Keynote Speakers Include:
Larry Dinkin, Long Island native, to discuss his Success Story in Founding, Building and Selling Marie Callender Retail Foods Which Led to Him Becoming Lead Investor in Waste-to-Energy Pioneer InEnTec Inc.
David Hamilton, Executive Director for the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook University
Melville, NY – July 15, 2015 – The Long Island Capital Alliance (“LICA”), Long Island’s leading non-profit capital formation and business development organization, today announced the presenting companies and investor panelists for its Clean Energy Capital Forum to be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015. The capital forum is being held in collaboration with Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), and will feature presentations by clean technology companies from CEBIP or which have connections to the Long Island region.
At the forum, to be held on July 23, 2015, six clean energy companies will present to an audience that will include venture capital firms, investment banks, private equity firms, angel and high net worth investors. Each of the companies selected by LICA for presentation at the capital forum possesses unique intellectual properties with catalysts for transforming the energy efficiency marketplace. A panel of clean technology investment professionals will be on hand to review the presentations and offer their insights on the commercial viability and prospects for market success.
Clean Energy Capital Forum on July 23, 2015 -- Participants
Mr. Larry Dinkin has an extensive background in business startups and management and is one of the founders and a current member of the Board of Directors of InEnTec, a presenting company at LICA’s Clean Energy Capital Forum. He has been the key individual involved in the startup of three prior successful companies. The most recent, Marie Callender Retail Foods, grew during Mr. Dinkin's tenure from a startup in 1987 with $2 million of venture capital to a business with over $160 million in annual sales in 1994, which was sold in September 1994 to Con Agra. Mr. Dinkin has received several business awards, including Long Island Entrepreneur of the Year from Inc. Magazine and a Clio Award for his Marie Callender design work. He was featured in the June 26, 1995, issue of Advertising Age magazine in the "Marketing 100" (the 100 hottest marketing successes) for the Marie Callender concept. Prior to his startup and management career, Mr. Dinkin worked as a computer consultant at Univac and at Coopers and Lybrand.
Mr. David C. Hamilton is currently the Executive Director for the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program at Stony Brook University. He has a background and experience in business development, commercialization of engineering technologies, marketing and sales, with a focus in clean energy technologies.
Mr. Hamilton started his professional career with the Long Island Lighting Company managing independent power producers on Long Island. He has been involved in the design, development and implementation of Sirius Satellite Radio's terrestrial transmitters, developing sales and marketing plans for aerospace and IT companies, managed the sales and operation of hydrogen fuel cells for Plug Power, and most recently was responsible for the commercial sales and marketing of solar power for EmPower Solar, a leading Long Island turnkey solar provider. Mr. Hamilton is a trained and certified Lean LaunchPad Educator.
Mr. Hamilton is devoted to bringing clean energy companies into the forefront of Long Island's energy consciousness. Mr. Hamilton received a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Clarkson University and an MBA in Marketing from Hofstra University.
Panel of Investors
The following investment professionals will participate in the investor panel at the Clean Energy Capital Forum:
Gabriel Kra: Managing Director for Prelude Ventures, oversees Prelude's investments in alternative energy and cleantech companies. Gabriel currently sits on the Board of Directors of Renew Financial, PLANT PV, Sense Labs, and Project Frog and is active or a board observer with Prelude’s investments in Suniva, Yerdle, Citrine, and QuantumScape. Prior to founding Prelude, Gabriel was an investment banker with Deutsche Bank in its solar and semiconductor group in San Francisco. Previously, Gabriel held positions in 3 venture-backed telecommunications and semiconductor startups. Gabriel holds MBAs from the Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School, a master’s degree in atmospheric chemistry from SUNY Stony Brook, and a BA in Philosophy from Columbia College.
Michael Lustig: Recently retired from a 25+ year career on Wall Street, primarily at BlackRock where he led Structured Products & Derivatives trading. He now devotes his time to philanthropy and Impact Investing, including an active Board of Directors seat at GigaWatt Global, which recently grid-connected the first industrial-sized solar field in all of East Africa (Rwanda). Michael chairs a Task Force at UJA-Federation of NY (the largest local philanthropy) focusing on Impact Investing, and is overseeing their investments in this area.
Ken Greene: Founder of Jericho Capital, which invests in public and private technology companies. He also is Chairman of Caliber Technologies, an office supply company with a social mission of supporting the U.S. military personnel; a director of Broadlook Technologies, a search engine automation company for sales, marketing and HR professionals, and a director of RingLead, a data quality company. In addition, Mr. Greene is a mentor at Launch Pad Long Island, a business accelerator, and LI Tech Comets, a start-up and tech incubator.
Clean Energy Companies to be Presented
Bonded Energy: Lower cost, customizable steam heat technology through real control for every steam radiator.
Brimes Energy: Captures the constant movement of ocean waves and converts it into usable energy.
InEnTec: World leader in advanced systems for waste gasification.
Monolayer Technologies: Cost effective production of platinum monolayer catalysts to improve performance and reduce cost of hydrogen fuel cells.
ThermoLift, Inc.: The Ultimate Heat Pump combines natural gas air-conditioner and heating technology to reduce building HVAC costs by 30-50%.
Triglia Technologies: Combined Microwave and RF drying machine for the lumber industry that will drastically reduce energy and time required to dry wood.
LICA is hosting the Clean Energy Capital Forum on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 68 South Service Road, Melville, NY, 11747. The capital forum provides an opportunity to meet capital providers, entrepreneurs, industry executives and businesses seeking capital, as well as to hear a panel of industry experts discuss financing alternatives for emerging technologies.
About Long Island Capital Alliance
Since 1984, the Long Island Capital Alliance (www.licapital.org), formerly known as Long Island Venture Group, has been promoting business growth on Long Island. LICA seeks to create a productive and business-friendly environment that will afford area businesses access to the resources necessary to compete successfully in today's markets. LICA serves as a focal point for the exchange of ideas among new and existing business enterprises, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and service providers. Through quarterly capital forums and special meetings, LICA brings together members of the region's business community, and has been recognized as the place to turn to when small businesses need equity, debt, or other financing, or for investors to find an attractive investment opportunity.
LICA's mission is to encourage economic development on Long Island by facilitating capital formation for a broad range of companies in various industries, from early stage to mature, middle market, closely held and publicly-traded businesses. LICA accomplishes this primarily through education, networking, quarterly capital forums, periodic special educational meetings, and alliances with other regional organizations. LICA brings together members of the region's business community and serves as the finance arm for significant local business and organizations.
For more information on LICA and its next event, please contact LICA today or register online.
About the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program at Stony Brook University
Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) at Stony Brook University has been in operation since October 2011 providing assistance and resources for developers of renewable and clean-energy technologies. Through the expertise, business acumen and technological resources of CEBIP’s management team, advisory board, researchers at Stony Brook University and other extensive partnerships, CEBIP helps bridge the gap between innovation and market with a full commitment to helping entrepreneurs develop and commercialize clean-energy technology. CEBIP provides resources for clean-energy innovators that include mentorship at various stages of entrepreneurial development, guidance for business and strategic plans, and assistance in preparing for and locating funding opportunities. CEBIP’s goal is to develop a successful clean-energy economy on Long Island, creating high-paying “cleantech” jobs and industry within Long Island and New York State.