Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Emerging Business Forum: VLAB Event on Cleantech Startups Path to Power

Last Friday, I attended the MIT/Stanford VLAB event on the Cleantech Startup Value Chain. A great event...and perhaps history in the making, as the Valley shifts gears...from tech tech to clean tech.

The first focused on a tale of five companies, each with extremely promising cleantech startups. It was somewhat disheartening to see how slowly the wheels of commerce turn to get these companies up and running and then to scale. We don't make it easy for people.

The second panel focused on partnering with larger entities, moving from startup to partner. PGE and Siemens were represented.

Here's the official panel description:

Keynote Speaker: Winston Hickox, Chair of the California Market Advisory Committee

Panel One: Market and Offering, Current Position and Background, Challenges
Moderator - Dan Lankford - WavePoint Ventures
Chuck Horrell - VP of Engineering - Advanced Transit Dynamics
Dennis Murphy, VP Business Development - GroundSource Geo - CTO Winner 2008
Mohit Singh, Founder - Seeo Inc.
PR Yu, CEO - Solar for Life 3
Fraser Murison Smith, CEO - ElectraDrive - CTO Winner 2008

Panel Two: Clean Tech Value Collaborations: Investments & Trends, Collaborations & Advice for Start Ups
Moderator - Douglas Park, DYP Advisors, Inc.
Elias Blawie, Partner - Cooley Godward
Lee Cooper - PG&E Emerging Technologies
Stefan Heuser, CEO - Siemens Technology to Business (TTB)

For complete details, see the VLAB event page.

Update, May 12: I am happy to announce that Douglas Park is now a co-author of Eco Investor blog.

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