Clean-Tech Investor Summit Adds Corporate Leaders From GE, Chevron, BP, and GM

The Role of Corporations in Financing, Engineering, and Supporting

Clean Energy Will Take Center Stage at 5th Annual Summit

PORTLAND, Ore. and MASSAPEQUA, N.Y., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Research and publishing firm Clean Edge, Inc. and conference organizer International Business Forum (IBF), today announced that corporate executives from GM, Chevron Technology Ventures, GE Energy Financial Services, PG&E, Waste Management, NatureWorks, and BP Global Wind & Solar will join wind-energy visionary and oil industry veteran T. Boone Pickens to headline the 5th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit ( taking place January 21-22, 2009, in Palm Springs, Calif.

The following new speakers have been confirmed for the Clean-Tech Investor Summit lineup:

  • Britta Gross, Manager, Hydrogen & Electrical Infrastructure, GM;
  • Dana Flanders, President, Chevron Technology Ventures;
  • Kevin Walsh, Managing Director Renewable Energy, GE Energy Financial Services;
  • Larry O’Donnell, President and COO, Waste Management;
  • Marc Verbruggen, CEO, NatureWorks;
  • Reyad Fezzani, Chief Executive Officer, BP Global Wind & Solar

Previously announced agenda highlights include:

  • Peter Darbee, CEO and President, PG&E;
  • Janine Benyus, author of Biomimicry and Cofounder of the Biomimicry Guild, LLC; and
  • Peter Gleick, President and Cofounder, Pacific Institute who was named by Wired magazine as one of 15 people who should advise the new president.

“It is a crucial time for our country’s energy future,” said Ira Ehrenpreis, Clean-Tech Investor Summit board chairman and Technology Partners’ general partner. “Corporations have always played a critical role in the venture asset class, and in the clean-tech sector they play an even more vital role. The Clean-Tech Investor Summit, by bringing together key players from a range of sectors, continues to serve as a bridge between startup innovation companies and large, influential corporates.”

“We’ve worked hard to bring together some of the country’s most prominent corporate leaders with compelling stories to tell about clean-tech innovation,” adds Clean-Tech Investor Summit co-producer and Clean Edge managing director Ron Pernick. “In these uncertain economic times, their insights could prove invaluable to the investors, entrepreneurs, and other key stakeholders who attend our Summit each year.”

The Summit is the must-attend annual event for the clean-tech industry — entrepreneurs, visionaries, investors, and policy leaders gather every year to learn, share ideas, and discuss the current environment. Coming on the heels of President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony and the largest global financial crisis seen in decades, this year’s Summit will provide a place for the leaders of clean-technology investing and deployment to discuss new strategies as well as emerging industries and cutting-edge ideas.

The addition of this year’s prominent corporate speakers follows a long tradition of the Summit bringing industry leading executives from such companies as Applied Materials, CISCO, The Dow Chemical Company, Duke Energy, Peabody Energy, Sharp, Toyota, and Wal-Mart.

Business and policy leaders are recognizing that a U.S. economic recovery will be driven in part by an expansion of clean-tech industries, which will provide jobs and reduce the country’s dependence on imported energy supplies.

A first for the Summit is the addition of The Clean-Tech Expo for start-up companies seeking exposure with potential investors, corporate partners, or clients. Contact Alex Chard of IBF at (516) 765-9005 ext. 280 or for more information.

This year’s Summit sponsors include: Deloitte; Morrison & Foerster; Orrick; Stanford Group Company; Hobbs & Towne; Jefferies; ACCYS Technologies; Comerica Bank; Cooley Godward Kronish LLP; Mintz Levin; Page One Public Relations; Sonnenschein; American Council on Renewable Energy; National Renewable Energy Lab; and UK Trade & Investment.

To learn more about the event and to register, please visit Due to overwhelming demand, the organizers are capping Summit attendance at 500 delegates to ensure the quality and intimacy of the event. To qualify for a $400 discount, sign up by January 03, 2009 and use discount code CED400 when registering online or by phone.

About the Clean-Tech Investor Summit

The Clean-Tech Investor Summit, co-produced by International Business Forum and Clean Edge, and chaired by Technology Partners’ Ira Ehrenpreis, is the premier clean-tech investment and innovation event. Held each winter in Palm Springs, CA, the event brings together leading investors, Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and relevant service providers for two days of high-level presentations, conversations, and networking. The 5th Annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit is scheduled for January 21-22, 2009. Last year’s Summit sold out, so reserve your place now. For more information, visit



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