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About CleanLinks Forums

CleanLinks Forums are a partnership between SJF Institute, the North Carolina Office of Science & Technology, and CED. The Forums offer education and practical business advice to cleantech entrepreneurs through moderated discussions, expert panels, and first-person stories from fellow entrepreneurs. Each CleanLinks Forum concludes with a CleanLinks networking reception.

CleanTech Funding: 2012 and Beyond

The CleanTech sector is alive and well, and our panel of experts will demonstrate the growing success of the industry and sector. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 14, as our distinguished panel of experienced financial and strategic CleanTech investors provide insight into the current state of the CleanTech industry. Our panelists have well-capitalized funds that are putting money to work currently - expect to hear where that money goes, and which sectors are drawing the most interest. 

Who Should Attend: CleanLinks Forums are open to the public - those interested in cleantech and investment in the cleantech sector are encouraged to attend. The panel is geared specifically towards helping exisiting or aspiring cleantech entrepreneurs gain valuable industry knowledge on how to raise capital in the sector and network with their peers and investors.
Brad Ives (Moderator), Vice President for Corporate Development, Semprius
Michael Adams, Managing Director, Technology Ventures, Constellation – An Exelon Company
Grant Allen, Vice President, ABB Technology Ventures 
Neil Suslak, Managing Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures
The Details
Date & Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 5:30 - 8 PM
5:30 - 6:00 On-site Registration
6:00 - 7:00 Program
7:00 - 8:00 Reception
Location: American Underground Classroom, American Tobacco Campus. 334 Blackwell Street, Suite B012, Durham, NC 27701
Cost & Payment Information:
Members, pre-registered: $10.00
Non-Members, pre-registered: $20.00
Members, on-site: $20.00
Non-Members, on-site: $30.00


We'll see you at CleanLinks!

More details to follow. For more information, email or call #919.226.0482.
Speaker Biographies

Brad Ives (Moderator)
Vice President for Corporate Development, Semprius

Brad Ives has an extensive history in renewable energy, financial structuring and investment management, and provides consulting and short-term management services to companies in the renewable energy sector.  In this role, Brad is currently serving as Vice President for Corporate Development at Semprius, Inc., a Research Triangle-based developer of high concentration photovoltaic modules.  In addition, he also serves as Chief Financial Officer of Force 3 Energy, LLC, a developer of utility-scale energy storage projects in the U.S. and Europe.

Brad previously was the CEO of Integro Earth Fuels, Inc., a biomass energy technology company, and was the founder and CEO of Illumination Renewables LLC, a renewable energy project development and consulting company.  Illumination Renewables partnered with Siemens to develop an award-winning landfill gas-to-energy project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to provide renewable energy to an ExxonMobil Chemical Polyolefins Plant. The project was successfully completed and sold to Highstar Capital, a New York-based private equity firm, in 2009.
From 2002 to 2008, Brad was a Managing Director in the London and Charlotte offices of Babson Capital Management, the institutional money management subsidiary of MassMutual Life Insurance Company.  At Babson, Brad was the founding investor in Braemar Energy Ventures, an energy technology venture capital fund, and served on the investment committee for Braemar’s first fund.  From 1995 to 2001, Brad was Head of Structured Finance at the law firm of Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman (now part of K&L Gates) where he managed the closings of more than $200 billion in transactions.  Early in his career, Brad was a project and structured finance attorney in New York at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and at Hunton & Williams.
Brad holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation, is a member of the New York, North Carolina and Virginia State Bars, holds the Control Function 30 (sales & investments) authorization from the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority and holds U.S. FINRA Series 7, 63 and 79 licenses.  Brad is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Biofuels Center and is a Mentor in the SJF CleanTech Mentorship Program.  He also has been a guest lecturer at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, and Practitioner in Residence for the Banking Institute at the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Brad holds a BA and a JD from the University of North Carolina where he was a Morehead Scholar.  He also was in the first graduating class at the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics.


