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One-on-One Seated Professionals

Sign up to meet these seated professionals the morning of Thursday, April 13, from 8:10 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. This session is designed to facilitate 10-minute meetings between clean energy entrepreneurs, investors, corporations, key government agencies, and test facilities. The One-on-One Networking is open to all registered attendees of the Forum; however, startups that applied to present at the Forum will be given early access to sign-up on February 13th. All registered attendees will be given access to sign up on February 23rd.

Meeting sign up for the One-on-One Networking Session will occur through the IGF mobile app. You must register to attend the Forum in order to get access to the mobile app system to sign up for meetings. Instructions to sign up using the mobile app will be provided.

Meeting requests are subject to the approval of the seated professional. All participants will have access to their final schedule of meetings prior to the Forum.

*Interest in emerging markets

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Jay Amarasekera
SABIC Ventures
Prototype
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies with more than 50B$ sales. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers. We are looking to invest in transformational technologies in chemistry and materials space.
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Vishnu Amble
*Ecomachines Ventures
Pre-Commercial
We invest in and accelerate the growth of promising early-stage hardware companies with an innovative prototype. We invest in companies that are at a more advanced stage of development, and facilitate access to additional funding through our network.
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Olushola Ashiru
New Energy Fund II
Later Stage
New Energy Fund II (NEF II) is a private equity investment vehicle designed to find optimal current yields based on long term cash flows from offtake agreements such as power purchase agreements (PPAs) from renewable energy projects. It will also invest in cash flows which stem from efficiency upgrades for buildings, factories, commercial and municipal properties. The fund will invest in projects that use commercial, proven, renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, storage, distribution, combined heat & power (CHP), biofuels, biomass, etc. We will invest in projects in stable economies especially where energy prices are high and subsidies are generous.
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Mark Austin
Bright Capital
Pre-Commercial
Bright Capital is a VC named "Cleantech Investor of the Year" in 2012 by Cleantech Group. Invested broadly in alternative clean energy, efficiency, advanced materials, green chemistry, water, and related sustainable technologies.
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Dan Baldi
Silicon Valley Bank
Later Stage
For 33 years, Silicon Valley Bank has helped innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB works with companies that are leading the way in energy and resource innovation, addressing the unique needs of innovators with a team exclusively focused on helping cleantech and energy-related companies succeed, and providing project financing to select renewables and efficiency transactions.
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Ed Beardsworth
Energy Technology Advisors
Pre-Commercial
As a retained strategic advisor, I support corporate and investor clients, helping them to source widely and choose wisely among new technology opportunities. Value for my clients comes through my extensive network of technology providers, investors, entrepreneurs, and scientists. I possess a deep, nuanced understanding of the complex energy and cleantech industry gained over my 30+ year career -- this long, continuous experience sets me apart from relative newcomers to the industry.
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Rahul Bhalodia
Constellation Technology Ventures
Later Stage
Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV) is the venture investing organization within Exelon Corporation, the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. CTV invests in companies representing innovative energy technologies and business models, building a portfolio that represents a broad range of development stages and technology types. CTV catalyzes growth for its portfolio companies by providing equity capital, management expertise, and connectivity to the broad and diverse Exelon commercial enterprise.
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David Blivin
Cottonwood Technology Fund
Pre-Commercial
Cottonwood Technology Funds is a seed stage fund focused on the Southwest region of the US. Cottonwood Euro Technology Fund is based in the Netherlands and focuses on seed stage technology based investment opportunities based in northern Europe. Cottonwood Technology Group (CTG) is focused on ecosystem development for technology commercialization and economic impact in New Mexico and the region. The Global New Energy Summit is bringing hundreds of energy leaders to the region to discuss energy technology, markets, investments and policy - regionally, nationally and internationally. Prior to CTG, I founded and managed Southeast Interactive which became the largest and most successful information technology focused fund based in the Southeast.
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Thomas Blum
New York Angels
Pre-Commercial
New York Angels is the most active angel group on the East Coast with 120+ members who have funded over $100 million in start-up companies. In my day job, I am an investment banker with G.C. Andersen Partners with a focus on clean tech and alternative energy.
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Jason Blumberg
Energy Foundry
Pre-Commercial
Energy Foundry invests venture capital in today's most promising seed & early stage energy innovators and takes a unique approach to helping them achieve success. In addition to capital, we provide an arsenal of resources designed to unlock an energy start-up’s potential, including turnkey support, expert advice, a network of industry leaders, and validation channels.
