Financing, Scaling and Exiting in Clean Tech, the first in the Green Tech Monster event series, will be a day long event featuring investors, acquirers and successful green tech entrepreneurs sharing their perspectives and debating the best ways to succeed in the fast-changing world of clean tech.
The agenda of the event is wholly structured around providing a variety of perspectives and actionable information to help green tech entrepreneurs navigate the path from idea to exit.
It will also feature some time for select green tech entrepreneurs to pitch assembled investors on their businesses.
In addition, we will release the list of the NY Green Tech 50 at the event.
William D. Lese has more than 27 years of research, operating and venture capital experience in the energy and environmental businesses. Prior to co-founding Braemar, Mr. Lese was a partner with Mantis Holdings, Inc., a venture capital firm focused on investing in environmental and energy-efficiency companies, where he concentrated on emerging technologies for converting industrial waste streams into value-added products. Prior to Mantis Holdings, he was the director of business development for NPS Industries, Inc., an international manufacturer of engineered equipment for the power industry. Mr. Lese's business development activities included managing a joint venture with Consolidated Edison Co., and managing other key customer relationships. Prior to joining NPS Industries, he was one of the original employees of Sithe Energies, Inc. (an affiliate of Vivendi, SA), which became one of the world's largest independent power producers. At Sithe Energies, Mr. Lese had project and technical oversight responsibilities, including managing several power projects.
Mr. Lese serves on the Advisory Committee of the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and renewable Economy (NYC ACRE). He currently serves on the board of directors of Coaltek, Utility Associates, CIRIS Energy, OPX Biotechnologies, Solazyme, Stion, Ioxus, CRB, General Fusion, Proterro, Bioformix, EcoMotors International, and is chairman of the board of Solicore. He serves as a board observer for Enerkem. Mr. Lese has both a B.A. in physics and an M.S. in energy science from New York University.
Stefan Gabriel as President 3M New Ventures, founded and is in charge of 3M's global Corporate Venture group. Gabriel drives the company's on-going efforts to identify, acquire and develop new-to-3M technologies and businesses using venture style funding and management.
Previously to his engagement within the multi-technology company 3M he studied manufacturing engineering in Berlin and then worked for more than 23 years for BMW AG in Germany and UK, e.g. in manufacturing engineering, strategy consulting and innovation management for future vehicle concepts and concept vehicles, receiving prestigious innovation awards.
With an unabashed passion for innovation and long-term experience in PE he handles a huge network of innovative businesses and open innovation. Furthermore he is e.g. board member of the IDWI (Innovationsvereinigung fur die Deutsche Wirtschaft), advisory board member of Tech2b, Austria and sponsor of FutureLab for Architecture UCLA, Munich and many more.
David Kirkpatrick is Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, a cleantech and positive impact venture capital fund with offices in Durham, NC, New York City, and San Francisco.
SJF focuses on high growth, positive impact ventures and was founded in 1999. David helped lead SJF's capitalization of two funds totaling $45 million. SJF Ventures I and II have invested in 32 portfolio companies with more than $670 million in sales, 128 facilities, and 6,300 employees. David also co-founded SJF Institute, a non-profit corporation, which has assisted 1,800 positive impact enterprises across the US.
Previous to SJF, he founded and managed two other successful enterprises – KirkWorks, a cleantech investment research firm, and SunShares, a solar energy and recycling company. David was named the national 2005 CDVC Practitioner of the Year by the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and Recycler of the Year in 1996, the National Recycling Coalition's award for leadership in the recycling industry.
David earned a BA in Physics and History from Duke University in 1982 and an MBA from UNC Kenan Flagler Business School (KFBS) in 1991. He was named KFBS Executive MBA Alumni of the Year in 2010. He serves on the Boards of Community Energy, groSolar, B.B. Hobbs, EdMap and the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership. He is an avid gardener, bicyclist and dad.
Zaid focuses on Energy Efficiency investments including the Firm's investments in MyEnergy, Nexamp, Power Assure, and Retroficiency. Prior to joining Point Judith, Zaid worked at Good Energies, a global Clean Technology venture capital firm beginning in 2007 and in that role spent the majority of his time focused on investments in next generation technologies in energy efficiency. He led investments in Nexamp (a leading provider of renewable energy solutions in New England, which was co-led by Point Judith Capital), 3Tier (leading provider of renewable energy forecasting and assessment software), Emergence Bioenergy (a developer of alternative energy solutions for low-income and developing countries) Everpower (leading wind power producer) and Kalpan (an independent hydro producer in India). While at Good Energies, Zaid was elected a Kauffman Fellow. Zaid currently serves on the boards of Nexamp, MyEnergy, Power Assure, and Retroficiency, and previously served on the boards of 3TIER, Kalpan Hydro, and Emergence Bioenergy.
