News Release: NREL's 23rd Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Investors

Sept. 23, 2010 | By David Glickson | Contact media relations

Thirty-four clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts in Denver Oct. 19-21 as the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts the 23rd NREL  Industry Growth Forum.

The 34 companies were selected through an application and review process and will compete for the 2010 NREL-Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 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 $3.4 billion in investment.

In addition to the business case presentations, NREL’s three-day forum will highlight clean energy industry technology and business developments with a comprehensive agenda of speakers and in-depth panels that will address the most important topics in the industry today. 

NREL is once again hosting the Clean Energy Opportunity Forum on Tuesday Oct. 19, which will showcase the latest clean energy opportunities in Colorado and across the country.  The Clean Energy Opportunity Forum also will feature organized networking opportunities for industry professionals.  The Clean Energy Opportunity Forum presentations and networking sessions are open to all registered Industry Growth Forum participants.

“It’s critical to create a platform to connect key players in the clean energy community.” said L. Marty Murphy, Forum chairman and manager of NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center.  “We are bringing entrepreneurs directly together with financiers, policymakers and technology experts.  We’re laying the seeds for future conversations, future partnerships and eventual business decisions that strengthen the clean energy industry.”

For more information, including the agenda, list of companies, list of sponsors and information on registration see the 23rd NREL Industry Growth Forum website at

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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