Climatetech Summit — Greentown Houston

Greentown Houston Agenda + Venue Information

On Nov. 4, we’re inviting you, your colleagues, and all the climate champions in your life into our incubator for a day of hands-on exploration with our world-changing startups and their climatetech solutions; keynotes and sessions featuring leaders across climatetech, finance, policy, and justice; and networking with key climate action pioneers.

More speakers will be announced soon—check back regularly for additions!

Greentown Houston Agenda

All times are CT.

8:30 – CHECK-IN + BREAKFAST

9:30 – WELCOME + THE ENERGY TRANSITION IN HOUSTON

With Greentown Labs’ Head of Houston Incubator + VP of Innovation Juliana Garaizar

9:45 – SETTING THE SCENE: PARTNERSHIPS AND CAPITAL FOR CLIMATE ACTION AT SCALE

Featuring Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston.

9:55 – COMMERCIALIZING ENERGY TRANSITION TECHNOLOGIES: PARTNERSHIPS PERSPECTIVE

Featuring a panel including EPRI Vice President, Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources Neva Espinoza, Shell GM, Commercial Innovation Partnerships Akilah LeBlanc, and Center for Houston’s Future Vice Chair/Chair-elect of the Board Andy Steinhubl, moderated by Syzygy Plasmonics CEO Trevor Best.

It takes a village to commercialize hard, deep tech climate solutions. In this session, we’ll hear from a variety of voices who partner with climatetech startups—through joint development agreements, investments, and more—about how to get these technologies to market, alongside a startup entrepreneur who will add in their own crucial perspective.

This conversation will also explore examples of these solutions that are tough to commercialize yet critical to climate action, such as hydrogen.

10:25 – DEPLOYING ENERGY-TRANSITION TECHNOLOGIES: THE STARTUP’S PERSPECTIVE

Featuring Varea Energy Founder Anna Dai, Cemvita Factory Co-founder and CEO Moji Karimi, and Revterra Founder and CEO Ben Jawdat; moderated by Energy Transition Ventures Partner Neal Dikeman.

Every day, Greentown’s climatetech startups are developing game-changing solutions to power the energy transition. But what does it take to get those technologies out of the lab and deployed at scale?

Commercialization is extremely challenging, especially for energy transition startups that are typically developing physical products that are capital-intensive, take many years of development in the lab, need enthusiastic partners with high tolerance for risk, and require patient capital from investors. These barriers are even higher for underrepresented founders, including women and people of color.

This discussion will feature Greentown startups and alumni across sectors and at different stages of growth who can share successful examples of deployment, speak to the many challenges and barriers they’ve overcome along the way, and identify the partners needed to commercialize climatetech innovations.

11:00 – GREENTOWN LABS STARTUP PITCHES

Featuring Excipio Energy, Moonflower Technologies, MMT, Renu Energy Services, and Veloce Energy.

11:15 – BREAK

11:30 – SETTING THE SCENE: FOSTERING AN EQUITABLE CLIMATETECH WORKFORCE

Featuring HARC President + CEO John Hall.

11:40 – DEMYSTIFYING CAREERS IN THE ENERGY TRANSITION TO ACTIVATE THE CLIMATETECH WORKFORCE

Featuring Quantum New Energy CEO Patricia Vega, Greater Houston Partnership Chief Strategy Officer Jenny Philip, and Applied Bioplastics Operations Manager Danielle Nasser; moderated by ALLY Energy Founder + CEO Katie Mehnert.

There’s a place for everyone in climatetech, whether they’ve previously worked in traditional energy, have experience tackling climate change, or are new to the climate and energy fields. The projected growth of the climatetech industry and its ability to train and employ people means that there is abundant potential to create wealth and jobs, especially for low-income communities and communities of color.

This session will provide a wide-ranging look at the career opportunities presented by the energy transition, how those who are eager to dive into the field can do so, and ways to make the transition just and equitable.

12:15 – GREENTOWN LABS STARTUP PITCHES

Featuring Acoustic Wells, BOxES, Eugenie.ai, Micronic Technologies, REI, and Syzygy Plasmonics.

12:30 – LUNCH

1:30 – SETTING THE SCENE: BUILDING A MORE RESILIENT FUTURE

Featuring Canary Media Editor-in-Chief Jeff St. John.

1:40 – REBUILDING AMERICA’S INFRASTRUCTURE FOR OUR RESILIENT FUTURE

Featuring Grid United Founder + CEO Michael Skelly, Texas Monthly Senior Editor Russell Gold, and Greentown Labs Head of Houston Incubator + VP of Innovation Juliana Garaizar.

How can we harness the incredible opportunities presented by renewable energy, grid modernization, and infrastructure improvements to build the economy of tomorrow? This discussion will explore the many-faceted promise of renewable energy and the incredible opportunities it brings across climate action, the economy, job growth, and resilience.

2:15 – GREENTOWN LABS STARTUP PITCHES

Featuring ALLY Energy, CLS Wind, Ennuity Holdings, Global ROC, SeebeckCell Technologies, and Wootz.

2:30 – GREENTOWN LABS MEMBER SHOWCASE

The Greentown Labs Climatetech Startup Showcase is your chance to meet the entrepreneurs who are changing the world. Join us to speak with Greentown founders, learn about their climate solutions, and make valuable connections. The showcase will highlight climatetech companies innovating across the key carbon-emitting sectors—electricity, agtech, buildings, manufacturing, and transportation—and on resiliency, adaptation, and platform solutions.

4:00 – CLOSING KEYNOTE

Featuring Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. Chairman and Founder Bobby Tudor.

4:20 – CLOSING REMARKS

With Greentown Labs COO and General Counsel Ryan Dings.

4:30 – NETWORKING

5:30 – 7:30 – Greentown 10th Anniversary Party

Join us to celebrate the Greentown community’s first 10 years of impact, and let’s raise a glass to the next decade of climate action!

Virtual-attendee Experience

All speaking sessions at both Greentown HQ and Greentown Houston will be livestreamed on the event’s Hopin page, and there will also be a virtual startup showcase and virtual networking. For a full schedule of events for virtual attendees, please visit Hopin.

Are you ready to power the next decade of climate action?

Venue Information

Address

4200 San Jacinto St.
Houston, TX 77004

Event Questions

Please contact our Events Manager Jill Kirkpatrick at jkirkpatrick@greentownlabs.com.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

As a community that’s rooted in science, transparency, and support, we’ve decided to do what we believe is in the best interest of our team, startups, partners, and attendees: we will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination for all in-person attendees at Greentown Labs’ 2021 Climatetech Summit. Attendees will be expected to show proof of vaccination on arrival at either our Somerville, MA or Houston, TX incubator—you do not need to submit proof of vaccination during the registration process. Full vaccination is defined as two weeks out from your second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or your first shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Mask guidance for any indoor segments of the in-person event will be provided closer to the event date and will follow local and state guidelines. 

The Climatetech Summit aims to serve as a catalyst for meaningful connections, conversations, and collaborations in the name of climate action—both in-person and virtual. The health and safety of our community and attendees remains our top priority and we are confident that by implementing this safety measure, all in-person attendees will be able to safely and comfortably convene. We appreciate your understanding and support.

Event Sponsors

The 2021 Climatetech Summit is made possible by the following sponsors. We thank them for their commitment to climate action!

Climatetech Summit Champion

Climatetech Summit Builders

Climatetech Summit Supporters

Media Partner