He joined Good Energies from HarbourVest Partners, a global private equity firm based in Boston, MA. As an associate at HarbourVest, Zaid completed early stage and growth equity investments in the technology sector. He had board level responsibilities on Intertrade Systems, Trellix Networks, Moai Technologies, and Network Engines. Before joining HarbourVest Partners, he was an investment banking analyst in Credit Suisse's Technology Group.
Zaid holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MPA from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. At Harvard University, Zaid was selected as a Zuckerman Fellow. He has an AB in International Relations and Economics, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University.
Zaid has served as a judge and mentor for the New England Cleantech Open and has served as guest faculty member for the Pennsylvania Power Law Conference hosted by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.
Daniel was born and educated in the UK where he received a BA and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. He came to the United States in 1999 as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Chicago. Following his stint in Chicago, Daniel left academia but stayed in the States as he branched out into a career in management consulting at ZS Associates – a firm that focuses exclusively on sales and marketing. Daniel moved to Boston in 2001 to start a new ZS office, and went on to pursue an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. Shortly after returning to the States from INSEAD, Daniel joined RockPort in Boston. Since then he has been an active member of the screening and diligence team and has worked on multiple transactions in several key cleantech sectors most notably solar energy and green buildings. He has represented RockPort on investor panels at conferences throughout the country.
Josh is Co-Founder of Lux Capital and focuses on investments in the physical and life sciences. Mr. Wolfe manages Lux's investments in Nanosys, Cambrios, Siluria and serves on the Board of Directors of Kurion, Silicon Clocks, Crystal IS and Lux Research. Before forming Lux Capital, he worked in Salomon Smith Barney's Investment Banking group, in capital markets at Merrill Lynch on its Financial Futures & Options/Government Strategy desk and at Prudential Securities in Municipal Finance. Prior to venturing into the financial world, Mr. Wolfe published cutting-edge AIDS-immunopathology research in Cell Vision and The Journal of Leukocyte Biology, leading medical-immunology journals.
He serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Coney Island Prep, the first charter school in his native Coney Island, Brooklyn, and has been actively involved with the East Harlem School at Exodus House for over a decade. The son of a public school teacher, Josh is passionate about science, inner-city education and kids having a deep desire to learn and find the right heroes. Josh is a columnist with Forbes, Editor for the Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report and host of a show on the Forbes Video Network. He has been an invited guest to the White House and Capitol Hill to advise on nanotechnology and emerging technologies, a lecturer at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia and NYU, and a frequent guest on CNBC and CNN. Mr. Wolfe graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Economics and Finance.
Yanev joined NEA officially in 2010, having worked with the firm since 2009. He currently works with the boards of Solidfire, Bridge International Academies, Bandgap Engineering, and Boulder Wind Power for NEA. In the tech space, Yanev focuses on earlier stage investments, including enterprise and cloud solutions, digital media, and consumer technologies. In the energy space, Yanev focuses on both supply and demand side solutions across all renewable technologies while simultaneously providing regular advice to energy companies within NEA's portfolio.
Prior to joining NEA, Yanev was a Senior Investment Officer with the Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program, where he helped form the group back in 2007. At the Department of Energy, Yanev was engaged in the underwriting of billions of dollars of debt for issuance to companies spanning all sectors within the energy technology industry. Prior to joining the DOE, Yanev served as a consultant working with a range of leading financial industry clients to assess growth opportunities. He also worked as an advisor to several successful startups around the world. Yanev serves on the board of NYCVC, a group dedicated to building relationships and facilitating interaction among the next generation of New York venture capitalists. He is also the recipient of a series of fellowships, including the Kauffman Fellowship, the Presidential Management Fellowship, the Heymann Fellowship, the Kennedy Fellowship, and the Cravath Fellowship.
Yanev earned an MBA with distinction from the Oxford Said School of Business (Christ Church), a JD from Harvard Law School, and a Master's degree from Sydney Law School. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University, receiving his BA in Ethics, Politics & Economics and Sociology.
