NREL Industry Growth Forum

Session Investors and Other Professionals

*Indicates interest in emerging markets

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David Hsu / Matthew Holohan
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Later Stage
Kilpatrick Townsend is a full-service, international law firm that helps clean energy entrepreneurs through our expertise in legal matters such as intellectual property, cybersecurity, project financing and other issues that impact technology firms. A start-up company's patent and intellectual property portfolio can play a critical role in helping the company obtain government and private funding and in permitting the company to continue to operate, and robust cybersecurity protections are critical to protect trade secrets and other confidential information. Kilpatrick Townsend has one of the largest and highly ranked patent practices in the United States, covering a range of energy technologies and existing clients. Attorneys Matthew Holohan and David Hsu represent Kilpatrick & Townsend with a deep knowledge of the technologies used to generate, transport, and manage energy. We can help companies successfully structure, finance, build, and sell renewable energy projects.
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Jay Amarasekera
SABIC Ventures
Later Stage
We are SABIC Ventures. We explore opportunities with innovative companies with the goal of helping these companies accelerate their growth while at the same time building value for SABIC. We’re looking for entrepreneurial thinkers with innovations in the alternative energy and feedstock technologies, advanced materials, and process, resource and energy efficiency.
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Richard Amato
*Austin Technology Incubator
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
“We Get You Funded”

The Austin Technology Incubator (ATI) is the startup incubator of the University of Texas at Austin. ATI focuses on helping startups compete successfully in the capital markets. We don’t write checks. But we have strong, long-term, trust-based relationships with investors – the local angel investors community, local and national venture capital firms, and sources of public funding. It works. Some stats:

- 88% of our 2016 graduating class received funding while at ATI
- Members of that class have now collectively raised over $223 million
- Since 2009 ATI companies have raised over $850 million in the capital markets and achieved over $700 million in exit value

We surround founding teams with talent that they couldn’t otherwise afford.

Our program is customized to each company. We don’t have one process that each member must follow. We’re made-to-measure, not off-the-rack. We find that’s the best way to get results.
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Patricia Ansems Bancroft
The Dow Chemical Company
Prototype
The Ventures & Business Development organization serves as a catalyst in Dow's transformation efforts, in which both R&D and commercial capability support a comprehensive approach to opportunity identification, business modeling and business build-out assessment. Patricia's responsibilities include the identification of new science and technology opportunities that are consistent with Dow's strategic interests, and the development of Dow businesses around new, emerging technologies.
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Mark Austin
Bright Capital
Pre-Commercial|
Focus on broad ranging, transformative innovation in energy, efficiency and resource productivity, including enabling platforms.
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Dan Baldi
Silicon Valley Bank
Later Stage
For 34 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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Barbara Bauer
Rockies Venture Club
Pre-Commercial|
quality angel or seed round deals with clear impact metrics
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David Berokoff
Larta Institute
Prototype
It’s critical for start-ups to develop a well-defined customer value proposition at the beginning of the technology development cycle and continuously solicit input from prospective customers on product features in the markets they are targeting. Otherwise, there is great risk of developing a really cool technology that customers either don’t value or cannot afford. During prototyping, it’s also very important to understand that requirements to bridge the gap from early product introduction to manufacturing, distribution and support including the need for strategic partners and/or investors. This helps to avoid the dreaded product ‘valley of death’ whereby a product is ready for the market, but the start-up does not have the means to get there because they are lacking financing, manufacturing, product durability testing and/or channel partners. Following these basic principles are essential to maximizing the potential of success for new technologies and products under consideration.
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Mike Biddle
Evok Innovations
Pre-Commercial
Evok Innovations is a unique entrepreneur-led cleantech fund that accelerates the development and commercialization of solutions to the most pressing environmental and economic challenges facing the oil and gas sector today. We protect the environment and strengthen the economy by investing in the commercialization of clean technology.

Evok offers mentorship and customer access for early-stage clean technology companies while accelerating the development and commercialization of breakthrough solutions for strategic partners. We offer entrepreneurs access to major customers, subject matter experts, and opportunities to pilot and demonstrate innovative technologies. Evok is uniquely positioned to drive the commercialization of clean technologies and the large-scale adoption of solutions to the most critical economic and environmental challenges of the energy industry.
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Eric Bielke
GE
Eric Bielke is a Director with GE Ventures where he leads investments at the intersection of energy and the internet. Before joining GE, Eric worked with Siemens Venture Capital where he focused on investment opportunities in business intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity. Eric was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Co, where he worked with several Fortune 500 companies in the utility and oil & gas industries on issues of technology disruption and strategy. He is also the co-founder of SoCore Energy, a venture-backed developer of distributed energy systems acquired by Edison International.
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David Blivin
*Cottonwood Technology Fund
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|
Cottonwood Technology Funds (CTF) are seed and pre-seed-stage technology commercialization funds with offices in New Mexico, USA and Enschede, The Netherlands. The general partner of the funds has proven itself with top returns in regions rich in innovation but lacking in capital and management — the other critical resources for enabling success. CTF works to provide venture services and capital to tech transfer opportunities with strong commercial potential.

