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Join us in Palm Springs for Cleantech Forum San Francisco on 24-26 January

Our theme, From Commitments to Actions: the sprint to net zero will inspire you to find your next partner and uncover the innovations transforming our shared future. Join us in Palm Springs or on screen for opportunities to network with the people who can take you in new directions.

Our hybrid approach gives everyone who joins access to our interactive platform to attend sessions, network, download presentations and watch on-demand recordings of the event. If you prefer face-to-face meetings and sessions, we look forward to seeing you in sunny Palm Springs.

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Watch the short video for the highlights of Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2021.

 

The Advantages of Cleantech Forum San Francisco

Everyone who join us, has all the benefits of our online platform including our complete virtual agenda, scheduled networking and access to presentations and on-demand videos.

  • Open Networking + AI-Powered connectivity  – dedicated randomized networking sessions as well as suggested matches based on your interests and ambitions, meet new people, technologies, companies and investors that are right for you.
  • Updates on key investment trends and themes  –  thought leaders and expert panels in interactive discussion sessions.
  • Select 2022 Global Cleantech 100 companies and other rising stars – hear over 25 companies present during Innovation Showcases and meet even more through our virtual booths.
  • Team Access – our approach to registration is designed so you can easily add more team members so they can take advantage of all our sessions and opportunities to connect.

Join us in Palm Springs for added Benefits:

  • Provocative mini summits on the topics that matter.
  • The power of in-person meetings where you can get deals done.
  • Reconnecting to the ecosystem at a gala dinner.

 Special Offers for Entrepreneurs and Investors/Corporates

  • Facilitated Introductions and Meetings – being part of our Actively Managed Meetings Program will maximize your opportunities of finding future partners as we will pre-schedule a series of speed meetings between companies and investor/ corporates and make additional introductions and beyond.
  • Peer-to-Peer Roundtables for Investors and Corporates – gain insights, new connections and dealflow from an exclusive, invite-only session for co-investors and other experts in your area.
    Please note that there are only a limited number of  special team packages and you need to register by 15 December to join the special meetings program. 

Enjoy Personalized Support 

  • Dedicated help –  all attendees are assigned a Cleantech Group team member who will answer your questions and help you make the most of the event. 
  • A pre-event webinar introducing the platform – by investing a little time ahead of the event, you can navigate the platform, and understand how to make the most from the event.

Gain Insight From A Fast-Paced Agenda

  • Access to half-day research-led programs – our agenda challenges you with the latest trends, analysis and innovations transforming sustainability.
  • Downloadable slide decks and Access to Recordings – you won’t miss any of the information delivered during our sessions.

A wide range of sessions means you can choose the topics and formats that interest you most. Pursue your area or expertise or widen your horizons. Our agenda will draw from the six sectors in our industrial coverage.

Who Attends

The Forum connects the latest generation of start-ups with investors and corporates looking for new partners.

Meet the people who attended our 2021 Forum.

We’ll let our community tell you what makes Cleantech Forum San Francisco invaluable.

“One of the best conferences I have ever been to”
Gregorio Oberti, Managing Director, PwC

“Startups, entrepreneurs, investors, corporates – all the most influential leaders and innovators of the global cleantech industry gather at Cleantech Forum San Francisco to attend meaningful discussions and identify new trends, emerging innovations and their deployment. It really is a MUST in the cleantech industry.”
Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder & Managing Director, Cycle Capital Management

“It was an absolute blast! Loved my first Cleantech Forum. What amazing people you gather. Feeling inspired and motivated.”
Claire O’Connor, Senior Advisor, International Affairs, US Department of Energy

“Thank you for a great forum! I was humbled by the smart and experienced people I met, it was great rubbing shoulders with such intelligent people. And I’m following up with several of them!”
Kathy Giori, Vice President, Arduino

Contact

If you have any questions about Cleantech Forum San Francisco, please feel free to contact us at forumsf@cleantech.com.

Entrepreneurs

Why Do Innovators Attend?

When you register for an  Innovator ticket you open the door to our complete to virtual program. You can connect with all attendees and take advantage of the downloadable presentations and on-demand recordings. If you want to join us in Palm Springs, you can add that option.

