SOURCE: MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix

MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix

September 16, 2009 16:49 ET

MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix Event Focuses on Energy and Innovation

Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders Discuss Challenges and Opportunities

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - The MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Enterprise Forum Phoenix is hosting an event that brings together the established Arizona business community with enthusiastic innovators, startups and entrepreneurs to discuss the growing sector of renewable and alternative energy. The event, "Energy Entrepreneurship and Innovation," will be held Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Scottsdale Hilton Resort and Villas starting at 5:30 PM.

Attendees will have an opportunity to network with several early stage energy companies that have been selected for a premiere entrepreneur showcase. Investors and business and community leaders will engage with the alternative energy entrepreneurs to learn about their companies, their inventions and how they plan to change the energy landscape in Arizona and around the world.

The evening will advance with a frank discussion by Arizona's top energy CEOs who will detail their experience in the fast growing alternative energy segment, a target for stimulus and a market ripe with innovations that can potentially save money and the environment. The expert panel includes Peter Green, CEO of Advent Solar, Dave Thompson, chairman and CEO of Diversified Energy, Steven Lockard, president and CEO of TPI Composites, Inc., and Joel Borovay, CEO of Insulock. The direct conversation will be moderated by Alex Earhart, executive vice president, products at Validity, Inc.

"This MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix event is designed to inform the community about where renewable energy investments are being made, the current hot trends, government's role in stimulating growth and what will transpire over the next decade," said Armando Viteri, chair of MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix.

Registration is required. The open networking session begins at 5:30 PM. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. The discussion panel presentation will start at approximately 6:30 PM with opportunities for question and answer. To register for the event, visit or call 602-369-5537. Members and alumni pay $40 by pre-registering and all other pre-registrants pay $45. Same day registration is $55.

Founding sponsors include Osborn Maledon, Stearns Financial Services, Clifton Gunderson, Fennemore Craig, SVB Financial Group, Axway, Steptoe & Johnson, Neubloc, Advisory Board Architects and Ernst & Young. For further information about the event, panelists and companies featured in the entrepreneur showcase, visit

MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix - MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix is a chapter of MIT Enterprise Forum, the global voice of entrepreneurship. For more than thirty years, Enterprise Forum has been a platform for entrepreneurial networking, inspiration and education. We are a community of volunteers sharing resources, knowledge and a passion for entrepreneurship and wealth creation. MIT Enterprise Forum Phoenix brings together local, national and even global leaders and entrepreneurs from real companies discussing real issues, providing everyone a front row seat to behind-the-scenes success. The MIT Enterprise Forum's mission is to educate entrepreneurs in an informative and entertaining environment in front of a diverse audience of Arizona business leaders and technologists, as well as capital and service providers.

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