The ACC Clean Energy Challenge finals commenced with keynote speaker Mark Johnson , Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), who provided insights into the future direction of the cleantech field and inspired students to continue the development of their cutting-edge technologies. Upon conclusion of the team presentations, Lee Anne Nance , Senior Vice President of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership, moderated a panel titled "Cleantech Entrepreneurship: From Seed to Start-Up to Seasoned Enterprise." Panelists included: John Bluth , Senior Vice President, Investor Relations/Corporate Communications, PowerSecure International; Scott Bolin , Co-founder and CEO, Tethis; Tim Fairchild , Director of Global Utilities Practice, SAS; Rachele Haber-Thomson , Impact Fellow at Investor's Circle; and Bob Kingery , Co-Founder and President, Southern Energy Management.
The ACC Clean Energy Challenge networking reception, held the evening of April 8, provided the semifinalist teams with the opportunity to network with successful entrepreneurs and executives in the cleantech sector. Speakers, who provided students with an overview of the opportunities available to their companies at various stages of the company lifecycle, from start-up to partnering to mergers and acquisitions, included: Dr. Terri Lomax , Vice Chancellor for Research, NC State University; Rob Glass , Vice President of Technology, CREE;
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