Maria is the President and CEO at the New York City Investment Fund. Prior to joining the Fund in 1999, Maria was a Managing Director at BT Wolfensohn (now part of Deutsche Bank), providing strategic and financial advice related to mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures and the development of business strategies. Before starting with Wolfensohn, Maria worked at LaSalle Partners in the New York area and for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in New York and London. Maria has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Mr. Hartman is a senior M&A and strategy executive, with a focus on technology, electrical/ electronics and energy/ clean tech fields. He is member of Siemens AG's Corporate Finance- Mergers, Acquisitions and Post Closing Management department. He is based New York and deals primarily in North American transactions.
Since 2000, Mr. Hartman has completed more than a dozen acquisitions and divestitures covering Siemens' four business Sectors (Energy, Industry, Infrastructure & Cities, Healthcare). Recent energy/ clean tech transactions include:
Prior to Siemens, Mr. Hartman was in division management at United Technologies Corp. He was also a management consultant with Booz & Co. (formerly Booz, Allen & Hamilton) in New York and Washington DC area.
Mr. Hartman has a BS in Engineering and MBA, both from University of Michigan. He is on the CleanTech Advisory Committee of New York City Investment Fund (www.nycif.org) and is an occasional panel speaker at energy conferences that bridge technology, strategy and finance/ M&A issues.
Michael Harrington is the manager of Con Edison's $100 million Targeted Demand Side Management program. In this capacity, he facilitates incentives for customers to reduce energy use and peak demand in capacity constrained neighborhoods. Mr. Harrington also leads the energy efficiency and demand response forecasting team that integrates program demand reductions into Con Edison's system planning.
Prior to joining Con Edison in 2010, Mr. Harrington studied sustainability and finance at Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management. While in school, he led the business team for Cornell's 2009 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon entry and worked on energy efficiency policy at the White House. Before that, Mr. Harrington spent seven years as an architect in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Savannah, Georgia, focused on healthcare and commercial LEED projects.
Mr. Harrington earned a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Master of Business Administration from Cornell University. He is a licensed architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and Certified Business Energy Professional, and serves on New York City's Building Sustainability Board.
Ann served for more than two and a half decades as financial advisor and portfolio manager to members of the Rockefeller Family. At Rockefeller & Co., she created Odyssey Fund in 1978, one of the earliest "mission related" investment funds focused on emerging businesses addressing key social, environmental, and alternative energy businesses. For more than two decades, the Fund was a successful pioneer in energy and environmental investing.
Ann has served as director and trustee of many companies, both for-profit and non-profit. She served as a trustee and Treasurer of the Friends of Women's World Banking (WWB), the global microfinance institution. She is a trustee of Energy Visions, the national non-profit advocating clean transportation fuels. Ann has also served as a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cleantech Venture Forum. She is a member of the Investment Committee of Commons Capital, a private equity fund sponsored by Investors' Circle, a national group of socially responsive angel investors. Ann was a recipient of that group's first Social Venture Pioneer Award.
Diana has more than twenty years of experience investing in and building sustainability focused businesses. Her work has spanned diverse sectors including energy, forestry water, agriculture and advanced materials.
Diana brings to Expansion Capital Partners her recognized Cleantech domain knowledge and her global network of entrepreneurs, investors and large corporations that are active in Clean Technology. Diana is involved in all aspect of Expansion Capital's investment activities and she serves as a Board member of DIRTT Environmental Solutions and Tiger Optics, and formerly was a Board member of CPower (sold to Constellation Energy Group), Orion Energy (AMEX) and SensorTran (sold to Halliburton).
Prior to Expansion Capital, Diana was a founder and Managing Director of EA Capital, a firm she co-ran for more than ten years. Diana worked with Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, and private equity firms to identify new business and investment opportunities related to resource efficiency and sustainability. Her financial advisory, fund formation, and consulting work included work across industries and clients included Texas Pacific Group, Bechtel, Duke Energy, Ted Turner, Stephan Schmidheiny, International Finance Corporation, National Renewable Energy Lab, and the MacArthur Foundation.
