From Bees, and Sustainability to Startups Competing for Prizes, WCS Talks Packs in the Inspiration for a Cleaner Future
New this year is the first startup pitch competition in the cleantech and sustainability space focused on female-led companies. CEOs from SINAI Technologies, Simusolar, Deep Isolation, TotalCtrl, NuLeaf Tech, and Artveoli will pitch their businesses and field questions from esteemed judges from Centrica Innovations, G2VP, Energy Impact Partners, the Urban Innovation Fund. The winner of the competition will enjoy a large prize pool to continue growing their business, including a guaranteed spot to pitch at SVForum's 2019 Women in Tech Festival and preferential consideration to serve on a Cleantech Forum San Francisco panel, among other prizes.
“A growing body of research indicates companies with women in leadership roles produce slightly higher returns on assets and capital, as well as higher average growth rates,” Lidiya Dervisheva, an investor at G2VP, a spin-off from Kleiner Perkins’ Green Growth Fund. “Yet, the VC database PitchBook reveals women-led startups only garnered 2.2 percent of the $85 billion in funding distributed to the startup community in 2017. In the 21st Century, we get a chance to change this gender disparity together, and that’s why I’m looking forward to serving as a judge in the competition.”
Women from companies like Amazon, Google, OSIsoft, Engie, EDF Innovations, Bloom Energy, First Solar, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs will speak on a wide variety of subjects from industry trends and share advice for both professional and personal development.
“New banks and investing models are popping up that are both good for the planet and good for our wallets. As individuals, we can make decisions about our money that will have a positive impact on our community and our planet.”
Mastering the art and science of negotiation is the topic of Ellenore Angelidis’s talk. She’s the founder and Board President of the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund. She plans to outline for attendees the powerful mental models such as win-win and value-based negotiations, as well as tips from experts to help people realize they negotiate all the time and they can use what they already know to build out their negotiation skills, for everything from household chores at home, to getting a team to take on work, to negotiating flexibility, job scope, promotion or salary.
“Many people think negotiation is something only some people are good at and believe it results in a winner and loser and you need to embrace conflict to end up a winner,” Angelidis told WCS.
Head Box Wrangler K.O. from Bahr Bee Ranch will share her perspective on how bees and EVs are alike, outlining for attendees a species that neither speaks nor hears but has intelligence, curiosity, and social organization, even democracy.
“Determined not to work for any entity less than carbon neutral, I have been working for my Bees,” KO told WCS. “This takes me to fighting agricultural and environmental poisoning of the land and its inhabitants through civic discourse.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Arathi Gopinath, Global Asset Performance Manager for NEXTracker, will outline how solar energy had matured into the world’s cheapest form of energy and getting smarter with artificial intelligence (AI).
Lyft is generously offering 20 percent off two rides between November 3-4, 2018 with promo code WCS2018. The event’s lanyards are sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank, lunchtime networking is sponsored by the Presidio School, and this year’s t-shirts are supported by ABB.
Doug Baer, President of Los Gatos Research at ABB says, “We chose to sponsor this meeting because we enthusiastically support women in cleantech and sustainability in Silicon Valley.”
Join WCS as these remarkable people share their personal stories on creating a cleaner future through new technology and ideas pushing the boundaries to what will someday be a new normal. Sponsors across the Bay Area are driven to be a part of this future. Our tenacious efforts for change is happening now, so we invite you to be an integral contributor to witness this path towards a cleaner future.
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First Pitch Competition Focused on Female Led Cleantech and Sustainability Startups in the U.S. Hosted by Women in Cleantech & Sustainability
Six women entrepreneurs to pitch to venture capitalists and investors at the 5th Annual WCS Talks 2018 on November 3rd, 2018, hosted at Google Sunnyvale campus
CEOs from SINAI Technologies, Simusolar, Deep Isolation, TotalCtrl, NuLeaf Tech and Artveoli will pitch their businesses and field questions from esteemed judges from Centrica Innovations, G2VP, Energy Impact Partners, the Urban Innovation Fund. The winner of the competition will enjoy a large prize pool to continue growing their business, including a guaranteed spot to pitch at SVForum's 2019 Women in Tech Festival and preferential consideration to serve on a Cleantech Forum San Francisco panel, among other prizes.
“A growing body of research indicates companies with women in leadership roles produce slightly higher returns on assets and capital, as well as higher average growth rates,” Lidiya Dervisheva, investor at G2VP, a spin off from Kleiner Perkins’ Green Growth Fund. “Yet, the VC database PitchBook reveals women-led startups only garnered 2.2 percent of the $85 billion in funding distributed to the startup community in 2017. In the 21st Century, we get a chance to change this gender disparity together and that’s why I’m looking forward to serving as a judge in the competition.”
WCS Talks showcases women’s unique views on leadership, business, policy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. It aims to highlight the substantial and positive impact that women are making in these fields as they relate to environmental topics, while providing a platform to address challenges women still face in their professions. The annual event is hosted by Google for the fourth consecutive year.
The WCS Talks pitch competition will take place between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. PST on November 3, 2018, as a part of the larger TED-style conference. Winners will be selected by votes tallied from the judges and the WCS Talks audience.
“The women leading these startups are tackling some of the big challenges the green economy faces in the coming years, and ones we see commonly ignored by other companies,” says Lisa Ann Pinkerton, founder and chairwoman at Women in Cleantech and Sustainability. “While people of both genders are focused on mitigating the most devastating effects of climate change, we still see women entrepreneurs woefully underrepresented in this space. Our aim with the competition is to highlight the great work these women are doing and encourage others to found startups themselves.”
Also featured at WCS Talks will be "Sierra" the Tiny Home of the travel bloggers, educators and activists Lindsay and Eric Wood. The couple’s Travel in a Tiny Home mission includes giving people the opportunity to experience tiny home living by traveling with them and staying in Sierra. The Wood’s tiny home includes 13 foot ceilings, solar power and energy storage, a steam shower tub combination, composting toilet, and enough room to sleep six. Those who sign up to be members at WCS Talks at the event will be entered to win a night stay in Sierra
Learn more about the pitch competition here. To purchase tickets to WCS Talks 2018 click here.
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