Top Conferences in 2014 You Should Have on Your Radar

We’ve updated our industry calendar with important industry events you should have on your radar for the first half of 2014 – from industry conferences and pitch events to webinars and report releases.

Although the events listed in our calendar run the gamut from regional meetups, startup contests and industry specific events, we’ve highlighted five of them for those wishing to mingle with hot cleantech startups and VCs as well as brush up on emerging industry trends.

Can’t make it?  Don’t worry!  CleanTechIQ will be there to bring you key takeaways in follow-up articles as part of our greatly expanded conference coverage in 2014.

Agrion Disrupt 100+: Innovation in Energy & Sustainability, June 11-12, 2014, New York, N.Y.

Organizer: AGRION

Ticket Cost: $999

Agrion expects over 600 firms to attend, including 100 clean energy innovators and 500 large companies. With over 75 speakers, the session topics will cover: smart cities, clean energy finance innovations, energy storage, microgrids, and green buildings. They will also host a technology exposition with 20+ service providers in clean energy, energy efficiency, distributed generation, and sustainability.

Notable speakers on the agenda include: Rahul Gupta, Principal, Washington Federal Practice, PwC, Benjamin Healey, Senior Manager, Clean Energy Finance, Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA), Charlene Wall-Warren Sustainability Leader North America, BASF, and Matthew Rutter, Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young LLP.

Cleantech Innovation Summit, Feb 12, 2014, Newport Beach, CA

Organizer: International Business Forum

Ticket Cost: $995

In its 10th year, this 1-day conference is the premier annual gathering of those developing, driving, adopting, servicing and funding ground-breaking technologies in the areas of energy, transportation, recycling, water, chemistry, smart buildings and infrastructure. They expect several hundred CEOs, investors, policy makers, corporate executives and service providers to convene at this year’s event.

Key session topics this year include: the future of cleantech venture funding, innovation in agriculture, innovation in utilities, water technology, transportation, the built environment, energy storage and the cleanweb.

Notable speakers on the agenda include: Wal Van Lierop, President & CEO, Chrysalix, Andrew Chung, Partner, Khosla Ventures, Raj Atlaru, Managing Director, SilverLake Kraftwerk, Mark Nydam, Principal, HarbourVest, Skip Grow Managing Director, Clean Technology Group Morgan Stanley, Salim Khan, CEO, Stem, David Lincoln, Managing Partner, Element Partners, and Brook Porter, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

ARPA-E Summit, Feb 24 – 25, 2014, Washington, DC

Organizer: U.S. Department of Energy

Ticket Cost: $1,500

In its fourth year, they expect 2,200+ registered attendees from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 26 countries and over 150+ expert speakers and keynote addresses.

The ARPA-E Technology Showcase will feature 280+ breakthrough technologies, expert entrepreneurs and researchers ready to collaborate, tangible innovations on display, and decision makers looking to invest. And the Ultralight Startups/Future Energy event series will co-host the investor pitch event this year on Feb 24.

Cleantech Forum San Francisco, March 11 – 13, 2014, San Francisco, CA

Organizer: Cleantech Group

Ticket Cost: $1,995

This year’s key session topics will include: the intersection of water and oil & gas, rise of downstream solar, cleantech in Japan, and car sharing. They also will host an entrepreneur showcase, where company’s pitch, followed by feedback from a panel of expert judges.

Notable speakers on the agenda include: Dan Yates, CEO, Opower, Nancy Pfund, founder and managing partner of DBL Investors, Brian Janous of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy, Colleen Calhoun, Senior Executive Director of Energy Ventures at GE and Andrew Chung, partner at Khosla Ventures.

Wall Street Journal ECO:comics, Apr 2 – 4, 2014, Santa Barbara, CA

Organizer: The Wall Street Journal

Ticket Cost: $3,850

Each year, top CEOs and investors, pioneering entrepreneurs, environmental experts and policy makers convene at ECO:nomics, The Wall Street Journal’s celebrated conference in Santa Barbara, to discuss and debate the most critical issues facing leaders who are driving change at the intersection of business and the environment.

Key session topics will include: future of utilities, agriculture, solar, waste, and autos. In addition, there will be elevator pitches from several of the companies who made the top 10 in The Wall Street Journal’s rankings of The Next Big Thing in Clean Tech.

Notable speakers on the agenda include: Stuart Bernstein, Global Head of the Clean Technology and Renewables Group, Goldman Sachs, Edward Fenster, Co-CEO, Sunrun Inc., Theodore F. Craver, Jr., Chairman, President and CEO, Edison International, and David P. Steiner, President and CEO, Waste Management, Inc.

Bloomberg: The Future of Energy Summit, April 7 – 9, 2014, New York, N.Y.

Organizer: Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Ticket Cost: $3,000

The Summit gathers 1000 senior level decision-makers who are shaping the future of energy. It features more than 40 sessions, including high-level exchanges with policy-makers, discussions with industry leaders and unparalleled multimedia coverage both inside and outside of the Bloomberg media universe. In addition, it will feature Bloomberg’s New Energy Pioneers award winners.

The Summit is an invitation-only forum providing an unrivalled meeting place at the intersection of the energy markets, industry, finance and policy. In 2014, the conversation continues as we discuss Phase Change: New Business Models, New Market Structures.

Notable speakers on the agenda include: Tony Fadell, Nest Labs, Torban Moger Pederson, PensionDanmark, James Rogers, Chairman, Duke Energy, John Cavalier, Hudson Clean Energy, Michael Liebreich, CEO, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Francesco Starace, President, Enel Green Power, and Bernard Valdman, SVP, Strategy, Edison International.


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