SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--SARTA’S CleanStart Showcase spotlighting the Sacramento region clean tech sector will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the McClellan Conference Center.
This year’s event is being in conjunction with the inaugural SARTA AgStart Showcase. AgStart, SARTA’s newest industry-cluster program, promotes innovative sustainable agricultural technology and supports companies that are bringing those products to market.
The full-day Showcase features an opportunity for attendees to test drive the latest electric vehicles during the “Ride and Drive,” presentation of the 2013 Clean Tech Innovator of the Year award and a keynote address by Yanev Suissa, venture fellow with New Enterprise Associates (NEA). With more than $14 billion in committed capital, NEA invests in information technology, healthcare and energy technology companies at all stages in a company’s lifecycle, from seed stage through IPO.
Suissa focuses his energy work on both supply and demand side solutions across all renewable technologies, and provides advice to energy companies within NEA’s portfolio. He previously held tech-related government and private-sector consulting roles.
Other program highlights include a featured presentation by Pam Marrone, chief executive officer of Marrone Bio Innovations, a session on “Companies in the Spotlight” where the three winning companies of the AgStart PitchFest competition and three clean tech companies will present, an exhibit hall including 100 of the latest in clean tech and ag tech innovations, a presentation on entrepreneurship by UC Davis Professor Andrew Hargadon, and several panel discussions on topics including Innovative Funding, Rural Broadband, Food Safety, and Consumer Ag: There’s an App for That.
More than 700 are expected to attend this year’s event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Registration and other program information are available online at http://www.sarta.org/cleanstart/CleanStartShowcase.html.
“SARTA is making measurable progress in bringing attention throughout the country and internationally to this area’s growing prominence in all areas of technology. Creating a more robust Showcase this year allows attendees to see the latest innovations in both the clean tech and ag tech sectors, where tremendous opportunity resides for entrepreneurial activity and company growth,” said Meg Arnold, SARTA chief executive officer.
Last year’s Clean Tech Innovator of the Year Award winner was Michael Kuhlmann, chief executive officer of Rancho Cordova-based RCS Technology, which designs and manufactures energy management and control products for residential, small commercial and hospitality markets.