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


Diversity of Thought: Harnessing the Power of Difference

Below is our work in progress agenda. Check back soon as it will be updated every week now until the event. SESSIONS DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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 our work in progress agenda. Check back soon as it will be updated every week now until the event. SESSIONS DATES AND TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. 

Featured speakers

January 28, 2019

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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 with three subject matter experts from our network 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 dialogs and case studies, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to come prepared with specific questions in mind.

    Co-hosted by: Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre

  • 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

    Co-Hosted by: Tokyo Gas

  • Executive Summit: The Hydrogen Economy (Invite-Only)

    This limited-seating, afternoon Executive Summit will be devoted to sharing views on hydrogen. The focus will be on three main topics: sustainable production of hydrogen, integrating hydrogen into today’s electricity production landscape, and the role of hydrogen in transportation.

    We will explore where we are today (hydrogen has long been seen as a solution just out of reach) and where we are heading. The reason for keeping this Summit pre-event and invite-only is to limit the size, enabling participants to easily engage in conversation, and to allocate places evenly to people from different parts of the value chain and to other stakeholders (e.g. policy makers, investors, etc.)

    If you would like to request a place for this Summit, please email forums@cleantech.com. Places will be prioritized for those already registered for Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

  • Registration & Official Opening
  • The 2019 Global Cleantech 100 is Unveiled: Welcome to the 17th Annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

    We will open the Forum by releasing the latest edition of the Global Cleantech 100, the 10th such list since its inaugural appearance in 2009.

  • Project Drawdown: How to scale the solution-set in 30 years

    A couple of things have happened since last January’s Forum. One, the warnings of how bad things might get and how inadequate the responses are to date seem to be growing louder – most noticeably, the IPCC’s October report. Two, we are finding more and more investors who are looking to articulate and quantify the impact their investee companies are having.

    It feels right to officially open this year’s Forum in the company of Project Drawdown. One, because Project Drawdown’s work has ranked the potential carbon-saving impact of 100 different existing solutions reaching true scale over the next 30 years. Two, because many of the solutions will be represented by one or more companies at this Forum. Three, because we, like Drawdown, wish to be optimistic and believe human ingenuity can work its way out of the tight corner we are backing ourselves into. And four, because Drawdown has been credited by Tom Peters, the management writer, for coming “at the world’s most important issue in an entirely novel fashion.” This year’s Forum is ready to give voice to anyone coming at old problems with new thinking.

  • Making Meat from Plants: Now That's Thinking Differently!

    Project Drawdown ranked shifting to a diet rich in plants as the 4th most impactful of the 100 solutions Drawdown has profiled. A leading company on mission impossible will talk to us about the journey to date, and their hopes and dreams for the next 5-10 years

  • Evening Speaker - to be announced

    The final evening speaker will be announced shortly.

  • Welcome Reception

January 29, 2019

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  • Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • An Energy Storage Breakfast: The latest and greatest on revenues and costs, present and future

    Dan Gabaldon, a Director from Enovation Partners who focuses on DERs (including leading the four Lazard LCOS studies), will lead an interactive discussion on a cross section of different energy storage technologies. This year’s breakfast will be a facilitated discussion among the panelists and the broader audience, with focus on these key questions.

    Where are the revenues coming from for energy storage projects across the US and globally? What does the outlook look like for emerging battery technology companies? Are there white-spaces for solid-state, longer duration batteries to aim at?

    Come enjoy our annual energy storage breakfast, designed to provide you with the latest on energy storage revenues, costs, and project economics, and the market implications for emerging technology companies. Expect informal Q&A style interaction, not a formal presentation session.

  • Diversity of Thought: Harnessing the Power of Difference

    Our main-stage time on Tuesday morning will begin with Cleantech Group’s annual “lay of the land,” incorporating the trends and organizations to keep an eye on, and some examples of diversity of thought in action.

    In addition, expect keynotes (who are currently being confirmed) 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.

  • Networking Break

    From this point on, the majority of the Forum’s programming will take place in parallel tracks, offering you a wider variety of subjects to choose from and continuing our well-received Interaction Track. Wherever you see the label Interaction Track, expect the format of these sessions to be deliberately informal, intimate and interactive. That means smaller rooms (think 20-60 people), with no microphones or monitors and powerpoint-free. You are here to listen and talk to each other!