The CTF model was first developed and tested in the Southeastern US. Today, the Southwestern US and Northern Europe are experiencing a similar combination of advantages and challenges. Once again, returns are validating our approach, which identifies and supports the development of category-leadership companies.

We borrowed our name from a tree that is native to the Southwestern US: the Rio Grande Cottonwood. A welcome sight to pioneer desert caravans because it often signaled water, the Cottonwood typically reaches 50 to 60 feet in height
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Thomas Blum
*New York Angels
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
The New York Angels is one of the longest running active angel groups in New York City and has invested over $100 million in entrepreneurial ventures. The group is an independent consortium of over 100 individual accredited angel investors. The New York Angels typically invest $100,000-$1,000,000 in seed/early stage companies, and syndicate deals with angel group partners and VCs up to $2 million. Because of the vast experience of the membership, the group is receptive to a wide variety of industry sectors. The strength of the group is its ability to pool its money to make large investments, to mentor entrepreneurs to help them achieve their goals, and to make introductions that can accelerate growth.
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Cassie Bowe
Energy Impact Partners
Ms. Bowe has experience in energy across a range of technologies and functional roles. Prior to joining EIP, Ms. Bowe worked for 5 years at SunPower, one of the largest global solar companies, in policy and strategy. At SunPower she was responsible for global market analysis, legal and regulatory assessment, and new country entry. She has also gained operating experience at energy storage, micro-grid and energy asset management startups in business development and finance roles. Ms. Bowe holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy (2018).
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Karan Capoor
*Rockefeller Foundation
Karan J. Capoor, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, has over 25 years of global experience at the interface of public policy and private sector transactions in energy, infrastructure and climate change.
Mr. Capoor’s experience in the energy sector has included leading innovative joint operations of the World Bank with the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency in mobilizing commercial financing for innovative transactions through public-private partnerships in emerging economies. He has also led the World Bank’s energy climate finance program, developing a pipeline and managing a portfolio of blended finance operations with the Clean Technology Fund, the Global Environment Facility and the Green Climate Fund.
His Fellowship project, Innovative Opportunities for Philanthropic Capital to Support Clean Infrastructure, will identify and demonstrate the viability of innovative business and financing models to scale up investment in resilient infrastructure development and services.
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Sara Chamberlain
Energy Foundry
Sara Chamberlain has worked in the energy and environment sector for nearly a decade, with a core focus on helping energy startups develop commercialization strategies. Working at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship is a personal passion.

She currently leads Energy Foundry’s investment activity and maintains an active role with each of the firm’s portfolio companies. Prior to joining Energy Foundry, Sara co-managed the government advisory practice for clean technology startups at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she successfully led multiple teams through more than two dozen federal and state grant and loan applications, including over $300 million in research grants, loans and guaranteed loan funding. Sara’s previous experience also includes roles with GE Energy, where she developed a solar manufacturing expansion strategy, and with GaiaTech, where she led the environmental due diligence and regulatory compliance process for over industrial and manufacturing transactions across North America.

From working with large Fortune 500 companies to startup businesses, Sara has broad and deep industry knowledge of the energy sector and was recognized by Midwest Energy News “40 under 40.”

She holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA in Environmental Studies from Emory University.
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Aaron Chockla
True North Venture Partners
Prototype
Aaron focuses on identifying early stage investment opportunities and key technology and market trends, and assisting portfolio companies post investment. Prior to joining True North, Aaron held various research, development, and engineering positions, worked as a start-up consultant, and co-founded a cleantech start-up. Aaron began his career as a development engineer at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Samsung and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
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Henry Chung
LG Innovation Ventures
Pre-Commercial
LG Innovation Ventures strategically invests in early-mid stage hardware and software companies in support of existing businesses and research and for pathfinding new business areas.
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Conor Clifford
E.ON
Pre-Commercial
E.ON provides and operates energy-related services and solutions to residential customers, businesses of all sizes (commercial and industrial), 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 5 years, and made 20 investments. SCI primarily invests in early/mid-stage companies with demonstrated commercial traction, and developing technologies and business models that have a strategic fit with our operating business. SCI acts as investor, and commercial development partner between the start-up and our operating businesses. Usual ticket size: $1 – 5M, plus follow-ons.
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Michael Conaboy
Wasson Enterprise
Michael serves as the Senior Clean and Efficient Energy Technology (CEET) Investment Manager for Wasson Enterprise, with a background in engineering consulting and data mining to reduce energy demand for large industrial, commercial, and institutional consumers. He is also the CTO and Cofounder of Eta Vision, a data center operations optimization company. Wasson Enterprise invests in three strategic sectors with a goal to connect, mentor, market, and commercialize dreams into sustainable businesses. We’re looking for passionate and driven entrepreneurs who dream big and whose values reflect ours. We look forward to working with and helping entrepreneurs leave their mark.
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Eric Drummond
Formativ
Eric Drummond is an entrepreneur, business development ecosystem builder, and has more than 25 years of business, corporate, and complex administrative law, with a focus in emerging technology, alternative energy issues, telecommunications, climate, and capital formation. Drummond has represented the U.S. Department of Energy in the nation’s $32.4 billion Section 1705 Loan Guarantee Program and was appointed to Colorado’s Renewable Energy Development Team by the Governor in 2011. An advocate for Colorado’s innovation and business community, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Colorado Venture Capital Authority by the President of the Senate in 2013 and currently serves as the Vice Chair. Drummond is the former Vice Chairman of the Innosphere technology incubator, headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado, and currently the President of Global Strategy for FORMATIV, and the founding member of the Colorado Innovation Corridor.
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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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Gili Elkin
*Israel - Colorado Innovation Fund
Later Stage|
The Israel - Colorado Innovation Fund invests in Israeli startups in the Water/Energy/Transportation sectors and connects them with the US market through Innosphere.
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Thomas Erickson
First Green Partners
First Green Partners is an early-stage investment firm focused on building companies that commercialize industrial technologies in energy, materials, and food. FGP pursues opportunities that generate resource efficiency, have advantaged feedstocks, improve product performance, or provide supply chain transparency. Tom Erickson is a venture capitalist and former research analyst in the technology space.
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Marcius Exavour
*XPRIZE
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|
"XPRIZE is an innovation engine. A facilitator of exponential change. A catalyst for the benefit of humanity.

We believe in the power of competition. That it’s part of our DNA. Of humanity itself. That tapping into that indomitable spirit of competition brings about breakthroughs and solutions that once seemed unimaginable. Impossible.

We believe that you get what you incentivize. And that without a target, you will miss it every time. Rather than throw money at a problem, we incentivize the solution and challenge the world to solve it.

We believe that challenges must be audacious, but achievable, tied to objective, measurable goals. And understandable by all.

We believe that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere and that some of the greatest minds of our time remain untapped, ready to be engaged by a world that is in desperate need of help. Solutions. Change. And radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
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Robert Fenwick-Smith
Aravaipa Ventures
Later Stage
Aravaipa Ventures focuses on technologies that increase resource efficiency and thereby have a global environment impact. 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.
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Diana Fisler
*Johns Manville
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, manufactures residential and commercial insulation, commercial roofing, mechanical insulation and materials for other manufacturers' products and applications.
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Mike Freeman
*Innosphere
Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
Innosphere is a high-tech incubator supporting entrepreneurs building high-growth companies in the industries of health innovation, life sciences, software & hardware, and energy & advanced materials. Innosphere’s incubation program focuses on ensuring companies are investor ready, connecting them with experienced advisors, and making introductions to corporate and strategic partners.

Innosphere has physical locations in Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder to better serve entrepreneurs. Innosphere is headquartered in Fort Collins where they offer class A office space inside their LEED Platinum innovation center with 30,000 square feet of office, wet lab, and conference room space.

