POST EVENT SUMMARY
Thank you to everyone who made this event a wild success!! It was a lot of work, but we achieved many of the goals we set out to accomplish. 12 companies, listed below, made outstanding presentations to an audience of over 100 guests from the venture and business development communities. The Roundtable was a lively and interesting discussion on presentation styles that are of interest to investors and the post event networking session went well into the afternoon. We are still in the process of collecting business development results from our showcase, but have made a tremendous splash connecting international stakeholders in the smart grid space. Be sure to check in with us, as we are already planning a follow on smart grid event. Till the next time…..
Proven Strategies to Snare Venture Capital for your Smart Grid Start-up
Smart Grid News, January 25, 2012, Chris Noonan
Smart Grid – Venture Showcase
September 29th, 2011
1 Skyline Drive Worcester
Massachusetts, USA 01605
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Institute for Energy & Sustainability has partnered with the Consulate General of Canada, Boston and U.K. based SETsquared to host a 2011 Smart Grid Venture Showcase. This event will bring the extraordinary talent of world-class entrepreneurs throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom together to pitch their companies smart grid products, innovations and technologies to an audience of angel investors, financiers, utility companies, potential customers and partners. This event will provide the opportunity for pre-selected companies to make timed-pitches on their business model and will be followed by a networking reception with key financiers and decision makers in this sector. There are expected to be 12 companies invited to make presentations, 6 from Canada and the UK and 6 from the USA.
PRESENTING SMART GRID COMPANIES
MassCEC is committed to leveraging Massachusetts’ outstanding resources in academic research, technology entrepreneurship, and workforce skills to accelerate growth of the clean energy industry. The result of these efforts will be new technologies, new companies, and a workforce ready to roll up its sleeves to ensure Massachusetts’ place as a national clean energy hub >>>
Smart Grid News is the sector’s oldest, largest and highest-ranked specialty site. It produces daily news analysis, timely email summaries, exclusive content from some of the world’s leading smart grid experts, plus the Web’s largest collection of smart grid-specific resources including research papers, case studies, videos and stimulus tools. SGN promotes interactivity and a lively exchange of ideas between industry stakeholders via our smart grid discussion forums, webinars, our popular Talk Back feature and frequent quick polls >>>
Arts and culture contribute to a quality of life that keeps a community vibrant and economically alive. WICN Public Radio is committed to this ideal through the presentation of authentic, independent music, on the radio and in the concert halls, preserving America’s living art forms of Jazz and Folk music for generations to enjoy >>>
National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. Our core business is the delivery of electricity and natural gas. They are committed to serving customers well, delivering energy safely and reliably, and keeping costs low >>>
The New England Clean Energy Council’s mission is to accelerate New England’s clean energy economy to global leadership by building an active community of stakeholders and a world-class cluster of clean energy companies >>>
Companies were selected by an IES sponsored review panel. IES recieved one page summaries from start-up phase smart grid companies from all over the United States, throughout Canada and the U.K. Individual companies were evaluated and selected based on five key factors; (1) ability to influence and grow the international smart grid market, (2) potential attractiveness to investors, (3) innovation and orginality of business model, (4) potentail value to customers, (5) professionalism of the summary and accompanying information.
There is no cost for invited companies to participate in this event. A $75.00 attendance fee will be levied for all other attendees to help offset organizing costs. UK participant companies are required to become a member of one of the centres or a spin-out from one of the five Universities of the Partnership.
The Institute for Energy and Sustainability, A Green Business Zone, works throughout Central New England to create an environment for those seeking economic opportunity and advantage in this sector and to support the growth of jobs establishing a zone of world class clean technology companies. The team at the Consulate General of Canada, Boston works to promote Canada’s interests in the five states which make up our territory. This includes advancing political, economic, academic and cultural ties between Canada and New England, as well as promoting the all-important trade and investment relationship between our two countries. We also provide consular assistance to Canadians who are visiting or living in our territory. SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing and incubation.
Chris Noonan, Senior Program Advisor,
Institute for Energy & Sustainability
www.energyandsustainability.com t: 1(508)751-4639
Christine Carr, Trade Commisioner
Karen Brooks, Projects Director,
email@example.com t: +44(0)7810-805406
www.setsquared.co.uk Twitter: @setsquared