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News Release NR-5213

NREL Forum Attracts Clean Energy Investors and Entrepreneurs

Industry Growth Forum to feature business presentations from 30 clean energy startups, compelling panels and speakers, organized networking opportunities

October 21, 2013

Thirty clean energy companies, including seven companies based in Colorado, will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts in Denver, Dec. 3-4, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.

The 30 emerging clean energy startup companies were selected through an application and review process and will compete for the 2013 NREL Clean Energy Venture Awards. For nearly 20 years, NREL’s Industry Growth Forum has been the nation’s premier clean energy investment forum. 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 $5 billion in investment.

In addition to the business case presentations, NREL’s two-day forum will offer an array of organized networking opportunity and will present a program which highlights clean energy technology and business developments with a comprehensive agenda of thought leaders who will address the most important topics in the industry today.

“It’s important for us to leverage NREL’s convening power in order to create opportunities that connect the key players in the clean energy startup community” said Kate Cheesbrough 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 lay the foundation for future collaborations and partnerships 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 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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