2007 Clean-Tech Investor Summit to Feature Industry Luminaries: Fireside Chat with Vinod Khosla in Conversation with Ira Ehrenpreis.
Hosts Clean Edge and IBF Offer Inside Glimpse Into Current Corporate Clean-Tech Initiatives.
Clean Edge and International Business Forum (IBF), hosts of the 2007 Clean-Tech Investor Summit, today announced that venture capital visionary Vinod Khosla will keynote at January’s annual gathering of clean-tech luminaries in Palm Springs, California. In a candid one-on-one conversation with fellow clean-tech VC pioneer, Ira Ehrenpreis, Khosla will offer insightful perspectives on the clean-tech industry.
“A confluence of technology, investment, political, and economic factors have catapulted the clean-tech sector to the forefront of the venture capital industry,” said Ira Ehrenpreis, Conference Chairman and General Partner at Technology Partners. “Climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, peak oil cost and production limitations, and the need to provide cheap and clean water and energy to the expanding economies of the world are just a few of the myriad global crises that clean technology companies are aggressively and successfully tackling.”
The dialogue between Ehrenpreis and Khosla is one of many high-level discussions planned for the Summit. This year’s focus will target hot sectors and trends, but will also reveal several behind-the-scenes looks at current corporate clean-tech initiatives via a series of keynotes from some of the world’s most influential companies including:
• AES: Bob Hemphill, VP of Global Development;
• Applied Materials: Charlie Gay, Solar Business Group VP & General Manager;
• Dow Chemical: Heintz Haller, VP of Strategic Development;
• GE Water and Process Technologies: Jeffrey Fulgham, CMO.
A prestigious roster of clean technology power players will round out the Summit with panel primers on critical issues including: emerging technologies, IPO strategies, growth opportunities in Asia, and Wall Street’s take on the clean-tech exit. Respected presenters include:
• American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE): Michael Eckhart, President
• Cowen & Company: Skip Grow, Managing Director
• DFJ Element: John Rockwell, Managing Director
• Enertech Capital: Bill Kingsley, Managing Director
• Imperium Renewables: Martin Tobias, CEO
• Pacific Growth Equities: Gary Vollen, Managing Director
• Tesla Motors: Martin Eberhard, CEO
This year’s Clean-Tech Investor Summit sponsors include: Cowen and Company, Orrick, Antenna Group, Comerica, Heller Ehrman, Hobbes & Towne, Pacific Growth Equities, Mintz Levin, Moss Adams, Piper Jaffray, Schweichler Price & Partners, Sonnenschein Venture Technology Group, Spencer Stuart, and Stoel Rives.
Please join us on January 23-24, 2007 for the third annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit in Palm Springs, CA. Attendees who purchase their conference passes by December 31, 2006 can save $350 off the regular registration fee of $1495. Purchase your discounted conference pass by visiting the IBF Conferences website listed or calling IBF registrar Cathy Fenn at 516-765-9005 x21 and using discount code: CEFlyer.
International Business Forum presents financial and business conferences on venture capital, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, corporate strategic investing, defined contribution/401(k) plans, risk management, funding technology innovation, and commercialization of intellectual property. IBF conferences (ibfconferences.com) provide attendees with leading-edge information and new business contacts to achieve business objectives. Visit the IBF Conferences website listed for more details and complete information on upcoming events.
About Clean Edge, Inc.
Clean Edge, Inc. (cleanedge.com), with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Portland, Oregon, is a leading research and publishing firm that helps companies, investors, and policymakers understand and profit from clean technologies. Through its research and reports, conferences and events, online publications, and strategic consulting services, Clean Edge tracks and analyzes clean-tech markets, trends, and opportunities. In May 2006, the company launched the NASDAQ Clean Edge US Index® which tracks US-listed clean-energy companies. Founded in 2000 by environmental and high-tech business pioneers Ron Pernick and Joel Makower, Clean Edge and its network of partners and affiliates offer unparalleled insight and intelligence.
Ron Pernick, Clean Edge, Inc.
Caroline Venza, Antenna Group Public Relations for Clean Edge/IBF
P: 415-977-1939, caroline[.]antennagroup.com.