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One-on-One Seated Professionals

Sign up to meet these seated professionals the morning of Thursday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 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.

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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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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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Paul Breslow
EDF
Pre-Commercial
EDF (Électricité de France) is an $80B global, integrated energy company and the world’s largest electricity producer. EDF’s 140 GW’s of generation capacity and 158k employees across 30+ countries generate over 650 TWH’s of electricity for 40M customers – and 85% of that electricity is carbon free. In the US, EDF operates EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco), EDF Trading, EDF R&D, and ~7 GW of generation capacity. Globally, EDF is active in the entire value chain of the electric industry, including R&D, project development, generation, trading, transmission, distribution, sales, and services. The company is a leader in low carbon and renewable technologies, and it partners with start-ups, corporations, and universities to develop and deliver competitive solutions that successfully result in sustainable growth and climate protection. EDF R&D globally has over 2,000 researchers, 9 centers, and a $700M annual budget. EDF Innovation seeks to identify, demonstrate, and transfer innovative solutions to
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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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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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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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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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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
Innoshere 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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Ben Gaddy
Clean Energy Trust
Pre-Commercial
Clean Energy Trust is a non-profit cleantech accelerator and investor with 19 companies in our investment portfolio. We are members of the IncubatEnergy network.
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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.
John Lewis
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Prototype | Pre-Commercial | Later Stage
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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Edward Likovich
Shenango Labs
We invest exclusively in technology-enabled services and other recurring-revenue businesses. We partner with entrepreneurs to help them accelerate growth in their businesses.
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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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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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Ron Ondechek Jr.
South Highland Ventures LLC
Pre-Commercial
South Highland Ventures manages PE investments for several family offices in Louisiana.
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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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Bill Perry
Vision Ridge
Pre-Commercial
He is active across a broad spectrum, including: fund strategy, sector research, deal identification and screening, deal structuring and negotiation, and development of portfolio companies. Bill came to Colorado in 1982 as President of Precision Visuals, Inc. (a software company focused on engineering graphics). He built the venture from a ten-person garage shop into number 49 on the Top 100 Software Company list. In the early 2000s, he developed Webroot Software, Inc. into his second Top 100 Company. He also co-founded, and continues to serve with SoftBridge Advisors. Under his leadership, SoftBridge has logged three IPOs, seventeen successful mergers, and raised or assisted in over forty financings totaling $350 million.
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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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Matt Price
Activation Energy
Prototype
Activation Energy is a hardtech energy incubator that helps run the Cyclotron Road program.
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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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Johanna Schmidtke
Aramco Energy Ventures
Later Stage
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures is the corporate venturing arm of Saudi Aramco. Our mission is to invest globally into start-up and high growth companies with technologies across upstream oil & gas, downstream oil & gas and value-added products, renewables, energy efficiency, and water technologies.
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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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John Scull
Southern Cross Venture Partners
Pre-Commercial
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.
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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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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.