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NREL Growth Forum Features 30 Clean Energy Companies

Fledgling Companies to Present Business Cases to Venture Capitalists

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thirty clean energy companies, including eight Colorado companies, will gather in Denver Oct. 23-24 to present their clean energy business cases to a panel of national venture capitalists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory 25th Industry Growth Forum. 

In addition to the business case presentations, a comprehensive agenda of speakers, in-depth panels and networking opportunities will address the most important topics in the industry today for the approximately 400 participants at this year’s Forum.   At the conclusion of the Forum, NREL will present recognition for the Best Venture Award and Outstanding Venture Awards. Award winners will receive in-kind commercialization support to help increase their chances of becoming commercially successful.
WHAT:           25th NREL Industry Growth Forum   
WHO:             U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory
WHEN:           Tues. Oct. 23 – Thurs. Oct. 24                      
WHERE:         Grand Hyatt Denver Hotel, 1750 Welton St., Denver, CO 80202

Tues., Oct. 23
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Opening Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
Keynote Address from Katie Fehrenbacher, Senior Writer and Features Editor, GigaOM
Wed., Oct. 24
8:00 to 9:15 a.m.
Panel Discussion –The Spectrum of Investors: Angels to Corporations; Who to Pitch and What to Say
Panel Discussion featuring Joel Klatzkin (Goodwin Procter), Michael Bishop (Black Coral Capital), Robert Fenwick-Smith (Aravaipa Ventures), Nat Goldhaber (Claremont Creek Ventures), Anand Kamannavar (Applied Ventures) and John McKenna (Hamilton Clark Securities)
Wed., Oct. 24
12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Panel Discussion – Consumer Value Propositions Above and Beyond Energy Savings: Surviving in a Post-Subsidy World
Panel Discussion featuring Scott Sarazen (Ernst & Young), David Gold (Access Venture Partners), Erik Milz (TerraLux), Pulakesh Mukherjee (BASF Venture Capital America) and Tom Schuler (Solidia Technologies)
Wed., Oct. 24
5:15 to 7:00 p.m.
Awards Reception
NREL’s presentation of Industry Growth Forum awards
·         Best Venture Award
·         Outstanding Venture Award (2 presented)

Conference registration is required to attend the 25th NREL Industry Growth Forum. Complete registration details and the full agenda are available at: Media wishing to attend should contact NREL Public Affairs at (303) 275-4090 or email
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