Michael Adams
Managing Director, Technology Ventures, Constellation – An Exelon Company

Mike leads the Technology Ventures group, which seeks energy technology investments for representing long-term industry growth opportunities and complements for Exelon and Constellation business lines.  Previously, he was Vice President and Director in Portfolio Management and origination for Constellation Energy in the Baltimore office, where he managed generation entitlements and load-serving obligations for portfolios in New England and the Southeast.  Mike earned a B.S from North Carolina State University and dual SM degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Grant Allen
Vice President, ABB Technology Ventures 

Grant Allen is Vice President of ABB Technology Ventures (ATV), the venture capital arm of ABB, Inc. (NYSE: ABB), a global leader in power and automation technologies.  Headquartered in Zurich, with offices in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., ATV invests in high potential energy technology companies which can benefit from ABB’s technology development resources and global market access.  Sector focus areas include renewable energy, smart grid, energy storage, data center infrastructure, energy efficiency, control software, cyber security, analytics and transmission/distribution.   
Previously, Grant was a Vice President with Core Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C.-based venture capital firm with $350 million under management.  There, he led investments in enterprise software, communications infrastructure, greentech and mobile applications.  In addition to working closely with Infinite Power Solutions, a thin-film battery company, and representing Core on the Boards of Mobo Systems, Univa, and buySAFE, he was on the Steering Committee for the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association’s (MAVA) Capital Connection, on the board of MobileMonday DC, and actively involved with the MIT Enterprise Forum.
Prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Grant worked at Microsoft Corporation as a Product Manager in the Mobile & Embedded Devices division and at Jingle Networks, a directory assistance service (1-800-FREE-411) backed by First Round Capital and Goldman Sachs and which was sold for $63 million.  Prior to receiving his MBA at the Wharton School, he was a strategy consultant at Dean & Company and an econometrician and data modeler in the Environmental & Product Liability practice of Bates White.  Grant has also worked at several other start-ups, including Intellistream, Nextera Interactive, and A-k Presence, a web design and IT consulting firm he co-founded as an engineering undergraduate.
Outside of work, he is on the Board of Directors of the L’Enfant Society for the Trust for the National Mall and Chairman of the Ocular Melanoma Foundation, a novel non-profit cancer research and advocacy group he founded in 2003. 
He holds a BSE in civil and environmental engineering with honors from Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering with a minor in economics and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he was on the board of the Wharton Alumni Association, an assistant to Dr. Sarah Kaplan, and a Citi Foundation Leadership Fellow. 


Neil Suslak
Managing Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures
Neil S. Suslak is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures, one of the US’s leading venture capital firms making technology investments in the alternative and conventional energy markets. The Firm’s principals have invested in over 60 companies in the energy technology area, including investments in what have become some of the leading public companies in the sector.
Prior to co-founding Braemar, Mr. Suslak worked at S.G. Warburg and Co. and Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in the corporate finance area and was in charge of the bank's equity capital markets business in North America. During his career, he completed numerous financing and advisory assignments for clients in the energy, communications and transportation sectors.

Mr. Suslak has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. from The University of Rochester, where he was a member of the Varsity Lacrosse Team. He is a former secretary and member of the executive committee of the Alumni Board of the Rye Country Day School and a board member of the Henry Street Settlement in New York and chairman of the Steering Committee. He is also on the board of directors of the Venture Investors Association of New York (VIANY), the North American Advisory Board of The Cleantech Organization and is a member of the New York City Investment Fund Cleantech Sector, and the Venture Capital Advisory Panel for the Governor’s Task Force on Diversifying the N.Y. State Economy. Mr. Suslak is also on the boards of several Braemar portfolio companies including Enerkem, Inc., Fractal Systems Inc., Afina Inc. and Sefaira, Inc.  He is also an observer to the Board of Directors of Utility Associates, PowerGenix, and Powervation.




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