All Client Companies going through the critical stages of validation, startup, and growth receive customized development plans, receive ongoing support to ensure they’re getting the know-how to raise the right kind of capital, and all the resources to grow –– exponentially.
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Gerd Goette
Siemens next47
Later Stage
At nex47, we look for opportunities in Electrification, Automation and Digitalization. We believe these areas will be shaped by the technologies within our five innovation fields: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Machines, Blockchain Applications, Connected e-Mobility and Distributed Electrification. We see these innovation fields as key drivers on the way no next-generation intelligence.
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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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Zach Greenberg
Zoma Capital
Zach Greenberg is an Associate Director at Zoma Capital, the private family office of Ben and Lucy Ana Walton, where he focuses on investment strategy and execution in the energy and water sectors. Prior to Zoma, Zach held various positions in the investment and financial services community. Zach worked at the private equity firm KKR & Co where he served as a member of the technology and healthcare investment teams. Prior to KKR, he worked in the investment banking division at Morgan Stanley in San Francisco. Zach graduated from Stanford University, where he was a recipient of a Dean’s Award for Undergraduate Academic Achievement from the School of Earth Sciences and focused his studies in energy resources and technology.
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Victoria Gunderson
*U.S. Department of Commerce
Later Stage|
The U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA offers a suite of services that prepare U.S. companies to succeed in business with foreign customers, advocates for U.S. bidders in foreign government tenders, promotes the United States as a premier investment location, publishes research on global opportunities for U.S. industry, and executes export promotion programs.
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Sheeraz Haji
Zipdragon
Sheeraz Daniel Haji is the founder and managing partner of Zipdragon Ventures (ZDV), a San Francisco firm providing seed capital to industry cloud startups. Sheeraz is an investor passionate about the power of software-as-a-service (SaaS) to transform vertical markets such as energy, mobility, and buildings.
Sheeraz has co-founded, operated, and invested in numerous startups. As the founder and managing partner of ZDV, Sheeraz has led investments into ten industry cloud startups. He often represents ZDV on the board of portfolio companies and he advises a few funds. In addition to his ZDV work, Sheeraz serves as Senior Advisor to ENGIE New Ventures, the corporate venture arm for ENGIE, a global energy company and a leader in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Prior to founding zipdragon ventures, Sheeraz served as CEO of Cleantech Group and played a pivotal role in the transformation toward cleaner energy and resource efficiency.
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Tyler Hamilton
MaRS Cleantech
Tyler Hamilton is senior manager of partnerships for the cleantech practice of Toronto-based MaRS Discovery District, the largest urban innovation hub in North America. MaRS Cleantech helps clean technology entrepreneurs grow their companies into commercial success stories by supporting them at every stage of their development. Currently working with more than 200 companies from across Canada, this non-profit advisory practice makes connections to the investors, partners, customers and talent that companies need to grow and thrive. At MaRS, Tyler spends much of his time building partnerships with incubators, accelerators and innovation hubs around the world to support the global expansion of Canadian ventures, and works with partners to help foreign ventures make soft landings in Canada. Tyler, a former journalist and editor, also helps ventures gain much-needed profile in conventional and social media through his own writing and by advising companies on their communications strategies.
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Beth Hartman
*EPRI, Incubatenergy Network
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is a non-profit research organization working with utilities producing over 90% of the electricity in the US and in over 30 other countries around the world.
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Andrew Haughian
*Pangaea Ventures
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
Pangaea’s mission is to deliver returns to our investors by investing in entrepreneurs that use advanced materials to make our world better.

