The 30th Industry Growth Forum At a Glance

With just one month to go, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) 30th Industry Growth Forum (IGF) has shaped up to be the most exciting to date!

On May 3rd and 4th, 30 cleantech companies will take the stage to unveil topics ranging from blockchain to batteries. The presenters are pioneering technologies and business models on the cutting edge of cleantech and were chosen by an independent board of investors out of a group of over 150 applicants.

The Power of Collaboration: Innovation, Investment, and Impact panel, hosted by Prelude Ventures’ Tim Woodward, features some of the best and brightest in the investment, research, and entrepreneurial world, including the CEO of Husk Power Systems and Associate Lab Director of NREL Innovation & Partnering Outreach.

The 2018 keynote address at the Forum will be delivered by Nancy Pfund. One of today’s leading cleantech venture capitalists, Nancy is a graduate of the Yale School of Management, the founder of Double Bottom Line Partners, and has spent her career investing in and working with the top minds in the industry. She has sat on the boards of Tesla, SolarCity, and was featured by FORTUNE as one of the top 25 Eco-Innovators in 2014.  Nancy is a true thought leader in clean technology and venture capital. Read more about Nancy.

Through a partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NREL is hosting a spinoff event designed to connect investors and entrepreneurs targeting emerging geographic markets. Emerging Markets Day (EMD) will precede the IGF on May 2, at the Westin Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO. Showcasing pitches from 10 breakout ventures, a dynamic panel highlighting Pathways to Investment in emerging arenas, and a keynote by  Managing Director of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Ned Harvey, EMD is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect with key capital resources and the right network to position clean technologies for commercial success. See which cleantech investors you can connect with during the One-on-One Networking Session.

Get in on the innovation and register to attend The Industry Growth Forum and Emerging Markets Day.


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