Overview

Mark your calendars for the 17th Cleantech Forum San Francisco, taking place on January 28-30, 2019!

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.

For our 2019 flagship event, the second in our Next Generation Cleantech Forum series, we are building the program around the idea of “Diversity of Thought.” See the Agenda tab for more information about the theme.

What You’ll Experience

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 10th 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 GCT100 companies, the Ones to Watch (the GCT100’s sister list) and the thousands of inputs we aggregate during the Global Cleantech 100 research phase.

Haven’t experienced a Cleantech Forum? Learn more about it here.

Who Attends

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.

Check out a sampling of who typically attends our Forum here.

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

Interested in speaking at Cleantech Forum San Francisco, or have a topic you think relevant to the cleantech ecosystem? Please fill out the speaker nomination form. Deadline is November 1, 2018 (but we strongly recommend early nominations, as we do not wait for the deadline to invite speakers on a rolling basis).

Diversity of Thought: Harnessing the Power of Difference

Below is a PRELIMINARY AGENDA AND FRAMEWORK. SESSIONS DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Check back soon for more updates and information. 

In 2018, we initiated our Next Generation Cleantech Forum series, as Cleantech Group began its second 15 years of Charting the Future, Connecting the Globe. Last January, our Forum theme was Next Generations; this time, it will be Diversity of Thought: Harnessing the Power of Difference.

Einstein once remarked that problems don’t get solved by the same thinking that created them. The 21st century challenge we all face of transitioning the enormous scale of our global industrialized B2B activities to being significantly more decarbonized, decentralized, dematerialized, and digitally-enabled – at affordable costs and tolerable levels of disruption – is truly daunting.

The problems will not get solved by imaginations, business approaches, and value sets, which were shaped and grounded by the 20th century industrial order and its ways of thinking. We badly need new imaginations at play, new voices at the table. And we need them now.

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Gender diversity is most certainly, and most rightly, an important part of this, but our Diversity of Thought theme should be understood to embrace a much wider perspective, too. New solutions will come from harnessing the power of imaginations and packaging technology-enabled solutions in new forms and formats, born of different educations, different cultures and different generations, influenced by different experiences and driven by different value sets, brought to market in new-style partnerships.

We strongly believe that truly next generation innovation companies, financial investors and fund managers, and corporations trying to reinvent themselves will benefit from finding ways now (and year on year) to harness the power of diversity into their thinking.

That might start with being open to suspending strong belief and bias systems, listening to innovative and imaginative minds, and exposing oneself to different viewpoints, however unfamiliar, even implausible or unattractive, some might seem to be.

In January 2019, our program (and attendees) will provide you with access to such variety – people with different things to share, people with different approaches to the same problems, people with unfettered imaginations.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” (another of Einstein’s well-known quotes). Come get a fix to start your 2019 on the right path!

Below is a PRELIMINARY AGENDA AND FRAMEWORK. SESSIONS DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Check back soon for more updates and information.

January 28, 2019

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  • Pre-Registration

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

  • Entrepreneur Coaching (Invite-Only)

    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)

  • 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. Limited seating and by invitation only.

    If you are a startup or investor interested in joining the Speed Networking session, please email us at forums@cleantech.com

  • Registration & Official Opening
  • Welcome to the 17th Annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

    We will open the 17th annual Forum by releasing the 10th edition of the Global Cleantech 100.

  • Welcome Reception

January 29, 2019

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  • Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • Diversity of Thought: Harnessing the Power of Difference

    Our main-stage time on Tuesday morning will begin with CTG providing a “lay of the land” and an overview of the first 10 years of our Global Cleantech 100 program, as well as a look to the next decade.

    In addition, expect keynotes (who are currently being identified and invited) to address some of our diversity of thought sub-themes: people with different things to share, people with different approaches to the same problems, people with unfettered imaginations.

    And, in the spirit of the Connecting the Globe part of CTG’s mission, interspersed throughout our opening morning will be some mini-updates and introductions to “fresh faces” at the Forum.

  • Networking Break
  • The Rising Stars

    Once again bringing back a popular session, we will hear from 5-6 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, January 28th announcement of the 10th edition of the Global Cleantech 100 list.

  • The Advantageous Robot Takeover

    The impact robots and AI can have on manufacturing processes has been lauded by the private sector and (mostly) demonized in the press and by the general public. This session will look into the technologies that are breaking new ground in the industrial and manufacturing sector, and the advantages such innovations bring to this sector in the 21st century. Is the ‘robot takeover’ perhaps for the best?

  • Interaction Track

    We will once again build out an Interaction Track for Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects and more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often niche, subjects. The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-60 people), with no AV or slide decks. You are here to listen and talk to each other!

    Formats in the Interaction Track session will include Camp Fires, where the seating arrangement will be circular and close to the speakers leading the session, and CEO Briefings, where about 20 people will get the chance to join this “roundtable” format and hear directly from the CEOs of innovation companies in slots of 20-30 minutes. These sessions are intended to provide intimate and interactive opportunities for you to catch up with the latest on particular topics and leading companies and their CEOs.