Pangaea aims to make the world a better place by investing in highly innovative entrepreneurs, operating lean, capital-efficient businesses enabled by breakthroughs in advanced materials. We are focused on maximizing the value we deliver to our partners, investors, and portfolio companies, while maintaining the highest standard of integrity.
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Scott Herrin
Snowball Capital, LLC
Pre-Commercial
Willing to do science experiments with great scientists, but prefer startups on their way to revenue in significant markets that they will change.
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Maia Nilsson/ Hollie Rogin
Posit Partners
Sign up for a complimentary consultation to practice your pitch, review your slide deck, and consult with positioning experts to refine your presentations. We are brand positioning strategists with a talent for translating technical innovation into the language of business value. Our seasoned team brings to each engagement a unique combination of technology marketing experience, B2B brand positioning expertise and a passion for conveying the potential power of game-changing technologies and business models.
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Chris Kane
W.L. Gore & Associates
Prototype
Gore is interested in both finding new and unique advanced materials and potentially collaborating with groups in need of advanced materials solutions.
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Luda Kopeikina
DSM Venturing
Pre-Commercial
Royal DSM is a multibillion global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. Since its inception in 2001, DSM Venturing, the outside-in arm of our open innovation approach, has invested in more than fifty emerging innovative companies in the US, Canada, Europe and Middle East.
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Ashish Kumar
*Shell Foundation
Pre-Commercial|
Shell Foundation is an independent UK-registered charity established by the Shell Group, working as an impact investor in the specific sectors of Energy access, Sustainable Mobility and other related niches – focused on emerging markets, primarily Africa and parts of Asia. We support early-stage enterprises which have sustainable business models, and have a portfolio of 50+ partner enterprises. We also co-invest with a number of other funders – the existing ones include commercial, governmental and foundation funders – and look to co-work with other funders with similar market focus and investment thesis, where we can leverage our portfolio experiences and ecosystem-building expertise.
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Rose Maizner
RenewableTech Ventures
Pre-Commercial
RenewableTech Venture Fund is focused on early-stage and growth-stage companies in the energy efficiency, advanced materials. renewable & alternative energy, water, agriculture and big data opportunities.
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John McKenna
Hamilton Clark Sustainable Capital, Inc.
Later Stage
We are a 25+-year old investment bank, a member of FINRA and SIPC, and have Managing Directors in DC, Boston, Houston, SF and St. Louis. Our focus is energytech and cleantech. We have advised on over 100 debt and equity financing and M&A assignment in the sector, and have participated in the NREL Growth Forum since 2001. Very interested in working with companies that are seeking $5-$50 million of additional capital or seeking an adviser for a M&A transaction.
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Harry Miller
Dresser-Rand/Siemens
Later Stage
Dresser-Rand's investment thesis is confidential.
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Hiromi Mochizuki
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (SCOA), headquartered in New York, is the largest subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, one of the world leading trading and investment companies. The areas we trade and invest include Metal Products, Infrastructure, Living Related & Real Estate, Transportation & Construction systems, Media & ICT, and Mineral Resources, Energy, Chemical & Electronics. SCOA has branch offices located in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington D.C.
SCOA added a new office in Silicon Valley a year ago. This office brings innovation into Sumitomo’s traditional business to incubate new business through disruption, improve existing operations and accelerate digital transformation to Sumitomo’s business.

We are guided by our founder’s precepts to create new value and realize prosperity by engaging in sound business practices and building relationships of trust among our customers, suppliers and partners. Over the past six decades, these relationships have strengthened, and our business partners in the Americas
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Pulakesh Mukherjee
BASF
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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Limor Nakar-Vincent
*BIRD Foundation
Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
BIRD Foundation was established in 1977 by the U.S. and Israeli governments to develop and fund industrial Research & Development partnerships between companies from both countries on a project specific basis.
Ms. Nakar-Vincent is managing the BIRD Energy program: a program for U.S.-Israel joint renewable energy and energy efficiency development that is funded by the DOE and the Israel Ministry of Energy jointly with the Israel Innovation Authority.
The program fund R&D projects (up to $1M) between U.S. and Israeli companies including universities and research institutions.
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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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Ron Ondechek Jr
South Highland Ventures LLC
Later Stage
South Highland Ventures is a full service private equity firm managing investments for family offices and funds.
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Aaron Pattillo
Boulder Investment Group
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|
Aaron is the Deputy Director of Boulder Investment Group, an investment consortium of 200+ accredited investors and family offices based in Boulder, CO. Some of our members are particularly interested in early-stage but readily commercial technologies or approaches to harnessing biofuels for sustainable and alternative energy source, especially in emerging markets.
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Scott Pinizzotto
ENGIE New Ventures
Later Stage
ENGIE is a global energy actor and expert operator in the three businesses of electricity, natural gas and energy services, employing 153,090 people worldwide and with revenues of $77 billion in 2016. ENGIE develops its businesses on a model based on responsible growth to tackle the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

Scott Pinizzotto is Senior Investment Director for ENGIE New Ventures, the corporate venture arm of ENGIE. Launched in 2014, the $165 million direct investment fund is one part of ENGIE’s multi-pronged approach to globally lead the decarbonization, decentralization and digitization of energy. Through early 2018, ENGIE New Ventures has made 18 investments, including seven in North America, in cleantech startups focused on distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, energy services and smart city/mobility.
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Venu Raghavan
Wasson Enterprise
Venu leads the Health Tech investment pillar for Wasson Enterprise. In
addition, he works across venture investing to sourcing, screening,
undergoing diligence through execution . He also spends time assisting WE
companies on various strategy, finance & analytics topics.
Venu also works across various functions within Innventure, including fund development and DownSelect, our proprietary process to evaluate opportunities and to build and validate business models. Innventure partners with Fortune 50 companies to accelerate and execute on the commercialization of their disruptive technologies. Venu has a background in investment banking and has lead strategy,
analytics, and finance functions at multiple startups. Venu has worn
multiple hats, working on new product launches, fundraising, KPI
development, and process improvement while ultimately helping to drive
business strategy, operations and FP&A. Prior to Wasson Enterprise, Venu started his own consulting firm, Inir Consulting, where he worked with a breadth of clients to help add value on strategic, financial and operational initiatives.
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Nick Rancis
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Prototype
The Fraunhofer TechBridge™ Program works with corporations and startup companies to identify and de-risk promising energy-related technologies to mitigate the ‘industry-readiness barrier,’ primarily through a combination of:

