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LOCATION
One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

 

DATE
November 7, 2019

TIME
3:00 – 8:30 PM

 

RSVP
HERE

 

ABOUT THIS EVENT

ENERGY CONNECT 2019

Venture Cafe’s Energy Connect mini-conference takes place on November 7, 2019. This event will feature the latest advances in energy innovation and real-world applications of emerging technologies to the energy and cleantech sectors including solar, wind, fuel and nuclear.

Energy Connect 2018

 

 

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EVENT SCHEDULE

AGENDA AT A GLANCE 2018

3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING   

3:00 – 5:00 PM SPECIAL OFFICE HOURS (SHELL VENTURES)

4:00 – 5:00 PM ASK ME ANYTHING 

5:00 – 6:15 PM ROUND ROBIN: CRACKING THE CODE: BUILDING SUCCESSFUL ENERGY VENTURES

5:30 – 8:00 PM  ENERGY & CLEANTECH DEMOS

6:30 – 7:30 PM ENTREPRENEUR PANEL: HOW I BUILT IT

7:00 – 7:45 PM FLASH TALKS

 


ASK ME ANYTHING (4:00 - 5:00 PM)

This special ‘Ask Me Anything’ group mentoring session will allow entrepreneurs to spend 1 hour with David Miller, Co-Founder & Managing Director at Clean Energy Ventures, who will answer questions about the energy space and how to navigate their current hurdles in building an energy or cleantech venture.

Limited space is available for this session. Please add your name to this session list by following this link:

Ask Me Anything (Energy Connect)

 

 

 
SPECIAL OFFICE HOURS (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

Early stage ventures and prospective entrepreneurs have an opportunity to sign up for Office Hours during this event. Entrepreneurs may sign up for 30-minute consultations with a variety of experts.

Appointments can be made on a first come, first served basis. Any cancellations will require 48-hour notification in order to accommodate entrepreneurs who have been placed on a wait-list. No-shows are frowned upon in the VenCaf community and we reserve the right to disallow future appointments for repeat offenders.

Appointments may be booked beginning October 24th, 2019

 

Alexander Urban, Associate, Shell Ventures

Alexander Urban, Associate, Shell Ventures

Alexander is an Associate at Shell Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Royal Dutch Shell specializing in direct and fund-of-fund investments targeting companies that are disrupting the energy industry. At Shell Ventures, Alexander has focused on and supported numerous investments in the oil & gas and renewable power sectors which present valuable deployment opportunities to Shell. Prior to joining Shell Ventures, Alexander spent time in Shell’s M&A and Trading groups, where he worked on high-profile transactions and supported a broad range of refined products trading desks, respectively.

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Brian Panoff, Senior Venture Principal,  Shell Ventures

Brian Panoff, Senior Venture Principal, Shell Ventures

Brian Panoff, Senior Venture Principal, Shell Ventures

Brian leads Shell Ventures’ East Coast and digital investment activities. Currently, Brian sits on the board of home energy monitoring company Sense Labs and on the Advisory Board of Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States. Prior to joining Shell Ventures in late 2017, Brian spent three years at Siemens Venture Capital (now called next47) where he focused on software and cybersecurity investments while also collaborating with Siemens’ Process Industries (Oil & Gas) and Digital Factory divisions. Before joining Siemens, Brian spent 12 years with Granite Ventures, the venture capital arm of foundational Silicon Valley technology investment bank Hambrecht & Quist (“H&Q”). While at Granite, Brian worked on more than 50 transactions across 25 portfolio companies. Brian began his career in investment banking at H&Q (later acquired by Chase and merged with JPMorgan) where he focused on communications equipment and semiconductor equity and M&A transactions. Brian is from Massachusetts originally and graduated from Harvard College, where he studied economics and competed on the varsity track & field team.

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Carl Stjernfedlt venture cafe energy connect

Carl Stjernfedlt, Head of Corporate Development–Americas, Shell New Energies

Carl Stjernfedlt, Head of Corporate Development–Americas, Shell New Energies

Carl heads up Shell’s Digital investment fund and investment areas of interest and expertise include: intersection of energy/O&G and software, including cloud, big data, AI/ML, 3D- printing and more. Carl currently serves on boards of successful companies and very active at MIT, serving as a Catalyst for the Deshpande Center, judging its 100K competition and teaching an entrepreneurial finance class at the Sloan School of Management.

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ROUND ROBIN: CRACKING THE CODE: BUILDING SUCCESSFUL ENERGY VENTURES (5:00 - 6:15 PM)

During this session, experts from academia, venture capital and corporate innovation, will discuss entrepreneurship in energy and clean technology and share their knowledge on what makes an energy venture fail and succeed.

