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Venture Capitalists, IT Professionals, Clean-Energy Entrepreneurs Discuss Joint Business

NYSERDA, NYC ACRE Sponsors First Meeting To be Held July 12 in Manhattan

July 07, 2011

NEW YORK CITY — After the success of the Energy Infotech Forum, a recent event exploring the role of computer technology in clean energy businesses, organizers are taking the next step – a breakfast meeting next week to further the conversation.

The July 12 organizational meeting is expected to be the first of a number of events on the topic, including a second Forum to be held next year. Organizers foresee holding regular meetings throughout the year to encourage partnerships and create investment opportunities.

On June 21, more than 150 VCs, engineers, entrepreneurs and other professionals attended the Energy Infotech Forum, a day-long event sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York Academy of Sciences. It was also co-sponsored by IBM and Con Edison.

The event ranged from 2-minute elevator pitches from the owners of young, high-tech start-ups to a conversation with VCs who discussed how they determine where to make investments.

Building on the success of that event, New York City-area professionals in these fields were invited to take part in an organizational meeting July 12 at NYC-ACRE, 160 Varrick St. in Manhattan. NYC-ACRE is one of six clean-technology business incubators sponsored by NYSERDA located around the state.

“The purpose of this event is to promote and foster the IT and clean-energy communities in the Metropolitan New York area,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “What better way to help grow New York’s clean-energy economy than helping today to promote tomorrow’s clean-energy success stories?”

Leading the meeting will be Michael Shimazu, a program manager for NYSERDA’s Innovation and Business Development team, who organized the Energy Infotech Forum.

Last month’s Forum attracted a who’s who of NYC-based clean-energy businesses, ranging from software designers to manufacturers of clean-energy hardware, from university professors to Con Edison and IBM employees. Shimazu said many of those representatives planned to be at the meeting.

Last Updated: 01/21/2014