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News Release NR-3412

NREL's Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Investors

25th Forum to Feature 30 Clean Energy Companies

September 17, 2012

Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts in Denver Oct. 23-24 as the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts the 25th NREL Industry Growth Forum.

The 30 companies were selected through an application and review process and will compete for the 2012 NREL Clean Energy Venture Awards. NREL’s Industry Growth Forum is one of the nation’s premier clean energy investment forums. NREL’s unique approach and interactive format make the forum a must-attend event for the clean energy business and investment community. Since 2003, presenting companies have raised more than $4 billion in investment.
 
In addition to the business case presentations, NREL’s two-day forum will highlight clean energy technology and business developments with a comprehensive agenda of speakers and panels that will address the most important topics in the industry today.
 
“It’s critical for us to create opportunities that connect the key players in the clean energy startup community”said Richard Adams, director of NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, which organizes the forum. “We are bringing entrepreneurs directly together with financiers, policymakers and technology experts. By doing this we are laying the foundation for future conversations, partnerships and eventual business decisions that will strengthen the industry as a whole.”
 
For more information, including the agenda, list of companies, list of sponsors and registration information see the 25th NREL Industry Growth Forum website at http://www.industrygrowthforum.org.
           
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for DOE by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.
 
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