 

Beth Zonis, Cleantech Open

Moderator: Beth Zonis, Cleantech Open 

Beth directs the Northeast region of the Cleantech Open, the world’s oldest and largest accelerator for cleantech startups. She has over 25 years of experience in program strategy and management, business development and partnerships, marketing and communications, innovation and entrepreneurship. She spent five years at MIT, including at the MIT Media Lab, building innovation ecosystems in Russia and India. Prior to her work at MIT, Beth started and ran a marketing and sustainability consulting firm. Earlier in her career, Beth spent 10 years at IBM; in her last role there marketing energy-efficient data center solutions. Early in her career, Beth worked for two startups, one of which grew from five employees to over 1000. Beth was a mentor in the Cleantech Open for 9 years. Beth holds a BA, cum laude, from Wellesley College, an MBA from Boston University, a Certificat de Science Politique from Sciences Po in Paris, a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Southern Maine, and a Certificate in Venture Mentoring Services from MIT. She speaks French and Spanish. She plays squash, swims, kayaks and hikes, and enjoys spending time with her family.

 

  

 

Brian Panoff, Senior Venture Principal, Shell Ventures

Brian Panoff, Senior Venture Principal, Shell Ventures

Brian Panoff, Shell Ventures

Brian leads Shell Ventures’ East Coast and digital investment activities. Currently, Brian sits on the board of home energy monitoring company Sense Labs and on the Advisory Board of Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States. Prior to joining Shell Ventures in late 2017, Brian spent three years at Siemens Venture Capital (now called next47) where he focused on software and cybersecurity investments while also collaborating with Siemens’ Process Industries (Oil & Gas) and Digital Factory divisions. Before joining Siemens, Brian spent 12 years with Granite Ventures, the venture capital arm of foundational Silicon Valley technology investment bank Hambrecht & Quist (“H&Q”). While at Granite, Brian worked on more than 50 transactions across 25 portfolio companies. Brian began his career in investment banking at H&Q (later acquired by Chase and merged with JPMorgan) where he focused on communications equipment and semiconductor equity and M&A transactions. Brian is from Massachusetts originally and graduated from Harvard College, where he studied economics and competed on the varsity track & field team. 

 

 

Stacy Swider, UMass Lowell Research Institute

Stacy Swider, UMass Lowell Research Institute

Stacy is the Director of the UMass Lowell Research Institute’s SBIR/STTR Center of Excellence. Previously she was a Sr. Scientist at CapeSym, Inc (Natick, MA) where she developed novel sensors for nuclear detection. In that role she wrote and executed many SBIRs, and with her team was able to commercialize successfully from this R&D. Previously she worked for the Air Force Research Labs, at a semiconductor equipment OEM, at a hardware verification startup, and at a thin-film diamond startup. She has a degree in materials science from MIT.

 

 

 

 

 

David Miller, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Clean Energy Ventures

David Miller, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Clean Energy Ventures

David Miller, Clean Energy Ventures

David Miller is a co-founder and managing director at Clean Energy Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund focused on investing in companies commercializing disruptive advanced energy technologies that can grow to scale and address global climate disruption. Since 2005, Mr. Miller has helped lead investments into and/or served on the board of dozens of clean energy companies, which in turn have gone on to raise hundreds of millions of follow on capital and to successful growth and acquisitions.

 

 

 

ENERGY & CLEANTECH DEMOS (5:30 - 8:00 PM)

ENERGY & CLEANTECH DEMOS & INFO TABLES

Venture Café Demos are a great way to gain exposure through our online and offline channels. During our Energy Connect event, Venture Café will give a selection of the area’s start-ups, inventors and researchers an opportunity to showcase their work to the Boston community.

 

ENTREPRENEUR PANEL: HOW I BUILT IT (6:30 - 7:30 PM)
 

ENTREPRENEUR PANEL: HOW I BUILT IT

Three entrepreneurs will share their stories of building successful Energy and CleanTech companies in a moderated discussion.

Scott Clavenna, Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables

Moderator: Scott Clavenna, Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables 

Scott Clavenna serves as Chairman of Greentech Media and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, where he contributes to the strategic guidance of Wood Mackenzie’s work in the global Energy Transition. Mr. Clavenna was the co-founder and CEO of Greentech Media in 2007 and helped develop it into the leading source of integrated news, industry research, conferences and executive councils in the clean energy economy. Greentech Media was acquired by Wood Mackenzie in 2016 and is currently part of its Power & Renewables breakout. Prior to Greentech Media, Mr. Clavenna was a market analyst in the broadband telecommunications industry in various media and research organizations.

 

 

 

Elise Strobach, AeroShield Materials, Inc.

Elise Strobach, AeroShield Materials, Inc. 

From renewable energy to building efficiency, Elise has always been motivated by the economic and environmental impact of removing the real-world adoption barriers of pivotal technologies. This passion led her to found AeroShield Materials Inc. based on her on-going doctoral work at MIT and spend the past 2 years diving into entrepreneurship. Now her mission as CEO of AeroShield is to provide the next generation of energy-efficient and cost-effective materials for building windows, bringing us one step closer to a low-carbon future.

