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Entrepreneurial Funding for Cleantech: New Opportunites

Wed Nov 2, 2011 5:30 PM

MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC Presents:
Entrepreneurial Funding for Cleantech: New Opportunites
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Fraunhofer, think Max Planck Institute of cleantech in Germany, and University of Albany`s College of Nano Science and Engineering (CNSE) will join Holland and Knight`s Boston based head of Venture Capital practice in New York November 2 for an evening to share the latest in technology platforms for development, utility industries shopping list for new technologies, and venture deal trends. CNSE, the recent recipient of $4B in funding will share the facilities available for prototyping and their model for partnering with government and industry to develop cleantech; Fraunhofer will share the results of a customer wide survey of utilities including the utilities `shopping list` for new technologies; Jeff Seul will share his observations of the funding patterns in cleantech based on his overview of the Boston cleantech market as head of the Venture practice at Holland and Knight. Join us for an unusual opportunity to hear from leaders in the field of cleantech as they share their own work and comment on trends for start up cleantech ventures working with Big Cleantech Resources.

Panel Moderator:
- Jeffrey R. Seul, Partner, Holland & Knight

Panel Speakers:
- Nolan Browne, Managing Director, Fraunhofer CSE
- Pradeep Haldar, Vice President, College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) University at Albany, (SUNY)

Thanks to Holland & Knight for hosting this event!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Reception
6:00pm - 7:30pm: Panel Discussion
7:30pm - 8:30pm: Networking
Holland & Knight - Directions
31 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Free to members of MIT Enterprise Forum
$50 non-members, $10 extra at door
All members and guests are welcome.

Panel Moderator Biography
Jeffrey R. Seul
Holland & Knight

Jeff Seul is co-chair of Holland & Knight`s Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Team. His practice is focused on corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures, licensing arrangements and other strategic transactions. Mr. Seul represents clients in the IT, cleantech and biotech sectors. His clients include investors and companies of all sizes, from start-ups to large enterprises.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Seul was general counsel of Groove Networks, a software company founded by Ray Ozzie, who created Lotus Notes and succeeded Bill Gates as Microsoft`s chief software architect. Mr. Seul joined Groove Networks in early 2000, before the company launched its first product. He helped raise multiple rounds of venture capital, develop and execute the company`s business strategy as a member of its executive committee, and negotiate the company`s sale to Microsoft in 2005. Mr. Seul taught at Harvard Law School for several years before joining Groove Networks. He practiced with law firms in San Francisco and Boulder from 1988-1995, representing emerging growth companies or their investors in both regions.

Mr. Seul is a member of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, a group of experienced entrepreneurs and senior executives who coach the founders of MIT affiliated start-ups and a member of the Innovation Task Force of the New England Clean Energy Council. He was a board member of the Renewable Energy Business Network prior to its merger with the Clean Economy Network. He serves and has served as a director of several companies and nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Seul graduated as class valedictorian from Regis College in Denver, was managing editor of the law review at the University of Colorado School of Law, and was a Landon H. Gammon Fellow and a Climenko-Thayer Fellow at Harvard Law School.

Panel Speaker Biographies
Nolan Browne
Managing Director
Fraunhofer CSE

Browne co-founded the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in February 2008 with the vision of creating a world-leading R&D lab in PV modules, building energy efficiency and certain smart grid applications. Previously, he worked for Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar, where he was responsible for developing research relationships to facilitate Evergreen`s advanced PV module efforts and support their capacity expansion. Prior to this, Nol served as a senior associate at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, where he started-up CERA`s Clean Energy Study.

While at MIT, Browne co-founded the MIT Energy Conference and was involved with a number of energy startups, including GreenFuel Technologies. Nolan, a Kauffman Fellow Finalist, is active in the entrepreneurial and venture capital communities, where he has founded two successful for-profit companies to date. He holds an MA and BA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Pradeep Haldar
Vice President
College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) University at Albany, (SUNY)

Dr. Pradeep Haldar serves as Vice President of Clean Energy Programs at the College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering (CNSE) at the University at Albany, (SUNY) and as Chief Operating and Technical Officer of the newly formed $300M U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (USPVMC) in partnership with SEMATECH. He is Professor of NanoEconomics and NanoEngineering and Head of the NanoEconomics Constellation at CNSE. He is also Director of the Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center and Executive Director of New Energy New York at CNSE.

Dr. Haldar`s activities are centered around world-class technology development, R&D, entrepreneurship and commercialization of high-tech and clean energy ecosystems. He has over 25 years of industrial and academic experience in these areas with considerable expertise in building open innovation capabilities, strategic alliances, business and technology strategy, technology portfolio management, incubation, mentoring start-ups and commercialization. He manages iCLEAN, the Clean Energy Incubator at CNSE; the National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for Innovation initiative; serves as founder, Board Member and Executive Director of New Energy New York Consortium; and is Past Chair, DOE NREL`s Clean Energy Alliance. He has led and organized several initiatives including New Energy Symposium, Tech Valley Energy Forum, NY Loves Energy, NY Fuel Cell Network, and the Solar Initiative of New York.

Prior to joining CNSE, Dr. Haldar founded and served as General Manager and Director of Technology, of rapidly growing SuperPower, a start-up and new spin-out subsidiary of Intermagnetics (sold to Philips for $1.3B). He is a senior member of IEEE and an author or co-author of over 250 reviewed technical papers, conference proceedings with several patents issued and pending. Dr. Haldar is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and recipient of the President`s Excellence in Research award and the Business Review`s 40 under forty upcoming individuals in New York`s Capital Region. Dr. Haldar has his Ph.D. from Northeastern University and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Board Member Organizers:

Mary Howard
Principal, Design Technologies
Board Member MIT Enterprise Forum, NYC

Kamil Bojanczyk
Smart Grid
City Startups

Event Host:
Holland and Knight

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