    As we finalize these sessions, expect to see some of the below topics represented:

    • Alternative Proteins
    • Innovations in Packaging – extending shelf life
    • New Textiles & Materials – bio-based fibers and alternative textiles
    • Fusion Energy
    • Innovation in the Construction Sector
    • Carbontech

    Don’t see a topic or technology you would like to discuss? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Networking Lunch
  • 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 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.

  • Intelligent Traffic Systems: Implementation and What's Down the Road?

    Autonomous vehicles are already hitting the road in pilots and in real-life use cases around the world, but in order to have a future of truly autonomous transportation, our traffic systems must keep up with the vehicles. What innovations are being implemented and what still needs to be solved in this speedily changing sector?

  • Interaction Track

    We will once again build out an Interaction Track for Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects and more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often niche, subjects. The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-60 people), with no AV or slide decks. You are here to listen and talk to each other!

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    Formats in the Interaction Track session will include Camp Fires, where the seating arrangement will be circular and close to the speakers leading the session, and CEO Briefings, where about 20 people will get the chance to join this “roundtable” format and hear directly from the CEOs of innovation companies in slots of 20-30 minutes. These sessions are intended to provide intimate and interactive opportunities for you to catch up with the latest on particular topics and leading companies and their CEOs.

    As we finalize these sessions, expect to see some of the below topics represented:

    • Alternative Proteins
    • Innovations in Packaging – extending shelf life
    • New Textiles & Materials – bio-based fibers and alternative textiles
    • Fusion Energy
    • Innovation in the Construction Sector
    • Carbontech

    Don’t see a topic or technology you would like to discuss? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Transition Break
  • Sessions Under Development

    Our agenda is still under development and we are working on finalizing our session topics over the summer months.

    Potential session topics and themes include, but are not limited to:

    • Distributed Energy Resources
    • Smart Cities
    • Spacetech
    • Foodtech
    • Augmented Reality
    • Water & Wastewater
    • Precision Agriculture

    Want to suggest an idea or speaker for the agenda? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Interaction Track

    We will once again build out an Interaction Track for Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects and more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often niche, subjects. The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-60 people), with no AV or slide decks. You are here to listen and talk to each other!

    Read more

    Formats in the Interaction Track session will include Camp Fires, where the seating arrangement will be circular and close to the speakers leading the session, and CEO Briefings, where about 20 people will get the chance to join this “roundtable” format and hear directly from the CEOs of innovation companies in slots of 20-30 minutes. These sessions are intended to provide intimate and interactive opportunities for you to catch up with the latest on particular topics and leading companies and their CEOs.

    As we finalize these sessions, expect to see some of the below topics represented:

    • Alternative Proteins
    • Innovations in Packaging – extending shelf life
    • New Textiles & Materials – bio-based fibers and alternative textiles
    • Fusion Energy
    • Innovation in the Construction Sector
    • Carbontech

    Don’t see a topic or technology you would like to discuss? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Networking Break
  • Financing the Future of Sustainable Innovation

    After last year’s success of our two-part finance session block, we will once again bring together experts in the field to discuss the latest innovative financing making an impact on sustainable innovation.

    Session under development – check back for more details.  

  • Session Under Development

    Our agenda is still under development and we are working on finalizing our session topics over the summer months.

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    Potential session topics and themes include, but are not limited to:

    • Distributed Energy Resources
    • Smart Cities
    • Spacetech
    • Foodtech
    • Augmented Reality
    • Water & Wastewater
    • Precision Agriculture

    Want to suggest an idea or speaker for the agenda? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Transition Break
  • Evening Keynotes
  • Tuesday Evening Reception

January 30, 2019

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  • Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • Opening Keynotes

    We will begin the final morning of the Forum with a plenary session and opening keynotes.

  • Transition Break
  • Fledgings & Seedlings: In Search of the Next Generation

    In search of the next generation of ideas and startups, we asked a number of leading sources of early-stage innovation across the US – for example, national labs, University TTOs, and accelerator/incubator programs – for some nominations. We will choose a mixture of innovators and innovations of the next generation.

    We will have 2-3 experienced investor reviewers on hand to provide some comments and questions on what they hear from our presenters.

  • Session Under Development

    Our agenda is still under development and we are working on finalizing our session topics over the summer months.

    Potential session topics and themes include, but are not limited to:

    • Distributed Energy Resources
    • Smart Cities
    • Spacetech
    • Foodtech
    • Augmented Reality
    • Water & Wastewater
    • Precision Agriculture

    Want to suggest an idea or speaker for the agenda? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Interaction Track

    We will once again build out an Interaction Track for Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects and more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often niche, subjects. The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-60 people), with no AV or slide decks. You are here to listen and talk to each other!

    Formats in the Interaction Track session will include Camp Fires, where the seating arrangement will be circular and close to the speakers leading the session, and CEO Briefings, where about 20 people will get the chance to join this “roundtable” format and hear directly from the CEOs of innovation companies in slots of 20-30 minutes. These sessions are intended to provide intimate and interactive opportunities for you to catch up with the latest on particular topics and leading companies and their CEOs.