Diana has been a frequent conference speaker and has written on Cleantech and sustainability investment opportunities for such publications as Morgan Stanley's Investor Outlook, the Sustainable Business Investor, and the Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability Journal. She is also was an editor of the landmark report: 'Cleantech Venture Investing: Patterns & Performance', which evaluated more than 700 private equity investments and the financial returns in Clean Technology over the last fifteen years. Diana's speaking engagements have included the Milken Institute, Wall Street Green Trading Summit, the Family Office Forum, Cleantech Venture Network, and SRI in the Rockies. She has also been a speaker at the Philanthropy Workshop for the Hewlett and the Rockefeller Foundations, where she has presented a framework to philanthropists to combine investments with philanthropy to maximize impact.
Diana's work in mobilizing investment capital to solve environmental and social problems has its roots in her sustainable development work in the 1980s and early 1990s. Diana worked for six years in Africa and South America, including her work in Brazil with a trading company that extended loans to small businesses in the Amazon that harvested, processed and exported non-timber forest products such as fruits, nuts and essences. Customers included Ben & Jerry's, Body Shop and Knudsen's. The investments were designed to build a local economy in the Amazon that was not dependent on deforestation.
Diana is a Board Member of the Echoing Green, which provides fellowships to social entrepreneurs and is a founding Board member of Capital Institute, an new center of innovation focused on evolving the financial system to align it with the long term health of ecosystems and societies. Diana is a Founding Member of the Clean Economy Network, and an Advisory Board member for the New York City Accelerator for a Clean and Renewable Economy.
Diana has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Duke University. Diana speaks French and Spanish. She lives with her family in New York City.
Heather Smith is the Head of Private Placements for Greentech Capital Advisors. She has over 16 years of experience in the debt and equity private placement industry and has raised over $11 billion of growth capital in private placements, including significant transactions for renewable energy and bio-fuels companies in the US, Europe, South America, and Asia.
Heather leverages her vast private placement experience to provide alternative energy and cleantech clients with thoughtful, analytical advice throughout the capital raising process. Utilizing her long-standing relationships with institutional investors (private equity firms, family offices, global investment funds, insurance companies, LBO funds, and pension funds), she customizes a distribution strategy for each client, analyzing which strategic and financial investors would be most appropriate and then executes a highly efficient, successful process. She has been instrumental in raising capital for growth, acquisition financings, corporate spin-outs, and restructurings.
Prior to joining Greentech Capital Advisors, Heather founded the Structured Private Placements Group at Deutsche Bank. During her tenure, she originated, structured, syndicated, and placed equity, mezzanine, and senior debt capital for domestic and international private companies. She worked with clients to customize financing structures to minimize dilution while providing maximum capital structure flexibility.
Prior to Deutsche Bank, Heather was a Director in the Private Placement Group at Credit Suisse, where she was fundamental in raising equity and/ or mezzanine for over 100 clients. Furthermore, she was the primary liaison to the Energy Group, with which she coordinated to identify business opportunities and secure new business.
Heather received her MBA in Finance, International Studies and Marketing with distinction from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA, cum laude, in Economics, from Harvard University.
Mr. May is a Principal based in New York. While getting advanced degrees at Duke University, Mr. May interned with General Electric in their Renewable Energy Leadership Program, Carolina Green Energy (local renewable energy developer) and Self-Help Ventures Fund (local sustainable venture fund). Prior to Duke, Mr. May was an Investment Banking Associate at Lehman Brothers, Inc. in New York and one of the original members of their Sports Advisory and Finance Group. Transaction experience at Lehman included complex structured financings, debt and equity placements as well as M&A advisory for major sports teams and leagues. This included leading the largest sports finance and advisory transaction to date, Dan Snyder's acquisition of the Washington Redskins.
Mr. May holds an MBA and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Political Science with a minor in Biology.
Zack is a Vice President and Director of Operations with Lux Capital, based in the Firm's New York headquarters. Zack has been working with Lux since 2006, focusing on marketing, operations, and investments within energy, novel materials, and technologies at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds. Zack led Lux's investment in Shapeways and has worked extensively with a number of Lux portfolio companies including Transphorm, Kurion, and Siluria.
