LOCATION
One Broadway, 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142

DATE
November 8, 2018

TIME
3:00 – 8:30 PM

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ABOUT THIS EVENT

Energy Connect 2018

Save the date for Venture Cafe’s Energy Connect mini-conference, taking place on November 8, 2018. 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.

 

Reservations are recommended but not required. RSVP Here

 

Energy Connect is hosted by Venture Café Kendall. #‎energyconnect

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EVENT SCHEDULE

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING   

3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS

4:15 – 5:15 PM FUNDING ENERGY & CLEANTECH VENTURES

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

5:30 – 6:30 PM  CLEANTECH TALK

6:45 – 8:00 PM ENERGY & CLEANTECH SHARK TANK

 


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 25th, 2018

 

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Ted Werth, Advisor, Investor & Educator

Mr. Werth is a serial entrepreneur and accomplished business leader who, as Founder and CEO, successfully created and grew an innovative national technology/services data platform from $0 to $50M. He has mentored dozens of start-up businesses through an affiliation at MIT VMS and BU and currently teaches entrepreneurship at Boston University. His passion lies in deploying a combination technology/data solutions which redefine how markets and industries operate.

 

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Sissi Liu, Director of Board, Cerahelix

A clean-tech startup mentor with experience in venture investing and entrepreneurship. Liu has invested in and served on boards of clean-tech companies as well as mentored budding entrepreneurs. Most recently, Liu headed up business development for the North American region at Joule, a pioneer in converting waste CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals. Join her to chat about your business challenges and generate ideas for solutions to overcome them.

 

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PANEL: FUNDING ENERGY & CLEANTECH (4:15 - 5:15 PM)

 

PANEL: FUNDING A ENERGY OR CLEANTECH VENTURE

Join us for a panel discussion with entrepreneurs, funders and industry experts about how to fund ventures in the energy and cleantech space.

 

 

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Moderator: Abigail Barrow, Managing Partner, Cambridge Innovation Partners 

Abigail Barrow is the Managing Partner of Cambridge Innovation Partners – a consulting firm that helps start-ups find global and local resources for success. Previously she was with the University of Massachusetts President’s Office, joining in 2004 as the Founding Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) and from January, 2016 – September 2018 served as the Interim Executive Director, Office of Technology Commercialization and Ventures (OTCV). 

 
 
 

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Ariel Horowitz, Director of Technology Development, MassCEC

Ariel Horowitz is an expert in energy technologies, policies, and markets. As Director of Technology Development at MassCEC, Ariel oversees much of MassCEC’s work with researchers and early-stage companies. Ariel joined MassCEC from Synapse Energy Economics, where she provided expert witnessing services and analytical support to clients including US EPA and state regulators. Ariel holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from Swarthmore College.

 
 

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Maher Damak, CEO, Infinite Cooling

Maher is the Co-Founder and CEO of Infinite Cooling, a start-up disrupting the way power plants and industrial processes use water. Maher has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where, at the Varanasi Research Group, he developed a novel patent-pending technology to efficiently capture water from fog and cooling tower plumes using electric fields. This technology is the basis of Infinite Cooling, which has won numerous awards including the MIT $100K, the Rice Business Plan Competition and the DOE national competition.

 
 

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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.

 
 
DEMOS & INFO TABLES (5:30 - 8:00 PM)

ENERGY CONNECT 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.

 

 

ENERGY / CLEANTECH TALK (5:30 - 6:30 PM)
 

ENERGY / CLEANTECH TALKS

Are you a subject matter expert in the energy or cleantech space (entrepreneur, investor, service provider, etc)? Submit your idea for a session during our Energy Community Flash Talk. These sessions will be community-generated, lightning sessions comprised of 30 minutes of content and 15 minutes of networking for each session.

 

   

 

Pei Zhang, Founder, Biochem

We propose to develop an unconventional battery that uses microbial material, BioM (includes functional microorganisms and their microbial metabolites, which is biological electrolyte), to replace heavy metals and harsh chemicals for power generation.The functional microorganism is a cathodic microorganism. It can promote slow oxygen reduction reaction and catalyze the reactions on cathodes. Compared to other published electro-trophs, ours shows the highest efficiency.

 
 
ENERGY CONNECT SHARK TANK (6:45 - 8:00 PM)

ENERGY CONNECT SHARK TANK

A selection of Energy and Cleantech VCs and angels will hear pitches from entrepreneurs who are innovating in the Energy and CleanTech space. Meet our judges:

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Mark Bernfeld, Angel Investor, Clean Energy Venture Group

Mark Bernfeld is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor with a commitment to environmentally and socially responsible businesses. Mark founded Tamarack Technologies in 1993 with the vision of meeting our growing need to conserve energy and improve air quality in our homes. He remains owner and Board Chairman, where he continues to advocate for Tamarack’s mission to promote the reemergence of home cooling using outdoor air, and to make accessible to homeowners sensible solutions to the problem of unhealthy indoor air.

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Carl Stjernfedlt, Investment Director, Shell Ventures

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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Kathryn Elmes, Investment Associate, MassCEC

Elmes is an Investment Associate at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, where she invests in and manages a portfolio of enterprise and consumer-facing companies in the clean energy industry. Her areas of focus include software and hardware companies focused on next generation renewables, efficient mobility, industrial efficiency, sustainable buildings, grid resilience, and the water-energy nexus. Elmes enjoys being an active, hands-on investor, working alongside and supporting management teams as needed. In this capacity, she serves as a board member, observer, or advisor for several early-stage cleantech companies.

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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