E-Capital Summit to Launch at Earth Day Texas
Investment professionals, service providers, incubators, accelerators, early- to mid-stage companies promote growth of transformational clean economy business models
For immediate release
DALLAS (March 14, 2017) – Earth Day Texas (EDTx) announces details and programming for the inaugural E-Capital Summit, to be held April 20-23 at Fair Park as part of Earth Day Texas, the world’s largest eco-conference and exposition.
This event will consist of investment forums, workshops for improved business management and fundraising practices, office hours where potential investors will meet with early-stage clean economy companies, as well as an Innovation Expo featuring exhibits from attendees. The E-Capital Summit is dedicated to growing the community of mission-driven investors in Texas and beyond.
“We’ve learned the current venture capital model doesn’t fit many early-stage clean technology companies,” said Matt Myers, vice president of operations & strategy, Earth Day Texas. “Our industry and economy needs new types of investors to take the lead: the mission-driven investor.”
“Between now and 2040, more than $15 trillion will need to be invested into clean technology to avert the worst effects of climate change,” says Earth Day Texas CEO Ryan A. Brown. “By creating new platforms and understanding about cutting-edge technology, innovations and sustainable business, we become leaders in conversations about conservation, environmental policy, education and the future of our planet.”
The E-Capital Summit encourages foundations, family offices, incubators, national laboratories and cutting-edge early-stage clean technology companies to form partnerships accelerating our future economy.
“The clean technology industry is a huge job creator,” says Myers. “In 2015, solar energy produced more jobs than oil and natural gas extraction for the first time and the clean technology industry employed more than 8 million people globally. The E-Capital Summit allows innovators and investors from around the country to engage, learn, network and create. It only takes one connection, one idea, one moment to change the world.”
E-Capital Summit is co-produced by PRIME Coalition, Austin Technology Incubators and Earth Day Texas. The E-Capital Summit Investment Forum is by invitation or application only. For information and deadlines, visit http://earthdaytx.org/ecapital/.
E-Capital Summit Programs:
E-Capital Investment Forum (in partnership with Prime Coalition)
April 20, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
April 21, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
“Families and Foundations Investing in Energy Innovation: Texas and Beyond”
The E-Capital investment forum is a private, invitation-only educational and networking experience for mission-driven investors. For information and deadlines, visit www.earthdaytx.org/ecapital.
E-Capital Innovation Expo
April 21-23, 2017 | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Innovation Expo features cutting-edge clean technologies from early-stage companies, national laboratories and universities. Companies supported by members of the Incubatenergy Network and Cleantech Open alumni will receive a special discount.
Office Hours (in partnership with Austin Technology Incubator)
April 21, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Facilitated by the Austin Technology Incubator, pre-qualified companies participating in the Innovation Expo will be invited to meet with a select group of mission-driven investors. For information and deadlines, visit www.earthdaytx.org/ecapital.
E-Capital Summit Speakers
JB Straubel – Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and co-founder
Dr. KR Sridhar – Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Bloom Energy
David Danielson – Managing Director, Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Dipender Saluja – Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group
Joe Speicher – Executive Director, Autodesk Foundation
Marilu Hastings – Vice President, The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation
Regine Clement – CEO, CREO Family Office Syndicate
Alicia Seiger – Deputy Director, Stanford Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance
Sarah Kearney – Executive Director, PRIME Coalition
Aaron Mandell – Co-founder & Chairman, Quidnet
Etosha Cave – Co-founder, Opus 12
Ilan Gur – Founding Director, Cyclotron Road
Emily Reichert – CEO, Greentown Labs
Nathan Gorence – Technology to Market Advisor, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E)
Matthew Nordan – Co-founder, Chairman of the Investment Committee, PRIME Coalition
Mitch Jacobson – Co-Director, ATI Clean Energy Incubator
Nicole Systrom – Director of Philanthropic Partnerships, PRIME Coalition
Amy George – Co-Founder, Earthly Labs
Attend Earth Day Texas 2017
WHEN: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 19-23, 2017 (some events by invite only)
WHERE: Fair Park, Dallas Texas
ADMISSION: Free; special fees apply to select conferences and events.
INFORMATION: 214-310-1200; earthdaytx.org
About Earth Day Texas
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, Earth Day Texas (EDTx) has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future. Founded in 2011 by Dallas-based environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EDTx promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. Attendees can also enjoy outdoor experiences, live music, environmentally-themed films and art exhibits, beer and food pavilions, family activities and more. Last year’s EDTx exposition at Fair Park showcased more than 800 exhibitors and 250 speakers, with more than 130,000 attendees enjoying the free, three-day event. For more information, visit http://www.earthdaytx.org.
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EARTH DAY TEXAS IS NOT AN INTERMEDIARY, BROKER-DEALER, INVESTMENT ADVISER OR SECURITIES EXCHANGE; EARTH DAY TEXAS IS NOT ENGAGED IN THE BUSINESS OF EFFECTING TRANSACTIONS IN SECURITIES FOR THE ACCOUNT OF OTHERS; AND EARTH DAY TEXAS DOES NOT PROVIDE INVESTMENT ADVICE, INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES OR AFFECT THE PURCHASE OR SALES OF ANY SECURITY. THIS PRESENTATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN OFFER, SOLICITATION OR RECOMMENDATION TO SELL OR AN OFFER TO BUY ANY SECURITIES, INVESTMENT PRODUCTS OR INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES
Rosalynn Vasquez, Earth Day Texas
Contact: Matt Myers, Earth Day Texas
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