Ultra Light Startups Partners With Stanford Energy Club For Clean-Tech Pitch Contest

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Hosts Inaugural Silicon Valley Event as part of Stanford Energy Week.

Ultra Light Startups, the largest startup-investor pitch event organization in the U.S., will host a Future Energy pitch contest with the Stanford Energy Club at the Graduate School of Business Cemex Auditorium on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Future Energy, an Ultra Light Startups brand sponsored by Shell GameChanger, is a series of events that connects entrepreneurs, researchers, and private investors in the energy and clean-tech industries to develop and commercialize radical solutions to the world’s energy challenges.

With a strong east coast presence including recent events at MIT and the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in D.C., Future Energy’s first Silicon Valley pitch contest is one of several featured events during Stanford Energy Week including an Earth Day sustainability fair and address on climate change by former Vice President Al Gore.

The contest will showcase eight early-stage clean-tech entrepreneurs who will present to a panel of corporate and private energy technology investors. Future Energy’s selection committee picked six companies from more than 120 applicants, and awarded two remaining spots to the startups that received the most votes on Future Energy’s crowd-voting site. The eight finalists for the event include:

1.    radCool / Aaswath Raman / Radiative cooling for buildings
2.    NGen Corporation / Yaniv Scherson / Energy from nitrogen wastewater treatment
3.    Valhalla Energy / Drew DeWalth / Pumped hydro storage for solar
4.    Parrilla Energy / Grant Lowrance / Solar thermal updraft tower
5.    Seismos / Panos Adamopoulos / CO2 seismic wave enhanced oil recovery
6.    re:char / Luke Iseman / Biochar and electricity from corn and sugarcane
7.    Aquicore / Brian Miranda / Commercial property electrical metering and analytics
8.    EverCharge / Lyuba Wolf / Home charging for electric vehicles

The moderated panel will provide actionable insights and suggestions to each of the presenting startups. The panelists for Future Energy’s Silicon Valley pitch contest at Stanford include: John Freer, Manager, External Technology Initiatives at GE Global Research; Ryan Kottenstette, Principal at Khosla Ventures; Brook Porter, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Dan Reicher, Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center at Stanford University; and Willem Rensink, GameChanger at Shell International Exploration & Production.

“It was only a matter of time before the Silicon Valley’s storied history of technology innovation, and Stanford’s thriving energy and clean-tech community drew us here like a magnet,” said Graham Lawlor, founder of Future Energy. “It’s an honor to host a Future Energy startup-investor pitch contest during Stanford Energy Week, as we add the Silicon Valley to our growing series of national events.”

“Being home to some of the country’s ‘greenest’ cities and most forward-thinking tech entrepreneurs, the greater Bay Area was a natural place to bring Future Energy,” added Cris De Luca, founder of Ultra Light Startups’ Boston chapter. “Partnership and support from many community organizations made this possible, and we hope our first Silicon Valley event lays the foundation for many more to come.”

Networking and refreshments will commence at 6:00 p.m. in the Cemex Auditorium, 655 Knight Way in Stanford. At 6:30, the eight startups will give their pitches and receive feedback from the panel. At 8:15, there will be a “Pitch Showdown,” where the audience will vote for its favorite startup, and the winners and prizes will be announced. The evening concludes at 8:30 with drinks at Ray’s Grill, 750 Escondido Road in Stanford (10 minute walk from Cemex Auditorium). For full details and to register, please visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5334694214.

About Ultra Light Startups
Founded in 2008, Ultra Light Startups is the leading startup-investor pitch and networking company in New York, Boston and the Silicon Valley and helps corporations, investors and startups find and connect with each other. Ultra Light Startups’ preeminent event series includes investor feedback forums in Internet technology, as well as energy/clean tech under the Future Energy brand. The Ultra Light Startups virtual and live event series continue to spearhead the technology startup industry by connecting early stage companies, investors, corporations, sponsors and industry experts to drive technology innovation forward. For more information on attending or applying to pitch at an Ultra Light Startup Internet technology or Future Energy event, please visit our website at http://ultralightstartups.com, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ultralightstartups and follow us on Twitter @ULSnet. If you are a corporation looking to find early stage companies in your relevant vertical and would like to join the Ultra Light Startups Corporate Connections Program, please contact Graham Lawlor at graham(at)ultralightstartups(dot)com.

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