What’s Hot and What’s Not in Energy Tech and Cleantech?

  • From enhanced conventional and non-conventional energy generation and storage, to advanced materials and nanotech in “green” applications, to water conservation and processing, all the way to cleanweb and smart grid applications, cleantech venture investments today must weigh the value of capital intensive projects ( and how to de-risk them), versus software-enabled nimble enterprises (subject to entry barrier and market size issues, among other things). Where are today’s venture dollars going, and where should they go in the foreseeable future?

    Panel members

    • Dennis R. Costello

      Dennis R. Costello Managing PartnerBraemar Energy Ventures

      Dennis R. Costello is a Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures II.  Mr. Costello has been an active venture capital investment professional for over twenty-five years. Mr. Costello was previously a partner with Advent International, an international private equity firm where he rose to chief investment officer for North America.  Mr. Costello began his career in alternative energy with positions as a project manager at Midwest Research Institute and as a member of the original staff of the National Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI), which is now the National Renewable energy Laborato...

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    • Henrik Holland

      Henrik Holland Venture PrincipalShell Technology Ventures

      Henrik holds an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Twente. He is also a Six Sigma Academy (SSA & Company) certified Six Sigma & Lean Black Belt. He started his career in telecommunications with Alcatel-Lucent and Telefonica. With Shell, Henrik worked predominantly in Upstream Commercial, both in operational and business development roles. Prior to joining STV, Henrik worked as an Enterprise Supplier Manager on the development of various Equipment category strategies and negotiated long-term Enterpr...

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    • Scott MacDonald

      Scott MacDonald Co-founder and Managing PartnerMcRock Capital

      MacDonald has played an integral part in building many of today’s leading intelligent infrastructure companies within the water, power, and energy efficiency sectors. He is refreshingly real. He currently serves on the board of Pure Technologies (TSX:PUR). He previously served as Chairman of SynapSense from 2008-2012 and was a Director of the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (acquired by Pure Technologies). From 2003 to 2007, MacDonald served as Chairman of RuggedCom (acquired by Siemens) and helped the company grow f...

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    • Sean Brownlee

      Sean Brownlee PartnerRho Canada Ventures

      Sean Brownlee is a partner of Rho Canada Ventures. With nearly 15 years of operational and venture experience, he is passionate about collaborating with entrepreneurs and helping them grow their ventures to become leaders in their spaces. He joined Rho Canada Ventures in 2012 and focuses on investments in the areas of SaaS (Software as a Service), cloud, mobility and clean technology. Prior to Rho, Sean worked for nearly a decade in Boston at JMH Capital and 3i Corporation, a leading internationally focused venture capital firm. He has been involved in the early-stage finan...

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    • Sebastian Titz

      Sebastian Titz Manager New Ventures3M New Ventures

      Sebastian Titz is an investment manager of 3M New Ventures, the corporate venture arm of 3M in North America. He identifies and invests in disruptive new technologies and start-up companies of strategic relevance for 3M. His investment interests include health care, sustainability, advanced materials and electronics. Before joining 3M he did research in Science and Technology Management focusing on post-acquisition collaboration at the University of Naples and worked as a consultant in the automotive industry. Sebastian has a M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management. He also hold...

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