Climatetech Summit — Greentown HQ

Greentown HQ 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.

Greentown HQ Agenda

All times are ET.

8:30 – Check-in + Breakfast

9:25 – Welcome + A Decade Reflection

With Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert

9:45 – Setting the Scene: Capital Requirements for Climate Action at Scale

Featuring Cipher Executive Editor Amy Harder.

9:55 – Capital Pathways for Early-stage Technologies: The Investor’s Perspective

Featuring The Engine Principal Michael Kearney, Elemental Excelerator COO Avra van der Zee, and Prime Impact Fund Principal Johanna Wolfson, moderated by Sunwealth Chief Development Officer Jess Brooks.

Scaling climatetech innovations requires capital—which is good news for investors, because climatetech also represents a massive economic opportunity. In this session, we’re going beyond traditional VC to hear from folks across the investment and deployment landscape who can speak to what they look for in an investable, financeable, and deployable climatetech startup. In an insightful conversation with lessons for both startups and capital-drivers, a variety of voices will provide real-life examples of how they’ve supported climatetech startups. Startups will learn what they need to know to pursue engagements with firms like theirs, while fellow investors, financiers, and deployment partners will leave the session with an understanding of how they can take action to equitably deploy their assets and resources toward supporting climatetech startups.

10:25 – Deploying Climate Technologies: The Founder’s Perspective

Featuring Nth Cycle Co-founder + CEO Megan O’Connor, Boston Materials Founder + CEO Anvesh Gurijala, and LineVision Co-founder + CEO Hudson Gilmer; moderated by Clean Energy Ventures Director of Marketing Ted Dillon.

Every day, Greentown’s climatetech startups are developing game-changing solutions to decarbonize the biggest greenhouse-gas-emitting sectors and build resilient communities. But what does it take to get those technologies out of the lab and deployed at scale?

Commercialization is extremely challenging, especially for climatetech 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 leaders of 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 Infinite Cooling, Lydian Labs, MicroEra Power, Sol Clarity, and Skytree.

11:15 – Break

11:30 – Setting the Scene: Commercialization at Scale

Featuring Boston Globe Contributor Scott Kirsner.

11:40 – Partnerships for Deployment: The Corporate’s Perspective

Featuring Microsoft US Director of Sustainability and Environmental Sciences Dawn James, Shell Ventures Senior Venture Principal Brian Panoff, Unilever Vice President Digital Supply Chain Wendy Herrick, and IVYS President + CEO Darryl Pollica.

In many ways, corporates hold the key to commercialization for early-stage climatetech startups. Over the past decade, Greentown has been fortunate to partner with 70+ industry-leading organizations that have made science-based climate goals. Even more, we’re proud that through our engagements, many of our partners have collaborated with and deployed our startups’ technologies. Join us for an interactive discussion among leaders of our partners and startups who will share their perspectives on how to foster a mutually beneficial engagement that helps get startups’ technology out of the lab and into the field.

12:15 – Greentown Labs Startup Pitches

Featuring AeroShield Materials, Alp Technologies, Folia Materials, H2OK Innovations, and Solchroma Technologies.

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 Secretary of Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen A. Theoharides, Environmental League of Massachusetts President Elizabeth Turnbull Henry, and Northeast Clean Energy Council Incoming President Joseph A. Curtatone; moderated by COI Energy Founder + CEO SaLisa Berrien.

Catastrophic climate change-driven weather events are becoming ubiquitous, and disproportionately so in marginalized communities. From wildfires and extreme heat to hurricanes and flash flooding, our cities and municipalities are not prepared for climate change. The need to act and rebuild our failing, aging infrastructure—the grid, transportation, buildings, and more—is more urgent than ever before. This session will feature perspectives from city and municipal leaders who are actively working to deploy new solutions to bring our communities to the 21st century, and highlight the entrepreneurs working to build the technologies to foster our more resilient future.

2:15 – Greentown Labs Startup Pitches

Featuring AirStat, Osmoses, QuantAQ, Singularity Energy, Inc., and Spare-it.

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 – Keynote Fireside Chat

Featuring U.S. Department of Energy Loan Programs Office Director Jigar Shah, and Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert.

4:30 – Closing Remarks

With Greentown Labs CEO Emily Reichert.

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

444 Somerville Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

Parking

Parking at our Somerville campus is extremely limited, and we encourage taking public transit whenever possible. There is limited public parking available along Somerville Avenue.

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