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Daniel Carter
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures
Later Stage
Seasoned investment professional, passionate about sourcing and vetting opportunities resulting in clearly-articulated investment decisions. Experienced in investment syndicate dynamics, both as leader and follower. Invested/financed companies from small to large in a variety of industries with significant international experience, twice as founding member of a team.
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Henry Chung
LG Innovation Ventures
Pre-Commercial
LG Innovation Ventures focuses on making investments in support of collaborative and commercial efforts with leading startup companies.
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Conor Clifford
E On Sci
Pre-Commercial
E.ON is an international privately-owned energy company, headquartered in Germany, with core businesses in energy networks, renewables, and customer solutions. E.ON provides and operates energy-related services and solutions to residential customers, companies of all sizes, towns and cities. SCI (Scouting and Co-Investments) is E.ON’s Corporate Venture Capital unit which has been investing in start-ups for over 4 years, and made 18 investments. SCI primarily invests in early/mid-stage venture-backed companies with business models and technologies that will enable E.ON to lead the charge to a distributed, renewable and digital energy system.
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Bennett Collier
New Energy Capital Partners
Later Stage
NEC invests in diversified portfolios of clean infrastructure, power generation, and energy assets with a focus on small- to mid-size projects and asset portfolios with total capital requirements of $20-$200 million.
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Jim Corboy
Calvert Advisors, LLC
Later Stage
An accomplished financial and commercial advisor with a proven track record of success in corporate management, business development and capital formation transactions. Calvert Advisors supports entrepreneurs, scientists and technology transfer professionals to achieve commercial value from Intellectual Property in a variety of disciplines. He is a Fellow in the 2016 Energy Fellows Institute; and has served as a team Mentor to the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps; and the Department of Energy’s Lab-Corps initiatives.
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Mark Cox
New Energy Fund II, LP
Later Stage
New Energy Fund II (NEF II) is a private equity investment vehicle designed to find optimal current yields based on long term cash flows from offtake agreements such as power purchase agreements (PPAs) from renewable energy projects. It will also invest in cash flows which stem from efficiency upgrades for buildings, factories, commercial and municipal properties. The fund will invest in projects that use commercial, proven, renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, storage, distribution, combined heat & power (CHP), biofuels, biomass, etc. We will invest in projects in stable economies especially where energy prices are high and subsidies are generous.
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Morgan Defoort
*Factor[e] Ventures
Prototype
We are interested in early stage technology-enabled companies working in access to electricity, agriculture, waste & resource management, or mobility. Our companies must have a strong interest and potential in emerging markets.
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Amanda Delcore
*Factor[e] Ventures
Prototype
We support early stage entrepreneurs through a unique blend of risk capital and world-class technical resources in the areas of electricity access, waste management and sanitation, agriculture, and sustainable mobility. We aim to invest in technology-driven ventures who have the potential to profoundly impact emerging markets.
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Patrick Doyle
*MGM Innova Capital
Later Stage
ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Residential sector: Consumer financing for green appliances
Commercial sector: Hotels, hospitals, other large buildings.
Municipal sector: Street lighting
RENEWABLE ENERGY
Proven technologies including small hydro expansion/rehab, solar, biogas, and wind.
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Eric Drummond
Formativ
Later Stage
Eric is the President of Global Strategy and Chief Legal Officer for Formativ, a unique real estate development company focusing on transformative urban projects and building distinctive business development ecosystems.
Eric served on the Advisory Board of the Bank at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Colorado Business Bank (CoBiz) in Denver.  He is also Vice Chairman of the Innosphere technology incubator, headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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Tom Duckett
RES Distributed
Pre-Commercial
RES Distributed is a solution oriented developer/operator focused on deploying economical local, distributed energy generation projects utilizing renewable generation, primarily solar, and energy storage technologies. RES Distributed is part of the global RES brand that develops, builds, & operates utility scale wind, solar, and energy storage projects across the globe.
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Scott Dupcak
Constellation Technology Ventures
Later Stage
Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV) is the venture investing organization within Exelon Corporation, the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. CTV invests in companies representing innovative energy technologies and business models, building a portfolio that represents a broad range of development stages and technology types. CTV catalyzes growth for its portfolio companies by providing equity capital, management expertise, and connectivity to the broad and diverse Exelon commercial enterprise. Scott leads Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV), the venture capital investing arm of Exelon Corp. In this role, Scott oversees the CTV investing strategy, the management of the CTV portfolio and the commercialization of new energy technologies within the Exelon commercial platform.