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Whitman, Global Marine Group

Joel Whitman, Global Marine Group 

Joel has worked in the offshore wind industry for over 15 and is the senior executive for the Global Marine Group in the US. Global is a leader in the design, installation, operations and maintenance of the offshore cable systems, a key component of offshore wind farms. Global’s CWind division is a leader in offshore services, marine training and crew transfer.
Throughout his career Joel has worked in a wide range of industries including renewable energy, software, retail, chemical manufacturing, subsea robotics, and telecommunications.

 

 

 

 

Sissi Liu, Metalmark Innovations

Sissi Liu, Metalmark Innovations

Sissi is the CEO and Cofounder of Metalmark Innovations, a spinout of Harvard. She has over 17 years of experience in business and cleantech. Besides Metalmark, Sissi serves as a Director of the Board of Cerahelix and mentors startups with the MIT VMS and Deshpande Center. Prior to that, she led North American business development at Joule Unlimited Technologies and managed the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust’s SEED Fund. She also has a strong background in energy policy consulting and investment banking.

 

 

 

 

 

Dinesh Wadhwani, ThinkLite

Dinesh Wadhwani, ThinkLite

Dinesh, Founder and CEO of ThinkLite, is an industry expert and serial entrepreneur in the electronics and optics industries. ThinkLite is currently present in 14 countries worldwide, owns several patents, and works with Fortune 500 companies, townships and enterprises across the globe. Dinesh works with his close-knit team of engineers to create “high value add” lighting solutions that solve larger problems beyond efficiency. Examples include pharmaceuticals, agriculture, poultry, data centers and general health and fitness.

 

 

 

 

 

FLASH TALKS (7:00 - 7:45 PM)
 

ENERGY / CLEANTECH FLASH TALKS

 

How First Responders can Improve Electric & Gas Reliability

Room: Octave 

Extreme weather severely impacts electric system reliability. When damage to utility infrastructure occurs, first responders (fire and police) are often first on the scene of damage. Using a smartphone app, iRestore will explain how over 4,000 first responders in New England and New York transmit “situational awareness” of electric and gas system damage, enabling faster repairs and enhanced reliability.  

 

Deepak Swamy, iRestore

Deepak Swamy, iRestore

Deepak Swamy is the founder and CEO of iRestore. Utilities like National Grid use iRestore apps to operate the electric grid and gas distribution network more reliably. With situational awareness from iRestore apps, “smart cities” can respond rapidly to utility infrastructure damage.
Prior to founding iRestore, Deepak was on the leadership teams of three tech ventures that developed innovative enterprise applications. For the last decade, he has focused exclusively on mobile apps and platforms, where he is a thought leader and inventor with patents pending. He has been a strategy consultant with Gemini Consulting and Infosys Consulting, leading global teams that worked with Fortune 500 firms on innovation & new product development. He started his career with KMI, a research and consulting firm focused on fiber optics.
Deepak holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology—Rourkela and an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.    

 

 

Jacklyn Ulban, Unitil Corporation

Jacklyn Ulban, Unitil Corporation

Jacklyn Ulban is currently the Manager of Business Resiliency & Compliance for Unitil Corporation based in Hampton, NH. After serving in the US Navy aboard two different aircraft carriers, Jacklyn acquired an Associate Degree in Computer Aided Drafting with a strong focus on technical writing and is currently enrolled in the Disaster Management program at State University of New York. Jacklyn has been with Unitil in the Business Continuity for over 9 years specializing in the Emergency Response and Business Continuity functions while also participating and supporting various emergency planning related committees and organizations such as ECNE, EEI, NGA, AGA and NAMAG.  

 


 

Project life-cycle: designing renewable energy

Room: Santa Clara 

DNV GL is a leading authority for engineering services to renewable energy projects. With experience supporting over 6,000 solar projects and 350 wind projects world wide, DNV GL will discuss the services and expertise required to move a renewable energy project through the entire project life-cycle. Kristjan will explore every stage from feasibility, development, pre-construction, construction and post-construction. 

 

 

Kristjan Varnik, DNV GL

Kristjan Varnik, DNV GL

Mr. Varnik provides over ten years of consulting experience working in acoustics and software engineering.  He has helped develop energy facilities across North America including solar, wind, battery storage, transmission lines, compressor stations and natural gas power plants. His area of expertise is in the field of acoustics with a focus on permitting. His project history covers the modeling, measurement and analysis of acoustic impacts for energy facilities for regulatory compliance. He is a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and contributes to noise standards. He performed modeling, measurements and permitting studies for the first offshore wind farm in North America. He works from DNV GL’s Medford, MA office. 

 

ABOUT OUR SPONSOR 

Shell Ventures helps companies to reach the next level. Established in 1996 as one of the first corporate venture funds in the oil and gas industry, Shell Ventures acts as an investor and a partner to help commercialize innovative businesses. The organization targets startups and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from their early stages to their scale and growth phases. It makes minority investments that help to develop new technologies or disruptive business models in areas of strategic interest to Shell’s businesses. Their investment focus is a mix of oil and gas, renewable energy and cleantech, new fuels for transport, smart mobility and digital.

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