Overview

Mark your calendars for the 18th Cleantech Forum San Francisco, taking place on 27-29 January 2020!

As a true kick-off for the year ahead, this January gathering of our global cleantech innovation community offers unique opportunities to learn, network, and get deals done. Since 2002, Cleantech Group has brought together leading corporate executives, startup and scale-up company CEOs, investors, government agencies, and other key innovation thinkers, supporters and enablers from all areas of resource innovation, all major industrial verticals, and from across the globe.

What to Expect

Charting the Future, Connecting the Globe remains core to the value proposition of Cleantech Forums, and indeed all of CTG’s services.

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 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 17-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.

The Forum will officially kick-off in celebratory mood with the announcement of the 11th annual edition of our Global Cleantech 100 list, as well as the release of our Global Cleantech 100 report, highlighting some of the key innovation trends of the next 5-10 years – represented by the Global Cleantech 100 companies, the Ones to Watch (a sister list) and the thousands of inputs we aggregate during the Global Cleantech 100 research phase.

The following two days are structured to have some plenary sessions, but the majority of time will be spent in breakouts and parallel tracks to allow a number of different themes to be covered, and to give those most interested in those themes a chance to meet each other in more intimate, conversational-style formats and group sizes. And generous time is allocated to networking throughout the entire event.

Who Attends

See who attends our Forums. Check out our 2019 registration list here.

You can expect to meet high-level corporate and investor representatives, entrepreneurs and disruptive startups, and other innovation leaders from 25+ countries, 5 continents, and from across many different sectors and industries.

Attendee numbers are consistently in the 600-650 range. Each is motivated to see today’s ‘state of the art’ in sustainable innovation and to gain insights on tomorrow.

Entrepreneurs: The startups 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.

Attendee Testimonials

Each year, we receive attendee feedback that our Cleantech Forum San Francisco provides a high level of networking opportunities, bringing together the most relevant influencers of the cleantech community and providing our attendees with connections beyond the Forum.

“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

Agenda

Welcome to the Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies, Unexpected Allies

Our 2020 Forum theme Welcome to the Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies, Unexpected Allies will highlight what we are seeing occur in response to what we foresee as a somewhat abnormal and chaotic next decade ahead (compared to the 2010s).

By 2030, we have the inconvenient challenge of needing to have halved carbon emissions globally, and we are clearly not on track. Meanwhile, societal forces are gathering in strength year on year to push brands, employers, elected governments, etc. into doing a whole lot more at pace.

All of this has us thinking that orderliness and the normal pace of things might go out the window, and corporations will have to struggle with the need to do more faster and adopt different strategies (where survival over growth might become the predominant imperative for a while). Part of adopting different strategies and transforming industries will also require different thinking and new business relationships.

Join us for Cleantech Forum San Francisco, and come ready to discuss new and innovative solutions to our pressing climate crisis.

If you have speaker ideas relating to our theme or the topics in our agenda, please visit our speakers tab and submit your nomination(s). In no one event can we cover the full breadth of innovation areas that Cleantech Group research covers. Speakers are chosen for their overall fit with our agenda and relevance to our Forum attendees.

The Preliminary Agenda below is subject to change – note that sessions and timings are likely to move, as we finalize our programming. 

January 27, 2020

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  • Pre-Registration

    Registration opens for invite-only and pre-Forum activities.

  • Entrepreneur Coaching

    All entrepreneurs are invited to participate in a coaching session to discuss a range of topics around the building of a company. Relevant topics include fundraising, commercialization challenges and solutions, branding strategy, and executive presence. This informal session is designed to be interactive with dialogues and case studies, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to come prepared with specific questions in mind.

  • Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking (Invite-Only)

    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 with multiple investors throughout the session. To be equitable for all participants, this session is designed as ‘blind’ for both the entrepreneur and investor/corporate; participants will only know who they will be meeting at the start of the session.

    Limited seating and by invitation only.

  • Executive Summit: Resiliency, Risk & Response - Adapting to the Chaos of Climate Change

    This limited-seating, afternoon Executive Summit will be a cross-sector discussion of opportunities around climate resiliency and response: who is taking action, where are the innovations, and how take part?