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A.J. Dye
Delta Electronics Capital
Later Stage
Delta Group is a global leader in power and thermal management solutions, including power supplies, brushless fans, components, visual displays, industrial automation, networking products, and renewable energy solutions. Delta Group has sales offices worldwide and manufacturing plants in Taiwan, China, Thailand, Mexico, India and Europe. As a global leader in power electronics, Delta's mission is, "To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow."
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Gili Elkin
*Israel - Colorado Innovation Fund
Pre-Commercial
The ICI Fund invests in seed and early-stage Israeli companies in the energy, water, transportation and IoT fields. Portfolio companies will participate in the 2-year Innosphere program.
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Robert Fenwick-Smith
Aravaipa Ventures
Later Stage
Aravaipa Ventures is the first IMPACT TECHNOLOGY fund. We make impact investments in early stage efficiency technology in Colorado. We offer global environmental impact and Colorado social impact combined with the high potential financial returns of early stage technology investing. Specifically our investment thesis is:
• IMPACT TECHNOLOGY: technologies that increase resource efficiency and thereby have a global environment impact.
• LOCAL COMPANIES: for close management and local social impact.
• GLOBAL IMPACT: technologies must have global potential.
• LOW-CAPITAL-INTENSIVE: for fundability and financial risk reduction.
• PRAGMATIC EARLY-STAGE: build companies, do not gamble on home-runs. We expect 80% of our companies to be successful.
• PATIENT: 15 year fund - vs. standard 7 year. Research shows that most companies need 10 years to break through.
• GOVERNANCE: through a real Investment Committee the Investors truly control the Managers.
• INVESTOR-MANAGEMENT ALIGNMENT: no annual management fee, only carry on investor profits. Also entrepreneurs swap shares to also
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Steve Foster
SF Advisor
Pre-Commercial
Energy is an enormous market and there is always room for innovation in both technology and business models. Although some of the most compelling innovations are developed in the United States there are often other attractive markets across the globe where those innovations may be more economic.
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Mike Freeman
*Innosphere Fund
Pre-Commercial
Innosphere Fund is a seed venture capital fund designed to invest in energy and advanced materials companies. Companies that we invest in should be Colorado based or have a Colorado presence.
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Gerd Goette
Siemens Venture Capital
Later Stage
We are investing at the intersection of strategic relevance and financial returns, leveraging operational synergies to add value to our portfolio companies.
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Mark Gorham
Innosphere
Later Stage
Innosphere is an incubator headquartered in Fort Collins providing training and mentoring to early stage companies, in the software, medical, energy, renewable fields. Innosphere works with the major educational institutions including CSU, CU, and Mines to help get ideas from research into the commercial markets.
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Beth Hartman
EPRI, Incubatenergy Network
Pre-Commercial
Through the Incubatenergy Network I can connect entrepreneurs with the top clean energy incubators and accelerators in the country, who refer their companies to the most successful investors in each region. In addition, connections through EPRI to utilities in the US and over 30 countries around the world offer a pathway to pilot programs and other deployment opportunities that are such a critical component of commercialization, in addition to securing funding.
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Andrew Haughian
Pangaea Ventures
Later Stage
Pangaea is the world leader in advanced materials venture capital. We invest in start-up companies using advanced materials to make our world better. Established in 2000, Pangaea has built an outstanding portfolio addressing multi-billion dollar markets in energy, electronics, health, and sustainability. Our unmatched materials network spans multiple industry verticals, and includes sixteen major multinationals as Strategic Limited Partners.
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Scott Herrin
Snowball Capital LLC
Pre-Commercial
Early investor with a focus on cleantech. Investments include energy efficiency/HVAC, solar, CO2 reduction. Patent protection a plus. Not too scared of science experiments with the right scientists.
Experience includes taking manufacturing startup through IPO/buyout/strategic sale and patent/licensing expertise.
Initial investments up to ~$200,000 with follow on available; I often put together like minded investors.
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Kathleen Jurman
Dow Chemical
Pre-Commercial
The Dow Chemical Company drives innovation that extracts value from material, polymer, chemical and biological science to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agro sciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2015, Dow had annual sales of nearly $49 billion and employed approximately 49,500 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 179 sites in 35 countries across the globe. Dow Ventures & Business Development, and Venture Capital is focused on identifying new opportunities, emerging trends, breakthrough technologies and strategic partnerships to drive growth and add value to the Company.
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Bill Kingsley
EnerTech Capital
Pre-Commercial
