SXSW ECO Mentor Sessions

Mentors

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Lucia Athens

Wednesday October 8th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Lucia Athens, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Austin, has served as a leader in the sustainability movement for two decades. She is a licensed landscape architect and author of the book, “Building an Emerald City: A Guide to Creating Green Building Policies,” published in 2010 by Island Press. She began her career in green building in the early 1990’s, working on the development team for the City of Austin’s Green Builder program, the first such program in the United States. Ms. Athens previously spent a decade leading the City of Seattle’s award-winning green building programs.

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Lindsay Baker

Monday October 6th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Lindsay Baker leads business development and client relationships for Building Robotics, an emerging venture-backed software startup in the building industry. Prior to BR, she worked with Mary Davidge Associates, catalyzing sustainable operations at Google's headquarters. She is a PhD candidate in Building Science at UC Berkeley, where she also received her Masters. She also worked at the USGBC, developing early LEED rating systems. She has served as a writer, convener and consultant in the sustainable buildings industry for over 10 years.

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Mitch Baranowski

Tuesday October 7th 10:30am – 11:30am

A seasoned design thinker and creative strategist, Mitch Baranowski co-founded BBMG to help create disruptive business solutions and delightful brand experiences. He has overall responsibility for the brand innovation firm’s creative direction and operations. Mitch has helped dozens of start-ups develop brands, spearheaded multinational consumer campaigns and advised numerous Fortune 500 companies on how to create shared value by connecting sustainability, enterprise strategy, product development and brand marketing. His experience spans many industries, including arts/entertainment, apparel, consumer packaged goods, e-commerce/retail, engineering, financial services, healthcare, technology and travel/hospitality. Recent clients include adidas, Disney Consumer Products, eBay, Ekocycle, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal Paris, NBCUniversal, PepsiCo and Target.

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Mekayla Beaver

Monday October 6th 10:30am – 11:30am

- Design Thinking / Human-Centered Design guru
- Catalyzer of massive change
- Questioner, provocateur
- Experimenter, creator, bridge builder

Mekayla Ichneumon Beaver has an insatiable curiosity which translates into constantly asking both WHY and WHY NOT? She has spent 1000s of hours around the world helping individuals and communities get to new levels of understanding about what is really important to them and moving from the mindset of what currently exists and into the mindset of what could be.

After many years as a lead design strategist at IDEO, Mekayla founded Gloworm in order to help organizations use this power to address tricky problems like health and wellness, education and sustainability.

Chandra Bhat

Wednesday October 8th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Dr. Chandra R. Bhat is the Director of the Center for Transportation Research and a Professor in Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Jean Brittingham

Monday October 6th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Jean Brittingham, founder of SmartGirls Way and Brittingham Partners, began creating the content to help rapidly scale the women’s entrepreneurial movement that will form the critical base for the next economy. Previously Jean worked with a diverse client group that included Fortune 100 companies, innovative start-ups, local and national governments and NGO's.

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Kelly Cash

Monday October 6th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Kelly Cash, spent two decades as one of the chief brand-builders of The Nature Conservancy, when the organization quadrupled to more than one million members and became a local-to-global juggernaut. Today she owns a small boutique consulting firm in the Bay Area, and works on a wide range of sustainability initiatives with nonprofit and for profit clients. As part of the farm-to-plate movement, she often wonders: “what does a million acres taste like?”

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Jack Ceadel

Wednesday October 8th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Ento-preneur + pragmatic environmentalist. Background in water. Passionate about genuinely sustainable models. Tired of greenwashing.

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Emily Chan

Tuesday October 7th 10:30am – 11:30am

Emily is a sustainability communications consultant at Edelman’s Business + Social Purpose practice in San Francisco and a green careers columnist at The Muse.

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Startup Connect: Bill Cone

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Director
Coastal Bend Busienss Innovation Center

Since November 2011, Bill has served as the Director of the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, part of the College of Business at Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. In the summer of 2014, the Innovation Center facilitated the organization of the South Coast Angel Network (SCAN), which has a total membership of 27 and has six deals under due diligence as of September, 2014. A member of the Alliance of Texas Angel Networks, and the Angel Capital Association, SCAN is able to syndicate deals and participate in deals with other Texas Angel Networks.

Greentech; Cleanweb; Social Impact; Not-for-profit; For-profit; Seed stage; Anything related to reducing the environmental impact of the exploration, production, transportation, refining, and use of hydrocarbons.

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Andy Lower

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Founder
Adap Capital

Andy founded ADAP Capital LLC in September 2013. ADAP (A Different Approach to Poverty) focuses on finding effective ways to use market-based solutions to eradicate extreme poverty with dignity for all stakeholders. ADAP provides both intellectually and monetary capital to empower more social entrepreneurs to progress from "seed" funding to "early-stage" Series A capital.

Areas of interest: For-profit, Seed Stage

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Ben Christenson

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Angel Investor
Central Texas Angel Network

Research software developer with an entrepreneurial spirit. I work for Dow Chemical to develop software tools to migrate our process control code. In my spare time I invest in start-up companies through Central Texas Angel Network.

Areas of Interest: General

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Sara Batterby

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

General Partner
Elemeno Ventures

Sara is an astute and intuitive marketing and operational strategist and has spent the last decade launching and growing early stage companies. She started her career in technology and finance and has subsequently supported multiple ventures as a founder, a consultant and a mentor. Sara comes to Elemeno with the goal of making smart early-stage investing broadly available to a new class of investor and balancing the delivery of capital and resources to a greater diversity of entrepreneurs.

