Top Upcoming Conferences You Should Have on Your Radar

We’ve highlighted eight industry conferences for those wishing to mingle with hot cleantech startups and VCs as well as brush up on emerging industry trends:

New York Energy Week, June 16 – 20, New York City

Organizer: EnerKnol

Ticket Cost: Free by Invite

New York Energy Week, founded by EnerKnol, is an ongoing industry initiative that culminates in a week of industry-generated events, all around New York City. NYEW sponsors host the week’s headline and marquee events. EnerKnol has produced 12 official New York Energy Week events this year.  New York Energy Week events are invitation-only and free of charge, attracting a senior level, hand-picked audience who are leaders and decision-makers in their fields.

This year’s events include:
•    Breakfast Series: Solar – June 17
•    Energy Efficiency Roundtable: NYC 2.0 Sustainable City – June 17
•    Breakfast Series: Transportation – June 18
•    Energy Data Jam (in association with U.S. DOE) – June 18
•    Cleantech Startups Showcase – June 18
•    Roundtable on Storage: Grid Resiliency – June 19

Renewable Energy Finance Forum (REFF-Wall Street), June 25 – 26, New York City

Organizer: Euromoney and ACORE

Ticket Cost: $2,499

REFF-Wall Street is the premier renewable energy financing event in the U.S.  Attendees of this event include CEOs and other senior company officials, lenders, investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, venture capitalists and other top transactional professionals in renewable energy finance.

The event draws an especially senior audience, comprising of over 600 senior decision makers, financiers and professionals in the renewable energy finance field.

This year’s topics include: energy efficiency and green buildings, renewable energy in emerging markets, debt markets, distributed generation, and innovative financing solutions.

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NextWave Greentech Investing,  August 5, Menlo Park, CA

Organizer: Greentech Media & Rob Day of Black Coral Capital

Ticket Cost: $795

Building on the success of our inaugural conference in 2013, NextWave 2014 will move beyond establishing a thesis for successful investing in clean energy technology and services to deeper dives into areas where activity is most pronounced – solar power, the ongoing disruption of the electric utility business model, cleanweb, and clean energy project finance.

Speakers include: Rob Day of Black Coral Capital, Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors, Matthew Nordan of MNL Partners, Sunil Paul of SideCar, Jon Wellinghoff of Stoel Rives, Raj Atluru of SilverLake, and Joshua Green of Mohr Davidow Ventures.

Renewable Energy Finance Forum—West Coast, Sept 16-17, San Francisco, CA

Organizers: Euromoney and ACORE

Ticket Cost: $2,499

This event, in its sixth year, focuses on West Coast developments. Topics to be discussed include: project financing, venture capital, equity financing, renewable power generation, and emerging and established technologies.

SXSW ECO, October 6-8, Austin, TX

Organizers: South by Southwest

Ticket Cost = $350

SXSWEco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of creativity to transform inspiration into action. The conference will include a hackathon and a startup showcase with new companies across the greentech, cleanweb and social impact categories. Conference session topics include: energy, behavior & design, big data, land & water, food systems, and smart cities.

Judges for this year’s startup showcase are from: Surge Accelerator, New Enterprise Associates, Austin Ventures, ATI Clean Energy Incubator, Siemens Technology, Aramco Ventures, Energy Excelerator, Mercury Fund, and Team Rubicom.

 Global Cleantech Summit and Gala, Oct 6-7, Washington, DC

Organizer: Cleantech Group

Cost: $995

Each year, the Global Cleantech 100 Summit & Gala brings leading entrepreneurs together with the corporations, government leaders, investors and service providers who are shaping the way clean technologies are financed and deployed. The Cleantech Group also announces its Global Cleantech 100 List and associated report on the top 100 private companies in clean technology.

Verge, Oct 27-30, San Francisco, CA

Organizer: GreenBiz Group

Ticket Cost: $1,475

This event brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, public officials to explore the opportunities for radical efficiencies created through technology advancements in energy, buildings and transportation. Topics will include: distributed energy, sustainable mobility, resilient cities, next-gen buildings, and the food-energy-water nexus, in addition to the Verge Accelerate pitch competition.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Industry Growth Forum, Oct 28-29, Denver, CO

Organizer: NREL

Ticket Cost: $1,200

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the nation’s top laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D. The Forum attracts leading cleantech venture capital and investment banks, and draws business development executives from global energy companies looking for strategic investments and partnering opportunities. It will feature presentations from  emerging clean energy companies, panels led by thought leaders, one-on-one meetings and networking opportunities.

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