Now in its 16th year, Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2018 will once again be a true kick off for your year – mark your calendars for January 22-24, 2018!
This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community offers a comprehensive, three-day program along with exclusive opportunities to network, learn, and get deals done. Since 2002, Cleantech Group has brought together clean technology’s most influential leaders – corporate executives, start-up and growth company CEOs, investors, government agencies, and other players – from across all areas of resource innovation, from the major industrial verticals, and from across the globe.
The upcoming Forum will be our 16th annual showing of our flagship event, and Charting the Future, Connecting the Globe remains core to the value proposition of Cleantech Forums, and indeed all of CTG’s services.
What You’ll Experience
Our Cleantech Forums give you a glimpse of the future, get you out of your everyday silos, provide a different perspective, and help you find innovations of relevance to you that are in adjacent or altogether different industrial and technology areas. We convene the game-changers from multiple sectors all in one place for three days, from 25+ countries, and from over 100 cities worldwide. Our 16-year history of Cleantech Forums speaks to the importance of our events in getting deals done (or started), and the feedback we receive from attendees each year highlights the unique opportunities found at our Forums.
For our 16th Forum, we are building the theme around the idea of “next generations.” Expect insights on where the next generation of technologies might take the industrial landscape, hear from the newest generation of investment vehicles, and expect to meet CEOs who are representing how the next generation of entrepreneurs are shaping up.
We will once again host the official announcement of our annual Global Cleantech 100 list and awards, as well as release our Global Cleantech 100 Report that highlights the mega-trends of the next 5-10 years.
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You can expect to meet high-level corporate and investor representatives, entrepreneurs and disruptive start-ups, and other innovation leaders from 25+ countries, 5 continents, and from across many different sectors and industries.
Attendee numbers are consistently in the 550-600 range. Each is motivated to see today’s ‘state of the art’ in sustainable innovation and to gain insights on tomorrow.
Entrepreneurs: The start-ups and innovators on the front lines of sustainable innovation.
Corporates: Representatives from today’s leading corporate open innovation and venturing programs – those funding, incubating and partnering with innovation for strategic as well as financial return.
Financial Investors: Representatives from leading financial firms – venture and growth capital firms, from Sand Hill Road to Zhongguancun, along with the angels and family offices looking to make a sustainable impact and financial return.
Innovation Leaders: The ecosystem is completed with the presence of public sector officials and programs specialized in helping cleantech and resource innovation, and by lawyers and bankers, thinkers and innovation visionaries.
Check out a sampling of who typically attends our Forum here.
In line with CTG’s “charting the future” mission, this year’s Forum is built around the idea of Next Generations.
Through keynotes, panels, company pitches, and our interaction track, our 2018 Forum will be exploring many angles on this idea. Here are some of what you should expect:
You should expect a series of sessions to meet and hear from next generation entrepreneurs – the rising stars as identified from within our GCT100 program, but also from the generation of companies on the horizon.
Next generation technologies will, of course get some airtime – in part from the keynote from the CEO of Singularity University (with its well-known focus on exponential technologies) and in part from CTG’s own Cutting Edge series, which continues to explore the relevant energy and industrial applications of enabling technologies such as AI, blockchain, and gene editing.
Technology is exciting, but is not always a defining factor in whether a young company thrives. Instead, it is often suitable business models and investment vehicles that accelerate and finance immature technologies. The 2018 Forum will feature next generation investment approaches to call out this trend we have been following closely for the past two years.
Leadership has never felt more important – be it in a venture company, a multi-national, a city, state or country. New leaders are picking up the baton of the sustainable revolution, and we would like to hear from some of these next generation leaders in positions of influence.
And finally, we are also looking at how to bring actual next generations into the mix, both as participants and voices in the Forum. We also want to look at how the decades-long trends we are following will be impacted by the next generations and their marked differences from the baby boomer generation (in numbers; in the way they communicate, collaborate and consume; what they demand of products and services; and where they are/will be (namely in Asia and Africa)).
Rob NailCo-Founder, Singularity University
Dr. Pratima RangarajanCEO, OGCI Climate Investments
Steve MalnightSenior Vice President, Strategy and Policy, PG&E
Flavia Tata NardiniCEO, Fleet Space Technologies
Raj AtluruManaging Director, Activate Capital
January 22, 2018
INVITE ONLYEntrepreneur Coaching
Select entrepreneurs will have the chance to participate in a coaching session with a small group of subject matter experts from our network, representing different perspectives and experiences on a range of topics relevant to “the building of a company.” (Invitation Only)
INVITE ONLY / LIMITED SEATINGExecutive Summit: Next Generation Mobility
This limited-seating, afternoon Executive Summit will be devoted to sharing views on the intersection of mobility and where it will have the biggest impact and the most challenges – cities. The objectives are to engage in a dialogue around getting mobility solutions beyond pilots into commercial operations, while also addressing how the emerging business models and technology support the broader public good.
If you are interested in attending, please email us at email@example.com to request an invitation. Priority will go to those are already registered for the entire Forum, and who are active in this space.
There are several intersecting trends in mobility that will shape the next generation: autonomous vehicles, widespread use of sensors and data across the transportation infrastructure, new transportation service models, and active participation from cities on planning and control to meet diverse needs and challenges of increasing urbanization – to name a few.
We will look across the ecosystem at the programs, plans and possibilities; who is leading the way; and where to watch. In this Summit setting, we will bring together key participants driving these trends in an effort to lay out concerns, identify opportunities, and foster collaboration.
The City view (representatives from 3-4 cities actively addressing mobility):
- How can the emerging business models and technology support the broader public good, and not just private actor actions?
- Let’s talk about data – what is on the table and what is not – when it comes to privacy, ownership, and competitive advantage.
The Service Provider view (3-4 large companies active in mobility, and 3-5 startups with innovative ideas):
- We will look at transportation solutions beyond pilots, and how to take them to commercial scale.
- The speed of change: technology changes now, tomorrow and next Tuesday….
Chris ThomasFounder and Partner, Fontinalis
INVITE ONLYEntrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking
The Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking session will connect investors, corporates, and entrepreneurs via a facilitated “speed dating” format. Entrepreneurs will have the chance to meet to multiple investors throughout the session. Limited seating and by invitation only.
If you are interested in participating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation.
Cyril Magnin FoyerRegistration & Official Opening
Cyril Magnin BallroomThe 2018 Global Cleantech 100 is Unveiled: Welcome to the 16th Annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco!
We will open the Forum by releasing the latest edition of the Global Cleantech 100, the ninth such list since its inaugural appearance in 2009.
Richard YoungmanCEO, CTG
Cyril Magnin BallroomThe Future is Bright, the Future is Electric
To what extent, and at what speed, might our transportation networks electrify? What are the detectible signals today that EV’s time has truly arrived?
These are some of the questions the CEOs of two leading companies in the space will address through their different perspectives on the trend.
Hard to think of anyone better placed to talk to us about the charging infrastructure network and its chicken and egg role in the mass adoption of EVs predicted over the next decades than ChargePoint, the operator of the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network.
Light duty grabs a lot of the headlines, but just as important a question is how electric the medium/heavy duty portion of global transportation can go, and with what kind of an adoption curve? Proterra will speak about how they believe the sun is setting on combustion.
In between, we will have the chance to briefly meet a newly active fund and a “fresh face” at the Forum – all in the spirit of the Connecting the Globe part of CTG’s mission.
