Golden, CO (PRWEB) November 03, 2012
Clean Energy Alliance, Inc., the national association of clean energy business incubators, announced that it is a sponsor of the session on “The New Ecosystem of Innovation” at the Greenbiz VERGE conference in San Francisco. Through the Department of Energy Small Business and Clean Energy Alliance Partnership, CEA is proud to support the panel, which is being moderated by journalist and marketing communications consultant Joan Bryna Michelson. The conference will be held on Monday and Tuesday, November 12 and 13, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel at 888 Howard Street in San Francisco, with the sponsored panel taking place on November 12, 2012.
The panel on “The New Ecosystem of Innovation” will address this new clean tech ecosystem, including new public-private partnerships, clean tech incubators, an increase in business plan competitions, and sustainability-related reporting systems. A panel of top private and public sector experts will discuss this new ecosystem, its impact on the bottom line, new ways of funding and commercializing, and where the opportunities are for entrepreneurs, big companies, and investors.
“CEA member incubators and the DOE-CEA Partnership have been on the front lines of clean tech innovation, so we are proud to support this session and eager to hear what this esteemed panel has to say," said James F. Groelinger, Executive Director of the Clean Energy Alliance. “It’s clear that we need to collaborate to seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges that this new ecosystem presents.”
The panelists for “The New Ecosystem of Innovation” are: Cheryl Martin, Ph.D, Deputy Director of ARPA-E, the innovation arm of the U.S. Department of Energy; Ricardo Angel, Senior Vice President of GE Energy Finance; and John Argo, an entrepreneur, private investor, and incubator/mentor in the clean tech space. The panel will be moderated by Joan Bryna Michelson, Executive Producer and Host of Green Connections Radio™, an accomplished journalist and marketing communications leader. Ms. Michelson is also a consultant for the Clean Energy Alliance and Mr. Argo has served as an incubator/mentor of companies funded by the DOE-CEA Partnership. The panel will be recorded and will air on Green Connections Radio™, a new news/talk radio program on energy and the green economy.
The Department of Energy Small Business and Clean Energy Alliance Partnership was funded through a $1.2 million DOE grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Through the Partnership, more than 40 companies were matched with a CEA member incubator for technical, business/or and financial services support customized to their needs. These services could include assistance with refining the technology, developing the messaging and the sales approach, building a team and executive mentoring, developing the financial statements, and/or preparation for potential investors.
VERGE brings together business innovators, entrepreneurs, and leading public officials to illuminate the opportunities for radical efficiencies created through technology advancements in energy, buildings and transportation. http://www.greenbiz.com/events/verge/2012/11/san-francisco
About The Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), a non-profit organization founded by National Renewable Energy Laboratories, is the national association of leading business incubators and other entities dedicated to providing technical, business, and financial services tailored to the needs of the cleantech business development community. CEA focuses on developing practices and resources that support cleantech business incubation, entrepreneurial mentoring and development, and technology commercialization. http://www.cleanenergyalliance.com