SOURCE: MIT Sloan School of Management

MIT Sloan School of Management

November 29, 2010 11:51 ET

MIT Sloan Energy Finance Forum to Spotlight the Life Cycle of Energy Finance

December 3rd Forum Is Free of Charge; Offers Networking Opportunities With Finance Professionals

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2010) - In a capital-intensive industry such as energy, access to financing is critical. The Second Annual MIT Sloan Energy Finance Forum will spotlight this topic, with panels and speakers slated to explore the life cycle of energy finance from early- to late-stage venture capital fund raising. The forum, which will be held on Friday, December 3 from 1-6pm on the MIT Sloan campus, is free of charge and offers attendees the opportunity to network with leading energy finance professionals.

Panels are designed to take attendees deeper inside energy finance negotiations throughout the cycle:

  • Dirty Little Secrets About Energy Venture Capital: An Honest Assessment of Energy Venture Capital and How it Can Improve
  • What's The Big Deal: The Changing Role of Private Equity, M&A, and Finance in the Consolidation of the Energy Market
  • The ABCs of Project Finance: Inside a Real Deal
  • DOE Loan Guarantee Program: Jump-Starting the Clean Energy Economy

Keynote speakers and panelists, who represent government, venture capital, industry, and academic sectors, will round out the forum:

  • Steve Isakowitz, CFO of the Department of Energy;
  • Ray Wood, Head of the U.S. Power Group & Global Alternative Energy Group, Credit Suisse;
  • Dennis Costello, Managing Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures;
  • Stu Porter, Chairman, Denham Capital Management;
  • Gennaro D'Agostino, Director, Asset Financing & Leasing, Deutsche Bank;
  • David Danielson, Program Director, ARPA-E;
  • Bill Pegues, Senior Investment Officer, U.S. Department of Energy Loan Program;
  • Amy Silver, Principal, Greentech Capital Advisors;
  • Ramana Nanda, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School; and
  • Bill Aulet, Managing Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

"While energy projects require significant funding and payback periods may be extensive, the long-term gains are very attractive. As a result, energy finance requires a keen understanding of how the capital markets work," says Rob Lemos, MIT Sloan MBA '11 and president of the MIT Sloan Energy and Environment Club. "MIT Sloan is renowned for its history in financial innovation and expertise, while MIT is recognized as a center of innovation in energy. It is a natural fit for the Energy Finance Forum to be held at the crossroads of innovation in finance and energy."

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