Pat RomanoPresident & CEO, ChargePoint
Amy FranceticSVP, New Ventures & Corporate Affairs, Invenergy
Ryan PopplePresident and CEO, Proterra
Cyril Magnin FoyerWelcome Reception
January 23, 2018
Cyril Magnin FoyerRegistration & Continental Breakfast
Welcome coffee and light breakfast will be served in the general networking area.
Our Annual Energy Storage Breakfast: Where are Costs and Value Today?
The team that leads the annual Lazard LCOS (Levelized Cost of Storage) analysis will host this breakfast, once again providing the latest findings on the storage market, from costs to deployment.
By the time of the Forum, Lazard, well-known for its LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) analysis, will have released the third edition of LCOS. The LCOS analysis, conducted with support from Enovation Partners, is an in-depth study of the major energy storage technologies in the context of their various uses, from large-scale, power grid-oriented applications to small-scale, residential applications. Its purpose is to compare the cost-effectiveness of each technology on an “apples to apples” basis within applications, and to compare each application to conventional alternatives.
This breakfast session is your chance to hear from the authors and to have your questions answered.
Dan GabaldonFounding Partner, Enovation Partners
Cyril Magnin BallroomNext Generations: Who and What to Pay Attention to Now about the Future
Our main-stage time on Tuesday morning will kick off with the following two contributions:
- Next Generation Cleantech: CTG will provide its viewpoints on who and what we will be paying attention to in the years ahead, as well as within the Forum’s two-day agenda.
- Future-Proofing for the Next Generation: The CEO of Singularity University, Rob Nail, will provide his views on the incredible stress all our systems are under, and on the potential – and the threats – inherent in the incredible wealth and power of the next wave of exponential technologies and their disruptive impacts on the incumbent, global industries. In particular, Rob will look at next generation manufacturing and where that might go in the next decade or two. He will also speak about his experiences of companies for which the future caught up with them, even when they were anticipating and trying to make change. Adapting now to the next generation is required, though may not be sufficient.
Richard YoungmanCEO, CTG
Rob NailCo-Founder, Singularity University
Cyril Magnin BallroomNext Generation Industries: Dramatic Changes are A-Coming
Our main-stage time on Tuesday morning will conclude with the following:
A Next Generation Oil & Gas Industry: Whatever the Monday opening session on EVs might conclude, and however a big threat to future oil demand that represents, the reality will remain that the hydrocarbon is all-pervasive across our lives and will remain a massive industry for the foreseeable future.
Dr Pratima will talk to us about her mandate as the head of OGCI Climate Investments, a new $1B fund backed by 10 Oil & Gas majors (only PEMEX is not from Europe and Asia), to de-carbonize the Oil & Gas industry.
One to two other speakers will be announced during November.
Dr. Pratima RangarajanCEO, OGCI Climate Investments
Cyril Magnin FoyerNetworking Break
Next Generation Mobility
This session will draw on the pre-Forum Executive Summit to share some of the key findings and thoughts on where the world of transportation and mobility might be heading, and why; and what new we should be paying attention to.
The Rising Stars
We will hear from six CEOs from companies who have made the Global Cleantech 100 for the first time. They will tell us about what they are doing and why their innovation matters – and what impact they will make on the 2020s.
Interaction TrackInteraction Track - Details to Follow
In 2017, we introduced an Interaction Track into our Forums, a means to feature more subjects in smaller, more intimate and interactive settings. Think rooms of 40 people, informal set-ups, light on AV. So well received and attended were they in 2017 that we will be running these again in 2018.
Cyril Magnin BallroomGeneral Networking Lunch
Lunch Session: Hydrogen Fuel Cell or Battery Electric? What might China’s New Energy Vehicle transportation market look like?
There will be no one answer to how a lower carbon global transportation industry market might look. Different solution mixes will emerge for different geographical markets and for different use cases (from single passenger urban travel to heavy duty, long-distance transportation). This lunch session will explore the role of China and how its ambitions for New Energy Vehicles will influence global technology adoption.
There will be a particular focus on the rapid increase in fuel cell activity in China and the impact this is having on Western technology companies, not least exemplified by the tie-ups between Ballard and Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor, and between Plug Power and Furui. This session will share some perspectives on what is trending in China and why, from different players within the value chain.
Will Chinese investors do for the hydrogen and fuel cell economy what they have done in the past for solar and wind? What role does hydrogen have in decarbonizing Chinese transportation, industry, and lowering emissions – and what impact will this have globally?
Co-hosted by: Anglo American Platinum
Ones to Watch
The Ones to Watch session will feature companies from across the breadth of our sustainable resource themes, as well as companies selected from our sister list to the Global Cleantech 100 – the Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch – which highlights companies who are rising up the GCT100’s rankings, and getting close to making the final 100 for the first time.
Jocelyn BoudreauCEO and Co-founder, Hortau
Next Gen ICT: AI Meets Energy
From optimizing asset location to balancing the grid and helping consumers reduce their electricity use, artificial intelligence is being deployed throughout the energy value chain. However, with AI being used as a buzzword by so many, it is challenging to discern where it really adds value. Inspired by CTG’s Cutting Edge research series, this session will look at some of the most promising technologies at the intersection of AI and energy, followed by a discussion on the merits and questions AI brings to the industry.
Jules BesnainouDirector, CTG
Kumar DhuvurCo-Founder & SVP, Product, Powerscout
Fledglings & Seedlings
In search of the next generation of ideas, we are looking to identify some of the “best of” from sources of early-stage innovation – the labs, University TTOs, international business competitions, and accelerator/incubator programs. Our aim will be to bring you something different, something to inspire or provoke.
Next Generation: Spacetech and Satellites
As technological advances continue along a seemingly exponential trajectory, pressure on earth’s resources is reaching a critical point. In this session, we will highlight the visionary exploits of companies that are looking to outer-space for answers to earth’s most pressing questions. With 3D printing, space manufacturing, asteroid mining and satellite technologies, we will highlight the companies at the very cutting edge of what is possible.
Jason DunnChief Technology Officer, Made In Space
Flavia Tata NardiniCEO, Fleet Space Technologies
Kevin O’BrienChief Business Officer, Orbital Insight
Nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs: What does success look like, and for whom?
From ideation labs to incubators, accelerators, and themed co-working spaces, more and more organizations are providing entrepreneurial support services to cleantech companies. Who are they all, and how do their missions and models differ? As platforms and connectors, how do they create value for startups, corporate partners, local authorities, and investors? What are the key metrics they use to demonstrate that value? We will hear from nonprofit, corporate, and publicly-funded organizations about their objectives, how they have evolved over time, and what they are doing to be successful going forward.
Cyril Magnin BallroomA Next Generation Power Industry: Visions, Views and Concerns
Our Tuesday agenda will conclude with an examination of what a next generation power industry might look and feel like.
California has committed itself to achieving a 100% renewable energy for its next generation. How can this be achieved? What technologies and innovations are missing today? What are the implications for a utility, and indeed, industry served by the utilities? What strategic options exist from here?
These are some of the questions we will explore with Steve Malnight, Head of Strategy at PG&E.
One additional guest speaker is possible for this session.
Steve MalnightSenior Vice President, Strategy and Policy, PG&E
Cyril Magnin FoyerTuesday Evening Reception
January 24, 2018
Cyril Magnin FoyerRegistration & Continental Breakfast
Welcome coffee and a light breakfast will be served in the general networking area.