• Industry-grade testing of prototypes
• Development of components toward specific use cases
• Field demonstrations of prototypes in real-world conditions
• Third-party validation of viability and performance
• Integration of components into a system-level environment
• Pilot manufacturing runs to identify production challenges

Nick Rancis’ experience spans numerous roles including CTO, Founder and Executive specializing in venture creation, product development, manufacturing and corporate growth within the renewable energy and water sectors. Leveraging his experience in entrepreneurship and cleantech commercialization in new, emerging and mature markets, Nick leads the TechBridge Program at Fraunhofer CSE. Before joining the Fraunhofer Team, Nick served as Co-founder and Chief Water Officer (CTO) at Clear Comfort Water leading product strategy, technical sales and applied R&D in addition to other multiple venture funded startups.
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Sameer Reddy
Energy Impact Partners
Mr. Reddy has 9 years of experience in the power and clean-technology sectors in various capacities, which include investing as well as M&A investment banking. Prior to joining EIP, Mr. Reddy spent five years at Evercore Partners as a Vice President in the firm’s Power & Utilities M&A practice. While at Evercore, he advised clients on several key M&A transactions totaling over $15 billion in enterprise value. Prior to joining Evercore, Mr. Reddy was an analyst at GE Energy Financial Services for three years, focusing on venture capital and renewable energy investing across the Power and Clean Technology sectors. Mr. Reddy has a dual degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Florida.
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David Riposo
*USTDA
Later Stage|
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.
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Patrick Sagisi
DBL Partners
Patrick is an Asso­ciate at DBL Part­ners and a Kauff­man Fel­low. Patrick also worked at DBL’s pre­de­ces­sor fund, DBL Investors. Patrick sources and per­forms dili­gence on invest­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties, advises port­fo­lio com­pany man­age­ment, and helps port­fo­lio com­pa­nies imple­ment their dou­ble bot­tom line prac­tices. Patrick is a board observer at DBL port­fo­lio com­pa­nies Map­box, Kateeva, Urban­sit­ter, Siva Power, Yer­dle and Bright­source Energy, and was pre­vi­ously a board observer at Pow­er­genix and OPX Biotech­nolo­gies. He also works closely with Brain­scope, View, The Real­Real, Planet Labs, and SpaceX.

Patrick has over 15 years of global expe­ri­ence in prod­uct man­age­ment, new prod­uct devel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing, strat­egy, oper­a­tions, and sales. Prior to DBL, Patrick was at Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics in Seoul, South Korea. As a Direc­tor in Samsung’s Cor­po­rate Audit Team, and ear­lier as a mem­ber of the Sam­sung Global Strat­egy Group, he cham­pi­oned growth oppor­tu­ni­ties in advanced dis­plays, mobile, and energy sec­tors.
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Stan Sakai
EMS Capital
Later Stage
The investment thesis of the Fund is that while much of the green innovation occurs in the US, much of the market for scaling is in China and that a trusted and capable partner is required for bridging the differences. TUS brings to our portfolio a respected brand, relationships with local governments, linkages to strategic partners and investment capital. We work closely with our portfolio companies' management teams to identify, gather resources and execute in China.
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John Santoleri
Stone Work Capital
Prototype
Early stage angel investor based in New York City with a focus on cleantech and fintech. Through 2016, managed an ethically oriented fund which invested in public equities; investor base included a number of family office, impact oriented investors. Professional investor for 25 years, including 15 making growth equity and venture investments with Warburg Pincus. Currently also serving as an Innovation Advisor with NYSERDA, looking to bring a commercial lens to NYSERDA’s grant making activity in cleantech. BS in Economics/majors in Finance and Decision Sciences from Wharton.
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Georges Sassine
Private Fund
Pre-Commercial
Investment vehicle for moonshot energy and climate innovations. The investment strategy follows two core principles:

1) Adopt a tranche milestone-based investment strategy.

