Online Innovation Showcase: 17 November 8.30-11.30 a.m. PST

Climate Action USA: the Early-Stage Innovators Leading the Way

Where are the innovators with the technology and ideas to fight the climate crisis? Join us and our sponsors, Silicon Valley Bank and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for an Online Innovation Showcase and meet the companies with the vision, ambitions and plans to deliver on our net zero commitments. Through a series of dynamic presentations, you’ll gain:

  • Invaluable introductions to leading early-stage innovators
  • Actionable insight into the latest technology
  • Updates on the trends shaping innovation.

Agenda

8:30-8:40: Setting the Scene: Early-Stage US Cleantech Venture Trends, 2021+

To welcome you, we will provide insights on early-stage cleantech venture trends based on our quarterly investment data and our recently-released 2021 50 to Watch list of companies.

 

Hosts:

  • Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group
  • Dan Baldi, Market Manager, Climate Technology and Sustainability, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Bob O’Connor, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

 

8:40-09:50: Early-Stage Innovation Showcase 1: Pieces of the decarbonization jigsaw

In our first showcases, six exciting early-stage pre-seed to Series A companies will present and three investor reviewers will respond and offer questions. Please see the companies and investor reviewers below.

To start the session, the investor reviewers will highlight one or two early-stage trends and themes they are paying attention to.

Co-hosted by: Silicon Valley Bank

Moderator:

  • Anthony Deorsey, Consultant Manager, Cleantech Group

9:50-10:10: Randomized Networking Break

To keep the energy flowing,  you’ll have the opportunity to meet people in small zoom breakouts. You’ll have the chance to join three different groups during the networking break.

10:10-11:20: Early-Stage Innovation Showcase 2: Glimpses of future supply chains

In our second innovation showcase, six exciting early-stage pre-seed to Series A companies will present and three investor reviewers will respond and offer questions. Please see the companies and investor reviewers below.

To start the session, the investor reviewers will highlight one or two early-stage trends and themes they are paying attention to.

Co-hosted by: Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Moderator:

  • Shelby Brodman, Analyst, Cleantech Group

11:20-11:30: Closing

We’ll offer final conclusions and remain live for anyone with further questions.

 

Companies

This event will feature rising star early-stage companies, acting on key issues like methane, battery chemistry, and our unfit for purpose supply chains.

CH4 Global

Developer of a seaweed-derived animal feed product that reduces methane emission.

Presenter:

  • Steve Meller, CEO

EnPower

Developer of electrode engineering for Li-ion batteries improvements without new chemistries.

Presenter:

  • Annette Finsterbusch, CEO

Ripe Technology

Blockchain for supply-chain transparency in food.

Presenter:

  • Phil Harris, President & Co-Founder 

The Eighth Notch

Software that enables last mile carriers like UPS to “increase delivery density” and thereby save money and reduce their carbon emissions.

Presenter:

  • Jamie Sapp, CEO

ClearFlame Engine Technologies

Developer of clean combustion engine technology that uses decarbonized liquid fuels.

Presenter: 

  • BJ Johnson, Co-Founder & CEO

 

 

Boundary Layer Technologies

Developer of hydrogen-powered hydrofoiling cargo ships.

Presenter:

  • Ed Kearney CEO & Founder

Perch Mobility

Provider of distributed charging containers for micromobility.

Presenter:

  • Tom Schreiber, Co-Founder & CEO

Cooler

Provider of an API for e-commerce carbon pricing.

Presenter: 

  • Michel Gelobter, Chairman

Supply Shift

Developer of supply chain analytics and transparency tool for commercial industries.

Presenter:

  • Alex Gershenson, CEO

Spectacular Labs

Developer of a spectral imaging solution for food pathogen detection.

Presenter:

  • Arthur Montazeri, Co-Founder & CTO

Climax Foods

Developer of algorithms to match the taste/texture of animal-based foods with plant-based formulations.

Presenter:

  • Oliver Zahn Founder & CEO

Verdox

Developer of direct air carbon capture technology based on electro-swing adsorption

Presenter:

  • Brian Baynes Founder & CEO

 

Investor Reviewers

These investors will provide insight on 1-2 early-stage trends they are seeing and paying attention to, as well as a couple of comments and questions on each of our presenting companies.

Allison Myers, Co-Founder and General Partner, Buoyant Ventures

Mike Jackson, Managing Partner, Earthshot Ventures

Mark Cupta, Partner, Prelude Ventures

Matthew Nordan, Managing Director, PRIME Impact Fund

Christina O'Conor, Vice President, Congruent Ventures

Maria Buitron, Invester, Piva Capital

Our Sponsors

We’d like to thank our sponsors for making this Online Innovation Showcase Possible.

Silicon Valley Bank

Silicon Valley Bank is the premier bank for technology, life science, cleantech, venture capital, private equity and premium wine businesses.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the leading law firm in the world advising enterprises devoted to development of energy and clean technologies and projects.

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