Cyril Magnin BallroomNext Generations: Feeding and Financing
Our main stage time on Wednesday morning will be used to kick off the focus of the day’s two main tracks – Next Generation Finance and Next Generation Ag & Food.
In the first half, we will look at the signals visible today that the next generation will demand of the finance and investment industry, in line with how the next generation has grown up experiencing an always on and connected world. This leads to democratization and an expectation of transparency and control – everything big finance is not. Prior generations have ceded control to big institutions who invest on our behalves. Change feels afoot generally, but we will take a particular focus on this theme through sustainability investing, through the eyes of a millennial founder of a new hot fintech start-up, Ethic Investing. What Ethic is offering progressives in investing is highly relevant to us as we think about financing the next generation of technologies and innovations.
In the second half, to help set up the three Ag & Food sessions that will follow, we will be provided with a view on the key drivers and trends disrupting the Ag & Food worlds, an understanding of why food is different and why Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods changes everything, and insights into how the supply chains may evolve in the coming years, driven by automation, biology and information technology.
Jay LipmanCo-Founder & President, Ethic
Will RosenzweigFounder and Chair, Food Venture Lab
Next Generation Finance for Industrial Innovation
The traditional fixed-term venture capital fund model has more often than not proved an imperfect tool for getting hard-tech to scale in industrial sectors. Technology development and sales cycles in highly regulated industries often take longer than the next new gaming app might take to recruit 100 million users, but the need of limited partners to eventually see returns on investment does not change.
Lots of folks in our ecosystem are therefore focused on new models for commercialization of new products and services that either help to supplement venture capital, precede it, or avoid it altogether. One thing is becoming clear – there is no silver bullet. In this mini-block, with the opportunity to extend the discussions into lunch, we’ll look to catalyze a discussion led by purveyors of some of these new models of when and where to plug in various types of funding and facilitation – and how replicable the combinations and order might be for future ventures.
Matt PriceManaging Director, Partnerships, Cyclotron Road
Veery MaxwellDirector, Energy Innovation
Heidi PatelPartner, Rethink Impact
Catha GrootDirector, Radicle Impact
Feeding the World Through Digital Agriculture
This morning’s two-session block will center on the question of feeding the world’s growing population, providing you some thought-provoking viewpoints on next generation technologies and innovations in the agriculture & food value chain. The first session will focus on the digitization of agriculture, diving deep into transformative areas such as precision agriculture, plant data analytics, and farm management. We will hear from various stakeholders across the ecosystem – the corporates, investors, start-ups, and technology adopters – to have a meaningful discussion towards the adoption of digital agricultural technologies.
Laura ShankarFounder and Principal, Artemis Water Strategy
Sanjeev KrishnanManaging Director and CIO, S2G Ventures
Chris PatersonDigital Farming Lead for North America, Bayer CropScience
Wade BarnesPresident & CEO, Farmers Edge
Next Generation Finance for Early Commercial Deployments
After development of an innovative new technology or service often comes the question of how to finance early demonstrations or commercial deployments for first customers. There is usually still too much risk for big banks to play here, while financing projects out of company equity can create too much risk for both a technology supplier and its customers. New players have emerged here, with the industry experience to evaluate projects and an eye toward packaging many similar small projects together to create cash flow streams sufficient to interest potential investors. Perhaps insurance houses can also play a role. In this session we’ll hear what’s now thought possible from those advancing the front lines of early project finance.
Jeff KayesPartner, Morrison & Foerster
Raj AtluruManaging Director, Activate Capital
Rob DayGeneral Partner, Spring Lane Capital
Scott JacobsCEO and Co-Founder, Generate Capital
Sustainable Food System – Bridging the Gap Between Farm and Table
Building on our discussion around next generation digital agriculture, this session will focus on the development of a sustainable food system. Specifically, we will zoom in on hot topics around food access, food security and, taking a step further, food replacements. We will highlight the various technologies and best practices that are needed to ensure the growing population will have sufficient access to safe and nutritious food.
Chris MallettCorporate Vice President, Research & Development, Cargill
Cyril Magnin BallroomGeneral Networking Lunch
Lunch Session: Catch-up with Next Generation India: Power and Opportunity For All
In its 70 years since independence, India has added 3 times the population of the US today. Sometime in the 2020s, it will surpass China as the most populous country on earth. What India’s next generation energy, power and transportation markets look like matters – to us all.
This lunch session will look at the groundwork being laid by the Modi government, in terms of accelerating its power and transportation sectors toward a lower carbon future. We will examine three areas and the opportunities for us all within these themes – the rise of rooftop solar, the rise of new businesses and new business models in mobility, and the “power to all.”
Pankaj SehgalCEO, SUN Renewables (SUN Group)
Blockchain in Energy & Industry: A Growing Intersection
Blockchain has been a major area of interest for the energy sector over the past couple of years. With growing traction, distributed ledger technology could power the future of energy, industry and mobility. But for all its potential, blockchain is still a nascent technology, and questions around use cases, technology readiness and business models abound. In this session, with learnings from our November Executive Summit on the topic, we will hear from some of the top innovators and corporate adopters to go beyond the hype and provide elements of answers to these questions.
Jules BesnainouDirector, CTG
Ranga KrishnanVice President, Technology, Skuchain
Jesse MorrisFoundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation
Lawrence OrsiniCEO, LO3 Energy
Biotechnology Applications and Alternatives in Ag & Food
The last session of our Next Generation Agriculture & Food series will focus on biotechnology applications in the agriculture & food sector. We will look into innovation technologies in areas such as plant genomics, bio-based pesticides, and alternative sources of animal feed.
Chris MallettCorporate Vice President, Research & Development, Cargill
Cyril Magnin FoyerNetworking Break
Cyril Magnin BallroomAll of the Above, One Year On: Time for a Look Across All Energy Technologies and Their Future Potentialities?
Under Ernest Moniz’s tenure at the US Department of Energy, the US’s energy policy was often referred to as “all of the above,” meant to capture the idea that all forms of energy had a part to play in the future energy mix, even if lowering carbon emissions was an explicit lens through which “all of the above” was to be carried out.
In this same time slot in 2017 (on the 3rd working day of the Trump administration), we had a lively panel session, tasked with the hard job of speculating what would change under the new presidency. One year on, we think it opportune and useful to revisit and take a look at where we are, with regards to all the potential energy technologies – from coal to renewables, from carbon capture to fusion.
The objective is to assemble a group of panelists who are au courant with the policies and politics, as well as (perhaps more critically) the economics of all of the above, and so who can help us take away a balanced and realistic view of how much has changed, and how little or much politics can trump the underlying economics.
Cyril Magnin FoyerClosing Reception
Thank you for joining us for our 16th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco! We hope to see you next year.
Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2018 will be headquartered at Parc 55 San Francisco, a modern and spacious hotel located just steps away from Union Square, the Powell Street cable car turnaround, and the Moscone Center. With a contemporary design geared for both corporate and leisure guests, the hotel is an exceptional place to stay while visiting San Francisco. Parc 55 boasts 1,024 accommodating guest rooms, a full service 24-hour fitness center, and an array of dining options.
Hotel rooms have historically filled very quickly for Cleantech Forum San Francisco. We encourage you to book your room at the special Cleantech Group delegate rate of $279.00 per room per night. Our hotel block deadline is December 31, 2017, or until rooms run out. Available room nights for this rate are between January 20-25, with more limited availability on January 20-21 and January 24-25.
