Cleantech Incubation: The Promise of Entrepreneurial Science - Humanity is at a critical inflection point: We desperately need to transform the world’s physical infrastructure in order to sustain our health and prosperity. Science can help us out of this bind, but only if we have mechanisms to get new science out of the lab and into the market. Over the past 50 years, a number of factors have made that transformation harder, not easier. But that can and must change, and in his keynote, Ilan Gur will explain why the power of entrepreneurial research sheds light on a path forward.
Moderator for Ilan Gur and Katie Rae
Green New Deal: A Path to a Carbon Neutral Economy
Paths to Commercial Fusion - Commercial fusion could offer the first new energy source in decades. It could be an important step towards developing limitless, globally scalable, zero-emissions, safe energy technology. Bob Mumgaard, CEO of CFS will talk about the evolution of fusion research, the growing private fusion industry, and how CFS is working to bring fusion power to the grid on the fastest timeline possible.
Sustainable Investing: how to move more private and institutional capital into carbon efficient technology
A gap in investment exists for low-carbon technology companies. A growing number of early-stage funding opportunities exist (e.g., government research, seed, venture) but investment from large asset managers and other forms of institutional capital still lags behind. Why? Brian Deese, Global Head of Sustainable Investing at BlackRock and Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama for Climate and Energy Policy, explains and will highlight the tools and risk assessments required to attract this major source of capital.