SOURCE: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

September 21, 2010 08:00 ET

Kauffman Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy's ARPA-E, and Arizona State University to Host Southwest Energy Innovation Forum on October 18

Event Supports National Energy Innovation Network Launched at White House in May

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - September 21, 2010) -  To support high-growth clean energy businesses in America, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) and Arizona State University (ASU) will co-host the Southwest Energy Innovation Forum at ASU's SkySong Innovation Center on October 18, 2010. This regional forum is part of a national effort to drive clean energy innovation and propel economic development and job creation in the United States.

At the event, leading researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and innovators will develop recommendations for growing regional energy innovation, building a network for energy innovation efforts, and ensuring Federal support for innovative approaches and partnerships that could improve the nation's energy future. Attendees will also showcase breakthrough energy technologies from across the southwest; participate in speaker panels to discuss clean energy investment, innovation, policy and scalability; and network with academic, industry and policy experts.

"The Southwest Energy Innovation Forum is another important step in realizing growth in the clean energy sector both regionally and nationally," said Rick Shangraw, senior vice president for knowledge enterprise development at ASU. "Arizona State University has a strong history of clean energy solutions, and we're proud to bring the region's brightest minds to Phoenix to help advance innovation and lower policy hurdles in the sector."

"The clean energy sector is ripe for innovation and expansion," said Arun Majumdar, director of ARPA-E. "America has both the resources and ingenuity to become a global leader in clean energy production. By harnessing our assets through events like the Forum, the United States can grow its clean energy economy, creating jobs and new energy sources for the country's future."

The Southwest Energy Innovation Forum is the last of three Energy Innovation events that developed from discussion and recommendations made at the Energy Innovation Conference held at the White House in May 2010. To help facilitate connections and share information among energy innovators, the Kauffman Foundation also created the Energy Innovation Network online (, which helps entrepreneurs engage with researchers to develop new technologies, assists startups in finding customers, and connects public and private entities.

"There are often barriers on the state and national level that make it difficult to bring clean energy technologies to market," said Lesa Mitchell, vice president of advancing innovation at the Kauffman Foundation. "Whether in person at the Southwest Forum or online at, bringing market innovators, policymakers and investors together to discuss streamlining the lab to market process is a promising step in building a clean energy economy in the United States."

To learn more about the Southwest Energy Innovation Forum, visit

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is committed to supporting clean energy entrepreneurs who are pushing forward new ideas that have the potential to have profound market impacts, create jobs, grow our economy and enhance national competitiveness. The Kauffman Foundation partnered with the White House Office of Social Innovation, the White House National Economic Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy to hold a national meeting on energy innovation networks in Washington, DC on May 7, 2010. This national meeting generated a set of recommendations that are being discussed in a series of regional meetings in Omaha, Portland and Scottsdale. Learn more at

About ARPA-E

The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the U.S. Department of Energy, is the country's first organization dedicated exclusively to supporting high-risk, high-reward energy research projects. ARPA-E's mission is to support nimble and inventive technological approaches that can deliver transformative new solutions for climate change and energy security while advancing America's technology leadership. To learn more, visit

About ASU

Arizona State University is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, serving more than 70,000 students in the Phoenix metropolitan area; the nation's fifth largest city. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education: an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. ASU's research is inspired by real-world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. In 2007, ASU established the first School of Sustainability in the country: a comprehensive degree-granting program with a transdisciplinary focus addressing a broad spectrum of global challenges, including: energy, materials and technology; water quality and scarcity; international development; ecosystems; social transformations; food and food systems; and policy and governance.

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