    Formats in the Interaction Track session might include Camp Fires, where the seating arrangement will be circular and close to the speakers leading the session, or 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 minutes.

    The full Interaction Track program will be released during December. It will allow our guests more subjects and more opportunities to get smart or updated on particular, often niche, subjects, and/or subjects to get up close and personal with particular CEOs.

  • Enabling the Future of EV Charging: The Business Models, the Challengers

    The debate has moved on. There are fewer and fewer people who don’t think the electrification for transportation is a mega-trend with increasing tailwinds behind it. Key questions and areas for disagreement would certainly include the speed at which deployment happens and what % of transportation will ultimately transition to electric, and how those dynamics vary geographically and indeed by vehicle category. Another key question that remain to be answered. What are the sustainable business models? Who pays? Who benefits? Unlikely to be one universal solution.

    This session will give voice to different viewpoints, with different solutions, each arguing why their approach and their business model will earn a place in the future of EV charging.

    Co-Hosted by: BP Ventures

  • 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.

  • Interaction Track
    Scaling Industrial IoT Opportunities from Concept to Widespread Deployment

    We’ve all been sold on the promise of Industrial IoT, yet scaling solutions to thousands of devices has proven challenging for many. This is your opportunity to meet two startup CEOs who have successfully accomplished this and ask them how they made it happen.

    Co-Hosted by: Evok Innovations

  • Networking Lunch
  • Lunch Workshop: Create Value and Reduce Risk - Independent Verification of Your Cleantech Innovations

    How do you increase the market potential of a cleantech innovation? The ISO 14034 standard brings everyone from developers to buyers and investors a consistent approach to the independent verification of performance and impacts of new technologies.

    During this workshop, you’ll see how this strategic decision support tool can reduce risk and potentially increase market acceptance. Top independent verifiers will present, lead extended discussions and answer your questions. You’ll leave the session with a clear picture of what the new standard can do for you.

    This workshop is primarily intended for executives of startup and growth-stage innovation companies, though others are welcome. It will take place around a fixed boardroom table for 15-20 people, with some extra seats around the outside. You will have time to bring your lunch to the workshop.

    Co-hosted by: Southern Research

  • Ones to Watch

    The Ones to Watch session will feature companies Cleantech Group selects as fitting of that notion.

    Some of the chosen presenting companies may be from our 2018 the Ones to Watch list, recently released in November 2018, but we will likely go further afield too.

  • Session Under Development

    This session is currently being developed in collaboration with Morrison & Foerster LLP. The final title, description and participants will be announced as soon as possible.

  • Innovation in De-Carbonizing the Gas Sector

    SoCalGas’s Research, Development and Demonstration program, in collaboration with national labs and other leading research institutions, has been a leader in advancing technologies and products in the gas sector for decades.

    This session will present selective technologies from SoCalGas’s RD&D portfolio in the area of P2G including: renewable H2; new renewable gas pathways; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; fuel cell; and high efficiency space heating and cooling solutions. These technologies have the potential to play a critical role in enabling high penetration of renewable energy, reducing carbon and other harmful emissions from the transportation sector, and decarbonizing the industrial and building energy use.

    Co-hosted by: SoCalGas

  • Transition Break
  • Industry 5.0: Robotics and Automation in Industrial Applications

    The impact of robotics and automation on manufacturing processes has been lauded by the private sector, addressing productivity decline and labor shortages across the Western world, but these technologies remain demonized by some in the press and the general public.

    This session will look into robotic technologies that are breaking new ground in industrial sectors, and the advantages such innovations bring to the 21st century. We would argue that perhaps the ‘robot takeover’ is for the best….

  • Time to Revisit the Bio-Economy: Down, but Far from Out

    Sub-themes in innovation and venturing may fall in and out of favor. Indeed, our Global Cleantech 100 gives strong expression to such cycles of fashion. But while under the cover of being out of the limelight, sub-sectors and companies can re-emerge stronger and different, leaving perceptions and biases out-dated. This session, currently under development in collaboration with Cycle Capital, will reveal the progress of the bio-economy and provide signals of a re-bound.