You can also call the hotel directly using the phone number below and referencing our event code:
Phone Number: +1 415-392-8000
Phone: +1 415-392-8000
Raj AtluruManaging Director, Activate Capital Speaker bio
Raj Atluru has been investing in the energy and resource sectors for 19 years.
Previously, Raj was a co-founder of Silver Lake Kraftwerk, a growth equity fund focused on late stage private companies across the energy and resource sectors. From 2000 until 2011, Raj lead the cleantech practice at the venture fund of Draper Fisher Jurvetson, one of the premier early stage venture funds in Silicon Valley. DFJ was an early investor in notable companies including Tesla Motors, Solar City, EnerNOC, Brightsource Energy and Sea Micro. From 1996 to 2000, Raj worked on energy and technology investing for TL Ventures.
Raj has served on several private and public boards, and co-founded DFJ Element with David Lincoln in 2005 – at the time, the largest fund ever raised for the cleantech sector.
Raj is also a founder of the Spotlight Foundation, focused on grants to educational entrepreneurs globally. He has keynoted numerous conferences dedicated to sustainability and innovation, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Cleantech Investors Forum, the premier conference in the sector.
Raj has both a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University as well as an MBA also from Stanford.
Wade BarnesPresident & CEO, Farmers Edge Speaker bio
Wade Barnes is a pioneer in the Precision Agriculture movement and one of the foremost agronomists in North America. Raised as a grower in rural Manitoba, Canada, Wade founded Farmers Edge in 2005 and over the last decade has expanded both the company and the range of grower-based solutions Farmers Edge offers to encompass 4 continents and 5 countries. Leading a team of 300+ dedicated agronomists, technology innovators, and sustainability experts, Wade is focused on increasing sustainable farm yields to feed the world’s 9B by 2050.
In his role as President & CEO, Barnes has grown Farmers Edge into the preeminent provider of precision agriculture platforms and independent data management solutions for growers worldwide. The Company’s Variable Rate Technology has become the de facto in on-farm best practices for the world’s major grower basins from North America’s Midwest, to the Krasnodar in Russia, Australia’s New South Wales and Mato Grosso in Brazil, just to name a few. Under his leadership, Farmers Edge has partnered with agriculture’s largest multinationals, from Dow to The Weather Company, an IBM business, to further agricultural sustainability, responsible supply-chains, and advanced agronomy. His experiences, both as a grower and as an entrepreneur, have made him a trusted voice, and he is regularly invited to speak on the impact of advanced technologies, emerging carbon markets and the role these play in our evolving agricultural supply chains.
Jules BesnainouDirector, CTG
Jocelyn BoudreauCEO and Co-founder, Hortau Speaker bio
Jocelyn Boudreau is CEO and co-founder of Hortau. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters degree in soil physics from Laval University (Québec, Canada). Early in his career, Jocelyn worked at Laval University as a research assistant, helping with the development of a sub-irrigation system in capillary mat for container crops, greenhouse and nursery.
He then acted as a tech consultant for various irrigation, soil physics and technical sales projects, before co-founding Hortau in 2002. He played a key role in the company’s start-up phase, from the business plan and strategy, financing, building and managing a high-level team, as well as the execution of the company’s growth strategy.
Jocelyn is currently responsible for managing the company’s human and financial resources, coordinating the team, strategic planning and also preparing and managing the company’s board meetings. Jocelyn currently lives with his family in San Luis Obispo, Calif, operating out of Hortau’s U.S. headquarters, where he works closely with the sales, marketing and tech support teams on the company’s growth territory.
Rob DayGeneral Partner, Spring Lane Capital Speaker bio
Rob Day has been a sustainable resources private equity investor since 2004, and acts or has served as a Director, Observer and advisory board member to multiple companies in the energy tech and related sectors. Rob also serves on the Board at the New England Clean Energy Council. From 2005-2016 he authored the column Cleantech Investing, which appeared on GreentechMedia.com, and co-hosted several conferences with that group on the topic of new investment models for the sustainability sector.
Formerly a consultant with Bain & Company, Rob has worked with companies and evaluated private equity transactions in the energy/ utilities, telecom, IT, medical/pharmaceutical, and retail industries. Earlier in his career, Rob was a member of the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Enterprise Program, where he co-authored the report The Next Bottom Line: Making Sustainable Development Tangible. Rob received his MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University), and his BA at Swarthmore College.
Kumar DhuvurCo-Founder & SVP, Product, Powerscout Speaker bio
Kumar Dhuvur is a Co-Founder and SVP, Product at PowerScout, a big-data enabled eCommerce platform for clean energy products. He is passionate about clean energy and is a results-oriented leader with experience in data driven analytics to solving big market problems. Kumar has received an MBA from Wharton and has served as an advisor at McKinsey & Company. Prior to McKinsey, Kumar led data driven marketing at Capital One Bank.
Jason DunnChief Technology Officer, Made In Space Speaker bio
Jason co-founded Made In Space in 2010 as a result of analyzing the best possible approaches to enabling a fully sustainable form of space colonization.
With a core focus on space manufacturing, the company has since built, flown, and operated the first and second 3D printers in space. Installed on the International Space Station, the first Made In Space Zero-Gravity 3D printer began space manufacturing in November 2014. Today, Made In Space operates the second-generation 3D printer on the ISS, called the Additive Manufacturing Facility, enabling groups across the planet to have hardware manufactured in space.
Additionally, Made In Space is working with NASA in the development of the Archinaut program, to enable in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly of large space structures.
Amy FranceticSVP, New Ventures & Corporate Affairs, Invenergy Speaker bio
With more than 20 years of experience spanning startups, private equity, research and operations, Amy Francetic oversees Invenergy’s sourcing and integration of technology innovation and strategic investments that leverage its operating portfolio. She also leads Invenergy’s external corporate affairs, focusing on enhancing brand visibility and strategic partnerships. Prior to Invenergy, Francetic served as CEO of technology accelerator Clean Energy Trust. She also held roles at private equity firm MVC Capital and Stanford Research Institute. Previously, she was co-founder and CEO of a tech company that she sold to Lego Systems. Francetic serves on Advisory Boards for the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry. She has a BA in Psychology and Political Science from Stanford.
Dan GabaldonFounding Partner, Enovation Partners Speaker bio
Over the past two decades, Dan has served leading companies across the energy value chain in many of their most critical strategic and operational improvement challenges. At Enovation, he has focused particularly on DER and Energy Storage, serving energy companies, OEMs and investors seeking to benefit from the rapid changes in this area. He has served a similar mix of clients in the natural gas sector on M&A and operational improvement issues. His work usually involves leveraging Enovation’s growing set of proprietary analytic tools and datasets, as well as his many years of experience supporting clients to make real impacts on their companies. He is a frequent speaker and author on DER, storage, and new energy innovation topics.
Catha GrootDirector, Radicle Impact Speaker bio
Ms. Catha Groot serves as a Director at Radicle Impact. Prior to this, she was a Business Development and Strategy Director at Personal Capital. Ms. Groot was also a Co-founder at Farm to Cup. She worked as an Analyst at Rockefeller Group Investment Management. Ms. Groot was also an Analyst at UBS Investment Bank. She holds a BA degree from Princeton University and also a MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Scott JacobsCEO and Co-Founder, Generate Capital Speaker bio
Scott Jacobs is the CEO and Co-Founder of Generate Capital. Scott’s long-standing emphasis on innovative approaches to thematic investing focus broadly on the “resource revolution.” Prior to Generate, Scott served as a Managing Director and Co-Founder of EFW Partners, an investment firm focused on the world’s critical resources: energy, food, and water. In 2007, Scott co-founded McKinsey & Company’s global CleanTech practice, advising companies, institutional investors, NGOs and governments around the world. Prior to that, Scott spent over a decade in technology and venture capital, helping start and grow a number of companies, including PolyServe (acquired by HP) and Alliance Data Systems (acquired by FiServ). Scott earned his MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was named a George F. Baker Scholar, and his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College. Scott also serves on the Board of Rare, a leading global conservation non-profit.