2) Startups have to be receptive to adopt a moonshot planning approach: we help startups identify immediate market applications to drive short-term revenue, and develop the host of technologies to achieve their long-term moonshot.
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Rena Scroggins
NYSERDA/76West Clean Energy Competition
Pre-Commercial
76West is NY State's clean energy business competition, offering $2.5 million in non-dilutive prize money to 6 companies each year, including a $1 million top prize. Companies pitch how their business helps to reduce the carbon footprint while building the ecosystem in the Southern Tier of NY.
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John Scull
Southern Cross Venture Partners
John Scull is a co-founding Managing Director of Southern Cross Venture Partners and is based in Silicon Valley. Previously, he was a Venture Partner and member of the investment committee of the venture capital firm Allen & Buckeridge. As an active board member and investor, he brings a wealth of operational experience to the management and board of an investee company, helping build their management teams, define their strategy and improve their sales and business development efforts, secure follow-on funding and even helping them transition their operations and headquarters to the United States if required. He is or was a Board of Director member or Observer of the following portfolio companies: Aurema (acquired by Citrix), Brandscreen, Bislr, ekit (acquired by Jersey Telecom), Effective Measure, Virsto, Fultec Semiconductor (acquired by Bourns), Liaise, VaST Systems (acquired by Synopsys), Wedgetail/Vintela (acquired by Quest), Xerocoat, and Xumii (acquired by Myriad).
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Matt Servatius
Wells Fargo
Pre-Commercial
Matt Servatius has been with Wells Fargo for over 14 years in various leadership roles, credit and relationship management across technology, CleanTech, general industries and real estate. In early 2015, Servatius assumed responsibility of leading CleanTech Corporate banking nationally with 16 team members and offices in Palo Alto and San Francisco.
Prior to CleanTech, Servatius led and formed a new team, the Credit Originations Group, which focused on supporting technology banking across Wells Fargo’s Commercial bank with syndicated and M&A financings. Servatius held a credit officer role in 2011 where he led origination, structuring and underwriting efforts for his team. Prior to that, he was a relationship manager banking C&I and technology companies from venture backed to large corporates.
Matt also sits on the Board of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), is an Investment Advisory Board Member for the National Renewable Labs and is a member of the Bay Area.
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Praful Shah
Principium Investments
Praful Shah is an angel investor focused on social impact, and has invested in 75 start-up companies. He is the Advisory Chairman of Principium Investments, on the Board of Directors for Rockies Venture Club and Impact Hub Academy, a member of Investor Circle and Mentor for Watson University students. He spent over thirty years as a scientist and an executive in research and development departments of pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. After finishing high school in India, he emigrated to USA and obtained B.S. (Chemistry), MBA (Finance) and PhD in Pharmaceutics.
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Tim Sherwood
*Factor[e]
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
FACTOR[e] is a venture development firm with a mission to improve lives in the developing world through increased access to sustainable energy and related services. We support early stage entrepreneurs through a unique blend of risk capital and world-class technical resources. We find, validate, fund, de-risk, and grow a rich pipeline of social ventures that aim to solve profound global problems.
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Frank Slejko
Tall Oaks Ventures LLC
Frank L. Slejko holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the Univ. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After working in the chemical industry for 12 years as a research chemist in process development, in commercial development, and marketing, he founded ULTRAPURE WATER journal in 1984 which he published until 2014, at which point the business was sold to a UK-based publishing firm. Recently he has been a member of the Chemical Angel Network and other angel groups. He has made numerous investments in start-ups since 2013. His investment decisions rely on analysis of the wealth creation that target firms have to offer.
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Ryan Smith
Zoma Capital
Ryan P. Smith is a Managing Director at Zoma Capital, the private family office of Ben and Lucy Ana Walton, where he oversees a fully values-aligned investment strategy in energy and water. Prior to Zoma, Ryan was a Director of the Customized Fund Investment Group (“CFIG”) at Credit Suisse and GCM Grosvenor. CFIG is one of the largest investors in private equity with $20 billion under management. Ryan was responsible for establishing the alternative energy practice, as well as leading the impact and sustainability verticals. Ryan served as an observer to the board of directors of CrystalIS, Invenergy, Pinova, SolarReserve, TAS Energy and Zeropoint. Ryan graduated from the University of Notre Dame.
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Charles Sorkin
Hamilton Clark Sustainable Capital
Later Stage
We offer financial and government advisory, and investment banking services to small-capitalization privately-held and publicly-traded companies. We believe that business strategy and financial planning are fundamentally interrelated. Therefore, we make a commitment to thoroughly understand our client's business so that, combining our financial expertise with an in-depth understanding of our target industries, we can deliver a seamless integration of advisory and execution capabilities.
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Todd Stevens
RenewableTech Ventures
Pre-Commercial
