New York, NY (PRWEB) June 9, 2006
On Thursday, June 15, eight CEOs from successful green technology companies will share their experience in the rapidly growing market segment called “cleantech.” The event, Cleantech Companies in Mainstream Markets: Second Annual CEO Panel on Innovative Strategies, is a unique opportunity to meet the business leaders of companies that are changing the world through environmental innovation. It will be held from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm at Deutsche Bank, 60 Wall Street, 47th floor, New York, NY.
Last year, investments in cleantech grew 35% to a record $1.6 billion in North America alone, making it now the fifth largest investment category following biotech, software, medical and telecommunications according to data released in March 2006 by the Cleantech Venture Network. The recent launch of the NASDAQ Clean Edge U.S. Index is evidence of the strength and staying power of this investment category. Green ventures are scaling up rapidly and cleantech IPOs are yielding strong returns. This growth is coming at a time when it is needed most. Global warming, depletion of resources, rising energy prices and heightened concern over energy, water and food security are motivating industries to seek new ways to help solve environmental problems while achieving business success.
Included on the panel of CEOs who are carrying out innovative strategies and growing venture-backed companies are: Scott Griffith, Zipcar; Jonathan Bragdon, Tricycle; Jesse D. Johnson, Q Collection; Chip Slack, Intechra; Bill McKenney, InkTec Zone; Jeffery Wolfe, Global Resources Options; Jim La Rosa, ForesTrade, and; Charles B. Hamlin, Cambridge Water Technology. This panel will demonstrate how well-conceived business models can compete successfully in today’s market.
Cleantech Companies in Mainstream Markets: Second Annual CEO Panel on Innovative Strategies is presented by SJF Ventures, a green venture capital fund that invests in high growth companies with sales of $1MM to $20MM, throughout the Eastern U.S. with a particular focus on the New York market. SJF has $30 million under management and a portfolio of sixteen companies in the cleantech, technology-enabled business services, and natural consumer products industries. See http://www.sjfund.com for more information.
The lead sponsors for the event are Deutsche Bank and Citibank. Sponsors are Reitler, Brown & Rosenblatt and Spencer Clarke LLC. The event is presented in association with the Cleantech Venture Network (see http://www.cleantech.com for more information).
The press event is at 12:45 PM at which time the CEOs will be available for exclusive media interviews. Press should register by contacting Anne Claire Broughton. Security is tight on Wall Street, so pre-registration is required.