New Opportunities, New Connections: The Global Cleantech Meetup Returns

Pitch sessions from innovative companies form the core of the Meetup event.

Pitch sessions from innovative companies form the core of the Global Cleantech Meetup event.

Last year, the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) joined forces with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Massachussetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), and the New England Clean Energy Council (NECEC) to launch the first-ever Global Cleantech Meetup — a three-day networking event aimed at cleantech entrepreneurs, business leaders, major energy consumers, and international corporations interested in clean energy and sustainability.

The Meetup ultimately ended up drawing in more than 450 attendees from almost 300 companies and organizations from around the world, with 90 company presentations and hundreds of official and unofficial one-on-one meetings among participants. In addition, clean energy policymakers, advocates, and entrepreneurs were on hand to offer their insights through a series of  SAM (Sustainability Action Mindset) presentations, led by a keynote from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. 2012 set a high bar, but by building on participant feedback, we’re hoping to make this year’s Meetup bigger — and better — still.

The 2013 Global Cleantech Meetup will take place from November 12th to 14th at the Seaport World Trade Center. As with last year’s event, we’re aiming to offer a lively mixture of networking opportunities, pitch sessions, and educational seminars from some of the best and brightest minds in the business. The popular Innovation Tour will also make a return, giving attendees a chance to check in with the companies and organizations that have made the Commonwealth a nationally respected name in clean energy.

Registration is now open at the official Meetup website; we’ll be sharing more program details, including featured speakers, in the weeks ahead.

The Meetup is designed to foster connections between companies and organizations working in the clean energy space, nationally and internationally.

The Meetup is designed to foster connections among national and international companies and organizations working in the clean energy space.

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I'm Fraunhofer CSE's former Marketing Specialist, having worked at the Center from its founding in 2008 until 2013. In late 2013, I left the clean energy industry to pursue a career in enterprise software.
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