RenewableTech Venture Fund is focused on early-stage and growth-stage companies in the energy efficiency, advanced materials. renewable & alternative energy, water, agriculture and big data opportunities.
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Kyle Teamey
In-Q-Tel
We invest in venture-backed startups developing technologies that provide ready-soon innovation (within 36 months). Technologies of interest include advanced electronics, materials, power, energy storage, manufacturing innovations, Internet of Things, sensors, communications, commercial space, drones, biotech tools, advanced analytics, and cyber security.
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NREL Technology Transfer
NREL
Through partnerships and licensing of its intellectual property rights, NREL seeks to reduce private sector risk in early stage technologies, enable investment in the adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, reduce U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources, and increase U.S. industrial competitiveness. The NREL Technology Transfer Office develops and implements technology partnerships that serve the public interest and advance U.S. Department of Energy goals.
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Ryan Tramonte
*Power Africa/USAID
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
Ryan supports the U.S. private sector in developing power projects in sub-Saharan Africa by advising them on and connecting them with the appropriate U.S. Government resources. He also focuses on enhancing Power Africa's collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce by helping align the organizations' mutual efforts to develop Africa's energy sector. Ryan joined Power Africa as a Program Specialist in January 2015 taking a leading role on the production of Power Africa’s public-facing strategy and reporting documents that communicate Power Africa's complex model and results in a manner that is easily understood by diverse audiences.
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Alex Wang
*China Impact Ventures
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|
China Impact Ventures (CIV) nurtures high-potential entrepreneurs to validate, pilot and develop market-based solutions to key environmental and social challenges related to energy, mobility and smart agriculture.
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Michael Ware
Advance Capital
Mr. Ware is the co-founder of Advance Capital Markets, Inc. a private investment firm with a long and successful track record in the energy and power industries. He has served as a financial advisor to private equity funds, international energy firms, independent power companies, electric utilities as well as a number of successful entrepreneurial enterprises. Mr. Ware served on the boards of nine GEI portfolio companies and is on the board of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Investor Advisory Board.
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Johanna Wolfson
PRIME Impact Fund
Prototype
PRIME invests in companies that:
- Hold potential for massive greenhouse gas emissions reduction (>1 gigatonne / year CO2 equivalent) when deployed at full commercial scale.
- Have a high likelihood of achieving commercial success via either follow-on venture funding or via a lean exit pathway, after being de-risked with funding from PRIME.
- Would be challenged to raise sufficient capital solely from commercial sources, due primarily to misalignment of the technology risk/return profile with conventional capital sources.
- Are pre-revenue (typically seed or Series A stage)
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Tim Woodward
Prelude Ventures
We partner with inspired entrepreneurs who share our passion for technology innovation as a means to reduce global CO2 and believe that the best way to truly make a difference is to build successful companies.
As investors, entrepreneurs and operators, we know that scale and velocity are required for big outcomes. Big outcomes require a flexible partner with experience to navigate the hurdles of fast growing companies and the vision and capital to see them through.
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Haibin Xu
Shell
Haibin has worked at Shell for 12 years, mostly in upstream technology and business. He started in exploration and development for 6 years; then became a petrophysics team lead and new ventures team and project manager, followed by a year working on corporate strategy, specifically related to Shell’s global LNG strategy, and Shell China upstream strategy. Currently Haibin is the regional manager for Shell Research Connect and Shell GameChanger in the US, responsible for Shell’s university & national lab research collaborations in the US as well as early stage investments in energy startups.
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Cyril Yee
IP Group
Prototype
IP Group partners with universities and national labs to commercialize early stage science. We are very comfortable with technical risk and will even invest in unproven concepts. We fund research to derisk and demonstrate technologies, then start companies around the technologies. Accordingly, it's often necessary for us to provide our companies support such as hiring a management ream, HR, business support, legal, etc.
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Abe Yokell
Congruent Ventures
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
Congruent Ventures was founded in 2017 by Abe Yokell and Joshua Posamentier to reinvigorate the early stage sustainability venture ecosystem. Congruent invests across Mobility and Urbanization trends, the Clean Energy Transition, Food and Agriculture, and Industrial and Supply Chain innovation, with experience in hardware, software, enterprise, consumer, deep technology, fin-tech, and business model innovation. Josh and Abe have over 35 years of combined investment and operational experience in the sector and are based in downtown San Francisco. Congruent has over $92M under management and invests throughout North America, with a current portfolio of eleven companies.
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Mark Zhu
Propel(x)
Pre-Commercial
Startups built up strong technology fundamentals addressing a high impact problem.