SOURCE: Cleantech Open

Cleantech Open

November 04, 2009 13:53 ET

Cleantech Open Announces Keynote Speakers for Upcoming Expo and Awards Gala, November 17

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - November 4, 2009) - The Cleantech Open today released the line-up of keynote speakers and presenters for its Grand Expo & Awards Gala at the Masonic Center in San Francisco, on November 17. Dubbed the "Academy Awards of Clean Technology," the event marks the grand finale of the Cleantech Open's yearlong business competition. The event showcases the boldest in clean technology, the most nation's most ambitious entrepreneurs, and the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers. In addition, a roster of thought leaders in clean technology, green policy, ecology, investment strategy and entrepreneurship will set the stage for the day's proceedings.

Speakers and presenters include:

Bill Weihl

As Green Energy Czar at Google, Weihl leads efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy while managing Google's greenhouse gas footprint.

Dennis Hightower

Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and a seasoned business executive with a 40-year career in the public and private sectors, Hightower is responsible for ensuring that the Department of Commerce leads the way in government efficiency, effectiveness, and performance management.

Steve Westly

Prior to founding The Westly Group, Westly served as the controller and chief fiscal officer of the state of California. During his four-year term, he led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments. He also served as the California co-chair for the Obama for President Campaign in 2008.

Gil Friend

CEO and president at Natural Logic, Friend is a systems ecologist and business strategist with 35 years' experience in business, communications, and environmental innovation.

Lesa Mitchell

As vice president of innovation at Kauffman Foundation, Mitchell has been responsible for the Foundation's frontier work in understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement of innovation from universities into the commercial market.

The most prestigious and influential cleantech event of the year

Gala presenters will join hundreds of finalist and alumni companies, along with thousands of clean technology supporters and enthusiasts, for a day that will immerse them in networking, discovery and funding. The event opens with an exposition floor filled more than 120 cleantech companies, followed by a series of presentations and pitches from Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition finalists from around the world. The afternoon continues with the main awards ceremony, in which the 2009 National Cleantech Open Winner will be announced and presented with a $250,000 prize package. Afterward, the Expo floor will reopen for continued networking opportunities. In addition, a private champagne reception will host Inner Circle Ticket Holders, speakers, sponsors, finalists and the Cleantech Open 2009 Winner.

Where, when, how to register
2009 Cleantech Open Grand Expo & Awards Gala
Nob Hill Masonic Center
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
November 17, 2009
10 am PT - 8pm PT

The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by National Expansion Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Platinum Sponsor: PG&E; Gold Sponsors: Autodesk, The Cleantech Circle, Google, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Silver Sponsors: Accretive Solutions and RoseRyan; and Program Sponsors: California Clean Energy Fund, Ernst and Young, and Korn/Ferry International.

Media and outreach partners include the Matter Network, San Francisco Business Times, Greener World Media,, Sustainable Industries and Sustainable Life Media. Journalists are encouraged to visit for news and updates.

The Cleantech Open is the world's largest cleantech business competition. Their mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The program provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled hundreds of clean-technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helping alumni contestants raise over $125m and making thousands of green collar jobs possible. Fueled by a network of more than 400 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision to transform America's cleantech sector into a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit, and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.

In addition to the original competition held in California, the Cleantech Open was expanded in 2009 to include two new regions: the Rocky Mountain region (including Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Cleantech entrepreneurs will compete for a total of more than $1 million in prizes. Past alumni successes include Adura Technologies, Cool Earth Solar, Enverity, Federspiel Controls, GreenVolts, GroundSource GeoThermal, Lucid Design Group, Mission Motors, and Syncromatics.

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