    Cities, infrastructure owners, designers, builders and insurance companies are taking steps to be prepared through planning, technology and new approaches. Engage in conversations with key participants across the value chain during this afternoon Executive Summit.

    This Summit is invite-only and limited in size for participants to easily engage in conversation, and to allocate places evenly across the value chain and across stakeholders (e.g. corporates, investors, start-ups, etc.). Please email forums@cleantech.com if you are interested in participating, with a brief description of your relevance to the topic.

  • Registration & Official Opening
  • The 2020 Global Cleantech 100 is Unveiled: Welcome to the 18th Annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

    We will open the Forum by releasing the latest edition of the Global Cleantech 100, the 11th such list since its inaugural appearance in 2009.

    Following our welcome remarks, we will likely hear from some of the companies from list. Speakers to be announced later this year.

  • Welcome Reception

January 28, 2020

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  • Registration & Continental Breakfast

    Welcome coffee and light breakfast will be served in the general networking area.

  • Welcome to the Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies, Unexpected Allies

    Our main-stage time will begin with Cleantech Group’s annual “lay of the land,” incorporating the trends and organizations to keep an eye on, in the months and years ahead.

    We will also introduce our overall Forum theme and provide some examples of the urgent actions, unusual strategies and unexpected allies we are seeing in response to what we foresee as a somewhat abnormal and chaotic decade of the 2020s (compared to the 2010s).

    By 2030, we have the inconvenient challenge of needing to have halved carbon emissions globally, and we are clearly not on track. Meanwhile, societal forces are gathering in strength year on year to push brands, employers, elected governments, etc. into doing a whole lot more at pace.

    All of this has us thinking that orderliness and the normal pace of things might go out the window, and corporations will have to struggle with the need to do more faster and adopt different strategies (where survival over growth might become the predominant imperative for a while). Part of adopting different strategies and transforming industries will also require different thinking and new business relationships.

  • Networking Break
  • Edge Computing in Energy

    Energy assets are now generating more useful data than infrastructure can move efficiently. For oil & gas, power utilities and other energy players across the value chain, edge computing can enhance production capabilities, improve process, extend asset life and create opportunities for the deployment of additional capabilities. This session will explore the new computing framework and why stakeholders in the energy market should be paying close attention.

  • The Rising Stars

    Once again bringing back a popular session, we will hear from 5 CEOs and leaders from companies who have made the Global Cleantech 100 list for the first time. They will be given the opportunity to tell our audience more about why their innovation matters, what differentiates their company, and how they will making an impact over the next 5-10 years.

    The companies speaking on this session will be announced following the Monday, 27 January announcement of the 11th edition of the Global Cleantech 100 list.

  • Networking Lunch
  • Session Under Development

    This sponsored session is under development. Check back in the near future for more details. 

  • 50 to Watch

    New this year, the 50 to Watch list – to be released in November 2019 – is a new research endeavor by Cleantech Group to highlight 50 companies that could “change it all.” This session will feature some of these companies from the list and/or identify key themes from the inaugural crop of companies.

  • Transition Break
  • Session Under Development

    This sponsored session is under development. Check back in the near future for more details. 

  • From Chemical to Biological: Building Microbiomes for Healthy Soil and High Yield

    The planet needs a clean alternative to synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Innovators have turned to biological tools to fix nitrogen in the soil and control pests. In this session, we explore why this movement is receiving such strong support, and discuss the challenges with adopting biological alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Networking Break
  • Recycling in the 2020s: Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

    We will continue to create waste, even with growing efforts to minimize. The challenge is how to do a better job recycling what we can. Existing landfills are overfull, new ones are harder to permit, and with China’s 2017 banning dozens of scrap categories, it is harder to dump the problems somewhere else out of sight. Public pressure and dwindling options for sending trash elsewhere are creating opportunities for innovation. This session will focus on innovative solutions in the recycling sector that are sustainable and economically viable.

  • Autonomous Vehicles: Fantasy or Reality?

    Autonomous technology promises to solve many of the problems of today’s transportation system, including carbon emissions, congestion, and safety. Billions of dollars have been invested in AV technology, but the widespread use of self-driving cars still seems far off. This session will explore the challenges standing in the way of a fully autonomous future and the key technologies that may help overcome them.

