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Cleantech Competition - Chicago Qualifying for the GCCA LSA

Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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The Chicago Clean Energy Alliance (CCEA) is proud to announce its Cleantech Competition - Chicago Qualifying for the GCCA LSA!

Get a glimpse of the future of the clean energy landscape. Twelve companies will pitch to a panel of angel investors, venture capitalists, and energy experts. Hear their business plans, listen to where they see opportunity, and learn where investors are placing their bets.


Competition Details

Date: Thursday, April 26, from 4 - 8 p.m.
Location: Law firm of Perkins Coie, 131 S. Dearborn, Suite 1600 in the Chicago Loop.


  • Eric Bielke--Senior Investment Associate at Siemens Venture Capital (finance.siemens.com/financialservices/venturecapital/Pages/Venture_Capital.aspx) whose goal is to identify young companies worldwide during their start-up phase and provide established companies with additional capital for their expansion phase. Their focus is on energy, industrial, and building control technologies.
  • Richard Donofrio--Serial entrepreneur with two companies listed on NASDAQ and a third startup acquired. His current company is Save Wave Energy (www.savewaveenergy.com) which operates in 14 states.
  • Michael Gruber—Partner of Independence Equity (www.independence-equity.com), Founder of Cornerstone Angels (www.cornerstoneangels.com), and Managing Partner of VentureLab. Michael has extensive experience with early-stage investments particularly in the information technology, material science, and energy sectors.
  • Jeff Hardin--Serial entrepreneur with 7 startups. Principal at Chestnut Creek Partners (www.chestnutcreekpartners.com) which invests between 25 and 250MM in large-scale projects with a special focus on clean tech.
  • Marc Klein--VP of Business Development & Accessibility at Clean Energy Fuels (www.cleanenergyfuels.com) which is the leading provider of natural gas fuel for transportation in the U.S. They fuel over 25,000 vehicles daily at more than 270 fueling stations. Co-founder of The Vehicle Production Group, a new U.S. car company which debuted in September 2011 (www.vpgautos.com). Selected by the White House as a “Champion of Change.”
  • John Krzywicki--Principal with True North Venture Partners (www.truenorthvp.com) which launched a 300 MM Clean Tech fund in July 2011. They invest in early-stage companies with disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform, expand, and lead global industries. The fund focuses on the following areas: energy, water, agriculture and waste.
  • Adam Lerner--VP and leader of clean tech investments at McNally Capital (mcnallycapital.com), a private equity investment advisor to family offices. They have partnered with Black Coral Capital to form The Cleantech Syndicate (cleantech-syndicate.com) which is a collection of 12 family offices with a dedicated focus on clean tech and renewable energy investing. Collectively, the group of families has invested over 1.2 billion and plans to invest an additional 1.4 billion in green companies.
  • Mil Ovan--Serial ‘intrepreneur’ from Motorola and four-time entrepreneur, including two clean tech startups as former co-Founder/SVP of Firefly Energy and current Board Member of NextGen Solar.
  • Klaus Voss--Consultant and entrepreneur in the environmental, utility, energy, and biotech space for over 20 years. He is the Founding Partner of The SI Group (www.siigroup.com) and BW-Indah Pvt Ltd. He has served as a Board Director for OpenCEL (http://www.opencel.com/) and BioWiSH Technologies (www.biowishtechnologies.com/us). Klaus continues to be an active investor in early-stage companies that focus on water, energy, and sustainability.
  • Steve Weiland--Investment banker who has executed M&A transactions as well as public and private capital raises across multiple clean tech sectors. Most recently, Stephen was a Vice-President and co-Founder of the Cleantech Investment Banking Group at Stifel Nicolaus Weisel. Prior to joining Stifel, Stephen was a clean tech investment banker at ThinkEquity, an investment banker with Merrill Lynch, and an auditor with Deloitte. Stephen is also an Advisory Board Member with the Clean Energy Trust.