Areas of Interest: Seed stage; We are actively looking to fund women led ventures as part of a diversified portfolio approach with Themis Fund.

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Kurt Stodgill

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Innovation Program Manager
Austin Energy

At Austin Energy, Kurt works within the Emerging Technologies and Electric Vehicles Group, with a focus on emerging distributed energy technologies. His objectives include beta-testing and developing a business case for emerging technologies within the electric utility industry. He is also the DOE-funded Principal Investigator for the Central Texas Fuel Independence Project and Texas River Cities Electric Vehicle Initiative. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master of Science in Science and Technology Commercialization, both from UT Austin.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Leah Stern

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Senior Associate
Fellowship Programs for Echoing Green

Leah manages Echoing Green’s Climate Fellows, ensuring they have the full support, guidance and resources of the Echoing Green community. Throughout her career, Leah has worked at the intersection of environment, gender and poverty at organizations such as the Women’s Environment and Development Organization, CDP, and the U.S. State Department. Since 2010, she has been involved with Innovation: Africa. Leah also served two years as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Senegal, where she focused on agroforestry and girls’ access to education.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Not-for-Profit, Seed Stage,Greentech, Cleanweb, Social Impact
We would like to meet all early stage ventures focused on climate change - international and domestic.

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Michele Allen

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Sr. Director Energy
Walmart

Michele has over 15 years of professional experience related to technology, energy, and the retail sectors. Most recently Michele has led Walmart Energy into competitive electricity markets where her team participates as a Retail Electric Provider in the U.S. and the U.K. Michele is an active member of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) an advocate organization focused on energy efficiency and demand response. Prior to joining Walmart, Michele worked in software consulting.

Areas of Interest: Greentech; Cleanweb; Social Impact; For-profit; Seed stage; Series stage

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Ryan Owen

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Texas A&M Clean Energy Incubator

Provide acceleration mentoring and investment capital strategies to clean energy companies working with the Incubator; Chartered Engineer with vast experience in delivering innovative technologies in range of international settings; Expertise in strategy consulting, management of upstream projects and operations; Former lead engineer for BP Gulf of Mexico Business Unit and Executive Adviser to CTO/VP of E&P Technology; Energy Champion at the Houston Technology Center.

Will be joined by: Chuck Martinez, VP Innovation Services, Research Valley Partnership & Managing Director for the Texas Triangle RCIC, supported by the Texas Emerging Technology Fund

Areas of interest: Greentech; For-profit; Seed stage; Series stage; Energy related

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Startup Connect: Maggie Bishop

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Director, Clean Energy & Power Technology

Austin Chamber of Commerce

Maggie Bishop is the Director of Clean Energy and Power Technology at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. As a part of the Economic Development team, she is tasked with recruiting jobs and investment within the clean energy and power technology industries to Central Texas.Maggie is also responsible for overall public relations and marketing of the greater Austin regional clean tech community.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Seed Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb, energy storage, clean tech software

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Willem Rensink

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

GameChanger
Shell International Exploration & Production

Willem is part of the Shell GameChanger team, a group that identifies and incubates revolutionary ideas to proof of concept. GameChanger provides a flexible partnership role as well as funding both for entrepreneurs or university researchers to mature an early stage radical idea to redefine the future of energy. Before joining the GameChanger team, Willem was part of the Shell Biofuels R&D group. He joined Shell from the Cargill Biotechnology Development Center where he was involved in biocatalyst development.

Areas of interest: Greentech; Cleanweb; For-profit; Seed stage; Series stage

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Danny Carreno

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Startup Program Manager
Rackspace

Moved from East Texas to San Antonio in 2002 to attend UTSA. In 2011, I moved to San Francisco to join a Rackspace acquired startup, Cloudkick, where I was submerged in the startup community. Currently, I work closely with early-stage startups through our Startup Program. I'm known to be a prolific coffee drinker and try to keep up-to-date with the latest tunes. In my spare time, I can be found riding my Mission Bicycle fixie or chowin' down on some pepperoni and mushroom pizza.

Areas of Interest: Greentech; Cleanweb; Social Impact; For-profit; Seed stage; Series stage

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Yann Kulp

Monday October 6th 1:00pm – 2:00pm

VP Residential Energy Solutions
Schneider Electric

Yann Kulp is VP Residential Energy Solutions USA at Schneider Electric, a $35 Billion global leader in energy management solutions. Prior to this role, Yann was Director Communications - Residential & Commercial controls Europe based in Paris, and also held marketing & strategy roles at Legrand & Schneider Electric in US & Europe. His US-based team develops customer engagement, energy efficiency & demand Response solutions for utilities, smart cities & energy retailers in North America.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Greentech, Cleanweb, Social Impact, Consumer Engagement, Analytics, Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Darren Beck

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Director of Environmental Initiatives
Sprint

Darren is responsible for driving innovation at Sprint that helps reduce environmental impact while enhancing the company’s reputation and its bottom line. He achieves this by advising a range of operational working teams at Sprint focused on areas such as device recycling, sustainable packaging, waste reduction, water conservation, responsible procurement, and "winning with corporate responsibility" in business sales. Darren holds an MBA from the University of Kansas.

Areas of interest: For-Profit, Greentech, Social Impact

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Sam Kim

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Managing Director
Bandgap Ventures

Sam is a managing director at Bandgap Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Austin, TX. Sam has been a serial entrepreneur and investor in many early stage technology companies across a wide variety of industries including advanced materials/nanotechnology, biotechnology, semiconductors, and energy/cleantech. Sam holds a BS and MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a Dual PhD in Electrical Engineering and Nanotechnology from the University of Washington.