Added benefits for innovators:

  • Booth on the platform  – perfect for sharing your company presentation and encouraging potential partners to get in touch and find out more.
  • Feature in the Forum Company Guide – Your information will be shared with investors/corporates and used to make introductions.
  • Speaker or presentation slots– when your register early, you increase your chances of presenting at one of Innovation Showcases designed to engage investors and corporates with new companies.
Apply To Present At An Innovation Showcase!

Join us in Edinburgh and benefit from:

  • The power of face-to-face meetings.
  • Taking part in four interactive mini summits exploring themes in decarbonization.
  • Gala dinner where you can reconnect to the cleantech ecosystem.

Register by 15 December to join our actively managed meetings program  – an opportunity for targeted introductions and speed meetings.

Interested? Sign up and get updates and discounts sent straight to your inbox.

Who Will You Meet?

You can introduce yourself and your company to a wide range 0f investors and corporates at Cleantech Forum San Francisco. Just a few are included here

View the full list of last year’s Cleantech Forum San Francisco investor and corporate participants.

What Do Other Innovators Say About our Forums?

With great additions such as direct introductions to investors set-up weeks before the event + speed dating with other players in the industry, along with a great crowd of people genuinely hustling for the cause of a rapid clean energy transition – not only was it well worth our time, but we’ve come out of it freshly charged to keep pushing boundaries with the other players in the space to build a brighter more inspirational future powered by renewable energy

Afnan Hanan, Co-founder and CEO, Okra Solar

“A fantastically curated and attended event. One of the best places for Cleantech start-ups to spend time with venture capital and strategic investors.” -Jo-Jo Hubbard, Electron

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Cleantech Forum San Francisco and your options as an entrepreneur, please feel free to contact us at forumsf@cleantech.com.

Investors and Corporates

Why Do Investors and Corporate Change Makers Join Us?

When you join us as an investor/corporate, you get access to the entire digital program, connect with all attendees and take advantage of the downloadable presentations and on-demand recordings. You’ll also see presentations from select companies in the 2022 Global Cleantech 100.  If you want to join us in Palm Sprints you can add that option.

Your also gain  a package of special benefits:

  • Facilitated Introductions and Meetings – Our Actively Managed Meetings Program will maximize your opportunities to find future partners. We’ll pre-schedule a series of speed meetings with investor/corporates and make additional introductions.
  • Invitations to peer-to-peer roundtables.
  • Speed networking with innovators that match your criteria.
  • Virtual booth you can add video and other materials to and generate interest in your aims and goal

If you decide to join us in person in Palm Springs, you’ll also benefit from:

  • The power of face-to-face meetings.
  • Interactive mini summits exploring themes in decarbonization.
  • Gala dinner where you can reconnect to the cleantech ecosystem.

You can also add colleagues for just $100 for every additional virtual ticket. A group of you can attend different sessions, network, compare notes and make the most of the event. Simply register your colleagues by choosing Add Group Member on your Registration Summary page. Please note you must all be from the same organization.

Please note that there are only a limited number of these special team packages and you will need to have registered by 15 December to  be part of all aspects of the special meetings program.

Interested? Just leave us your details and we’ll send you updates and discounts.

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Connect with Innovators and other Investors/Corporates

Our personalized service to connect you with innovators and peers. You’ll be able to review the companies at the Forum and ask for some targeted introductions. And if registered by December 15, you’ll also be part of two invite-only sessions – investors/corporates roundtables (Wednesday, 20 January ), and a speed meetings program with innovation/tech companies (Tuesday, 19 January )

Enjoy Personalized Support 

  • Dedicated help –  all attendees are assigned a Cleantech Group team member who will answer your questions and help you make the most of the event. 
  • A pre-event webinar introducing the platform – by investing a little time ahead of the event, you can navigate the platform, and understand how to make the most from the event.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about Cleantech Forum San Francisco and your options as an investor/corporate, please feel free to contact us at forumsf@cleantech.com.

Agenda

From Commitments to Actions: the sprint to net zero

We’re building out an exciting hybrid experience. We’ll add more information soon. Leave your details and we’ll be in touch with updates and offers.

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Ready to present your company at an Innovation Showcase and get in front of investors and corporates? It only take a few minutes to complete an application.

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We’re also looking for other speakers with compelling ideas about the future to join our agenda. Now is the perfect time to complete an application.

