Investors’ Circle to Host Sustainable Conference in Boston

Investors’ Circle (IC), a non-profit national network of angel and institutional investors, will sponsor the “2002 National Conference: Energy for a Sustainable Future” at the Charles Hotel October 27-29.

Cambridge, Massachusetts – October 7, 2002 [] The event, which marks IC’s tenth anniversary, will begin with a members-only meeting on October 27 and will be open to the public October 28-29. The conference will feature presentations and workshops discussing venture investing in Renewable Energy, public equities social investing and venture philanthropy, and will culminate in a venture fair showcasing several double-bottom line companies seeking private equity financing. This year’s conference will explore energy related concerns as they pertain to investing, with featured speakers including Amory Lovins, CEO of The Rocky Mountain Institute, Ray Anderson, Chairman of Interface Corporation and Bob Shaw, President of Arete Corporation. Lovins, who has widely been considered for the past few decades one of the leading thinkers in Renewable Energy, will speak on “The Next Energy Revolution: Megawatts, Distributed Resources, Hypercars, and Hydrogen.” Anderson has gained considerable national and international recognition for his efforts to transform his US$1 billion manufacturing company into a non-polluting, sustainable enterprise. Shaw, one of the country’s most experienced energy venture capitalists, chairs several leading early-stage energy companies. “We believe that business will lead the transition to a sustainable future,” said Woody Tasch, Chairman of IC. “Venture capital offers angel investors a unique and powerful opportunity to participate in this process. Venture capital has always been about working with passionate entrepreneurs. Add to the mix a shared drive to solve major social and environmental problems, and you have a formula for something that is even more challenging and rewarding.” This conference, with its focus on sustainable energy, will provide attendees with the opportunity to come together as a peer group and learn about what others are doing in the field, particularly as it relates to private equity investing. The investors, business leaders and entrepreneurs who will gather at IC’s 2002 National Conference are taking positive steps towards building solutions to many of the global environmental problems outlined by the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg last month. The American Wind Energy Association, Shell Canada, World Resources Institute, Walden Asset Management, More Than Money, Responsible Wealth, Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance and Social Venture Network will be participating in the program. Supporting organizations include the National Venture Capital Association, Calvert Social Investments, the Whitehead Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Harvard Business School’s Initiative on Social Enterprise, Adams Harkness & Hill, Rudolf Steiner Foundation and Wainwright Bank.


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