    Co-hosted by: Cycle Capital Management

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

    As populations grow and more people move into urban areas, cities are facing increasing congestion that results in both environmental pollution and safety risks. Furthermore, the impending transition towards autonomous vehicles also requires our traffic system infrastructure to be capable of handling the increase in traffic and self-driving vehicles on the road. The convergence of hardware and software innovations are transforming our current static traffic system to a dynamic and intelligent one. In this session, we will explore what innovations are being implemented and what still needs to be solved in this speedily changing sector.

  • Distributed Energy Resources: Planning our Future

    Distributed energy resources are a vital component that will help take utilities into the 21st century. Whether viewed as a threat or seen as an opportunity, DERs and smart energy systems will need to be addressed.

    This session will focus on the DER lifecycle, policy, planning, interconnection, integration, operations and technologies currently being deployed, as well as those more forward looking.

    Co-hosted by: Centrica

  • Interaction Track
    Buildings with Brains: Examining New Business Models, the Value of Data, and the Importance of Partnerships

    This Interaction Track session will explore new and emerging business models and channels being used by smart building innovators – looking at, inter alia, use of the in vogue SaaS model, emergence of other as-a-service approaches, collection of new streams of data, partnerships with utilities, and use of other channel partners.

    The session contributors have been chosen to provide us with a diverse set of approaches to dig into, and to consider pros and cons, the whys, and what’s ahead.

  • Transition Break
  • Evening Keynotes - to be announced

    The final evening speakers will be announced shortly.

  • 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: Searching for Diversity of Thought

    In our search for diverse ideas and startups, we approached several leading sources of early-stage innovation across the US – including national labs, University TTOs, and accelerator/incubator programs – for nominations. We chose a mixture of innovators and nominators to present on a rotating panel session.

  • Enabling a Constructive  Future for CO2: Visions of Leading Carbontech Entrepreneurs

    For the 3rd year in a row, as part of our charting the future mandate, we are providing an annual check-in on the CO2 to value theme.

    This session will feature a select few leading entrepreneurial companies, updating us on their progress toward making CO2 a scalable feedstock of the future global industrial economy.

  • Networking Break
  • Blockchain in Mobility: On the Road to Autonomy

    From carsharing without a middleman to insurance records and car-to-car transactions, potential applications of blockchain technology in the mobility space are numerous. With top innovators, automotive and energy companies, we will discuss the most promising of them, and how they fit into the fast-changing mobility market.

  • Feeding The Food: Which Protein Wins?

    In this session, we will hear from advocates of various different protein feedstocks and ask how they fit into the future of the global protein supply chain. With proteins coming from methane, insects, and even CO2, this panel aims to understand each feedstock’s place in the market, and how far they may displace traditional feedstocks such as soybean and fishmeal.

  • Interaction Track
    Planet Management in the Era of Data Abundance

    The data points tracking our activity across the planet are proliferating at a rapid speed via hundreds of satellites, thousands of petabytes of imagery, and billions of IoT devices. But how can we process all of this data, and convert it into actionable insights to aid sustainable management of earth’s resources? In this session, we will speak to innovators capturing, tracking, and actioning data-driven planet management services.

  • Networking Lunch
  • Lunch Workshop: Designing Cleantech for People

    For many companies in the cleantech space, the focus is usually on developing technology that works and building a business model that will make that technology viable to the market.

    What’s often overlooked, or doesn’t get the attention it deserves, is designing a product or an experience based on human needs and desires. Companies can differentiate themselves by incorporating the desires of people into the design of their products, services and experiences. It requires finding the sweet spot of technical feasibility, business viability AND the desirability of people.

    This workshop is primarily intended for executives of startup and growth-stage innovation companies, though others are welcome. It will take place around a fixed boardroom table for 15-20 people, with some extra seats around the outside. You will have time to bring your lunch to the workshop.

    Co-hosted by: Symmetri

  • 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.

  • Networking Break
  • Sessions Under Development

    We are working on finalizing our final day agenda. Topics we are working on include:

    • Circular Economy
    • Augmented Reality in the Industrial Space
  • Closing Reception

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



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



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The Forum Registration Fee Includes:

  • Access to all keynotes, general sessions, and (non-invite-only) breakout sessions and workshops
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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