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Released: Keynotes and presenters for our November 17th Grand Expo & Awards Gala

Posted by at 9:00 AM, 11/04/2009


The Cleantech Open today released the line-up of keynote speakers and presenters for its November 17th Grand Expo & Awards Gala at the Masonic Center in San Francisco. Dubbed the “Academy Awards of Clean Technology”, the event marks the grand finale of The Cleantech Open’s year-long business competition. The event is designed to showcase the boldest in clean technology, the most nation’s most ambitious entrepreneurs and the brightest, most engaged investors, venture capitalists and prospective technology customers.

Speakers and presenters include:

Bill Weihl
As Green Energy Czar at Google, Weihl leads efforts in energy efficiency and renewable energy while managing Google’s greenhouse gas footprint.

Dennis Hightower
Deputy Secretary of Commerce, and a seasoned business executive with a 40-year career in the public and private sectors, Hightower is responsible for ensuring that the Department of Commerce leads the way in government efficiency, effectiveness and performance management.

Steve Westly
Prior to founding The Westly Group, Westly served as the Controller and Chief Fiscal Officer of the state of California. During his four-year term, he led an effort to commit more than $1 billion to clean technology investments. He also served as the California Co-Chair for the Obama for President Campaign in 2008.

Gil Friend
CEO and President at Natural Logic, Friend is a systems ecologist and business strategist with 35 years experience in business, communications and environmental innovation.

Lesa Mitchell
As Vice President of Innovation at Kauffman Foundation, Mitchell has been responsible for the Foundation’s frontier work in understanding the policy levers that influence the advancement of innovation from universities into the commercial market.

An event like no other
Gala Presenters will join hundreds of finalist and alumni companies, along with thousands of clean technology supporters and enthusiasts, for a day immersed in networking, discovery and funding. The event opens with an exposition floor filled over 120 cleantech companies, followed by a series of presentations and pitches from Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition finalists from around the world. The afternoon continues with the main awards ceremony, in which the 2009 National Cleantech Open Winner is announced and presented with a $250,000 prize package. Afterward, the Expo floor will reopen for continued networking opportunities. In addition a private champagne reception will host Inner Circle Ticket Holders, speakers, sponsors, finalists and the Cleantech Open 2009 Winner.


2009 Cleantech Open Grand Expo & Awards Gala
Nob Hill Masonic Center
1111 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
November 17, 2009
10 am PT – 8pm PT

The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by National Expansion Sponsor: U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Platinum Sponsor: PG&E; Gold Sponsors: Autodesk, The Cleantech Circle, Google, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Silver Sponsors: Accretive Solutions and RoseRyan; and Program Sponsors: California Clean Energy Fund, Ernst and Young, and Korn/Ferry International.

Media and outreach partners include the Matter Network, San Francisco Business Times, Greener World Media,, Sustainable Industries and Sustainable Life Media.

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