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E-Capital Summit

Private Capital investing in Environmental Technology

Investment Forum: Thursday, April 25-Friday, April 26
Innovation EXPO: Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28
Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, USA

The E-Capital Summit cultivates and convenes private capital, financiers, early to late-stage companies, industry thought leaders, key local and national policy-makers, incubators, accelerators and researchers to form partnerships having substantial, positive impacts on profit, people and the planet.
Register by April 5th

Industries Involved:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Built Environment
  • Transportation
  • Materials
  • Waste and Reuse

Investment Forum

An inclusive forum providing participants with education, inspiration, tools and networking opportunities.
Date: April 25-26, 2019
Location: Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, USA

Innovation Expo

An exhibition at EarthX featuring exhibits from cutting-edge companies, incubators, accelerators, government, national labs and universities.
Date: April 26-28, 2019
Location: Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, USA

Office Hours

Where potential investors will meet with vetted companies.
Location: Fair Park, Dallas, Texas, USA


Day One – Thursday – April 25, 2019
Location: Hilton Anatole Hotel
7:30AM • Networking Breakfast and Registration
8:30AM • Welcome
  • Tony Keane, CEO, EarthX
  • Trammell S Crow, Founder, EarthX
  • Matt Myers, Vice President, EarthxCapital
8:50AM • Kickoff
  • Ryan Kushner, Author, Accelerate This!
9:00AM • Opening Keynote & Forbes Icons of Impact Interview
  • Brendan Doherty, Co-Founder and Head, Forbes Impact (Moderator)
  • Billy Parish, Co-founder & CEO, Mosaic
9:25AM • Early-Stage Game Changers

We’ll hear from early-stage companies you need to keep on your radar.

  • Richard Amato, Director, Clean Energy, Austin Technology Incubator (Moderator)
  • Tony Bova, Co-founder and CEO, Mobius
  • Jill Fuss, Founder and CTO, Cinder Biological
  • Amy George, CEO, Earthly Labs
  • Andrew Ponec, Co-founder and CEO, Antora Energy
  • Jason Salfi, Co-founder and CEO, Dimensional Energy
10:05AM • Capital Factory + E-Capital Summit Cleantech Challenge Finalists

The increase in venture capital has changed the game for cleantech and impact investing as a whole.  We will explore the issues and opportunities that accompany this new reality.

  • Chris Ripley, CEO, Smarter Sorting (Moderator)
  • Sara Chamberlain, Managing Director, Energy Foundry
  • Johanna Wolfson, Principal, PRIME Impact Fund
  • Abe Yokell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Congruent Ventures
  • Jason Cahill, Managing Partner, McCune Capital
10:45AM • Coffee Break
10:55AM • What's Different About Early-Stage Cleantech Investing--A View From Both Sides

The increase in venture capital has changed the game for cleantech and impact investing as a whole.  We will explore the issues and opportunities that accompany this new reality.

  • Chris Ripley, CEO, Smarter Sorting (Moderator)
  • Sara Chamberlain, Managing Director, Energy Foundry
  • Johanna Wolfson, Principal, PRIME Impact Fund
  • Abe Yokell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Congruent Ventures
  • Jason Cahill, Managing Partner, McCune Capital
11:30AM • Bridging the Valleys

New tools are being developed and deployed to address the valleys of death spanning a cleantech company’s life cycle. We’ll hear from leaders of the pack expanding the cleantech investing tool box. 

  • Peter Martin, Philanthropic Director, Tides (Moderator)
  • Racquel Moses, CEO, The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
  • Anurag Gupta, Vice Dean, H. Clark Ford Professor of Banking and Finance, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University
  • Nolan Browne, Managing Partner, ADL Ventures
  • Jon Bonanno, CXO, New Energy Nexus
12:10PM • Upcoming Plans For Catalyzing The Commercialization of U.S. Energy Technologies
  • Conner Prochaska, Chief Commercialization Officer, United States Department of Energy
12:30PM • Lunch
2:00PM • U.S. Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Priorities Over the Coming Year
  • Daniel Simmons, Assistant Secretary (EERE), United States Department of Energy
2:00PM • NEXUS Round Table

Achieving Consensus for a Sustainable Future: Earth Overshoot Day Media Strategy

It is clear to see that in the decades since starting the debate on climate change, the US has been losing it’s leadership role by focusing on whether or not something should be done, rather than what should be done. It is time to restart the conversation and achieve a foundational consensus. As Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.”