  • Applied Thin Films (http://atfinet.com) has created a flexible electronic template using their patented dielectric coating. The template, which offers unparalleled heat resistance compared to the competition, is ideal for CIGS solar cells and other next generation flexible electronics. Clean Water Forever ( www.cleanwaterforever.com) cleans wastewater and remediates oil and chemical pollution by supersaturating oxygen. They offer a product that dissolves 800 parts per million of oxygen into wastewater. This enables natural bacteria to continue processing waste by providing needed oxygen.
  • Greencyclewind (http://www.greencyclewind.com) has invented a new kind of horizontal wind turbine that increases air flow and decreases the demands on the fan’s motor. The game-changing technology utilizes both natural wind and waste wind energy from mechanical/HVAC equipment. The wind turbine has commercial, retail and industrial applications.
  • H.E. System Technologies (http://www.hecng.com) produces a state-of-the-art natural gas compressor that is more durable and efficient than the most popular competitors in the space. The company launched sales in January 2012 and has already sold 10 units. They are seeking capital to expand their manufacturing capacity and keep up with burgeoning demand.
  • Kelix (http://www.kelix.com/) is an inventor and manufacturer of heat transfer devices. The Kelix ground heat exchanger (GHE) reduces annual heating and cooling expenses in buildings by as much as 50%. The geothermal HVAC industry is a 5 billion market with a growth rate exceeding 30%. In 2011, the company grossed close to 900K in revenue.
  • Lightweight Structures (http://www.lwstructures.com) has developed a lightweight composite framing system utilizing light gauge steel, insulation decking, and concrete. The system is cost-effective, easily installed, and eco-friendly. Recently, the company closed its Series A round of 650K, signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Nature-Tech for the manufacturing and sales of their proprietary framing system, and is pursuing overseas opportunities in China, S. America, and Japan including pending sales of 12MM in India.
  • Power Generation Technologies (www.powergenerationtech.com) has developed a novel combustion chamber that allows regular and exotic reactive fuels to be combusted continuously at high temperatures, reducing harmful emissions and increasing efficiency across many industrial/commercial applications and emerging markets that currently use or attempt to use regular internal combustion engines.
  • Resolute Marine Energy (http://www.resolutemarine.com) is developing technologies that produce clean energy from ocean waves. The company has received a grant from the DOE, traveled to S. Africa on a trade mission with the U.S. Commerce Department, and recently signed an MOU for a multi-million dollar pilot project in S. Africa. Turbulent Energy has a large IP portfolio of novel technologies for mixing gases and liquids in any combination. Their target markets offer billions in potential revenue from such applications as pre-mixed standard transportation fuels, stabilized bio-fuel blends, basic chemical mixing, treatments for production oil and gas streams, wastewater clean-up, and energetic fuel mixes.
  • Xolve (www.xolve.com) has solved the key problem that prevents nanomaterials from reaching widespread adoption in practical applications. Initially, they are applying their game-changing technology to the areas of composite and energy storage materials. The company will close a 2MM extension of its Series A round by June 30, 2012. Subsequently, they will be seeking to close a 4MM Series B round by the end of the 1st quarter of 2013. There is still room to be a presenter! See below for details.

Competition Explained:


The GCCA (www.globalcleantech.org) selects 30 finalists from the cluster nominations to compete in one of 10 clean tech categories: Agriculture, Advanced Materials, Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings, Renewable Energy, Solar, Transportation, Wind, Waste, and Water). Each category winner is awarded the official title: “Best in Class--GCCA Later Stage Award 2012", and introduced to a leading, hand-selected investment community across the globe. To find out more about the international judges, go to: www.globalcleantech.org/awards/judges. Winners are announced at the gala event in Savannah, Georgia on November 13, 2012 (http://savannahcleanenergy.com).

Prospective Applicants-How to Apply for the Competition

To be selected to compete internationally, you must be nominated by a cluster to qualify for the GCCA competition. We are one of 38 global clusters that provides innovative clean tech companies with the rare opportunity to gain international visibility and access to professional investors.

There is no application or processing fee this year. Although we are partial to clean tech companies based in Chicago and the Midwest, prospective applicants are not limited by geography and may apply from anywhere on the planet. E-mail a short executive summary (2 - 3 pages) or PowerPoint deck (10 - 12 slides) to David Carman at: David@theCCEA.org. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 20, at 5 p.m. The contest focuses on later-stage companies but startups are welcome to apply.


Companies Registered to Attend:

  • Merrill Lynch
  • Goldman Sachs
  • E.On
  • Many more!

This competition is a multi-step process. The winners are nominated by the CCEA to enter the 2012 Later Stage Awards competition, hosted by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA). It is during the Later Stage Awards Competition where winners are recognized as the most innovative and fastest-growing green technology companies in the world. Companies are judged by a panel of over 30 venture capitalists who collectively manage $3.5 billion in the clean tech space.

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131 S. Dearborn
Suite 1600
Chicago, 60603

Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)

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