NREL Emerging Markets Day

Session Investors

*Indicates interest in emerging markets

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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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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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Brian Bauer
76West/NYSERDA
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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Rahul Bhalodia
Constellation Technology Ventures
Pre-Commercial
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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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. Eric holds an MBA from the Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Dartmouth College.
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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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Peter Bryant
Walton Family Foundation
Peter Bryant is a senior program officer at the Foundation, focusing on Environmental grantmaking and impact investing. Peter recently moved into the Individually-Directed Program at Walton, focusing on working directly with Walton family members on environmental issues, including aquaculture, renewable energy, fisheries and ocean conservation, water markets, climate, and community conservation and development. Previously, Peter spent eight years at the Foundation managing ocean and fisheries grantmaking within the Environment Program with a focus on international geographies (Indonesia, Chile, Gulf of California, and the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape). Peter has more than 20 years’ experience in freshwater, marine and land conservation and previously managed programs on river conservation and marine fisheries at several organizations, including The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. Early in his career, Peter focused on corporate partnerships for conservation and communications and marketing.
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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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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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Jim Corboy
*Calvert Advisors, LLC
Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
Since early 2010, Calvert Advisors has served as a retained commercial advisor to a major international provider of utility-scale power infrastructure strategies in North America. Calvert actively pursues opportunities in electric transmission, renewable and conventional generation, energy storage, and water, with emphasis on small-scale PV, transmission & distribution. Its expertise ranges from optimum capital structure to business development and negotiations on behalf of its clients.

Calvert's Principal, Jim Corboy, has more than 50 years experience in supporting the growth of privately-owned businesses. Jim is an advocate for 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 Mentor to the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps initiative; and DoE's Energy I-Corps.
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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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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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David Hsu
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. Kilpatrick Townsend has attorneys 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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Kathleen Jurman
*The Dow Chemical Company
Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
Working closely with our customers we deliver products and solutions that create value and competitive advantage while positively impacting the world we live in. Collectively, our efforts have lasting results, creating higher performance for our customers and reshaping the world around us to build a better future for everyone.
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Bill Kingsley
EnerTech Capital
Later Stage
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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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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Mike Lingle
Wasson Enterprise
Mike serves as the VP of Innovation, andleads Wasson Enterprise Clean & Efficient Energy Innovation investment pillar while at the same time co-founding Eta Vision. Mike also looks for innovative ways to make Wasson Enterprise run like a finely tuned machine, and manages all things finance.
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Jill Macari
*Omidyar Network
Later Stage|
As a member of Omidyar Network’s investment management team, Jill helps to guide the firm’s investment and portfolio management processes and provides support to portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Jill served as vice president of finance and director of financial planning for d.light where she was responsible for the company’s corporate fundraising, fiscal budget, corporate cash flow analyses, and preparation of management and board reporting. She was previously a senior investment officer at Calvert Foundation where she invested in and managed a portfolio of global social impact investments with an emphasis on small businesses operating in the agriculture, renewable energy, health, and financial services sectors. Jill began her career working in South Africa, where she was a program coordinator for TechnoServe, managing operations of a country-wide entrepreneurship development program, and as a program director for Amy Biehl Foundation where she directed a turnaround strategy for a recreationally based community
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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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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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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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Posit Partners
Posit Partners
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. Sign up for a complimentary consultation to practice your pitch, review your slide deck, and consult with positioning experts to refine your presentations.
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Joshua Posamentier
Congruent Ventures
Prototype|Pre-Commercial|Later Stage|
Investing in Early Stage Sustainable Technology
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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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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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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. 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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Tom Schryver
Cornell University / 76 West
Pre-Commercial
New York State is a great place to headquarter a clean energy startup – it puts your business at the nexus of policy, people, and partnerships. 76West is home to Cornell University, Binghamton University, Ithaca College, Alfred University, and other top colleges, think tanks, incubators, and the Southern Tier Startup Alliance. Dozens of innovators – from the makers of the touchscreens found in billions of mobile devices, to one of the country’s leading Greek yogurt producers – call the Southern Tier their home and office. And for clean energy businesses, New York State is home to Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), designed to build a clean, resilient, and more affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Each year for four years, 76West will award $2.5 million in prize money to six finalists - one grand prize of $1 million, one $500,000 prize, and four $250,000 awards.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mark Zhu
Propel(x)
Pre-Commercial
Startups built up strong technology fundamentals addressing a high impact problem.