Areas of Interest: Greentech; For-profit; Seed stage; Series stage; Companies that have IP and tangible technology, not just code.

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Jeremy Adelman

Monday October 6th 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Vice President
Energy Foundry

Jeremy has fourteen years of experience working with early-stage investors and entrepreneurs – building partnerships, raising capital and commercializing cutting edge technology. As Vice President of Energy Foundry, Jeremy is active in all phases of the investment process, and manages the organization’s network of expert mentors and advisors. He has established Coalition: Energy one of the country's first energy focused co-working spaces, and manages the Smart Grid Cluster, a Midwest innovation acceleration platform on behalf of the US Small Business Administration.

Areas of interest: For-profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb, Energy, Smart Grid, Power

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Dai Truong

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Associate
Austin Ventures

Dai joined Austin Ventures (“AV”) as an Associate in the Venture Capital practice. He relocated to Austin from the Palo Alto area, where he worked as a Senior Analyst on the Technology Investment Banking team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch advising on mergers, acquisitions, financings and other strategic advisory assignments across sectors, including cleantech. Dai graduated from UCLA, where he received his BA in Economics and Southeast Asian Studies.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Dan Watkins, PhD

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Managing Director
Mercury Fund


Dan is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Mercury Fund, a seed and early stage venture capital fund. His focus is in commercializing physical sciences and life sciences technologies from universities and regional incubators. Dan received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Rice University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Areas of Interest: Seed Stage, Greentech

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Steve Wanta

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Global Program Director
Whole Planet Foundation

Steve is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of micro-finance projects spanning 55 countries. Before joining the Foundation, he served in the Peace Corps working alongside rural Guatemalan farmers in an effort to improve their livelihoods.

Areas of Interest: Not-for-Profit, For-Profit, Social Impact

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Rebecca Taylor

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Venture Principal
Shell Technology Ventures (STV)

At the corporate venture capital arm of Royal Dutch Shell, Becky's role includes identifying, vetting, selecting, and mentoring startups selected for investment by STV. Previously, Becky was Entrepreneur-In-Residence in two bureaus at the U.S. State Department, where she advised on governmental startup and university commercialization engagement. She is a 29-year veteran of the software and semiconductor industries, including working as Director of Software Platforms at AMD, and started her public service roles following the sale of her firm Taylor-Deininger Partners, Inc. (TDP) in June 2010. Becky is a Senior Member of IEEE and holds multiple patents. She has a BS in Computer Science from Iowa State University, and a Master of Public Affairs from the the UT LBJ School of Public Policy.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Series Stage, Greentech

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Courtney Klein

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Co-Founder & CEO
SEED SPOT

Courtney is an advocate for social entrepreneurs, believes in the power of people with dreams, and defends the role mentors play in shaping change. She started her journey as the Co-Founder & CEO of New Global Citizens, a nonprofit that has empowered over 30,000 students to create global change. Today, Courtney leads SEED SPOT, a nonprofit incubator focused exclusively on supporting social entrepreneurs that are passionate about improving the human condition.

Areas of Interest: Not-for-Profit, For-Profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage, Greentech, Social Impact

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Neil Hughes

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Head of Technology
National Grid

Neil is Head of Technology for National Grid. As an Electrical Engineer with nearly 30 years of energy industry experience in a variety of technical, strategy and business development roles, he has detailed knowledge of the energy sector and the challenges facing the industry in securing a low carbon future in a safe, reliable and affordable way. His particular interest in identifying and supporting early stage disruptive technologies/companies that can transform the energy sector.

Areas of Interest: Not-for-Profit, For-Profit, Seed Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Rose Maizner

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Analyst / Professional Consultant
RenewableTech Ventures

Rose is an analyst with RenewableTech Ventures, is the founder and CEO of CauseRock Consulting and serves on the board of Sustainable Startups. Before entering the private sector, Rose spent a number of years in the nonprofit world, serving as both Associate Director and Interim Executive Director of an organization working with underserved communities in Salt Lake City. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wheaton College, after which she spent time conducting research out of the country as part of a Fulbright Scholarship.

Ian Shelledy, Executive Director of Sustainable Startups (http://www.sustainablestartups.org/), will join Rose at her table.

Areas of Interest: Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Dawn Lippert

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Director
Energy Excelerator

As Director of Energy Excelerator, Dawn works with startups solving the world's energy challenges, helping innovative companies succeed in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific with funding (up to $1M), strategic relationships and a vibrant ecosystem. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Office of Naval Research and operates as a project of the Pacific International Center for High Technology Research (PICHTR). At PICHTR Dawn founded and is president of WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy). Previously, Dawn was a management consultant with Booz Allen’s alternative energy team. She graduated cum laude from Yale and received her Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Management.

