Fun and Bucks from Harvesting Energy from Sun, Wind, Biomass and Water: Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Clean Tech
January 9th, 2010 (9am - 12pm)
Baxter Lecture Hall, Caltech
Pasadena, California, United States
Topic: Energy, Renewables
Event Type: Conference
Tags: algae, alternative energy, CleanTech, Larry Wnuk, Nathan S. Lewis, Nikhil Jain, Rogelio F. Nochebuena, solar power
Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Baxter Hall Program: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Baxter Lecture Hall Networking: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Baxter Lecture Hall
Cost: $40 on-line registration fee $50 at-the-door. $10 for students with full-time student ID (must show at door); free to Caltech students. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Thursday, January 7, 2010. There are no refunds for no-shows.
When it comes to energy, California is playing a different game and it shows. From 2006 to 2008, California attracted $3 of every $5 invested in U.S. clean tech — five times as much as the No. 2 state. California has been preparing for its clean-energy future for a long time. California is encouraging utilities to help their customers use less power. It also began enacting groundbreaking efficiency standards for buildings, appliances, pool heaters and almost anything else that needs juice. It just proposed the first standards for flat-screen TVs.
It’s also leading the way toward electric cars, zero-emission homes, advanced biofuels and a smarter grid. It’s even launched a belated battle against car-dependent sprawl, with unprecedented rules forcing communities to consider carbon emissions in their land-use plans. Solar is no longer an eco-fantasy in California where rooftop installations have doubled for two years in a row, to 50,000, heading to the state goal of 1 million by 2017. Just recently, California created the nation’s first energy-efficiency standard for television sets, again setting the trend for other states to follow like they have in the past as part of California’s campaign to reduce energy waste and cut emissions from power plants.
This public-sector foresight creates alluring opportunities for the private sector entrepreneur. Getting in touch with the right people and being creative can help lead you to many opportunities in clean energy. For financing, venture capitalists are a traditional source of fund but there are other opportunities for financing that can get your ideas and company moving forward.
Join us for a panel to hear about a range of creative financing avenues including utilities, government granting agencies, angels and VCs who have opportunities for you to fund your company.
Join us on January 9th, 2010, when our program will focus on the business and financing opportunities in the clean technology sector and will also highlight ways you can sell your alternative energy to customers such as utility companies.
In an effort to get everyone the opportunity to pose their questions to the panelist during the Forum’s Q&A session, you can also put in your questions here and the panelists will choose some questions to answer during the forum: http://www.cleangreenguy.com/thought-leadership/events-forums-and-mixers/caltechmit-enterprise-forum-event-cleantech-and-money-en
Note: We will be speaking about Entrepreneurial opportunities within GreenTech in May 2010
Dr. Nathan S. Lewis
George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering California Institute of Technology http://nsl.caltech.edu/ Dr. Nathan Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, has been on the faculty at the California Institute of Technology since 1988 and has served as Professor since 1991. He has also served as the Principal Investigator of the Beckman Institute Molecular Materials Resource Center at Caltech since 1992. From 1981 to 1986, he was on the faculty at Stanford, as an Assistant Professor from 1981 to 1985 and as a tenured Associate Professor from 1986 to 1988.
Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Lewis has been an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and a Presidential Young Investigator. He received the Fresenius Award in 1990, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991, the Orton Memorial Lecture award in 2003, the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003 and the Michael Faraday Medal of the Royal Society of Electrochemistry in 2008. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, Energy & Environmental Science. He has published over 300 papers and has supervised approximately 60 graduate students and postdoctoral associates.
His research interests include artificial photosynthesis and electronic noses.
Technical details of these research topics focus on light-induced electron transfer reactions, both at surfaces and in transition metal complexes, surface chemistry and photochemistry of semiconductor/liquid interfaces, novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites, and development of sensor arrays that use pattern recognition algorithms to identify odorants, mimicking the mammalian olfaction process.
David A. Berokoff (Click to see bio) Manager of Technology Development Sempra Energy Utilities (SEU) www.sempra.com Mr. Berokoff is currently responsible for all technology program activities at SEU including RD&D, technology venture fund, emerging technologies and strategic technology roadmapping. Mr. Berokoff has over 25 years experience in the energy industry. He is a licensed mechanical engineer and has experience in HVAC, Combined Heat and Power, plumbing and energy systems design, plan checking, venture fund management, RD&D, strategic planning and business development. Mr. Berokoff launched SEU’s technology venture fund in 1999 and manages its equity investment portfolio. Mr. Berokoff also developed the innovative Sustainable Communities Program whereby SEU designs, installs, owns and operates efficient, clean energy systems located at customer sites. Mr. Berokoff is a licensed mechanical engineer in the State of California.
