Tech Talk Tuesday: Non-Traditional Capital Sources for Early-Stage Cleantech Ventures

Sponsored by Foley Hoag LLP and New England Clean Energy Council


Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag

Bay Colony Corporate Center, North Entrance
1000 Winter Street - Suite 4000
Waltham, MA 02451

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May 22, 2012 7:30AM–9:30AM


Early-stage clean energy companies are currently facing a host of fundraising challenges in the United States. Natural gas prices are at historic lows, carbon pricing has not materialized and successful exits have been too few in number. Many venture investors that were investing heavily a few years ago have pulled back from early-stage or cleantech investing, or both.

By the same token, exciting innovation continues in the sector and the high-level, long-term thesis for clean energy and clean technology remains strong. Emerging cleantech businesses are finding that they need to be savvier and more persistent in their efforts to raise capital, and to seek capital from sources that were not so common just a few years back.

Join us on May 22, 2012 when a panel of experts will discuss some of the strategies that cleantech startups are employing to raise capital in the current environment. Also hear from some leading investors regarding their perspectives on what makes an attractive investment and on what entrepreneurs can do to best position their companies for fundraising success.


  • Dennis Costello, Managing Partner, Braemer Energy Ventures
  • Dave Icke, CEO, MC10
  • Michael Rand, Managing Director, WindSail Capital Group
  • Steve Taub, SVP Investment Strategy – Renewables, GE Financial Services