The event included:
  • Speaker panels on investing funds, developing state policies, and forming corporate partnerships to support energy innovation
  • Spotlight discussions on the region's latest solar, advanced fuels, and energy storage research
  • Industry breakouts on building research and technology leadership in the Southwest and manufacturing and deploying technologies at scale
  • Exclusive networking with academic, industry, and policy experts
Attendees discussed how to:
  • Build support and connections for regional energy innovation efforts
  • Form a mentoring group of entrepreneurs and investors that can connect other business owners with the resources they need to grow
  • Ensure the federal government's support for innovative approaches and partnerships as critical to creating our new energy future
  • Create a shared path forward for energy commercialization, including the private sector, national labs and universities
  • Recognize the importance of the innovation pipeline, including human capital and manufacturing
About the Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation is committed to supporting clean energy entrepreneurs who are pushing forward new ideas that have the potential to have profound market impacts, create jobs, grow our economy and enhance national competitiveness. The Kauffman Foundation partnered with the White House Office of Social Innovation, the White House National Economic Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy to hold a national meeting on energy innovation networks in Washington, DC on May 7, 2010. This national meeting generated a set of recommendations that will be discussed in regional meetings in Omaha and Scottsdale.

About ASU

Arizona State University is the largest public research university in the United States under a single administration, serving more than 67,000 students in the Phoenix metropolitan area; the nation's fifth largest city. ASU is creating a new model for American higher education: an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. ASU's research is inspired by real world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. In 2007, ASU established the first School of Sustainability in the country: a comprehensive degree-granting program with a transdisciplinary focus addressing a broad spectrum of global challenges, including: energy, materials, and technology; water quality and scarcity; international development; ecosystems; social transformations; food and food systems; and policy and governance.

About ARPA-E

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), an organization within the U.S. Department of Energy, is the country's first organization dedicated exclusively to supporting high risk, high reward energy research projects. ARPA-E's mission is to support nimble and inventive technological approaches that can deliver transformative new solutions for climate change and energy security while advancing America's technology leadership.