1000+ connections made at the 2018 Industry Growth Forum

Startups: Wondering what to expect as an attendee of the NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF)? The aim of the event is to convene and connect investors, entrepreneurs, strategic partners, and innovative organizations to explore new relationships and collaboration for accelerating innovation in the cleantech pipeline.

A signature feature of the event is the One-on-One Networking Session, held at the onset of the IGF. Similar to speed-dating, the 1-on-1 session gives investors a venue to host many seceding quick meetings, where they can make new connections with cleantech entrepreneurs, hear some quick pitches, and then smoothly transition to their next meetings.

Startups who apply to present receive early access to sign up with seated investors over the 3-hour session. In 2018, there were over 1000 new connections made during the One-on-One Networking session!

In 2019, we anticipate featuring over 80 seated professionals eager to connect with innovators. Here is a look at last year’s participating firms:

Select an organization to learn more.

76West/NYSERDA LG Ventures
Advance Capital Lupine Growth Advisors
Aravaipa Ventures MaRS Cleantech Venture Services
Austin Technology Incubator Metro Denver EDC
BASF New York Angels
BIRD Energy NREL Technology Transfer
Boulder Investment Group Pangaea Ventures
Bright Capital PowerAfrica
China Impact Ventures Prelude Ventures
Congruent Ventures PRIME Impact Fund
Constellation Technology Ventures Principium Investments
Cottonwood Technology Fund Propel(x)
DBL Partners RenewableTech Ventures
DSM Venturing Rockefeller Foundation
E.ON Rockies Venture Club
EMS Capital SABIC Ventures
Energy Foundry Shell Foundation
Energy Impact Partners Shell Gamechanger
EnerTech Capital Silicon Valley Bank
ENGIE New Ventures Snowball Capital, LLC
EPRI, Incubatenergy Network SOIL Funds Management
Evok Innovations South Highland Ventures LLC
Factor[e] Southern Cross Venture Partners
First Green Partners Stone Work Capital
FORMATIV Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Fraunhofer Center for Sustaimable Energy Systems Tall Oaks Ventures
GE Ventures The Dow Chemical Company
GXP Investments True North Ventures
Hamilton Clark Sustainable Capital, Inc. U.S. Department of Commerce
Innosphere USTDA
In-Q-Tel W.L. Gore & Associates
IP Group Wasson Enterprise
Israel-Colorado Innovation Fund Wells Fargo
Johns Manville Zipdragon Ventures
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Zoma Capital
Larta Institute

Interested in hosting a 1-on-1 table for your firm? Excited about the opportunity to meet with investors and engage in high-energy networking? Please reach out to industrygrowthforum@nrel.gov to learn how to get involved.


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