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Corporate Cash for Cleantech

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Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

Corporate Cash for Cleantech

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Corporate Cash for Cleantech

Thurs. September 29, 2011 | 3:00pm-6:30pm, Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose, CA


3:00-3:30: Registration & Networking
3:30-5:30: Panel Discussion, Q&A
5:30-6:30: Networking Reception

You've seen the headlines...

"Cleantech Venture Investment Down 33%" -Solar Feeds News

"As web VC investing booms, cleantech slows" -Reuters

"Cleantech VC Takes Quarterly Tumble" -Earth Techling


As cleantech VC investing takes a plunge, large corporate investment arms are jumping in. Join us for an industry panel event focused on large corporations looking to cleantech for new business opportunities. This interactive debate will feature corporate players that are getting into cleantech and will highlight companies receiving funding from investment arms, those directly investing in cleantech and the trends to look for in the future. Our panel discussions are candid, interactive and informal. We want you to walk away with the real story behind how things work so you can make it happen yourself.

Mike Brooks, Venture Executive, Chevron Technology Ventures
Dermot Mee, Vice President, EFT Energy
Dr. Cyril Vancura, Investment Director, Bosch Venture Capital
Tom Marchok, Director, Intel Capital
[Moderator], Jesse Jenkins, Director of Energy & Climate Policy, The Breakthrough Institute

Speaker Bios

Mike Brooks, Venture Executive, Chevron Technology Ventures
Mike Brooks has more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of areas including: chemical plant operations management; refinery planning and scheduling; distributed control and instrumentation project implementation; advanced control application development; as well as development of process information management systems and graphical user interface products. He also has 12-years experience with various software companies including director of products and technology at Wonderware. Brooks was also co-founder of INDX where he led marketing and product development efforts for the model-based visualization product that he invented. Brooks focuses on software architecture technologies to support operational activities for all Chevron refineries and the company's supply chain. Brooks is currently a board member for the Manufacturing Enterprise Systems Association and User Council chair of the OpenO&M initiative that drives interoperability standards for manufacturing.  Brooks earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Bradford University in the United Kingdom.


Dermot Mee, Vice President, EFT Energy

Mr. Mee is a graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway (BS, MS).  He joined Syntex Pharmaceutical Company (Palo Alto, CA) in 1994 and worked in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry with Yamanouchi and Medarex/Bristol Myers-Squibb up to 2010. His career evolved from analytical chemistry, through project management and business development to a leadership position with Medarex/BMS in IT/Software Development. He completed his MBA at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management in 2004. After managing the post-acquisition technology integration of Medarex and Bristol-Myers Squibb Mr. Mee joined EFT-Energy Inc. Today Mr. Mee is driving the growth of EFT in the fast growing segment of energy management software.


Dr. Cyril Vancura, Investment Director, Bosch Venture Capital
Cyril Vancura is an Investment Director based in Palo Alto. He focuses on finding investment opportunities for RBVC in North America, technical evaluations, and technical due diligence. Before joining RBVC, Cyril was at the Reseach and Technology Center of Robert Bosch in Palo Alto, where he worked on novel MEMS processes, power harvesting for autonomos systems, and photovoltaic technologies. Prior to this, Cyril conducted research in the field of CMOS-based MEMS sensors for biological and chemical applications during his Ph.D. thesis. Cyril holds a Ph.D. and a diploma (masters) in physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.

Tom Marchok, Director, Intel Capital
Tom joined Intel Capital in 1999 – initially as Technical Assistant to the President, and has worked for Intel for over 14 years. He previously worked in microprocessor development teams, and holds 1 US patent. Tom is board observer at Staccato Communications and Wisair. He has also invested in & managed the exit for Intellon (IPO) and Recourse Technologies (acquired by Symantec).  Tom received an Intel Achievement Award – Intel’s highest honor - for his role in developing ultra-wideband technology, the associated standards, favorable worldwide regulatory environment, and establishing an aligned external ecosystem of suppliers.  Tom holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering, all from Carnegie Mellon University, and has completed the Executive Program at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Jesse Jenkins, Director of Energy and Climate Policy, The Breakthrough Institute
Jesse is a leading energy and climate policy analyst and advocate and manages the Breakthrough Institute's Energy and Climate Program. He is the lead author or co-author of numerous reports and analysis including "Energy Emergence: Rebound and Backfire as Emergent Phenomena," "Where Good Technologies Come From," "Strengthening Clean Energy Competitiveness," and "Jumpstarting a Clean Energy Revolution with National Institutes of Energy." Jesse's work and analysis has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Prior to joining the Breakthrough Institute in June 2008, he worked at the Renewable Northwest Project to advance the development of the Pacific Northwest's abundant renewable energy potential. He is founder and chief editor of "WattHead - Energy News and Commentary" and is a featured writer at

When & Where

The Capital Club
50 W. San Fernando Ave
San Jose, CA 95113

Thursday, September 29, 2011 from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM (PDT)

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Having been a patient facing a death sentence, I discovered my passion, my purpose in life was to improve the experience and the outcomes for future patients. I set out to impact the healthcare system by creating new models of innovation so the industry might be as advanced and as revered as the tech industry. By establishing innovation centers such as the San Jose BioCenter, the Environmental Business Cluster and Janssen Labs, and educational programs like the UC Berkeley BioExec Institute, we have helped scientists and entrepreneurs deliver real solutions to real patients and we have fostered a networked community that is creating new lifelines for future patients. I never imagined the impact and reach we could have, and yet, it was only scratching the surface.

I've always felt we needed the partnership of global corporations to leverage their resources, infrastructure and influence to catalyze genuine change in the industry. In collaborating with Johnson & Johnson over the past three years, first on Janssen Labs and most recently with Johnson & Johnson's Innovation Centers, we have found a partner who is just as passionate as we are about patients, their families and the innovators who are dedicated to bringing about transformational healthcare products.

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