Cleantech’s Start-Up Nation: Come Join Us In Israel


Greg Neichin
(Want to skip to the punchline? If you are already sold on Israel’s energy and cleantech innovation potential and want to join us on this year’s Cleantech Tour of Israel in late October/early November, click here to let us know that you are interested and we’ll be in touch with more details) When Richard Youngman and I led the Cleantech Group’s first official executive tour of Israel back in 2011, it felt as if we were still letting people in... Read More »

Oil & Gas Innovation Summit Surfaces Three Key Themes for the Sector


Greg Neichin
Cleantech Group convened its first official Oil & Gas Innovation Summit on May 8-9, 2013, in Calgary, Canada, in partnership with the Government of Canada, Cenovus Energy, General Electric, and Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). This small, invite-only gathering brought together some of the most important companies in the Canadian Oil Sands and a number of the world’s Oil & Gas majors to discuss the evolving ecosystem of venture-driven innovation in the sector, as well as to evaluate eight early-stage... Read More »

It’s a Wrap: SF Forum 2013, Our Best Yet


Greg Neichin
After some well deserved toasts with our staff and a few good night’s sleep, I have finally begun to digest the amazing week that we just had in San Francisco.  I have had the pleasure of co-hosting Cleantech Group’s San Francisco Forum for the past three years, yet none of those previous gatherings came close to the energy and dynamism of this year’s event. I have to admit that the turnout and enthusiasm surprised even me.  This was supposed to... Read More »

Reigniting Cleantech: Top 5 Reasons for a Post Bubble Party


Greg Neichin
(if you don’t make it to the end of this article and just want to know where the party is, it’s March 18th-20th in San Francisco, you can register here) It is quite fashionable these days, especially amongst those in and around Silicon Valley, to talk about the demise of cleantech.  This discussion has always seemed silly to me. There are only two groups fascinated by this dialogue: (a) US investors who were burned in deals that they likely should... Read More »