European clean technology community in Munich.


Cleantech Forum San Francisco, 2012

San Francisco, CA
March 26-28, 2012
The Power of Global Partnerships

The 2012 Cleantech Forum San Francisco marked the 10th anniversary of Cleantech Forums,  the annual gathering of the global clean technology innovation community. Our theme in 2012 was “The Power of Global Partnerships,” an exploration of how strategic relationships –between  entrepreneurs, corporations and governments – are playing an ever more important role in the future of clean technology. While the San Francisco Forum has always been an international event, for the first time we invited specific delegations from all over the world including China, Israel and Korea.

Korea PE & VC Cleantech Forum 2011

Seoul, South Korea
November 2-3, 2011

The Korean government and The Cleantech Group joined forces to provide the premier investing event in Korea. Held as part of Foreign Investment Week, the Korea PE & VC Cleantech Forum offered global investors the ultimate chance to fully realize the bright potential of investing in a clean Korea.

SDTC Cleantech Focus Canada

Toronto, Ontario
November 9-10, 2011
From Commodities to Cleantech: Building Canada’s Clean Economy

Sustainable Development Technology Canada and Cleantech Group  joined forces to create a premier one-day executive conference all about Canada’s clean economy. SDTC Cleantech Focus Canada was where industry leaders, cleantech visionaries, and corporate executives gathered to get the download on the state of cleantech innovation in Canada, set the agenda for 2012, and make the connections that will drive their businesses forward.

Cleantech Group China Tour 2011

Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong
November 4-10, 2011

Cleantech Group Israel Tour 2011

Tel Aviv, Israel
November 13-17, 2011

Cleantech Group led an intimate small-group tour, which gave attendees access to Israel’s finest cleantech innovators. We leveraged our global brand and our network in Israel to create a high-impactand time-effective itinerary that allowed participants to meet the best of Israeli cleantech – with a particular focus on upcoming, innovative companies.

Global Cleantech 100 Summit & Gala

Washington, DC
October 17-18, 2011
We hosted and toasted the top 100 private cleantech innovators of 2011.  These were the companies that will make the biggest impact on clean technology in coming years.



Ontario’s Global Water Leadership Summit

Toronto, Ontario May 17-18, 2011
The Metro Toronto Convention Center (MTCC) Toronto

Cleantech Group is a proud partner in the Ontario Water Leadership Summit on May 17th through 18th in Toronto. The summit gathered an exclusive group of world-leading water innovators, funders, thinkers, catalysts, entrepreneurs and researchers to begin a meaningful and interactive dialogue on the future of innovation in the sector. The summit was hosted by the Ontario Government in partnership with the Artemis Project, Cleantech Group, Ontario Centres of Excellence and XPV Capital. For more information, please visit

Cleantech Forum Amsterdam

Amsterdam •  May 9-11,  2011
Hilton Amsterdam

Cleantech Goes Dutch. The annual European Cleantech Forum went to the Netherlands for the first time in 2011. Amsterdam hosted the region’s only truly pan-European and international gathering of the key players in cleantech innovation – venture and other private equity investors, innovating companies, corporations sourcing innovation, and professional service firms doing business.

Cleantech Forum San Francisco

San Francisco, CA • March 14-16,  2011
Hyatt Regency San Francisco

From Data to Impact. The annual flagship West Coast Cleantech Forum returned to San Francisco once again as the region’s most important cleantech event of the year.  This year’s event covered the innovations in information technology that are providing deeper insights into cleantech ROI and impact – and how the ability to measure and analyze performance will allow us to take cleantech to scale around the world.

Cleantech Focus Korea

Seoul, Korea • December 3, 2010
Westin Chosun

Going Global, Getting Smart. Addressing the global clean technology demand, Cleantech Group kicked off our first official event in Korea. As cleantech becomes increasingly “smart” and networked, we believe that Korea, with its rich history of innovation and technology capabilities, is well positioned to rise as a world leader in the advancement of clean technologies. We held a full day of discussions around global investment trends, smart grids and emerging innovations with a focus on Korean and Asian opportunities.