CleanTech Innovation Showcase 2019

KEYNOTES | REVERSE PITCH | SPONSORS | PRESENTING COMPANIES
 AGENDA (Printable Agenda)
OPTIONAL DAY 2: WESTERN STATES INNOVATION WORKSHOP

The 6th Annual CleanTech Innovation Showcase brought the industry together to discuss the latest cleantech innovations, ideas and initiatives on June 24.  


Thank you to our sponsors! 

Presenting

Principal

 

Supporting

       
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Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator Pavilion

       


2019 Keynotes

Eric Beckwitt, Founder & CEO of Freightera. 

Freightera is an Expedia-like North American platform for automating freight shipping and reducing emissions from freight transport.

Eric Beckwitt is Founder & CEO of Freightera.  He is a specialist in software development and business automation that came into the world of business after extensive work in environmental leadership and nature conservation. He has successfully arranged funding for, designed, engineered, and managed diverse IT projects, ranging from reports to Congress and the President of the US to global websites for international organizations and businesses for 25 years.

He is an internationally recognized author and speaker on emissions reduction from freight transport.  He wrote “A Green Future for Freight” in the 2016 and 2018 G7 Summit editions of Climate Change: The New Economy.  He was a speaker at COP22, the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh.  He is the creator of North America’s First Low Emission Freight Marketplace in cooperation with SmartWay and Natural Resources Canada.  Mr. Beckwitt and/or Freightera have been featured in Forbes, Fortune, Inc Magazine, NBC, ABC, and Entrepreneur, among over 300 news sites worldwide. He is the recipient of over 18 grants and awards, including the 2016 Technology Impact Award and 2019 Clean50 Award.

 

Laurie ten Hope, Deputy Director for Research & Development, California Energy Commission

Laurie ten Hope is Deputy Director for Research & Development at the California Energy Commission. She leads the State’s public interest R&D to stimulate clean energy technology development and deployment.   Program investments are approximately $200M annually and are a catalyst for innovation, transforming California to a renewable, efficient, low-carbon energy future. Laurie previously served as Advisor for three Energy Commissioners with policy focus on stimulating growth in energy efficiency, encouraging distributed energy, public interest R&D, and tactical transmission access for renewables.

Previously, Laurie managed the Energy Systems Research Office at the Energy Commission, directing research to expand the value of distributed resources, improve electricity infrastructure, develop clean transportation alternatives, and understand/mitigate environmental impacts. Prior experience includes developing and implementing a diverse portfolio of voluntary and regulatory efficiency programs.


Reverse Pitch Session

Background. Pitching an idea in a concise and persuasive manner has always been an essential skill for any entrepreneur in order to receive funding, win distribution deals, and, most importantly, convert customers.

At the 2019 CleanTech Showcase, we plan to turn the tables and feature government entities in a reverse pitch session.  How do entrepreneurs get their attention?  What kind of cleantech problems do governments seek to solve?  How can we help?  How can we understand the processes that governments require to purchase new products?

We aim to hear from innovation and sustainability procurement specialists from city, county, state, and federal governments. 

The selected leaders will present “reverse pitches,” highlighting:

  • What are the jurisdiction’s innovation initiatives in environmental sustainability,
  • How do they work – or want to work better – within the cleantech innovation ecosystem, and
  • What types of technologies and solutions they’re looking for to enhance their sustainability footprint in conducting business operations.
  • What are the processes that entrepreneurs need to understand to be successful in dealing with government purchasers?

Moderator:  Hanna WaterStrat, Director, Office of State Efficiency & Environmental Performance (SEEP), Washington State Department of Commerce

The SEEP Office works with state agency partners to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and toxic materials with efforts related to electric vehicles, energy efficient and zero energy facilities, sustainable purchasing, and clean electricity. SEEP was established by Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Order 18-01. Hanna has an M.B.A. in Sustainable Business from Pinchot University (now Presidio Graduate School) and a B.S. in Forest Ecology from the University of Washington.

 

John Kane, CEO/President, Kane Environmental

John has over 30 years of experience in the environmental services industry. He began his career as a senior geologist and project manager at SAIC, a Fortune 500 company recognized as a global leader in environmental management. In 1994, he joined Environmental Partners as Principal and Senior Geologist responsible for Phase I due diligence projects for commercial/industrial sites and mergers and acquisitions.

In 2000, John founded Kane Environmental to provide business solutions to improve the environmental, social, and economic health in communities across the US.  John earned his BS in Geosciences from Hobart College and his M.B.A. from Western Washington University.

Laurie ten Hope, Deputy Director for Research & Development, California Energy Commission

Laurie ten Hope is Deputy Director for Research & Development at the California Energy Commission. She leads the State’s public interest R&D to stimulate clean energy technology development and deployment.   Program investments are approximately $200M annually and are a catalyst for innovation, transforming California to a renewable, efficient, low-carbon energy future. Laurie previously served as Advisor for three Energy Commissioners with policy focus on stimulating growth in energy efficiency, encouraging distributed energy, public interest R&D, and tactical transmission access for renewables.

Farlis Lewis, Senior Buyer, Port of Seattle

Farlis Lewis is Senior Buyer for the Port of Seattle.  Her responsibilities include the management of an RFP for SeaTac seeking sources of renewable natural gas.  Earlier in her career, she was a Senior Program Officer for Agros, an NGO working to break the cycle of poverty in rural Latin America, and Evaluation and Accountability Manager for Seattle Senior Services.  She has a master’s degree in public administration from Seattle University.  

 


Agenda

7:00    Exhibitor and Sponsor Set Up

7:15     Networking and Continental Breakfast

8:00    Welcome, Opening Remarks and Keynote

9:10     Morning Presenting Company/Organization Sessions (12 Presentations)

10:45   Networking in the Exhibit Hall

11:15     Luncheon and Keynote Address

12:45    Networking in the Exhibit Hall

1:20     Afternoon Presenting Company/Organization Sessions (12 Presentations)

2:55     Networking in the Exhibit Hall

3:15     Reverse-Pitch Session:  From the Other Side of the Table.  What Government Purchasers Need to Buy CleanTech Products and Services

4:30    Networking Reception Happy Hour

6:00    CleanTech Innovation Showcase concludes