In the meantime, here’s last year’s agenda for you to get a flavour for the variety of topics we explore. Please keep in mind that all times will be in PST, the time in California.

Featured speakers

January 19, 2021

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  • Plenary Session
    From Chaos to Transformation: Tackling the Climate Crisis Together

    During the opening session, Cleantech Group will help you get re-set for a better year, providing its typical tour of our innovation ecosystem, highlighting the key innovation topics and investment trends, as well as some of the key players, to pay attention to in the year(s) ahead. Within this context, our keynote guest, Dr Fatih Birol, will provide his perspectives on the path to net zero from here and what he is hearing and feeling in the corridors of corporate and political power. Can Covid yet prove to be a blessing in disguise in fighting the climate crisis? And what are his hopes for and from us, the innovation community, in these critical years ahead of 2030?

  • Networking Session
    Randomized Networking

    In these time-blocks, you will find yourselves in a series of short zoom breakouts with 3-4 people at a time, to recreate that feeling of meeting people at the in person coffee bar, between sessions

  • Landscape Session
    Parallel Session
    Semiconductors: Enabling a power consumption revolution

    New forms of semiconductors are radically changing the economics in some of the world’s most demanding industries. How far might addressing previously unsolved power consumption challenges enable change and disruption? And in which key industries? And when? This session will explore.

    Co-hosted by Cycle Capital

  • Showcase Session
    Parallel Session
    Innovation Showcase: The Power of Data

    During our innovation showcases, a handful of exciting companies will present themselves, with some Q&A from investors. In this showcase, we will hear from a group of companies leveraging the power of data to create impactful and transformative businesses across a range of commercial and industrial applications.

  • Landscape Session
    Parallel Session
    2020: The Year of the SPAC in Cleantech

    The special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) in US cleantech has taken off in 2020 – with 15 announcements to date, three listings completed (the latest being Quantumscape, the first battery manufacturer to go public for 10 years); more SPACS are still being formed and priced. This session will examine all facets of this trend from different angles – its pros, its cons and the realities of actually doing such a transaction.

    Co-hosted by Marathon Capital

  • Showcase Session
    Parallel Session
    Innovation Showcase: New Materials with New Possibilities

    During our innovation showcases, a handful of exciting companies will present themselves, with some Q&A from investors. In this showcase, we will hear from a group of companies offering new materials with new possibilities

  • Workshop Session
    Parallel Session
    The 2020s: The decade of the clean energy molecule

    Energy experts around the world have come to the conclusion that a clean molecule is likely needed in order to decarbonize the hard to abate sectors such as heavy duty transportation, high energy density industry applications, and etc. This session will showcase selective technologies highlighting a range of alternative energy molecules, and their potential in the area of new renewable gas pathways, carbon capture, utilization, and storage, small scale H2 production, and zero emission transportation. These technologies have the potential to decarbonize our gas supply, provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers, and enable deep penetration of renewable energy.

    Co-hosted by SoCalGas

  • Workshop Session
    Parallel Session
    Transactive Energy - A driver of energy transition?

    The role of transactive energy in the US and Canada’s energy transition plans shall shape the world in terms of how jurisdictions, prosumers and consumers think about the energy system. In this workshop, come get a snapshot of various jurisdictions (US, Canada, EU/UK, Australia and Japan). Workshop-style, we will look at the similarities and differences in objectives, approach and end goals.

    Co-hosted by Opus One Solutions

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    Meet Diageo's new Sustainability Program and its Innovation Challenges for Innovators

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations.

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    Automation and Robotics in Ag & Food: The trend, the opportunities, and the challenges

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations.

  • Meetings
    Time Blocks for one2one Meetings – Or Downtime

    We suggest this time remains blocked in your calendars to allow for 1-to-1 meetings (self-arranged or arranged for you by Cleantech Group’s actively-managed meetings program for sponsors, for investor/corporates and for innovation companies (on the team package).

  • Meetings
    Speed one2one Company/Investor Meetings (Invite Only)

    For those on the special team packages (for entrepreneurs and for investors/corporates) and signed up in time (before December 15), we will use this time to deliver a series of pre-scheduled, speed meetings between companies and investor/corporates.