Jeff KayesPartner, Morrison & Foerster Speaker bio
Jeffrey M. Kayes is a partner at Morrison & Foerster, practicing in the firm’s Financial Transactions Group.
Mr. Kayes focuses on the representation of financial institutions, other institutional lenders and borrowers in complex debt and equity financings. Mr. Kayes has extensive experience in leveraged acquisition finance and project finance, including the development and financing of manufacturing facilities and renewable energy projects. He has advised clients in connection with bilateral and syndicated facilities, asset- and cash-flow-based facilities, domestic and cross-border loans, letter of credit financings, vendor financings, private placements of debt securities and bankruptcy-related financings.
He has represented clients operating in a variety of industries, including biotechnology, clean technology, finance, gaming, renewable energy, semiconductors and software, among others.
Mr. Kayes also has extensive experience representing clients in acquisitions of energy projects in all phases of development, including investments in individual or portfolios of projects. He has advised clients in connection with such transactions for natural gas, wind, biomass, hydro and solar facilities.
Mr. Kayes is recommended as a leading lawyer in the 2013–2015 editions of Legal 500 US in the areas of Project Finance and Renewable/Alternative Energy. In addition, he is recognized as a “Rising Star” in the 2012–2014 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers, an honor recognizing the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Kayes acted as Senior Legal Counsel for Solar Trust of America / Solar Millennium, a solar developer, addressing financing issues concerning the construction of the world’s largest solar field. Earlier in his career, he practiced at Latham & Watkins.
Mr. Kayes previously served as a member of the Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California.
Ranga KrishnanVice President, Technology, Skuchain Speaker bio
Ranga has over 25 years of diversified management and technology experience in small to large sized organizations. He has a proven ability to execute strategies, requirement gathering, plan, manage resources, defining and implementing processes & policies, team building, product development life cycle management, and project management over a broad range of products (Enterprise Software, Web Media, Database Software/Database Technologies, Security and Internet Software/Products). Expertise in Purchasing, Training, Administration and Development. He has Strong skills in organization, decision making, delegation, and people management.
Sanjeev KrishnanManaging Director and CIO, S2G Ventures Speaker bio
Sanjeev is Managing Director of S2G Ventures, and he has been with the firm since its inception. Sanjeev has over 15 years of experience in sourcing, executing, managing and governing venture and private equity investments, including a focus in agriculture and food companies. As Managing Director, Sanjeev is active in developing investments and managing portfolio companies.
Sanjeev serves on the boards of several S2G portfolio companies. He also serves on the investment committee of Bamboo Finance and a variety of advisory boards related to impact investing and the agriculture and water sectors.
Sanjeev began investing in the food and agriculture sectors in 2003 as a co-founder of the life sciences practice of the IFC, the $20 billion private investment arm of the World Bank. His previous investment roles include CLSA Capital Partners, Global Environment Fund, World Bank Group’s IFC and JPMorgan.
Sanjeev is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Jay LipmanCo-Founder & President, Ethic Speaker bio
Jay is Co-Founder & President of Ethic. Ethic is a technology-driven, sustainable asset manager empowering investors to create investments specific to their values and financial goals. Our goal is to outperform on sustainability through our data-driven platform, while creating returns-driven portfolios that track benchmarks with precision.
Ethic’s mission is to accelerate the global transition to sustainable investing. Our team’s experience spans market-leading investment firms, including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan, top-tier design houses, and technology companies, including LinkedIn and Google.
Chris MallettCorporate Vice President, Research & Development, Cargill Speaker bio
Chris Mallett was named Corporate Vice President of Cargill Research & Development in January 2005 and leads all R&D resources across Cargill. Prior to joining Cargill, Mallett was the foundational Senior Vice President of R&D and CTO of the dairy multinational Fonterra in New Zealand. Before his role at Fonterra, he led the food and agribusiness activities at CSIRO Australia, the nation’s premier science agency where he served successively as chief of division, executive vice president, and deputy CEO. He had previously held various leadership positions in R&D in the European edible oils and frozen food business of Unilever, the consumer goods multinational, which he had joined in 1982 after an academic career in Austria and Australia. He has also served as a Director on many Boards and Advisory Boards in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the US. He is currently Treasurer and a member of the Board of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research, which was authorized by Congress as part of the 2014 Farm Bill to leverage public and private resources to increase the scientific and technological research, innovation, and partnerships critical to boosting America’s agricultural economy. He was elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 1999, and was awarded a 2000 Centenary Medal of Australia for contribution to Australia’s R&D. Mallett, who is a Manxman, received his Bachelor, Master and D.Phil degrees in chemistry from Oxford University. He is married with three adult children.
Steve MalnightSenior Vice President, Strategy and Policy, PG&E Speaker bio
Steven (Steve) E. Malnight is Senior Vice President, Strategy and Policy for PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
In this role, Malnight leads a team of dynamic and experienced professionals who develop and implement the company’s energy strategy and policy through innovative solutions, partnership integration and public advocacy at the national, state and local level.
In developing and implementing the company’s strategy and policy, Malnight oversees Federal, State and Local Government affairs, Corporate Sustainability, and Community Relations, along with PG&E’s Energy Procurement organization that provides energy service to the 16 million Californians PG&E serves.
Malnight held several key executive positions at Pacific Gas and Electric Company before accepting his current assignment. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, where he oversaw PG&E’s regulatory policy efforts at the national and state levels, including interaction with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Malnight also served as Vice President, Customer Energy Solutions, Vice President, Integrated Demand Side Management and Vice President, Renewable Energy. Before being named an officer at Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Malnight served in the PG&E Corporation Chairman’s office as Special Assistant to the Chairman, and he held management positions in Customer Strategy and Corporate Finance, where he led the company’s budgeting and planning process.
Malnight holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in business administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Malnight is also active in national policy and community engagement, where he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Solar Electric Power Alliance, a nationwide organization that supports utility participation in solar activities.
Veery MaxwellDirector, Energy Innovation Speaker bio
Veery Maxwell is the Director for Energy Innovation, where she helps clients achieve their goals in climate and energy philanthropy. Veery earned a JD degree with honors from UC Hastings School of the Law where she focused on environmental issues. She was Managing Editor of West-Northwest, the Hastings environmental law and policy journal, and published a paper entitled, “Wind Energy Development: Can Wind Power Overcome Substantial Hurdles to Reach the Grid?” Veery received a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a double major in finance and international business. She spent her junior year at the London School of Economics. While she attended Georgetown and Hastings, Veery worked for The Nature Conservancy, ClimateWorks Foundation, and the environmental law division of Union Pacific.
Jesse MorrisFoundation Council Member, Energy Web Foundation Speaker bio
Jesse Morris is a Principal in the Electricity Practice of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Throughout his career in the electricity sector, Jesse has had one focus: partner with utilities, technology providers, developers, and regulatory stakeholders to help distributed energy resources become an integral, widely-accessible part of the global electricity system. Currently, Jesse leads RMI’s work with the Energy Web Foundation, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating development and deployment of blockchain technology in the energy sector.