    As we finalize these sessions, expect to see some of the below topics represented:

    • Alternative Proteins
    • Innovations in Packaging – extending shelf life
    • New Textiles & Materials – bio-based fibers and alternative textiles
    • Fusion Energy
    • Innovation in the Construction Sector
    • Carbontech

    Don’t see a topic or technology you would like to discuss? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Networking Break
  • Blockchain in Energy & Mobility: What did we learn from our Summit?

    Following our 2nd annual Blockchain Summit on the East Coast in October 2018, we will bring you a recap and updates in this field. Get beyond the hype and hear about real projects and impacts (or lack thereof).

  • Session Under Development

    Our agenda is still under development and we are working on finalizing our session topics over the summer months.

    Read more

    Potential session topics and themes include, but are not limited to:

    • Distributed Energy Resources
    • Smart Cities
    • Spacetech
    • Foodtech
    • Augmented Reality
    • Water & Wastewater
    • Precision Agriculture

    Want to suggest an idea or speaker for the agenda? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Interaction Track

    We will once again build out an Interaction Track for Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

    The Interaction Track’s purpose is to offer our guests more subjects and more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often niche, subjects. The format of these sessions is deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-60 people), with no AV or slide decks. You are here to listen and talk to each other!

    Read more

    Formats in the Interaction Track session will include Camp Fires, where the seating arrangement will be circular and close to the speakers leading the session, and CEO Briefings, where about 20 people will get the chance to join this “roundtable” format and hear directly from the CEOs of innovation companies in slots of 20-30 minutes. These sessions are intended to provide intimate and interactive opportunities for you to catch up with the latest on particular topics and leading companies and their CEOs.

    As we finalize these sessions, expect to see some of the below topics represented:

    • Alternative Proteins
    • Innovations in Packaging – extending shelf life
    • New Textiles & Materials – bio-based fibers and alternative textiles
    • Fusion Energy
    • Innovation in the Construction Sector
    • Carbontech

    Don’t see a topic or technology you would like to discuss? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Networking Lunch
  • Sessions Under Development

    Our agenda is still under development and we are working on finalizing our session topics over the summer months.

    Read more

    Potential session topics and themes include, but are not limited to:

    • Distributed Energy Resources
    • Smart Cities
    • Spacetech
    • Foodtech
    • Augmented Reality
    • Water & Wastewater
    • Precision Agriculture

    Want to suggest an idea or speaker for the agenda? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Networking Break
  • Sessions Under Development

    Our agenda is still under development and we are working on finalizing our session topics over the summer months.

    Read more

    Potential session topics and themes include, but are not limited to:

    • Distributed Energy Resources
    • Smart Cities
    • Spacetech
    • Foodtech
    • Augmented Reality
    • Water & Wastewater
    • Precision Agriculture

    Want to suggest an idea or speaker for the agenda? Fill out our speaker nomination form and present your idea to us!

  • Closing Reception

    Thank you for joining us for our 17th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

Travel

Venue

Cleantech Forum San Francisco has moved! The 2019 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.

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 $299.00 per room per nightOur hotel block deadline is January 12, 2019, or until rooms run out. Available room nights for this rate are between January 26-31, with limited availability on January 26-27 and January 30-31.

Or if you would like to book over the phone, please see the below details:

Phone Number: 1-888-627-8561
Hotel Block Code: CTA26A (or reference Cleantech Forum SF)

 

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

Speakers

Interested in speaking at Cleantech Forum San Francisco? Please fill out the speaker nomination form. Deadline is November 1, 2018 (but we strongly recommend early nominations, as we do not wait for the deadline to invite speakers on a rolling basis).

Past Speakers

Our forum speakers present a wide variety perspectives to inform, entertain and bring something different to our audience. We aim to select those who can help filter the noise and concentrate on the topics that matter most. See the 100+ speakers from last year’s 2018 Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

Sponsors

Our Forums gather the industry’s most important corporates, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, and thought leaders. Join our featured sponsors of Cleantech Forum San Francisco and engage in our global cleantech innovation community (see our 2018 Sponsors).

Are you interested in sponsoring the Forum? Contact us today to learn more about our sponsorship packages.

Best Rate:
June 20 - July 27
Summer Rate:
July 28 - Sept 7
Autumn Rate:
Sept 8 - Oct 31
November Rate:
Nov 1 - Nov 30
December Rate:
Dec 1 - Dec 31
Full Rate:
Jan 1 - Jan 27
On-Site Rate:
Jan 28 - Jan 30
$1295$1495$1695$1895$2095$2395$2695

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

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 Startup Users: If you have an active startup profile on i3, you will have access to an exclusive startup rate. TO RECEIVE THIS RATE, YOU MUST LOG INTO i3 AND REGISTER VIA THE FORUM OPPORTUNITY.
    • 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:
    • If an invoice is requested, 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.
  • Substitutions:
    • 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 forums@cleantech.com.