Rice Alliance Hosts 8th Annual Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum

Most promising Energy and Clean Technology Breakthroughs to be showcased Thursday September 16, 2010 

RA Clean Energy 2010 News BannerHOUSTON – September 8, 2010 - The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship will host its 8th Annual Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business in McNair Hall.

“More than 55 energy and clean technology companies from across the U.S. will showcase new advancements in traditional energy, as well as clean tech and advanced materials,” said Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. “500 hundred plus investors and venture capitalists, industry representatives, business leaders, advisors/mentors, service providers, and entrepreneurs will be in attendance to learn about these promising new advancements.”

Attendees will develop heightened understandings of investment opportunities in the industry as they hear from the nation’s most prominent venture capitalists. Industry experts, including professionals and leading scholars, will provide insight into how emerging energy and clean technology applications are being utilized by businesses today, and will share predictions for the future.

Keynote speakers include:  

  • John Dennison, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Desmond King, President, Chevron Technology Ventures
  • Ira Ehrenpreis, General Partner, Technology Partners

Venture Capital Feedback Panel Include: 

  • Rajat Barua, Vice President, Lime Rock Ventures
  • Steve Foster, Partner, Altira Group LLC
  • Matthew Garratt, Vice President, Battery Ventures
  • Michael Melnik, Principal, CMEA Capital
  • David Wells, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

The event will culminate with a company showcase and networking reception.

Five pre-selected energy and clean technology companies will present 10-minute business plans during the forum, including: Advanced Hydro Inc.; Eco Power Solutions; Emissions Technology, Inc.; Ideal Power Converters; OsComp Systems, Inc. Company updates will be presented by five additional companies. Ten of the 55 elevator pitch presenting companies will be selected by the Rice Alliance Energy and Clean Technology Advisory Board to receive the Rising Venture Award.

The forum is underwritten by Andrews Kurth LLP, Chevron, Energy Ventures, Shell and Kendra Capital. Additional supporters include: Winstead, Altira Group, Leyendecker & Associates, PKF Texas, Canadian Consulate, BusinessMakers Radio Show, Houston Business Journal, Greater Houston Partnership and Rice University.

The pre-registration deadline for the Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum is September 13. The event is free to members of The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and full-time Rice University students, faculty and staff. The pre-registration cost for members of the general public is $75. The cost for all individuals who do not register prior to September 13 is $85.

For information about the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship or to register for the forum, call 713-348-3443 or visit www.alliance.rice.edu.

About the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship (Rice Alliance) is Rice University’s nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies.  It was formed as a strategic alliance of three schools: the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management.

Since inception, the Rice Alliance has assisted in the launch of more than 250 start-ups which have raised more than half a billion dollars in early-stage capital. More than 750 companies have presented at the 115+ programs hosted by the Rice Alliance.

Recent recognition: 

  • 2009 #5 U.S. Graduate Entrepreneurship Program – Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine
  • 2009 Outstanding Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership & Excellence in Specialty Entrepreneurship Education - GCEC
  • 2009 Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program – USASBE
  • 2008 Houston’s Greatest Economic Development Ally – Greater Houston Partnership
  • 2007 Outstanding Enterprise Creation Award – GCEC

For additional information: www.alliance.rice.edu.