We invest in early to growth stage companies that offer products or services that dramatically improve the profitability of producing or consuming energy. Whether fuel or electricity, alternative or traditional, we help create companies that make energy more efficient, reliable, and cost-effective. Since our founding in 1996 we have managed approximately $500 million and we have delivered nearly 30 exits. We are currently investing out of our fourth fund and have offices in Philadelphia, Toronto, Montreal, Menlo Park and Calgary.
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Bo Lee
*Everest Trade & Investment/ First Cap. Ventures
Founded in 2005, First Capital helps entrepreneurs realize their disruptive solution’s true potential, while taking an active approach to shareholder value creation. Our team of senior-level leaders has over 200 years of combined business expertise, and not all as corporate stuffed shirts – each of us has deep experience on the other side of the table, starting, growing and exiting our own small businesses. It is this unique dual perspective that makes First Capital the ideal platform for both business creation and investment appreciation. As your guides to growth we navigate new and emerging markets on your behalf, and chart (and help execute) a route to shared success.
Randy Lewis
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati
John Randall (Randy) Lewis is a partner in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Randy has extensive experience in many areas of corporate and securities law, including public offerings, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital and private equity financings. Randy is a leader in the firm's energy and infrastructure finance practice. His practice focuses on the representation of clean technology and other growth companies ranging from start-ups to large public corporations.
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Janet Lin
Panasonic
Later Stage
Strategy, M&A, technology and geographic expansion, and business planning for Panasonic's clean energy solutions platform in North America, which delivers comprehensive renewable energy, battery storage and energy efficiency solutions including development, engineering, implementation, financing and long term service.
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James LoGerfo
Earthrise Capital
Pre-Commercial
Earthrise Capital Fund is a venture fund investing in emerging technologies for energy, power and water, primarily in North America. Areas of interest include lower-carbon energy sources; energy and materials efficiency improvement, cost-effective energy storage; and environmental technologies and services. The Earthrise team has decades of collective experience in energy and environmental technology investing.
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Sebastien Lounis
Cyclotron Road
Pre-Commercial
Cyclotron Road is a home for the nation’s brightest hard tech innovators to advance their energy technologies from breakthrough concept to market ready product. Cyclotron Road provides funding, access to world-class facilities and expertise at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab), and intensive training and mentorship focused on hard technology innovation and commercialization for up to two years. Total support is valued at $300,000-500,000 per team.
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Jared Marquette
*Village Capital
Pre-Commercial
Village Capital finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems.
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John McKenna
Hamilton Clark Sustainable Capital, Inc.
Later Stage
FINRA-member investment bank focused on deal size of $5 million to $50 million in energy technology and sustainable products companies. Participant in the NREL forum for 20+years and have worked on financing and M&A deals with a number of presenters.
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Harry Miller
Dresser-Rand
Later Stage
Large OEM of Turbomachinery for the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical, and Power Generation Industries.
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Pulakesh Mukherjee
BASF Venture Capital
Pre-Commercial
BASF Venture Capital ( BVC) invest in start-up companies worldwide. The investments focus on innovative technologies with a high growth potential which are chemistry-related, including novel materials, new developments in bio- and nano-technology and cleantech. BVC not only invest capital, but also support the investments through targeted interaction between BASF Group's worldwide know-how and research network. Access to the internal and external resources of BASF Group as a whole plays an important role. This helps achieve increased visibility of the portfolio companies in the marketplace and an accelerated "time-to-market".
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Dennis Odell
GXP Investments
Later Stage
GXPI provides investment capital and strategic value to businesses within the energy value chain. As a strategic investor, our goal is to partner with early stage companies as they grow their business and expand their market share. We bring utility experience, contacts and capital to these partnerships in exchange for equity or debt instruments. We are focused on opportunities in the customer energy solutions and energy infrastructure industries, but are open to attractive investments outside of these sectors within the energy value chain. Other areas of focus include environmental remediation, infrastructure security and renewables services. We primarily target growth equity investments in revenue generating businesses that are primed for expansion and that can benefit from a well-capitalized, industry experienced, strategic partner.
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Taejoon Park
Applied Ventures
Pre-Commercial
Applied Ventures, LLC is the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, Inc., (NASDAQ: AMAT), the global leader in materials engineering solutions for the electronics industry with a broad portfolio of innovative equipment, service, and software products.

