Cambridge EnerTech’s

Renewable Energy Partnering & Investment Forum

Strategic Partnering for Early-Stage Investment


Adequate capitalization and innovative strategies are integral parts of the development of new technologies. This forum is designed for organizations interested in developing partnerships on the path to commercialization. The presentations and panel discussions will provide insight into what investors and government funding agencies look for. In addition, companies will have a platform to present their latest data and enable them to develop partnerships in their efforts to achieve success. This is a unique opportunity to network with the complete innovation ecosystem, from principal scientists and manufacturers to public and private investors. In addition to presentations and panel discussions, the forum is also designed to provide opportunities for one-on-one meetings that will allow for in-depth conversations and next steps.    

Final Agenda


7:00 am Partnering Forum Registration and Morning Coffee


8:15 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

Kevin Konecky, Battery Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting

8:20 Working With the Department of Energy

Gillard_SamSamm Gillard, Technology Manager, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S Department of Energy

There are various opportunities for industry to engage with the Department of Energy. From funding opportunities in FOAs, SBIR, USABC, TCF and in prizes to working directly through the labs in CRADAs and other opportunities there are many ways to leverage the Department of Energy’s battery research. The goal of this discussion will be to give an overview of those funding opportunities as well as give an overview of the capabilities at the National Labs relevant to battery R&D.

8:35 Investment in Modular Energy Storage Systems in Grid and Alternative Energy Applications

Hoffman_JerryJerry Hoffman, President, Hoffman Capital and Development

This presentation will cover why energy storage makes sense in these systems, the technology changes making these systems meaningful and the roadblocks to implementing these systems. In addition, the economics and the projected time plan for implementation will be discussed.

8:50 How to Raise Venture Capital

Stevens_BicBic Stevens, Managing Director, Hamilton Clark

This presentation will cover fundraising strategy, sources of financing, non-financing alternatives, types of investors, what and how to pitch, how to get introduced, types of deals and deal structures, and the pros and cons of strategic partnerships.

9:05 Q&A

10:00 Networking Coffee Break and One-on-One Partnering Meetings

11:00 Achieving Breakthrough Success in the Battery Value Chain

David Jacoby, President, Boston Strategies International

Scaling a battery venture often depends on strong strategic and financial partnerships. Explore case studies of extended value chain strategies and the associated financial events – VC, private equity, M&A, etc. – that have accelerated certain companies’ paths to success in the battery supply chain. Learn the channel strategies that can make your company attractive to partners, and the criteria that investors use to evaluate your company and your growth strategy.


11:15 Creating a More Efficient, Safer, Greener, and Easily Manufactured Solid-State Battery

Rastegar_FreidoonFreidoon Rastegar, PhD, CEO, Solid State Battery, Inc.

Solid State Battery incorporated in October 2017 in Los Angeles. The company has successfully developed a patent-pending solid-state electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries. New material lends itself to large area battery configuration by replacing liquid electrolyte with developed nanocomposite polymer.

11:30 Ionic Materials: Opportunities in Solid State

Terjesen_ErikErik Terjesen, Senior Director, Licensing and Strategy, Ionic Materials

Ionic’s polymer electrolyte represents a major breakthrough in battery technology. By enabling the creation of batteries that are safer, cheaper, and higher performance than the current state-of-the-art, Ionic’s polymer electrolyte shatters the traditional battery design paradigm, under which safety, cost, and performance must generally be traded off against one another. We are excited to bring this technology to market with core partners in the battery industry.

11:45 Q&A

12:30 pm One-on-One Partnering Meetings – Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

1:30 Networking Refreshment Break

2:00 Chairperson’s Remarks

David Jacoby, President, Boston Strategies International

2:05 Charging as Fast as Refueling a Gas Car

Martin Sandor, Director, Marketing, Enevate Corporation

Extreme fast-charging batteries with high energy density can help break down barriers to higher EV adoption. Enevate develops and licenses silicon-dominant anode cell technologies enabling 10X faster charging without compromising the EV range or energy densities, operates at low temperatures, and has increased safety. Such extreme fast-charging batteries also enable lower cost EVs that fit in daily driving use.


2:25 The Impact of Performance and Risk on Energy Storage Opportunities and Valuation

Baxter_RichardRichard Baxter, President, Mustang Prairie Energy

Through experience, leading firms are focusing in on what aspects of system performance is most leverageable for their contracting needs, and what technical limitations expose their project to added risk. The goal of this session will be to provide the audience with an understanding of how performance and risk exposure impact the use of energy storage systems in support of a variety of market roles.

2:45 Breaking into the Battery Business: Startups Have Never Had It Better

Frith_JamesJames Frith, PhD, Senior Associate, Energy Storage, BloombergNEF

Lithium-ion batteries and the technology used to manufacture them has remained relatively unchanged for the last 30 years. Between today and 2030 manufacturing capacity will need to grow more than 5x, attracting $184 billion in investment. The growth of new gigafactories and the resulting inflow of capital can provide startups, working on next-generation technologies, with the opportunity they need to enter the market.

3:05 Q&A

3:25 PANEL DISCUSSION: Partnering & Investing on the Convergence of Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Energy Storage & Renewable Energies


Konecky_KevinKevin Konecky, Battery Systems Consultant, Total Battery Consulting

By 2030 it is predicted that 95 percent of US passenger miles will be served by on-demand autonomous EVs owned by fleets in a business model dubbed “transport-as-a-service” (TaaS), whose market size is expected to exceed $120 billion by 2025. Discover what VCs look for in funding companies and new business strategies in a TaaS based economy and how to ready your company to participate in the upcoming mobility disruption.

4:00 Close of Partnering Forum

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