Surfing the Perfect Storm: Opportunities and Challenges in the Emerging Biofuels Industry
Location : Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel
900 Bellevue Way NE
Date & Time : October 17, 2007 – 5:00pm – 8:30pm
This Dinner Program Is Exclusively Sponsored by
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Surfing the Perfect Storm
Opportunities and Challenges in the Emerging Biofuels Industry
Join the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest as we take an inside look at the emerging biofuels industry.
The perfect storm in the trillion $ petrofuels energy world–with issues of energy security, peak oil and global warming all converging–has created remarkable opportunities for the emergence of a major new industry: biofuels.
Tremendous amounts of capital have already been invested in the biofuel industry in the last 18 months, in spite of uncertain economics and rapidly evolving regulation. Much of the activity is occurring in Seattle.
On Wednesday October 17, 2007, join Seattle-based moderator Ross Reynolds of KUOW to learn more about what is enticing local entrepreneurs into a sector that includes bio-feedstocks, processing plant technology, new distribution chains and more.
Panelists for the program will include:
§ Rob Elam, President of Propel Biofuels
§ Tomas Endicott, Chairman of Sequential Biofuels
§ Nancy Floyd, Founder, Nth Power Venture Capital
§ Dan Parker, CEO of Parker Messana
§ Michael Weaver, CEO of Bionavitas
Topics to be explored by Ross Reynolds and the panel include:
§ The current development status of the biofuels industry (an overview of terms and topics will be provided for those new to this industry)
§ Why companies around the world are investing in a space that is yet to be proved profitable, and what they see down the ‘2nd Generation’ road
§ Which companies and which strategies are likely to prosper
§ Why local entrepreneurs and professionals from other industries are jumping into biofuels
§ What will happen to our baby biofuels companies if the petrofuels ‘elephant’ rolls over on them
Mark your calendars for this provocative dinner event.