What Are the “Must-Attend” Cleantech Events in 2013?

With over 50 events listed in our recently updated industry conference calendar in the first quarter alone, it can be very hard to decide which events will give you the greatest return on your time investment in 2013.

We at CleanTechIQ want to help you decide and have polled several of our conference-veteran readers to find out which events are on their calendars. Here are the top responses:

NYC Cleantech Opportunities, Jan 15

Location:             New York, NY

Organizer:           Hodgson Russ LLP

Cost:                     NA

Description:        NYC Cleantech Opportunities is a forum for entrepreneurs, investors, industry insiders, and others involved in the renewable energy industry. The keynote speaker is Edward J. Sappin, CEO of The Willowbrook Company.

Needham Growth Conference, Jan 15 – 17

Location:          New York, N.Y.

Organizer:        Needham & Company

Cost:                   NA

Description:      The Needham Growth Conference (NGC) gives institutional investors, private equity firms and venture capitalists access to 350 growth companies from a broad range of industries including Clean Technology, Communications, Consumer, Enterprise Infrastructure, Healthcare, Internet & Digital Media, Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment and Software & Services sectors.

National Renewable Energy Policy Forum, Feb 5–6

Location:          Washington DC

Organizer:        ACORE

Cost:                $495

Description:    ACORE’s National Renewable Energy Policy Forum, strategically occurring after the election at the start of the 113th Congress, will chart the path forward for pro-growth, constructive and bipartisan renewable energy policy.

Cleantech Investor Summit, Feb 6-7

Location:          Palm Springs, California,

Organizer:        International Business Forum

Cost:                $1,995

Description: The event has become widely recognized as the premier event for active investors and other stakeholders to network with major corporations and emerging clean-tech companies.

AGRION Energy & Sustainability Summit, Feb 19 – 20

Location:          New York, N.Y.

Organizer:        Agrion

Cost:                $1,100

Description:      Bringing together the Chief Energy & Sustainabiltiy Officers from the largest European, Chinese and American Corporations.

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, Feb 25 – 27

Location:          Washington DC

Organizer:        U.S. Dept of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

Cost:                $1,495

Description:      NA

MIT Energy Conference, March 1-2

Location:          Boston, MA

Organizer:        Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cost:                NA

Description:      “From Idea to Impact: Collaborating to Meet Global Energy Challenges.”  Bringing together thought leaders from industry, academia and government to tackle the greatest technology, policy and business challenges in energy.

CleanTech Forum Europe, April 16-18

Location:          Bilbao, Spain

Organizer:        Cleantech Group

Cost:                $2,195

Description:      To experience the best networking opportunity of the year – as the innovation community of Europe (entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and advisors) gathers in one place for 48 hours, with some representation from Africa, Asia and the Americas.

TBLI (Triple Bottom Line) Conference USA, June 17-18

Location:          New York, N.Y.

Organizer:        TBLI Group

Cost:                $1,800

Description:      TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investment) CONFERENCE™ is the prime annual global networking and learning event on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Impact Investing.

Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF) Wall Street

(not currently scheduled, but last year’s event was on June 19-20)

Location:          New York, N.Y.,

Organizer:        Euromoney Events

Cost:                $2,499

Description:      NA

Cleantech Open Global Forum: The Acadamy Awards of Cleantech

(not currently scheduled, but last year’s event was on Nov 8-9, 2012)

Location:          San Jose, CA

Organizer:        CleanTech Open

Cost:                $197

Description:      The World’s Largest Cleantech Accelerator…Live!

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