Areas of Interest: Not-for-Profit, For-Profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Scott Collier

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Managing Director
Pasadera Capital

Scott has spent the last 20 years as an investment banker and venture capital manager putting investment and acquisition deals together for startup and high growth companies. Scott has served on the boards of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas, the Austin Technology Council and Texas Business Hall of Fame. He is an organizing leader for Slow Money and is a frequent speaker and panelist on venture capital and social impact investing.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb, Social Impact

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Kirk Coburn

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Founder and Managing Director
SURGE Ventures

Kirk is an entrepreneur, active investor and start-up advocate who founded three successful companies before starting SURGE, the world's leading energy seed fund and mentor-driven accelerator. Before relocating back to Houston to lead SURGE, Kirk created and was CEO of Chief Outsiders (acq. 2010), and he launched The PGA TOUR Network on SiriusXM (acq. by SIRI) and founded Pure Golf, a leading new media provider of sports and outdoor programming. Kirk received his MBA and BBA in finance and accounting from the University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb, Energy Tech

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Chuck McCoy

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Chuck founded NTAN in 2007. He learned the software business at Arthur Andersen & Company then spent 20 years building, selling, and rolling-out software for clients. Most of the work was oil and gas software and the early use of electronic document imaging systems in the telecom industry. He holds a BBA from OCU, an MS from OSU, and served in the US Army (A/6/33 Field Artillery, 1968). He wishes to be known as a good student of company building.

Areas of Interest: For-profit; Seed stage

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Courtney Bickert

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Director, Global Partnerships
United Nations Foundation

Courtney is a senior executive with over 18 years in international business and development, with a proven ability to bring in new business, manage global teams, network, reorganize large organizations and deliver on project management. Courtney’s technical knowledge includes financial investment in emerging markets, sustainable business, energy, agriculture, water and health.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Not-for-profit, cleanweb, greentech, social impact

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Sarah Applebaum

Monday October 6th 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Associate
Pangaea Ventures

Sarah is an associate at Pangaea Ventures, the world leader in advanced materials venture capital, investing in startups with disruptive breakthrough innovation in chemistry and material science. Pangaea has an outstanding portfolio addressing multi-billion dollar markets in energy, semiconductors, medical devices, agriculture and more. Prior to joining Pangaea in 2012, Sarah worked in the not-for-profit sector and as a consultant focused on sustainability strategy. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a BSc from Dalhousie University.

Areas of Interest: Greentech

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Daniella Dimitrova Russo + Pam Marcus

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Daniella Dimitrova Russo
CEO and Founder
Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator and Innovation Forum

Daniella is the CEO and Founder of Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator and Innovation Forum, which addresses plastic pollution as an innovation challenge. Her blended executive experience in high-tech, from startups to Fortune 500 businesses, and NGOs has helped elevate plastic pollution to the forefront of global, social, environmental and political discourse. She launched the Think Beyond Plastic™ Accelerator to address plastic pollution as an innovation challenge that leverages the growing consumer and business demand for safe alternatives to conventional plastics. Ms. Russo is pioneering a global strategy focused on viable solutions that enable sustainability, corporate responsibility and financial growth through market and policy instruments.

Pam Marcus
Co-Founder Lifefactory Inc
Advisor, Think Beyond Plastic ™ Accelerator

Previously a pediatric physical therapist, Pam saw a need for healthy, environmentally friendly products in the infant industry and founded Lifefactory in 2007. Lifefactory quickly grew into a leading innovative lifestyle company providing reusable glass bottles with protective silicone sleeves for the entire family. She is now the co-founder and CEO of The Cookie Department, a functional food company based in Berkeley, CA. Pam is an Entrepreneur Mentor for the Think Beyond Plastic Competition and advises the Think Beyond Plastic Business Accelerator on consumer products strategies.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Mitch Jacobson

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Director
ATI Clean Energy Incubator // CleanTX Foundation

Mitch is a leader in bringing together government, industry, academia, utility and community interests to organize and shape a Clean Technology and Clean Energy Cluster in Central Texas. He is the Board Chair for CleanTX, partner in Pecan Street Inc, Advisory Board for SXSW Eco, the Clean Energy Alliance, The Environmental Sciences Institute at UT Austin, the Nature Conservatory, The Texas Renewable Energy Industry Association, The Austin Young Chamber and the Texas Foundation of Innovation & Commercialization. He is also Regional Director for The CleanTech Open South Central Region.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Mark Clayton Hand

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Venture Partner
UnLtd USA

Mark Clayton Hand is the Venture Partner at Austin-based UnLtd USA, whose mission is to seek out, fund and support start-up social entrepreneurs. He is also an Entrepreneurship Fellow at Said Business School at Oxford University. Previously, Mark was an impact investor with Gray Ghost Ventures and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, and founded the Ecuador arm of Manna Project International, a volunteer-driven, community development nonprofit.

Areas of Interest: Not-for-Profit, For-Profit, Seed Stage, Social Impact

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Christine Primmer

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Associate
SJF Ventures

Christine represents SJF Ventures, a $90M growth-equity fund, and focuses on Energy, Connected Devices and Big Data sectors. She serves as a Board Observer for EnTouch Controls, a SaaS & connected thermostat company that manages energy for small retail. Prior to SJF, Christine worked with GE Energy and later in management consulting. She holds an Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and an MBA from UNC Kenan-Flagler. She is an Austin native and glad to be back in her hometown.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Series Stage, Cleanweb, Social Impact

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Chris Scotti

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Managing Director
Aggie Angel Network

Chris runs the day to day operations of the Aggie Angel Network. AAN is dedicated to providing quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited angel investors, and to assisting early-stage high-growth companies with fundraising. Investors in our network invest directly into entrepreneurial businesses, typically in return for equity. In addition to money, we bring connections, market knowledge, and mentoring to early-stage entrepreneurs with disruptive technologies.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb
**Must be seeking $200k-$5M in capital**

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Jason Ornstein

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Managing Director
J.M.Ornstein LTD

J.M.Ornstein LTD identifies platform technologies that could constitute the foundation of a new startup company. We ‘license-in’ or co-develop original technology and structure a new enterprise around this technology for commercialisation. We specialize in cleantech that is currently being developed at major universities and research institutions, allowing us to initially benefit from our commercialization capacity and then organically build IP.

