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Cleantech East Coast Academy - agenda and speakers

Day 1 - Monday, June 11, 2018

07:30-08:15     Registration and breakfast

08:15-08:30     Welcome to East Coast Academy - Beth Zonis, Northeast Regional Director, Cleantech Open

08:30-09:30     Introduction to 2018 Cohort and Elevator Pitches

09:30-10:15     10 Tips for entrepreneurs - Ted Yang, Ultra Capital

10:15-10:30     Coffee break

10:30-11:15     Customer discovery -  Mitch Tyson, Chair and Cofounder, NECEC

11:15-12:15     Customer discovery workshop - Mitch Tyson, Chair and Cofounder, NECEC

12:15-12:45     Lunch

12:45-13:30     Finding funds: when, what kind, and from whom - Tibor Toth, MassCEC

13:30-14:15     Panel Discussion - Funding Opportunities (moderator - Tibor Toth, MassCEC)

                        Speakers:  Rahul Bhalodia, Constellation

                                          Dan Goldman, Clean Energy Ventures

                                          Phil LaRochelle, Breakthrough Energy Ventures - invited

                                          Ally Yost, The Engine

14:14-14:30     Break

14:30-15:15     Financial modeling - Suzanne Oakley, New England CFO Strategies

15:15-16:00     Panel discussion - Corporates, Innovation, and Partnerships (moderator - Alistair Pim, NECEC)

                        Speakers:   Ali Adler, Sealed

                                           Hilary Flynn, National Grid

                                           Dan Goldman, Clean Energy Venture Fund

16:00-16:45     Pitching on video - John Bowey, Director/Producer/Videographer, Transmediavision

16:00-16:45     2018 mentor orientation - Rob Parker, Cleantech Open NYC Metro Deputy Director

16:45-19:00     Networking reception

Day 2 - Tuesday June 12, 2018


07:30-08:15     Registration and breakfast

08:15-08:45     Welcome - Alicia Barton, President, NYSERDA

08:45-09:30     Keynote - Susan Hunt Stevens, Founder/CEO, WeSpire

09:30-09:45     Coffee break

09:45-10:30     Telling your story - Wendy Kurtzman, Founder, College to Career Acting

10:30-11:15     Building your team - Kevin Brown, Hobbs and Towne

11:15-11:30     Coffee break

11:30-12:15     Panel discussion: Legal challenges for a cleantech startup (moderator: Ben Stone, Mintz Levin)

                        Speakers:  Sara Mattern, Foley Hoag 

                                          Steve Saunders, Sunstein

12:15-12:45     Lunch

12:45-13:30     Panel discussion: Integrating sustainability into your business model (moderator: Matthew

                        Gardner, Sustainserv)

                        Speakers: Barbra Batshalom, Sustainable Performance Institute

                                         Mick Gilbert, Fairstead

                                         Anand Vasudevan, Spotimyze

13:30-14:30     Tell your story again! 1-minute startup pitches

14:30-14:45     Break

14:45-15:30     B2B sales success for entrepreneurs - Kent Summers, Author/Instructor, Sales Bootcamp for


15:30-16:30     Start-up mentor experience (moderators: Tim Hoffman, NY Metro Director and Rob Parker,

                        Deputy Metro Director, Cleantech Open

16:30-17:00     How to make the most of Cleantech Open - Tim Hoffman, NY Metro Director, Cleantech Open

17:00               Congratulations on completing the 2018 East Coast Academy - Beth Zonis, Regional Director

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