January 20, 2021

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  • Plenary Session
    From Chaos to Transformation: International Policy Perspectives

    We will open the second day, a little later (to allow for anyone wanting to watch live the Inauguration of the new US President). With that context, Cleantech Group will provide a digest of some of the highlights of recent policy announcements around the world, and we will hear from Ottawa some perspectives on Canada’s actions to fight climate change and rebuild a more resilient and sustainable economy including through the strengthened climate plan, the newly announced Hydrogen Strategy and the SMR Action Plan.

  • Plenary Session
    2021 Global Cleantech 100: The North American Company of the Year and The Graduate of the Year

    In the second part of our opening session of the day, we will hear from the 2021 winners of these two awards from our annual Global Cleantech 100 special awards series. In December we released the 2021 list. That was our 12th such list since 2009, when a company by the name of Tesla – you may have heard of it – was on the inaugural list, graduating via an IPO a few months later. The rest, as they say, is history.

    Co-hosted by Chubb

  • Networking Session
    Randomized Networking

    In these time-blocks, you will find yourselves in a series of short zoom breakouts with 3-4 people at a time, to recreate that feeling of meeting people at the in person coffee bar, between sessions.

  • Landscape Session
    Parallel Session
    Electrifying Commercial Fleets – Unique Challenges and Solutions

    Longer range and higher payload requirements are just some of the major challenges to electrify commercial vehicle fleets. Unlike smaller passenger vehicles, electric commercial vehicles are riskier to finance, have more complex operations and need to be able to transport heavy loads, often long distances. In this session we’ll discuss promising solutions to help solve the unique barriers to electrification in this sector.

    Co-hosted by Ideanomics

  • Showcase Session
    Parallel Session
    Innovation Showcase: 50 to Watch

    During our innovation showcases, a handful of exciting companies will present themselves, with some Q&A from investors. In this showcase, we will hear from a group of companies from our annual 50 to Watch list.

  • Workshop Session
    Parallel Session
    Betting on Hydrogen - but how much is hype?

    Many times over the last half century, the world has promoted the merits of hydrogen as a future fuel but each time the efforts were in vain. In 2020, with a global push to decarbonize transportation and power generation, hydrogen has been garnering unprecedented levels of attention. While emerging hydrogen technology developments and innovations are showing great promise, is this decade’s hype around hydrogen valid?

    Join us for an exciting discussion on the opportunities and challenges surrounding hydrogen and whether this technology will be enough to get us to a low-carbon, high-growth economy!

    Co-hosted by Evok Innovations

  • Showcase Session
    Parallel Session
    Innovation Showcase: Visions of, and ingredients for, a hyper-efficient and low carbon electricity future

    During our innovation showcases, a handful of exciting companies will present themselves, with some Q&A from investors. In this showcase, we will hear from a group of companies enabling and working towards a transformed power sector.

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    VC Clinic: The latest trends - term sheets and more

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations

    Co-hosted by Wilson Sonsini

  • Workshop Session
    Parallel Session
    The Climate Elephant in the Room: Industrial Heat

    Global industrial GHG emissions represent about 24% of all GHG emissions – more than all emissions from transport, and almost as much as from electricity. Heat is industry’s biggest contributor to emissions. But its decoupling from fossil fuels remains largely unclear. This fireside discussion will explore if nuclear is poised to play an important role for industrial heat, exploring its role in process heat, high temperature electrolysis and other applications.

    Co-hosted by Terrestrial Energy & Nuclear Energy Institute

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    Financing options for hardware-as-a-service cleantech business models

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations.

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    Expanding the ESG Portfolio: Developing new trading instruments and platforms to enable companies to directly mitigate climate impact

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations.

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    Big Tech and Carbon Removal Offsets

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations.

  • Meetings
    Time Blocks for one2one Meetings – Or Downtime

    We suggest this time remains blocked in your calendars to allow for 1-to-1 meetings (self-arranged or arranged for you by Cleantech Group’s actively-managed meetings program for sponsors, for investor/corporates and for innovation companies (on the team package).

  • Meetings
    Investor/Corporate Roundtables (Invite Only)

    For those on the special investors/corporates team packages and signed up in time (before December 15), we will use this time to create a series of hosted roundtable discussions, to provide a dedicated time and space for investors and corporates to connect and interact around a series of topical “roundtable-style” discussions.