Jesse’s research, convening, and consulting work focuses on understanding the fundamental economics of distributed energy resources and their ability to provide a wide variety of services to the grid through regulatory change and new business models. Over the past several years, he and his colleagues have researched and published in detail RMI’s findings on the economics of battery storage, advanced demand response technologies, and solar plus storage systems in addition to helping large corporates build new business models focused on the grid-edge.
Rob NailCo-Founder, Singularity University Speaker bio
Rob is the CEO and Associate Founder of Singularity University. He brings a unique entrepreneurial and globally-focused approach to growing a non-traditional university as a platform to create a future of abundance where exponential technologies empower us to solve the global grand challenges.
Prior to Singularity, he co-founded Velocity11 in 1999, building automation equipment and robotics for cancer research and drug discovery. After being acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2007, he traded the CEO role for a General Manager role attempting to be a catalyst for change at a big company. He gave up in 2009 to go surfing, then found his true calling and biggest challenge yet with Singularity University. He was recently a director at Harman (HAR), on technology and audit committees. He helped Harman explore options for long-term growth in a rapidly changing automobile industry, ultimately resulting in ~$8 Billion acquisition by Samsung. As their largest acquisition in history, it brings Samsung directly into the automobile and autonomous car market.
He is currently on the board of Light&Motion, is a co-founder and director of Alite Designs, is an active angel investor and advisor, and holds degrees in Mechanical, Materials Science and Manufacturing Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford University.
Kevin O’BrienChief Business Officer, Orbital Insight Speaker bio
Kevin leads all commercialization strategy and activities for Orbital Insight, as well as leading financial oversight, reporting and strategy. Prior to his role at Orbital Insight, Kevin was the Regional Director for the Americas, Global Banking & Brokerage, for FactSet Research Systems. Kevin joined FactSet in conjunction with the acquisition of Revere Data, LLC, where he was President and CEO. Originally trained as a software engineer, Kevin earned a BBA in Management Information Systems from James Madison University. He earned an MBA in Innovation, Strategy & Information Technology from the EDHEC Business School in Nice, France.
Lawrence OrsiniCEO, LO3 Energy Speaker bio
Lawrence Orsini is the founder of LO3 Energy, an energy and technology centric company that builds tools and develops projects to accelerate the proliferation of the emerging distributed energy and computation economy.
His experience spans the energy field from managing relationships with Fortune 100 utility and corporate clients to development of utility policy and regulatory frameworks. Prior to LO3 Energy, Lawrence was the Director of New Products for CLEAResult and the strategic lead responsible for development, piloting and deployment of new utility service offerings focusing on energy efficiency, microgrids, and load management for commercial, industrial and residential market sectors.
Heidi PatelPartner, Rethink Impact Speaker bio
Heidi is a Partner at Rethink Impact. Previously, she was President and Head of Communities Investing for New Island Capital Management, an institutional-scale and 100% mission-focused investment advisor to a single ultra high net worth family. In this capacity, she helped grow and run the firm while also focusing on early stage private equity investing in online marketplaces, sustainable food and consumer brands, alternative financial institutions, and local living economies. She sat on New Island’s Executive Team and the Investment Committee, overseeing 100+ investments, across multiple asset classes, in sustainability, conservation, education, economic development, sustainable agriculture, and green real estate.
Prior to this, Heidi was an Acumen Fund Global Fellow working with D.light Design India, a social enterprise operating in India, China, and Tanzania to eradicate kerosene through the design, manufacturing and distribution of solar-powered LED lights. Before Acumen, Heidi was a Director at Pacific Community Ventures, a double bottom-line private equity fund and non-profit organization in San Francisco, California focused on small businesses creating high quality jobs in low-income neighborhoods. Previously, she was a founding member of AOL Time Warner Ventures and worked in Investment Banking at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Credit Suisse First Boston.
Heidi Patel teaches (and co-created) a course on institutional impact investing at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and she serves on the Investment Committee for the Stanford GSB Student Impact Fund. Heidi is an advisor to Impact America (another women-led impact investing firm) and board member of Goodwill Industries of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo. Heidi’s work in social enterprise and impact investing has been featured in the Wall St Journal, NPR’s Marketplace, Fox Business News, Forbes.com, Huffington Post, Ladies Home Journal, AOL’s WalletPop, Rick Roberts Show, and the Acumen Fund blog. Heidi earned an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.
Chris PatersonDigital Farming Lead for North America, Bayer CropScience Speaker bio
Chris Paterson is the Lead for Bayer’s Digital Farming initiative in Canada. Before joining Bayer, Chris has been immersed into the North American AgTech space for more than ten years. Chris relies on his background as a farmer, an ag retailer, a consulting agronomist, and a crop inputs marketer in several continents for insight into choosing the right technologies to best support the fundamentals of agronomy, business, and logistics . Outside of work, Chris has traveled through more than 30 countries, and especially likes to travel by motorcycle.
Ryan PopplePresident and CEO, Proterra Speaker bio
Ryan Popple is the president and CEO of Proterra, the leading innovator of zero-emission, battery-electric buses. Prior to Proterra, Ryan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. An early employee of Tesla Motors, he was senior director of finance, with a focus on strategic planning, technology cost reduction and corporate finance. Ryan serves as a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and is focused on increasing access to affordable, sustainable transportation solutions throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, through strategic partnerships and policy initiatives. He is also a member of the California League of Conservation Voters Green Advisory Council where he provides guidance on political and legislative priorities, communications planning and development efforts. Ryan has served in the U.S. Army, received a bachelor’s in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University.
Matt PriceManaging Director, Partnerships, Cyclotron Road Speaker bio
Before joining Cyclotron Road, Matt was a Vice President at Enlighted Inc. the leading wireless sensor network and lighting controls manufacturer for commercial and industrial buildings. Prior to joining Enlighted in 2011, Matt was a Principal at Nth Power, where he led investments in a broad range of energy and cleantech areas including materials and nanotechnology, fuel cells, biofuels, advanced lighting, and smart grid technologies. Matt is Kauffman Fellow and received his M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. While at Haas, he co-founded the Berkeley Energy Resource Collaborative (BERC). He holds a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University.
Dr. Pratima RangarajanCEO, OGCI Climate Investments
Dr. Pratima Rangarajan
Pat RomanoPresident & CEO, ChargePoint Speaker bio
Pasquale Romano is President and Chief Executive Officer of ChargePoint and a member of the company’s board of directors. He currently sits on the board of Agilone, CALSTART, Proterra and the YMCA of Silicon Valley. Pasquale joined ChargePoint in February of 2011, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. He co-founded 2Wire which was acquired by Pace plc for $475M in 2010. Previously, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. In 1989, he co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company and served as Chief Architect until it was sold to Novell Corporation in 1993. Pasquale holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and received his M.S. from MIT.
Will RosenzweigFounder and Chair, Food Venture Lab Speaker bio
Will Rosenzweig is the Founder and Chair, Food Venture Lab; Senior Advisor, Generation Investment Management; and a Social Impact Fellow, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business.