Applied Ventures invests in early-stage technology companies that promise to deliver high growth and exceptional returns. Our investments help develop technologies and markets that provide natural extensions to Applied Materials' core business and stimulate the growth of applications for semiconductors, displays, and related products and services.
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Scott Pinizzotto
ENGIE New Ventures
Later Stage
ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ) is a global energy actor and expert operator in the three businesses of electricity, natural gas and energy services with a business model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy. The Group provides individuals, businesses and cities with highly efficient and innovative solutions based expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 154,950 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €69.9 billion in 2015.

Scott Pinizzotto is Senior Investment Director for ENGIE New Ventures, the corporate venture arm of ENGIE. Launched in 2014, ENGIE New Ventures makes direct strategic investments into cleantech startups focused on distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, energy services and smart city/mobility. Through 2016, ENGIE New Ventures has made 15 investments globally, including six in North America.
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Joshua Posamentier
Congruent Ventures
Prototype
Congruent Ventures focused its investing on Seed and Series A stage companies with sustainable technologies that address resource efficiency and GHG challenges.
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Patrick Sagisi
*DBL Partners
Later Stage
DBL Partners uses venture capital to accelerate innovation in a way that positively affects an organization’s social impact, as well as its financial success. We strongly believe these two drivers –positive social change and a healthy financial performance– are inherently connected. DBL invests in and helps nurture outstanding entrepreneurs and companies in Cleantech, Information Technology, and Sustainable Products and Services.
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Darren Sankbeil
JMP Securities
Later Stage
Managing Director within the Technology Investment Banking group responsible for covering the Energy & Industrial Technologies sectors including renewable energy, advanced transportation technologies, building automation, smart grid and IoT Security.
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Curtis Schickner
Constellation Technology Ventures
Later Stage
Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV) is the venture investing organization within Exelon Corporation, the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. CTV invests in companies representing innovative energy technologies and business models, building a portfolio that represents a broad range of development stages and technology types. CTV catalyzes growth for its portfolio companies by providing equity capital, management expertise, and connectivity to the broad and diverse Exelon commercial enterprise. Curtis is responsible for analyzing investment opportunities and supporting the growth of the Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV) portfolio. He also leads market intelligence initiatives for new strategic focus areas.
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Rena Scroggins
76West/NYSERDA
Pre-Commercial
76West is a NYSERDA clean energy business plan competition, focused on early stage companies, that awards $2.5 million in cash plus additional business support a year. Talk to me about your innovation and see if you are a eligible to win.
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Tim Sherwood
Factor(e) Ventures
Pre-Commercial
Factor(e) is looking for entrepreneurs and technologies in the fields of a) access to electricity; b) agriculture; c) sustainable mobility; and, d) waste & resource management.
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Todd Stevens
RenewableTech Ventures
Pre-Commercial
RenewableTech Ventures has been investing for 5 years in the Rocky Mountain region of the US and Canada. We focus on clean tech companies with proven technologies that are poised to launch products or grow sales in expanding markets.
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Nrel Tech Transfer Office
NREL
Prototype
NREL’s Technology Transfer Office invests in intellectual property protection in various forms to promote effective industrial partnerships to move cutting-edge DOE-funded innovations to market. TTO partnership agreements staff and licensing executives are here to assist you in navigating the various sponsored research and intellectual property licensing opportunities at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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Ted Weaver
First Tracks Consulting Service, Inc.
Pre-Commercial
I run a boutique consulting firm with two main markets

1. Utilities building large scale clean energy programs. I have worked with most of the utilities in North America and helped clients develop and manage over $3 billion in energy efficiency investment and over 2 GW of electric generation.

2. Early stage cleantech companies. I help companies developing energy efficiency, renewable energy, and environmental service technologies. I am also active in the Colorado Cleantech Community, Cleantech Open, and the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association.