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PEDC Q1 2020 Newsletter
A Few Thoughts from PEDC's Executive Director

WOW! There is a lot going on in the DC startup scene – and, in particular, in the energy and sustainability world. There seems to be another amazing thought leadership or startup event every day. Our partners at Clean Energy Business Network, EPRI and Maryland Clean Energy Center are front and center. It is nice to know we are not going it alone - even the Patent and Trade Office is focusing on the topic this year with its World Intellectual Property Day: Innovating for a Green Future happening April 26. And, of course, please check out the PEDC spring events line up below – we strive to put on high-impact workshops for the startups in the region that promote and sustain the vibrancy of our startup community. We appreciate any and all feedback as well. 

Cheers!

Dave
PEDC & Leaders in Energy 2020 Green Financing Program

PEDC and Leaders in Energy hosted their fifth annual green financing forum on Thursday, January 23. This year’s event, “Green Project Financing for Growth” was a sell-out, and looking at the program it’s no surprise. Program planners for the two organizations brought together a veritable brain trust of green bank and green financing industry leaders who discussed a wide variety of issues and provided insights into best practices. Read the full wrap up on PEDC's site.
Marian Marquez, Director, Business Investment Group, AED, welcomes attendees to the program.
Panel one, "Update on Regional Green Banks Efforts", left to right: Janine Finnell, Leaders in Energy (moderator); Alex Kragie, American Green Bank Consortium; Tom Deyo, Montgomery County Green Bank; Cheryl Chan, DC Green Bank.
Panel two, “Case Studies: Project Financing for Growing Small & Medium-sized Companies”, left to right: Timothy Effio, Fluence & Environment and Energy Conservation Commission, Arlington County; Dave McCarthy, PEDC (moderator); Jack K. Sterne, Esq., Lumenant LLC; Maria Goravanchi, US International Development Finance Corporation (formerly Overseas Private Investment Corporation).
The Angels' Corner: A New Network for New Ideas

2020 is off to a running start for PEDC's Angel Network. We officially launched our networking by hosting our first membership meeting this past January. Morgan Lewis is supporting the network by hosting the quarterly meetings and as always we're grateful for its ongoing support. Applications for funding will be considered on a rolling basis, then presented at quarterly meetings with funding decisions by the end of each quarter. Our network also joined Angel Capital Association (ACA) and will be represented by a member at ACA 2020 - The Summit of Angel Investing May 12-14 in Denver to expand our partners, increase deal flow, and receive educational support. For more information contact Molly Medlin, PEDC's Associate Director.
Upcoming PEDC Programs

PEDC strives to make all of its programs relevant, interesting, and helpful to its members and to the DC-area clean and sustainable technology community. Throughout the year we host a variety of workshops and programs covering different topics related to starting and running a successful tech business. We're always looking for program sponsors, co-hosts, presenters, and good ideas for topics to cover. If you're interested in working with us please contact Agustín Cruz, PEDC's Director of Programming. 

Workshop: The Hows & Wherefores of Special Purpose Vehicles for Startups & Investors - REGISTER NOW
Tues., February 25, 2:00-5:00 pm
Hosted at 1776
This program will show you how to use special purpose vehicles to corral angel investors and keep cap tables clean.

Workshop: What Does It Mean to Dilute Myself and My Investors? - REGISTER NOW
Tues., March 24, 2:00-5:00 pm
Hosted at 1776
This program will show you how to figure out exactly what dilution means for you and your investors.  

2020 Summer Pitch Night Practice
Thurs., May 14, 6:00-9:00 pm
Hosted at Clean Energy Business Network
Wouldn't it be nice to have a forum where you can practice, get peer feedback, and re-run the pitch with the added insights? PEDC is providing this unique opportunity to do just that. Join us for the PEDC Pitch Practice. More information about the program will be available soon on PEDC's site.

PEDC 2020 Summer Pitch Night
Thurs., June 4, 6:00-9:00 pm
Hosted at Morgan Lewis
It's the summer edition of our most popular program. You can bet we'll have another stellar line up of teams pitching some incredible innovations, as well as a slate of industry "Who's Whos" offering their keen insight and advice. Be sure to check PEDC's site for more information soon.
Our Partner Events

Leaders in Energy's Sixth Annual Clean Energy & Sustainability Extravaganza
Fri., February 28, 11:00 am-6:00 pm
University of Maryland, College Park, A. James Clark Hall

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Electrification 2020 International Conference Exposition
April 6-9, 2020
Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC
We’re Energized About Electrification 2020: Join Us! At PEDC, we’re proud to be a sponsor of the Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition, hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on April 6-9, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference will address the latest questions on end-use electrification across industry sectors, and explore the answers to help advance electrification initiatives and create sustainable solutions. With unparalleled access to industry influencers and compelling content, you will have continuous opportunities to learn, share and connect — and enhance progress in reaping electrification’s significant benefits. For more information and registration, visit www.electrification2020.com
 
Partners Corner . . . 

Our programs wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our various partners. We'd like to thank the following for their contributions to PEDC's success:



1776 is a community of entrepreneurs passionate about solving complex problems, revitalizing cities along the Northeast Corridor in the process. By joining 1776, our members can access the knowledge, mentorship, capital, markets, and talent they need in order to scale. Along with offering shared workspace, we also offer focused programming, curriculum, community, and expertise to help entrepreneurs grow their business.  For more information, please visit www.1776.vc and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.




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Clean Energy Business Network is the small business voice of the clean energy economy, working to enhance opportunities for clean energy providers through policy support, market and technology information, and business development. Our 3,000+ members work in all 50 U.S. states, nearly 350 Congressional districts, and across every aspect of the clean energy economy, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas, and other advanced energy and transportation technologies. Click on the yellow dots below to see member case studies. Started in 2009 by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the CEBN is now an independent initiative of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, a coalition of companies and trade associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors.



Morgan Lewis is a team of more than 2,200 lawyers and specialists provides comprehensive corporate, transactional, litigation, and regulatory services in major industries, including energy, financial services, healthcare, life sciences, retail and ecommerce, sports, technology, and transportation. We focus on both immediate and long-term goals with our clients, helping them address and anticipate challenges across vast and rapidly changing landscapes.
Energy News: Bits of Industry Interest

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The Key to Keeping the Lights On: Artificial Intelligence, Wall Street Journal, 2/7/2020
Fusion Startups Stem in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream, Wall Street Journal, 2/6/2020
Generate Capital Raises $1 Billion for Clean-Energy Investments, Wall Street Journal, 2/4/2020
PG&E Announces Deal to Exit Bankruptcy, but Governor Balks, New York Times, 1/22/2020







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