Recipient of the 2010 Oslo Business for Peace Award, William Rosenzweig is an internationally recognized entrepreneur, educator and an avid gardener. Will has spent over 25 years cultivating thriving startups while teaching and mentoring mission-driven entrepreneurs around the world. Will serves as a Senior Advisor to Generation Investment Management, a public and growth equity practice chaired by Al Gore. Will was founding CEO (and Minister of Progress) of The Republic of Tea and co-author of The Republic of Tea: How an Idea Becomes a Business, which was named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. Will has served on the professional faculty of the Haas School of Business at UC, Berkeley, since 1999 where he is a Social Impact Fellow. He currently leads Food Venture Lab, a cross-disciplinary graduate innovation course, and Edible Education 101 with Alice Waters. Will is also managing partner of Physic Ventures. In 2015, Will founded and was named Dean of The Food Business School at The Culinary Institute of America and in 2016, he was named one of seven people shaping the Future of Food by Bon Appetit magazine.
Pankaj SehgalCEO, SUN Renewables (SUN Group) Speaker bio
Pankaj leads SUN Group’s initiatives in Clean Energy. He has (i) 10 years of experience in Solar; (ii) has evaluated over 300 clean businesses & projects primarily in India; and (iii) advised the Indian government and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the country’s National Solar Mission (NSM) in 2009-2010; (iv) besides developing one of the first-generation solar projects in India in 2011 (which continues to be the fastest solar project developed in the country) and secured among the first non-recourse debt for a solar project.
Earlier, Pankaj was MD, Asia Pacific at Quark, a global leader in desktop publishing software, where he managed 1,800-employee organization and helped turn-around the company’s software development within a year. Before that he was in the US for 18 years – with McKinsey & Company counselling senior clients in High-tech and Energy sectors; Vice President at i2 Technologies (then publicly-listed supply-chain software company), and held management positions with Kraft Foods.
Pankaj received an MBA from Kellogg Business School (Jane Robertson Scholar, he graduated top of his class) and Masters in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. He Chairs the Clean Energy forum of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), Delhi.
Laura ShankarFounder and Principal, Artemis Water Strategy Speaker bio
Laura is the Founder and Principal at Artemis Water Strategy. She is one of the leading experts on advanced water technology and its potential for business operations.
A serial entrepreneur and venture investor, Laura has launched disruptive technologies in smart grid, software and cleantech. She has been a management team member of three start-ups which have raised over $100MM in venture capital and realized billions of dollars in market value through three IPOs: QRS (QRSI), Jacada (NASDAQ: JCDA) and On Track Innovations (NASDAQ: OTIV). As a CEO, COO and VP of Marketing, Laura has closed the projects and partnerships that defined these companies’ growth. At one of the first Israeli venture funds, Astra, Laura led investments that generated a return of 35X invested funds for its investors.
Laura works with investors to identify tech-driven investment opportunities in water. Artemis has built a unique international network of industry experts to assist in rapid deep dives into promising investment areas, structure deals, drive investment due diligence and support the success of new water ventures. Through Artemis, Laura works with water tech start-ups to build revenues and market leadership. She advises water companies on their business development and innovation strategies. She works with governments to build their water tech industries. Clients include Wal-Mart, IBM, Bain & Company, Grundfos, Novozymes and the governments of Singapore, Canada, Israel and Denmark.
At Artemis, Laura has built the Artemis Water Tech Top 50 to become the definitive benchmark for innovation in the water industry.
Laura advises USAID, Sida and the Netherlands on its Water Grand Challenge for Development, and has served on its Innovation Investment Advisory Committee. Through Artemis, Laura serves as the Innovation Partner for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure. Laura has co-chaired the BlueTech Forum and Ontario Water Leadership Summit.
Laura graduated with honors from Yale University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has lived throughout the world and currently resides in San Francisco, California.
Flavia Tata NardiniCEO, Fleet Space Technologies Speaker bio
Flavia Tata Nardini
Flavia Tata Nardini began her career at the European Space Agency as Propulsion Test Engineer, before she joined TNO to apply her technical knowledge to advanced space propulsion engineering projects. She rapidly became involved in project management and business development within the space and defence domain and after that she was assigned to developed international relations and identified business opportunities in the Middle East. After establishing the business in Qatar, she return to her love of space propulsion systems, and has successfully completed full lifecycle development of satellites and several micro thrusters currently flying on actual space missions (Delfi Program’s CubeSats). During her time at TNO, she has filed two patents in both rocket and satellite propulsion and has written several papers on Micro Propulsion Systems and Space Debris Removal Technologies.
Chris ThomasFounder and Partner, Fontinalis Speaker bio
Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis, where he is responsible for a wide range of critical processes ranging from deal sourcing and execution to corporate operations and business strategy. Chris also works in concert with Fontinalis’ portfolio companies on business development, sales and marketing initiatives.
Prior to Fontinalis, he worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banker at UBS within its Technology and Energy groups in New York and San Francisco.
Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors of two of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, nuTonomy and Karamba Security. He also currently serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, SmartKargo, and SQLstream. Additionally, Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Regional Chamber and is a member of both the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and the Techweek Detroit Executive Advisory Board. Chris has previously served as the Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.
Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. While at Yale he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a resident of the City of Detroit and a staunch advocate of smart cities, early childhood literacy, and the doctrine of the strenuous life.
Richard YoungmanCEO, CTG Speaker bio
Since January 2016, Richard Youngman has been CEO of San-Francisco based Cleantech Group (CTG). This followed 7 years of driving the growth of CTG’s activities outside North America, especially in Europe and Israel, and Asia, based in CTG’s office in London.
Richard has more than ten years’ experience researching cleantech innovation, venture capital markets, and start-ups across Europe and globally. He is a regular keynote speaker at major cleantech events and is the driving force behind the annual Global Cleantech 100, a list of the world’s most promising private cleantech companies.
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A pioneer among Canadian venture capital funds focused on the clean-tech sector, Cycle Capital Management invests in companies developing and commercializing clean technologies...Read more
A pioneer among Canadian venture capital funds focused on the clean-tech sector, Cycle Capital Management invests in companies developing and commercializing clean technologies and striving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, optimizing resource use, and improving process efficiency throughout a product’s life cycle.
With assets under management of $230M, Cycle Capital Management, invests in Quebec and North America. Cycle Capital Management, based in Montreal with an office in Toronto and presence in New York, Seattle and Qingdao in China, regroups seasoned investment professionals, strategic advisors and industrial partners with in-depth knowledge of the sector. Cycle Capital Management has a special relationship with its strategic partners, notably Brookfield Renewable Energy, Rio Tinto Alcan, Cascades, Group M3, Lonza, Gaz Métro, Systemex Énergies, Aluminerie Alouette, and Hydro-Québec. For more information on Cycle Capital Management visit: cyclecapital.com
We are Morrison & Foerster — a global firm of exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, and Fortune 100, technology, and life sciences companies...Read more
We are Morrison & Foerster — a global firm of exceptional credentials. Our clients include some of the largest financial institutions, investment banks, and Fortune 100, technology, and life sciences companies. We’ve been included on The American Lawyer’s A-List for 13 straight years, and recognized in the Financial Times innovative law firms in North America and Asia reports every year since they have been published. The firm was also recognized in the 2015 Europe report. Chambers USA honored the firm as its sole 2014 Corporate/M&A Client Service Award winner, and recognized us as both the 2013 Intellectual Property and Bankruptcy Firm of the Year. Our lawyers are committed to achieving innovative and business-minded results for our clients, while preserving the differences that make us stronger. For more information, visit www.mofo.com/practices/services/industries/energy
As the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, we provide safe and reliable energy to 21.4 million consumers through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities...Read more
As the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility, we provide safe and reliable energy to 21.4 million consumers through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities. Our service territory encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company. For additional information, please visit the Investor Relations section. For more than 140 years, SoCalGas has served Central and Southern California as a responsible and engaged environmental leader, employer and neighbor. With safe, clean, affordable, reliable and abundant domestic sources of natural gas, SoCalGas’ innovation is fueling new possibilities in California. Southern California is our home, too. We strive to improve the quality of life in our communities by maintaining a diverse workforce, working with suppliers that represent and reflect the communities we serve and giving back through our charitable contributions and employee volunteer activities. Like other investor-owned utilities in the state, SoCalGas’ operations are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission and other state and federal agencies.