Earth Overshoot Day is the day of the year on which human society has reached the limits of the planet’s environment (this year, August 1st). This narrative, focusing on resource conservation, has been agreed upon by both ends of the debate, and should be the new foundation from which we build our plans for a more sustainable future.

Join the NEXUS Global Community as we brainstorm on what a media strategy around this might look like, and how we can change the conversation to something productive.

2:15PM • We Can Do This: Deploying The Future Of Energy
  • Scott Jacobs, Co-Founder & CEO, Generate Capital
2:30PM • Growth-Stage Game Changers
  • Shana Rappaport, VP and Executive Director, VERGE (Moderator)
  • Sandra Kwak, Founder and CEO, 10Power
  • Reenst Lesemann, CEO, Columbia Power Technologies
  • Arun Gupta, Founder and CEO, Skyven Technologies
  • Chantal Emmanuel, Co-founder and CTO, LimeLoop
  • Killian Tobin, CEO, Omega Grid
3:10PM • The Growth of Growth Capital

As cleantech companies mature, funding beyond venture capital is becoming crucial to fuel the rapid growth and deployment of clean technologies and businesses.  New funds have been raised to fill this gap between VC and IPO.

  • Geoff Eisenberg, Partner, Ecosystem Integrity Fund (Moderator)
  • Steven Kantowitz, Vice President, Warburg Pincus
  • Rick Needham, Partner, TPG Global, The Rise Fund
  • Cassie Bowe, Vice President, Energy Impact Partners
3:50PM • Facilitated Collaboration/World Cafe
  • Ryan Kushner, Author, Accelerate This!
4:30PM • Late-Stage Game Changers

Hear from a select group of later stage companies that will forever impact the global energy landscape.

  • Thomas King, Managing Partner, CrossRiver Capital LLC (Moderator)
  • Leila Madrone, CTO and Founder, Sunfolding
  • Stephan DeLuca, President and CEO, Energy Materials Corporation
  • Eric McCarthy, SVP of Government Relations, Proterra
  • Gia Schneider, CEO, Natel Energy
  • Simon Irish, CEO, Terrestrial Energy
5:10PM • ARPA-E Special Announcement

ARPA-E seeks your input on a new program funding structure being considered for promising technologies to prove scalability, reliability, and manufacturability in real world scenarios.

  • Chanette Armstrong, Acting Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E)
5:15PM • Scaling Environmental Solutions

We will explore how public-private partnerships can better support the deployment of growth and late-stage environmental solutions at scale.

  • Taite McDonald, Partner, Holland & Knight (Moderator)
  • Raymond Wood, Managing Director, Head of Global Power and Renewables, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Puon Penn, EVP and Head of Technology Capital, Wells Fargo
  • Kristina Nilsson, Executive Director of Technology Investment Banking, JP Morgan
  • Steven Berkenfeld, Managing Director of Investment Banking, Barclays Capital
  • Stephan Feilhauer, Associate Director, Macquarie Capital
6:00PM • Reception & Banquet

Cleantech Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Capital Factory + E-Capital Summit Cleantech Challenge Winners


  • Michael Levy, CEO, Crow Holdings
  • Joel Sartore, Photographer, National Geographic

Musical Performance

  • The Seastars
Day One – Friday, April 26, 2019
Location: Dallas Fair Park
7:30AM • Breakfast

Dallas Fair Park, Music Hall


  • Mark Victor Hansen, Author, Chicken Soup for the Soul
  • Crystal Dwyer Hanson, CEO, Metamorphosis Energy
9:00A • E-Capital Connection

Facilitated by Austin Technology Incubator, companies and investors will participate in 30 minute one-on-one meetings curated by technology and stage.

12:00PM • EarthX Business Luncheon
2:00PM • EarthX Expo Tour

VIP tours of the EarthX Expo Halls. 600+ exhibitors and 100k+ visitors expected.

5:00PM • Reception & Banquet

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