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.
CEO + Founder, Skytree
CEO + Co-founder, Osmoses
Annie Rabi Bernard
CTO + Co-Founder, Sol Clarity
Founder + CEO, COI Energy
Chief Development Officer, Sunwealth
Chairman + Co-founder, Spare-it
Joseph A. Curtatone
Incoming President, Northeast Clean Energy Council
CEO + Co-founder, Infinite Cooling
CEO, Solchroma Technologies
Director of Marketing, Clean Energy Ventures
Co-founder + CEO, LineVision
CEO + Founder, Boston Materials
CTO + Co-founder, QuantAQ
Executive Editor, Cipher
Vice President Digital Supply Chain at Unilever
US Director of Sustainability + Environmental Sciences, Microsoft
Principal, The Engine
Contributor, Boston Globe
Director + Founder, Alp Technologies
Chief Operating Officer, Soliyarn LLC
Co-founder + CEO, Nth Cycle
Senior Venture Principal, Shell Ventures
President + CEO, Ivys Energy Solutions
CEO, Greentown Labs
CEO, MicroEra Power
Jeff St. John
Editor-in-Chief, Canary Media
CEO + Co-founder, Folia Materials
CEO, H2Ok Innovations
CEO + Co-founder, AirStat
Director, Loan Programs Office, U.S. Dept. of Energy
CEO + Co-founder, Singularity Energy
Kathleen A. Theoharides
Secretary, Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Elizabeth Turnbull Henry
President of The Environmental League of Massachusetts
Dr. Kyle Wilke
Co-founder + CTO, AeroShield Materials
Principal, Prime Impact Fund
Avra van der Zee
COO, Elemental Excelerator
Founder + CEO, Lydian Labs, Inc.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.