Before joining Lux, Zack worked as an expedition photographer on the Colorado Plateau. He created his own curriculum at Cornell University to study materials science engineering and business entrepreneurship, graduating in 5 years with a B.S. degree from the College of Engineering and an MBA from the Johnson School. Zack is a regular contributing editor for Forbes and has been an invited speaker and guest lecturer at Cornell University, Drexel University, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Jim LoGerfo, General Partner, has been investing in, advising and forming energy and environmental technology companies for thirteen years. His experience includes advanced materials, biofuels, biomass, energy efficiency, power electronics, renewable project development, smart grid technologies, solar power, water treatment and wind energy. Prior to Earthrise Capital, Jim's background included energy technology equity research at Bank of America, private equity investment management at the General Motors pension fund, and investment banking and strategic consulting at BOVARO Partners and Vortex Energy. Jim received a BA in international studies at the University of Washington, and a Ph.D. in political science at Columbia University. In addition, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Arrun Kapoor is the Managing Director for SJF Ventures' New York City office and a Ventures Advisor to the SJF Institute. He leads the NYC CleanLinks program and is an Advisory Board Member of NYC ACRE: NYU-Poly and the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Green Business Accelerator. He is on the Board of FieldView Solutions and a Board Observer to ServiceChannel and Truist. Kapoor was most recently with Bain & Company in London and Delhi where he launched the firm's internal green practice initiatives. He worked with Bain's private equity consulting practice and gained experience in a range of cleantech-related industries. Prior to Bain, he was a founding member and Manager with a successful consulting start-up in New York and London. He holds a Master's in International Political Economics from the London School of Economics and completed a BA from New York University with an economics and business focus.
Andrew R. Garman, Managing Partner, was a founder of New Venture Partners. Today, he attends to the needs of the firm's limited partners and investors, developing partnerships with major technology corporations, collaborating with the team on creating and investing in new ventures, with emphasis on energy and environmental technologies. Andy has twenty five years of investment and management experience in the formation of new ventures and the commercialization of technology from corporations and institutional labs. He has worked closely with senior R&D management at many of the world's top technology companies, including IBM, Philips, British Telecom, Siemens, Lucent, SRI, and Xerox.
Previously he was a Vice President at Lucent Technologies, charged with developing ventures from Bell Labs; the Managing Director of BT Ventures at Bankers Trust Company, where he managed a portfolio of internally generated spin-outs in information technology; and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Xerox's New Enterprise Group, commercializing the technology of Xerox, including that of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
Andy has served on the boards of companies in the U.S. such as Vallent Corp. (acquired by IBM), Celiant Corporation (acquired by Andrew Corporation), Lucent Public Safety Systems (acquired by Intrado), Placeware (acquired by Microsoft), InXight Software, Inc. (acquired by Business Objects), SiPort (acquired by Intel), Amati Communications Corp. (acquired by Texas Instruments), dpiX Inc., AcuPrint Inc., Document Forum (acquired by TheLaw.com), Chrystal Software (now Astoria) and iBiquity Digital Corporation (as an observer); in the U.K. including Azure Solutions Ltd. (acquired by Subex), Psytechnics Ltd. (acquired by NetScout), and Vidus Ltd. (acquired by @Road); and in India: Subex Limited (SUBEX.NS).
He began his career doing research and development in alternative energy systems, combustion and air pollution, authoring or co-authoring 23 technical publications. Andy holds an AB in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard College, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is a past president of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and member of the Dean's Board of Advisors and a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
New Venture Partners, the global venture capital firm dedicated to corporate technology spin-outs, has over $700 million under management. New Venture Partners provides a bridge between technology corporations and traditional venture capital. Starting in 1997 as Lucent Technologies New Ventures Group and operating as an independent firm since 2001, the New V enture Partners team has launched dozens of companies built upon innovati ons from Bell Labs, British Telecom, Philips, and other major technology companies.
Oliver manages the investment and portfolio activities for Clearpoint Ventures and serves on the firm's investment committee. Prior to Clearpoint, Oliver advised companies on energy technologies, policies, and risks, both independently and as a consultant for companies including The Economist, Economist Intelligence Unit, and Greentech Media. Projects ranged from assessing the economics and environmental and security risks of different energy technologies for Chevron to advising companies on renewable energy markets in Germany, Spain and the US.
Prior to that, Oliver developed a for-profit telecom company and related training program in South America with funding from the World Bank and USAID and directed business development for a Silicon Valley startup that raised $13 million from Credit Suisse. Oliver started his career working in corporate finance at Merrill Lynch and Greyrock Capital where he focused on growth stage companies. He completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, has a Masters in International Affairs and Business in Emerging Markets from Columbia and a degree in Economics from Cornell. Oliver is also a Special Advisor to YouthActionNet, a signature entrepreneurship program of the International Youth Foundation.
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