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Environmental Business Cluster Upcoming Events

Our friends at the Environmental Business Cluster of San Jose, California are having some great events coming up over the next few months.  Check them out!


02.28.2012 | EBC Cleantech Mixer
6:00pm – 8:00pm | @ Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose

Cost: Free
Join us at the EBC for a happy hour mixer with your fellow cleantech enthusiasts. Meet EBC companies, network with other startups from around the Silicon Valley and mingle at our incubator. We'd love to meet you!


02.29.2012 | Visualize Your Prototype - Autodesk Workshop
9:00am – 4:00pm | @ Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose

Cost: Free
The EBC and Autodesk invite entrepreneurs to a hands-on, two and a half hour workshop and an Open Lab (one-on-one help) to assist cleantech startups in getting your clean technology to market faster with a Digital Prototype. This Instructor led training, by a certified Autodesk Professional will cover how to: 1) Get a fast start in designing your product with your AutoCAD Inventor Professional software, 2)Easily create a photo-realistic rendering of your CAD model in Autodesk Showcase to help you market your product, 3)Learn Tips and Tricks from an expert in developing a Digital Prototype.

03.07.2012 | Positioning for the Perfect Exit
3:00pm – 6:30pm | @ DLA Piper, Palo Alto

Cost: Partner Rate $35
While 2011 was a difficult year for cleantech venture capital, cleantech mergers and acquisition activity reached record highs M&A transactions accounted for some 41.2 billion dollars, a 153% increase over 2010. As corporations continue to focus on acquiring new sustainable technologies and practices, startups can and should position themselves strategically for a potential M&A exit. Join us for a panel discussion with some of the startups that were able to make successful exits and their acquiring companies.

03.08.2012 | Meet with Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers
10:00am – 11:30am | @ Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto

Cost: Partner Rate $25.  An additional $75, if you are selected to meet with the partners.
Kleiner Perkin's knack for zeroing in on the Next Big Thing has set the industry standard for venture capital investing for 40 years. At last count, KPCB has backed more than 500 ventures, including some of the world's most visionary entrepreneurial leaders. Their global investments reflect their passion for invention and ingenuity. Whether you're an early-stage entrepreneur or a deployable cleantech startup, KPCB is poised to help you make the move from innovation to success.

03.13.2012 | Exporting Clean Energy Technologies
11:30am – 1:30pm | @ Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose

Cost: Partner Rate $30
Through interactive discussions with the panel presenters, cleantech startups will gain insight on San Jose's preeminence in international markets and the local programs that are spurring domestic and international adoption of U.S.-developed clean energy technologies. This session will provide insight on U.S. Commercial Service resources and programs that match U.S. clean tech firms with overseas buyers, through B2B matchmaking, international partner searches, vetting of potential overseas partners, and trade missions. The City of San Jose will highlight the San Jose Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program which allows a business or individual to delay, reduce or eliminate duty payments on foreign merchandise that enters the Foreign Trade Zone. This session will also include an overview from a logistics/transportation service provider who will highlight the requirements needed to ship U.S. products to overseas market via freight forwarder and export forwarder.


04.11.2012 | Financing Overseas Energy Projects
11:30am – 1:30pm | @ Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose

Cost: Partner Rate $25
How can U.S. companies most effectively obtain export loans intended to advance sales of U.S. goods or services abroad? This session will highlight public-private programs aimed at expanding your company's sales internationally, thereby allowing your company to compete more effectively in the international marketplace. Learn from public and private financial institutions on how to obtain the financing needed to help maximize borrowing potential and grow your sales internationally.

04.19.2012 | PARC: The Business of Innovation
11:30am – 1:00pm | @ Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose

PARC demonstrates a commitment to accelerating time to market for cleantech startups with its open innovation model by offering specialized technological expertise and services as well as access to capital-intensive infrastructure. Join us in this 1-hour workshop and learn how emerging companies can work with PARC to tap into their network and gain know-how from 40 years of technology breakthroughs. 

05.09.2012 | IP Protection Abroad

11:30am – 1:30pm | @ Environmental Business Cluster, San Jose

Cost: Partner Rate $25
What is the risk that your company could be the victim of intellectual property (IP) infringement, counterfeiting, or piracy? Does your company export goods or services overseas? Does your company manufacture or source overseas? Does your company attend international trade shows? This session will highlight IP protection and enforcement resources and will provide tools to help U.S. companies understand their IP rights and obtain IP protections. Legal experts will provide insight on strategies for companies to maintain their IP and obtain successful resolution of IP issues.