Areas of Interest: Greentech, Seed Stage

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: John Stockton

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Partner
Austin Technology Partners

John currently serves as a partner with Austin Technology Partners. He is a semiconductor industry veteran currently focusing on investments in semiconductors, materials, and energytech. Previously he was the Chairman and CEO of ARC International, Fellow at VLSI Technology, and CEO of Tamarack Storage Devices. John is a Board Observer for LatticePower, ShineOn, and is on the boards of Lynx Labs, NanoAir and GainSpan. Additionally he advises several other companies in the Austin area.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Seed Stage, Series Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Nick Slavin

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Managing Partner
EES Ventures

Nick is the Managing Partner of EES Ventures, which invests in seed-stage companies impacting energy, efficiency, and sustainability. He has over a decade of experience operating, investing in, and advising a variety of companies involving energy and sustainability, and is the co-founder of Bulldog Exploration and author of Investing in Oil and Gas Wells. Previously, Nick was an attorney with Skadden Arps. He is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School.

Areas of Interest: For-Profit, Seed Stage, Greentech, Cleanweb, Social Impact

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Startup Connect: Robbie Wright

Monday October 6th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

VP - Digital & Innovation
Direct Energy

Robbie Wright assumed the role of vice president of Digital & Innovation in January of 2014. Prior to joining Direct Energy, he was a co-founder of Bounce Energy and served as its CEO for five years. Robbie holds a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Areas of Interest: Greentech, Cleanweb, Not-for-profit, For-profit, Seed stage

***Startup Connect is an event for Greentech, Cleanweb and Social Impact startups to pitch directly to potential investors, accelerators, clients and strategic partners in a one-on-one setting. Please come prepared to deliver your elevator pitch and answer questions about your business. Bring relevant materials to distribute at meetings.***

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Geoff Daniels

Wednesday October 8th 10:30am – 11:30am

Geoffrey Daniels is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nat Geo WILD, which launched in March 2010. In this role, Daniels annually commissions more than 170 hours of original series, specials and events for broadcast on WILD globally, furthering the network’s commitment to provide extraordinary wildlife programming that inspires people to care about the planet. Under Daniels’ leadership, WILD’s ratings have increased for three straight years, making it one of the fastest growing channels in all of cable, driven by the success of Big Cat Week and series such as Fish Tank Kings, America the WILD with Casey Anderson and The Incredible Dr. Pol.

In his previous role as Senior Vice President of Development and Production for National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), Daniels commissioned more than 250 hours of original programming per year for broadcast in 166 countries, 315 million homes and 34 languages worldwide. He produced nearly 400 hours of factual programming across the network’s core nature, science, adventure and world culture genres, directing breakout series such as Seconds from Disaster, Mega Structures and Air Crash Investigation. In addition, Daniels managed NGCI’s editorial relationship with strategic co-production and output partners in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Prior to joining NGCI in 2001, Daniels was Director of Development for National Geographic Television & Film, where, as part of the Program Enterprise Group, he developed and produced specials and series in support of the National Geographic Channel’s rollout worldwide and domestic U.S. launch.

Daniels began his career in new product development at Time-Life Video & Television (TLV), where he played a key role in building TLV into one of the world’s leading home video distributors through the acquisition and marketing of Sir David Attenborough’s Trials of Life, Ken Burns’ The Civil War and in co-production with the BBC on the award-winning children’s series Growing Up Wild. In 1996, Daniels directed Reader’s Digest’s entry into the global television market, heading up international co-productions and program catalog sales.

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Kim Eierman

Monday October 6th 10:30am – 11:30am

Kim is an expert on ecological landscapes and native plants and the Founder of EcoBeneficial!, a horticulture communications and consulting company. She is an active speaker at conferences throughout the U.S and teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions.

Kim is an Environmental Horticulturist, a Master Gardener, a Master Naturalist, and a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center. She was awarded the Silver Award of Achievement by the Garden Writers Association for the 2014 Media Awards Program.

On Wall Street for many years, Kim turned her passion into a business, inspiring others to improve the environment through ecological landscaping and gardening. Her credo: “Every landscape matters; every plant choice matters.” When not speaking, teaching or writing about these topics, Kim consults for businesses and homeowners.

You can learn more about Kim and EcoBeneficial! at www.ecobeneficial.com

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Nicholas Eisenberger

Monday October 6th 10:30am – 11:30am

Nicholas Eisenberger is a pioneer of the clean economy. As a successful entrepreneur, investor, and strategist, he has worked for two decades to advance the clean technology industry. Mr. Eisenberger is the managing partner of Pure Energy Partners, a venture catalyst firm that invests in high-impact cleantech companies and actively works to accelerate their commercial success. Mr. Eisenberger is also a co-founder of GO Ventures and director of the American Council on Renewable Energy, the industry’s leading national umbrella organization, and a co-founder of The Cleanweb Initiative, a new industry association focused on promoting information technology solutions to our critical resource challenges. Previously, Mr. Eisenberger was managing principal of GreenOrder, which he and his partners established as one of the most influential sustainability strategy firms, then sold in 2008. Mr. Eisenberger is widely recognized for his groundbreaking work with companies such as DuPont, GE, GM, and HP. He played a key role in guiding, from launch, GE’s multibillion-dollar ecomagination initiative. Nicholas is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School and resides with his wife and three daughters in Brooklyn, New York.

