Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and Navigant presented the sixth in a series of thought leadership programs structured to provide a high-level interactive discussion, and analysis on some of the most pressing topics within the energy industry.

In the wake of the 2012 cleantech "bubble" and the more recent low price environment,it is very hard for early stage energy/cleantech companies to secure funding. However, there is hope – new funding sources have emerged through cleantech incubators, strategic/corporate investors, and targeted equity investors.

Our May 7th PowerUP panel discussion explored different perspectives on the current status of funding innovative energy companies, including views from different stages of financing (incubators, early stage, and corporate/strategic investors) as well as from a company seeking financing in this environment.

The forum brought together some of the region's most prominent thought leaders including C-level executives, in-house counsel from Midwest-based energy companies, service providers and energy industry investors. Each session was highly participatory and concludes with a networking reception.

Panel speakers:

Tom Raterman, Partner – GSV Ventures
Erik Birkerts, Executive Vice President and COO – Clean Energy Trust
Joel Spenadel, Executive Director of Energy Investments – JP Morgan
Ben Hernandez, Founder and CEO – NuMat Technologies

Agenda
5:00 - 5:45 p.m. Registration and Networking
5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Presentation
6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Networking
Food and drinks will be served.