About the Event
The Southwest Energy Innovation Forum is an all day event where industry, policy and research leaders poised to transform our energy economy can learn from one another and network with investors.
The Technology Showcase will immediately follow the forum. This outdoor reception will feature the groundbreaking work of ARPA-E award winners, finalists, and other scientists from the Southwest.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Forum 8am – 6pm • Showcase 6pm – 8pm
SkySong Innovation Center
The event will include:
- Speaker panels on investing funds, developing state policies, and forming corporate partnerships to support energy innovation
- Spotlight discussions on the region’s latest solar, biofuels, and energy storage research
- Industry breakouts on building research and technology leadership in the Southwest and manufacturing and deploying technologies at scale
- Exclusive networking with academic, industry, and policy experts
Attendees will discuss how to:
- Build support and connections for regional energy innovation efforts
- Form a mentoring group of entrepreneurs and investors that can connect other business owners with the resources they need to grow
- Ensure the federal government’s support for innovative approaches and partnerships as critical to creating our new energy future
- Create a shared path forward for energy commercialization, including the private sector, national labs and universities
- Recognize the importance of the innovation pipeline, including human capital and manufacturing
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is working together with ASU and ARPA-E to encourage new ideas in energy, new pathways for entrepreneurs to succeed, and new models of partnership to advance innovation.
In May 2010, the Kauffman Foundation organized an Energy Innovation Conference at the White House that acted as a national kick-off for a series of regional events; a regional summit in Omaha followed in June 2010. For the October Forum in Arizona, we will be building on the discussion and recommendations that resulted from the Energy Innovation Conference and adding new ideas to the mix.
In Arizona, there will be a diverse group of attendees who will each bring their unique insight and experience to this dynamic topic. This group will include researchers, entrepreneurs and innovators as well as leaders in the public sector, private sector and nonprofit arena. You are invited to share your ideas, opportunities and best practices to advance energy innovation and support high-growth energy businesses. By the end of the Forum, the group will have come to specific recommendations that will help grow energy innovation regionally and inform a national energy innovation network.