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Melita Elmore

Wednesday October 8th 10:30am – 11:30am

Melita has worked within a Fortune 50 company as an executive, in international environmental engineering firms, as a regulator and as a business owner for HSE consulting. She has the ability to lead teams, but also to be a strong team player; she possesses excellent communication & client handling skills. Her technical expertise comes from over twenty years of Project Management, Communication Strategies, Oil and Gas Issues, GHG and Air Issues, Water Quality Issues including SPCC and SWPPP, Development and Implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), EHS Compliance Implementation, Multi-media Auditing, Energy Policy Issues, EHS Compliance Training Development, Water and Wastewater Treatment, Sustainable Development, Pollution Prevention, Waste Minimization, M & A Due Diligence, Hazardous Materials and Hazardous Waste Management, and Environmental Site Assessments (Phase I) Analyses, Stakeholder Outreach, Training Curriculum Issues. Ms. Elmore is proficient in regulatory research and EMS/ISO systems, including US, EU and Asia requirements, and has audited and reviewed for compliance issues, recordkeeping requirements, oil and gas permit issues, waste and water permit issues, energy efficiency, SWPPP and SPCC plans, RMPs and general emergency planning.

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Rodrigo Espinosa

Monday October 6th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Social Entrepreneur; Lonesome George & Co. Adjunct Professor; Presidio Graduate School & UC Berkeley. Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, asterix + huddle.

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Chris Garvin

Monday October 6th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Chris Garvin is an accomplished practitioner and active voice in the sustainable design community. Since moving to New York in 1998, he has specialized in environmental architecture and materials research, while serving on numerous advisory boards and in organizations that advocate for sustainability in design. Chris serves as a project lead for many of Terrapin’s consulting engagements while also managing projects for COOKFOX Architects, where he is a Senior Associate. An integral contributor to Terrapin’s development, he was named a Partner in 2008. Complementing his work at Terrapin, Chris lectures frequently on sustainable design and has taught at the Pratt Institute’s Center for Professional Practice since 2002. He also advises several organizations on sustainability issues, including the National Building Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences. Chris is currently developing an exhibit on “Biomimicry and the Built Environment: lessons learned from Nature”.

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Costa Georgiadis

Wednesday October 8th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Costa is an eco-visionary who is always focused on the big picture – the interplay of the micro and the macro. Life is all about the aperture setting, from macro lens close up to 18mm wide-angle fish eye view of the big picture. For Costa soil and water are central to absolutely everything and their availability and sustainability is of the utmost global importance. Costa is particularly fervent about the preciousness of water and the pertinence of its management. He can deconstruct any landscape – analysing climate, aspect, geography, water flow and soil structure to create holistic, sustainable, productive and pleasurable garden and landscape solutions.
Food and Food Security are two areas where Costa connects his skills with landscape design to the very future of human settlements, our cities as we know them. He is involved with Regenerative Agriculture and the holistic practices that are being nurtured to deal with the issues of a rapidly urbanizing world.

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Brandie Gilliam

Monday October 6th 10:30am – 11:30am

Passionate about non-toxic products that really work and a beautiful lifestyle, Brandie Gilliam has been researching ingredients and testing products for over a decade. She is adamant about not compromising her health or the planet with harmful ingredients. On a mission to dispel the myth that natural and organic products are subpar to their chemical laden counterparts in performance and design, Brandie created the popular blog Organic Beauty Talk. Both strategic and creative, Brandie divides her professional time between writing, consulting and marketing/branding.

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Heather Grady

Monday October 6th 10:30am – 11:30am

Heather Grady recently joined the San Francisco office of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors as Senior Fellow for Global Philanthropy, leading strategy and program development for their global efforts. Just prior to joining RPA she helped to launch a new collaboration to get the philanthropy sector engaged in the new Sustainable Development Goals. She was previously a Vice President at the Rockefeller Foundation, and Managing Director at Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. For about two decades Heather lived and worked in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, in contexts as diverse as Viet Nam, Sudan and the Gaza Strip. Throughout her career she has focused on projects and policy change across critical issues like climate change, employment, women’s leadership, health, promoting human rights, and the role of business in society. She has degrees from Harvard University and Smith College.

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Bob Hebner

Wednesday October 8th 10:30am – 11:30am

Bob Hebner, past IEEE vice president for Technical Activities, is the Director of the Center for Electromechanics and Associate Director for Technology of the Center for Energy Security, both at the University of Texas at Austin. His personal research focuses on smart grid technologies, microgrids, and defense energy systems. He is an active contributor to the modeling and simulation of future smaller scale power systems and the verification of the model predictions. Throughout his career, Dr. Hebner received a Ph.D. in physics and has authored or coauthored over 150 technical papers and reports. He is an IEEE life fellow.

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Claire Hempel

Wednesday October 8th 10:30am – 11:30am

Landscape architect and planner with a passion in creating legacy communities.

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Michelle Hernandez

Tuesday October 7th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Michelle Hernandez has raised chickens, guineas, and ducks for most of the past decade. She is the Founder and Director of Austin’s highly successful annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour®, as well the Organizer of the 2000+ member Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup,. She consults on interesting green and IT projects and has released the Pickin' Chicken iPhone App, which guides users to find the perfect chicken breeds for their own backyards. She and her husband built their own chicken coop and are still happily married.

