Building Energy and Clean Tech Companies

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

According to McKinsey & Company (Resource Revolution), in the 20th century, businesses didn’t have to worry about resource productivity; they could focus on capital and labor. Over the next 20+ years, however, resources must be at the heart of business strategy. To this point, a complete rethink of resource management will be needed to keep pace with soaring demand as up to three billion new consumers join the world’s middle classes over the next 20 years.

This transformation of markets and business will provide numerous opportunities for the use of new technologies, new applications for existing technologies, and the creation and growth of new markets and new businesses. Energy and water are noteworthy markets in transition.

On April 24th, plan to join two subject matter experts who will lead a discussion on global/local market change, emerging markets and business opportunities, and access to growth capital.

Samir Menon, Head, Eco Sustainability Services, Americas, Tata 

Tata’s Eco Sustainability services unit utilizes the power of Information Technology to help organizations achieve their sustainability and innovation goals with enhanced visibility of natural resource utilization and key ecological indicators. This is complemented with decision support tools and compliance management systems.

Samir has participated in multiple successful new ventures in the US, UK and India. In his last venture, Samir was as a founding partner and CEO of NatureFirst- Green Ecological Managed Services, which focused on working with companies and governments to restore the balance between nature and economics, through sustainable, strategic, resource-efficient business practices. NatureFirst was acquired by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and is now a part of the Eco Sustainability Services unit of TCS. Samir heads the unit in the Americas.

Samir is also actively involved in climate change advocacy with key international policy leaders and organizations like CDP, Yale University, UNEP and The Climate Change Group. He also has extensive experience working on sustainability projects in Asia especially with a concept called “Naturenomics.” Samir has been conferred with the Global Sustainable Leadership Award by the World CSR Congress.

Samir is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Computer Science.

Todd Wilson, General Partner, RockPort Capital

RockPort Capital is a multi-stage venture capital firm that invests in the areas of alternative and traditional energy, mobility, and sustainability. RockPort has a collaborative approach to investing, deep domain expertise, and insights into all aspects of energy and cleantech.

Following two years with AT&T during which he held both technical and sales and marketing positions, Todd began his operating career in small businesses. As the Director of External Affairs at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, he managed the revenue generating departments through the successful turnaround of this private secondary school. He later served as a general manager in a manufacturing business where he was responsible for multiple aspects of a small but growing company. When Todd joined RockPort he first focused on merchant banking opportunities in the energy and environmental sectors, before spending full time on the venture fund. Currently, Todd serves on the boards of EcoSMART Technologies, Enphase Energy, FirstFuel Software, and HydroPoint Data Systems.

Todd earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and History from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



Building Energy and Clean Tech Companies: Two Perspectives for Success – Samir Menon

Building Energy and Clean Tech Companies – Todd Wilson


Find Us

The regular venue for the Series is the Hodges Room in Tech Square:

Centergy One
75 5th Street, NW; Hodges Room
Atlanta, GA 30308