The Swedish Energy Agency is a government agency for national energy policy issues. The Agency works for the use of renewable energy, improved technologies, a smarter end-use of energy, and mitigation of climate change...Read more
The Swedish Energy Agency is a government agency for national energy policy issues. The Agency works for the use of renewable energy, improved technologies, a smarter end-use of energy, and mitigation of climate change. Its mission is to promote the development of Sweden’s energy system so that it will become ecologically and economically sustainable. The Swedish Energy Agency supports start-up companies with financing, technical expertise, market knowledge and active business development, and thus has a portfolio of well-analyzed companies in different phases.
The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, a non-profit organization supported by the government of Israel and the private sector, facilitates business ties, joint ventures and strategic alliances between overseas and Israeli companies...Read more
The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, a non-profit organization supported by the government of Israel and the private sector, facilitates business ties, joint ventures and strategic alliances between overseas and Israeli companies. Charged with promoting Israel’s business community in foreign markets, it provides comprehensive, professional trade information, advice, contacts and promotional activities to Israeli companies, and complementary services to business people, commercial groups, and business delegations from abroad.
ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) is the strategic venture capital investment arm of ABB (NYSE: ABB). ATV scouts the globe for breakthrough power and automation technology partners...Read more
ABB Technology Ventures (ATV) is the strategic venture capital investment arm of ABB (NYSE: ABB). ATV scouts the globe for breakthrough power and automation technology partners aligned with ABB’s mission of improving efficiency and operational quality with less environmental impact. Since its formation in 2009, ATV has invested over $150 million into high potential technology companies across a wide range of sectors including robotics, 3D printing, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, renewables and energy efficiency. Learn more at abb.com/ventures.
For the past three decades, Chubb has provided a wide range of renewable energy, technology, and manufacturing companies with scalable, future focused insurance solutions...Read more
For the past three decades, Chubb has provided a wide range of renewable energy, technology, and manufacturing companies with scalable, future focused insurance solutions. With an integrated worldwide network of branches and affiliates, Chubb’s global expertise, risk engineering, and claims services help Clean Tech companies keep pace with the velocity of changing risks. To learn more about Chubb, please contact your local agent or broker today or learn more at www.chubb.com.
The BDC Capital Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses with the potential to reach and operate across a global market...Read more
The BDC Capital Industrial, Clean and Energy Technology Venture Fund tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses with the potential to reach and operate across a global market. We invest in early and development stage companies as well as use our experience in Canadian materials, electronics and ICT to build global companies to be commercial successes. BDC is Canada’s business development bank and the only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs. Our mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, consulting services and securitization, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
ENGIE New Ventures was founded in May 2014, when 115M€ of Corporate Venture Capital was set aside for investment as minority stakes in startups, to complement existing resources coming from the technology and research centres and from internal innovation.Read more
ENGIE New Ventures was founded in May 2014, when 115M€ of Corporate Venture Capital was set aside for investment as minority stakes in startups, to complement existing resources coming from the technology and research centres and from internal innovation.
Since then, a total of 65M€ has been invested in 16 projects worldwide, especially Europe, North America and the Middle East, and in fields as diverse as organic photovoltaics, natural gas chromatography and hydrogen mobility. Names include Powerdale, Sigfox, Kiwi Power, Apix Analytics, StreetLight Data, Kwh Analytics, Heliatek, Serviz, Ecova, Greentown Labs, Living Map, EV-Box.
The Invenergy Future Fund is an independent Venture fund investing in early and growth stage businesses bringing technology to make energy more affordable, reliable, and secure. Anchored by Invenergy, the world’s largest independently owned renewable power producer...Read more
The Invenergy Future Fund is an independent Venture fund investing in early and growth stage businesses bringing technology to make energy more affordable, reliable, and secure. Anchored by Invenergy, the world’s largest independently owned renewable power producer, and joined by knowledgeable operators and practitioners, the Fund is centered on the application layer of energy — technologies that improve the performance and value of existing assets. We look for data-focused, decentralized tech and platforms capable of exponential growth. The Future Fund’s five areas of focus within this space are Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Energy Storage Systems, Distributed Energy Resources, and Operational Efficiency. Learn more at www.invenergyfuturefund.com
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Cleantech Group has run Forums since 2002 with many annual returnees. As a statement of confidence – and as a commitment to newcomers’ satisfaction, who are least familiar with the event – we will gladly refund your registration fee if you are dissatisfied with the value you received from participating in your first Forum.
Discounts are available to the following individuals. Please note that only one discount type/code can be applied against the standard rates published above. Cleantech Group reserves the right to reject any registrations where a double-discount is deemed to have been applied.
- CTG Subscribers: The CTG subscriber rate – $300 off the registration fee – is available to paying subscribers of CTG. You must register with the email address you use to log into i3. If you have any issues with your subscriber discount, please email us at email@example.com
- You can find more information about our services and subscription offerings here.
- i3 Start-Up Users: If you have an active start-up profile on i3, you will have access to an exclusive start-up rate. TO RECEIVE THIS RATE, YOU MUST LOG INTO i3 AND REGISTER VIA THE FORUM OPPORTUNITY.
- Government/Non-Profit Representatives: We offer a tiered discount rate for government employees and non-profit representatives. For more information, or to receive this rate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of your organization and verification of your government or non-profit status.
- Groups of 3+: If your organization or company would like to bring 3 or more attendees, we offer special group rates. For groups of 3, we offer a 15% discount; for groups of 4, we offer a 20% discount; and for groups of 5+, we offer a 25% discount. Please contact us for more information.
- Students: We do not offer a student rate to the Forum. Instead, we encourage students to apply to be a Forum volunteer to get access to unique networking and learning opportunities.
Media registration is by invitation only. For a media pass, please contact us.
Are you in business school or a graduate program? Apply to volunteer at Cleantech Forum San Francisco, and get access to unique networking and learning opportunities.
Please note that this opportunity is open to those still in school, with occasional exceptions made for recent graduates.
Terms & Conditions
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- Invoice Policy:
- If an invoice is requested, an additional $300 will be added to the registration fee. Payment will be required by no later than the Event Date. If payment is not received before then, Cleantech Group reserves the right to cancel the registration without notice. Payment may be made by check, credit card or bank transfer.
- A request to transfer a registration to a colleague should be made by giving written notice via email. Cleantech Group reserves the right to deny a request for such a substitution, but will not unreasonably do so.
- Cancellation Policy:
- Up to 12 weeks before the event date, a 20% cancellation fee will be applicable
- Up to 8 weeks before the event date, a 30% cancellation fee will be applicable
- Up to 4 weeks before the event date, a 50% cancellation fee will be applicable
- Less than 4 weeks before the event date, the full fee will be applicable
- No Show, the full fee will be applicable
If you have any questions about registration, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.