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Thomas Kolster

Tuesday October 7th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Thomas Kolster is an experienced keynote speaker with +50 events under his belt from Copenhagen to Cape Town, last year he was dubbed an "Inspirational Leader" by the Huffington Post. He’s is the author of the book “Goodvertising”; the most comprehensive book to date exploring communication for good. As the Director of the Goodvertising Agency, he’s helping companies, non-profits and agencies understand this new reality. This year Thomas founded WhereGoodGrows; the world’s first best-practice collaborative platform that aims to share sustainable communication initiatives to accelerate knowledge and ultimately do greater good. He’s a steady columnist for the Guardian and several other publications and a regular judge at award shows such as D&AD, Creative Circle Award, Creative Conscious Award, The Big Transition and EthicMark Award.

Hannah Kreiswirth

Tuesday October 7th 11:45am – 12:45pm

As Head of Creative and Production with Purpose Hannah channels her entrepreneurship and trust in smart storytelling and design into creating ventures, campaigns and interactive experiences that mobilize people around some of the world's largest social issues. She's humbled by her multi-talented creative team who produce award-winning identities, campaigns, digital experiences, and video and interactive content with the goal of spurring social change.

Tim Lasater

Tuesday October 7th 10:30am – 11:30am

Expert Landcare Professional; Native and Drought Tolerant Specialist; Emphasis on an ecological balance between installation and ROI.

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Ryan McCarthy

Tuesday October 7th 10:30am – 11:30am

Ryan is an attorney who specializes in patent prosecution, litigation support, opinion work, IP due diligence, IP strategy, portfolio management, agreements and licensing. Ryan has developed a particular focus on advising entrepreneurs and emerging companies. This work includes developing short- and long-term IP strategies in view of business goals and resources.

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Michelle Mullieaux

Tuesday October 7th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Michelle is an experienced strategist, marketer, and change agent. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing at Blue State Digital, which works with the world’s leading nonprofits, advocacy groups, and brands to mobilize their communities to take action. She was recognized in the Public Interest 100, sponsored by Autodesk as a leading advocate for public interest design, an evolving practice area that operates at the intersection of design, service, sustainability and social impact. She was one of the co-founders of desigNYC, a nonprofit with the mission of improving the lives of New Yorkers through the power of good design. She earned an M.B.A in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in 2008. Specialties: Strategic planning; business development; marketing communications; engagement design; CSR and social innovation.

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Serena O'Gwin-Miranda

Monday October 6th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Serena is an avid social media enthusiast and strives to live a toxin free life and share the easy choices one can make to do the same. Serena manages the social media sites for three family owned business entities and her own sites geared towards her hobbies. A Native Texan currently resides in San Antonio, Texas, with her tremendously supportive husband Ron, her three energetic children, and her bossy Chihuahua Teanie.

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Lisa Pike Sheehy

Tuesday October 7th 10:30am – 11:30am

Lisa Pike Sheehy is the director of environmental initiatives for Patagonia. She oversees the implementation of the company's international environmental grants program and campaigns to publicize environmental issues and mobilize citizens. Lisa has a master's degree in Environmental Policy from Tufts University.

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BREAKOUT SESSION: PARTNERSHIPS TO GROW YOUR STARTUP

Wednesday October 8th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Founders and energy startup representatives will learn about support and opportunities available to their cleantech startup from this expert team from Energy Excelerator.

The Energy Excelerator is a startup program dedicated to solving the world’s energy problems starting in Hawaii. Entrepreneurs and their partners will learn about:
1. Early market opportunities (for demonstration projects and vetting go-to-market strategies);
2. Funding (up to $1M); and
3. Partnerships with strategic customers, investors, and mentors

Our mission is to help innovative energy companies succeed in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific region with funding, strategic relationships, and a vibrant ecosystem. We offer two tracks for startups: 1) Demonstration: For companies with strong customer traction, we invest up to $1M to develop a project in Hawaii or the Asia Pacific; and 2) Go-to-market: For startups with strong technologies who are looking to vet go-to-market strategies, we invest $7 K and connect them with mentors, investors, and other strategic customers.

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BREAKOUT SESSION: TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION

Wednesday October 8th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

JM Ornstein, Managing Director, JM Ornstein Ltd, framergy, SynShark
Brett Cornwell, Assoc Vice Chancellor for Commercialization, Texas A&M University

Learn about the tools you need to successfully take your cleantech and social impact innovations to market. Many great ideas in this sector are not practical in their infancy, but through specific methods you can migrate your idea to commercial adoption.

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BREAKOUT SESSION: MARKETING + COMMUNICATIONS

Wednesday October 8th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Dominic Ybarra, SVP
Joey Marquart, SVP Cleantech

Edelman

In today’s world, brands need to make deeper connections to break through and engage, wherever their audiences happen to be. By harnessing the power of great storytelling, Edelman has helped brands make those deep and lasting connections. Get feedback on your company's marketing strategy and learn how to create a compelling story that conveys your business' mission and captivates your customers, partners and employees — from the experts at Edelman.

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BREAKOUT SESSION: PITCH COACHING

Wednesday October 8th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Dai Troung, Associate, Austin Ventures
Sarah Ham, Associate, DBL Investors
Rose Maizner, Analyst, RenewableTech Ventures
Sarah Applebaum, Associate, Pangaea Ventures

The elevator pitch is one of the most important tools to communicate your business to investors. Having a concise and effective pitch is crucial to getting the attention of these busy individuals. In this session, participants will have the opportunity to deliver their best 1-minute elevator pitch and get valuable feedback from this group of Associates from top VC firms.

