Top Conferences You Should Have On Your Radar to Find Deals

We’ve updated our calendar with important industry events you should have on your radar for the rest of Q3 and Q4 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 expanded conference coverage.

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

Organizers: Euromoney and ACORE

Ticket Cost: $2,499

Topics to be discussed include: innovative financing, venture capital, financing smaller projects, equity financing, the utility business model, investing in smart grids and microgrids, the role of IT, renewable power generation, financing renewable transportation technologies, and investing in emerging and established technologies.

EmTech, Sept 23 – 25, Boston, MA

Organizer: MIT Technology Review

Ticket Cost: $2,150

MIT Technology Review finds and explains the significance of the new technologies that are disrupting existing industries, creating entirely new markets, and changing society.EmTech MIT brings that editorial content to life. Our annual conference provides you with access to the most innovative people and companies that you should be following, all in a program that will challenge and inspire you.

This year we examine dramatic advancements in the field of neuroengineering, the emergence of the Internet of Things and new computing platforms driving the next wave of connected devices, and emerging technologies focused on providing clean energy and food for 9 billion people.

Energy Storage North America, Sept. 30-Oct. 2, San Jose, CA

Organizer: California Energy Storage Alliance

Ticket Cost: $1,295

The 2014 program focuses on the convergence of transportation, distributed, and utility-scale applications. And ESNA Innovation Awards finalists were selected through a rigorous process that evaluated innovative projects based on customer value proposition and project impact, as well as grid services; financing model; ownership model; safety and security; and technology.

South By Southwest ECO, October 6-8, Austin, TX

Organizer: SXSW

Ticket Cost: $350

3 Days of Speakers, Sessions, Workshops, Networking Opportunities with Experts and Industry Leaders, Film Screenings, Receptions, SXSW Eco Awards Ceremony, Closing Party, Mentor Sessions, Exhibition, Meet Ups, Startup Central and more!

The conference will include a hackathon and a startup showcase with new companies across the greentech, cleanweb and social impact categories, with judges from The Rockefeller Foundation, SJF Ventures, Mercury Fund, Shell Technology Ventures, Siemens, New Enterprise Associates, Austin Ventures and other firms.

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

Organizer: Cleantech Group

Cost: NA

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.

Future Energy New York, Oct 9, New York, New York

Organizer: Ultra Light Startups

Ticket Cost: $20

Future Energy is a series of pitch events that connects energy startups with venture capital and corporate investors in the energy and clean-tech industries. Judges for this competition will include:

– John Freer – Manager, External Technology Initiatives at GE Global Research

– Dave Kirkpatrick – Managing Director of SJF Ventures

– William Lese – Managing Director at Braemar Energy Ventures

– Willem Rensink – GameChanger at Shell

Solar Power International, Oct 20 – 23, Las Vegas, NV

Organizer: SEIA and SEPA

Ticket Cost: $1,095

SEIA and SEPA’s flagship, event where thousands of professionals in solar energy and related fields will convene for the industry’s largest, most comprehensive solar energy event in North America. On Oct 22, they are hosting a startup competition with 20 early-stage solar companies to present their business proposals. They will have a special area devoted to present market research and educational sessions on latest solar industry trends.

Greenbuild, Oct. 22-23, New Orleans, LA

Organizer: Greenbuild

Ticket Cost: $600

Greenbuild is the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Greenbuild features three groundbreaking days of inspiring speakers, invaluable networking opportunities, industry showcases, LEED workshops and tours of the host city’s green buildings.  The conference also includes an Exhibition Hall that showcases  early stage green building startups and technologies.

American Water Summit, Oct 23 – 24, Houston, TX

Organizer: Global Water Intelligence

Ticket Cost: $1,595

The Summit brings together 400 top executives and thought leaders from the public and private sectors in a format that is geared toward maximum networking return as well as the discussion of cutting-edge ideas.

This conference will cover key challenges in America’s water sector: water infrastructure, technology, sustainability, and key investment trends.  Attendees include water utility leaders, business water users, investors and water technology companies.  The 2014 Summit will have a strong energy focus in keeping with the times and reflecting the fact that the host city is the Energy Capital of the world.

Midwest Innovation Summit, Oct 27 – 28, Minneapolis, MN

Organizers: Midwest Cleantech Open

Ticket Cost: $1,450

This year’s Summit will feature up to 100 of the region’s top innovators and entrepreneurs, and provide these showcase participants with opportunities to meet with investors, corporate managers and potential clients.

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: resilient cities, sustainable mobility, distributed energy, next-gen buildings, and food and water systems. It also includes a Verge Accelerate startup pitch competition.

Cleantech Open Northeast 2014 Innovation Expo and Awards Gala, Oct 28, Boston, MA

Organizer: Cleantech Open Northeast

Ticket Cost: $30

35+ semifinalists from all across the Northeast region and judges that include:

– Alicia Barton, CEO, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

– Geoff Chapin, Founder, Next Step Living

– Gail Greenwald, Member, Clean Energy Venture Group

– Matthew Nordan, Founder, MNL Partners

– Marcy Reed, President, National Grid in Massachusetts

Industry Growth Forum, Oct 28-29, Denver, CO

Organizer: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Ticket Cost: $1,300

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. The Forum features presentations from 30 emerging clean energy companies, provocative panels led by thought leaders, one-on-one meetings, and organized networking opportunities.

NREL recruits entrepreneurial companies ranging from top-tier startups to university and laboratory spinouts, as well as emerging cleantech companies from across the country and overseas.  .

Clean energy venture capitalists, investors, and strategic partners can schedule private one-on-one meetings with startup companies to be held during the Forum.

Forum 20/20: Innovation & the Future of Cleantech, Oct 29, Boston, MA.

Organizer: Massachusetts Cleantech Center and Greentech Media

Ticket Cost: $795

As part of a week-long series of cleantech events, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and Greentech Media are bringing together leaders from the energy industry, policymakers, major corporates, investors and academia on October 29 for a one-day conference called Forum 20/20. Leveraging expertise in market intelligence and market development, we will be charting a clear path forward for the cleantech market to describe a vision of growth over the next decade.

Cleantech Open Global Forum, Nov 12 – 13, San Fancisco, CA

Organizer: Cleantech Open

Ticket Cost: $127

“The Academy Awards of Cleantech.” This two-day expo and gala showcases 120+ of the year’s biggest game changing technologies in the fields of energy, chemical & advance materials, information & communications, transportation, and more. See CleanTechIQ’s take-aways from last year’s event.


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