  • Transition Break
  • We will close out the day with a keynote or panel – check back in the near future for more details. 

  • Evening Reception

January 29, 2020

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  • Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • Morning Plenary

    We will begin the final day of the Forum with keynote(s) or panel – check back in the near future for more details. 

  • Transition Break
  • Food Loss: How Can Innovation Solve This $300 Billion Problem?

    About 30% of all food grown is lost to waste along the supply chain. To solve for this problem, sensors and data are helping identify where waste occurs, while innovators are designing faster quality shipping, safety inspections, processing, storage, and packaging solutions. This session will explore which technologies will have the biggest impact on efficiency and profitability to reduce food loss in the supply chain.

  • Urban Mobility: Lessons Learned and Future Innovative Solutions

    New mobility services are creating more congestion, more emissions and more frustrations in cities. With almost 70% of world’s population expected to be in urban areas by 2050, ride services and micro-mobility (bikes, scooters, etc.) may become part of the solution but have currently overwhelmed cities whose already overloaded infrastructure was designed for cars, trucks and varying degrees of public transport. What can be learned from these experiments? What is the role of mobility services? And how do they complement public transport?

  • Networking Break
  • Session Under Development

    This sponsored session is under development. Check back in the near future for more details. 

  • Buildings: Beyond Energy Management

    Shared savings from energy efficiency have been driven by regulatory incentives. Now the trend is shifting to a wider range of benefits: temperatures, lighting, occupancy and the ability to leverage building energy performance as a revenue generator through active market participation. Where is innovation taking us? How are building managers and owners responding?

  • Networking Lunch
  • Shifting to Sustainable Supply Chains

    Incremental improvements and optimization in large industrial supply chains can save billions of dollars in revenue, but they can also play a significant role in reducing waste and making them more sustainable. Technological innovation in supply chain monitoring, traceability and automated supplier management are creating new business models and opportunities. In this session, we introduce some of the leading players in this space, and discuss the market dynamics and ways for industrial corporates to go green and increase revenues simultaneously.

  • Session Under Development

    This session is under development. Check back in the near future for more details. 

  • Networking Break
  • Closing Plenary

    We will close the Forum with keynote(s) or panel – check back in the near future for more details. 

  • Closing Reception

    Thank you for joining us for our 18th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

Travel

Venue

The 2020 Forum will be headquartered at Park Central Hotel, a modern and spacious hotel ideally situated in the cultural heart of downtown, walking distance from Union Square, AT&T ballpark, the Financial District, Embarcadero, Chinatown, and more. Park Central blends location, service and comfort, to create an exceptional property in one of the world’s favorite cities.

Park Central San Francisco
50 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Speakers

Join the 2020 Agenda

Speak at the 2020 Cleantech Forum San Francisco! We are open to a wide variety of suggestions/topics to inform, entertain and bring something different to our forum audience.

We will be accepting submissions until 1 DECEMBER 2019. Please note, however, that the closer you submit to the deadline, the less likely your chances are of getting included in the program.

 

2019 Speaker List

Sponsors

A Platform for Greater Visibility

We thank our sponsors for making Cleantech Forum San Francisco possible.

Sponsors and partners benefit from increased visibility and global networking opportunities. Every package is bespoke to make the most of your organization’s goals.

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

 


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The Forum Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all keynotes, general sessions, and (non-invite-only) breakout sessions and workshops
  • Access to all general (non-invite-only) breakfasts, lunches, networking breaks, and receptions
  • Access to the networking area and exhibitor space

100% Satisfaction Guarantee to Cleantech Forum “First-Timers”

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.

Available Discounts

All discounts are offered via online registration and payment only, unless otherwise agreed by Cleantech Group.

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 forums@cleantech.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 startup rate of $1295. Please email forums@cleantech.com for profile verification and how to register.
    • If you do not have an active i3 startup profile, go to i3connect.com and select “For Start-ups” to create one.
  • 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 forums@cleantech.com 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

Media registration is by invitation only. For a media pass, please contact us.

Volunteering

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

For the full list of terms and conditions, please click here.

  • Invoice Policy:
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  • 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 forums@cleantech.com.