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BREAKOUT SESSION: ACCOUNTING

Wednesday October 8th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Tim Horan, Partner
BKM Sowan Horan LLP

Tell to Tim about your company's accounting strategy and get immediate feedback on how to get your business in shape. Startups face considerable challenges bringing new ideas to the marketplace. The legal, tax and accounting matters are frequently considered the least attractive areas in any business and don’t always get the time and consideration they deserve. Consequently the opportunity of business success may not be fully maximized. Tim is delighted to share his experience with you today on how to properly launch a startup.

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS: LEGAL + IP ADVICE

Wednesday October 8th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Heather Flanagan PhD, Patent Agent
Erin Hickey, Principal
Ryan McCarthy, Principal

Fish & Richardson

Heather, Matt, and Ryan will address IP pitfalls and hurdles common to startups, and discuss what investors want to see in your patent portfolio. They will field questions related to US and foreign filing and prosecution strategies, patentability, public disclosure, freedom to operate, invalidity, portfolio management, due diligence, the America Invents Act, the Patent Prosecution Highway, nondisclosure agreements, licensing, copyrights, trademarks and any other IP issues that cross your mind.

With a broad range of technical expertise, including chemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, controls, and web, mobile, and software technology, this team can also answer your technology-specific Greentech and Cleanweb IP questions.

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS: DESIGN, BRANDING + LOGO CONSULTATION

Wednesday October 8th 12:00pm – 1:00pm

John Weiss, Cofounder, Chief Design Officer
Matt Null, Cofounder + CTO

Human Design

Consult with John and Matt of Human Design on your company's logo and branding. These experts will give you pointers on how to better communicate your business's purpose through the visual elements that represent your company.

Bring examples of your company's branding to the meeting, for specific feedback on the design.

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Joi Sears

Tuesday October 7th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Joi M. Sears is an artist, activist, educator and Creative Director of Free People International, a social enterprise which specializes in offering creative solutions to some of the world's toughest challenges. She has earned a Master of Arts degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Arts and Social Change, and has traveled all over the globe discovering the innate ability of the arts to transform lives and mobilize communities. Joi has recently been awarded a prestigious one year DO School fellowship, specifically for the Green Store Challenge in Hamburg, Germany. There, she will work alongside 19 other social entrepreneurs from around the world to develop a prototype for H&M's first sustainable retail store.

Joel Serface

Monday October 6th 10:30am – 11:30am

Joel Serface is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Brightman Energy and one of the early leaders and investors in the Cleantech movement.

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Jan Triplett

Wednesday October 8th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Jan Triplett, Ph.D., is the CEO of the Business Success Center, a city of Austin Certified Green business. She is the author of books and ebooks on business management and infrastructure, a guest blogger for allbusiness.com and Business Bank of Texas, an ABJ Weekly Business Expert, a SXSW presenter, and winner of national and international awards. In addition, she hosts the First Looks Mentoring Forum, a free program, that has helped over 200 young companies since its inception in 2012. She believes strongly in strategic alliances for her firm and her clients and has managed a Japanese trading partner, led two international delegations, has had alliances with NASDAQ, Lee & Hayes, Texas Entrepreneur Networks and others.

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David Trubridge

Tuesday October 7th 11:45am – 12:45pm

David Trubridge is an internationally recognized designer. From his studio and manufacturing facility in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, Trubridge has developed a world-wide reputation for his singular and beautiful range of furniture and lighting. For Trubridge, the eco-conscious element of his design is not an after-thought; it is how he lives his life and it organically enters into the design, manufacturing process and packaging. He has been covered extensively in the world's design press and won international design awards. He has works in the permanent collections of the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Sydney Powerhouse Museum, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Charlotte Vick

Wednesday October 8th 10:30am – 11:30am

All ocean all the time & with marketing, environmental planning, tech industry experience in Gov & private sector 40+ years & counting...

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Colin Wallis

Wednesday October 8th 11:45am – 12:45pm

Colin Wallis is the Executive Director for the Austin Parks Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings resources and people into the more than 300 parks in the City of Austin. The Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is a non-profit organization devoted to building public/private partnerships to develop and maintain parks, trails, and open space in Austin and Travis County.

Colin spent ten years working for ClubCorp in the golf resort and hospitality industry. During his tenure at ClubCorp, he was instrumental in the formation and success of a not-for-profit endeavor called the Partners Assistance Fund. He also spent two years as the Director of Development for Communities In Schools – Central Texas before joining the Livestrong Foundation in 2004 (www.livestrong.org). As Director of Advancement for the Livestrong, he was instrumental in raising tens of millions of dollars through face-to-face asks, the formation of Team Livestrong, grassroots fundraising, annual giving, social media, and events of all shapes and sizes.

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Steve Wanta

Wednesday October 8th 10:30am – 11:30am

As the Global Program Director for Whole Foods Market’s foundation, Whole Planet Foundation, Steve is responsible for overseeing a portfolio of microfinance projects spanning 60 countries. Before joining the Foundation, he served in the Peace Corps in rural Guatemala. These experiences over the last 10 years have fueled Steve’s passion to create lasting opportunities for others to realize their own potential. He believes by giving, he receives more. Steve is an active member of Austin’s growing Social Innovation scene and is the cofounder of Center61, a collaborative workspace for the social good sector.