SOURCE: Keiretsu Forum; Intel Capital; Clean Tech Open

October 10, 2008 12:59 ET

Keiretsu Forum, Intel Capital, and the Clean Tech Open Present: Funding Alternatives for Clean Tech Startups

Supporting the Entrepreneurial Community With Investment and Resources

LAFAYETTE, CA--(Marketwire - October 10, 2008) - Keiretsu Forum, the world's largest angel investment community, Intel Capital, Intel Corporation's global investment organization, and the Clean Tech Open, a innovation catalyst, will hold an educational symposium titled "Funding Alternatives for Clean Tech Startups" on Tuesday, October 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Intel Corporation headquarters located in Santa Clara, California.

The symposium will help entrepreneurs in the clean tech industry better understand angel investing and the advantages that Keiretsu Forum members and investment organizations bring to their funded companies. Speakers will discuss funding alternatives including angel investing, angel investor network Keiretsu Forum, and investing organizations such as Intel Capital. In addition, two companies in the clean tech industry, including a Keiretsu Forum member funded company and a Clean Tech Open alumni company, will present their personal experience with raising funds.

"The purpose of this symposium is to reach out to CEOs of clean tech companies so they can better understand the funding alternatives and options available to them," said Rachel Sheinbein, Keiretsu Forum San Francisco member. "We look forward to discussing with attendees what resources beyond capital we typically provide to help them go to market and be successful."

"The symposium is a great opportunity to bring together clean tech entrepreneurs and the investment community," said Steve Eichenlaub, managing director, Platform Technologies and Clean Tech, Intel Capital. "Intel Capital places great emphasis on fostering entrepreneurship and technological innovation and as a host of the symposium, we look forward to a productive, educational dialogue at the event."

"The Angel partners of the Clean Tech Open have always been generous mentors and mock judges for our finalists," said Marc Gottschalk, CTO Co-Founder. "This event is the perfect opportunity to continue that relationship and allow the Angel investors to help, not only our finalists, but all interested clean tech entrepreneurs take the next step to becoming viable businesses."

Online registration is available at http://clean-tech.eventbrite.com/. A fee of $25 per person will include registration with a light dinner and refreshments. Intel Corporation headquarters are located at 2200 Mission College Boulevard, Santa Clara, California.

About Keiretsu Forum

With 17 chapters and over 750 accredited investor members on three continents, Keiretsu Forum (www.keiretsuforum.com) is the world's largest angel investment network. Keiretsu Forum members provide early-stage capital in the range of $250k-$2 million to high quality, diverse investment opportunities and collaborate in the due diligence, but make their own individual investment decisions. Keiretsu Forum's Charitable Foundation has donated over $1 million to 107 non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.keiretsuforum.com.

About Intel Capital

Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet, semiconductor manufacturing and clean tech. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$7.5 billion in approximately 1,000 companies in 45 countries. In that timeframe, 168 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 212 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2007 Intel Capital invested about US$639 million in 166 deals with approximately 37 percent of funds invested outside the United States. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com.

About the Clean Tech Open

Clean Tech Open is an innovation catalyst, helping great ideas become viable clean tech businesses. The core of Clean Tech Open are annual regional business plan competitions that help entrepreneurs and early stage companies creating clean, environmentally sustainable technologies go to market. Clean Tech Open provides contestants every resource possible, including support, education, expert mentoring, access to potential customers and funding sources, high profile events, press and publicity. In the process, Clean Tech Open has created a unique network of corporations, angel and venture capital firms, entrepreneurs, inventors, business professionals, universities, national and private labs, governmental agencies, and over 400 volunteers. To learn more, please visit: www.cleantechopen.com.

The Clean Tech Open is under the fiscal and administrative sponsorship of Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth, a California 501(c)3 non-profit public benefit corporation. Acterra is located at 3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303-4303.

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