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Publshed by tarena on October 7, 2011. Last edited at 8:51 pm on October 7, 2011 by tarena.

CEO’s Message

On November 2-3, Grow-California will be hosting the inaugural California Clean Tech Innovation conference at the Kaiser Center in downtown Oakland.  There are many excellent conferences that highlight and focus on the clean energy sector.  Our conference is unique in that it brings together all key influencers from across California that influence the clean tech industry, including CEOs from  “Game Changing” market-leading companies, major corporations, angel and venture capital investors, media, policymakers and regulators, academia, grant funders, economic development organizations, and start-ups.  As part of the conference, 15 clean tech companies will be named “Game Changers of the Year” for 2012 and honored at a special awards lunch with official State of California resolutions recognizing their important contributions to California’s leadership in the clean tech sector and for their positive impact on our state economy.  Our “Game Changer” selection committee was sequestered on Wednesday to review the “Top 40” finalists for the awards.  Next Monday we will be releasing the names of the winners who will be featured at the conference.  They represent many of the “best of the best” in California.  But today I’ll step back and recognize 100 of the compelling California clean tech companies who were nominated for the awards, and congratulate their individual and collective impact in the communities, for the state, and on the world overall.  They are making a difference each and every day in sustainability, energy efficiency, environmental quality, recycling, green building, green transportation, renewable energies, and LED technologies, among many other areas of impact.


Over the next 4 weeks you’ll get regular updates about featured speakers, panelists, media participants, and start-ups who will be involved with the conference.  Today I’m also pleased to announce that online registration for the conference is “live” and seating is limited.

Visit……………………to register.


Only a Few Slots Left for Clean Tech Start-Ups!


Companies seeking to present at the conference must e-mail an executive summary to by Friday, October 14 at the latest 


The conference provides a unique opportunity for a maximum of 20 clean tech start-up and early-stage presenting companies to showcase their business opportunity and funding needs. Presented by Grow-California, this conference has a proven track record — presenting companies at prior conferences hosted by Grow-California’s CEO have gone on to raise over $1.2B in capital.  Over the past dozen years over 1,400 companies have presented at Grow-California, including notable companies like StubHub and Pandora Media.


Companies will be selected — after meeting screening criteria for quality — on a first-come, first-served basis with all slots expected to be full by October 14.  If selected, there is a nominal showcase fee. Some of the participating funders include:

Gerd Goette, Siemens Venture Capital

Amol Deshpande, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Maurice Gunderson, CMEA Capital

Dan Rubin, Alloy Ventures

Keith Bladen, Sacramento Angels

Herman White, Technology Credit Union

Randy Hawks, Claremont Creek Ventures

Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures

Eileen Tanghal, Applied Ventures

Cynthia Ringo, DBL Investors

Dr. Gary Bjorkland, Band of Angels

Micah Myers, Claremont Creek Ventures

Dan Lankford, Wavepoint Ventures

Neil Paschall, McLean Group

John Balbach, Clean Path Ventures

Seth Miller, DBL Investors

Oleg Kaganovich, DFJ Frontier

Peter Shannon, Firelake Capital

Rachel Pike, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Laura Smoliar, Signal Lake Ventures

Rahul Banta, Times Ten Ventures

Max Shapiro, Keiretsu Forum

Barbara Kamm, Technology Credit Union

Cheryl Beninga, Beninga Advisors

Kristin Cooper-Carter, Grant Management Associates

Debra Guerin Beresini, invencor, inc.

Peter Gardner, Wavepoint Ventures


The Top 100 Clean Tech “Game Changer” Nominees

From a base of over 200 nominations from throughout California, the following 100 companies deserve special recognition for their environmental, social and economic contributions.  The “Game Changers of the Year” – selected from this list – will be announced on October 10.


Contour Energy Systems, Azusa

Sun Run, San Francisco

Adura Technologies, San Francisco

Amrys Biotechnologies, Emeryville

Nanosys, Palo Alto

Solexel, Milpitas

Alphabet Energy, San Francisco

PolyPlus Battery, Berkeley

Build It Green, Oakland

Soladigm, Milpitas

Sungevity, Oakland

Bright Source Energy, Oakland

Sirona Fuels, San Francisco

Lucid, Oakland, Oakland

Abundant Bio Fuels, Monterey

Chico Bag, Chico

Integral Group, Oakland

SynapSense, Folsom

LS9, South San Francisco

Sapphire Energy, San Diego

Solazyme, South San Francisco

Synthetic Genomics, La Jolla

Potter Drilling, Redwood City

Sentilla, Redwood City

EnphaseEnergy, Petaluma

ESolar, Burbank

MiaSole, Santa Clara

Solar City, San Mateo

Tigo Energy, Los Gatos

Renewable Funding, Oakland

CaliSolar, Sunnyvale

Calera, Los Gatos

Serious Energy, Sunnyvale

BridgeLux, Livermore

Hara, San Mateo

EMeter, San Mateo

Grid Net, San Francisco

Advanced Home Energy, Richmond

Tau Science, Mountain View

Silver Spring Network, Redwood City

Trilliant, Redwood City

WaterHealth, Irvine

NanoH20, El Segundo

Better Place, Palo Alto

Coulomb Technologies, Campbell

Fisker Automotive, Anaheim

Green Road Technologies, Redwood Shores

Deeya Energy, Fremont

Bloom Energy, Sunnyvale

Purfresh, Fremont

MBA Polymers, Richmond

Clear Edge Power, Sunnyvale

Tesla Motors, San Carlos

Powergenix Corp., San Diego

Project Frog, San Francisco

Agile Energy, San Bruno

Energy Recovery, Inc., San Leandro

Heliodyne, Richmond

Excellent Packaging and Supply, Richmond

Cobalt Technologies, Mountain View

Green Volts, Inc., Fremont

Solar Power, San Jose

Enlightened, Inc., Mountain View

Primus Power, Hayward

Cambrios Tech Corp., Sunnyvale

Skyline Solar, Mountain View

Alion, Richmond

Bay-Friendly Landscaping and Gardening Coalition, Berkeley

Redwood Systems, Fremont

NanOasis, Richmond

Intellergy, Richmond

Array Converter, Sunnyvale

Pinnacle Engines, San Carlos

NovaTorque, Sunnyvale

HydroPoint Data Systems, Petaluma

Relay Rides, San Francisco

Modular Wind, Long Beach

GRT, Inc., Santa Barbara

Klean Kanteen, Chico

Pax Water, Richmond

Transfer Flow International, Chico

Roplast Industries, Oroville

Clean Energy Systems, Sacramento

Bloo Solar, West Sacramento

Jadoo Power, Folsom

Cleaire, San Leandro

OSIsoft, Inc., San Leandro

Halus Power Systems, San Leandro

Halotechnics, Emeryville

Lundberg Family Farms, Richvale

Google, Mountain View

Scientific Conservation, San Francisco

Sentient Energy, Burlingame

Lemnis Lighing, San Francisco

Bay Friendly Coalition, Berkeley

Waste Management, Oakland

ECullet, Richmond

Agoura Technologies, Roseville

Springboard Biodiesel, Chico