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Dr. Larry Wnuk
Senior Director CALSTART www.CALSTART.org Lawrence Wnuk provides services in strategy, technology research and assessment, funds capture and products development. The focus is on connecting corporations, public entities, emerging growth companies and entrepreneurs with venture-building technologies, partners and investment.
Managing partner, Artilient Labs www.ArtilientLabs.com Nikhil is the Founder and Managing Partner of Artilient Labs. He is also the Founder and CEO of Clean Green Guy.
A serial entrepreneur with the mindset of a management consultant, Nikhil has helped his clients succeed through careful planning, analysis and execution. Nikhil has held the position of COO in a business advisory and management consulting firm where he advised clients in various industries such as hospitality, renewable energy, real estate, healthcare, financial services, nutrition and social networking and helped with funding requirements, private placements, business process redesign, business planning, devising marketing, business development and go-to-market strategies, mentoring entrepreneurs, structuring MBO’s and LBO’s and consulting to executive management. Nikhil has consulted to various Fortune 500 clients in industries such as retail, utilities, manufacturing, healthcare and helped with implementing multi-million dollar projects and advising on mergers and acquisitions. Nikhil is a member of the California Green Workforce Coalition, a South Bay Workforce Investment Board initiative.
Nikhil currently sits on the Mentoring Committee of the Los Angeles Business Technology Center and the Executive Committee of the Caltech MIT Enterprise Forum. Nikhil has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Finance from USC’s Marshall School of Business.
Rogelio F. Nochebuena
President Nochebuena R&D Consulting Rogelio is President of Nochebuena R&D, a small consulting organization based in Pasadena, CA. His primary industry focus is breakthrough technologies and devices. He is also a Sr. Consultant for MindForce Consulting an international network of consultants that specialize in conducting Technology Assessment and Commercialization of Intellectual Property for companies that range from global telecommunication providers to national laboratories.
Mr. Nochebuena’s areas of expertise include semiconductors design and processing, flexible and lean manufacturing, business strategy, marketing, new product development, and managing R&D.
He is a proven business strategist having assisted companies to expand operations, create additional sources of revenue; and has also worked on divestitures and evaluated M&A deals. He has strong expertise in increasing market share and improving the new product development process, an area where he has demonstrated a consistent ability to introduce novel technologies and design new products and services.
Mr. Nochebuena has more than 20 years of experience in high technology; he has worked in Fortune 100 as well as start-ups, including Agilent Technologies, Xerox Corp, Perkin-Elmer, Carl Zeiss, etc. Having the correct mixture of physical and biological sciences, and has been involved in the development of a variety of projects; serving in senior technical and marketing positions.
While working at world famous Xerox PARC, Rogelio was tutored in Nanotechnology by Prof. Cal Quate the co-inventor of the Atomic Force Microscope, since then he has been involved in a variety of projects that include super capacitors using Nanolaminates, organic nanotubes, and avant-garde Photovoltaics (CIG/CIGS, CdTe and solar concentrators). He holds several patents in lasers and quantum electronics. He also write a newsletter with global reach for JETRO on the effect that Nanotechnology has on Biotech, Energy, etc. and a new series on Technology Innovation.
Rogelio is an Executive Coach for Japanese companies that want to enter the US Market where he assists them to write Business Plans, create and execute their Strategy and prepares them to raise capital from Angel and VC’s. He frequently conducts technology assessment and due diligence projects for the Angel Community in: medical devices, advanced materials and photovoltaics and energy storage technologies.
Mr. Nochebuena got his BSEE from National Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University; he holds a MBA from Pepperdine University.
He has spoken in a number of panels in local and international seminars and conferences; he is member of the Executive Committee for the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum and held the position of Chapter Vice-Chair for the IEEE Laser and Electro-Optics Society Los Angeles Chapter. He is an Adjunct Professor of Business Strategy at Pepperdine University.
Saturday morning, January 9, 2010 Location
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. at Baxter Hall, Caltech Program: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Baxter Lecture Hall Networking: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at Baxter Hall, Caltech
$40 on-line registration fee. $50 at-the-door. $10 for students with full-time student ID (must show at door); free to Caltech students. Registrations are taken on-line up to 5:00 p.m., January 7, 2010. There are no refunds for no-shows.
Organizer(s): Caltech MIT Enterprise Forum
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