  • Meetings
    Speed one2one Company/Investor Meetings (Invite Only)

    For those on the special team packages (for entrepreneurs and for investors/corporates) and signed up in time (before December 15), we will use this time to deliver a series of pre-scheduled, speed meetings between companies and investor/corporates.

January 21, 2021

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  • Plenary Session
    Re-Imagining an Energy Major

    Lost amid the chaos, 2020 was a standout year for stronger and larger numbers of corporate announcements and commitments to fight climate change. The European energy majors were amongst them. We open the final day with the opportunity to hear direct from BP’s Chief of Staff on its new strategy, its stated net zero ambitions, and what the journey ahead through the energy transition journey might look like.

  • Networking Session
    Randomized Networking

    In these time-blocks, you will find yourselves in a series of short zoom breakouts with 3-4 people at a time, to recreate that feeling of meeting people at the in person coffee bar, between sessions

  • Landscape Session
    Parallel Session
    Climate-related risk exposure – The innovators helping investors better understand their portfolio 

    Financial services are the most at risk from climate change, yet few understand their climate-related risk exposure in a useful way. Oncoming regulations in the UK, EU and New Zealand will make climate-related financial risk exposure mandatory for all financial services firms. This session will seek to answer what this mean for the investor community? How might innovators and technology streamline this process? And what opportunities to investors seek to gain?

  • Showcase Session
    Parallel Session
    Innovation Showcase: Visions of, and ingredients for, an electric-dominant mobility future

    During our innovation showcases, a handful of exciting companies will present themselves, with some Q&A from investors. In this showcase, we will hear from a group of companies enabling and working towards a transformed transportation sector.

  • Landscape Session
    Parallel Session
    Gearing up for grid flexibility

    As governments look to green national grids, markets are opening for participants looking to capture value from electricity system volatility caused by increasing renewable energy penetration. The US is a key example, where load flexibility could create $15 billion in additional revenue on a yearly basis. As US regulators look to level the playing field for DERs, we explore how innovators are taping this emerging  market opportunity.

  • Showcase Session
    Parallel Session
    Innovation Showcase: Enablers of deeper decarbonization

    During our innovation showcases, a handful of exciting companies will present themselves, with some Q&A from investors. In this showcase, we will hear from a group of companies with solutions that have the potential to enable globally-significant reductions in our emissions

  • Workshop Session
    Parallel Session
    Commercial and Industrial Wastewater - The Innovators Helping to Plan and Manage Water Scarcity

    In a water-scarce world with ever-changing pollutants and increasingly stringent regulations, traditional water treatment systems are not fit for purpose. Cleantech wastewater treatment technologies are becoming smarter, cheaper, and more efficient while the commercial and industrial market is becoming more open to innovation. This session will explore how innovators are forging a route-to-market, how the industry is breaking down barriers, and lessons we can learn from the Canadian innovation ecosystem.

    Co-hosted by Foresight Cleantech Innovation Center

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    Fusion Energy: The path to becoming a climate hero, 2030-50

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations.

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    Creating a Local Critical Battery Materials Supply Chain

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations.

  • Discussion Session
    Parallel Session
    The Coming EV Wave: Opportunities and challenges for utilities

    These informal discussion sessions are designed to give you the chance to dive into a subject more informally and interactively. Numbers will be limited for such sessions, so that participants can come off mute and take an active role in the conversations.

  • Plenary Session
    From Chaos to Transformation: Post Inauguration Policy Perspectives

    We end our virtual Forum, a day after the Inauguration of the new US President (and potentially some day 1 announcements), by taking a look at the implications for our innovation community on federal and state policies, and how the US might respond to the twin realities of a Covid-ravaged economy and an intensifying climate crisis.

  • Meetings
    Time Blocks for One2One Meetings

    We suggest this time remains blocked in your calendars to allow for 1-to-1 meetings (self-arranged or arranged for you by Cleantech Group’s actively-managed meetings program for sponsors, for investor/corporates and for innovation companies (on the team package).

Travel / Platform

Cleantech Forum San Francisco Goes Hybrid

Our in-person Forum will be hosted at the Westin Mission Hills Resort Villas, Palm Springs with plenty of outdoor space and sun.

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Speakers

Below you will find our speakers from Cleantech Forum San Francisco Virtual January 2021.

Sponsors

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Interested in sponsoring this event? Please contact us at forumsf@cleantech.com to discuss opportunities.

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