The Industry Growth Forum: Connection. Collaboration. Community.

The Industry Growth Forum: Connection. Collaboration. Community.


>>Kate Moore, Assistant Director of the Innovation
& Entrepreneurship Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: The NREL Industry Growth
Forum is the longest-running clean energy event of its kind. The role of the National Renewable Energy
Laboratory is to use our convening power to bring together all these important stakeholders. They include entrepreneurs, investors, industry
professionals, ecosystems supporters, incubators… really it takes a full community to get these
early-stage technologies to market. The Industry Growth Forum is primarily a business
plan competition. An Investor Advisory Committee ultimately
selects 30 presenting companies to present at the event itself.>>Martin Keller, Director, National Renewable
Energy Laboratory: This event is very, very important because it’s really in the DNA of
our laboratory.>>Eric Drummond, President of Global Strategy
& Chief Legal Officer, FORMATIV Consulting: I describe it as a tremendous, energetic collaboration
of investors, entrepreneurs, innovators – all looking to connect, so that we can try to
push technologies forward into the marketplace.>>Tim Woodward, Managing Director, Prelude
Ventures: You’re always looking for a proprietary technology that serves a real, existing market
need. That’s the perfect scenario.>>Kate: There is a massive speed dating one-on-one
session where entrepreneurs can meet with seated investors and pitch to them, see if
it’s a good fit and potentially, continue conversations afterwards.>>Shelly Curtiss, Executive Director, Colorado
Cleantech Industries Association: People love those meetings. It’s an opportunity for these small companies
to have these meetings with people who are otherwise really, really tough to get in front
of. It’s a true highlight of the program.>>Martin: We can be the independent broker
who brings companies and the investment community together… and I think this is why this event
is so unique because our convening power.>>Kate: The ultimate goal is to connect clean
energy entrepreneurs with capital. One of the biggest indicators of success is
collectively, presenting companies since 2003 have gone on to raise over $6 billion in growth
financing.>>Tim: The most important thing with the
entrepreneur is someone who has experience having built a business or is in that sector
and really is credible with the investors and with the customers in taking that product
or service to market.>>Shelly: The energy here is fantastic. It’s the place you want to be.>>Eric: This gives us a chance to meet from
all over the country and the world – to work together and to try to make a difference.>>Kate: Transforming our energy economy takes
people, and the Forum brings together all of those important people to help make this
transformation a reality.>>Martin: I think it’s really important that
we continue to be the world leader here in the U.S. to drive innovation forward, because
this new innovation, the early-stage research will lead to new ideas, to new products, for
new U.S. companies in the future.

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